Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Djangologie (1928-1950)

Django Reinhardt was the first hugely influential jazz figure to emerge from Europe -- and he remains the most influential European to this day, with possible competition from Joe Zawinul, George Shearing, John McLaughlin, his old cohort Stephane Grappelli and a bare handful of others. A free-spirited gypsy, Reinhardt wasn't the most reliable person in the world, frequently wandering off into the countryside on a whim. Yet Reinhardt came up with a unique way of propelling the humble acoustic guitar into the front line of a jazz combo in the days before amplification became widespread. He would spin joyous, arcing, marvelously inflected solos above the thrumming base of two rhythm guitars and a bass, with Grappelli's elegantly gliding violin serving as the perfect foil. His harmonic concepts were startling for their time -- making a direct impression upon Charlie Christian and Les Paul, among others -- and he was an energizing rhythm guitarist behind Grappelli, pushing their groups into a higher gear. Not only did Reinhardt put his stamp upon jazz, his string band music also had an impact upon the parallel development of Western swing, which eventually fed into the wellspring of what is now called country music. Although he could not read music, with Grappelli and on his own, Reinhardt composed several winsome, highly original tunes like "Daphne," "Nuages" and "Manoir de Mes Reves," as well as mad swingers like "Minor Swing" and the ode to his record label of the '30s, "Stomping at Decca." As the late Ralph Gleason said about Django's recordings, "They were European and they were French and they were still jazz."
A violinist first and a guitarist later, Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt grew up in a gypsy camp near Paris where he absorbed the gypsy strain into his music. A disastrous caravan fire in 1928 badly burned his left hand, depriving him of the use of the fourth and fifth fingers, but the resourceful Reinhardt figured out a novel fingering system to get around the problem that probably accounts for some of the originality of his style. According to one story, during his recovery period, Reinhardt was introduced to American jazz when he found a 78 RPM disc of Louis Armstrong's "Dallas Blues" at an Orleans flea market. He then resumed his career playing in Parisian cafes until one day in 1934 when Hot Club chief Pierre Nourry proposed the idea of an all-string band to Reinhardt and Grappelli. Thus was born the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, which quickly became an international draw thanks to a long, splendid series of Ultraphone, Decca and HMV recordings.
The outbreak of war in 1939 broke up the Quintette, with Grappelli remaining in London where the group was playing and Reinhardt returning to France. During the war years, he led a big band, another quintet with clarinetist Hubert Rostaing in place of Grappelli, and after the liberation of Paris, recorded with such visiting American jazzmen as Mel Powell, Peanuts Hucko and Ray McKinley. In 1946, Reinhardt took up the electric guitar and toured America as a soloist with the Duke Ellington band but his appearances were poorly received. Some of his recordings on electric guitar late in his life are bop escapades where his playing sounds frantic and jagged, a world apart from the jubilant swing of old. However, starting in Jan. 1946, Reinhardt and Grappelli held several sporadic reunions where the bop influences are more subtly integrated into the old, still-fizzing swing format. In the 1950s, Reinhardt became more reclusive, remaining in Europe, playing and recording now and then until his death from a stroke in 1953. His Hot Club recordings from the `30s are his most irresistible legacy; their spirit and sound can be felt in current groups like Holland's Rosenberg Trio.
Richard S. Ginell

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Django Reinhardt


Cd 1

1 Griserie (Bosc, Millandy, Varenne)  2:42
2 Carinosa (Larena, Pesenti)  2:53
3 Si j'aime Suzy (Bastia)  2:14
4 Presentation Stomp (Warlop)  3:01
5 Blue Moon (Rogers, Hart)  3:15
6 Avalon (Jolson, DeSylva, Rose)  3:00
7 What a Difference a Day made (Grever, Adams)  3:15
8 Stardust (Hoagy, Carmichaël, Parish)  3:10
9 Rosetta (Hines, Woods)  2:35
10 Stardust (Hoagy, Carmichaël, Parish)  2:29
11 The Object of my Affection (Poe, Grier, Tomplin)  2:45
12 I'se Muggin' (Smith)  3:05
13 I Can't Give You Anything but Love (McHugh, Fields)  3:20
14 Oriental Shuffle (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:37


This 20-cd series by EMI features guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli on recordings not duplicated by the various GNP/Crescendo reissues. In fact, the first 11 selections on the first volume (which has sideman appearances with pianist Garnet Clark, tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, violinist Michel Warlop and three early recordings including one song that features Django on banjo in 1928), are not on the massive EMI ten-CD set Djangology.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 2

1 After You'Gone (Creamer, Layton)  3:04
2 Are You in the Mood (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:48
3 Limehouse Blues (Furber, Braham)  2:43
4 Nagasaki (Warren, Dixon)  2:48
5 Swing Guitars (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:22
6 Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy, Carmichaël, Gorrell)  3:12
7 shine (Mck, Dabney, Brown)  2:53
8 In the Still of the Night (Carmichaël, Trent)  3:01
9 Sweet Chorus (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:43
10 Exactly Like You (McHugh, Fields)  2:24
11 Charleston (Mack, Johnson)  2:48
12 You're Driving me Crazy (Donaldson)  2:49
13 Tears (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:33
14 Solitude (Ellington, DeLange, Mills)  3:04


Cd 3

1 Hot Lips (Busse, Lange, Davis)  3:00
2 Ain't Misbehavin (Razaf, Waller, Brooks)  2:48
3 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  2:39
4 Body and Soul (Hayman, Eyton, Green, Sour)  3:21
5 When Day is Done (DeSylva, Katscher)  3:07
6 Runnin'wild (Gibbs, Grey, Wood)  2:51
7 Chicago (Fischer)  3:21
8 Libestraum n°3 (Liszt, arr. Reinhardt)  3:15
9 Miss Annabelle Lee (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:44
10 A little Love, a Little Kiss (Silésu, Nilson Fyscher)  3:16
11 Mistery Pacific (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:17
12 In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Mills, Kurtz)  2:58
13 The Sheik of Araby (Wheeler, Smith, Snyder)  2:59
14 Improvisation (Reinhardt)  2:54


