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Morning Song – Bohemia After Dark

October 31, 2015

No rock ‘n roll, no vocalists, no big bands, no nuttin’ except small jazz combos.

That’s owner Jimmy Garofalo describing the booking policy that made his tiny Greenwich Village nightclub, the Cafe Bohemia, a hotbed for progressive jazz in the mid-1950s.

You can hear both the avant-garde and the melodic sides of that scene in cellist Erik Friedlander’s new cover of Oscar Pettiford’s “Bohemia After Dark”.  Bassist at the birth of bebop and house band director at Cafe Bohemia, Pettiford also paved the way for aspiring improvisational cellists.  On this cut and throughout his new album, Oscalypso, Friendlander deftly and gracefully pays tribute to his musical mentor and role model.

Enjoy.

 

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