Monday, December 13, 2010

Cy Touff

Cy Touff was one of the few specialists on the bass trumpet, an instrument that does not sound all that different from a valve trombone. This 1998 reissue CD finds Touff in two different settings. The first four numbers feature an octet (comprised of trumpeters Harry "Sweets" Edison and Conrad Gozzo, Touff, tenor-saxophonist Richie Kamuca, Matt Utal on reeds, pianist Russ Freeman, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Chuck Flores) performing three Johnny Mandel arrangements and one by Ernie Wilkins ("What Am I Here For"). "Keester Parade" uses a familiar Sweets Edison line ("Centerpiece") while Tiny Kahn's "TNT" is easily recognizable as the basis for Dave Frishberg's "Can't Take You Nowhere." Touff, Kamuca and Edison are the main soloists on the cool-toned Basie-oriented date. The remainder of the CD is from the following day and puts more of the focus on Touff's soloing in a quintet with Kamuca and pianist Pete Jolly. Touff and Kamuca blend together very well and play off each other in winning fashion. This music also tips its cap constantly to Basie (Jolly purposely plays a few phrases like Count) with "Prez-ence" finding the two horns playing Lester Young's recorded solo on "You're Driving Me Crazy." One of only 2 1/2 albums led by Cy Touff, this CD is definitive of Touff and also notable for featuring Richie Kamuca in superb form.
Scott Yanow
Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/his-octet-and-quintet-r70338/review

Cy Touff
His Octet and Quintet

Tracks

1 Keester Parade (Mandel) 7:50
2 TNT (Kahn) 4:54
3 What Am I Here For ? (Ellington, Laine) 4:21
4 Groover Wailin' (Mandel) 4:10
5 Prez-Ence (Kamuca, Touff, Young) 5:24
6 Half Past Jumping Time (Hefti) 3:50
7 A Smooth One (Goodman) 6:58
8 Primitive Cats (Kamuca, Touff) 5:38
9 It's Sand, Man ! (Lewis) 5:24
10 A Smooth One [alt. take] (Goodman) 2:32

Personnel
[# 1-4]
Harry "Sweets" Edison, Conrad Gozzo - tp
Cy Touff - bs tp
Richie Kamuca - ts
Matt Utal - as & bs
Russ Freeman - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Chuck Flores - dr
[# 5-10]
Cy Touff - bs tp
Richie Kamuca - ts
Pete Jolly - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Chuck Flores - dr

Recorded at the Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California ; December 4 [octet] ; & December 5 [quintet], 1955

6 comments:

Melanchthon said...

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Otis Foster said...

Mel, thnx for the lovely Touff-Kamuca session. I really like the light, melodic swing to the tracks, esp. Prez-ence, which not surprisingly has a Lestorian lilt to the solos.

Orbyt said...

Great post Mel. I highly recommend it.

Heervee said...

I fully agree, HIGHLY recommended, thank you Mel.

sandor essedy said...

can you re-post this one? thanks.

Alfie Cooke said...

Can this be re-upped?
Thanks
Alfie