Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jimmy Raney - A

Jimmy Raney leads two separate groups on this OJC reissue CD, both recorded during the mid-'50s. The first session finds the leader experimenting with overdubbing a second guitar line over his introduction and closing during all four pieces, including the very exciting "Minor" (which is based on the chord changes to "Bernie's Tune"), "Double Image" (inspired by "There Will Never be Another You"), plus some wild improvised counterpoint between Raney and pianist Hall Overton in "On the Square" and an intricate rendition of the ballad "Some Other Spring." John Wilson is added on trumpet for the second and third studio dates, which primarily consist of standards. The briskly swinging "Spring Is Here," a softly played "What's New," and a very delicate "You Don't Know What Love Is" are highlights. Raney's originals include "One More for the Mode," an enjoyable reworking of a Bach two-part invention, and "Tomorrow, Fairly Cloudy," a blazing bop number which is the high point of the latter date. This CD contains some of Jimmy Raney's finest work as a leader and is highly recommended.
Ken Dryden

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Jimmy Raney


1 Minor (Raney)  4:31
2 Some Other Spring (Herzog, Kitchings)  5:01
3 Double Image (Raney)  4:28
4 On the Square (Raney)  4:27
5 Spring Is Here (Hart, Rodgers)  2:53
6 One More for the Mode (Raney)  3:49
7 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart)  2:42
8 Tomorrow Fairly Clowdy (Raney)  3:28
9 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:07
10 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:12
11 Cross Your Heart (DeSylva, Gensler)  3:53
12 You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul, Raye)  3:39


[# 1-4] Jimmy Raney Quartet feat. Hal Overton (New Jazz LP-1101)
Jimmy Raney - g
Hall Overton - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Art Mardigan- dr
[#5-12] Jimmy Raney 1955 (Prestige LP-199)
Jimmy Raney - g
John Wilson - tp
Hall Overton - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Nick Stabulas - dr 

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey ; [# 1-4] May 28, 1954 ; [# 5-8] February 18, 1955 ; & March 8, 1955 [# 9-12]


Orbyt said...

A classic!

grumpy said...

I don't know how I've missed this before. terrific album, thanks.

justjack said...

Fleet and awesomely cool. At times it sounds like something Bach would have written if he'd lived in the 20th century not the 18th. Thanks for this big upgrade.

Rod said...

wow. thanks so much!

reindeer man said...

Just really started paying closer attention to Jimmy Raney... loved him in those various Stan Getz groups, but this record makes it clear he was anything but just another sideman... Nice post. Thanks.

Adrian said...

Everybody's thanking and very happy but I don't see any link.
Can you help me please ?

stuckinthe70s said...

thanks - steve.

dch said...

Great album! Thanks

Orbyt said...

Thanks for the original artwork of this updated post. Much appreciated.

xTina said...

Great disc!!!. Thanks Mel

Otis Foster said...

Only had this in MP3 - great album. Thnx as always Mel

ZM-JazzRock said...

Just to express my most sincere THANK YOU! Great album for an excellent musician. Never heard this album in particular, before. J Raney is always appreciated and the setlist is amazing. And for the records: John Wilson trumpet is great on the final "classic" tunes trax!

Blue Eyes said...

Highly recommended ! merci Mel for the artwork !

the jazzman said...

What am I doing wrong? I can't open this using the usual password (mel.......)

Melanchthon said...

@the jazzman

Usual pass works fine...

L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel.
Pass realy works fine. ;)

Melanchthon said...

FrankDell said...

Tasteful, as always.

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Que buena manera de empezar el dia !
Muchas gracias por "A"