Walk Spirit Talk Spirit Performed by McCoy Tyner Trio Plus Sax

This video clip features bandleader McCoy Tyner on piano, Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums, Gerald Cannon on the accoustic bass and guest saxophone player Gary Bartz on the alto saxophone.
McCoy Tyner is one of the most impressive jazz piano players with a musical background that includes playing with the legendary tenor saxophone master John Coltrane. The John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums has recorded some of the best known jazz standard tunes of music history, among them My Favourite Things.
In this video, McCoy Tyner is an old guy who plays with maturity and taste while providing an interesting harmonic base for the imporvisations of Gary Bartz on the alto saxophone. The double bass solo by Gerald Cannon is also very interesting. Funny, it reminds me the classic hard rock song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple in some parts.
This video only shows the first nine and a half minutes of the song, you can go to youtube and look for the second part which lasts about another four and a half minutes and includes a drum solo by Eric Kamau Gravatt.

A Saxophone Quartet Performing A Night In Tunesia

This video clip shows a saxophone quartet performing the Dizzy Gillespie bebop tune A Night in Tunesia at Palmer Square in Princeton, New Jersey, on Aug 11, 2007. This saxophone quartet consists of Rob Stasolla on one of the alto saxes, Scott Grimaldi on the other alto saxophone, Frank Elmo on tenor saxophone and last but not least Tom Makoviecki on baritone saxophone.
The song was originallly written for another group with different instruments, first of all it was conceived for the trumpet of the great Dizzy Gillespie on the solo parts. The art of adapting a musical piece written for a certain combination of instruments to another combination of different instruments is called arranging. This tune had to be adapted for the saxophone quartet and the resulting arrangement sounds interesting. Of course, there still are solo parts for improvisation where the musicians can play whatever they feel fits into the chord changes, a process that Bill Evans once called the creative process of composing jazz music.

Cannonball Adderley Performing Round Midnight on His Alto Saxophone

In this video clip you can watch alto sax player Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley perform the tasty jazz ballad Round Midnight written by Thelonious Monk, another significant jazz piano player of the bop era. In fact, this video is part of an educational television series about jazz (The Subject Is Jazz) where the present clip focusses on bop. The music comes with some comments about Charlie Parker and the way he played the horn (and how it influenced Julian Cannonball Adderley, which you might clearly hear when the band performs Jeannie, a composition of Cannonball Adderly that includes some phrasing that strongly remembers Charlie Parker).

Charlie Parker – Summertime

Watch this video of Charlie Parker playing the famous George Gershwin song ‘Summertime’ while a slide show of a few Charlie Parker photos is passing. This blues is well known in the jazz world and many of the jazz players have recorded their version. The video we are showing you here is one of the best versions we think. Listen to Charlie Parker’s sensual alto saxophone sound which is dropping out of his horn sweet as honey. Like John Coltrane for the tenor saxophone, Charlie Parker has become an idol of jazz alto saxophone playing. All younger alto sax players want to play like Charlie Parker.
The song here belongs to Porgy and Bess, work of the composer George Gershwin who in his work has combined classical symphony orchestra sections with jazz combo parts. Other famous musicians who have recorded this song are Stephane Grappelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, among others.
Charlie Parker is best known for his interpretations of fast bebop themes. He usually shows up on stage playing in a virtuoso style, but always with his very personal saxophone tone. In this video clip we can listen to him playing a ballad and we are surprised that Charlie Parker played this slow melody in a very convincing manner.
We think this comment from one of the people who watched this video of the great alto player Charlie Parker performing Summertime by George Gershwin: “if this doesn’t make yo feel warm inside then you should not listen to music for you have no soul”.