Happiness as Anarchy #360: Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson is one of my all time favourite piano players – class, elegance, groove, heart – everything you could possibly want to hear from a piano. I was just looking for different versions of C-Jam Blues (an Ellington tune written in 1942) and came across this fabulous version of Oscar Peterson playing it live in 1964 with Ray Brown (one of my favourite bass players) and Ed Thigpen (I don’t really have a favourite drummer, but he’s played on many of my favourite recordings). My new mission is to learn to play that intro.

Happiness as Anarchy #290: Groovy Chickens

It’s possible that the late 70s were the apex of groove. Maybe it was all the pot they were smoking combined with fretless basses and really long improvised tunes. Whatever the reason, some of the music is funky as can be. My groovin’ trombone playing teenage son has just introduced me to Jaco Pastorius’ ‘The Chicken’, which has become this week’s earworm, but I’m not complaining.