Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Serge Chaloff - The Fable of Mabel

The great bebop baritonist Serge Chaloff is featured in two different Boston sessions on this excellent CD. Six selections showcase him in a quintet actually led by altoist Boots Mussulli and also including Russ Freeman on piano; "You Brought a New Kind of Love," "Oh Baby" and "All I Do Is Dream of You" are among the better tunes. The remainder of this release has six titles (and five previously unreleased alternate takes) from a Chaloff nonet date that also includes trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, altoist Charlie Mariano, and pianist Dick Twardzik. The three versions of The Fable of Mabel are each rewarding. This CD is easily recommended to fans of cool-toned bop who do not already own Serge Chaloff's very complete Mosaic box set.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Serge Chaloff
The Fable of Mabel
(Black Lion)


1 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (Fain, Kahal, Norman) 3:20
2 Zdot (Chaloff) 2:45
3 Oh ! Baby (Murphy, Unknown) 5:51
4 Love is Just Around the Corner (Gensler, Robin) 2:58
5 Easy Street (Jones) 3:27
6 All I Do is Dream of You (Brown, Freed) 4:37
7 The Fable of Mabel [Take 4] (Twardzik) 4:22
8 Sherry (Mariano) 1:54
9 Slam (Mariano) 5:59
10 A Salute to Tiny [Take 2] (Pomeroy) 3:12
11 Eenie Meenie Minor Mode [Take 2] (Mariano) 3:41
12 Let's Jump [Take 2] (Killian) 6:14
13 The Fable of Mabel [Take 2] (Twardzik) 4:31
14 A Salute to Tiny [Take 1] (Pomeroy) 3:12
15 Eenie Meenie Minor Mode [Take 1] (Mariano) 3:40
16 Let's Jump [Take 1] (Killian) 6:54
17 The Fable of Mabel [Take 3] (Twardzik) 4:24

[# 1-6]
Boots Mussulli - as
Serge Chaloff - bs
Russ Freeman - p
Jimmy Woode - b
Buzzy Drootin - dr
Recorded in Boston, Massachusetts ; June 9, 1954
[# 7-17]
Herb Pomeroy - tp
Nick Capazutto - tp
Gene Distachio - tb
Charlie Mariano - as
Varty Haritounian - ts
Serge Chaloff - bs
Dick Twardzik - p
Ray Oliveri - b
Jimmy Zitano - dr
Recorded in Boston, Massachusetts ; September 3, 1954


blbs said...

El Maestro!!! más Twardzik! más Freeman!
Gracias Mel!

Orbyt said...

Serge was in a class of his own. Many thanks Mel.

cvllos said...

Once again, another surprise, Melanchathon: this version has 17 tracks & Twardzick on unknown additional tracks! Amazing!
Thanks for your effort.

PIf7 said...

thank you very much

deGallo said...

Thank you for Chaloff.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel.

Philo said...

Definitely a keeper!

Thanks for posting.

Melanchthon said...

123 said...

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Albertito Jazz said...

Hello! Password here is Melanchthon, no melanchthon

jose luis said...

Thank you Mel, great job; now I have the scans too.

glinka21 said...

You keep finding the rarest things from one of the most inventive and interesting periods in jazz. It's quite impressive.

leo said...

Mel a re-post would be very much appreciated.