Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital on July 17th,1959 at the age of 43 from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, while under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.
In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings. The singer who had recorded classics such as 'God Bless the Child' and the civil rights anthem 'Strange Fruit' died with just $0.70 in the bank.
Considered by many to be the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Billie Holiday lived a tempestuous and difficult life. Her singing expressed an incredible depth of emotion that spoke of hard times and injustice as well as triumph. Though her career was relatively short and often erratic, she left behind a body of work as great as any vocalist before or since. “Lady Sings the Blues” is an album by Billie Holiday which was released in June 1956.
The album was taken from sessions recorded during 1954 and 1956. It was released simultaneously with her ghostwritten autobiography of the same name.
Though Holiday's voice had arguably deteriorated by the 1950s, the album is widely regarded as a classic and some of Holiday’s best work.
Tonight I am spinning Lady Sings the Blues by the Incredible Billie Holiday!
John William Coltrane died of liver cancer on July 17th, 1967 in Long Island, New York.
The jazz saxophonist and composer known for his bebop and hard bop work early in his career, helped pioneer the use of modes and was later at the forefront of free jazz.
He led at least fifty recording sessions, and appeared on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.
The influence Coltrane has had on music spans many genres and musicians. Coltrane's massive influence on jazz, both mainstream and avant-garde, began during his lifetime and continued to grow after his death. He is one of the most dominant influences on post-1960 jazz saxophonists and has inspired entire generations of jazz musicians. “Giant Steps” is the fifth studio album by John Coltrane as leader, it is his first on the Atlantic Records label and was released in January 1960.
The recording exemplifies Coltrane's melodic phrasing that came to be known as sheets of sound, and features his explorations into third-related chord movements that came to be known as Coltrane changes.
Jazz musicians continue to use the Giant Steps chord progression, which consists of a distinctive set of chords that create key centres a major third apart, as a practice piece and as a gateway into modern jazz improvisation.
Several pieces on this album went on to become jazz standards, most prominently "Naima" and "Giant Steps". It is regarded as Trane’s first genuinely Iconic Album
Giant Steps is ranked Number 102 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!
Tonight I am spinning Giant Steps by John Coltrane!
Phil Collins - No Jacket Required 🧥 📀 -
“Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority.”
- Patrick Bateman - American Psycho 🔪 (2000)
My friends, this has so far been one hell of a week; and to help us pass this hump day we have the great (stereo) jazzy/psychy/folky rock double album Streetnoise by Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, And The Trinity from 1969. This would be second album released with Julie in the US and the third release Brian And The Trinity did with ATCO; there were a handful of other albums the group release either with different labels or in different countries. Brian Auger And The Trinity had played and recorded independently before they started working with Julie in 1967. With Julie they group had a number five hit in the UK with Dylan’s This Wheel’s On Fire. Their first album made it to number 12 when it was released in the UK; but were getting off on a tangent. Let's talk about how great of an album this is to listen to, and the pipes Julie has; good god she’s great. The musicianship of this group is pretty spectacular and the instrumental arrangements are incredible. All four sides of this album kick ass all the way through and each song does a great job getting one totally enthralled. I don’t think I could pick a favorite side as each does such a great job at captivating a feeling and each work is almost mystic in how it sets a mood. Brian with that Hammond organ is something else. Simply put, this album is brilliant and everyone should do themselves the favor of experiencing it. To add to the awesomeness of this group, they opened for Zeppelin in 1969 at the Rose Palace, Pasadena, California. Either way, let's look back and hear the streetnoise.
This record found @time_bomb_vintage Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Vincent Anthony Guaraldi was born on July 17, 1928 in San Francisco, California’s North Beach area.
The Jazz Pianist started his career playing for Cal Tjader in 1954.
Guaraldi left the group early in 1959 to pursue his own projects full-time. He probably would have remained a well-respected but minor jazz figure had he not written an original number to fill out his covers of Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luis Bonfá tunes on his 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, inspired by the French/Brazilian film Black Orpheus. Fantasy Records released "Samba de Orpheus" as a single, trying to catch the building bossa nova wave, but it was destined to sink without a trace when radio DJs began flipping it over and playing the B-side, Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind". A gentle, likeable tune, it stood out from everything else on the airwaves and became a grass-roots hit. It also won the Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition.
While searching for music to accompany a planned television documentary, Producer Lee Mendelson heard a single version of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Guaraldi's trio on the radio while traveling in a taxicab. Mendelson was put in touch with Guaraldi and proposed that Guaraldi score the upcoming animated Christmas special he was producing, and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job. Less than 2 weeks later Guaraldi performed what would become “Linus and Lucy” for the Charles M Schulz Classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”! Guaraldi went on to compose scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials, as well as the 1969 feature film “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. Tonight I am spinning Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus by the Vince Guaraldi Trio! #VinceGuaraldi#VinceGuaraldiTrio#JazzImpressionsOfBlackOrpheus#SambaDeOrpheus#ManhãDeCarnaval#ONossoAmor#Generique#CastYourFateToTheWind#MoonRiver#AlmaVille#SinceIFellForYou#CharlieBrown#Peanuts#LinusAndLucy#CharlesMSchulz#Jazz#JazzMusic#Vinyl#VinylJunkie#VinylCollector#LP#33RPM#NowSpinning
🎵There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone, and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends, I still can recall
Some are dead, and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all🎵 (A frequently played, what can I say)
[Hotter Than July] by Stevie Wonder. Released September 1980. I discovered this album last summer at Foam Brewers in Burlington VT. Two vinyl DJs were spinning great stuff, highlighted by Stevie’s [All I Do]. Had another spin of this new favorite summer album today in honor of @lpguru July Jam! #lpgurugiveaway
The Pogues-Poguetry In Motion. 1986 Stiff Records, UK. 33 1/3 7” Edition. Produced by Elvis Costello. I’m not entirely sure if this was recorded at the same time as “Rum, Sodomy, And The Lash”, but, same lineup, same producer. The Pogues at their peak, in my opinion. This 4 song EP is in various forms-7”, picture disc, 12”. I have all 3. It’s THAT good. The song “The Body Of An American” was the funeral song on the great TV show “The Wire” @the.analogue.revolution #thepogues#shanemacgowan#elviscostello#stevesstackofrecords#vinyligclub#nowspinning#recordcollection#stiffrecords
The perfect groomsman gift from @tait88.. The Album Leaf inspired so much of our early musical endeavors together, and this is a truly thoughtful way of always bringing to mind those basements made of music and lifelong friendship.