Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Friday, April 29, 2016

George Russell - The Jazz Workshop

This set, originally cut for RCA, was composer/arranger George Russell's debut as a leader. The original program (which includes such numbers as "Ye Hypocrite, Ye Beelzebub," "Livingstone I Presume," "Ezz-thetic" and "Knights of the Steamtable") has been joined by alternate second versions of "Ballad of Hix Blewitt" and "Concerto for Billy the Kid." Listening to the music, it is hard to believe that Russell only utilized a sextet (comprised of trumpeter Art Farmer, altoist Hal McKusick, guitarist Barry Galbraith, pianist Bill Evans, one of two bassists and one of three drummers). The ensembles are frequently dense, the harmonies quite original and there are often several events occurring at the same time; one would swear there were at least four or five horns being heard in spots. "Fellow Delegates" is particularly intriguing for it finds Russell playing chromatic drums while joined by Osie Johnson on wood drums; the otherwordly effect is worthy of Sun Ra. Even the more conventional pieces such as "Ezz-thetic" (based on the chords of "Love for Sale" but here almost resembling a Lennie Tristano line played backwards) sound quite advanced. Russell was able to utilize some of the more versatile and technically skilled players of the era, several of whom worked regularly in the studios. Recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-rca-victor-jazz-workshop-mw0000194014

George Russell
The Jazz Workshop

Tracks

1 Ye Hypocrite, Ye Beelzebub  3:53
2 Jack's Blues  3:47
3 Livingstone I Presume  3:28
4 Ezz-Thetic  5:16
5 Night Sound  3:58
6 Round Johnny Rondo  3:31
7 Fellow Delegates  5:42
8 Witch Hunt  3:50
9 The Sad Sergeant  3:27
10 Knights of the Steamtable  2:36
11 Ballad of Hix Blewitt  3:18
12 Concerto for Billy the Kid  4:44
13 Ballad of Hix Blewitt [alt. take]  3:45
14 Concerto for Billy the Kid [alt. take]  4:46

All Compositions by George Russell

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Personnel
George Russell - chrm dr, & arr.
Art Farmer - tp
Barry Galbraith - g
Hal McKusick - as & fl
Bill Evans - p
Milt Hinton - b [# 1-6, 8, 12 & 14]
Teddy Kotick - b [# 7, 9-11 & 13]
Joe Harris - dr [# 1-4]
Paul Motian - dr [# 5, 6, 8, 12 & 14]
Osie Johnson - dr [# 7, 9-11 & 13]

Recorded in New York City ; March 31 [# 1-4] ; October 17 [# 5, 6, 8, 12 & 14] ; & December 21 [# 7, 9-11 & 13], 1956

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Brothers !

This release presents the complete original 1955 album The Brothers ! (RCA Victor LPM1162), featuring the wonderful West Coast frontline of Al Cohn, Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca. In addition to the complete original album, this CD also includes all of the tunes recorded during those sessions that were originally excluded from the LP, as well as a splendid complete quintet session that also features Perkins and Kamuca.

Source : http://www.jazzmessengers.com/en/9356/al-cohn/the-brothers

Al Cohn
Bill Perkins
Richie Kamuca
The Brothers !

Tracks

1 Blixed* (Potts)  3:48
2 Kim's Kaper (Perkins)  3:13
3 Rolling Stone (Brookmeyer)  3:08
4 Sioux Zan* (Pierce)  3:08
5 The Walrus* (Cohn)  2:48
6 Blue Skies (Berlin)  3:12
7 Gay Blade (Brookmeyer)  3:17
8 Three of a Kind (Pierce)  3:13
9 Hags !* (Potts)  3:19
10 Pro-Ex (Perkins)  3:04
11 Strange Again* (Potts)  3:19
12 Cap Snapper (Cohn)  3:39
13 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)  3:02
14 Saw Buck* (Pierce)  3:22
15 Chorus for Morris* (Pierce)  3:22
16 Slightly Salty (Kamuca)  3:15
17 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  5:09
18 All Of Me (Simmons, Marks)  4:32
19 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber)  3:18
20 Solid Desylva (Perkins)  4:31
21 Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim, Daniels, Tobias)  5:02

*

Personnel
[# 1-16]
Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca & Bill Perkins - ts
Hank Jones - p
Barry Galbraith - g
Jimmy Raney* - g
John Beal - b
Chuck Flores - dr
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City ; June 24 [Galbraith tracks] & June 25 [Raney tracks], 1955
[# 17-21]
Bill Perkins - ts, b cl & fl
Richie Kamuca - ts
Hampton Hawes - p
Red Mitchell - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; October 29, 1956

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Joe Pass - For Django

Long considered a classic, guitarist Joe Pass' fourth date as a leader finds him performing music that was composed by Django Reinhardt, was part of his repertoire, or is one of two more recent tributes (John Lewis' "Django" and Pass' "For Django"). Pass is joined by the rhythm guitar of John Pisano, bassist Jim Hughart, and drummer Colin Bailey; the quartet would reunite in the 1980s. Although Pass was actually more strongly influenced by Charlie Christian than by Reinhardt and he had already formed his own style, he has no difficulty fitting into the music. Highlights include "Rosetta," "Nuages," and "Limehouse Blues."
Scott Yanow

