Saturday, February 19, 2011

Frank Foster & George Wallington

This double reissue combines saxophonist Frank Foster's first U.S. recording and a session led by pianist George Wallington that took place one week later with Foster sitting in. Recorded for Blue Note in Hackensack, NJ, on May 5, 1954, Here Comes Frank Foster (also issued as New Faces, New Sounds) was only Foster's second album as a leader. His debut album was recorded one month earlier for the Vogue label in Paris, France. Here Comes Frank Foster fits neatly with other albums from the mid-'50s Blue Note catalog. Foster shares the spotlight with trombonist Benny Powell, and the rhythm section of Gildo Mahones, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke is superb. On tracks eight through 17, Foster is heard as a member of the George Wallington Showcase band, recorded for Blue Note on May 12, 1954. This solid little organization included James Moody's ace trumpeter Dave Burns, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, baritone saxophonist Danny Bank, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and, once again, drummer Kenny "Klook" Clarke. Arrangements were scored by Quincy Jones. This straight-ahead hard bop is tasty and stimulating. Use the four alternate takes for a chaser.
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Frank Foster
Here Comes Frank Foster


1 Little Red (Foster) 3:53
2 How I Spent the Night (Foster) 4:58
3 Blues for Benny (Foster) 3:46
4 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman) 3:35
5 Gracias (Foster) 4:11
6 The Heat's On (Foster, Nestico) 3:44
7 How I Spent the Night [alt. take] (Foster) 4:15
8 Frankie and Johnny (Traditional) 4:05
9 Baby Grand (Wallington) 4:03
10 Christina (Wallington) 3:39
11 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward) 3:51
12 Festival (Wallington) 4:01
13 Bumpkins (Jones) 3:42
14 Frankie and Johnny [alt. take] (Traditional) 4:06
15 Summertime [alt. take] (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward) 3:55
16 Festival [alt. take] (Wallington) 3:58
17 Bumpkins [alt. take] (Jones) 3:43

Benny Powell - tb
Frank Foster - ts
Gildo Mahones - p
Percy Heath - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; May 5, 1954
Dave Burns - tp
Jimmy Cleveland - tb
Frank Foster - ts
Danny Bank - bs & fl
George Wallington - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Quincy Jones - arr.
Recorded at Audio-Video Studios, New York City ; May 12, 1954


Melanchthon said...

rob said...

brilliant! thanks! i've been wanting to check out more george wallington, and these sessions feature 2 of my favorite trombonists.

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... Baron

dolphydays said...

R.I.P. Frank Foster. Gone to heaven!

onxidlib said...

Wonderful! - Just listening to Jimmy Cleveland's first album as leader and remembered that I've read somewhere about his collaboration with George Wallington AND here it is.
Wow - link is still working - A mighty THANK YOU!!!