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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Chuck Wayne & Joe Puma - Interactions

During the mid-to-late 1960's it was widely believed — at least among those of us who cared — that our country was about to lost perhaps its only native art form. Jazz Music, afflected with everything bad from terminal apathy to free floating hostility and neglect, was limping along towards imminent doom.
Many jazz players quit. Many others sensing disaster, herded themselves toward the elephant burial grounds of 'show biz' and television, choosing to end with a fate night giggle rather than a bang of whimper.
Looking back on that bleak period, although its depressing effects are still with us, a certain pattern og hope emerges. There were and are many signs of life. It seems now that Jazz Music, rather than having died, had merely gone underground for a while in order to survive — much like certain beautiful desert flowers which go through severe drought in a semi-dormant state, waiting for the next rain. 
Things eventually began to blossom a bit. In the stone canyons of Manhattan good solo piano players sprouted here and here ; cautious bass and guitar duets took root in the timid corners of restaurant — not much at first, but something.
Little by little it has become clear that many of the finest and best jazz players have survived and are still producing, perhaps a bit scarred by the ordeal, but also a bit older and wiser and less likely to let it all slip away again.
Two of the very finest of these seasoned veterans are presented on this album. The collective playing experience of Joe Puma and Chuck Wayne covers an awesome line-up of major jazz artists and singers (if the names of Charlie Parker, Artie Shaw, Tony Benett and Peggy Lee don't make you stop and think, then you've come to the strong record bin).
What the two of them do here together is a level where the men are rapidly separated from the boys.
Jim Hall, original and beautiful liner notes from the cover

Chuck Wayne
Joe Puma 
Interactions

Tracks

1 My Favorite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  5:54
2 Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)  4:29
3 Let's Do It Again (Wayne)  4:22
4 Little Joes Waltz (Puma)  5:19
5 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  7:01
6 Lester Leaps In (Young)  4:44
7 Here's That Rainy Day (VanHeusen, Burke)  5:43
8 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Forrest, Wright)  4:37
9 Satin Doll (Ellington, Strayhorn, Mercer)  4:49
10 There'll Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  5:14
11 I'll Get Along (Wayne)  7:16

*


Joe Puma & Chuck Wayne - g

Recorded at MacDonald Studio ; November 1973

See also :
http://www.jazzdiscography.com/Leaders/PumaJoe-ldr.php

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mel Lewis Septet

Although he was generally reluctant to solo, Mel Lewis was considered one of the definitive big band drummers, a musician who was best at driving an orchestra, but could also play quite well with smaller units. He started playing professionally when he was 15 and worked with the big bands of Boyd Raeburn (1948), Alvino Rey, Ray Anthony, and Tex Beneke. Lewis gained a great deal of recognition in the jazz world for his work with Stan Kenton (1954-1957), making the large ensemble swing hard. In 1957, he settled in Los Angeles, became a studio drummer, and worked with the big bands of Terry Gibbs and Gerald Wilson. Lewis went to New York to play with Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band in 1960, and he toured Europe with Dizzy Gillespie (1961) and the Soviet Union with Benny Goodman (1962). In 1965, Lewis formed an orchestra in New York with Thad Jones which grew to be one of the top big bands in jazz. When Jones surprised everyone by suddenly fleeing to Europe in 1979, Lewis became the orchestra's sole leader, playing regularly each Monday night at the Village Vanguard until his death. Lewis recorded as a leader in the 1950s for San Francisco Jazz Records, Mode (reissued on V.S.O.P.), and Andex and, after Thad Jones left their orchestra, Lewis recorded with his big band for Atlantic, Telarc, and Music Masters.
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/got__cha-cd-2963.html

Mel Lewis Septet
Got' Cha

Tracks

1 In a Mellowtone (Ellington)  8:10
2 Leave Your Worries Behind (Niehaus)  4:14
3 A Winters Tale (Adams)  8:36
4 Sir Richard Face (Perkins)  5:00
5 One for Pat (Niehaus)  3:58
6 'Enry 'Iggins 'Ead (Coker)  8:26
7 El Cerrito (Marabuto)  6:08

*

Personnel
Ed Leddy - tp
Richie Kamuca - as
Jerry Coker - as
Pepper Adams - bs
Johnny Marabuto - p
Dean Reilly - b
Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded in San Francisco ; November 19, [# 1, 2 & 5] ; & 20, [# 3, 4, 6 & 7] 1956.

