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A thrilling, thoughtfully curated two-disc collection, Resonance Records'presents the debut 1964 performances of the innovative . Recorded by Resonance Records founder , then a 19-year-old college sophomore, jazz radio DJ, and budding sound engineer at Columbia University, these recordings showcase the band in two uproariously received performances at the legendary Village Vanguard, their home for 50 years and counting. Initially intended as a way to attract a record deal for the band, the tracks have remained largely unheard by the general public. Here, they are presented in full with a detailed liner-notes booklet featuring pictures, essays, and interviews with and others. Recorded by alone, using minimal equipment by modern standards, with only the musicians themselves to help move microphones as needed, the recordings sound remarkably clear and capture the electric atmosphere of the band's debut. Highlighted by ' bop-oriented trumpet solos and grounded by ' rhythm section featuring pianist , guitarist , and bassist , the orchestra was a lithe, forward-thinking yet always swinging entity that helped move large ensembles into the post-bop era. It also didn't hurt that the band was populated with a cross-generational cadre of virtuoso musicians including saxophonists , and ; trumpeters and ; trombonist ; and others. All of this is quite evident on these recordings, which put you front and center at the Village Vanguard on February 7, 1966 as saxophonist soulfully leads the band into an explosive version of ' swinging, gospel-inflected blues "Back Bone." From that moment onward the band rarely lets up, with driving the arrangements with his roiling, foot-tapping pulse and calling out solos and improvised background phrases. The second disc of music, recorded March 21, 1966, features an equally captivating performance from the band and a longer set list, including dynamic versions of "Low Down," "Ah, That's Freedom," "Mean What You Say," and more. While has an extensive oeuvre of recorded music to enjoy, captures the band at its brilliant, joyous start.
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|All My Yesterdays|
|The Little Pixie|
|Big Dipper (Alternate Take)|
|Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)|
|Ah, That's Freedom|
|Don't Ever Leave Me|
|Willow Weep For Me|
|Polka Dots and Moonbeams|
|Mornin' Reverend (21 March 1966)|
|All My Yesterdays (21 March 1966)|
|Back Bone (21 March 1966)|