First Loves

So at 13 or 14 years old I walked into a record shop on Central Ave. in Albany,New York where I grew up, and decided to buy my first record.  Before that I would just listen to my boombox and when I heard something cool I would hit the record button.  This resulted in many tunes by the Police, various jazz episodes of Marian MacPartland’s Piano Jazz, and some random classical pieces all recorded with beginnings cut off.  So looking through all the bins I ended up choosing something that I never heard of – Porgy and Bess played by Miles Davis with an orchestra arranged by Gil Evans.  So I put the record on and all I could think was, “what the hell is this?”  I was disoriented.  Where is that fat groove and deep pocket swing I heard on the radio from musicians like Oscar Peterson?  Needless to say, I kept the record around and with every listen it grew on me more and more…. really grew on me.  The groove was incredible and it swung deep but the colors and textures were all different.  George Gershwin’s piece breathed, and Miles plus the arrangement left the listener space to swim in his or her own thoughts like a great Bob Dylan tune.  It later turned into one of my favorites.

What’s one of your music first loves?

2 Responses to “First Loves”

  1. Michael Orrell says:

    first, my father recorded early jazz from the radio and had an extensive collection. In ’54 we moved from the north to Richmond, Va. The next three years were filled with Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Laverne Baker, Jerry Lee, early Elvis, Ivory Joe Hunter, plus. We moved back north and Ray Charles got most of my attention but what really got me was Eric Dolphy’s “Out To Lunch”
    That’s when I got the concept of ensemble as multicellular organism.

  2. Steve says:

    Yeah, that 50’s rock-n-roll is in my DNA.

    Dolphy’s “Out to Lunch” is a classic…….does he play bass clarinet on that?
    I need to revisit that album.
    I never thought of a group as a “multicellular organism.” I like it….really captures
    the essence of what is happening on stage.