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

Joe Pass
For Django


Tracks

1 Django (Lewis)  3:22
2 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  3:07
3 Nuages (Reinhardt)  2:35
4 For Django (Pass)  2:55
5 Night and Day (Porter)  3:46
6 Fleur d'Ennui (Reinhardt)  2:57
7 Insensiblement (Misraki)  3:14
8 Cavalerie (Reinhardt)  4:26
9 Django's Castle (Reinhardt)  3:49
10 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber)  2:14

*



Personnel
Joe Pass - g
John Pisano - rh g
Jim Hughart - b
Colin Bailey - dr

Recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles, California, September 2 & (probably) 18,1964

________
L'Avis du Patron
Bon, nous voilà face à un Mythe. Disons avant tout que c'est un disque en forme d'Hommage, mais aussi un des quatre ou cinq enregistrements de guitare jazz à posséder sans barguigner. Joe rend hommage à Jean, le plus beau des hommages. Si l'on y regarde d'un peu plus près, il existe en fait assez peu d'hommages conscients à Django de la part des musiciens américains. Et particulièrement des guitaristes. Quoiqu'il en soit, celui-ci est l'un des plus beaux. Aucun mimétisme, mais plutôt une empathie profonde. Joe ne fait jamais du Django. Il reste lui-même et pourtant la grande ombre bienfaisante de l'Immense Manouche ne quitte jamais les panoramas toujours nouveaux qui s'offrent à nous. Tout, ici respire la simplicité et l'évidence. Alternant les compositions de l'Illustre Gitan, et des classiques que celui-ci a marqué de sa patte endolorie, Joe, dans un registre médium et serein, privilégie le beau son, une articulation claire et limpide. La deuxième guitare, tenue par John Pisano, discrète mais essentielle, développe de savantes lignes en contrepoint d'improvisations toujours inspirées. Disons enfin que l'hommage renvoie clairement au Django tardif, celui de cette fameuse session ''Clef'', à plus d'un titre, de Mars 1953, dont nous avons déjà parlé à propos de Jimmy Raney : 4 morceaux faisaient partie du répertoire de ce fameux enregistrement. Joe ne s'y est pas trompé et c'est sous les auspices de cet ''album fondateur'' (A. Antonietto) qu'il a placé cette merveille de 1964.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hal McKusick - Complete Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton and Osie Johnson Recordings

In 1954, arranger, composer and multi-reed instrumentalist Hal McKusick decided to form a quartet with guitarist par excellence Barry Galbraith, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Osie Johnson. This outstanding release includes all four of the albums released by the quartet. The session also boasts numerous arrangements and compositions by George Russell, Manny Albam, Al Cohn, Johnny Mandel, Jimmy Giuffre and Gil Evans. One of the best-kept secrets in jazz, the extraordinary cool toned alto saxophonist has fallen into virtual anonymity despite the extremely high quality of his recordings and his incomparable talents as a soloist. With the most comprehensive anthology of his music to date, it is our intention to shine new light on the career of the inimitable Hal McKusick.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/record.php?record_id=3810

Hal McKusick
The Complete Barry Galbraith,
Milt Hinton
Osie Johnson
Recordings

Tracks

Cd.1

1 Give 'Em Hal (Albam)  6:36
2 When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen, Koehler)  4:17
3 Can't Get out of This Mood (Loesser, McHugh)  4:57
4 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  4:21
5 Out of This World (Arlen, Mercer)  3:57
6 This Is New (Gershwin, Weill)  3:15
7 Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)  4:08
8 Serenade in Blue (Gordon, Warren)  3:30
9 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  4:00
10 Irresistable You (DePaul, Raye)  7:54
11 Ain't Nothin' But a Memory Now (Cohn)  3:32
12 Alto Cumulus (Albam)  3:01
13 Jambangle (Evans)  4:08
14 Blues for Pablo (Evans)  4:54
15 Tommy Hawk (Mandel)  2:57
16 One Score and Eight Horns Ago (Giuffre)  3:25
17 Just Leave It Alone (Giuffre)  4:23
18 The Blues Train (Giuffre)  4:22


*



Cd. 2

1 Taylor Made (Albam)  3:08
2 You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul, Raye)  3:29
3 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:44
4 Lullaby for Leslie (Albam)  4:27
5 Minor Matters (Albam)  4:19
6 Blue-Who (Albam)  3:54
7 By-Ian (Albam)  4:12
8 What's New (Burke, Haggart)  4:34
9 Interwoven (Albam)  2:54
10 Give 'Em Hal (Albam)  3:49
11 My Inspiration (Baudac, Haggart, Lamare)  4:30
12 Gift of the Magi (Albam)  2:46
1
3 Can't We Be Friends (James, Swift)  2:35
14 Step Lively Osie (Albam)  2:33
15 Minor Seventh Heaven (Johnson)  3:28
16 Theme (Cohn)  3:15
17 How Long Has This Been Going On (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:15
18 Immortal (Scott)  2:44
19 You're a Lucky Guy (Cahn, Chaplin)  3:09
20 Alto Stratus (Albam)  5:12
21 Brother Jack (McKusick)  3:15


