Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Playlist for Show of August 23

Host: Paul Corby
Guest : J.P. Mortier
(brought to you by Stimulating Stipulations, The Visceral Arts and Total Ontarianism)
5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Tidal Heartbeats

*Mimi Osvath ~ To The Ocean ~ Three Of Swords @ The Tranzac tonight & @ C'est What Tuesday, 27 August NEW DISK

Herbert ~ Harmonise ~ Scale (2006)

*Braids ~ Together ~ Flourish // Perish @ The Great Hall Friday, 1 November NEW DISK

*Federal Lights ~ I See Love ~ We Were Found In The Fog NEW DISK

5:20 The Stance and The Dance

Bob Marley (remixed by Stephen Marley) ~ Buffalo Soldier ~ Legend Remixed NEW DISK

Everton Blender ~ Spiritual Man ~ @ Rastafest in Downsview Park Saturday

Sizzla ~ It's Not Over ~ Burning Up

*Jay Douglas ~ Take A Fool's Advice ~ @ Streetside Party(s) Bloor West Spadina to Bathurst 12-2:00 & Beaches Boardwalk 7-9:00  Saturday                                                                                                                                                                                                  
5:40   Stoic Heroics                                                                    
Marian McPartland  (1920-2013) feat. Walter Becker and Donald Fagen ~ Black Friday 
*The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer ~ Roll With The Punches @ The Rivoli tonight
*David Wilcox ~ Preachin' The Blues ~ @ Sound Academy tonight

*J.P. Mortier ~ Belt / Interview / Come Back To Me @ Hawaii Bar Saturday & @ The Spill in Peterborough Monday
Louis Jordan ~ Brotherly Love

6:00 Rustic Urbanity
*Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five ~ Keep A Song In Your Soul ~ The Bison Ranch Recording Sessions NEW DISK
*Daniel Romano ~ That's The Very Moment ~ @ The Danforth Music Hall tonight
Michael Smith ~ Gamble's Guitar ~ Time
* Nick Buzz ~ Uncle Bumble's Christmas ~ A Quiet Night At Home NEW DISK

6:30 Piano, L'Essence

Cedar Walton  (January 17, 1934 – August 19, 2013) ~ I'm Old Fashioned ~ The Essential Jerome Kern

Marian McPartland  (1920-2013) ~ A Fine Romance The Essential Jerome Kern

*Sagapool ~ Couer D'Aiguille ( Heart of the Needle ) 

Dave Mason ~ World In Changes ~ Alone Together 

6:45  Toronto Musical Necessities
Local Listings transposed to the Key of Be over Walter Norris playing The Song Is You
Anamanaguchi ~ Endless Fantasy ~  Endless Fantasy  NEW DISK

McPartland, Marian. Born in Windsor, England, in 1920, this fine pianist came from a family of musicians, including a great-uncle, Sir Frederick Dyson (Mayor of the City of Windsor), who played cello. McPartland debuted as part of a traveling four-piano group, then, just before World War II, she formed a duo with the prominent British pianist Billy Mayerl. She married trumpeter Jimmy McPartland during World War II, and the couple came to the U.S. after the war in 1946 to start a group led by Jimmy. This band broke up in 1951. Marian then formed her first trio and worked at many popular spots, starting with The Hickory House. Gradually that club became a well-known musicians’ hangout and was Duke Ellington’s regular dining spot whenever he was in New York. McPartland became widely known, continuing to lead her trio as the house band there for a number of years. She also worked at The Composer in New York and at the London House in Chicago. She has appeared widely at jazz festivals and concerts all over the world and has made many recordings on her own label. She is currently known for her weekly radio program, “Piano Jazz,” on which she interviews and plays with pianists and other musicians. The program has been heard regularly for many years on hundreds of public radio stations throughout the U.S.

Cedar Anthony Walton, Junior grew up in Dallas, Texas. His mother was an aspiring concert pianist, and was Walton's initial teacher. She also took him to jazz performances around Dallas. Walton cited Nat King ColeBud PowellThelonious Monk and Art Tatum as his major influences on piano. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. He attended the University of Denver as a composition major originally, but was encouraged to switch to a music education program targeted to set up a career in the local public school system. This switch later proved extremely useful since Walton learned to play and arrange for various instruments, a talent he would hone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Walton was tempted by the promise of New York City through his associations with the likes of John ColtraneCharlie Parker, andRichie Powell, whom he met at various after-hours sessions around the city of Denver, Colorado. In 1955, he decided to leave school and drove with a friend to New York City. He quickly got recognition from Johnny Garry, who ran Birdland at that time.
Walton was drafted into the U.S. Army, and stationed in Germany, cutting short his rising status in the after-hours scene. While in the Army, he played with musicians Leo WrightDon Ellis, and Eddie Harris. Upon his discharge after two years, Walton picked up where he left off, playing as a sideman with Kenny Dorham and J. J. Johnson, and with Gigi Gryce. Joining the Jazztet, led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer, Walton played with this group from 1958 to 1961. In April 1959, he recorded an alternate take of "Giant Steps" with John Coltrane, though he did not solo.
In the early 1960s, Walton joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers as a pianist-arranger for three years (on the same day as Freddie Hubbard), where he played with Wayne Shorter and Hubbard. In this group, he demonstrated a keen sense of arranging in originals such as "Ugetsu" and "Mosaic". He left the Messengers in 1964 and by the late 1960s was part of the house rhythm section atPrestige Records, where in addition to releasing his own recordings, he recorded with Sonny CrissPat MartinoEric Kloss, andCharles McPherson. For a year, he served as Abbey Lincoln's accompanist, and recorded with Lee Morgan from 1966 to 1968. During the mid-1970s, he led the funk group Mobius.
Many of his compositions have been adopted as jazz standards, including "Firm Roots", "Bolivia" and "Cedar's Blues". "Bolivia" is perhaps Walton's best known composition, while one of his oldest is "Fantasy in D", recorded under the title "Ugetsu" by Art Blakey in 1963.
In January 2010, he was inducted as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters.
After a brief illness, Walton died on August 19, 2013, at his home in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 79.

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