Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Return of Howard McGhee

Recorded after one of McGhee's not infrequent releases from the Penitentiary on narcotics charges, hence the title "The Return Of …." Howard McGhee is a wonderful agile soloist, a model for the younger Kenny Dorham. Sharing the spotlight with McGhee is Sahib Shihab on baritone sax, what more can you ask ? Lots of baritone solos, and few on alto for variety, Sahib's presence is not to be overlooked. That angry baritone rasp is so compelling — both Sahib and Pepper Adams showed what could be achieved with this weighty length of brass plumbing if you played it as though it was a tenor or indeed alto, and just ran with the changes, Charlie Parker on steroids. Duke Jordan's solid chordal foundations, embellished with glittering runs, is always pushing the tempo along, with "Philly Joe" and Percy Heath picking up any slack. Bop of a very high order from the post-swing cauldron that was 1955.

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Howard McGhee
The Return
Howard McGhee


1 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler) 3:52
2 Tahitian Lullaby (McGhee) 4:08
3 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman) 2:50
4 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young) 3:22
5 You're Teasing Me (McGhee) 2:15
6 Transpicuous (McGhee) 2:36
7 Rifftide (Hawkins) 5:37
8 Oo-Wee But I Do (McGhee) 5:11
9 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh) 3:09
10 Tweedles (McGhee) 3:10
11 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye) 5:47

Howard McGhee - tp
Sahib Shihab - as & bs [# 1, 2, 4-9 & 11]
Duke Jordan - p
Percy Heath - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr

Recorded in New York City ; October 22, 1955


neil said...

Great post of the underrepresented McGhee, with some early Sahib Shihab which makes it even more worthwhile. Thanks, Mel...

Philo said...

The Return of Howard McGhee (1955)

I like the music.

The album cover art is quite a different story. Grim.

Fortunately, the music is the important thing & that is quite enjoyable.

Axel.T. said...

Dear Mel,
I'm using 7z to get to the files and I use your name " Melanchthon " and I get wrong password. Am I missing something here?
Thanks for all you and everyone does here. Great jazz.

Melanchthon said...

It works fine. Use melanchthon, not Melanchthon

Axel.T. said...

You are a Gentleman and a Prince.
It worked. Thank you.
Please keep up the great work.

Anselmo said...

Really nice. Howard McGhee is pure pleasure

rowgatien said...

Thank you once more for the return of McGhee!!!

VeryBlasted said...

Thank you for the H. McGhee.

Jazzjet said...

Many thanks for providing options other than the dreaded RS.

greenishthing said...

many thnks!!

Adrian said...

Please let more options to the Embedupload link.
With Rapidshare and Hipfile it's no use at all.
Thank you.

Kelly Crow said...

thanks for this Mel - real nice!

duck said...

Mel it's yet another upgrade and is very welcome too, Thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for this nice little gem, Mel.

Melanchthon said...

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!
Been on a bit of McGhee kick lately, so this will be great.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Nice!

Tom Billisson said...

Looking forward to this. Thanks Mel

Mike said...

Thank you, sahib!

steve said...

This looks really fine Mel. Thanks for this listen!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT.......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

voyager said...

Didn't know there was any McGhee from 55, so this is a great addition. Thanks, Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You