*

Personnel
Featuring Jimmy Cleveland, Art Farmer, Jimmy Giuffre, Jimmy Raney, Hal McKusick, Teddy Kotick, Manny Albam, Al Cohn, Gil Evans, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson, Johnny Mandel, Sol Schlinge, Harvey Shapiro, Bernard Greenhouse, Milton Prinz...

Recorded in New York ; between February 17, 1955 & December 31, 1956

See the complete for all details
(dates, musicians, locations, etc)

Oscar Peterson - Chronological Classics (1952, vol. 2)

Volume six of the recordings of Oscar Peterson presented in chronological order, opens with two tracks showing a different aspect of the leader on record. Peterson's playing has influences of Nat "King" Cole but his admiration and paralells to Cole are much more evident on the vocal sides recorded at the very end of the session from February 26, 1952, all other tracks made that day are out on Classics 1362. Peterson never considered himself as a great vocalist but the present exemples prove that he also excelled in this department. These tracks could easily fool experts into assuming the vocalist was indeed Cole himself ! Over the years Peterson only recorded a handful of vocals which is sad since he posseses such a natural, warming and charming voice. The following instrumentals were first issued on a serie of Lps entitled Oscar Peterson Plays... Norman Granz seems to have liked the concept of collating tunes from the same composers into the albums - the "Song Book" - series of Ella Fitzgerald immediatly comes to mind. However, according to the principles of Classics the tracks have not been grouped by composer but by the order in which they were recorded at the studio. To be continued...
Anatole Schenker, August 2005, from the booklet

Oscar Peterson
Chronological Classics
1952, vol. 2

Tracks

1 Too Marvelous for Words (Mercer, Whiting)  2:52
2 But Not for Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:30
3 Thou Swell (Rodgers)  2:30
4 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  3:19
5 Pick Yourself Up (Kern)  3:26
6 Long Ago and Far Away (Kern)  3:46
7 Love Walked on (Gershwin)  3:07
8 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)  3:17
9 A Fine Romance (Kern)  3:13
10 A Foggy Day (Gershwin)  3:38
11 Strike up the Band (Gershwin)  3:16
12 The man I Love (Gershwin)  3:31
13 Let's Do It (Porter)  2:57
14 It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin)  3:13
15 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Berlin)  2:52
16 I've Got a Crush on You (Gershwin)  2:53
17 Night and Day (Porter)  3:41
18 Isn't This a Lovely Day (Berlin)  3:20
19 What is this Thing Called Love (Porter)  3:09
20 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin)  3:55
21 'S Wonderful (Gershwin)  2:37

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Personnel
Oscar Peterson - p & vc
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b

Recorded in Los Angeles ; February 26, 1952 [# 1 & 2] ; May & June 1952 [# 3 & 4] ; & November & December, 1952 [# 5-21]

Monday, April 25, 2016

Teddy Wilson - Chronological Classics (1942-1945)

From 1940 to 1944, Teddy Wilson fronted a sextet that included a number of oustanding musicians. This unit played mainly at both branches of Café Society, but did also undertake some occasional touring. Despite its fine reputation, this Wilson sextet had only few recording oportunities, not least because of the recording ban imposed by the Musician's Union in July 1942.
This volume of the recordings of Teddy Wilson, presented in chronological order, opens with an immaculate solo on the perenial standard "These Foolish Things". Of the following sextet session, only "You're my Favorite Memory" was issued at the time. Throughout 1943 and 1944, Wilson fronted his sextet, which, despite several changes in personnel, always maintained a high musical standard, as the occasional recordings from this period well illustrate. "How high the Moon" and "Russian Lullaby" were issued on one of the earliest V-Discs for the U.S. Army in October 1943. The second V-Disc actually issued featured Wilson's working combo, with Red Norvo as an added attraction. By October 1944, Teddy had given up his own band and rejoined his former employer, Benny Goodman. Besides recording with Benny, Teddy also made a series of fine sides for the Musicraft label, which had just inaugurated a series of fine jazz records. The label's owner, Albert Marx, was married to singer Helen Ward, who may have been the one to bring Teddy to his attention. Both quintet sessions rely on musicians from the Goodman band, plus trumpeter Charlie Shavers. Musically, the four sides by the sextet with Buck Clayton and Ben Webster prove superior. Clayton, then still with the U.S. Army, and free-lancing Ben Webster turn in some magnificient solos. The hot "Savoy" and Wilson's own "Blues Too" rank among the very best cuts on this CD, which includes numerous fine but little-known recordings by the incomparable Teddy Wilson. To be continued...
Anatol Schenker, August 1996, from the booklet

