Friday, February 1, 2013

Howard McGhee - 1948

This excellent album of vintage bop opens with seven tracks recorded in Chicago during February 1948, using members of the band that Howard McGhee was leading at Chicago's Argyle Lounge at the time. Milt Jackson and Percy Heath are heard on the first three tunes, along with an unnamed baritone saxophonist. For the second session McGhee used an entirely different band, with a tenor player who is believed to have been Kenny Mann and a rhythm section of Hank Jones, Ray Brown, and the great J.C. Heard. Billy Eckstine, who by this time had dissolved his own band and was busily pulling in an unprecedented amount of cash by making vocal pop records for MGM, blows his valve trombone alongside McGhee on this date. No vocalist is mentioned in the enclosed discography, even though someone scats up a storm from time to time. Whoever it was, he didn't sound like Eckstine. McGhee's next recording dates as a leader took place in Paris, where 13 sides were cut for the Vogue and Blue Star labels on May 15th and 18th. This band really cooked, with Jimmy Heath and Jesse Powell joining the trumpeter's front line and a rhythm section of Vernon Biddle, Percy Heath, and Specs Wright. The upbeat numbers are exceptionally well-crafted studies in modern jazz. "Denise" and "Etoile," slow and reflective, sound like the poetically charged "Portrait" studies that young Charles Mingus was already beginning to formulate on his own. The closing selections, recorded for Blue Note in New York on October 11, 1948, pair McGhee with Fats Navarro alongside alto saxophonist Ernie Henry and Milt Jackson playing both vibes and piano. Curly Russell and Kenny Clarke round off this amazing six-piece Howard McGhee Boptet.
arwulf arwulf

Source :

Howard McGhee
[Chronogical Classics - 1058]


1 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, LeMare, Tobias) 3:00
2 Fiesta (Daniels) 2:10
3 I'm in the Mood for Love (Fields, McHugh) 2:56
4 Flip Lip (McGhee) 2:31
5 Belle from Bunnycock (McGhee) 2:45
6 The Last Word (McGhee) 2:23
7 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:47
8 Al's Tune (McGhee) 3:02
9 How High the Moon, Pt. 2 (Hamilton, Lewis) 2:44
10 How High the Moon, Pt. 1 (Hamilton, Lewis) 3:09
11 Dimitar (McGhee) 2:40
12 Bop en Vogue (McGhee) 3:02
13 Swiss Vounce (McGhee) 2:56
14 Denise (McGhee) 3:16
15 Nicole (McGhee) 3:24
16 Etoile (McGhee) 2:55
17 Punkins (Biddle, Biddle) 3:09
18 Donalee (Davis) 2:59
19 Big Will (Dameron) 2:34
20 Prelude to Nicole (McGhee) 3:14
21 The Skunk (McGhee, Navarro) 3:03
22 Boperation (Navarro) 3:09
23 Double Talk, Pts. 1-2 (McGhee, Navarro) 5:35

[# 1-3]
Howard McGhee - tp
Milt Jackson - vb
Will Davis - p
Percy Heath - b
Joe Harris - dr
Recorded in Chicago ; February 1948
[# 4-7]
Howard McGhee - tp
Billy Eckstine - tb [omit on # 7]
Kenny Mann ? - ts [omit on # 7]
Hank Jones - p
Ray Brown - b
J. C. Heard - dr
Recorded in Chicago ; February 1948
[# 8-13]
Howard McGhee - tp
Jimmy Heath - as
Jesse Powell - ts
Vernon Biddle - p
Percy Heath - b
Specs Wright - dr
Recorded in Paris ; May 15, 1948
[# 14-20]
Same as above
Recorded in Paris ; May 18, 1948
[# 21-23]
Howard McGhee - tp
Fats Navarro - tp
Ernie Henry - as
Milt Jackson - vb
Curly Russell - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in New York ; October 11, 1948


yewsta said...

Thank you, Mel. Some of this I have but not all.

neil said...

A fine complement to the 1945-47 Dial sessions. Many thanks!

BlueNote97 said...


I am always interested in H.M.'s music. Thank you very much.

VeryBlasted said...

The Howard McGhee is Sweet And Lovely, indeed...

swamielmo said...

thanks melanchthon, i am filling is some holes, h m is great..

Baruch said...

duck said...

Thought i had this but it seems there's a 1946-1948 classics and 1948
thanks for adding this Mel

duck said...

Correction!!!!!Should have thanked Baruch, now i feel really old, better take the tablets now