Joe Puma - Shining Hour

Cool-toned guitarist Joe Puma is best known for his playing in the 1950s. This 1997 CD reissue has a live Puma trio date from 1984, which was his first occasion to lead his own recording session since 1961. The music is quite enjoyable, featuring Puma with pianist Hod O'Brien and bassist Red Mitchell. The guitarist was still very much in prime form, playing in a style unchanged from decades earlier. His interplay with O'Brien and Mitchell uplifts the standards, which include "Remember," "For All We Know" and "Mood Indigo," and he introduces two appealing originals. Highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/shining-hour-r313123

Joe Puma
Shining Hour

Tracks

1 My Shining Hour (Arlen, Mercer)  6:03
2 Lovely (Sondheim)  5:14
3 Mood Indigo (Bigard, Ellington, Mills)  3:45
4 Remember (Berlin)  4:13
5 For All We Know (Coots, Lewis)  5:25
6 Love Nest (Harbach, Hirsch)  6:29
7 Little Joe's Waltz (Puma)  6:55

*

Personnel 
Joe Puma - g
Hod O'Brien - p
Red Mitchell - b

Recorded on location at Orpheus Music ; June 1, 1984

Buddy Collette at the Cinema

This set is a veritable west coast flutist convention. A pastoral picnic with the Swinging Shepherds, led by Buddy Collette’s frolicsome flute and built on a beat definitely not bucolic. Buddy, along with Bud Shank, Paul Horn, and Harry Klee, introduced a new concept : warm, woodsy sounds from four flutes and rhythm. Before this experience, flute in jazz had generally been utilized in solo context. The arrival of the Swinging Shepherds, with their unique arrangements for a quartet of flutes, blowing freely and off-the-chart modern jazz as the mood dictated, proved it’s not the instrument, after all, that determines eligibility; it’s the player. The interplay between them as they switch to the various instruments in the flute family is remarkable. The first album was further enlivened by the presence of the Nelson Riddle rhythm section, with Bill Miller on piano, Joe Comfort on bass, and Bill Richmond on drums. On the second, Miller shares the piano spot with John T. Williams, Shelly Manne and Earl Palmer alternate on drums, Red Mitchell is the bassist, and Jim Hall is added on guitar. Overall, Collette’s Swinging Shepherds produced some beautiful sounds, as would be expected of such a gifted group of jazz musicians.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/buddy_collettes_swinging_shepherds_2_lps_on_1_cd-cd-5451.html

Buddy Collette
and his
Swinging Shepherds

Tracks

1 The Funky Shepherds (Shank)  4:51
2 Tasty Dish (Collette)  4:19
3 Improvisation (unaccompanied) (Rugolo, Shank, Collette, Horn, Klee)  2:10
4 The Four Winds Blow (Horn)  3:35
5 Pony Tale (Horn)  4:28
6 Machito (Collette)  3:51
7 Short Story (Collette)  3:21
8 Flute Diet (Collette)  4:41
9 Improvisation (with conga) (Rugolo, Shank, Collette, Horn, Klee)  2:25
10 Colonel Bogey & River Kwai March (Adford)  3:29
11 Laura (Raskin, Mercer)  2:38
12 Smile (Chaplin)  3:06
13 The Bad and the Beautiful (Raksin)  4:10
14 The Shrike (Rugolo)  3:24
15 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (McHugh, Gaskill)  2:42
16 The Trolley Song (Blane, Martin)  1:54
17 Intermezzo (Henning, Provost)  3:27
18 Ruby (Roemheld, Parish)  3:21
19 Invitation (Kaper, Webster)  3:52
20 Swinging on a Star (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:56


*

Personnel
[# 1-9] "Buddy Collette and His Swinging Shepherds" (Mercury SR 80005)
Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn - fl, a-fl & piccolo
Harry Klee - fl, a-fl & b-fl
Bill Miller - p
Joe Comfort - b
Bill Richmond - dr & cng [on # 9]
Recorded at Master Recorders, Hollywood, March 5 [# 5, 7-9] & 7, 1958.
[# 10-20] "Buddy Collette and His Swinging Shepherds at the Cinema" (Mercury SR 60132)
Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn - fl, a-fl & piccolo
Harry Klee - fl, a-fl & b-fl
Bill Miller or John T. Williams [# 14-19] - p
Jim Hall - g
Red Mitchell - b
Shelly Manne or Earl Palmer [# 10, 16, 18 & 19] - dr
Recorded at Master Recorders, Hollywood, January 10 [# 10-13], January 17 [# 14-16], February 21 [# 17-20], 1959.