Teddy Wilson
Chronological Classics
(1942-1945)

Tracks

1 These Foolish Things (Marvell, Strachey)  3:02
2 You're My Favorite Memory (Wilson, Johnson)  3:17
3 B Flat Swing (Wilson)  2:55
4 How High The Moon (Lewis, Hamilton)  4:24
5 Russian Lullaby (Berlin)  4:53
6 I Know That You Know (Youmans, O'Dea, Harbach)  2:41
7 Blues (unknown)  2:44
8 Stompin' At The Savoy (Goodman, Webb, Sampson)  2:27
9 Undecided (Robin, Shavers)  2:31
10 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:16
11 Every Time We Say Goodbye (Porter)  3:07
12 Just You, Just Me (Greer, Klages)  3:02
13 Just For You Blues (Wilson)  3:19
14 This Heart Of Mine (Freed, Warren)  3:09
15 Bugle Call Rag (Schoebel, Meyers, Pettis)  2:51
16 Runnin' Wild (Gibbs, Grey, Wood)  2:59
17 I Surrender Dear (Clifford, Barris)  2:45
18 Memories Of You (Blake, Razaf)  3:03
19 If Dreams Come True (Mills, Sampson, Goodman)  3:00
20 I Can't Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:08
21 Stompin' At The Savoy (Goodman, Webb, Sampson)  2:40
22 Blues Too (Wilson)  3:08

*

Personnel
[# 1 & 6*] Teddy Wilson Solo
Teddy Wilson - p
Recorded in New York ; January 21, 1942 ; & March 1944*
[# 2 & 3] Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra
Emmett Berry - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Edmond Hall - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Johnny Williams - b
J.C. Heard - dr
Helen Ward - vc
Recorded in New York ; July 31, 1942
[# 4 & 5]
Joe Thomas - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Edmond Hall - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Johnny Williams - b
Sidney Catlett - dr
Recorded in New York ; August 13, 1943
[# 7-9]
Charlie Shaves - tp
Teddy Wilson - p
Red Norvo - vb
Remo Palmieri - g
Al Hall - b
Gordon "Specs" Powell - dr
Recorded in New York ; circa November, 1944
[# 10-12]
Charlie Shaves - tp
Teddy Wilson - p
Red Norvo - vb
Billy Taylor - b
Morey Feld - dr
Maxine Sullivan - vc
Recorded in New York ; December 18, 1944
[# 13-17]
Charlie Shaves - tp
Teddy Wilson - p
Red Norvo - vb
Al Hall - b
Gordon "Specs" Powell - dr
Maxine Sullivan - vc
Recorded in New York ; January 15, 1945
[# 18-21]
Buck Clayton - tp
Ben Webster - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Al Casey - g
Al Hall - b
J.C. Heard - dr
Recorded in New York ; August 14, 1945

Chet Baker Quartet at Ann Arbor

Chet Baker (trumpet) was arguably at the peak of his prowess when captured in a quartet setting at the Masonic Temple in Ann Arbor, MI, May 9, 1954. He's joined by Russ Freeman (piano), Carson Smith (bass) and Bob Neel (drums), all of whom provide ample assistance without ever obscuring their leader's laid-back and refined style. Baker's sublime sounds also garnered notice from critics, who had placed him atop polls in both Metronome and Down Beat magazines the previous year. Evidence of these lauds are obvious upon listening to the combo as they nestle into one of the cornerstones in their repertoire, the suave "Line for Lyons" — a track dating back to the artist's short-lived yet genre defining work with the song's author, Gerry Mulligan. Almost immediately after establishing the melodic theme, Baker dives into his trademark solos. The fluidity throughout the seemingly off-the-cuff excursions presents confirmation of both his unquestionable timing and understated subtle authority. The rhythm section ably follows the improvisations with solid, yet never overpowering support. Freeman also shines throughout, especially during the stately opening to "Lover Man" or the up-tempo jiving "Maid in Mexico." Other classics include the stark intimacy of Baker's signature "My Funny Valentine," as well as respectively frisky renditions of "Stella by Starlight" and Freeman's own crowd-pleasing "Russ Job." In 2000, these eight cuts were coupled with five additional previously unreleased sides from the Carlton Theatre in Los Angeles circa August of 1953. The results were Quartet Live, Vol. 1: This Time the Dream's on Me (2000), the first of three archival volumes featuring Baker during his initial reign as the poster child for West coast cool jazz. [The 2007 Jazz Beat reissue included bonus tracks.]
Lindsay Plane


Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/jazz-at-ann-arbor-mw0000762375

Chet Baker
Jazz at Ann Arbor


Tracks

1 Announcement  0:18
2 A Line for Lyons (Mulligan)  7:16
3 Lover Man (Ramirez)  6:06
4 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  5:26
5 Maid in Mexico (Freeman)  5:11
6 Stella by Starlight (Young, Washington)  4:33
7 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  6:04
8 Headline (Montrose)  5:06
9 Russ Job (Freeman)  6:18
10 Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
[bonus track] (Hanley)  6:04
11 My Little Suede Shoes
[bonus track] (Parker)  6:30
12 Line for Lyons
[bonus track] (Mulligan)  5:32
13 My Old Flame
[bonus track] (Coslow, Johnston)  5:46
14 Everything Happens to Me
[bonus track] (Adair, Dennis)  5:20

