on 17 February 2010
"Life" magazine photographer Smith documented the comings and goings and happenings at his NY loft in late 1950s/early 1960s. So many of these photos - particularly those with Monk - are both memorable and natural. I recommend to all who are interested in NY jazz in the period, both well-known and less celebrated, plenty here to delight the eye. Even more intriguing are the tape boxes that are also pictured - Smith recorded street noise, TV/radio shows, conversations, and most crucially, hours and hours of the musicians playing 'after hours' in jam sessions, and notably Monk & arranger Hall Overton in rehearsal for the Town hall concert of 1957. Also Mingus, Jimmy Giuffre, Zoot Sims, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Bley and the wonderful pianist Sonny Clark [and many many more]. I only hope that some of the music -particularly Sonny Clark! - eventually surfaces on CD or is otherwise made available somehow. A fascinating and worthwhile document would thus be enhanced.