On Green Dolphin Street
I'm learning this standard at the minute. It's a nice simple form (ABAB'), but not one I've tackled before - and I fancied looking at something with some pedal work/suspension. The "classic" rendition of this tune that springs to mind for most of us is probably this one:
Miles Davis Sextet - Jazz Track - On Green Dolphin Street
And yes it is very good. jazz.com give it 98/100, and say this:
Originally issued on Jazz Track, an LP that devoted one side to Miles Davis playing his own film music and the flip side to Miles covering 1940s movie themes, this arrangement set the jazz mold for "On Green Dolphin Street." Henceforth, Chambers's dominant-to-tonic ostinato became as much a part of the song as composer Kaper's melody. Miles' Harmon-muted trumpet provides an ideal springboard for uninhibited saxophonists Coltrane and Adderley, after which Evans recognizing the futility of single-note solos in such company instead pays block-chord homage to George Shearing. This 10-minute track describes late-'50s hip better than a roomful of doctoral dissertations.
But I've found a couple of other version I like just as much:
* Ahmad Jamal - Count 'Em 88 - On Green Dolphin Street
This is, according to the description on Youtube, a 'Rehearsal for the NDR Jazz Workshop NDR Studio 10, Hamburg, West Germany, April 30, 1965'. And apart from this video, searching Google for 'Martial Solal Trio On Green Dolphin Street' brings up not much else. Anyone know more about this guy? It's such frivolous and showy way of playing - but I like their rehearsed runs and breaks. Must have been fun to play...
So, what's your favourite recording of On Green Dolphin Street?