*

Personnel
Chet Baker - tp
Russ Freeman - p
Carson Smith - b
Bob Neel - dr


Recorded at the Masonic Temple, Ann Arbor, Michigan ; May 9, 1954 [# 1-9] ; & at the Tiffany Club, Los Angeles ; August 10, 1954 [# 10-14]

________
This CD contains Chet Baker’s complete concert at the Masonic Temple, Ann Arbor, in 1954. Plus five outstanding bonus tracks from the trumpeter’s celebrated Tiffany Club performance in Los Angeles, three month later.
Baker's first national tour would begin in the spring of 1954 and continue for nearly four months, with stops at all the most important jazz venues. The first concert was organized by local jazz promoter and D.J. Ollie McLaughlin and took place at the Masonic Temple in downtown Ann Arbor. Baker is in good form here, both musically and emotionally. His song introductions and brief banter with the crowd is light — at times producing laughter from the crowd and provides stark contrast to the down trodden, distrustful and taciturn moods of his later years. 


Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/jazz_at_ann_arbor_digipack_edition-cd-5235.html

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Jazz Band Ball #2

This reissue is unrelated to another V.S.O.P. set simply titled A Jazz Band Ball. Terry Gibbs on vibes and marimba matches wits and creativity with Victor Feldman and Larry Bunker, both of whom double on vibes and xylophone. Assisted by pianist Lou Levy, bassist Max Bennett and drummer Mel Lewis, the intriguing frontline essentially plays bop, but with a great deal of color. The interaction between the vibraphonists, who are all featured and occasionally trade off, is the main reason to acquire this very interesting set.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/jazz-band-ball-r139289

Terry Gibbs
A Jazz Band Ball
Second Set

Tracks

1 The Dipsy Doodle (Clinton)  3:33
2 Where or When (Hart, Rodgers)  3:44
3 I'm Getting Sentimental overYou (Bassman, Washington)  4:01
4 Hollywood Blues (Roland)  4:58
5 Tangerine (Mercer, Schertzinger)  3:19
6 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  3:32
7 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein, Romberg)  4:08
8 Memories of You (Adelman, Adelman, Blake)  3:35
9 Broadway (Bird, McRae, Wood, Woode)  3:07
10 Allen's Alley (Best)  6:47

*

Personnel
Terry Gibbs - vb & mrmb
Victor Feldman - vb & xlph
Larry Bunker - vb & xlph
Lou Levy - p
Max Bennett - b
Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California ; September 1957

________
In September of 1957, Mode Records' musical director Marty Paich came up with the idea the idea of orchestrating and recording a multi-percussion ensemble made up of three mallet players and a rhythm section. He located three expert vibes players: Terry Gibbs, Vic Feldman and Larry Bunker, but this was only the beginning of his task. Voicing for such an unpredictable sound required special attention. In the end, the arrangements on which the music depended achieved their purpose brilliantly. All arrangements are by Marty Paich. Great stereo separation by Bones Howe allows each soloist to be identified clearly. Considering the task that he set out for himself, Marty obviously succeeded

http://www.magnebit.com/vsoprecords/vsop/vsop40.htm

The Wonderful World of Jazz of John Lewis

There is nothing hurried about this disc. That said, the music is focused and will stretch your mind. Lewis employed masterful melodic improvisers here : Paul Gonsalves, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Jim Hall among others. Listen to "Body and Soul" as it builds powerfully and the soloists explore every possible melodic theme, where the quiet power of these master musicians is almost too much to take. Listen to "I Remember Clifford" where the players are essentially the MJQ with Jim Hall replacing Milt Jackson. Listen to "The Stranger" (written by a young Arif Mardin) with that harmonious-yet-discordant brass. This set swings, but oh-so-elegantly. Just like Mr. Lewis.
Steven C. Berry

Source : http://www.amazon.com/The-Wonderful-World-Of-Jazz/dp/B000002JMD

John Lewis
The Wonderful World of Jazz
(Atlantic 7 90979-2)

Tracks

1 Body and Soul (Green, Sour, Heyman, Eyton)  15:42
2 I Should Care (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Weston)  4:50
3 Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (Lewis)  5:35
4 Afternoon in Paris (Lewis)  9:55
5 I Remember Clifford (Golson)  3:25
6 The Stranger (Mardin)  5:39
7 If You Could See Me Now (Dameron)  10:21

