Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Al Cohn on the Saxophone

Downbeat Magazine awarded Cohn on the Saxophone five stars when it appeared on the Dawn label back in 1956, when inventively-played, heart-felt music counted as much as innovation and novelty. The well-worn disc remains one of the few genuine treasures in a collection of LPs, cassettes, and CD's that has become massive if not always selective over the past 40 years. Cohn may have become more aggressive and adventurous in his later years, sporting a harder tone, but he was never more "at home" with his horn or his musical persona than on this set. From the opening bars of "We Three" — as unforced and unaffected a performance as I've heard committed to record--to the soul-satisfying closure of "When Day Is Done" he's the plain-talking raconteur, a compelling story-teller precociously wise beyond his relatively young years at the time. At one point in the fifties Cohn was practically revered as a master storyteller (listen to his climactic and definitive solo as featured instrumentalist on Manny Albam's ambitious "The Blues Is Everybody's Business"), someone who could be counted on to weigh in with only the most essential, vital musical words, no more, no less. Zoot was always the happy swinging dancer; Al the equally swinging but more coherent and purposeful narrative craftsman. I never felt that he performed "on" the saxophone or, for that matter, that he "played" saxophone. The horn was his voice : "The Saxophone IN Al Cohn" would have been my title for this session, made all the more satisfying by Al's sympathetic, genial company — Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson and, on a couple of engaging up-tempo tunes, trombonist and musical soul mate, Frank Rehak. There are no big surprises, no tricks, no cutting-edge revelations destined to be dulled and blunted by later developments. This is indeed timeless and inexhaustible music. If it fits like a comfortable old shoe, it's of the highest quality leather — made to last.
Samuel Chell

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Al Cohn
On the Saxophone

Tracks

1 We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) (Cogane, Mysels, Robertson)  3:48
2 Idaho (Stone)  3:37
3 The Things I Love (Barlow, Harris)  3:52
4 Singing The Blues (Conrad, Lewis, Robinson, Young)  5:06
5 Be Loose (Cohn)  4:18
6 When Day Is Done (DeSylva, Katscher)  3:54
7 Good Old Blues (Cohn)  4:49
8 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein, Romberg)  3:18
9 Abstract Of You (Cohn)  3:44
10 Blue Lou (Mills, Sampson)  4:09
11 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tauber, Tracey)  4:09

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Personnel
Al Cohn - ts
Frank Rehak - tb
Hank Jones - p
Osie Johnson - b
Milt Hinton - dr

Recorded in New York City, September 29, 1956

27 comments:

the doc said...

thanks very much for this Cohn!

itr said...

Good choice as always.

Philo said...

Al Cohn - Cohn on the Saxophone (1956)

Very enjoyable music. Thanks.

micky said...

Thank you so very much Allthe best

Orbyt said...

Cohn plays wonderfully here both relaxed and some uptempo numbers. Infectious. Highly recommended.

Terry said...

Excellent Cohn plus a wonderful rhythm section. Thank you Melanchthon

grumpy said...

New to me and a wondeerful discovery. Many thanks.

wouter said...

thank you for this old al cohn gem!

Frasco said...

thank you very much!

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon, once again.

rowgatien said...

Gratitude pour ce Al Cohn.

Vincent Vega said...

Gracias totales, saludos de Chile

Scoredaddy said...

thanks very much for this.

Jay said...

Great music! Thanks.

jazzlover said...

Once again Mr. Mel doing the best.
Very great Al Cohn,just fantastic work !!

hulaboy said...

Thank you, Mel - and I hope everyone gets the joke of the title!

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Thank you.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

neil said...

Missed this first time around, mel; so many thanks for the re-up...

nlrp said...

thank you M. M

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

stringbender said...

Many thanks for this gem!

Melanchthon said...

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kingpossum said...

Merci beaucoup. It's too easy for me to think of Cohn only as a sideman...thanks for posting one of his own dates.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much