To Whom Does a Noise Narc Narc? To the Jazz Police.

I don’t really have a good reason or special occasion to post the following except that I just happened to come across it and now must share:

After some googling, I found out that this performance is taken from a late night music variety show produced by Lorne Michaels, Night Music with David Sanborn, that featured mostly jazz and electronic music and aired from 1988 to 1990.

The transition into the song is sort of awkward, but in his solos, Sonny Rollins (who’s looking here like he could have formed the basis for The Simpsons‘ “Bleedin’ Gums” Murphy) really kills it in the good way.  Be sure to note the alto player standing awkwardly (you see him at the 5:10 mark), thinking to himself, “Yeah, I know, I know…I shouldn’t even be up here!” (Update: now that I think of it, chances are that’s Mr. Smooth Jazz, David Sanborn, himself.  So I guess he’s thinking, “screw you guys, it’s my show, I can share the stage with Sonny if I want!”)

Sonny Rollins looked quite a bit older when I saw him play at Penn State in, I think, 2001, nearly fifty years after he recorded the landmark, Saxophone Colossus.

Here’s the album version of “Who By Fire,” from the highly-recommended New Skin for an Old Ceremony (1974):

Leonard Cohen, “Who By Fire”

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5 Responses to To Whom Does a Noise Narc Narc? To the Jazz Police.

  1. David G says:

    Looking like because he did: “Murphy makes his first appearance playing his saxophone on a bridge in the middle of the night. This is a reference to Sonny Rollins, the great saxophonist, who famously retired from public and was not seen for three years, until a journalist discovered him playing the saxophone alone on the Williamsburg Bridge.” [via WikiSimpsons]

    Look at that f-ing Williamsburg hipster wail.

    I agree, he does kill it: but I just hate the style so much it’s hard to acknowledge. I was just thinking this morning that I don’t know enough of Leonard Cohen’s catalog beyond the first three albums. So, queue it up, Mog.

    • David G says:

      Screw Mog: they don’t have it. I’ll have to listen to Death of a Ladies Man instead, which has one of my all-time favorite album covers:

    • Heh. Guess I should have investigated that myself.

      After watching this video it occurred to me that I’m pretty much in that same boat being fairly ignorant of Cohen’s later stuff, though New Skin is still an early one where he’s just starting to change his sound.

      I like a couple tracks from I’m Your Man, like “First We Take Manhattan” and “Everybody Knows,” but the rest of it sort of blows, I think. And I couldn’t even make it all the way through Dear Heather when that came out.

      • David G says:

        Yeah, I mean, I’ve listened to quite a few of the other albums, but always just in passing. I now realize I’ve listened to both Death of a Ladies Man and New Skin, just very flittingly.

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