The Flying Scotsman / Wallflower – Gerry Mulligan

Brilliant performance of The Flying Scotsman at the 1990 International Jazz Festival in Bern Switzerland … featuring Gerry Mulligan (bs), Bill Charlap (p), Dean Johnson (b) and David Ratajczak (d).

Gerry Mulligan is at his soulful best as the quartet performs Wallflower at the 1990 Jazz Festival in Bern. The first festival took place in 1976 and has been thrilling fans with world class jazz every spring since.

Old Black Magic / Night Train – Louis Prima & Keely Smith

The music of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, along with Sam Butera and the witnesses, was rooted in New Orleans jazzswing music, and jump blues.  They liked to have fun with their performances and frequently appeared in Las Vegas, as well as on numerous recordings.

While Louis and Keely clown, Sam Butera lays down what is probably THE definitive version of “Night Train”.  Sam’s solos were worth waiting for but he rarely got an entire tune to himself.

Walkin’ – Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Billy Cobham

Composition of the tune “Walkin'” is often attributed to pianist Richard Carpenter, although it is believed the real credit belongs to either Miles Davis or Gene Ammons.  Whoever actually wrote it would be blown away by Hancock, Carter and Cobham’s performance, recorded at Palazzo dei Congressie, Lugano January 26, 1983.

Satin Doll / Windsong – Mundell Lowe

Mundell Lowe and Louis Stewart perform Satin Doll together with a string quartet.  It’s a unique treatment of the Ellington / Strayhorn classic, with the tender touch of one of jazz’s guitar icons.

Wind Song is a rhythmic, medium-up tempo tune featuring Mundell Lowe and Louis Stewart on guitars, Jim Doherty piano, Dave Gausden bass, Peter Ainscough on drums, augmented by a classical string quartet just to keep things interesting.