Monday, February 18, 2013

Jazz by Matthew Gee !

Trombonist Matthew Gee was primarily a section player and a valuable sideman, but as this CD reissue shows, he could have been a significant soloist too. The two sessions (Gee's only two as a leader) feature him in an unusual quintet with altoist Ernie Henry (the trombone-alto blend has a unique sound) and at the head of a septet also including trumpeter Kenny Dorham, tenorman Frank Foster, and baritonist Cecil Payne. The music is quite bop-oriented and mixes together standards with three swinging Gee originals. An underrated and generally overlooked gem by a forgotten trombonist.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Matthew Gee
Jazz by Gee


1 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman) 3:24
2 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye) 4:16
3 Joram (Massey) 3:04
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard) 2:58
5 Gee ! (Gee) 5:00
6 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman) 6:11
7 Kingston Lounge (Gee) 8:45
8 The Boys from Brooklyn (Gee) 7:54

Matthew Gee - tb
Ernie Henry - as
Joe Knight - p
Wilbur Ware - b
Arthur Taylor - dr
Recorded at Reeves Studios, New York City ; August 22, 1956
[# 6-8] THE SEPTET
Kenny Dorham - tp
Matthew Gee - tb
Frank Foster - ts
Cecil Payne - bs
Joe Knight - p
John Simmons - b
Arthur Taylor - dr
Recorded at Reeves Studios, New York City ; July 19, 1956


neil said...

And more Ernie Henry, too! Many thanks, Mel...

PlantDoctor53 said...

New one for me. Thank you Mel.

BlueNote97 said...

This is the kind of music wich pays every listening. The more you hearing the more you enjoying it.
Fine choice, Mel.

jerry g said...

wow, I'm going to download this and give it a listen. I love jazz blogs

fredonline said...

Fine choice Mel ;o) - Thanks!

Philo said...

Matthew Gee - Jazz by Gee (1956)

This artist is new to me.

Very enjoyable music. It is a shame he didn't record more as a leader.

Thanks for posting.

MrBill said...

Gee is new to me - I'm checking this out based on your recommendation plus the presence of Ernie Henry. Thanks!

Baruch said...

Luis said...

Curious about about this one. Thank you for this and for Dodo's whose piano I always liked.

Pernath said...

Thanks, Baruch!!!

greenishthing said...

yes please :-D lookign forward tot this! thanks!!!

jose arboleda said...

Gracias...quisiera preguntarle si de Gene Ammons hay cds en la página.José

Melanchthon said...

rob 60 said...

questo link non esiste piu'. che peccato !!!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Asphaltj said...

Hi Mel ! Could you re-up it ?
Thanks a lot