See also
http://microgroove.jp/mercury/MG36133.shtml

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fred Katz - Folk Songs for Far Out Folk

Cellist Fred Katz is best remembered as a sideman with the Chico Hamilton Quintet, Paul Horn, and Pete Rugolo, though on this famous, long unavailable record of his own, he serves as conductor and arranger rather than player. Folk Songs for Far Out Folk consists of his tantalizing, imaginative adaptations of African, Hebrew, and American folk tunes. The musical cast varies with each group of selections. The three African songs, highlighted by the explosive "Mate'ka," include trumpeters Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist, and Irving Goodman, with a six-man percussion section that features Larry Bunker and Nat King Cole sideman Jack Costanzo. Four American songs include treatment of "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" that alternates between brooding and upbeat cool, with vibraphonist Gene Estes, pianist Johnny Williams, and guitarist Billy Bean lending a hand. The two Hebrew songs focus on reeds exclusively (excepting Mel Pollen's bass). The playful setting of "Ray's Nigun" showcases Justin Gordon on bass clarinet with Paul Horn and Buddy Collette providing whimsical accompaniment on flutes. This CD reissue by Reboot Stereophonic expands considerably on the original Warner Bros. LP, adding updated liner notes and photos of Katz in addition to reproducing the original notes and poetry that were part of the original package. Highly recommended.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hvftxq85ldke

Fred Katz
Folk Songs for Far Out Folk
(Orchestras conducted by Fred Katz)

Tracks

1 Mate'ka  6:35
2 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child  4:12
3 Been in the Pen So Long  3:09
4 Chili'lo [Lament]  3:56
5 Rav's Nigun  3:00
6 Old Paint  4:55
7 Manthi-Ki  5:09
8 Baal Shem Tov  4:01
9 Foggy, Foggy Dew  5:21

All Songs are "Ad Lib Music Publishing"
Adapted by Fred Katz


*

Personnel
Feat. Gene Estes, Billy Bean, Pete Candoli, Johnny T. WiIliams, Mel Pollan, Jerry Williams, Justin Gordon, Paul Horn, Buddy Collette, Jules Jacob, George Smith, Don Fagerquist, Larry Bunker, Bob Enevoldsen, Harry Betts, Lou Singer, etc...

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; between July 21 & September 17, 1958

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Moe Koffman - The Shepherd Swings Again

Canadian flutist Moe Koffman was delighted to have a hit on his hands after the success of his "The Swingin' Shepherd Blues," so this Jubilee LP became his immediate follow-up album. Joined by guitarist Ed Bickert, bassist Hugh Currie and drummer Ron Rully, Koffman wrote five new originals for this record, including the light and breezy "Flute Salad" and the hip swinger "Marty's Morgue." He also adds an easygoing take of Sonny Rollins' "Doxy," and a hard bop (with traces of funk in its introduction) arrangement of the standard "Alone Together." Koffman switches to alto sax for his intricate "Bermuda Schwartz" (which features a fine solo by Bickert and a few drum breaks), as well as on Rully's exotic composition "What Can You Do ?" Long out of print, consider this LP to be extremely rare.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-shepherd-swings-again-mw0000868460

Moe Koffman
The "Shepherd" Swings Again

Tracks

1 Flute Salad (Koffman)  3:51
2 Marty's Morgue (Koffman)  3:21
3 Doxy (Rollins)  3:39
4 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  4:00
5 Bermuda Schwarz (Koffman)  3:45
6 What Can You Do ? (Rully)  3:52
7 Cloud Nine (Koffman)  3:22
8 Sure It is (Koffman)  3:29

*

Personnel
Moe Koffman - fl [# 1-4] & as [# 5-8]
Ed Bickert - g
Hugh Currie - b
Ron Rully - dr

Recorded March 24, 1958

Tal Farlow on Verve (1951-1959)