Cd 4

1 Parfum (Reinhardt)  2:57
2 Alabamy Bound (Green, De Sylva, Henderson)  2:45
3 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller)  2:42
4 Crazy Rhythm (Meyer, Kahn)  2:56
5 Out of Nowhere (Heyman, Green)  3:09
6 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  2:55
7. Bugle Call Rag (Meyers, Schoebel, Pettis)  2:45
8 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arle, Koehler)  2:50
9 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)  2:15
10 Sweet Sue (Young, Harris)  3:05
11 Hangin Around Boudon (Wells)  2:50
12 Japanese Sandman (Willemetz, Charles, Whiting)  3:00
13 Pennies from Heaven (Johnston, Burke)  2:19
14 Tiger Rag (DeCosta, LaRocca)  2:31


Cd 5

1 Saint Louis Blues (Handy)   2:38
2 Boucin'Around (Deloof)  2:41
3 Eddie's Blues (Reinhardt, South)  3:02
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  2:42
5 Lady be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:12
6 Dinah (Akst, Young, Lewis)  2:22
7 Daphné (Reinhardt)  2:56
8 You took Advantage of Me (Rodgers, Hart)  2:49
9 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  2:31
10 I ain't got Nobody (Graham, Williams)  3:00
11 Baby won't you Please come Home (Warfield, Williams)  2:55
12 Big Boy Blues (Goodie)  3:21
13 Swing Guitars (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:01
14 Bill Coleman Blues (Coleman)  2:43


Vol. 5 of EMI's twenty-Cd reissue series of Django Reinhardt recordings has many interesting gems among its 14 performances. Reinhardt is heard on a couple of trio sides, interacts with violinists Stephane Grappelli, Eddie South and Michel Warlop in different combinations (all three fiddle players are on "Lady Be Good") and takes significant solos in a small group led by trumpeter Bill Coleman.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 6

1 Somebody Loves Me (McDonald, De Sylva, Gershwin)  3:23
2 Can't Believe that you're in Love with Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  3:13
3 Minor Swing (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:11
4 Viper's Dream (Allen)  3:09
5 Fiddle's Blues (Reinhardt, Grappelli, South)  2:40
6 Interpretation Swing du 1er Mouvement du Concerto
en ré mineur de J.S. Bach (Bach, arr. Reinhardt)  2:22
7 Improvisation sur le 1er Mouvement du Concerto
en ré mineur de J.S. Bach (Bach, arr. Reinhardt)  3:16
8 Swingin' with Django (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:46
9 Paramount Stomp (Romans, Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:32
10 Boléro (Reinhardt)  3:58
11 Mabel (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  4:03
12 My Serenade (Reinhardt)  2:57
13 Serenade for a Wealthy Widow (Fields, Foresythe)  3:13
14 Taj Mahal (Warlop)  3:18


Cd 7

1 Organ Grinder's Swing (Mills, Parish, Hudson)  2:33
2 You Rascal You (Theard)  3:01
3 Tea for Two (Youmans)  3:09
4 Christmas Swing (Reinhardt)  2:45
5 Stephen's Blues (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:11
6 Sugar (Alexander, Pinkard, Mitchell)  2:58
7 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  3:13
8 Tea for two (Youmans)  2:46
9 Blues (Brun)  3:00
10 Easy Going (Deloof)  3:00
11 Harlem Swing (Deloof)  2:35
12 Sweet Sue (Young, Harris)  2:26
13 I'm Coming Virginia (Heywood, Cook)  3:02
14 Farewell Blues (Schoebel, Rappolo, Mares)  3:12


When one thinks of guitarist Django Reinhardt's recordings of the 1930s, it is of The Quintet of the Hot Club of France, the group that consisted of Reinhardt, violinist Stephane Grappelli, two rhythm guitarists and string bass. However on this cd, the seventh volume out of twenty put out by EMI, Django is instead heard with recording groups led by violinist michel Warlop, trumpeter Philippe Brun and altoist Benny Carter. In addition, he duets with Grappelli nad takes "Tea for Two" as an unaccompanied solo. Classic music that has also been reissued in EMI's Djangologie ten-CD box set.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 8

Taille de police1 Blue Light Blues (Carter, Ellington)  3:03
2 Body and Soul (Heyman, Eyton, Green, Sour)  3:02
3 Lover Come Back to Me (Hammerstein, Romberg)  2:29
4 My Melancholy Baby (Norton, Burnett, Maybelle)  3:04
5 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:43
6 Montmartre (Stewart)  2:20
7 Low Cotton (Stewart)  3:00
8 Finesse (Taylor)  2:20
9 I Know that You Know (Caldwell, Youmans)  2:30
10 Solid old Man (Bigard, Taylor, Stewart)  3:05
11 Dream Ship (Romans)  2:50
12 I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  2:20
13 Stockholm (Reinhardt)  2:44
14 Younger Generation (Coward)  2:21


Cd 9

1 I'll See You In My Dreams (Kahn, Jones)  2:28
2 Echoes Of Spain (Reinhardt)  3:02
3 Out Of Nowhere (Heyman, Green)  3:03
4 Baby (Fields, McHugh)  2:31
5 Naguine (Reinhardt)  2:22
6 Scatterbrain (Masters, Burke, Bean)  2:20
7 Jumpin' At The Woodside (Basie)  2:55
8 Boogie Woogie Part 1 (Smith)  2:50
9 Boogie Woogie Part 2 (Smith)  2:35
10 Blue Skies (Berlin)  2:35
11 Stomp (Hampton)  2:15
12 Rosetta (Hines, Woods)  2:25
13 Sugar (Alexander, Pinkard, Mitchell)  2:40
14 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (Berlin)  2:35


The ninth volume in this twenty-cd series finds Django Reinhardt, after performing some duets with violinst Stephane Grappelli and a few unaccompanied solos, moving into the war years (which Grappelli spent in England). Reinhardt is heard taking guitar solos in groups led by trumpeter Arthur Briggs, tenor-saxophonist Alix Combelle, trumpeter Philippe Brun and altoist Andre Ekyan. These lesser-known performances should delight swing fans since they contain more than their share of hot moments.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 10

