Scott LaFaro - Episode 1On this podcast we will listen to some of his influences and check out his first recordings.
|Sepia Panorama||Jimmy Blanton/Duke Ellington||1941|
|The Honeydripper||Ray Brown/Oscar Peterson||Night Train||1962|
|Softly As In A Morning Sunrise||Paul Chambers||The Paul Chambers Quintet||1957|
|Serpent's Tooth||Victor Feldman||The Arrival of Victor Feldman||1958|
|Bebop||Victor Feldman||The Arrival of Victor Feldman||1958|
|For Real||Hampton Hawes||For Real!||1958|
|Chasing Shadows||Victor Feldman||The Arrival of Victor Feldman||1958|
|Ginza Samba||Stan Getz and Cal Tjader Sextet||1958|
Scott LaFaro - Episode 2Before his tenure with the famous Bill Evans Trio, Scott performed with a number of well-known big bands in California. He was a featured soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra for a short period in 1959, also making memorable recordings with arranger Marty Paich and saxophonists Stan Getz and Herb Geller. Moving back to New York in late 1959, LaFaro began his association with a number of influential musicians and recorded on a number of groundbreaking recordings. Work with Booker Little, Ornette Coleman, and John Lewis helped solidify him as one of the most important young bassists on the jazz scene. His performance, together with bassist Charlie Haden, on the groundbreaking recording Free Jazz in 1960 was a revelation for bassists. This free approach to jazz would revolutionize jazz in the 1960s. His association with pianist Bill Evans began in the late 1950s. Scott brought a new, more interactive approach to his work with the Evans trio starting in 1959.
|It’s Alright with Me||Marty Paich||Broadway Bit||1959|
|Bernie's Tune||Stan Kenton||Stan Kenton in Concert||1959|
|Cow Song||Herb Geller||Gypsy||1959|
|Bee Tee's Minor Plea||Booker Little||Booker Little||1960|
|Variant I||John Lewis||Jazz Abstractions||1960|
|Variants on Criss Cross||John Lewis||Jazz Abstractions||1960|
Scott LaFaro - Episode 3The recordings from this podcast chronicle his early work with pianist Bill Evans and some one-off recordings with clarinetist Toney Scott and a short live trio with pianist Steve Kuhn. What sets the Evans trio apart from other similar groups was the interactive approach they took. The Evans Trio was unique and groundbreaking in that all 3 instruments were liberated from the traditional roles set for them by the previous generation of jazz musicians.
|Blues for an African Friend||Tony Scott||Sung Heroes||1959|
|What Is This Thing Called Love||Bill Evans||Portrait in Jazz||1959|
|Autumn Leaves||Bill Evans||Portrait in Jazz||1959|
|So What||Steve Kuhn||1960|
|Free Jazz||Ornette Coleman||Free Jazz||1960|
|Sweet and Lovely||Bill Evans||Explorations||1961|
Scott LaFaro - Episode 4I call this podcast “A Day in the Life of Scott Lafaro.” The recordings on this podcast are from the Live at the Village Vanguard sessions from late June 1961. These recordings are some of the most celebrated live jazz recordings ever made. One can listen with bittersweet amazement at the level of performance while knowing that LaFaro’s life would end a week later.
|Alice in Wonderland||Bill Evans||Live at the Village Vanguard||1961|
|Detour Ahead||Bill Evans||Live at the Village Vanguard||1961|
|Gloria's Step||Bill Evans||Live at the Village Vanguard||1961|
|Solar||Bill Evans||Live at the Village Vanguard||1961|
|Waltz for Debbie||Bill Evans||Live at the Village Vanguard||1961|