Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Jazzville, vol. 1-4 (Dawn Records)

1955 was one of the most productive years in jazz history and for virtually te first time in its 60-year life span, jazz had an audience — a real live ticket-buying, record buying, listening, learning and believing audience.
New talent turned up on all sides, and many newcomers served notice on the regning giants that no leader is secure in Jazzville unless he can manage to improve constantly and never goof. From gin mills and Julliard they came, young guys steeped in the tradition of jazz and also in the techniques of the European masters.
Now, on Dawn Records, come Jazzville '56, a new series of recordins designed to report the rapidly evolving jazz scene in terms of outstanding performances by its brighest young denizens. The company has endorsed the idea of allowing the musicians full freedom to express themselves, and has guaranteed them the finest quality hih fidelity recording.
Probably the biggest thrill in the life of a jazz aficionado is the thrill of discovery, and Dawn promises plenty of those thrills via Jazzville '56. Certainly, Volume 1 is an auspicious start...
Bill Simon, Liner notes from "Jazzville" vol. 1 (DLP-1101), from the booklet



Cd. 1


Gene Quill and the Dick Sherman Quintet
1 Blues for the Camels (Katz)  5:34
2 Lover Man (Davis, Sherman, Ramirez)  3:52
3 Achilles Heel (Sherman)  6:07
4 Everything Happens to Me (Adair, Dennis)  3:47
5 Rubbin the Genie* (Sins)  4:57

*bonus track


Frank Rehak Sextet
6 Insomnia (Liston)  3:27
7 Very Syrian Business (Rehak)  4:20
8 Never do an Abadanian In (Rehak, Davis, Jr.)  5:10
9 Zagreb This (Liston)  4:42

Alex Smith Quintet
10 Donnybrook (Smith)  3:17
11 Limehouse Blues (Furber, Braham)  3:17
12 Darn that Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  5:42
13 That´s Earl Brothers (Gillespie)  4:50
14 Nothing Could be Finer than Minor (Mattson)  3:31


This second CD follows the format of the other sets, and spotlights different groups, one led by Charlie Smith, another by Aaron Sachs, and others by Hal Serra. In contrast to other "Jazzville" groups, the personnel involved here, though young in years, is a highy seasoned assembly, not all unfamiliar. Both Smith and Sachs have been before the public for over ten years, yet neither has so far had the opportunity to lead a combo on a recording date or to express his ideas with the liberty and amplitude he would have liked. These recordings, therefore, represented a challenge to them, an te listener can see both of these musicians "in the altogether" as in no other disc...
Gary Kramer, liner notes from "Jazzville" vol. 3 (DP-1114), from the booklet

Cd. 2



Charlie Smith Trio
1 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Rodgers, Hart)  3:22
2 Body And Soul (Sour, Green, Heyman)  4:35
3 Blues For Sal (Goodman, Hampton)  5:28
4 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton)  2:35

Aaron Sachs Sextet
5 Aaron´S Blues (Sachs)  3:09
6 You´re My Thrill (Clare, Gorney)  3:04
7 Platter Pie (Sachs)  3:51
8 Why Shouldn´t I ? (Porter)  2:35
9 Ah ! The Pain (Verplanck)  3:42




Hal Serra Trio
10 Everything I´Ve Got Belongs To You (Hart, Rodgers)  3:12
11 Irma (Serra)  3:57
12 Things I Love (Barlow, Harris, Tchaikovksy)  3:43

Hal Serra Quartet
13 Why Was I Born (Kern, Hammerstein)  5:31
14 Suddenly it´s Spring (VanHeusen, Burke)  4:04
15 My Future Just Passed* (Whithing, Marion Jr.)  3:55

Hal Serra Quintet
16 Enchanted April* (Raye, DePaul)  4:33

Hal & Peggy Serra
17 Lover Come Back to Me* (Rodgers, Hart)  3:01

Peggy Serra & Oscar Pettiford
18 Ain´t Misbehavin'* (Waller, Brooks, Razaf)  6:46

*This four last tracks are not on the original LP,
first issued on DLP-1125 (New Voices)


Feat. Aaron Sachs, Dick Sherman, Eddie Mattson, Dick Garcia, Frank Rehak, Melba Liston, Gene Quill, Norm Marnell, Marty Flax, Dick Katz, Walter Davis Jr., Alex Smith, Teddy Kotick, Nelson Boyd, Paul Worthington, Art Taylor, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Persip, etc...

Recorded between 1956 & 1959 

Tracks 1-6 from orignal Dawn Jazzville vol. 1
(Side 1 "1-4 : Charlie Rouse & the Julius Watkins Quintet ) are posted here
Tracks 1-4 from original Dawn Jazzville vol. 4
(Side 1 "1-6 : Paul Quinichette with the Gene Roland Sextet) are posted here

See also

Dawn Label Discography,


swingingduck said...

This is awesome!
Thank you very much for one more gem from the Dawn catalogue.
Insted of sleeping, I'll be listening to this all night long.
Mel, you're my Santa Claus.
Any chance for the 4 Most & Bob Stewart's Dawn albums to appear here?

the jazzman said...

Thank you.

yewsta said...

My thanks for this tasty item too - wonderful.

Jaffa said...

Utterly fantastic ! THANKS !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, loving the Charlie Smith Trio tracks! Thanks so much Melanchthon for your superb blog Sic Vos Non Vobis!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!

the doc said...

nice! thanks very much

Frasco said...

Hmm... wasn't the teacher at the blackboard? Merci Melanchton!

Kndnsk said...

Thanks! Frasco, she certainly bears a striking resemblance to her, doesn't she. This is a matter worth investigating, I say.

Eric said...

Is there any chance of a reupload.Radidshare does not still have it. Thank you

Pernath said...

Terrific discovery, every day is a happy day with your blog. Thanks.

Bill said...

Looking forward to hearing these! Unfortunately, none of the previous pass words seem to work. And the RS link doesn't work ether. Please help!--Bill

Bill said...

Never mind. I did a little snooping around and found a variation on the PW that worked. Thanks!--Bill

deGallo said...

Thank you. Lot's of music here! Good too!

aroonie said...

Thank you Mel. A lot of good listening here. Good work!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

rog said...

Oh MY is this AWESOME Mel ! You continue to outdo yourself.. Thanks !

Heervee said...

look terrific, strongly digging in Freddie Green. You know what? I got that same lambretta! love

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AmyBRAINS said...

Great, great, great post!!!
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

paco's brother said...

Une très bonne année à vous et merci pour celle très passée, la musique de ce magnifique site nous dit que la vie est malgré tout, salement chouette!

RichardD said...

Incroyable! bonne annee nouveau.

mrG said...

Another long sought treasure found! Thanks so much, your site is our proof of Intelligent Life :)

Kovina Kris said...

Wow. Very cool to get all 4 vols at one time. Thank you very much Mel!

Melanchthon said...


Eric said...

Oscar Pettiford playing Body and SOul is absolutely first class. Thank you