1 Margie (Davis, Conrad, Robinson)  2:15
2 Tears (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:40
3 Limehouse Blues (Furber, Braham)  2:25
4 Daphne (Reinhardt)  2:49
5 Jimmy's Bar (Brun)   2:47
6 Rhythm Futur (Reinhardt)  2:36
7 Begin The Beguine (Porter, arr. Shaw)  2:50
8 Blues (Reinhardt)  3:05
9 Coucou (Extrait) (Mathas, Féline)  0:50
10 Indecision (Shavers)  3:00
11 Tiger Rag (LaRocca, DeCosta, arr. Combelle)  2:45
12 Quatre Tickets (Combelle)  2:30
13 Le Sheik (Wheeler, Smith, Sydner)  2:15
14 Noel Blues (Chiboust)  2:55


This valuable cd (the halfway mark of EMI's twenty-cd series of Django Reinhardt recordings) finds the guitarist forming a new group. After a selection with altoist Andre Ekyan and five numbers heading a medium-sized band (under the title of "Django's Music"), Reinhardt is heard with his new Quintet of the Hot Club of France, a band now comprised of clarinetist Hubert Rostaing, two guitars, bass and drums. This set also has a few selections from groups led by tenors Alix Combelle and Noel Chiboust. Valuable and formerly rare European swing performances.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 11
(1940) [II]

1 Margie (Davis, Conrad, Robinson)  2;20
2 Indécision (Shavers)  3:15
3 Oui, c'est ça (Barelli)  2:40
4 Swing 41 (Reinhardt)  3:04
5 Nuages (Reinhardt)  3:13
6 Pour vous (Reinhardt)  3:15
7 Fantaisie sur une danse norvégienne (Grieg, arr. Reinhardt)  2:29
8 Vendredi 13 (Reinhardt)  2:59
9 Liebesfreud (Kreisler, arr. Reinhardt)  2:35
10 Mabel (Reinhardt)  3:14
11 Petits mensonges (Donaldson)  3:12
12 Les Yeux noirs (Trad.)  3:00
13 Sweet Sue (Young, Harris)  2:45
14 Swing de Paris (Reinhardt)  2:58


The eleventh of twenty volumes in EMI's Djangologie series mostly focuses on the guitarist's new Quintet of the Hot Club of France, a group that matched Django with clarinetist Hubert Rostaing to form a strikingly modern sound very different than the Benny Goodman Sextet (which had similar instrumentation). In addition, tenor-saxophonist Alix Combelle guests on a couple of songs and there are a few numbers by orchestras led by trumpeter Aime Barelli and tenor-saxophonist Noel Chiboust. This enjoyable music is also available in EMI's ten-CD box.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 12

1 Oiseaux Des Iles (Reinhardt)  2:46
2 All Of Me (Marks, Simons)  2:43
3 Sur Les Bords De L'Alamo (Kayes, Jones, Lyons)  3:10
4 Pour Terminer (Combelle, Wagner)  3:00
5 Petite Lili (Allier)  3:18
6 Ninouche (Allier)  3:15
7 Festival Swing (Combelle, Combelle)  4:10
8 Stockholm (Reinhardt)  3:07
9 De Nulle Part (Heyman, Green)  3:00
10 Hungaria (Reinhardt)  2:25
11 Dinette (Reinhardt)  2:46
12 Crépuscule (Reinhardt, Blanche)  2:56
13 Swing 42 (Reinhardt, Riesner)  2:45
14 Festival Swing 1942 (Extrait) (Rostaing, arr. Combelle, Reinhardt)  1:13


It is remarkable how much recording guitarist Django Reinhardt was able to do during the war years despite France being occupied. On the twelfth of twenty volumes in this valuable LP series, Reinhardt stars with clarinetist Hubert Rostaing in his new Quintet of the Hot Club of France, adds valuable solos to the recordings of clarinetist Christian Wagner, trumpeter Pierre Allier and altoist Andre Ekyan, and participates on two all-star "Festival Swing" sessions. Recommended, as are all of the releases in this program.
Scott Yanow 

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Cd 13

1 Première Idée D'Eddie (Barclay, Rostaing)  3:20
2 Nympheas (Reinhardt)  4:03
3 Féerie (Reinhardt)  3:34
4 Belleville (Reinhardt)  2:30
5 Lentement Demoiselle (Reinhardt)  3:13
6 Douce Ambiance (Reinhardt)  2:17
7 Manoir De Mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  3:15
8 Oui (Si Tu Me Dis Oui) (Combelle, Gasté)  2:05
9 Cavalerie (Reinhardt)  2:31
10 Fleur D'Ennui (Reinhardt)  2:28
11 Blues Clair (Reinhardt)  2:59
12 Improvisation N°3 - Part 1 (Reinhardt)  2:55
13 Improvisation N°3 - Part 2 (Reinhardt)  2:43
14 Belleville (Reinhardt)  2:40


There are some real rarities on Vol. 13 of this superlative twenty-cd series. Guitarist Django Reinhardt is heard during the worst war years leading his Quintet of the Hot Club of France (which in addition to its usual clarinetist Hubert Rostaing, features clarinetists Andre Lluis and Gerald Leveque on several tracks), heading a couple of big bands and taking two unaccompanied solos on "Improvisation No. 3."
Scott Yanow

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Cd 14

1 Oubli (Reinhardt)  2:40
2 Zuiderzee Blues (Bulterman)  2:35
3 Abc (Candrix)  2:20
4 Gaiement (Reinhardt)  2:38
5 Mélodie Au Crepuscule (Extrait) (Reinhardt, Riesner)  0:36
6 Blues D'autrefois (Reinhardt)  2:31
7 Place De Brouckere (Reinhardt)  2:55
8 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Fields, McHugh)  2:17
9 Artillerie Lourde (Reinhardt)  4:30
10 Djangology (Reinhardt)  2:35
11 Swing Guitars (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:20
12 Manoir De Mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  3:08
13 Are You In The Mood ? (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:50
14 Swingtime In Springtime (Reinhardt)  2:48


