Friday, August 11, 2017

Sounds by Frank Socolow

How much the arranger's art can embellish the music of even a group as small as that on this record emerges quite clearly during these performances. Taken on their own, none of these soloists — with the possible exception of Eddie Costa — would sound particularly remarkable. Heard within the context of the piquant, colourful settings devised by Manny Albam, Bill Holman and Sal Salvador, their work takes on more impact and significance. Thirty-three-year-old Frank Socolow has worked with many big bands during his career, a fact that has sometimes obscured his merits as a soloist. A fluent, persuasive tenor player, his style virile, he takes plenty of good solos here. On alto (in "Farfel" and "I Cried For You") his tone and phrasing often resemble Charlie Parker's. Competent solos conic from Eddie Bert, a brusque, forthright trombonist, and the dextrous Sal Salvador. But it is Eddie Costa, "Down Beat's" New Piano Star of 1957, who steals the honours. His solo in "I Love You" is outstanding.

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Sounds by
Frank Socolow


1 Miss Finegold (Socolow)  3:03
2 But Not For Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:13
3 Swing Low Sweet Socolow (Salvador)  2:57
4 How About You (Freed, Lane)  3:58
5 My Heart Stood Still (Rodgers, Hart)  3:19
6 Little Joe (Socolow)  4:17
7 Farfel (Socolow)  3:36
8 I'll Take Romance (Porter)  4:13
9 I Love You (Porter)  4:19
10 I Cried For You (Arnheim, Lyman, Freed)  4:14


Frank Socolow - ts & as
Eddie Bert - tb
Sal Salvador - g
Eddie Costa - p
Bill Takas - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr

Recorded in New York City ; November, 1956
Socolow began his career in the early 40s playing in swing bands lead by Georgie Auld, Ted Fio Rito, Roy Stevens, Van Alexander and Shep Fields. In 1944 he landed the first of three stints (the others being in 1948 and 1956-57) with Boyd Raeburn's Orchestra, recording a number of records. In 1945 he recorded a session as leader (the first of only two) with Freddie Webster and a young Bud Powell for Duke Records. He was a member of Buddy Rich's short-lived big band, toured Scandinavia 1947-48 with Chubby Jackson, joined Artie Shaw's big band 1949-50, and throughout the late 40s and the 50s recorded with a wide variety of artists including the aforementioned, Johnny Bothwell, Charlie Ventura, Gene Krupa, Sal Salvador, Maynard Ferguson, Terry Gibbs, Cecil Payne, Manny Albam, Hal McKuscik, Johnny Richards, Bill Russo, Joe Morello, and Bobby Scott. His second record session as leader, and only full album release, Sounds by Socolow, came in 1956 for Bethlehem Records, with arrangements by Bill Holman, Manny Albam, and Sal Salvador, the latter also contributing guitar. Socolow died in New York in 1981.

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Kndnsk said...

Thank you for this new occasion to check out Sal Salvador !

rowgatien said...

Merci beaucoup! Celui-çi était dans ma mire.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Melan..


Alberto Cos said...

Another underrated and underrecorded jazzman. Thanks, Mel, for the share.

sheb said...

C'est un blog de fou...
Encore merci, Melanchthon

El Tortuga said...

excelent, thank you Melanchthon!

Pernath said...

Thanks, Mel!

deGallo said...

Great! Thank you.

bho wani said...

I missed it twice...but not thrice ! Thank you, Mel. !

AmyBRAINS said...

Great post, Melanchthon.
Many thanks.

musician3 said...

AMAZING.....................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Scoredaddy said...


ProfessorCalculus said...

Another Goodie. Thanks

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

sikes said...

Hi could you please add new links to this post, thanks so such for all the music you have posted, thanks

Kovina Kris said...

I'm certainly not begging for re-posts with my recent comments on several posts, just hoping that if you do decide to re-post some of these that you'll consider this as a candidate. Thank you!

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Kovina Kris said...

Really happy to see this one make it back in the rotation. I'm gonna give it a listen as soon as it come across the wire. Thank you Mel!

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