Thursday, April 10, 2014

Steve Lacy - The Complete Whitey Mitchell Sessions

Although this compilation was issued in 2004 under soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy's name, the two original records which make up this Lone Hill Jazz CD were separate dates issued under the leadership of bassist Whitey Mitchell (brother of bassist Red Mitchell) and tenor horn player Tom Stewart by ABC-Paramount. The first ten selections come from Mitchell's sessions, with snappy arrangements of standards contributed by Neal Hefti. The sextet also includes Stewart, trumpeter Don Stratton, guitarist Joe Puma, and drummer Osie Johnson. The leader's bass has a prominent role, though there's plenty of solo space for Lacy, Stratton, and Stewart, too. Although Hefti was primarily arranging standards on this date, he leans more toward cool jazz rather than the swing style associated with his writing for Count Basie. Highlights include the breezy "Strike Up the Band" (with a few nice drum breaks by Johnson), the easygoing "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart," and the beautifully voiced "You Stepped Out of a Dream." The Stewart sessions feature three separate dates with slightly different personnel. On the first six tracks, pianist Dave McKenna and drummer Al Levitt join Stewart, Lacy, and Mitchell. Stewart is the dominant soloist (whose instrument could be easily mistaken for a trombone by a novice jazz fan), though Lacy's imaginative flights are remarkable for such a young musician, especially since the soprano sax was not yet popular among up-and-coming jazz artists during the mid-'50s. The songs include a mixture of traditional jazz, standards, and obscure works. The breezy "Rosetta," the little known "My Heart Is a Hobo," and a rather brief "Let's Get Lost" (the latter omitting McKenna and adding Herbie Mann on tenor sax) are among the high points. Due to the rarity of the original LPs, picking up a copy of this CD is a far cheaper alternative, though the sloppy song credits contain several errors and omissions.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Steve Lacy
The Complete
Whitey Mitchell Sessions


1 It Could Happen To You (VanHeusen, Burke)  3:12
2 Lover Man (Ramirez, Davis, Sherman)  3:09
3 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:00
4 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington, Redmond, Mills, Nemo)  2:57
5 Once In a While (Edwards, Green)  3:33
6 Young Lesley (Mitchell)  3:41
7 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  3:10
8 Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)  2:57
9 Perdido (Tizol, Drake, Lengsfelder)  3:11
10 Why Don't You Take Up the Piccolo ? (Mitchell)  3:03
11 Rosetta (Hine, Woode)  3:19
12 Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You (Redman, Razaf)  3:29
13 Out of Nowhere (Heyman, Green)  2:39
14 My Heart Is a Hobo (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:06
15 Fidgety Feet (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:18
16 Potatoes (Garcia)  3:10
17 Let’s Get Lost (McHugh, Loesser)  2:04
18 Spain (Jones, Kahn)  2:38
19 The Things I Love (Barlow, Harris)  3:45
20 Some of These Days (Brooks)  3:04
21 Give Me The Simple Life (Ruby, Bloom)  3:35
22 Indian Blanket (Puma)  3:55


[# 1-10]
Don Stratton - tp
Tom Stewart - t hrn
Steve Lacy - ss
Joe Puma - g
Whitey Mitchell - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Neal Hefti - arr
Recorded New York City ; April 13 [# 2, 4, 6 & 7] & 23 [# 1, 3, 5, 8-10], 1956.
[# 11-16]
Tom Stewart - t hrn
Steve Lacy - ss
Dave McKenna - p
Whitey Mitchell - b
Al Levitt - dr
Recorded New York City ; February 1956.
[# 17]
Tom Stewart - t hrn
Steve Lacy - ss
Herbie Mann - a fl & ts
Joe Puma - g
Whitey Mitchell - b
Al Levitt - dr
Recorded New York City ; February 1956.
[# 18-20]
Same as above, except Bill Bradley - dr, replaces Al Levitt
Recorded New York City ; February 1956.
[# 21-22]
Same as # 17, except Herb Wasserman - dr, replaces Al Levitt.
Recorded New York City ; June 13, 1956

Tracks 11-20 - previously issued on Tom Stewart Sextette/Quintet
 (ABC-Paramount ABC-117)

"Lacy went on to influence every soprano player thereafter. His music has always
been very personal and looking for new ways to put things together."
Lee Konitz

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Matt said...

Excellent share!

Thank you ;-)

Blue Eyes said...

I dig S.Lacy especially his first recordings, a great player ! Thanks you very much Melanchthon for this one !

Philo said...

Steve Lacy - Complete Whitey Mitchell Sessions (1956)


All tracks were recorded in NY, but the sound seems rather "West Coast cool." Very enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

Had to clean out the IPod to fit this one in -WOW-thanks

kevin_chiang0829 said...

Hey Melanchthon

The files has been removed from the server, Would you kind to reup them.

Melanchthon said...

dantzig65 said...

Thanks Mel.

neil said...

Missed this first time around - not going to let that happen this time; many thanks, mel..

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel for this excellent cd and the others.

Lalo said...

Highly appreciated!
Thanks so much(as ussual)

Rodney said...

Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

moxnix said...

Looks very promising, thank you!

zero said...

What neil said. Great to have a second shot at this one.

rubberduck said...

Many thanks, Mel

Mark Powers said...

Was able to DL this set (thanks) but cannot open. What is PW?

jgaldabini said...

Thanks for this, Mel.

duck said...

Hi Mel, greatly appreciate this Steve Lscy set, you do good work as always.

rev.b said...

Would love to see this re-uped if possible. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear MM, this deserves your re-upload, if and when you feel like it. Thanks so much.

trucha3 said...

Leave it to you, Mel, to feature these brilliant arrangements. As philo pointed out, it does have a "West Coast cool" feel, which I love. (I found some on youtube, but no spotify). I hope, also, that you will find time to re-up this sometime. Thanks.