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On September 22, 1978.

On September 22, 1978, “All Life” label released “Gitane”, an album by Charlie Haden and Christian Escoudé. It was recorded in September 1978, at “Studio Des Champs Elysees” in Paris, and was produced by Alain Boucanus and Eymeric Adam.


  • Charlie Haden – double bass
  • Christian Escoudé – guitar

Track listing:

All tracks by Django Reinhardt except where noted.

  1. Django – John Lewis
  2. Bolero
  3. Manoir de Mes Reves
  4. Gitane – Charlie Haden
  5. Nuages
  6. Dinette
  7. Improvisation – Christian Escoudé

On October 21, 2011.

On October 21, 2011, “ECM” label released “Tribe”, album by Enrico Rava Quartet (the 41st Enrico Rava album overall). It was recorded in October 2010, at “ArteSuono Studio” in Udine, Italy, and was produced by Manfred Eicher.


  • Enrico Rava – trumpet
  • Gianluca Petrella – trombone
  • Giovanni Guidi – piano
  • Giacomo Ancillotto – guitar
  • Gabriele Evangelista – double bass
  • Fabrizio Sferra – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Enrico Rava except where noted.

  1. Amnesia
  2. Garbage Can Blues
  3. Choctaw
  4. Incognito
  5. Cornettology
  6. F. Express
  7. Tears for Neda
  8. Song Tree
  9. Paris Baguette
  10. Planet Earth
  11. Tribe
  12. Improvisation – Enrico Rava, Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi, Gabriele Evangelista, Fabrizio Sferra

On August 17, 1959.

MilesDavis Kind o fBlue

On August 17, 1959, “Columbia” label released “Kind of Blue” album by Miles Davis. It was recorded March 2 and April 22, 1959, at  “Columbia’s 30th Street Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Teo Macero and Irving Townsend. The album 46 minutes of innovations, improvisation and musical excellence has changed not only the face of jazz but the course of modern music. “Kind of Blue” is not only the best selling jazz album of all times (it was certified quadruple platinum in sales by the “Recording Industry Association of America”) and Davis personal masterpiece but is also regarded as one of the most influential albums in the history of modern music ever. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Kind of Blue” at number 12 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.


  • Miles Davis – trumpet, band leader
  • Julian “Cannonball” Adderley – alto saxophone
  • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
  • Bill Evans – piano
  • Wynton Kelly – piano
  • Paul Chambers – double bass
  • Jimmy Cobb – drums
  • Fred Plaut— engineer
  • Bill Evans — original liner notes
  • Don Hunstein — photography

Track listing

  1. So What – Miles Davis
  2. Freddie Freeloader – Miles Davis
  3. Blue in Green – Miles Davis, Bill Evans
  4. All Blues – Miles Davis
  5. Flamenco Sketches – Miles Davis, Bill Evans

On July 6, 1971.


On July 4, 1971, Louis Armstrong died aged 69. He was musician  (trumpet) and singer, brought various inventions in jazz music, including shifting the focus from collective improvisation to solo performance, bringing improvisation to singing (scat singing) and “reviving” the stage performance with charismatic and expressive stage presence. Armstrong became one of the first African-American artists that were popular among wide “white” audience. His influence extended far beyond jazz music and he is regarded as one of the most influential artists in the history of the 20th Century popular music.

On February 18, 1959.

What'd I say

On February 18, 1959, Ray Charles recorded the song “What’d I Say”. The recording was made in the late evening improvisation when Charles, his orchestra and backup singers had played their entire set list at a show. “Atlantic” label released the 7” single in July 1959 and it divided the song in two parts (A side and B side) with total length of 6:30 minutes. The song was produced by Jerry Wax. This was Ray Charles first gold record and it is one of the most influential songs in the history of modern music.  In 2002 “What’d I say” was added to the “National Recording Registry” and ranked at number 10 in Rolling Stone ’​s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of all Time”.