Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jeff Ballard pours some Jive Coffee

Some nice playing today from drummer Jeff Ballard, featured with Brad Mehldau on piano, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Larry Grenadier on bass.

I notice that on footage such as this (and many other jazz concerts that pop on youtube) that it was recorded for a television station labled 3 Sat. I'm assuming that this is a European cable network (?) Props to them for producing such wonderfully recorded concerts featuring the modern jazz masters of our time at work. I think that the CBC and other Canadian television networks could take a page from their book and follow their example and feature Canadian jazz on network television like this.

In two parts, here's Ballard in action on Peter Bernstein's 5/4 swinger, "Jive Coffee":

And here's another great performance from that concert- a spirited jaunt on Thelonious Monk's "We See":

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