Tal Farlow, was an innovative self-taught jazz guitarist who influenced generations of guitarists following in his footsteps. Although some of his peak years as a recording artist occurred during his association with Verve between 1954 and 1959, relatively few of the tracks were available for decades until the release of this comprehensive Mosaic box set. The music is consistently brilliant, as the leader's solos seem to evolve effortlessly, often finding fresh ground in the many standards and classic jazz compositions performed in this set. Aside from the three opening tracks from Farlow's days as a member of vibraphonist Red Norvo's trio, the guitarist is the leader. His meeting with fellow guitarist Barry Galbraith (with bassist Oscar Pettiford and a surprisingly restrained Joe Morello on drums) is highlighted by his intricate original "Gibson Boy." The sessions with pianist Gerry Wiggins, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Chico Hamilton focus primarily on standards, though "And She Remembers Me" is an obvious reworking of "I'll Remember April" ; the rapid-fire take of "Cherokee" takes top honors. Two separate dates with pianist Claude Williamson and bassist Red Mitchell (one which adds drummer Stan Levey) stick exclusively to standards, with plenty of lively interplay. Two sessions with West Coast stylists including valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins, and baritone saxophonist Bob Gordon complement Farlow's sound very well. It is surprising that producer Norman Granz did not initially release a unique date with Oscar Pettiford (on cello) as a second front-line instrument, with the outstanding rhythm section of Hank Jones, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson. Highlights from this meeting include the cellist's "Swingin' Till the Girls Come Home," "Jordu," and two takes of "Bernie's Tune." A regular working trio led by Farlow with pianist Eddie Costa (who died far too young following a car wreck in 1962) and bassist Vinnie Burke produced three separate albums (with Knobby Totah or Bill Takas taking Burke's place on the final session). The chemistry between Farlow and Costa is readily apparent. Another musician who died far too young, Belgian flutist and tenor saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, joined the guitarist, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Osie Johnson for three numbers featuring Farlow on an acoustic instrument for the first time, producing the kind of jazz that only true aficionados can appreciate. A larger group with saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess, trombonist Benny Powell, pianist Dick Hyman, and baritone saxophonist Charles Fowlkes delves into the music of Harold Arlen, including several long overlooked songs composed for the musical Saratoga along with some of his best-known works, though at times their unfamiliarity with some of the tunes and each other is apparent. The detailed booklet contains many rare photos of Farlow and the men who worked with him, along with an informative analysis by fellow guitarist Howard Alden. This limited-edition collection should be on every jazz guitar fan's wish list.
Ken Dryden

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

Tal Farlow
The Complete Verve Sessions
(1951-1959)

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  2:49
2 I Remember You (Schertszinger, Mercer)  3:23
3 Skylark (Carmichael, Mercer)  3:15
4 If There’s Someone Lovelier Than You (Schwartz, Deitz) 2:42
5 With the Wind and The Rain in Your Hair [10” LP take] (Edwards, Lawrence) 2:59
6 My Old Flame (Johnston, Coslow) 3:33
7 Gibson Boy (Farlow) 2:43
8 You and The Night and The Music (Schwartz, Deitz) 3:40
9 Love Nest (Hirsch, Harbach) 2:42
10 Blues in The Closet (Pettiford) 2:48
11 Everything I’ve Got (Rodgers, Hart) 3:27
12 With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair [12” LP take] (Edwards, Lawrence)  3:00
13 Everything I’ve Got [alt. take] (Rodgers, Hart)  3:27
14 I Like to Recognize The Tune (Rodgers, Hart)  3:09
15 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:25
16 Autumn in New York (Duke)  5:03
17 And She Remembers Me (Farlow)  4:22
18 Little Girl Blue (Rodgers, Hart)  3:22
19 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Rodgers, Hart)  4:56
20 Tal’s Blues (Farlow)  5:09
21 Cherokee (Noble)  4:51

*


Cd. 2

1 These Foolish Things (Strachey, Marvell, Link)  2:51
2 I Remember You (Schertzing, Mercer)  4:13
3 How Deep is The Ocean (Berlin)  3:58
4 Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:49
5 Manhattan (Rodgers, Hart)  3:16
6 Autumn Leaves (Prévert, Kosma, Mercer)  1:41
7 It’s You or no One (Styne, Cahn)  3:26
8 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  4:34
9 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  3:46
10 Just one of Those Things (Porter)  3:01
11 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  5:27
12 Walkin’ (Carpenter)  5:26
13 Moonlight Becomes You (Burke, Van Heusen)  4:23
14 On The Alamo (Jones, Kahn)  4:07
15 Will You Still Be Mine (Dennis, Adair)  4:00
16 Lorinesque (Farlow)  4:15
17 Bye Bye Baby (Styne, Robin)  4:07

