Saturday, April 18, 2015

Grand Stan Levey

Stan Levey cut precious few sessions as a leader, none of them more engaging than Grand Stan. Cut in the middle of the drummer's five-year tenure with Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars, the album crackles with energy and invention, capturing the West Coast bop aesthetic at its most potent. Aided by then-unknown pianist Sonny Clark, trumpeter Conte Condoli, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and tenorist Richie Kamuca, Levey creates an expansive rhythmic canvas for his collaborators, stretching out most songs past the five-minute mark to accommodate a series of crisp, finely honed solos. Even though it's his name above the title, Levey rarely vaults to the forefront of songs like "Hit That Thing," "Blues at Sunrise," and "Angel Cake." His drumming is remarkably nuanced and direct, driving the music forward with uncommon grace.
Jason Ankeny

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Stan Levey
Grand Stan 


1 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  5:25
2 Angel Cake (Clark)  5:49
3 Why Do I Love You ? (Hammerstein II, Kern)  3:36
4 Gran Stan (From Tae of Hoffman) (Cooper)  7:23
5 Hit That Thing (Holman)  5:19
6 Blues at Sunrise (Clark)  6:31
7 A Gal in Calico (Schwartz, Robin)  6:25
8 Tiny's Tune (Cooper)  6:13


Conte Candoli - tp
Richie Kamuca - ts
Frank Rosolino - tb
Sonny Clark - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Stan Levey - dr

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; November, 1956

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ritzbird said...

WOW look at that band !!
Thanks for this and all the other work you do.

AmyBRAINS said...

Great post!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
What a drummer a what a band!

Dj.EB said...

i can't open all archives this blog in my mackbook,
my computer said that haven't one program to open this archives...
what i do ?
wich is format this archives ?
thanks and best regards

ritzbird said...

Stellar band, stellar post. Many thanks to all , one of the best blogs around !!

jazzcat1228 said...

Hey Mel, thank you for this great album. You continue to amaze me with the great stuff you post. Thank you for your efforts.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

Pedro Tulio said...

please what is the password? thank you!

Melanchthon said...

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel great album I misplaced

Mike said...

Another good one. Gracias!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Looking forward to this one.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

musician3 said...

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

Andy said...

Any chance of a re-up please? Thank you. Andy