To celebrate their fresh We Jazz Records album "Live Recordings 2019-2020", Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen picked their favorite live releases for One Quart Magazine. Enjoy!
Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen are two of the most respected jazz players to ever come out of Finland. This is no hyperbole but as close to fact as one could realistically opine. Through various releases both solo or within a group framework the pair’s work has been a cornerstone of Helsinki’s ever growing and influential jazz scene.
Following 2019’s self titled release, the duo return with the free and expressive Live Recordings 2019-2020, not only an essential live document but a potent reminder of the live thrills we’re missing in these Covid restricted times. To celebrate such a monumental event, Timo and Teppo curate their favorite live releases for a formidable One Quart Magazine Playlist.
One Quart Magazine Playlist: Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen
“It was fairly simple to list ten great live albums (each). While we were choosing the top ten, it became apparent how many masterpieces are indeed live gig recordings. The presence and interaction of the audience is the magical factor that often raises performances to the next level. It would’ve been easy to pick ten more…”
James Brown “Thanks – Say it Live and Loud” (Live at Dallas 1968) All of Brown’s live albums are bangers and this speech especially has stuck in my mind. You should start off by hearing it and then listening to the rest of the amazing concert recording.
Cannonball Adderley “Black Messiah” (Live At The Troubador) ‘Cannon’ is one of the most important saxophonists who has inspired me. In addition to his many iconic live albums from the 60s, I’ve always been digging his fiery material from the 70s
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet “Sack O Woe” (At The Lighthouse) The venue’s ambiance and the presence of the audience make this one stand out. Featuring one the legendary “textbook” blues solos by Cannonball.
Curtis Mayfield “We’ve Only Just Begun” (Live at Bitter End, NY) Curtis!!! <3 Simply a great track with an intimate feeling.
Sting “Bring On the Night/When the World Is Running Down…” (Live in Paris 1985) I was highly inspired by this album as a teenager. Featuring two brilliant jazz cats, pianist Kenny Kirkland and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. The sounds may not have stood the test of time but the song’s mood and energy are spot on.
Ray Charles “I’ve Got a Woman” (At Newport) King of the kings. This festival recording from 1958 is an endless source of inspiration. Amazing intensity in the performance by R.C. and the whole band.
Ahmad Jamal “Poinciana” (Live At Pershing, Chicago, 1958) Jamal’s meditatively rolling beat… I get goosebumps every time I hear the track. It’s easy to imagine yourself in the lounge of Pershing Hotel where this piano trio masterpiece was recorded.
Sonny Rollins “Sonnymoon For Two” (A Night At The Village Vanguard) Authority and playfulness. The milestone of saxophone trios. I’d say it’s one of the most coveted albums among tenor saxophonists.
Joe Henderson Quintet “Caribean Fire Dance” (At The Lighthouse) Energetic, uplifting Latin scorcher from the seventies.
Dizzy Gillespie “Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac” (Live At Memory Lane, Los Angeles, 1967) The song represents Dizzy’s strengths as a band leader, entertainer, musician and as a mood creator. A really solid album all the way.
John Coltrane ”Spiritual” (Complete Live At Village Vanguard 1961)
Miles Davis “All Of You” (Complete Live At Plugged Nickel)
Miles Davis ”If I Were A Bell” (Friday and Saturday At The Blackhawk)
Branford Marsalis ”Xaviers Lair” (Bloomington)
The Buddy Rich Big Band ”The Beat Goes On” (Big Swing Face)
Donald Byrd ”Jeannine” (At The Half Note Cafe)
Lee Konitz ”My Melancholy Baby” (Live At the Half Note)
Shelly Manne And His Men ”Theme: A Gem From Tiffany (pt. 1) (At The Blackhawk)
Yuseef Latef ”Sister Mamie” (Live At Peps)