Saturday, June 16, 2018

John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson: Hackensack (1960)


Hackensack, played by the Miles Davis Quintet in Düsseldorf, West Germany, on March 28, 1960.
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This was a night that Miles Davis himself decided to take a break. The music was originally written by Thelonious Monk and first recorded by the Thelonious Monk Quintet (May 11, 1954), which itself was an adaptation of a song, “Rifftide,” first recorded by the Coleman Hawkins Orchestra (Los Angeles; February 23, 1945). Hackensack is a tribute song to Rudy Van Gelder, whose recording studio was located in this New Jersey city of 43,000, situated 19 km (12 miles) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.

The Miles Davis Quintet:
Tenor Saxophone: John Coltrane;
Tenor Saxophone: Stan Getz;
Piano: Oscar Peterson;
Bass: Paul Chambers; and
Drums: Jimmy Cobb

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