Following a recent Carl Sigman thread, over to a Tadd Dameron melody that Sigman wrote lyrics for, ‘If You Could See Me Now’, in four instrumental versions and then, in the middle below, drawing music and words together: Sarah Vaughan’s definitive vocals take. Saxophonist JD Allen has also recorded a fine treatment of the Dameron tune, which appeared on 2014’s 5-star album Bloom

A heart-rending ‘Hope She’ll Be Happier’, above, from the Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers project. Expect a Withers themed album in 2018 from José James to mark the ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ singer-songwriter legend’s 80th.

For more on James follow these 2017, 2015, and 2014 links. 

An inspiration like Krzesimir Dębski and above all Zbigniew Seifert on subsequent generations of jazz violinists, including notably Nigel Kennedy and Adam Bałdych, electric violinist Michał Urbaniak turns 75 this week. Jazz rock and hip hop fusion band Urbanator has been his main interest for many years and well before its foundation he was on this reggae flavoured track on one of Miles Davis’ greatest late period albums, Tutu (above).

And before that, well (top) jazz-rock innovation for sure with his Group featuring his now former wife Urszula Dudziak. ‘Ekim' on Inactin was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest (above).

Links (in Polish): 1 and 2.

A must-hear blues and folk loving 23 February release for The Lead Belly Project, new on Sunnyside from revered Impossible Gentlemen drummer Adam Nussbaum, is in the offing.

Adam, highly respected for his work dating back to the late-1970s career of John Scofield and who has also enjoyed a long performing and recording association with the great Steve Swallow including the bass guitarist-composer’s erstwhile tenure in the Gents, is promoting the album on Facebook and says: “We play The Jazz Standard on Feb 27 in NYC.” In the playing company of Ohad Talmor, saxophone, who recorded the album and collaborated closely on it with Nussbaum; Steve Cardenas, six-string guitar and Nate Radley, also six-string guitar Nussbaum’s band are all viewable top in the video. 

Tracks, a few of which are listenable to on Bandcamp, are: Old Riley; Green Corn; Black Girl (Where Did You Sleep Last Night); Bottle Up and Go; Black Betty; Grey Goose; Bring Me a Little Water Sylvie; You Can’t Lose Me Cholly; Insight, Enlight; Sure Would Baby; and Goodnight Irene. Recorded by Ohad Talmor in a Brooklyn performance space last year in a single day, classic Huddie Ledbetter songs plus two Nussbaum originals Insight, Enlight and Sure Would Baby are included.

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