Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jazz Giants '58

Producer Norman Granz (1918-2001) had an uncanny ability to create really amazing jazz albums by experimenting with the combinative chemistry of musical minds, temperaments, and personalities. While not every Granz session resulted in recordings of equal depth or profundity, the number of artistically rewarding, genre-defining albums that came together under his supervision is almost difficult for the human mind to fully comprehend. One fine example is Jazz Giants '58, a Verve album recorded inside the rented Capitol studios in Hollywood, CA on August 1, 1957 and released almost exactly one year later. The 2008 Japanese CD reissue faithfully reproduces the original cover art and makes this outstanding music available in immaculately remastered sound. Although it has since come to be identified mainly with Stan Getz, Jazz Giants '58 feels a lot like a Gerry Mulligan session, with Harry "Sweets" Edison perfectly complementing the other two horns. To support and illuminate the trumpet, tenor, and baritone saxes, Granz used his preferred rhythm trio — Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, and Ray Brown — and added master percussionist Louie Bellson, fully primed after working for his wife Pearl Bailey, his hero Duke Ellington, and with Granz's internationally famous Jazz at the Philharmonic project. This was the blossoming of the great era of long-playing records, and the participants clearly relished the opportunity to stretch out and jam together in a relaxed, intimate studio environment. "Chocolate Sundae," a ten-minute collectively improvised blues of incredible warmth and irresistible texture, is followed by seven-and eight-minute sets of creative variations on a couple of tunes that were in the air during the '50s. The nearly 12-minute manifestation of the patented Norman Granz "Ballad Medley" is especially powerful by virtue of starting out with Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life." An extended romp through the changes of Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody'n You" (a tribute to the progressive sensibilities of bandleader Woody Herman penned during the 1940s) adds pure undiluted pleasure to an album that already sounds and feels like some of the best music ever recorded by any of the participants under any circumstances.
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Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/jazz-giants-58-r139227/review

Stan Getz
Gerry Mulligan
Harry "Sweets" Edison
Jazz Giants '58

Tracks

1 Chocolate Sundae (Edison, Getz, Mulligan, Peterson)  10:10
2 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  7:16
3 Candy (David, Kramer, Whitney)  7:59
4 Ballade Medley 11:54
a). Lush Life (Strayhorn)
b). Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)
c). Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson,Kahn)
d). It Never Entered in my Mind (Rodgers, Hart)
5 Woody'n You (Gillespie)  9:35

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Personnel
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp
Stan Getz - ts
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Oscar Peterson - p
Herb Ellis - g
Ray Brown - b
Louis Bellson - dr

Recorded at Capitol Studios, Vine Street, Hollywood, California ; August 1, 1957

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/verve-records/discography-1957/

27 comments:

kanas said...

Great album.thanks mel

Orbyt said...

Great post Mel, I highly recommend this.

BlueNote97 said...

Merci beaucoup, Mel, pour ce magnifique disque. "Chocolate Sundae" est une petite merveille, ou tous les jouers sont au maximum de ses pouvoirs swingantes mais aussi liriques. Un morceaux pour avoir à la main et ecouter plusieurs fois. On y peut remarquer la grandeur souple du solo de Herb Ellis et puis le rol de soutien ritmique quand le klavier ou le doublebasse etaient au premier plan. Getz et Mulligan perfets au long de toutes les coupes. Le seule chose que m'a manqué, c'est que j'ai ecouté Harry Edison un peu plus "sweet" que d'habitude. Toutefois un vrai monsieur Disque, recommendable et recommendé.
Mes remerciemets et à la prochaine ecoute

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup également. Je ne résiste pas à l'idée d'écrire en français après avoir lu le message de Bluenote97 : dans quelle langue écrit-il ?-))

Christophe

d3lta said...

Ces rééditions japonaises sont des bijoux, un grand merci!

Kovina Kris said...

Very happy to upgrade this excellent album. Thank you!

duck said...

Mel, thanks this will replace a very well worn out LP.

Bill said...

Thank you.

kike said...

Thank you Mel, for sharing this one. Merci, best regards, K.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

adakun said...

Gracias Mel por todas las golosinas que nos ofreces

jose arboleda said...

Gracias.

celly said...

tks!

Heervee said...

Too good indeed! Thousand thanks Mel

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, for this great post

jazzcat1228 said...

I don't think a day goes by that I don't find a gem on here. Thank you, Mel!

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The Jackal said...

Thanks Mel, thats some write up on this recording.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you for this intersting record.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Grazie!

Blue Eyes said...

Merci beaucoup Mel for this 2007 Japan remaster, wonderful album!

Anonymous said...

What you do, Mel, is just fxxxx amazing. Not only Jazz, your Piano lessons. I love you, Magnificent Mel. You are a treasure in this fxxxx-up world. You should be so proud. Thanks.

musician3 said...

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

Mike Chinaski said...

Thanks Mel, Good Jazz Ever!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

A very nice upgrade to me!
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Bill said...

This is a real beauty! Thanks mel.