Thursday, May 26, 2016

Jimmy Raney Quintet - Complete Recordings 1954-1956

These recordings established Jimmy Raney (1927-1995) as a leading modern jazz guitarist, and introduced two potentially major young jazz talents: trumpeter John Wilson, and altoist Phil Woods.
Raney was both a maturely thoughtful and emotionally honest mind. As a result, he avoids effects as an end in themselves, and whatever he played in a jazz session, he felt. Thereby he communicated directly to the listener whether his communicative materials were complex or simple. He was a man of calmly exciting conception.

Source :

Jimmy Raney
Complete Recordings


1 Stella by Starlight (Young, Washington)  5:13
2 Five (Raney)  4:14
3 Joanne (Woods)  4:40
4 Back and Blow (Woods)  5:54
5 Spring is Here (Rodgers, Hart)  2:52
6 One More for the Mode (Raney)  3:47
7 What's New (Haggart, Burke)  2:43
8 Tomorrow, Fairly Cloudy (Raney)  3:27
9 A foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:04
10 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:12
11 Cross your Heart (Gensler, DeSylva, Schwab)  3:53
12 You Don't Know What Love is (Raye, DePaul)  3:39
13 Two Dreams of Soma (Raney)  3:45
14 Scholar's Mate (Raney)  3:53
15 Gone With the Wind (Wrubel, Magisdon)  3:25
16 Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach)  4:25


 [# 1-4] from "Jimmy Raney Ensemble introducing Phil Woods and John Wilson" 1954 (New Jazz, LP 1103)
John Wilson - tp
Phil Woods - as
Jimmy Raney - g
Bill Crow - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded at the Van Gelder Sudios, Hackensack, New Jersey ; August 11, 1954
[# 5-12] from "Jimmy Raney 1955" (Prestige LP-199)
John Wilson - tp
Jimmy Raney - g
Hal Overton - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Nick Stabulas - dr
Recorded at the Van Gelder Sudios, Hackensack, New Jersey ; February 18 & March 8 [# 9-12], 1955
[# 13-16] from "Fourmost Guitars" 1956 (ABC Paramount, ABC-109)
Same personnel as above. 
Recorded at the Van Gelder Sudios, Hackensack, New Jersey ; May 4, 1956


HEXIS said...

Hello friend (let me call it that) thanks for your posts, are of great quality, as a friend who already has met one time.



ZM-JazzRock said...

excellent post Mel!
Jimmy Raney is more than appreciated.
A real musician and a superb guitarist.
Warm regards from Sao Paulo, Brazil

LaroSwing said...

Great post! Never can get enough of JR!

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for this fine Raney treat, Mel!! Somehow, I never saw these albums over the years, but, thanx to you, I can hear them now!!

neil said...

Now you're talking, mel! Many thanks...

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

Morris said...

Thank you very much, Mel.

Rick said...

There are a few compilations of early Raney material that overlap. Just in case anyone is wondering, I just checked - these tracks are also on Jimmy Raney - Woody Herman's Cool Guitar Player, which I already have.
Anyway, have a great day, Mel.

Descargador said...

Muchas gracias Mel!!

Bill said...

Never enough Raney! A great addition. Thanks, Mel.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

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Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you very much for this gem!

elpeleon said...

Muchissimas gracias !!

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

musician3 said...

AMAZING.............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Historicus said...

Great ... thanks!

AmyBRAINS said...


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for another great upgrade Mel!