*

Personnel
[# 1]
John Lewis - p
Herb Pomeroy - tp
Paul Gonsalves - ts
Jim Hall - g
George Duvivier - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City ; September 8, 1960
[# 4 & 6]
John Lewis - p
Herb Pomeroy - tp
Gunter Schuller - fr hrn
Eric Dolphy - as
Benny Golson - ts
Jimmy Giuffre - bs
Jim Hall - g
George Duvivier - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded same place as above ; September 9, 1960
[# 2, 3, 5 & 7]
John Lewis - p
Jim Hall - g
George Duvivier - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded same place as above ; July 29, 1960

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/atlantic-records/discography-1960/
&
http://adale.org/Discographies/WonderfulWorld.html

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Recital By Tal Farlow

In this Norgran Album, "A Recital By Tal Farlow", you will hear guitarist Farlow in a new and decidedly unfamiliar setting as a part of a six-piece combination. Normally, of course, Farlow finds himself an integral corner of a jazz trio, most notably these last few years, The Red Norvo Trio.
Trio or six pieces, when Farlow takes guitar in hand, there are occasional moments when he is besumed by the fate that steered him into professional music to begin with.
From the original book
let.


Source : http://www.vervemusicgroup.com

A Recital By
Tal Farlow

Tracks

1 You Come Along (From Out of Nowhere) (Green, Heyman)  5:28
2 Walkin' (Carpenter)  5:27
3 Moonlight Becomes You (Burke, Van Heusen)  4:24
4 On The Alamo (Jones, Kahn)  4:09
5 Will You Still Be Mine ? (Adair, Dennis)  4:02
6 Lorinesque (Farlow)  4:16
7 Bye Bye Baby (Bennett, Gray, Hamm, Lown)  4:08

*

Personnel
Bob Enevoldsen - tb
Bill Perkins - ts
Bob Gordon - sb
Tal Farlow - g
Monty Budwig - b
Lawrence Marable - dr


Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California ; May 3 [# 2, 4 & 5] & 4 [# 1, 3, 6 & 7], 1955

Ruby Braff & George Barnes - To Fred Astaire with Love

For their last album together, To Fred Astaire with Love (which opens our CD), the bassist present was Michael Moore. He had recorded on most at their works as a quartet. This last album consisted of a homage to Fred Astaire, compiling songs the octor-singer-dancer had made famous in his movies. Mast ol the program (six out of the ten songs) features tunes by Irving Berlin, while the rest include two by the Gershwin brothers, one by Jerome Kern & Johnny Mercer, and a Dietz-Schwartz item. The original liner notes quoted the book American Popular Song by Alec Wilder, stating that : "Every song written for Fred Astaire seems to bear his mark. Every writer, in my opinion, was vitalized by Fred Astaire and wrote in a manner they had never quite written in before : he brought out in them something a little better than their best — a little more subtlety, flair, sophistication, wit and style, qualities he himself possesses in generous measure..“.
The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet does justice to these outstanding compositions, in a way that will leave the listener happy and with no need for a singer. Even such battered tunes like 'Cheek to Cheek" seem fresh here in the hands at the two masters. While Braff would live many years aiter the recording at these albums, Barnes (who was the first jazz musician ever to record with an electric guitar, on March 1, 1938), would die soon after on September 5, 1977, at the age of 56.
Michael Sheldon (2009), from the booklet

Ruby Braff
George Barnes
To Fred Astaire with Love

Tracks

1 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  2:19
2 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:41
3 Easter Parade (Berlin)  2:13
4 A Shine On Your Shoes (Dietz, Schwartz)  2:01
5 I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (Berlin)  2:22
6 They All Laughed (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:22
7 Be Careful, It's My Heart (Berlin)  2:22
8 I'm Old Fashioned (Mercer, Kern)  2:18
9 Isn't It a Lovely Day to Be Caught in the Rain (Berlin)  2:34
10 Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (Berlin)  2:09
11 Oh, That Kiss (Waren, Dixo, Young)  4:01
12 With Time to Love (Braff, Wilson)  3:22
13 Looking At You (Porter)  4:31
14 Old Folks (Robison)  2:54
15 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:59
16 Here, There and Everywhere (Lnnon, McCartney)  2:06
17 Our Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:36
18 Nobody Else But You (Redman)  5:00
19 It's Like the Fourth of July (Barnes)  3:21
20 Everything's George (Braff)  4:41


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Personnel
[# 1-10] The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet - To Fred Astaire with Love (RCA ‎– APL1-1008)
Ruby Braff - crn
George Barnes - g
Wayne Wright - rht. g
Michael Moore - b
Recorded in New York ; February 3/5, 1975
[# 11-20]  The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet (Chiaroscuro Records CR 121)
Same as above, except
John Giuffrida - b, replaces Moore
Recorded in New York ; July 1973

Friday, April 22, 2016

Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, vol. 2

Some of Kenny Burrell's best early work ! The album catches Kenny in the perfect Blue Note jam session mode of the late 50s — one used also with Jimmy Smith, and which features a number of the label's star players hitting hard with the main soloist. Players on the two volume set include Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons piano, Junior Cook and Tina Brooks tenor, Louis Smith trumpet, and Art Blakey on Drums. The cuts have a very open-ended blowing session feel, and Kenny comes through surprisingly well, really picking up steam on a way you don't always hear in more restrained recordings.
© 1996-2016, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Source : https://www.dustygroove.com/item/50576

