Saturday, May 30, 2015

Eddie Bert - Modern Music

Eddie Bert has had a rather long career in jazz and in the studios, managing to go almost unnoticed by all but his fellow musicians. A fine and flexible soloist, Bert has also played a large part behind the scenes, performing his parts quite capably in orchestras. Among his early teachers were fellow trombonists Benny Morton and Trummy Young. In 1940, when he was 18, Bert joined Sam Donahue's Orchestra, and two years later cut his first solo on record, "Jersey Bounce," with Red Norvo's band. Bert gigged with the orchestras of Charlie Barnet (1943) and Woody Herman, performed at a well-recorded Town Hall concert with Norvo in 1944, where he was extensively featured and, after a stint in the military, he worked during the next decade with such orchestras as Herbie Fields, Stan Kenton (1947-1948 and 1950-1951), Benny Goodman (1948-1949), Woody Herman again, and Les Elgart. From 1952-1955, Bert recorded several dates as a leader for Discovery, Savoy, Jazztone, and Trans-World, showing that he could be a personable bop-based improviser in small groups, too. He worked and recorded with Charles Mingus in late 1955, rejoined Goodman in 1957, was part of the ensembles on the various Miles Davis/Gil Evans projects, and performed with Thelonious Monk at his famed big band concerts of 1959 and 1963. In addition to his extensive studio work, Bert was associated with Elliot Lawrence, Chubby Jackson, and again with Mingus ; he was part of Dick Cavett's TV big band from 1968-1972 and toured Europe with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. In 1976, he led an obscure effort for the Danish Backbone label and has since headed sessions for Molshajala (a duo album with bassist Steve Roane), Keybone, and Fresh Sound (1987), in addition to recording as a sideman with Lionel Hampton, Sal Salvador, and Teo Macero, among others. In 1997, Eddie Bert toured with T.S. Monk's Monk on Monk ensemble.
Scott Yanow (AMG).

Source :

Eddie Bert
I Heard Music
Modern Music


1 Walk with Me (Bert)  5:16
2 Cardboard Coffee (Bert)  5:26
3 Falling in Love All Over Again (Hefti)  3:44
4 Lom, Norahs and Enaj (Bert)  4:41
5 I Hear Music (Forrest, Wright)  6:46
6 Moon and Sand (Wilder)  3:06
7 Nosmo King (Gold)  4:41
8 Jerome's Blues (Richardson)  9:24
9 All My Life (Stept)  4:59
10 Me'n You (Bert)  4:28


Eddie Bert - tb
Jerome Richardson - fl & ts
Vinnie Dean - as
Hank Jones - p
Barry Galbraith - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Osie Johnson - dr

Recorded in New York City ; November, 1955


the jazzman said...

Thank you.

Rantamplan said...

Great post, great blog. Thk very much.


ita diegues said...

Thank you MElanchthon

Heervee said...

Thank you and Happy New Year!!!!

Philo said...

Eddie Bert - I Hear Music, Modern Music (1955)

Another wonderful obscurity!

I don't know how you find these amazing reissues of little-known artists, but please don't stop.

Peter said...

This looks a great lineup too ...

Thank you M

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Leopold/Melanchthon. A new session for me.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

danair said...

nice post Mel,thanks very much.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel, for the opportunity to hear this classic.

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes, it's a real, great post!
Thank you, Melanchthon.

jazzfan1 said...

I have a bunch of the old Jazztones on LP, and download them whenever I find them, for nostalgia's sake but also because the music is solid, sometimes great. (Any chance for the Complete Lionel Hampton Jazztone set here?)

There were a bunch of so-called "budget labels" in the 1950s, when I became a teenage jazz fan. You could get a lot of great stuff for anywhere between $.50 and $1.99 on them, some of it reissued, some of it newly recorded especially for those labels: Allegro, Crown, Tops, Jazztone, RCA Camden, X (also RCA), Harmony (Columbia), Tampa, Design, Hallmark. I had Bix, Gillespie, Parker, Davis, Thornhill, Ellington, the Metronome All-Stars, Rex Stewart, Hawkins, Mundell Lowe, Bob Enevoldsen, Bob Cooper, Art Pepper, the Fletcher Henderson Reunion, Sarah Vaughan, Earl Hnes -- as well as B. B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, the Carter Family, quite a few others -- on these labels.

For a kid on an allowance, with a small weekly budget, these albums made it possible to get fine older music otherwise not reissued, plus some excellent new stuff recorded specifically for those labels. Sold mostly in drugstore racks, often discounted from their list prices: two for $1, three for $2. If you shopped carefully, you could add two records a week, sometimes more, to your collection for $2.

Someone should do a "cheap jazz and blues" blog, commemorating these albums and that moment in time.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You