*

Cd. 3

1 Lullaby of The Leaves (Petkere, Young)  3:45
2 Stompin’ At The Savoy (Sampson, Webb, Razaf, Goodman)  3:15
3 This is Always (Warren, Gordon)  3:04
4 Tea for Two (Youmans, Caesar)  2:55
5 I Wished on The Moon (Rainger, Parker)  7:07
6 Swingin’ Till the Girls Come Home (Pettiford)  6:45
7 Jordu (Jordan)  5:35
8 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  4:40
9 Bernie’s Tune (Miller)  8:34
10 I Wished on The Moon [alt. take] (Rainger, Parker)  7:06
11 Bernie’s Tune [alt. take] (Miller)  8:37

*


Cd. 4

1 Taking A Chance on Love (Duke, Fetter, Latouche)  4:42
2 Yardbird Suite (Parker)  5:15
3 You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Brown, Kahn)  5:40
4 They Can’t Take that Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:42
5 Like Someone in Love (Burke, Van Heusen)  6:38
6 Meteor (Farlow)  6:36
7 I Love You (Porter)  5:31
8 Gone With the Wind (Wrubel, Magidson)  5:19
9 Taking A Chance on Love [alt. take] (Duke, Fetter, Latouche)  4:46
10 Yardbird Suite [alt. take] (Parker)  4:49
11 Gone With the Wind [alt. take] (Wrubel, Magidson)  5:25
12 Taking A Chance on Love [breakdown] (Duke, Fetter, Latouche)  1:06

*

Cd. 5

1 Isn’t it Romantic (Rodgers, Hart)  10:08
2 (There Is) No Greater Love (Jones, Symes)  3:55
3 How About You ? (Lane, Freed)  6:01
4 Anything Goes (Porter)  5:08
5 Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach)  5:51
6 You Don’t Know What Love is (Raye, DePaul)  4:19
7 Chuckles (Terry)  4:56
8 Broadway (Woode, McRae, Bird)  6:16

*


Cd. 6

1 Lean on Me (Greene, Waldman)  4:10
2 Wonder Why (Brodszky, Cahn)  4:51
3 Night And Day (Porter)  4:20
4 Stella by Starlight (Young, Washington)  3:32
5 The More I See You (Warren, Gordon)  4:49
6 All The Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein)  4:22
7 How Long Has this Been Going On ? (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:12
8 Topsy (Durham)  3:37
9 'Deed I Do (Hirsch, Rose)  3:27
10 We’ll Be Together Again (Fischer, Laine)  3:23
11 We’ll Be Together Again [alt. 1] (Fischer, Laine)  4:30
12 We’ll Be Together Again [alt. 2] (Fischer, Laine)  3:18
13 The More I See You [breakdowns] (Warren, Gordon)  3:53
14 ‘Deed I Do [breakdowns] (Hirsch, Rose)  5:24
15 We’ll Be Together Again [breakdowns] (Fischer, Laine)  2:00

*


Cd. 7

1 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:21
2 The Man in My Life (Arlen, Mercer)  4:45
3 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  5:26
4 Wess Side (Wess)  4:36
5 Telefunky (Farlow)  6:26
6 Blue Funk (Williams)  7:39
7 Saratoga (Arlen, Mercer)  5:13
8 Blues in The Night (Arlen, Mercer)  6:47
9 Hit The Road to Dreamland (Arlen, Mercer)  4:54
10 For Every Man There’s a Woman (Arlen, Robin)  4:22
11 As Long as I Live (Arlen, Koehler)  6:31
12 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  3:05
13 Petticoat High (Arlen, Mercer)  4:40
14 One Step – Two Step (Arlen, Mercer)  3:09
15 Lessons in Love (Arlen, Mercer)  3:11

