Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chuck Wayne - Tasty Pudding

Chuck Wayne's participation in some of the earliest bebop recordings have lead many to conclude that he was purely a bop-style guitar player. Yet on the recordings he made in the mid-1940s, first with the Billy Eckstine Band and later with Dizzy Gillespie, his swing-oriented guitar collides with the "new music" being played by the more modern musicians on the set. It was with George Shearing that Wayne had his greatest success, making a major contribution to the Shearing sound. This particular album reissues two sets cut by Wayne during the 1950s. The first, covering tracks 1-4 and 7-10, is from 1953 sessions with his Quartet featuring Zoot Sims and Brew Moore; the second session, made the following year with the John Mehegan Quartet, comprises the other four tunes. There are some standards along with seven originals, including five by Wayne. Words that can best be used to describe the latter are "innocuous," "pleasant," "nice background music." These arrangements could be heard in a hundred lounges and small clubs throughout the country during the years when this album was made. While there is virtually no inventiveness going on, the playing is entertaining. One quality that comes through with the Wayne guitar is its hornlike sound, which adds a dimension to his playing and is especially complementary when either Sims or Moore is soloing, as on "While My Lady Sleeps," "Side Walks of Cuba" and "Uncus." One exception to the ordinariness of the material is the arrangement of the Victor Young/Ned Washington masterpiece, "Stella by Starlight," where John Mehegan's piano and Wayne's guitar engage in interplay which comes close to being avant-garde. Several of the players at these sessions were from the upper echelons of jazz; it's regrettable they were not offered more interesting or challenging music to perform.
Dave Nathan

Source :

Chuck Wayne
Tasty Pudding
(aka Jazz Guitarist)


1 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (Fain, Kahal, Norman)  3:03
2 S.S. Cool (Wayne)  2:44
3 Mary Ann (Wayne)   2:31
4 Butterfingers (Wayne)  3:29
5 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, Fetter, Latouche)  2:47
6 Sirod (Mehegan, Miles)  3:00
7 While My Lady Sleeps* (Kahn)   2:34
8 Tasty Pudding* (Cohn)  3:22
9 Prospecting* (Wayne)  2:33
10 Sidewalks of Cuba* (Wayne)  2:56
11 Uncus (Mehegan)  2:21
12 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  3:28


[# 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10]
Chuck Wayne - g
Brew Moore or Zoot Sims* - ts
Harvey Leonard - p
George Duvivier - b
Ed Shaugnessy - dr
Recorded in New York City ; April 13, 1953
[# 5, 6, 11 & 12] Johnny Mehegan Quartet
Chuck Wayne - g
John Mehegan - p
Vinnie Burke - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 10, 1954


Collectionist said...

Thanks Man!

I have been looking for this one!

Collectionist said...

Hey Melanchthon

Both of the links are for the same file. I think you posted it twice. FYI. I am digging the tracks 7-12. I will check back to see when the 1st link is corrected so I can get tracks 1-6!


Melanchthon said...

Here you are :

Collectionist said...


yewsta said...

Thank you

getzoot said...


dreadco said...

Thank you so much!

Daver88 said...

Chuck Wayne - The Jazz Guitarist 1953-1954

Thanks Mel - nice to get both these sessions on the one CD. Years ago I picked up a secondhand vinyl of the 1953 session on London - Savoy.

stringbender said...

Thank you for this superb Chuck Wayne Savoy side. He was truly one of the greats. Just listen to "S.S. Cool" or "Butterfingers" - Wow!

mel said...

Many thanks indeed for sharing this Chuck Wayne Savoy album which I had been looking for. Somehow I missed it here, and two of your visitors pointed me in the right direction. Thanks to them also.


Melanchthon said...

You're welcome, mel.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for this Chuck Wayne post, Mel!! An unknown to me, but I'm really getting into it!!

Duke! said...

Thanks! Saw Chuck 'way back (70s) - he was great..

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

The Jackal said...

Tks yet again Mel, Album title is a great number which I hadn't heard with guitar. Very grateful again

Frasco said...

Thank you very much!

glinka21 said...

An old favorite, that I purchased on LP back in the 70s. Thanks, Mel.

Pepin said...

Muchas Gracias Melanchthon. ¿puedo escribir en español? soy muy malo con mi ingles, pero si es necesario haré un esfuerzo.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Benjamin Riley said...

Hello, from Benjamin--Could you repost these with Zippyshare links? Thank you very much

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel.

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!