Friday, April 1, 2016

Joe Roland (feat. Dick Garcia) - Vibe Players of Bethlehem, vol. 2

Joe Roland was a talented but now long-forgotten vibraphonist whose boppish style sometimes sounds similar to Milt Jackson. He recorded as a leader for Rainbow (two numbers in 1949), Savoy (in 1950 and 1954) and six selections for Sesco from 1953-54, but was best-known for his period as a member of the George Shearing Quintet. This album (reissued through Evidence on CD in 1994) was the vibist's final set as a leader. Surprisingly, considering Evidence's general high quality, the packaging is subpar. The chatty liner notes give the wrong recording date, do not mention Roland's activities after this session, and do not bother to list the full personnel : pianist Freddie Redd, guitarist Dick Garcia, bassist Danny Martucci and drummer Ron Jefferson. The music, however, is quite worthwhile, mainstream bop of the period. Roland alternates standards with a few originals, including "Stairway to the Steinway" and "Goodbye Bird" (for Charlie Parker, who had died five days earlier). A worthwhile reissue.
Scott Yanow

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Joe Roland
Vibe Players of Bethlehem, vol. 2
[Easy Living]


1 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin)  5:23
2 Stairway to the Steinway (Redd)  3:03
3 Soft Winds (Goodman)  2:29
4 Teach Me Tonight (Cohn, DePaule)  2:40
5 Robin (Ugarte)  4:00
6 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:30
7 Goodbye, Bird (Roland)  4:20
8 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  4:51
9 Anticipation (Garcia)  3:50
10 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  3:42
11 The Moon Got in My Eyes (Burke, Johnston)  1:46
12 Street Of Dreams (Lewis, Young)  2:39


Joe Roland - vb
Freddie Redd - p
Dick Garcia - g
Danny Martucci - b
Ron Jefferson - dr

Recorded in New York City ; March 17 & 18, 1955.


jazzmusician said...

very curious about this one...
merci bien.

neil said...

Me, too, especially with Freddie Redd on piano...

Collectionist said...

Always interested in Dick Garcia on guitar.

jpo said...

Is anyone else aware of the story that dick garcia is actually hank Garland?
I read somewhere he used the psuedonym so as not to anger his country fans back in nashville.
Indeed, garcia's flowing lines sound exactly like garland's...

Pernath said...

Never heard about Dick Garcia being Hank Garland. In Garcia's 1956 "A Message from Garcia" yyou can read his bio. Is it phoney?. Thanks Mel!

peer57 said...

thanks a bunch, mel!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

danair said...

One i missed last time out,thanks for the re-up Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Garcia & Garland two different people.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

Fantastic, thanks a lot, indeed!

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you so much Mel.

glinka21 said...

Thanks, Mel!