Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cool, Calm & Collected Frank Strozier

This advanced hard bop session from 1960 was previously unreleased until it appeared on a Vee-Jay CD in 1994. Altoist Frank Strozier is heard with a Chicago-based trio comprised of pianist Billy Wallace, bassist Bill Lee and drummer Vernell Fournier. The CD really gives listeners two records in one because of the seven songs, all but one are heard in two versions and two of the pieces are heard three times. Strozier is in fine form, the obscure Billy Wallace (mistakenly called Wallace Williams in the liner notes) plays some fiery solos and the performances are satisfying. Still, due to the duplicate titles, one might not want to consume the whole program in one sitting.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Frank Strozier
Cool, Calm and Collected


1 Cloudy and Cool (Strozier ?) 6:05
2 She (Ellington) 5:04
3 No More (Camarata, Russell) 3:59
4 Day In - Day Out (Bloom, Mercer) 4:33
5 Nice 'N' Easy (Bergman, Bregman, Spence) 5:24
6 Chris (Strozier) 4:22
7 Stairway to the Stars (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli) 2:22
8 Cloudy and Cool (Strozier ?) [short version] 4:08
9 Cloudy and Cool (Strozier ?) [take 1] 7:20
10 Nice 'N' Easy [short version] (Bergman, Bregman, Spence 2:42
11 Nice 'N' Easy [take 3] (Bergman, Bregman, Spence) 5:24
12 She [take 3] (Ellington) 5:02
13 Day In - Day Out [take 2] (Bloom, Mercer) 4:03
14 Chris [take 4] (Strozier) 4:26
15 No More [take 1] (Camarata, Russell) 5:31

Frank Strozier - as
Billy Wallace - p
Bill Lee - b
Vernell Fournier - dr

Recorded at Universal Recording Studios A, Chicago ; October 13, 1960


Melanchthon said...


neil said...

A worthy companion to 'Fantastic Frank Strozier - Plus'; many thanks, mel...

Orbyt said...

Wonderful post Mel, many thanks!

Otis Foster said...

Thanks mel - Billy Wallace was with Max's band for a while. I've liked his work in the small numbers of available samples.

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Nuevo para mi. Muchisimas gracias!

deGallo said...

Thank you. Wonderful!!

El chango Feli said...

Many thanks!!! Another great musician that was almost forgotten.


sep troelstra said...

thanks a lot!! however, it seems that only "part 1" got a link

part 2 is missing