Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hal McKusick - Cross Section

Hal McKusick's final recording as a leader mixes three separate sessions with contributions by four great arrangers. The cast of musicians varies from onedate to the next, although McKusick and pianist Bill Evans are present on every track, while Art Farmer, Milt Hinton, and Barry Galbraith also make strong impressions. This music has held up extremely well over the decades, especially George Russell's forward-thinking treatment of "You're My Thrill" and his sauntering, somewhat atonal, blues "Stratusphunk." Also valuable are the charts by Jimmy Giuffre, George Handy, and Ernie Wilkins. The blend of the saxophones in Handy's upbeat "The Last Day of Fall" almost sound like an accordion. Most of this music was reissued on the CD Now's the Time (1957-1958), although two brilliant arrangements by Jimmy Giuffre ("Yesterdays" and his own "Sing Song") were, unfortunately, omitted from that compilation, making it worth the effort to search for this elusive Decca LP.
Ken Dryden

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Hal McKusick
Cross Section : Saxes


1 Whisper Not (Golson)  3:20
2 You're My Thrill (Clare, Gorney)  4:05
3 It Never Entered My Mind (Hart, Rodgers)  3:50
4 Stratusphunk (Russell)  6:31
5 The Last Day of Fall (Handy)  3:29
6 Now's the Time (Parker)  6:11
7 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  3:46
8 The End of a Love Affair (Redding)  4:44
9 Sing Song (Giuffre)  2:25
10 La Rue (Brown)  4:13


[# 3, 7 & 9]
Hal McKusick - b cl & as

Art Farmer - tp
Bill Evans - p
Paul Chambers - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded in New York City ; March 25, 1958

[# 1, 5, 6 & 10]
Hal McKusick - as
Frank Socolow - as
Dick Hafer - ts
Jay Cameron - bs
Bill Evans - p
Paul Chambers - b
Connie Kay - dr

Recorded in New York City ; March 28, 1958
[# 2, 4 & 8]
Hal McKusick - cl & as
Art Farmer - tp
Barry Galbraith - g

Bill Evans - p
Milt Hinton - b
Charlie Persip - dr
Recorded in New York City ; April 7, 1958

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Otis Foster said...

Thnx for digging up a McCusick session I didn't know about.

ita diegues said...

Thanks Melanchthon.

laconico said...

Mc Kusick is always welcome and B.E. too.
Thank you Melanchton!

porco rosso said...

A Bill Evans session i wasn't aware of! All BE is a must to me.
Thanks a lot.

dreadco said...

So tasty. Thank you.

cephus said...

amazin' share!
tanks a lot, mate

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Mismo comentario que el de porco rosso.
¡Gracias! ¡Gracias!

paul said...

Wonderful blog. Thanks for all your efforts.

jazzfan1 said...

The Hal McKusick "Cross-section Saxes" download doesn't open with your usual passphrase, Can you fix this?

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Yes! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!
McKusick is pretty new to me, and I've enjoyed getting to know his stuff.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You