*

Personnel
[Cd. 1, # 1]
Red Norvo - vb
Tal Farlow - g
Red Mitchell - b
Recorded in Los Angles ; July 1, 1952
[Cd. 1, # 2-3]
Same personnel as above
Recorded in Los Angeles ; October 16, 1951
[Cd. 1, # 4-13]
Tal Farlow - g
Barry Galbraith - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded at Fine Sound, New York City ; June 2, 1954
[Cd. 1, # 14-21]
Tal Farlow - g
Gerald Wiggins - p
Ray Brown - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; November 15 & 16, 1954
[Cd. 2, # 1-10]
Tal Farlow - g
Claude Williamson - p
Red Mitchell - b
Stan Levey - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; January 17, 1955
[Cd. 2, # 12, 14 & 15]
Bob Enevoldsen - v & tb
Bill Perkins - ts
Bob Gordon - bs
Tal Farlow - g
Monte Budwig - b
Larance Marable - dr
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; May 3, 1955
[Cd. 2, # 11, 13, 16 & 17]
Same as above
Recorded same place as above ; May 4, 1955
[Cd. 3, # 1-4]
Tal Farlow - g
Claude Williamson - p
Red Mitchell - b
Recorded same place as above ; April 25, 1955
[Cd. 3, # 5-11]
Tal Farlow - g
Hank Jones - p
Oscar Pettiford - cel
Ray Brown - b
Henry Bellson - dr
Recorded at Fine Sound, New York City ; February 11, 1956
[Cd. 4]
Tal Farlow - g
Eddie Costa - p
Vinnie Burke - b
Recorded at Fine Sound, New York City ; May 31,1956
[Cd. 5]
Same as above
Recorded same place as above ; June 5, 1956
[Cd. 6, # 1-4]
Tal Farlow - g
Eddie Costa - p
Knobby Totah - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; February 17, 1958
[Cd. 6, # 5-15]
Same as above, except Bill Takas - b, replaces Knobby Totah
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; February 18, 1958
[Cd. 7, # 10, 13 & 14]
Benny Powell - tb
Frank Wess - fl, as & ts
Charlie Fowlkes - bs
Tal Farlow - g
Dick Hyman - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 15 & 16, 1959
[Cd. 7, # 2, 4, 8, 11 & 12]
Same sessions as above, except omit Powell and Fowkles
[Cd. 7, # 6, 7, 9 & 15]
Same sessions, except Joe Benjamin - b, replaces Wendell Marshall
[Cd. 7, # 1, 3 & 5]
Bobby Jaspar - ts & fl
Tal Farlow - g
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 15 & 16, 1959

Friday, June 16, 2017

Perry Robinson - Funk Dumpling

Perry Robinson (N.Y.C., 1938) attended New York Music and Arts High School from 1952 to 1956, when he encountered the music of bop clarinetists Buddy De Franco and Tony Scott, the last-named becoming a major influence on him. By 1955, Robinson was on the NYC jazz scene, playing Sonny Rollins' and Charlie Parker's music on the clarinet.
In 1959, a tape of Perry playing with his friends, pianist Jon Mayer, bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Arnie Wise, won him a scholarship to the Lenox School of Jazz, where he met and played with such avant garde trailblazers as Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. After Lenox, Robinson joined Mayer, Israels and Wise in Spain and, at Madrid’s Whisky Jazz Club, began exploring the freer approach of Coleman and Cherry. He soon lost his job.
But the blind Catalonian pianist, Tete Montoliu, impressed by Perry’s advanced approach, asked him to join his new quintet, which was featured at the inauguration of Barcelona’s legendary Jamboree club. He returned to New York in December 1960.
In 1962 Perry recorded Funk Dumpling his first album as a leader in Newark for Savoy Records with Kenny Barron on piano, bassist Henry Grimes, and Bill Evans Trio drummer Paul Motian. In taking the work of Coleman, Coltrane and Evans and applying it to the clarinet-led ensemble, the album is a landmark in the history of jazz clarinet...