Cd 15

1 Coquette (Lombardo, Kahn, Green)  2:58
2 Django's Tiger (Reinhardt)  2:33
3 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:04
4 Echoes Of France (Rouget de L'Isle, arr. Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:43
5 Yours And Mine (Freed, Brown)  2:48
6 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Fields, McHugh)  2:41
7 I Won't Dance (Fields, Kern, McHugh, Hammerstein)  2:43
8 R-Vingt Six (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:33
9 How High The Moon (Lewis, Hamilton)  2:31
10 Lover Man (Davis, Sherman, Ramirez)  3:14
11 Blue Lou (Sampson, Mills)  2:18
12 Blues (Reinhardt)  2:34
13 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  2:04
14 Ol' Man River (Kern, Hammerstein)  2:35


With World War II over, in 1946 violinist Stephane Grappelli returned to France and had the first of several recorded reunions with guitarist Django Reinhardt. This fifteenth of twenty-cd volumes in EMI's very valuable series contains 11 performances from three different reunions during 1946-47, showing that the old magic between the two masters was still there. This set also features Reinhardt's newer version of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with clarinetist Hubert Rostaing on three numbers.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 16

1 Si Tu Savais (Ulmer)  2:40
2 Eveline (Grappelli)  2:09
3 Diminushing (Reinhardt)  3:10
4 Mike (Reinhardt)  2:45
5 Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:51
6 Festival 48 (Reinhardt)  2:34
7 Fantaisie (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:48
8 Brick Top (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  2:59
9 Just For Fun (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:02
10 To Easch His Own - Symphonie (Alstone, Lawrence, Livingston, Evans)  2:59
11 Over The Rainbow (Harburg, Arlen)  2:39
12 Minor Blues (Reinhardt)  2:41
13 Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir (Trénet, Hess, Misraki)  2:47
14 Nagasaki (Warren, Dixon)  2:48


All 14 selections on this 16th volume of EMI's twenty-cd Django Reinhardt series reunite the great guitarist with violinist Stephane Grappelli. They teamed up on Nov. 14, 1947, March 10, 1948 and then, starting with the final four selections, for an extensive series of recordings in Jan. and Feb. 1949. Although there are a few standards included, there are also a surprising number of originals. The old magic was still there.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 17

1 Swing 39 (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:09
2 Clopin-Clopant (Coquatrix, Dudan)  3:01
3 Liza (Gershwin, Kahn)  2:46
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  3:11
5 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  3:48
6 My Blue Heaven (Whitting, Donaldson)  3:26
7 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton, Maybelle, Watson)  3:28
8 Just A Gigolo (Caesar, Casucci)  3:26
9 Troublant Bolero (Boléro De Django) (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:34
10 Rosetta (Hines, Woods)  2:56
11 Dream Of You (Lunceford)  4:03
12 Begin The Beguine (Porter)  3:43
13 How High The Moon (Lewis, Hamilton)  3:36
14 Nuages (Reinhardt)  3:24


Vol. 17 has 14 of the many selections recorded at some marathon sessions in Italy during Jan. and Feb. 1949, the final recorded reunion of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Eleven of the songs on this album (including Reinhardt's "Nuages") are standards but the two principals (backed by a standard rhythm section) come up with consistently fresh and swinging statements.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 18

1 I Can't Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:49
2 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Fields, McHugh)  3:36
3 Manoir De Mes Rêves (Reinhardt)  3:22
4 Sweet Georgia (Brown Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  3:50
5 Minor Swing (Reienhardt, Grappelli)  2:23
6 Double Scotch (Reinhardt)  2:50
7 Artillerie Lourde (Reinhardt)  3:40
8 Saint James Infirmary (Primerose)  2:30
9 « C » Jam Blues (Ellington)  3:29
10 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  3:21
11 Belleville (Reinhardt)  5:30
12 Nuages (Reinhardt)  6:20


Recorded just a few years before Django Reinhardt passed away, the 12 selections on Djangologie 18 find the Belgian guitarist in a variety of settings with and without old partner Stephane Grappelli. Having last played in 1939 when the original Quintette of the Hot Club of France disbanded because of the war, Reinhardt and Grappelli reformed the band in 1946 and played together sporadically until 1950. Kicking off this collection of material from 1949-1950 (part of EMI's 18-volume retrospective of the guitarist), Reinhardt and Grappelli dig into quintet versions of "I Can't Get Started" and "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" and recapture some of the magic of their classic late '30s sides. Even more impressive is their duet on Reinhardt's melancholy "Manoir de Mas Rêves." Next, Reinhardt switches to electric guitar and introduces a new QHCF, featuring clarinetist and alto saxophonist André Ekyan as Grappelli's replacement. Mixing in fine originals like "Double Scotch" with some standards, the guitarist pulls off some engaging solos while Eykan impresses throughout; unfortunately, much of the buoyant swing of vintage QHCF sides is missing. Closing out the set in intimate and somewhat rambling fashion, Reinhardt goes solo on two of his finest numbers, "Nuages" and "Belleville." A fine disc that's probably best suited for staunch Reinhardt fans.
Stephen Cook

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Cd 19

1 Micro (Mike) (Reinhardt)  2:17
2 Stormy Weather (Ellington)  3:28
3 Blue Skies (Berlin)  4:10
4 The Man I Love (Gershwin)  3:16
5 The Peanut Vendor (Simons, Sunshine)  3:56
6 It Might as Well be Spring (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  4:03
7 Micro (Mike) [alternate Take] (Reinhardt)  2:40
8 Danse Norvegienne (Grieg, arr. Reinhardt)  3:08
9 Dinette (Reinhardt)  2:57
10 Rêverie (Debussy)  3:03
11 Place de Broukere (Reinhardt)  2:54
12 Black Night (Reinhardt)  3:33
13 Boogie Woogie (Ekyan)  3:23


