Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Harry Edison - The Swinger

Harry “Sweets” Edison was widely recognized as a master of the muted blues trumpet sound, both when he was with Basie’s band during the swing era, and from 1953 on, as a freelance on many of the jazz and pop recordings that emanated from Hollywood. In the fall of 1958, Sweets moved back to New York to start a third phase in his career. He put together the swinging sextet showcased in these recordings produced by Verve’s Norman Granz.
The group featured tenorist Jimmy Forrest, who contributed with his great taste and tonal strength, and a first class rhythm section, blessedly boosted by Freddie Green’s punching guitar, pianist Jimmy Jones, a crisp-toned and flexible delight, the tasteful Joe Benjamin on bass, and the controlling force of Charlie Persip on drums. This was the kind of straightforward, utterly groovy small group jazz with consistently clear-thinking and strong voices. Trumpeter Buck Clayton joined the second date, playing back to back with Sweets, and guitarist Steve Jordan replaced Green in most of the tracks. Harry Edison “the swinger,” playing standards or originals or just the blues, glows in these warm sessions with incandescence. He neatly swings through standards and a few of his own tunes.
On the last three tracks of CD-2, coming from a Roulette session, the contribution of the sidemen can easily be overlooked, for it is the Edison personality, open or muted, that lends the tunes its character.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/the_swinger_-_complete_1958_sextet_sessions_with_jimmy_forrest_2_cd_set-cd-5250.html

Harry Edison
The Swinger
Complete 1958 Sextet Sessions
With Jimmy Forrest
(2 Cd Set)
Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Pussy Willow (Edison)  7:32
2 The Very Thought Of You (Noble, Chadwick, Goslin)  6:06
3 Nasty (Edison)  5:19
4 The Strollers (Edison) 
5 Sunday (Styne, Conn, Krueger, Miller)  6:55
6 Love Is Here To Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  9:50
7 Fair Ground (Edison)  4:55
8 Ill Wind (Arlen, Koehler)  5:45
9 Impressario (Edison)  8:41
10 Short Coat (Edison)  9:45
11 Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home ? (Williams, Warfield)  5:08

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Cd. 2

1 How Am I To Know ? (Jenkins)  7:19
2 Blues In The Closet (Edison)  9:16
3 Memories For The Count [alt. take] (Edison)  6:39
4 Come With Me (Edison)  5:52
5 Critics’ Delight (Edison)  6:47
6 Medley :
All Depends On You/Charmaine/How Long Has This Been Going On ?/Makin’ Whoopee (Brown, Henderson, DeSylva/Pollack, Rapee/Gershwin, Gershwin/Gonaldson, Kahn)  8:58
7 Oh ! How I Hate To Get Up In The Afternoon (Edison)  9:05
8 Memories For The Count (Edison)  8:50
9 Come With Me [alt. take] (Edison)  5:16
10 Indiana (Hanley, McDonald)  1:53
11 Pussy Willow (Edison)  4:02
12 Sweetenings (Edison)  2:40

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Personnel
[Cd. 1, # 1-6] from the 12" album "The Swinger" (Verve MG VS-6037)
Harry “Sweets” Edison - tp
Jimmy Forrest - ts
Jimmy Jones - p
Freddie Green - g
Joe Benjamin - b
Charlie Persip - dr & tmp
Recorded at Nola Recording Studios, New York City ; September 18, 1958.
[Cd. 1, # 7-11] from the 12" album "Mr. Swing" (Verve MG VS-6118)
Same as above
[Cd. 2, # 1-2] were not issued on the above Verve LPs
Same as above
[Cd. 2, # 3-9] from the 12" album "Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton And Vice Versa" (Verve MG VS-8293)
Harry “Sweets” Edison - tp
Buck Clayton - tp
Jimmy Forrest - ts
Jimmy Jones - p
Freddie Green - g [# 3, 4 & 9]
Steve Jordan - g [# 5-8]
Joe Benjamin - b
Charlie Persip - dr
Eddie Costa - vb [# 5]
Recorded at Nola Recording Studios, New York City ; October 16, 1958
[Cd. 2, # 10-12] taken from the 12" album "Sweetenings" (Roulette R 52023)
Harry “Sweets” Edison - tp
Jimmy Forrest - ts
Jimmy Jones - p [# 10-11]
Kenny Drew - p [# 12]
Joe Benjamin - b [# 10-11]
John Simmons - b [# 12]
Charlie Persip - dr [# 10-11]
Recorded in New York City ; November 12 & 14, 1958

23 comments:

danair said...

Another winner,thank you Mel.

TEO said...

Thanks very much Mel!!!
Very interesting sessions!!!

NYC Teen Central Writer's Club said...

kenny drew, jimmy forrest sweets this is the greatest - thanks

dorfenheimer said...

As a Jimmy Forrest fan I must say this is quite a nice present!

jazzcat1228 said...

Another great share. Thank you, as always, Mel!

Frasco said...

Thank you once more Melanchthon, and welcome back!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

jazzman77 said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful set.

rubberduck said...

Many thanks , mel !

Mike Tempest said...

Thanks Mel!!!
Mike

duck said...

Mel, thanks again, these are just great additions.

photobruch said...

Your blog has been incredibly useful to me- a friend of mine just became interested in Jimmy Forrest and I wanted to share this with him. The links seem to be "dead". Could I ask you to reup new links. Thanks for all that you do here. Bruce

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neil said...

Have three of the albums listed, mel, but not "Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton And Vice Versa"; so many thanks for the opportunity to fill in the gaps...

Gil said...

Merci mille fois.

Brush&Stick said...

Had the first two sessions, but not the rest; many many thanks!

deGallo said...

Thank you. Wonderful!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

AmyBRAINS said...

GREAT POST MELANCHTHON.
THANKS A LOT.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Great great post, thank you very much, Mel
Pedro

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Dear MM, came home after a tough day, opened CD1 Track 1 Pussy Willow and my mind clicked back in place, just like a defrag software does with computer disks, I am alive again. Thank you.

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon! Better late than never, I got your precious post!