album

High Wall: Real Life Film Noir

12 songs (1 hour and 14 minutes) Released on June 17, 2008
1
Afro 6/8 Minor Blues (Modern jazz musicians are at home in Afro 6/8 time. I was inspired by Coltrane’s version of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue".)
6:23
2
High Wall (First jazz recording of composer Bronislaw Kaper gem from film noir High Wall. He also wrote Invitation and Green Dolphin St.)
7:04
3
Ow! (A tribute to the early '50s bebop era in San Francisco where I was lucky to hear live Dizzy, Miles, Bud performances.)
6:12
4
Put It Where You Want It (Jazz-funk-boogaloo rhythms with strong blues overtones were popular from the '60s onward, led by Joe Sample and the Crusaders.)
5:49
5
View from Telegraph Hill (Written for film noir festival, featuring House on Telegraph Hill, this ballad evokes beauty and mystery of '50s San Franciscio.)
6:44
6
Gypsy Roma Mambo (My arrangement of Dark Eyes, a trad. Russian gypsy song, with hot mambo rhythms & bebop lines, opening with percussive sounds.)
5:24
7
Lolita (This lively piece evokes the authentic bebop rhythms of its composer & my mentor, bebop master Barry Harris.)
4:39
8
What's This? (This is a melodic, contemporary, swinging, edgy piece based on What is this Thing Called Love chord changes.)
5:48
9
Concierto de Aranjuez (Solemn rubato opening moves into a lively 6/8 improvised rhythm with flamenco scales and fiery rhythmic exchanges.)
6:04
10
A Handful of Stars (This solo ballad evokes the melodic, harmonic, and lyrical beauty of the ‘30s and ‘40s,)
4:20
11
Lester's Minor Blues (Live bonus track from The Bach, a spirited tribute to Lester Young.)
8:02
12
Locomotion (Bonus live track from The Bach. I first heard this Coltrane song on his Blue Train LP; it has a blues pattern with added bridge.)
7:56