Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chuck Wayne - String Fever

Although he often paid his bills with non-jazz pursuits, native New Yorker Chuck Wayne was an expressive and talented, if underexposed, bebop guitarist along the lines of Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, and Johnny Smith. Wayne was never a huge name in the jazz world, but he did cross paths with major jazzmen like Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Sims, and Woody Herman — and improvisers who were familiar with his swinging yet lyrical playing (a relatively small group) swore by him. Wayne was capable of playing more than one style of jazz ; he played swing before he played bop, and he could handle Dixieland as well. But bop was his preference, and that's the style that he is best known for in jazz circles.
Wayne was born Charles Jagelka in the Big Apple on February 27, 1923 — that's the name that appeared on his birth certificate — but when he pursued a career in music, he realized it would be easier and more convenient to go by Chuck Wayne. The improviser didn't start out as a guitarist ; as a teenager in the late '30s, he played swing on the mandolin. But by the early '40s (when he was hired a sideman by swing pianist Clarence Profit), Wayne had switched to the guitar and made it his primary instrument. After spending some time in the United States Army, Wayne became quite active on midtown Manhattan's legendary 52nd Street scene of the '40s — and that was where he made the transition from swing to bebop. Wayne, whose early influences included Oscar Moore (of the Nat King Cole Trio) and the seminal Charlie Christian, first heard Charlie Parker around 1944 ; it didn't take him long to take the bebop plunge.
The mid-'40s found Wayne playing with Woody Herman's big band, and 52nd Street was where he played with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Wayne (who played the banjo and the balalaika as secondary instruments) was a sideman for pianist George Shearing from 1949-1952, and in the '50s he recorded some LPs for the Progressive label as a leader. But it was also during the '50s that Wayne had a lot of non-jazz activities, which ranged from writing for Broadway to working as a staff musician for CBS-TV to a stint with singer Tony Bennett (who isn't jazz per se but is a fine example of jazz-influenced traditional pop). However, Wayne never gave up bebop, and he recorded a handful of bop-oriented albums in the '60s and '70s (two more decades that found him dividing his time between jazz and non-jazz pursuits). The '80s found Wayne teaching at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in suburban White Plains, NY (just outside of the Big Apple), and he continued to teach and play in the '90s. On July 29, 1997, Wayne passed away at the age of 74.
Alex Henderson

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Chuck Wayne
String Fever


1 Lullaby in Rhythm (Goodman, Hirsch, Profit, Samson)  3:07
2 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:38
3 Love for Sale (Porter)  5:09
4 Along With Me (Rome)  3:18
5 Carmel (Wayne)  3:16
6 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:30
7 Snuggled on Your Shoulder (Lombardo, Young)  2:33
8 How About You (Freed, Lane)  3:48
9 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  4:24
10 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (Adams, Grever) 3:26
11 Rockabye Bay (Curtis, Wood)  3:27

Arranged a conducted by Chuck Wayne


[# 1, 5, 7 & 11]
Chuck Wayne - g
Don Joseph, Tom Allison, Alvin Golbert - tp
Sonny Truitt - tb
Caesar DiMauro, Eddie Wasserman, Sol Schlinger & and Sam Markowitz - ts
Eddie Costa - p & vb
Clyde Lombardi - b
Sonny Igoe or Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio “A”, New York City ; July 22, 1957
[# 3 & 9]
Chuck Wayne - g
Don Joseph - tp
Gene Quill - as
Caesar DiMauro - ts
Clyde Lombardi - b
Sonny Igoe - dr
Recorded same place as above ;  July 23, 1957
[# 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10]
Chuck Wayne - g
Don Joseph - tp
Caesar DiMauro - ts
Eddie Costa - vb & p
Clyde Lombardi - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded same place as above ;  July 24, 1957


vascodela2 said...

Thanks for Chuck, really hard to find.

analog said...

great stuff, as usual. thank you!

yewsta said...

Thank you.

Nigel said...

Thank you Mel. Even as a jazz guitar afficianado, I never knew of Wayne's work beyond studio dates. He's always just been a name in the small type of liner notes for me. Cheers.

keep boppin´ marcel said...

thank you, melanchthon!
great music by a great artist!

keep boppin´

Anonymous said...

Links offline. Appreciated if re-up.

gustavo said...
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gustavo said...

Hey melanchthon, can you re-up the links of Chuck Wayne's "String Fever", please?

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

great stuff, thank you!

AmyBRAINS said...

Great Melanchthon, Great!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

j sivak said...

Hi , great stuff please what´s the password?