Charlie Christian - Dizzy Gillespie - Thelonious Monk - After Hours 1941 mp3@192kbps
Recorded live at Minton's Playhouse and Clark Monroe's Uptown House in New York, N Y in May 6, 1941 and May 12, 1941.
Charlie Christian ~ guitar Dizzy Gillespie ~ trumpet Joe Guy, Hot Lips Page, Victor Coulson ~ trumpet Rudy Williams ~ alto saxophone Don Byas, Kermit Scott ~ tenor saxophone Thelonious Monk, Al Tinney, Ken Kersey ~ piano Nick Fenton, Ed Paul ~ bass
Kenny Clarke, Tom Miller ~ drums
Originally released on Esoteric (548)
1. Swing to Bop (Improvisation) 2. Stompin' at the Savoy 3. Up on Teddy's Hill (Improvisation) 4. Down on Teddy's Hill (Improvisation) 5. Guy's Got to Go (Improvisation) 6. Lips Flips (Improvisation) 7. Stardust (#1) 8. Kerouac (Improvisation) 9. Stardust (#2)
REVIEW: AFTER HOURS is an excellent live document of the early roots of bebop, capturing this exciting music in the process of being built by its pioneering architects. Recorded live in New York City at jam sessions at Minton's Playhouse and Monroe's Uptown House in 1941, these tapes feature young modernists Charlie Christian, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, and Don Byas as they pushed the structural materials of swing toward something new and intense.
Beyond the historical significance of these sessions, however, the music is simply fabulous. There are revisions of "Stardust" and "Stompin' at the Savoy, " but the tunes are mainly blues-based improvisations, with plenty of syncopated play and stretched-out soloing from all involved. Christian's guitar takes center stage--his fluid, fleet-fingered style and mellow amplified tone have become such a stock part of jazz guitar, it is hard to remember that he almost single-handedly wrote the book. Though Gillespie gets double-billing on this set, he only appears on four of the nine tunes, but one can hear early hints of the advanced technical style that would explode in his work with Charlie Parker in the later '40s. This music is truly classic.
Tracks: 01-Louis Armstrong - Mahogany Hall Stomp *1946 02-King Oliver - West End Blues *1929 03-Bunk Johnson - Snag It *1945 04-Tommy Ladnier - Everybody Loves My Baby *1938 05-Henry \'Red\' Allen - Feeling Drowsy *1929 06-Jabbo Smith - \'Sippi *1928 07-Bix Beiderbecke - Lonely Melody *1928 08-Red Nichols - Davenport Blues *1927 09-Muggsy Spanier - Black And Blue *1939 10-Wingy Manone - Jumpy Nerves *1939 11-Harry James - Peckin\' *1937 12-Cootie Williams - Concerto For Cootie *1940 13-Rex Stewart - Subtle Slough *1941 14-Roy Eldridge - Little Jazz *1945 15-Hot Lips Page - Skull Duggery *1938 16-Buck Clayton - Buckin\' The Blues *1946 17-Roy Hargrove - Wee *1990