Monday, February 16, 2015

Serge Chaloff Sextet - Boston Blow-Up !

Baritonist Serge Chaloff, best known as a member of Woody Herman's Second Herd, made a comeback in the mid-'50s after years of drug abuse. Having kicked the habit in his native Boston, he recorded The Fable of Mable in 1954 and this excellent session the following year. Chaloff is heard on a variety of obscure originals plus a couple of standards (including a near-classic "Body and Soul") in a sextet with trumpeter Herb Pomeroy and altoist Boots Mussulli. The ironic part is that, once Chaloff cleaned up his act, he contracted spinal paralysis and died in 1957. However, the baritonist is very much in prime form on this set, which was once only available on CD as part of Mosaic's Serge Chaloff limited-edition box but was reissued by Capitol Jazz in 2006 with three extra tracks.
Scott Yanow

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Serge Chaloff
Boston Blow-Up !


1 Bob the Robin (Mussulli)  2:36
2 Yesterday's Gardenias (Cogane, Mysels, Robertson)  4:40
3 Sergical (Mussulli)  3:12
4 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart)  3:39
5 Mar-Dros (Mussulli)  3:22
6 Jr. (Mussulli)  4:19
7 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:50
8 Kip (Mussulli)  3:20
9 Diane's Melody (Byard)  1:40
10 Unison (Mussulli)  3:16
11 Boomareemaroja* (Mussulli)  3:44
12 Herbs* [Long Take] (Pomeroy)  4:20
13 Herbs* [Short Take] (Pomeroy)  3:30

Tracks 1-10 originally issued on Capitol T 6510
* Bonus tracks, not on original LP
originally issued on Mosaic MD4-147

Serge Chaloff - bs
Boots Mussulli - as
Herb Pomeroy - tp
Ray Santisi - p
Everett Evans - b
Jimmy Zitano - dr

Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City ; April 4 [# 5, 7, 8 & 10] & April 5 [all others], 1955


cvllos said...

Welcome, Mel!

kanas said...

welcome back mel tanks

eplagu said...

Welcome, Mel! Very good post.

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PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel. Thanks.

Collectionist said...

Hey Mel - good to see you back. Thanks for the serge chaloff.

Otis Foster said...

Mel, thanks for the extra 3 tracks. And good to see you back on the circuit again.

marcusr said...

Welcome back!
So glad to see you again :)))
Fnd thousand thanks!

Orbyt said...

Thrilled to see you back Mel! Thank you for this, I've been on the lookout for this for some time.

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reindeer man said...

So glad you're back! Thanks for the Serge. Not to mention the baritone of Gerry Mulligan! So sweet. Thanks.

Davidscott789 said...

thank you, melanchthon!

FrankDell said...

Serge est magnifique!

Albertito Jazz said...

Dear Mel: thanks for the great jazz of today!

deGallo said...

Thank you. Nice album.

squalo said...

Love Chaloff & Pomeroy, thank you very much.

CrunchyFrog said...

You love me you really love me!!! Thanks so much for the Serge... you made my day!

Melanchthon said...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

ProfessorCalculus said...

Million Thanks

chuchuni said...

Oh yes, thanks a lot!