Monday, December 4, 2017

Earl Anderza - Outa Sight

It is a pity that this 1998 CD reissue (which includes the original liner notes) says nothing about what ever happened to Earl Anderza. The date (which has its original eight selections augmented by "I'll Be Around" and two previously unheard alternate takes) was the altoist's only one as a leader, and he has been little heard from since. Anderza's style, while influenced to an extent by Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, was also touched a little by Eric Dolphy. Standards mix with originals ; the oddest aspect of the set is that pianist Jack Wilson switches to harpsichord (not a good move !) on a couple of the numbers. The support by either George Morrow or Jimmy Bond on bass, plus drummer Donald Dean, is subtle and swinging. Earl Anderza clearly deserved better than the total obscurity he found.
Scott Yanow

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Earl Anderza
Outa Sight


1 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern) 5:16
2 Blues Baroque (Anderza) 4:58
3 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter) 6:46
4 Freeway (Anderza) 2:28
5 Outa Sight (Wilson) 5:15
6 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart) 7:19
7 Benign (Anderza) 3:59
8 Lonesome Road (Austin, Shilkret) 4:15
9 I'll Be Around (Wilder) 5:15
10 Freeway [alt. take] (Anderza) 2:43
11 Benign [alt. take] (Anderza) 4:05


Earl Anderza - as
Jack Wilson - p & hrpscrd
Jimmy Bond [# 1, 2, 4-6] or George Morrow - bass
Donald Dean - drums

Recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles, California ; March 1962

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Philo said...

I have this album. Don't be distracted by Yanow's review. There is very little harpsichord, and (while not to my taste either) it is not that bad.

All in all, an enjoyable album.

Otis Foster said...

Mot surprisingly, Anderza spent much of his adult life in prison. Some of the stories about this chaotic session are barely believable.

Here's a comment from someone who claims to have been Anderza's cellmate for several weeks:

hcb said...

fantastic. Thanks, and for the story

duck said...

Thanks Mel, I have never heard of Earl Anderza before, this will be an interesting listen, I did read other reviews and the link from Otis too.

Baron said...

Thanks Mel

Melanchthon said...

Olde Edo said...

"Obscure" is right -- never heard of this performer before. The breadth of your erudition never ceases to amaze! Thank you.

DEEP said...

CLASP in sight!

deGallo said...

Thank you

Kovina Kris said...

New guy to me for sure. I'm not worried about the harpsichord as I actually like the timbre and tonal counterpoint that it provides in most settings. There is a recording of Porgy and Bess by Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass where Peterson plays clavichord (similar to harpsichord) and Pass plays acoustic guitar. I absolutely love it. Yanow doesn't like that one either. 'Nuff said.

Kovina Kris said...

....well, there is one last thing I didn't say....thank you Mel!

sandor essedy said...

Thanks for the discovery!!