Kenny Burrell
Blue Lights
vol. 2

Tracks

1 Rock Salt (Burrell)  11:20
2 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:44
3 Chuckin' (Jones)  12:10
4 Phinupi (Burrell)  9:47

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Personnel
Louis Smith - tp
Junior Cook & Tina Brooks [# 1 & 3] - ts [both out on # 2]
Kenny Burrell - g
Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons [# 1 & 3] - p
Sam Jones - b
Art Blakey - dr

Recorded at Manhattan Towers, New York City ; May 14, 1958

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/blue-note-records/discography-1957-1958/

Oscar Peterson - Chronological Classics (1952, vol. 3)

This is the seventh volume in the Classics Oscar Peterson chronology. It contains 22 excellent tracks recorded in Los Angeles during the last two months of 1952. By this time, producer Norman Granz was firmly committed to his lifelong mission, which was to make as many recordings of Oscar Peterson as humanly possible. Granz was obeying his best instincts, and posterity should be grateful that he had the wherewithal to record so many hours of intimate Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson on miles and miles of magnetic tape. This particular segment of the Oscar Peterson story is uncommonly wonderful. Teamed with guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Brown, he concentrated upon five of the 20th century's greatest composers : Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Throughout what has got to be one of this artist's most dependable and recommendable reissue compilations the listener will find excellent music for dining, dancing, relaxation, reflection, rumination and meditative noctambulation.
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Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/1952-vol-3-mw0000575306

Oscar Peterson
Chronological Classics
1952, vol. 3

Tracks

1 Anything Goes (Porter)  2:56
2 I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter)  2:30
3 Fascinatin' Rhythm (Gershwin)  2:56
4 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  3:03
5 I've Got It Bad and That's Ain't Good (Ellington, Webster)  3:12
6 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington)  3:07
7 I Love You (Porter)  3:06
8 Somebody Loves You (Gershwin)  3:22
9 I Was Doin' All Right (Gershwin)  2:42
10 In the Still of the Night (Porter)  3:01
11 Every Time We Say Goodbye (Porter)  3:26
12 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' (Ellington, Gaines, Strayhorn)  3:43
13 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  3:12
14 So Near and Yet So Far (Porter)  3:21
15 Blue Skies (Berlin)  3:03
16 Take the 'A' Train (Strayhorn)  3:14
17 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Mills, Parish)  2:59
18 Cottontail (Ellington)  3:51
19 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  3:27
20 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Ellington)  3:13
21 Rockin' in Rhythm (Ellington, Carney)  2:54
22 Never No Lament (Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me) (Ellington, Russell)  2:48

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Personnel
Oscar Peterson - p
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b

Recorded in Los Angeles ; November/December, 1952

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Oscar Peterson - The Complete Songbooks (1951-1956)

The Songbooks inherited from the musical tradition of Broadway are at the epicentre of Oscar Peterson’s musical culture ; this was also the case for the one he regarded as a master : Art Tatum. It was to the extent that Oscar Peterson recorded them twice. The first time was at the beginning of 1950s principly as a Trio with guitar and double bass, then a second time with double bass and drums a few years later. It is this first wonderful remastered series that is presented to you here.
Technical mastery, irresistible swing, constant inventivness and a remarkable complicity with Ray Brown, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis characterise this sum of inexhaustible richness.

Source : http://www.spincds.com/the-complete-songbooks-1951-1955-6cd

Oscar Peterson
The Complete
Songbooks
(1951-1955)

Tracks

Cd. 1

Oscar Peterson Plays
 Cole Porter

1 Love for Sale  3:12
2 Just one of Those Things  3:03
3 Let's Do it  3:43
4 Night and Day  3:43
5 What is this Thing Called Love ?  3:10
6 Anything Goes  2:58
7 I've Got You under my Skin  2:29
8 I love You  3:06
9 In the Still of the Night  3:00
10 Every Time we say Goodbye  3:26
11 Begin the Beguine  3:12
12 So Near and Yet so Far  3:20

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Oscar Peterson Plays
 Irving Berlin

13 I've Got my Love to Keep me Warm  2:50
14 Isn't this a Lovely Day ?  3:18
15 Cheek to Cheek  3:03
16 Blue Skies  3:02
17 Always  2:53
18 Easter Parade  3:15
19 Alexanders' Ragtime Band  2:53
20 The Song is Ended  3:22
21 Say It isn't So  3:09
22 Remember  3:21
23 If I Had You  3:12
24 How Deep is the Ocean ?  3:07

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Cd. 2

Oscar Peterson Plays
 George Gershwin

1 Love Walked in  3:09
2 I Got Rhythm  3:16
3 A Foggy Day  3:43
4 Strike up the Band  3:15
5 The Man I Love  3:31
6 It Ain't Necessarily So  3:13
7 I've Got a Crush on You  2:54
8 Oh, Lady be Good  3:53
9 'S Wonderful  2:39
10 Fascinatin' Rhythm  2:58
11 Somebody Loves Me  3:24
12 I was Doin' Alright  2:43

