“OF THINGS PAST”: JIMMY KNEPPER, DICK KATZ, GEORGE MRAZ, MEL LEWIS (1986)

This doesn’t require much commentary: it is a gorgeously tender themeless improvisation on THESE FOOLISH THINGS by Jimmy Knepper, trombone; Dick Katz, piano; George Mraz, string bass; Mel Lewis, drums.

Knepper began his recording career with big bands, so playing ballads was part of the training, since one played for dancers.  And if you’ve never heard of him, I invite you to be uplifted by calm, searching music that is at once melancholy and uplifting.

I hope you are as moved by this as I am.

May your happiness increase!

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4 responses to ““OF THINGS PAST”: JIMMY KNEPPER, DICK KATZ, GEORGE MRAZ, MEL LEWIS (1986)

  1. Sordoni III, Andrew

    Michael, Your ears are wide open indeed. Jimmy recorded extensively with Charles Mingus and made 2 records for Hank O’Neal at Chiaroscuro. He could do it all. AJS

    Andrew J. Sordoni, III 45 Owen Street Forty Fort, PA 18704 (570) 283-6202

  2. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Jimmy was one of my favorite bone players and it was very moving. Hate to resort to a cliché but he was terribly underrated. Thanks for the post, Michael.

  3. Dear Sir, equally as good as your recommendation is Mr. Kneppers “Cunningbird” on Steeplechase Records, which has the benefit also of some fine Al Cohn and not to forget Mr. Kneppers debut on the Bethlehem label.
    Regards
    Roger Hunter

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