The 19th of 20 cds in EMI's very valuable Django Reinhardt series contains six selections date from the extensive (and final) musical reunion with violinist Stephane Grappelli in 1949. It is interesting to hear them interpret such songs as "The Peanut Vendor" and "It Might as Well Be Spring." The remainder of this set is from April and May 1950 and finds altoist Andre Ekyan co-starring as a member of Reinhardt's Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Five of the seven songs that they perform are Reinhardt originals. It's a well-rounded and highly enjoyable album.
Scott Yanow

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Cd 20

1 Nature Boy (Ahbez, Palex, Hennevé)  3:27
2 Blue Loue (Sampson, Mills, Gordon)  3:08
3 I'll Never Be The Same (Signorelli, Malneck)  3:58
4 Brazil (Barroso)  2:48
5 For Sentimental Reasons (Best)  3:28
6 Webster (Reinhardt)  2:00
7 Improvisation N°4 (Reinhardt)  2:10
8 Undecided (Shavers, Robin)  3:00
9 Time On My Hands (Youmans, Adamson, Gordon)  2:54
10 Night And Day (Porter)  3:02
11 To Each His Own (Evans, Livingston)  3:46
12 Micro (Mike) II (Reinhardt)  2:17
13 What A Difference A Day Made (Grever, Adams)  3:33
14 Pigalle (Ulmer, Koger)  2:43


The 20th and final volume in this giant EMI Django Reinhardt series sticks to the Django Reinhardt-Stephane Grappelli reunion of 1949, their final meeting on records. The guitarist proves to be much more influenced by bop (and more modern) than the violinist but they clearly inspired and brought out the best in each other.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fpfpxqqhld6e

Feat. Django Reinhardt, Alix Combelle, André Ekyan, Alix Combelle, Joseph Reinhardt, Guy Paquinet, Hubert Rostaing, Eugène d'Hellemmes, Benny Carter, Challin, Ferret, Louis Vola, Lucien Simoëns, Michel Warlop, Stéphane Grappelli, Coleman Hawkins, Eugène Vées, Larry Adler, Barney Bigard, Rex Stewart, Emmanuel Soudieux, Bill Coleman, Roger Paraboschi, Pierre Fouad, Coleman Hawkins, Christian Wagner, Eddie South, Roger Chaput, Jerry Mengo, etc...

Recorded between March 1928 & May 1950

(See the complete artwork, back covers, for all details)

See also

Paul Moer Trio

A fine pianist, Paul Moer never gained a big name for himself and has long ago slipped into obscurity. Moer graduated from the University of Miami in 1951. He played with many West Coast musicians during the 1950's including Benny Carter, Vido Musso, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, Bill Holman and Shorty Rogers. Moer worked in the studios (both as a pianist and as an arranger), toured Australia with Benny Carter in 1960, appeared on a few titles with Charles Mingus, recorded with Jack Montrose and John Graas, and cut a trio album in the late 1950's for Del Fi with bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Frank Butler. He worked with Paul Horn (1960-63), Ruth Price and Buddy DeFranco but then little was heard of the pianist until he made a trio set for Fresh Sound in the 1990's of Elmo Hope tunes.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:difexqtgldse

Paul Moer
The Contemporary Jazz Classics of the 
Paul Moer Trio


1 Azure Blues (Moer)  2:23
2 I Love Paris (Porter)  2:50
3 Cutie (Moer)  4:17
4 Short Politician (Moer)  2:32
5 To a Folk Song (Moer)  5:54
6 Moer or Less (Moer)  3:48
7 Mary Ann (Moer)  4:19
8 We'll Be Together Again (Fischer, Laine)  3:05
9 Our Waltz (Moer)  3:26
10 Untiled Melody (Moer)  5:03


Paul Moer - p
Jimmy Bond - b
Frank Butler - b

Recorded in 1959

One of pianist Paul Moer's rare sessions as a leader (a date so obscure as to not even be listed in some discographies), this CD reissue from the Del Fi label features Moer in a trio with bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Frank Butler. Best-known for his brief association with Charles Mingus, Moer plays quite well on ten songs, the majority of which are his compositions. Based on this thoughtful straightahead set alone, Paul Moer deserved much more recognition than he received.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kzfuxqyhldse

Friday, February 20, 2015

Herb Ellis - Man With the Guitar

Herb Ellis's first record for the Dot label was also his last, and his last solo project (apart from a Columbia release around the same time) for the next eight years, during which time he mostly played sessions on other people's albums. With tenor saxman Teddy Edwards, organist Ron Feuer, bassist Monty Budwig, and drummer Stan Levey, he has put together a tight pop-jazz ensemble, in which Ellis' guitar is surprisingly understated in its prominence. This may actually disappoint some fans, though the playing by Edwards and Feuer is certainly pleasing enough, even if Ellis does most of the really interesting improvising, most notably on Ray Brown's "AM Blues." "Tennessee Waltz" is also well worth hearing, for Ellis' and Edwards' playing. And the group has fun with "Besame Mucho" as well. The CD version of this album is available exclusively as a Japanese import (Universal Victor), with extremely delicate sound in a superb analog-to-digital transfer.
Bruce Eder


Herb Ellis
Man With the Guitar


1 Empty Rooms (Ellis, Mills)  6:38
2 Swingin' on a Shoestring (Weston, Bergman, Keith)  4:16
3 A M Blues (Brown)  5:25
4 Tennessee Waltz (King, Stewart)  4:04
5 Herbin' (Ellis)  4:56
6 Besame Mucho (Velasquez, Skylar)  6:25


Herb Ellis - g
Teddy Edwards - ts
Ron Feuer - org
Monty Budwig - b
Stan Levey - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles ; 1965.