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Oscar Peterson Plays
 Duke Ellington

13 I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good  3:14
14 In a Mellow Tone  3:09
15 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'  3:47
16 Take the "A" Train  3:19
17 Sophisticated Lady  3:00
18 Cottontail  3:54
19 Prelude to a Kiss  3:20
20 Things Ain't What They Used to Be  3:15
21 Rockin' in Rhythm  3:00
22 Never no Lament  2:54
23 Don't Get Around Much Anymore  4:00
24 John Hardey's Wife  3:24

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Cd. 3

Oscar Peterson Plays
Jerome Kern

 1 Pick Yourself Up  3:24
2 Long Ago and Far Away  3:47
3 A Fine Romance  3:15
4 Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach)  2:35
5 The Way you Look Tonight  2:28
6 Old Man River  3:22
7 Can't Help Lovin' that Man  2:40
8 The Song is You  2:27
9 Lovely to Look at  2:05
10 Smoke Gets in your Eyes  2:51
11 Bill  2:32
12 I Won't Dance  3:08


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Oscar Peterson Plays
Richard Rodgers

 13 Thou Swell  2:28
14 Isn't it Romantic ?  3:53
15 This Can't Be Love  3:04
16 Blue Moon  2:55
17 The Lady is a Tramp  2:54
18 It Might as Well be Spring  3:09
19 Bewitched, Brothered and Bewildered  2:32
20 Johnny One Note  2:29
21 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top  3:54
22 Lover  7:15
23 Manhattan  3:45


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Cd. 4

Oscar Peterson Plays
Vincent Yomans

1 Carioca  2:54
2 Tea for Two  6:10
3 I Know that You Know  3:52
4 Hallelujah  3:22
5 Without a Song  2:59
6 Sometimes I'm Happy  3:16
7 Time on My Hands  2:40
8 More than You Know  3:02
9 I Want to be Happy  5:38
10 Great Day  3:12


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Oscar Peterson Plays
Harry Warren

11 Nagasaki  3:06
12 Serenade in Blue  3:14
13 Lullaby of Broadway  3:09
14 I Found a Million Dollar Baby  4:03
15 Would You Like to Take a Walk ?  3:19
16 I'll String along with You  3:17
17 I Only Have Eyes for You  4:11
18 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby  4:07
19 You're Getting to be a Habit with Me  3:40
20 Chattanooga Choo Choo  2:39
21 You're my Everything  3:39


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Cd. 5

Oscar Peterson Plays
Harold Arlen

1 As Long as I Live  4:20
2 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues  5:05
3 Come Rain or Come Shine  4:25
4 Ac-Cent-Tschu-Ate the Positive  3:13
5 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  3:08
6 I've Got the World on a String  3:46
7 It's Only a Paper Moon  3:24
8 That Old Black Magic  3:00
9 Let's Fall in Love  3:33
10 Stormy Weather  3:37
11 Blues in the Night  3:49
12 Over the Rainbow  3:32


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Oscar Peterson Plays
Jimmy McHugh

13 When my Sugar Walks Down the Street  3:25
14 I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me  3:34
15 On the Sunny Side of the Street  3:49
16 Don't Blame Me  3:06
17 I'm in the Mood for Love  3:54
18 I Can't Give you Anything But Love  5:24
19 I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night  3:32
20 Diga Diga Doo  5:03


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Cd. 6

1 You're a Sweetheart  4:42


Oscar Peterson Plays
Count Basie

2 Jumpin' at the Woodside  5:43
3 Easy Does It  6:30
4 Lester Leaps In  3:59
5 9:20 Special  3:42
6 One o'clock Jump  5:49
7 Blue and Sentimental  2:29
8 Broadway  4:32
9 Jive at Five  4:14
10 Blues for Basic  3:34
11 Topsy  4:21


*


[Bonus]
Oscar Peterson
Plays Pretty

12 You Go to my Head (Gillespie, Coots)  3:55
13 They Can't take That Away From Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)   2:40
14 There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers, Hart)  2:27

15 You Turned the Tables on Me (Alter, Mitchell)  3:11
16 These foolish Things (Strachey, Link, Marvell)  3:24
17 I Can't Get Started  (Duke, Gershwin)  2:59
18 Blue Moon (Rodgers, Hart)  2:40
19 East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) (Bowman)  3:00
20 Willow, Weep for Me (Ronell) 3:20

*

Personnel
Oscar Peterson - p
Barney Kessel - g [Cd. 1 & 2]
Herb Ellis - g [Cd. 3-6, # 1-11]
Irving Ashby - g [Cd. 6, # 12-20]
Ray Brown - b
Alvin Stoller - dr [Cd. 1, # 2]
Buddy Rich - dr [Cd. 6, # 2-11]

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; between November 25, 1951 & December 27, 1955