Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Urbie Green Septet & Octet

Urbie Green was one of many jazzmen who rose to prominence out of Woody Herman's band. Not being a big fan of big band myself, I was unfamiliar with Green's work, so purchasing this collection from the Fresh Sound label seemed like a great place to start. This CD collects two 10"s LPs - the Urbie Green Septet on Blue Note and Urbie Green and his Band on Vanguard - and the 12" Bethlehem LP East Coast Jazz (Series 6). All sessions are from 1953-55 and feature top flight musicians including Rudy Braff, Sir Charles Thompson, Al Cohn, Oscar Pettiford and Osie Johnson. However, some of the playing that impressed me the most was by pianist Jimmy Lyon (not to be confused with the alto sax player Jimmy Lyons), whom I had never previously heard. One final point, sometimes these Spanish import label reissues leave much to be desired in terms of liner notes, but these are excellent, with copies of the original artwork and essays from all three sessions. Hopefully this reissue will give Urbie Green some much needed jazz renewal.
Michael B. Richman

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Urbie Green
Septet & Octet


1 Incubator (Green)  4:45
2 Skylark (Mercer, Carmichael)  3:21
3 La Salle (Murtaugh)  3:26
4 Dansero (Daniels, Heyman)  3:18
5 Stairway To The Stars (Signorelli, Malneck, Parish)  3:00
6 Johnbo Mambo (Murtaugh)  5:08
7 Lullaby Of Birdland (Shearing)  6:28
8 Old Time Modern (Green)  5:56
9 Med’s Tune (Flory)  5:50
10 I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good (Ellington)  5:58
11 Sassafras (Evans)  3:56
12 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  3:32
13 How About You ? (Freed, Lane)  2:47
14 Mutation (Evans)  3:09
15 Undulation (Melody in Bb) (Evans, Green)  2:18
16 Three Little Words (Kalman, Ruby)  4:01
17 Sneaky Pete (Green)  3:53
18 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  3:24
19 Just One Of Those Things (Porter)  4:18


[# 1-6]
Doug Mettome - tp & br hrn
Urbie Green - tb
John Murtaugh - ts
Sam Staff - bs
Jimmy Lyon - p
Dante Martucci - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; December 27, 1953
[# 7-10]
Ruby Braff - tp
Urbie Green - tb
Med Flory - as
Frank Wess - fl & ts
Sir Charles Thompson - p
Freddie Green - g
Aaron Bell - b
Bobby Donaldson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; 17, 1954
[# 11-13]
Doug Mettome - tp & mllphn
Urbie Green - tb
Al Cohn - cl & ts
Danny Bank - fl & bs
Jimmy Lyon - p & clst
Oscar Pettiford - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 15, 1955
[# 14-19]
Doug Mettome - tp
Urbie Green - tb
Al Cohn - ts & b cl
Danny Bank - fl, cl & bs
Jimmy Lyon - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 19, 1955


Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks Mel !

5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. I had this at 150k...nothing like flac. Hope you are enjoying fair Spring weather. b

danair said...

Thanks very much Mel.

david said...

Thank you very much.

Otis Foster said...

Mellow sessions - thnx melanchthon

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Mel, many thanks

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

neil said...

Many thanks for the upgrade, mel...

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

fcapeau said...

Splendid sessions ! Many thanks.

grumpy said...

Many thanks Mel!

White 1234 said...

Files offline. Can You repost them?

Thanks in advance

brian said...