Monday, May 29, 2017

Dave Pell - Jazz Goes Dancing (Prom to Prom)

The Dave Pell Octet, which made its first recordings in 1953, came out of the Les Brown big band and was the epitome of a swinging, cool-toned, West Coast-style jazz group. Pell's ensemble at the time consisted of the leader on tenor, trumpeter Don Fagerquist (an underrated great), trombonist Ray Sims, baritonist Marty Berman, pianist Arnold Ross, guitarist Tony Rizzi, bassist Bob Bates and drummer Irv Kluger. In order to increase his audience, Pell went out of his way to play for dancing audiences without altering his music much. This long-out-of-print LP is an excellent example of Dave Pell's music of the era, with a dozen songs (two originals and ten vintage standards) whose titles have something to do with college-age people or dancing. Examples include "Young and Healthy," "The Continental," "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." Worth exploring.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Dave Pell
Jazz Goes Dancing/Prom to Prom


1 Look Who's Dancing (Schwartz, Fields)  3:19
2 East of the Sun (Browman)  3:06
3 You (Donadson, Adamson)  2:53
4 Young and Healthy (Warren, Dubin)  3:23
5 The Continental (Magidson, Conrad)  2:37
6 Dance for Daddy (Pell)  2:45
7 When I Take My Sugar to Tea (Fain, Kahal, Pierre)  3:01
8 If I Had You (Shapiro, Campbell, Connelly)  2:45
9 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  2:56
10 Let's Face the Music and Dance (Berlin)  3:10
11 Prom to Prom (Pell)  2:57
12 Walkin, My Baby Back Home (Turk, Ahlert)  2:59


Dave Pell - ts
Don Fagerquist - tp
Ray Sims - tb
Marty Berman - bs
Tony Rizzi - g
Arnold Ross - p
Bob Bates - b
Irving Kluger - dr

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; May 28, 31 & June 4, 1956


Orbyt said...

Zut alors! C'est fantastique!

Mel, you're taking this DPO fan over the top into sheer giddiness. I know you've made Grumpy very happy, too. Merci beaucoup!

If you have it, any chance of posting the DP Octet with Lucy Ann Polk some time? C'est possible?

PlantDoctor53 said...

I'm having a Mel of a time...

Neal said...

Things are just Pell Mel around here! Thanks again and again!

grumpy said...

C'est Magnifique, n'est pas?
Merci beaucoup.

And I'll second the request for the Lucy Ann Polk!

yewsta said...

Thank you, mel.

stringbender said...

Merci bien pour le Dave Pell - c'est chouette!

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

justjack said...

Thanks again, Mel. Dave Pell is way cooool. Chouette indeed.

inamist said...

great share! thank you so much

Otis Foster said...

As always, a great share. Thanks Mel.

Heervee said...

I'm gonna dance all over the weekend. Thank you Mel

Axel.T. said...

I'm having a Pell of a time!
Thank you so much for all the great jazz. It's just like going to the record stores in Los Angeles like I used to during the 1950s and 60s.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Davidscott789 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Eric said...

Thank you for this generous sampling of Dave Pell. Visiting your blog is one of the nicest adventures one can have.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Missed this first time.

CrunchyFrog said...

wonderful Mel - thank you!

Blue Eyes said...

Thank you very much Melanchthon for this one!

Scoredaddy said...

thanks for reup!

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

ProfessorCalculus said...

thanks again.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

I'm a west coast guy so this is very nice to get. Also pretty rare I'm sure. Thank you Mel!