This Sunday we welcome UK pianist Tom O’Grady back to the Floripa stage for a very special evening in tribute to one of the 20th century’s most influential musicians, Herbie Hancock. Anyone who caught Tom’s band Resolution 88 playing at The Jazz Meet late last year will attest they have ‘the groove’ and as he spoke in detail of transcribing some of Herbie’s best-loved compositions in an interview we conducted with him around the same time, it was clear that the pioneering pianist is one of Tom’s musical heroes. As such, when the initial idea to do a Herbie Hancock special was floated earlier in the year (we originally wanted to do it on his birthday weekend back in April), we decided we had to approach Tom again to take care of the live element. He thankfully agreed and now with the gig just days away and after weeks of intensive work behind
Ahead of our Herbie Hancock special at The Jazz Meet next Sunday, the residents dip into their respective record bags to offer this little precursor to the event. With a taste of what’s to come, Rob, Sid and Jarred pull out some of the crazy covers from the influential pianist’s back catalogue of compositions and throw down an exclusive 55 minute mix. Kicking off with ‘Maiden Voyage’ from The Third Wave, versions of ‘Canteloupe Island’ and ‘Blind Man, Blind Man’ soon follow before we head into deeper waters with Rickey Kelley’s vibetastic ‘Dolphin Dance’ and The Sam Houston High School Stage Band funky ‘Fat Mama’. There’s further rareness in the form of Kaatee Frits Quartet’s ‘Cameleon’ before Woody Herman hits his big band stride with ‘Sandia Chicano (Watermelon Man)’ and Shingo Okudaira drops a KILLER version of ‘The Eyes of the Hurricane’. We round things off with a veritable dancefloor
Joe Chambers – “Mind Rain” From the album “Double Exposure”. Muse Records, 1978. In a Joe Chambers state of mind… JOE CHAMBERS “Mind Rain” Taken from the album ‘Double Exposure’ released on Muse Records in 1978.
Curtis Amy & Dupree Bolton – Native Land from”Katanga” Curtis Amy – ts & ss Dupree Bolton – tp Ray Crawford – g Jack Wilson – p Victor Gaskin – b Doug Sides – dr Tenor saxophonist Curtis Amy recorde… Divine jazz for your Wednesday afternoon! CURTIS AMY & DUPREE BOLTON Native Land Taken from the album ‘Katanga’ released on Pacific Jazz Records in 1963.