After another busy weekend of workouts and errands I’m beginning to feel a bit drained. I just want to make it through this week and next week I’m going to take some recovery time. However, I did miss two days of core this weekend and I do want to get back on that bandwagon again seeing as how I only have another 13 days until I complete my “100 Day Challenge” (click HERE) – I can see the light is at the end of the tunnel. So onward forward with Day 88 and the ‘At Newport ’63‘ album by the Joe Daley Trio.
I’ve been on a little old Jazz Boner terror the last little while, specifically if the album is a) live, b) by a lesser known musician/group, and c) cheap as fuck.
This album just happened to check off all the above.
Plus, the front cover has a pretty cool Picasso-meets-Primary School finger painting vibe to it (credited so some dude named Freeman).
Joe Daley is a little heard of saxophone legend in the history of Chicago Jazz. This trio, featuring Hal Russell on drums and Chicago’s Occult Bookstore proprietor Russell Thorne on bass, existed for only a handful of years before Daley’s resistance to the free jazz and avant influences being brought into the group by the rhythm section caused the group to dissolve.
The tunes here reflect an interest in the coming wave of avant garde developing in mid 60’s Chicago with the birth of the AACM and the Art Ensemble. There are some compositions here by Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman, but Thorne’s contributions are more influenced by his association with John Cage and eastern philosophy.
Although this record is titled ‘Live in Newport 1963‘ it is actually a studio record that has been masked to be live. On the original LP there were breaks between songs that had an announcer introducing each tune. Any audible applause or sounds were added in the studio to create the live feel. The almost apologetic tone of the announcer (reportedly Daley himself?) and the uneven mixing of his vocal level create a weird framework for an otherwise highly innovative piece of avant garde jazz history.
But that just kind of adds to this albums overall mystique (ie. awesomeness) if you ask me.
Unfortunately, the ensemble on this particular album didn’t last very long, but it’s unusual musical language would go on to influence other younger up-and-coming jazz musicians nationally for years to come while Daley himself, slipped deeper into obscurity.
Still, a nice (and listen) find for $5.00.