parlando playlist #85: the charles bell contemporary jazz quartet - latin festival [1960]

Posted on January 29th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

The Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet, "Latin Festival"

The leadoff track from the 1960 Columbia album The Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet.

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Comment on January 29th, 2014.

I like Charles Bell's piano playing; it's distinctive. And his composition style is also individual. Yet he only recorded four albums (this was his first). One for Columbia, one for Atlantic, and two (live) ones leading a trio for the minor label Gateway in Pittsburgh (he was from there).

He stopped recording in the mid-60s (I don't think deliberately), and made his living as a college music professor, mostly in New York. He continued to perform. He died in New York in 2012.

There is no listing in Wikipedia, though there are twenty-one other Charles Bells. His son Poogie, though, is in Wikipedia, as a drummer and producer.

Bass – Frank Traficante
Drums – Allen Blairman
Guitar – Bill Smith
Piano – Charles Bell


Comment on March 26th, 2014.

I like that. To me, the relatively high pitch and quick playing presages some of the experimental work we would hear in the following decades from the likes of Glass and Reich.

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