Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Virgil Gonsalves Sextet & Steve White Quintet

The two obscure sets reissued on this single CD from Original Jazz Classics were originally released as 10" LPs by the Nocturne label. The first six numbers are West Coast cool jazz by a sextet featuring baritonist Virgil Gonsalves, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, and tenor saxophonist Buddy Wise. These concise renditions of five standards and the obscure "Bounce" find the musicians in excellent form, making the most of each note. The second half of the CD is an unrelated quartet date by the eccentric tenor saxophonist Steve White, who is joined by pianist Jimmie Rowles, bassist Harry Babasin, and drummer Roy Harte; trombonist Herbie Harper is a big asset on "Topsy." White's sound was quite influenced by Lester Young, while his odd singing (heard on "My New Jet Plane") is certainly unique. An interesting if not essential reissue.
Scott Yanow
Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/jazz-in-hollywood-r318339

Virgil Gonsalves Sextet
Steve White Quintet
Jazz in Hollywood


1 Bounce (Searle) 3:16
2 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman) 2:28
3 Too Marvelous for Words (Mercer, Whiting) 4:02
4 It Might as Well Be Spring (Hammerstein, Rodgers) 3:54
5 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern) 3:24
6 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn) 2:29
7 Topsy (Battle, Durham) 6:50
8 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer) 5:46
9 'Tis Autumn (Nemo) 2:19
10 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 2:25
11 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans) 3:21
12 My New Jet Plane (White) 4:21

Virgil Gonsalves - bs
Bob Enevoldsen - tb
Buddy Wise - ts
Lou Levy - p
Harry Babasin - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded probably at Western Recorders, Hollywood, California ; 1954
Steve White - ts & voc
Herbie Harper - tb [# 7 only]
Jimmy Rowles - p
Harry babasin - b
Roy Harte - dr
Recorded at Western Recorders, Hollywood, California ; December 3, 1954


Melanchthon said...


ramson said...
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ramson said...

Virgil Gonsalves Sextet + Steve White Quintet - Jazz in Hollywood, 1954 Nocturne_ 1997 OJC Fantasy

Hey!, you're back!!

Many thanks for Steve White tracks!!


neil said...

Sucker for the baritone; thanks, Mel...

fluffyalbert said...


I can't possibly thankyou for all that you have put here it's just too much! But thankyou anyway,

best wishes,