Saturday, February 16, 2013

Shorty Baker & Doc Cheatham - Shorty & Doc

This CD reissue brings back a rare Swingville session that matches together the trumpets of Harold "Shorty" Baker and Doc Cheatham. At the time Baker, a veteran of Duke Ellington's Orchestra, was much better-known and his soft tone and lyrical style often takes honors on this blowing date with pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer J.C. Heard. For Doc Cheatham, then 55 and (unknown to everyone) only at the halfway mark of his career, this was just his second opportunity to lead a record date, 11 years after an obscure session in France. The results of this meeting are generally quite friendly rather than combative with Cheatham's Dixielandish phrasing sounding slightly old-fashioned next to Baker. They perform appealing swing-oriented material and sound fine in their many tradeoffs.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Shorty Baker
Doc Cheatham
Shorty & Doc


1 Chitlins (Edwards) 10:57
2 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers) 5:16
3 Baker's Dozen (Baker) 4:55
4 Good Queen Bess (Hodges) 7:41
5 Night Train (Forrest, Simpkins, Washington () 6:41
6 Lullabye in Rhythm (Sampson, Goodman, Profit, Hirsch) 7:35

Harold "Shorty" Baker - tp
Doc Cheatham - tp
Walter Bishop, Jr. - b
Wendell Marshall - b
J. C. Heard - dr

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; January 17, 1961


Collectionist said...

thanks for this Mel - nice material here.

rebf942 said...

Many thanks - had this as an mp3, but it'll sound even better in flac.

poppachubby said...

Mel your taste is so wonderful and varied. My hats off to you for your high regard for pre bop jazz. This is a stellar post, Swingville and Moodville for that matter were both wonderful labels.

I have this LP but welcome your file...

Bill said...

This is a wonderful surprise. Great Mel.

Orbyt said...

I'm collecting all of the MoodsVille/SwingVille series, and this is a real gem. Highly recommended.

rubberduck said...

I agree with Orbyt : a real gem

Many thanks

Melanchthon said...

CrunchyFrog said...

love Doc and Shorty! thanks again Mel.

Pernath said...

Thanks for all, Mel!!!