Sunday, February 8, 2015

Harry Edison Orchestra - Sweets

Neither an innovator nor an iconoclast, trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison is simply one of the bluesiest, hardest-swinging, and downright tastiest jazz musicians of the 20th century. A consummate sideman who worked steadily throughout his career (even getting gigs recording soundtracks in the '50s), Edison created music that always reflected his journeyman aesthetic and unerring sense of swing. Recorded in 1956, Sweets is one of the quintessential Edison albums showcasing the former Count Basie bandmember at the height of his abilities with a stellar ensemble of other Basie-ites, including tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, guitarist Barney Kessel, pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Joe Mondragon, and drummer Alvin Stoller. Rolling from blues to standards and back to blues, the album is a veritable "how-to" book of swing. In fact, leadoff track "Hollering at the Watkins" finds Edison building one of his trademark perfect solos in which each chorus gains more energy as the trumpeter seems to grab hold of the band, making it swing harder as his lines pucker with melodicism and timing. It's also nice to hear guitarist Kessel really get to rock out a bit, bending his notes Tiny Grimes style, without ever dropping the time. However, it's not just the blues tunes that keep your attention but such ballads as "Willow Weep for Me" and "Love Is Here to Stay," featuring Edison and Webster in top mellowed-out form.
Matt Collar

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/sweets-r737002/review

Harry Edison
Orchestra
Sweets

Tracks

1 Hollering at the Watkins (Edison)  3:37
2 Used to Be Basie (Edison)  6:01
3 How Deep is the Ocean ? (Berlin)  3:47
4 Studio Call (Edison)  8:11
5 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  4:49
6 Opus 711 (Edison)  5:08
7 Love is Here to Stay (Gershwin)  3:23
8 K.M. Blues (Edison)  3:35
9 Walkin' With Sweets (Edison)  7:13

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Personnel
Harry Edison - tp
Ben Webster - ts
Jimmy Rowles - p
Barney Kessel - g
Joe Mondragon - b
Alvin Stoller - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles ; September 4, 1956

26 comments:

The Jackal said...

Mel, what an all time all pro line up looking forward to this

wouter said...

great post, mel!
thank you very much!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx mel - look forward to hearing this.

Otis

johnp said...

Thanks! I'm just wild about Harry!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Good one Mel - thank you.

es125 said...

Thanks for the chance to hear this one Mel.

reindeer man said...

Sweet.

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

Blue Eyes said...

Thanks a lot Melanchthon! super! downloading...

amsillero said...

Gracias, Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you. And Barney is here....no one will ever be better.

Philo said...

This is quite nice. Thank you.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel! You continue to amaze.

rog said...

VERY SWEEEEET Mel !
I love your handiwork... :-)

Terry said...

Again replacing my worn out LP- thanks Mel.

DeSelby said...

Thanks again

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

jazzcat1228 said...

Very nice stuff. Thank you, Mel!

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AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

dantzig65 said...

Thanks Mel.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Mike said...

Thanks for this!

cvllos said...

Thanks once more, Melanchthon! Studio Call really swings!