Monday, July 22, 2013

Little Johnny Coles

Although this Blue Note session (reissued on CD in 1996) is led by trumpeter Johnny Coles, pianist Duke Pearson (who contributed the arrangements and five of the six compositions) really functioned as leader. The typically impressive Blue Note lineup (which includes Leo Wright on alto and flute, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and either Walter Perkins or Pete LaRoca on drums, in addition to Coles and Pearson) handles the obscure material with creative invention. Most memorable are the catchy title cut and the somber ballad "So Sweet My Little Girl." Cole's brittle trumpet is the lead voice throughout, although the young Joe Henderson was already instantly recognizable.
Scott Yanow

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Johnny Coles
Little Johnny C


1 Little Johnny C. (Pearson)  5:13
2 Hobo Joe (Henderson)  8:17
3 Jano (Pearson)  7:27
4 My Secret Passion* (Pearson)  7:13
5 Heavy Legs* (Pearson)  6:01
6 So Sweet My Little Girl* (Pearson)  6:25

Johnny Coles - tp
Leo Wright - as & fl
Joe Henderson - ts
Duke Pearson - p
Bob Cranshaw - b
Walter Perkins or Pete LaRoca* - dr

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; July 18 & August 9, 1963


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you. Super album.

Stephan from Amsterdam said...

Little Johnny C. could you...

If not, Thanks anyway for all that good stuff!
Love your blog.