May 7, 2012 – 1:03 pm

The fantastic four of jazz.

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Chicago 1982 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Chicago Kool Jazz Festival, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago, IL; September 4, 1982. Broadcast on KLCC-FM in Eugene. Ex FM stereo.

When the ’80s arrived, punk was dead. We had “hair bands” and Miles.

Miles Davis was back in 1981 with The Man With The Horn. He went on tour that year and his shows were well attended which resulted in the self-explanatory We Want Miles the following year.

Kool Jazz is just the label to celebrate the comeback of Davis’ sideman. This show has been described like this: “Originally billed as The Great Quartet, a variation on this lineup featured in each city of the 1982 Kool Jazz Festival multi-city extravaganza. Pretentiously named, but they indeed play straight ahead great. The festival ran from August 30 to September 5 in 1982.”

The quartet, as far as we can tell, never recorded an album. So be grateful that they were recorded live.

Indeed The Great Quartet were crowd pleasers. Everyone took their turn to solo. The fans behaved boisterously like at a rock concert. That spurred everyone on stage to play furiously. This show with a Monk cover, the classic Black Orpheus theme - Manha de Carnaval, Gershwin’s I Can’t Get Started and the impressive Tyner composition, Inner Glimpse, is exemplary of old jazz - cool but conservative.

The solos by Hubbard, Tyner, Carter and Williams are all played perfectly. Williams’ drum solos can be heard on Inner Glimpse and Byrdlike while Ron Carter’s bass solos are on I Can’t Get Started and a couple of others. Hubbard is in great form and, most importantly, this hot tempered man sounded happy.

It would take another generation of younger players to play “fire music” again. Thanks go to davmar77 and wgaddy for making this excellent copy available.

davmarr77 said: “Today I give you all the great quartet; McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and the incredible Tony Williams. This was recorded at the 1982 Chicago jazz festival. (This) is from my 1st gen reel and is sourced from a reel recorded off the air so it’s quite an upgrade from the other versions. We can thank fellow dimer wgaddy, who was the source of my copy gotten by mail trade oh so long ago. It’s clean and complete.”

- Professor Red

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Track 01. Introduction (3.3MB)
Track 02. Rhythm-A-Ning (T Monk) (25.1MB)
Track 03. Manha de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfa, Antonio Maria) (27.2MB)
Track 04. I Can’t Get Started (Gershwin) (25.6MB)
Track 05. Inner Glimpse (part 3 of McCoy Tyner’s Enlightenment Suite) (26.6MB)
Track 06. DJ with Freddie Hubbard (3.1MB)
Track 07. Byrdlike (F Hubbard) (16.7MB)
(composers in parenthesis)

Freddie Hubbard - trumpet
McCoy Tyner - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

Rollin’ is a live album by jazz musician Freddie Hubbard recorded a year earlier at the Theater Am Ring, Villingen Jazz Festival in Germany’s Black Forest and released in 1982 on the MPS label. The album features performances by Hubbard with Dave Schnitter, William Childs, Larry Klein and Carl Burnett. Buy it here.

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  1. 10 Responses to “KOOL JAZZ”

  2. Thanks for the great music! I saw the Great Quartet on the Philly stop of the Kool Jazz Festival — the opening act was a 21-year-old Wynton Marsalis.

    By elmore on May 8, 2012

  3. Great stuff! Thank you!

    By jack bond on May 8, 2012

  4. It doesn’t get any better than this.

    Awesome, incredibly and all that jazz!

    By Jack on May 11, 2012

  5. Thanks so much for posting this piece of musical history–priceless!!!!!!

    By Ray Callender on Jul 22, 2012

  6. Smoking!!! Thank you! :)

    By Paul on May 30, 2013

  7. The appropriately named, “great quartet”!

    By 007 on Nov 21, 2016

  8. Thank you big ozine

    By 007 on Nov 21, 2016

  9. Thanks for the reposting BigO. RIP Tony Williams!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jul 16, 2017

  10. crushed to find this was no longer on the server, any chance it could be posted again?

    By Hayden on Jul 27, 2019

  11. A new copy of The Great Quartet at the Chicago Jazz Festival sourced from a first-gen reel will be posted to this site in the next few weeks…

    There are more than 400 concert recordings to be enjoyed and downloaded here!

    By Bebopper on Apr 23, 2021

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