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/funk_dumpling-cd-5918.html

Perry Robinson
Funk Dumpling

Tracks

1 Midnight in Moscow (Soloviev, Sedoy, Matusosky)  9:13
2 Sprites Delight (Grimes)  7:16
3 Wahayla (Robinson)  5:34
4 Farmer Alfalfa (Grimes)  7:29
5 Margareta (Robinson)  6:51
6 Funk Dumpling (Grimes)  4:45
7 Home is Where the Hearth is (Robinson)  3:32

*

Personnel
Perry Robinson - cl
Kenny Barron - p
Henry Grimes - b
Paul Motian - dr

Recorded at Savoy Studio, Newark, New Jersey ; 1962

All tracks originally issued as
Perry Robinson 4 “Funk Dumpling”
(Savoy MG 12177)

Don Elliott - Four Classic Albums

AVID Jazz continues its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release by multi-instrumentalist, Don Elliott, complete with original artwork and liner notes. Don Elliott Quintet, Mellophone, Don Elliott & Rusty Dedrick Counterpoint For Six Valves and At The Modern Jazz Room. Sometimes known as the "human instrument," Don Elliott was a musician of many parts. He started the life of a musician playing trumpet but went on to play vibraphone, mellophone, trombone, flugelhorn as well as singing. He made over 60 albums during his long career which also included writing and performing over 5000 advertising jingles, pioneering the art of multi-tracking, owning his own studios in New York and Weston, Connecticut. He was also involved in film and theatre scores. On our four selections Don can be heard with the likes of Rusty Dedrick, Hal McKusick, Milt Hinton, Mundell Lowe, Dick Hyman and Jimmy Campbell.

Source : http://www.avidgroup.co.uk/acatalog/info_AMSC1185.html

Don Elliott
Four Classic Albums

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Angela (Elliott)  2:41
2 Five O’Clock Whistle (Gannon, Irwin, Myrow)  4:25
3 Everything I Love (Porter)  3:11
4Long Ago And Far Away (Kern, Gershwin)  4:36
5 Imagination (Nicholls)  4:54
6 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  2:50
7 Susan Stands Pat (Elliott)  3:19
8 I Just Don’t Care Anymore (Raye)  4:20
9 Nettie But Nice (Elliott)  2:59
10 Laura (Mercer, Raskin)  4:48
11 Bingo, Bango, Bongo (Elliott)  3:43
12 Don’s Dilemma (Martin)  3:58
13 Spring is Here (Rodgers, Hart)  2:42
14 S’posin’ (Denniker, Razaf)  3:15
15 With The Wind And The Rain in Your Hair (Lawrence, Edwards)  3:33
16 Summer Setting (Albam)  4:05
17 Fascinatin’ Rhythm (Gershwin)  3:39
18 Almost Like Being In Love (Loewer, Lerner)  3:55
19 Deep Purple (Parish, DeRose)  3:35
20 The Lamp is Low (Parish, DeRose)  3:49
21 My Reverie (after Debussy)  3:45
22 Mellophone Mambo (Elliott)  4:06

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Cd. 2

1 Mine (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:04
2 Vampire Till Ready (Hyman)  5:03
3 Your Own Iron (Hyman)  4:57
4 Easy To Remember (Rodgers, Hart)  4:55
5 The Bull Speaks (Hyman)  3:17
6 Dominick Seventh (Hyman)  5:05
7 Gargantuan Chant (Hyman)  4:38
8 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  5:04
9 Henry’s Mambo (Hyman)  2:12
10 Theme And Inner Tube (Hyman)  1:58
11 It Might As Well Be Spring (Rodgersn Hammerstein)  4:20
12 But Not For Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:30
13 Isn’t It Romantic (Rodgers, Hart)  5:35
14 Embessy (Elliott, Collins)  3:02
15 It Could Happen To You (Van Heusen, Burke)  5:09
16 I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren, Burke)  4:52
17 I Remember You (Schetzinger, Mercer)  5:13
18 Moonlight in Vermont (Suessdorf, Blackburn)  3:17

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Personnel
[Cd. 1, # 1-12] DON ELLIOTT QUINTET
Don Elliott - ml, tp, vb, bng & vcl [# 3 & 8]
Ralph Martin - p
Joe Puma - g
Mort Herbert - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded in New York ; 1954
[Cd. 1, # 13-22] DON ELLIOTT-MELLOPHONE
Don Elliott - ml
Hal McKusick - as & fl
Danny Bank - bs
Billy Byers - tb
Howie Reich - tp
Barry Galbraith - g
Milt Hinton - b
Mel Zelnick - dr
Recorded in New York ; January 19 & February 22, 1955
[Cd. 2, # 1-10] DON ELLIOTT & RUSTY DEDRICK-COUNTERPOINT FOR SIX VALVES
Don Elliott - tp
Rusty Dedrick - tp
Dick Hyman - p & arr.
Mundell Lowe - g
Eddie Safranski - b
Don Lamond - dr
Recorded in New York ; March 16 & 17, 1955 ; & April 23, 1956
[Cd. 2, # 11-10] DON ELLIOTT-AT THE MODERN JAZZ ROOM
Don Elliott - tp, vb, bng & vcl [# 16]
Bob Corwin - p
Ernie Furtado - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded in New York City ; August 16, 1956