Don Fagerquist Octet

Trumpeter/arranger Fagerquist defines the typical West Coast cool sound, and his band plays every nuance, phrase, and measure in hushed tones as a reserved, attractive, easily likable pure jazz persona. The band features such notables as alto saxophonist Herb Geller, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, pianist/arranger Marty Paich, and drummer Mel Lewis. Lesser knowns such as second trumpeter Ed Leddy, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Lang, bassist Buddy Clark, and French horn player Vince DeRosa prove their mettle amongst the tall California redwood big names. The octet plays eight reworked standards, some like "Easy to Love" much cooler than the others, and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" a fine, full, and mellow ballad, both trumpet led. Though typical of '50s cool, "Aren't You Glad You're You?" has a hopping "Would You Like to Swing on a Star"-type melody, trumpet and trombone upfront, piano setting up the horns who throw this melody down, while the easy swinger "All the Things You Are" is somewhat predictable but rich in harmonic content. It's clear this is Fagerquist's session and he deals the melodic cards on "The Song Is You," the others playing a second line, then the whole section counterpoints the third. They're all over the place, bouncing here and there during "Time After Time," and DeRosa leads into trumpet on "Easy Living," followed by a tip-toe traipsing bridge chart for all. The most challenging arrangement crops up on "Lullaby of Birdland." The first half of the melody is cleanly stated, the other half broken up and reassembled several times over, a good swinger as Geller's alto gets the spotlight in a Bird-like solo with more counterpoint and Enevoldsen's trombone trading lines with Geller. This is a sleeper, one that doesn't jump out and grab you graphically, and the names are innocent, most notably Fagerquist's. Still it's a session that should not be ignored as one of the hallmarks of Pacific jazz expressionism in those feel-good times and a pivot point in jazz recordings of glorious 1957. Highly recommended.
Michael G. Nastos

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hvfexqrgld6e

Don Fagerquist Octet
Eight by Eight
(Music to Fill a Void)


1 Aren't You Glad You're You (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:14
2 Easy to Love (Porter)  4:41
3 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  3:33
4 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:32
5 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:55
6 Time After Time (Cahn, Styne)  4:20
7 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin)  4:12
8 Lullaby of Broadway (Dubin, Warren)  4:13


Don Fagerquist - tp
Herb Geller - as
Ronnie Lang - bs
Ed Leddy - tp
Bob Enevoldsen - tb
Vince DeRosa - frhrn
Marty Paich - p
Buddy Clark - b
Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded on September 14, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California

Rolf Kuhn - And His Sound of Jazz

Rolf Kuhn's style has evolved through the years. The clarinetist started out playing in German dance bands in the late '40s. He worked with radio orchestras starting in 1952 and moved to the U.S. in 1956. Kuhn subbed for Benny Goodman on a few occasions during 1957-1958, played in the Tommy Dorsey ghost band (1958), and worked in a big band led by Urbie Green (1958-1960). In 1962, Kuhn returned to Germany, where he has explored more adventurous styles of jazz (including dates with his younger brother, keyboardist Joachim Kuhn) but still occasionally shows off his ties to swing. Kuhn recorded with an all-star group called Winner's Circle (1957), Toshiko Akiyoshi (1958), and as a leader starting in 1953, including a 1956 New York quartet date for Vanguard.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/record.php?record_id=1906

Rolf Kuhn
And His Sound Of Jazz


1 Istambul (Kenedy, Simon)  4:14
2 Waltzing Matilda (Paterson, Cowan)  3:55
3 Lady Of Spain (Evans, Reaves)  3:41
4 Canadian Sunset (Heywood, Gimbel)  5:15
5 South Of The Border (Kennedy, Carr)  4:07
6 Atlanta, GA (Skylar, Shaftel)  4:58
7 A Touch Of Berlin (Leux, Hannes, Balz)  3:05
8 Manhattan (Rodgers, Hart)  4:36
9 Chicago (Fisher)  3:18
10 Caravan (Tizol, Ellington, Mills)  3:56


[#1, 5, 6 & 9] Rolf Kuhn Sextet 
Rolf Kuhn - cl
Jack Sheldon - tp 
John Bunch - p
Chuck Wayne - g 
Henry Grimes - b
Ray Mosca - dr
[#3, 7 & 10*] Rolf Kuhn Quintet 
Rolf Kuhn - cl
John Bunch - p 
Jim Hall - g
Henry Grimes or George Duvivier* - b 
Ray Mosca - dr
[#2, 4 & 8] Rolf Kuhn Quartet
Rolf Kuhn - cl 
John Bunch - p & org
George Duvivier - b
Don Lamond - dr

Recorded in New York City ; 1960

The Swingin’ Guitar Of Marcel Bianchi

Marcel Bianchi
The Swingin’ Guitar of Marcel Bianchi
(Swing Sessions 1937-1953)


1 Jam Men (Allier)  2:49
2 Peter’s Stomp (Allier)  3:03
3 Farewell Blues (Schoebel, Rappolo, Mares)  3:21
4 Caravan (Tizol, Ellington, Mills)  2:42
5 Seul Ce Soir (Durand)  3:18
6 Bonsoir Jolie Madame (Trenet)  3:34
7 Caravan (Tizol, Ellington, Mills)  2:44
8 Wabash Blues (Meinken, Ringle)  2:44
9 Flamenco n°1 (Bianchi)  2:41
10. Flamenco n°2 (Bianchi)  2:48
11 When Day Is Done (Katscher)  2:38
12 My Blue Heaven (Whitting, Donaldson)  2:23
13 Smoke Rings (Gifford, Washington)  2:50
14 Out Of Nowhere (Hayman, Green)  2:53
15 Running Ragged (Venuti)  2:56
16 Bianchi’s Music (Bianchi)  2:39
17 Bianchi Stomp (Bianchi)  1:48
18 Out Of Nowhere (Hayman, Green)  2:18
19 Minor Swing (Reinhardt, Grappelli)  3:06
20 Delivery Shout (Huber)  1:53
21 Vocero (Trad.)  2:31
22 Deux Mélodies Corses (Trad.)  2:38
23 Celesta (Unia)  2:44
24 Carioca (Youmans, Kahn, Eliscu) - The Continental (Conrad, Magidson)  3:51
25 Night And Day - Begin The Biguine (Porter) - A Fine Romance (Kern, Fields)  4:57
26 Top Hat (Berlin) - I Wont Dance (Kern, Hammerstein, Harbach)  1:58


Featuring Marcel Bianchi, Pierre Fouad, Alix Combelle, Tony Rovira, Jerry Thomas, Hubert Rostaing, Antoine Franchi, Jerry Mengo, Armand Molinetti, Pierre Spiers, Ray Stokes, etc...

