Denny Zeitlin: The Night Has 1000/10,000 Eyes

This recording by Denny Zeitlin’s current trio has “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” at its core. However, Zeitlin has extensively augmented the structure with open vamps (including one in 7/4 time) and an entended section of free improvisation. As Zeitlin explains: [It] typifies the way this trio can function as a single organism, patiently and collaboratively developing and working with brand new material in a compositional way. The result is as musical and inventive as one would expect of musicians of this caliber. ’Nuff said.

June 14, 2009 · 0 comments


John Coltrane: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

"The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" feels like a totally integrated quartet—the form of it, the feelings, the way the rhythm shifted, Coltrane's ideas throughout the sequence of the harmonies, the different inflections that Elvin Jones was playing, the way McCoy comped, little pedal points in the bass. It wasn't just Coltrane soloing over that tune or with a rhythm section. This track was instrumental in my discovering the approach to playing within the group you're in, whether you're soloing or not. As a young player, I played a lot of drums, and practiced saxophone and drums at the same time. Playing along with Elvin and McCoy and Coltrane on that recording on drums taught me everything about form and following the line and the soloist. Doing that taught me a lot about everything.

June 25, 2008 · 0 comments


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