Herbie Harper - Five Brothers

Trombonist Herbie Harper, who has not been heard of much as a leader since the 1950s, has always been a talented bop-based trombonist with an attractive tone. For this quintet set, he is teamed with multi-instrumentalist Bob Enevoldsen (mostly sticking to tenor), guitarist Don Overberg, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Frankie Capp. The West Coast-styled ensemble still sounds appealing. This is one of the obscure Tampa sessions that have been rescued and reissued by VSOP.
Scott Yanow

 http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1127998/a/Five+Brothers.htm

Herbie Harper
Five Brothers

Tracks

1 King Porter Stomp (Morton)  3:04
2 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  2:53
3 Skull Cap (Capp)  2:44
4 Pick Yourself Up (Shearing)  3:08
5 Jim's Tune (Williams)  3:23
6 Don't Buck It (Mitchell)  3:29
7 Juan Don (Overburg)  2:55
8 Adios (Madriguera)  4:03
9 Godchild (Wallington)  3:14
10 Stars Fell on Alabama (Parish, Perkins)  2:03
11 Don's Tune [alt. take] (Overburg)  2:51
12 Godchild [alt. take] (Wallington)  3:16
13 Stars Fell on Alabama [alt. take] (Parish, Perkins)  1:59

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Personnel
Herbie Harper - tb
Bob Enevoldsen - ts & v tb
Don Overburg - g
Red Mitchell - b
Frank Capp - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California ; June 15, 1955

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet

Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet was a talent-studded little band, among the finest groups of its time (1959-1962), able and willing to try anything notice the sextets exuberant romping on these two albums Here and Now, and Another Git Together recorded in 1962. They feature only the co-leaders of the original band, but the replacements trombonist Grachan Moncur III and a Harold Mabern, Herbie Lewis, Roy McCurdy rhythm section maintained the pungent blend of zest, relaxation, control and creativity that characterised the Jazztet at its best.
Crucial to this were Golsons beautifully crafted arrangements. Making deft use of the textures and colours supplied by the three-horn front line, they provided structure and stimulation in equal measure. The players responded brilliantly, with Farmer exceptional, echoing Rex Stewart's affecting horn on Ellington's "Rue Prevail" and turning in some luminous, lyrical flugelhorn on "Domino". Golsons tenor had a more assertive edge than before, notably on "Station" and "Another Git Together", offering an effective contrast to the more reflective Farmer. And Moncurs burry warmth and direct approach made for further variety in a swinging, thoroughly satisfying group.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/art-farmer-benny-golson-jazztet-albums/5804-here-and-now-another-git-together-the-jazztet-john-lewis-3-lps-on-2-cds.html

Art Farmer
Benny Golson
Jazztet
Here and Now
Another Git Together

Tracks

1 Tonk (Bryant)  6:44
2 Rue Prevail (Farmer)  4:21
3 Richies Dilemma (Mabern)  5:07
4 Whisper Not (Golson)  5:16
5 Just in Time (Comden, Green, Styne)  5:22
6 Ruby My Dear (Monk)  5:06
7 In Love in Vain (Kern, Robin)  7:09
8 Sonnys Back (Moncur)  4:01
9 Space Station (Moncur)  5:14
10. Domino (Ferrari, Raye, Plante)  7:03
11 Another Git Together (Poindexter, Hendricks)  6:15
12 Along Came Betty (Golson)  5:28
13 This Nearly Was Mine (Rodgers, Hammerstein II)  6:26
14 Reggie (Golson)  4:30


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Personnel
[# 1-8] Originally released as Mercury SR 60698
Art Farmer - tp & flghrn
Benny Golson - ts
Grachan Moncur III - tb [# 1-6 & 8]
Harold Mabern - p
Herbie Lewis - b
Roy McCurdy - dr
Recorded in New York ; February 28 & March 2, 1962
[# 9-14] Originally released as Mercury SR 60737
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; May 28 & June 21, 1962