Recorded between May 15th, 1938 & 1953 

See the complete artwork for all details

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Miles Davis - Chronicle : The Complete Prestige Recordings (1951-1956)

The expanse of Miles Davis's recordings for Prestige Records, the California analogue to New York's Blue Note, is huge. In terms of artistic development, the eight CDs in this box span Davis's development from tentative searching through the full bloom of his first great quintet, whose frontline boasted Davis and a young John Coltrane. The sessions captured on Chronicle begin in 1951, with Davis's grainy debut for the label in a sextet with Sonny Rollins, and continue with the fascinating Lee Konitz-led quintet that Davis was eminently adaptable to, even with the kind of angular sounds Konitz's band drummed up. Listing the remaining sessions would be an exercise in boasting, given the presence of so many virtuoso bop and postbop giants. Given that Davis may well have piqued Prestige founder Bob Weinstock's interest through his playing with Charlie Parker, Bird shows up on a 1953 date, doubling tenor saxes with Rollins. Some have remarked that the pre-1954 Davis dates don't show nearly the smarts of the 1954 and after works, but for all that huff, there's some deep stuff in the early sessions, from the twined tenor saxes of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims to Davis's own uneasily fragile tone that hadn't taken on the full heft of its later precision. Then there are the quintet recordings, which carve out a secure spot for Davis in the annals of ultracreative jazz. Recorded in three marathon 1956 sessions, the quintet works came out on several LPs, all of which remain in print today in their exact form. The group sculpts a liquid groove that's got sharp teeth, what with Philly Joe Jones's crackling drums, and immeasurable tonic depth. Davis stays active in the midregister, blasting off lines that do indeed sound slow and methodical but also emit unmistakable impressionistic qualities that would wow fans for decades. Coltrane, himself still in a developing phase, drops lots of hints that knew bebop's architectonics so thoroughly as to be on the brink of deconstructing them definitively (which he later did on Giant Steps). Given the full trajectory of the music and the artists on these sessions, this is a majestic collection.
Andrew Bartlett

Source : http://www.amazon.com/Chronicle-Complete-Prestige-Recordings-1951-1956/dp/B000000ZC0

Miles Davis
The Complete Prestige Recordings


Cd. 1

1 Morpheus (Lewis)  2:20
2 Down (Davis)  2:52
3 The Blue Room [Take 1] (Rodgers, Hart)  2:50
4 The Blue Room [Take 2] (Rodgers, Hart)  3:00
5 Whispering (Schonburger, Coburn Rose)  3:02
6 I Know (Davis)  2:31
7 Odjenar (Russell)  2:50
8 Ezz-Thetic (Russell)  2:51
9 Hi Beck (Konitz)  3:04
10 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  2:24
11 Conception (Shearing)  4:01
12 Out of the Blue (Davis)  6:16
13 Denial (Davis)  5:37
14 Bluing (Davis)  9:55
15 Dig (Davis)  7:30
16 My Old Flame (Johnston, Coslow)  6:34
17 It's Only a Paper Moon (Rose, Harburg, Arlen)  5:26


Cd. 2

1 Compulsion (Davis)  5:44
2 The Serpent's Tooth [Take 1] (Davis)  7:00
3 The Serpent's Tooth [Take 2] (Davis)  6:16
4 'Round About Midnight (Monk, Williams, Hannighen)  7:05
5 Tasty Pudding (Cohn)  3:20
6 Willie the Wailer (Cohn)  4:25
7 Floppy (Cohn)  5:58
8 For Adults Only (Cohn)  5:32
9 When Lights Are Low (Carter, Williams)  3:25
10 Tune-Up (Davis)  3:52
11 Miles Ahead (Davis)  4:25
12 Smooch (Davis, Mingus)  3:02
13 Four (Davis)  4:00
14 Old Devil Moon (Harburg, Lane)  3:22
15 Blue Haze (Davis)  6:05


Cd. 3

1 Solar (Davis)  4:42
2 You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye, DePaul)  4:21
3 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  6:55
4 I'll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnston)  7:51
5 Blue 'N' Boogie (Gillespie, Paparelli)  8:16
6 Walkin' (Carpenter)  13:25
7 Airegin (Rollins)  4:55
8 Oleo (Rollins)  5:08
9 But Not for Me [Take 1] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:40
10 But Not for Me [Take 2] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:35
11 Doxy (Rollins)  4:50


Cd. 4

1 Bags' Groove [Take 1] (Jackson)  11:11
2 Bags' Groove [Take 2] (Jackson)  9:21
3 Bemsha Swing (Monk, Best)  9:27
4 Swing Spring (Davis)  10:39
5 The Man I Love [Take 1] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  8:02
6 The Man I Love [Take 2] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:57
7 I Didn't (Davis)  6:02
8 Will You Still Be Mine ? (Dennis, Adair)  6:20


Cd. 5

1 Green Haze (Davis)  5:48
2 I See Your Face Before Me (Dietz, Schwartz)  4:43
3 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  7:20
4 A Gal in Calico (Robin, Schwartz)  5:15
5 Dr. Jackle (McLean)  8:52
6 Bitty Ditty (Jones)  6:35
7 Minor March (McLean)  8:12
8 Changes (Bryant)  7:08
9 In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck)  4:34
10 No Line (Davis)  5:39
11 Vierd Blues (Davis)  6:52


Cd. 6

1 Stablemates (Golson)  5:19
2 How Am I to Know ? (Parker, King)  4:37
3 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (Ellington, Gaines)  7:25
4 There Is No Greater Love (Jones, Symes)  5:17
5 The Theme (Davis)  5:47
6 S'posin' (Denniker, Razaf)  5:13
7 In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck)  5:40
8 Diane (Rapee, Pollack)  7:45
9 Trane's Blues (Coltrane)  8:25
10 Something I Dreamed Last Night (Yellen, Magidson, Fain)  6:12


