Considering the legendary bassist Scott LaFaro released no albums as a leader and was known strictly as a sideman, that this recording exists is nothing less than a miracle, and an event in the annals of jazz. It consists of a brief program featuring five selections with the equally brilliant pianist Don Friedman and drummer Pete La Roca, a long rehearsal tape of "My Foolish Heart" with the Bill Evans Trio circa 1966, a 1966 interview about LaFaro with Evans, and a solo piano piece from Friedman done in 1985
Rocco Scott LaFaro (April 3, 1936 – July 6, 1961) was an American jazz double bassist known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio. In 2009, Resonance released Pieces of Jade, the first album released with LaFaro as a bandleader. The album included five selections recorded in New York City during 1961 with pianist Don Friedman and drummer Pete LaRoca, and twenty-two minutes of LaFaro and Bill Evans practicing "My Foolish Heart" during a rehearsal in 1960.
In the six years that he was active in the music industry, Scott LaFaro had a more notable career than many other bassists have in a much larger lifetime. He was a member of the Bill Evans Trio, one of the greatest piano trios of all time, and participated in Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz (Atlantic, 1960), a session he really had no business being a part of. Most importantly, however, he developed an entirely new mode of expression for the bass, so much so that anyone who picks up the instrument must contend with his style of playing. Because there is so little of his work out there, these.
Info for Pieces of Jade (Remastered). Scott LaFaro was one of the twentieth century’s most influential jazz musicians. During his tragically short life, Scott LaFaro quickly developed into one of the most advanced bassists around, competing with Charlie Haden and Charles Mingus. Listening to this album is like taking a quantum leap in time. It’s like eavesdropping on a New York apartment in 1961 and hearing someone playing his bass with total conviction sometimes alone, sometimes with others, resonating from where he lives. This time we hear Scotty on a recording session with Don Friedman on piano and Pete LaRoca on drums.
Scott LaFaro's Pieces of Jade features long-lost material recorded in New York City shortly before the bassist's death in a car accident in 1961. LaFaro and his stellar bandmates pianist Don Friedman and drummer Pete LaRoca run through four jazz standards, including two takes of Sacre Bléu. The album concludes with excerpts from a 1966 interview with Lafaro's earlier colleague Bill Evans. His approach to the bass. it was a beautiful thing to see. he was a constant inspiration.
Tracks: 01. I Hear A Rhapsody 02. Sacre Bléu (Take 1) 03. On Green Dolphin Street 04. Sacre Bléu (Take 2) 05. Woody ‘N’ You 06. Homage To Scott By Bill Evans. Personnel: Scott LaFaro – bass Don Friedman – piano Pete LaRoca – drums. ILOVEJAZZ 16 July 2017 11:07.
Scott LaFaro was one of the twentieth century’s most influential jazz musicians.
Title Pieces of Jade. This album celebrates LaFaro's life and music with previously unreleased performances, a recording of a rehearsal session with pianist Bill Evans and an interview with Evans about the bassist. PERSONNEL: SCOTT LaFARO, bass on tracks DON FRIEDMAN, piano on tracks PETE LaROCA, drums on tracks. Recorded in New York City, 1961 Rehearsal Tape: Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro, 1960. 1966, Bill Evans interview by George Klabin Recorded by George Klabin, 1985. Very interesting and perfect sound quality on the Don Friedman Trio with Scott LaFaro The most interesting part of the CD is the aprox. 23 min. rehearsal on My Foolish Heart.