Scott LaFaro – Pieces of Jade

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Pieces of Jade is a posthumously-released album by jazz bassist Scott LaFaro. It consists of five tracks dating from 1961 featuring LaFaro in a trio format with pianist Don Friedman and drummer Pete La Roca, a 23-minute recording of LaFaro rehearsing with pianist Bill Evans in 1960, a 1966 interview with Evans, and a Friedman solo piano piece dedicated to LaFaro, recorded in 1985. The album was released in 2009 by Resonance Records (Wikipedia).

In a review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos wrote: “that this recording exists is nothing less than a miracle, and an event in the annals of jazz… It’s a rare window into the soul of Scott LaFaro… and a complement to the book written by his sister.”

Track listing:
“I Hear a Rhapsody” (Dick Gasparre, George Fragos, Jack Baker) – 6:17
“Sacre Bléu (take 1)” (Don Friedman) – 6:11
“Green Dolphin St.” (Bronisław Kaper, Ned Washington) – 6:36
“Sacre Bléu (take 2)” (Don Friedman) – 6:18
“Woody ‘n’ You” (Dizzy Gillespie) – 5:38
“My Foolish Heart – Rehearsal Tape: Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro – 1960” (Victor Young, Ned Washington) – 22:44
“Interview with Bill Evans by George Klabin 1966” – 13:39
“Memories for Scotty” (Don Friedman) – 6:23

Tracks 1–5 recorded in 1961. Track 6 recorded in 1960. Track 7 recorded in 1966. Track 8 recorded in 1985.

Scott LaFaro – bass (tracks 1–6)
Don Friedman – piano (tracks 1–5, 8)
Pete LaRoca – drums (tracks 1–5)
Bill Evans – piano (track 6)


Released: 2009
Recorded: 1960, 1961, 1966, 1985
Length: 1:13:38
Label: Resonance Records