Cd. 7

1 It Could Happen to You (Burke, VanHeusen)  6:28
2 Woody 'N You (Gillespie)  4:53
3 Ahmad's Blues (Jamal)  7:21
4 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  9:02
5 It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers, Hart)  5:20
6 When I Fall in Love (Heyman, Young)  4:21
7 Salt Peanuts (Gillespie, Clarke)  6:06
8 Four (Davis)  7:11
9 The Theme [Take 1] (Davis)  1:57
10 The Theme [Take 2] (Davis)  1:02
11 If I Were a Bell (Loesser)  8:09
12 Well, You Needn't (Monk)  6:14


Cd. 8

1 'Round About Midnight (Monk, Williams, Hanighen) 5:20
2 Half Nelson (Davis) 4:45
3 You're My Everything (Duron, Young, Warren) 4:45
4 I Could Write a Book (Rodger, Hart) 5:05
5 Oleo (Rollins) 5:51
6 Airegin (Rollins) 4:22
7 Tune-Up (Davis) 5:40
8 When Lights Are Low (Carter, Williams) 7:26
9 Blues by Five (Garland) 9:59
10 My Funny Valentine (Rodger, Hart) 5:58


Featuring Bennie Green, Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Lee Konitz, Billy Bauer, Max Roach, Jackie McLean, Charlie Parker, Percy Heath, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, J. J. Johnson, Lucky Thompson, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Red Garland, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, etc...

Recorded between January 17, 1951 & October 26, 1956.

See the complete artwork for more details
(sessions details, dates, locations & places, musicians, etc)

Ray Crawford - Smooth Groove

Guitarist Ray Crawford, best known for his associations with pianist Ahmad Jamal and organist Jimmy Smith, only led one session in his early years. Because the Candid label soon went bankrupt, the set went unreleased altogether until this 1988 CD. Comprised of five Crawford originals, the session finds the guitarist playing fairly advanced hard bop with trumpeter Johnny Coles, baritonist Cecil Payne (in top form), pianist Junior Mance, bassist Ben Tucker, and drummer Frankie Dunlop. Everyone sounds fine, making one regret that this set fell between the cracks for so many years.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/smooth-groove-r160010

Ray Crawford
Smooth Groove


1 The Compendium Suite  8:30
2 Miss April  7:39
3 Impossible  6:09
4 I Knew Prez  10:11
5 Smooth Groove  11:00

All Compositions by Ray Crawford

Ray Crawford - g
Johnny Coles - tp
Cecil Payne - bs
Junior Mance - p
Ben Tucker - b
Frankie Dunlop - dr

Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York ; January 26 & February 10, 1961

The Artistry of Buddy DeFranco

One of the best Buddy DeFranco albums from the 50s – an open-ended session that features a quartet with Sonny Clark on piano, and some longer tunes than usual ! Buddy blows it wonderfully warm – taking the clarinet to places not imagined in the decade before – and working with Sonny in a tight small group format that really swings with a light and breezy edge – thanks to a gentle groove from Eugene Wright on bass and Robert White on drums. The interplay between Sonny Clark and Buddy DeFranco is definitely one of the great jazz pairings of the 50s – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Titoro", "Mine", "Gerry's Tune", and "Now's The Time".
© 1996-2013, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Source : http://www.dustygroove.com/item/503495

Buddy DeFranco
Autumn Leaves
(The Artistry of Buddy DeFranco)


1 Titoro (Taylor)  10:01
2 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  6:11
3 Mine (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:28
4 Gerry's Tune (Mulligan)  6:36
5 Autumn Leaves (Kosma, Mercer, Prévert)  7:33
6 Now's the Time (Parker)  6:28


Buddy DeFranco - cl
Sonny Clark - p
Gene Wright - b
Bobby White - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; August 9, 1954

A Grand Night for Swinging

At one time a listener could place a CD like guitarist Mundell Lowe's A Grand Night for Swinging in the disc player and immediately date it to the 1950s. But the revival of many older styles by younger musicians like guitarist Howard Alden in the '80s and '90s has led to an overlapping of styles. This may make it difficult to match an album to a particular date, but it does help to make older styles more familiar and, thus, accessible. A Grand Night for Swinging is a nice set, featuring Lowe and a good supporting cast including pianist Billy Taylor, bassist Les Grinage, drummer Ed Thigpen, and, on three cuts, alto saxophonist Gene Quill. Known for his cooler tone and lighter touch at the time, Lowe had decided to record an album that proved he could swing a little harder. The set kicks off with the upbeat title track, a Taylor original, that finds Lowe bopping along with clean flowing lines, similar to Barney Kessel. The up-tempo pieces, like "Love Me or Leave Me" and "Crazy Rhythm," work best, pushing the band into fervent workouts. The addition of Quill on several selections adds depth and drive to cuts like "Blues Before Freud," creating something akin to Kenny Burrell's early-'60s work. That this recording should be re-released soon after 2000's Mundell's Mood is fitting; it's a reminder of a distinguished bop/cool tone guitarist who has recorded a number of fine albums since the 1950s. A Grand Night for Swinging will be a real treat for fans unfamiliar with Lowe's earlier work, and a satisfying selection for fans of good jazz guitar.
Ronnie Lankford Jr.

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-grand-night-for-swinging-mw0000116708

Mundell Lowe
A Grand Night for Swinging

1 It's a Grand Night for Swinging (Taylor)  4:22
2 Blues Before Freud (Lowe)  7:18
3 Easy to Love (Porter)  7:19
4 It Could Happen to You (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:53
5 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:35
6 You Turned the Tables on Me (Alter, Mitchell)  5:37
7 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer)  6:52


Mundell Lowe - g
Gene Quill - as [# 2, 5 & 6]
Billy Taylor - p
Les Drinage - b
Ed Thigpen - dr 

Recorded at Reeves Sound Studio, New York City ; March 7 & April 10, 1957.