Monday, June 5, 2017

Joe Bushkin - Three Classics Albums, & more...

Somewhat perversely, this compilation presents Joe Bushkin's recordings in almost reverse chronological order. He recorded two 10" LPs for Columbia in the early fifties, and Buck Clayton (trumpet), Eddie Safranski (bass) and Jo Jones (drums) accompanied him on the 1951 "After Hours" (the same personnel as for CD 2, tracks 2 to 10). Bushkin played in a relaxed swinging style, to which his 1951 small group sounds perfectly attuned, probably because they were appearing together at "The Embers" at East 54th Street, New York at the time. The showstopper has to be "Ol' Man River" which is taken apace with Buck soloing throughout. Sid Weiss (bass) and Morey Feld (drums) accompanied Joe Bushkin on the 1950 Piano Moods which was a set of four double medleys. He is more to the fore on this earlier album, and the group sounds slightly less integrated.
For me the highlight is the third 10" album, which dates from 1946 and features Brad Gowans & his New York Nine. Brad played what he called the valide trombone, a hybrid slide and valve instrument of his own invention. He recorded very little under his own name, but in April 1946 he fronted a studio group comprising Billy Butterfield on trumpet, Joe Dixon on clarinet, Arthur Rollini on tenor sax, Paul Ricci on bass sax, Joe Bushkin on piano, Tony Colucci on guitar, Jack Lesberg on bass and Dave Tough on drums. Eight numbers were issued on a now very rare RCA Victor LP, which stands as the definitive testament to his arranging skills (he wrote for Bud Freeman's Summe Cum Laude Orchestra) and of which a reissue was long overdue.
Bushkin's three tracks from The Jazz Keyboards span the two CDs, date from 1946, and include Barney Kessel on guitar and Harry Babasin on bass. They're followed by a single track with strings, take 2 of which concludes the second CD. In between come eight tracks of radio transcriptions from "The Embers" where Bushkin was the house pianist in the early fifties, three singles recorded with trumpeter Hot Lips Page and bassist Al Morgan in 1941, and five piano solos recorded for Commodore in 1940.
This is a superb reissue which, although centred around a memorable pianist, is likely to be sought out primarily for the wonderful Brad Gowans recordings. Sound quality is everything you could wish for.
Barry McCanna

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Joe Bushkin
Three Classics Albums
& more... 


Cd. 1

1 Dinah (Young, Lewis, Akst)  3:22
2 If I Had You (Shapiro, Cambell, Connelly)  2:41
3 Once In A While (Green, Edwards)  2:58
4 California, Here I Come (Jolson, Meyer, DeSylva)  3:07
5 They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:32
6 At Sundown (Donaldson)  2:58
7 High Cotton (Bushkin)  3:28
8 Ol’ Man River (Hammerstein, Kern)  2:57
9 Hallelujah (Robin, Grey, Youmans)  2:37
10 I’ve Got A Crush On You (Bushkin)  3:20
11 They Say It’s Wonderful (Rodgers, Hart)  3:08
12 Portrait Of Tallulah (Bushkin)  2:50
13 Here In My Arms (Rodgers, Hart)  2:49
14 Pennies From Heaven (Burke, Johnston)  2:54
15 Everyday Is Christmas (DeVries, Bushkin)  3:22
16 The Lady Is A Tramp (Rodgers, Hart)  2:42
17 Poor Butterfield (Gowans)  3:24
18 I’m Coming Virginia (Cook, Heyward)  3:26
19 Jazz Me Blues (Delaney)  3:22
20 Stompin’ At The Savoy (Sampson, Webb, Goodman, Razaf)  3:00
21 Singin’ The Blues (Lewis, Young, Conrad, Robinson)  2:41
22 Clari-Jama (Gowans)  2:23
23 Carolina In The Morning (Kahn, Donaldson)  3:36
24 Jada (Carleton)  3:10
25 Mean To Me (Turk, Ahlert)  2:47
26 Indian Summer (Herbert)  2:51


Cd. 2

1 Indiana (McDonald, Hanley)  2:35
2 Portrait Of Tallulah n° 2 (Bushkin)  3:13
3 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Fields, McHugh)  3:48
4 At Sundown (Donaldson)  5:08
5 Perdido (Tizol)  5:01
6 Blue Moon (Rodgers, Hart)  7:13
7 Medley  7:17
 Sugar (Pinkerd, Mitchell)
Squeeze Me (Williams, Waller)
8 Medley  6:17
 The Best Thing For You (Berlin)
You’re Just In Love (Berlin
9 I Can’t Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  6:30
10 If I Had You (Shapiro, Campbell, Connelly)  5:52
11 I’ll Never Be The Same (Kahn, Malneck, Signorelli)  3:00
12 Caledonia’s Gone (Page)  2:55
13 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Pinkard, Casey)  3:09
14 Serenade In Thirds (Bushkin)  2:45
15 I Can’t Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  2:57
16 Blue Chips (Bushkin)  2:53
17 Joey’s Blues (Bushkin)  2:47
18 In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis, Young, Wayne)  2:44
19 Caledonia’s Gone [take 2] (Page)  3:03


[Cd. 1, # 1-8] from After Hours (Columbia CL-6201)
Buck Clayton - tp
Joe Bushkin - p
Eddie Safranski - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded in New York ; July & August 1951
[Cd. 1, # 9-16] from Piano Moods’ (Columbia B-231)
Joe Bushkin - p
Sid Weiss - b
Morey Feld - dr
Recorded in New York ; July 26 & 27, 1950
[Cd. 1, # 17-24] from Brad Gowans And His New York Nine’ (RCA Victor LJM 3000)
Brad Gowans - tb
Billy Butterfield - tp
Joe Dixon - cl
Arthur Rollini - ts
Paul Ricci - b s
Joe Bushkin - p
Tony Colucci - g
Jack Lesberg - b
Dave Tough - dr
Recorded April 10, 1946
[Cd. 1, # 25-26 & Cd. 2, # 1] from The Jazz Keyboards (Savoy MG 12043)
Joe Bushkin - p
Barney Kessel - g 
Harry Babasin - b
Recorded on 1946

[Cd. 2, # 2] from a single
Buck Clayton - tp
Eddie Safranski - b
Jo Jones - dr
Unknown strings
Recorded in New York ; 1951
[Cd. 2, # 11-13] from radio transcriptions
Same personnel as [Cd. 1, # 1-8]
Recorded live at "The Embers", New York ; 1951
[Cd. 2, # 11-13] from singles
Hot Lips Page - tp & vc
Joe Bushkin - p
Al Morgan - b
Recorded in New York ; March 28, 1941
[Cd. 2, # 14-18] from singles
Joe Bushkin - p solo
Recorded in New York ; May 17, 1940
[Cd. 2, # 19]
Same personnel & date as [# 11]
AVID Jazz here presents three classic Joe Bushkin albums plus, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
After Hours ; Piano Moods ; Brad Gowans and his New York Nine plus radio transcriptions, plus three tracks from The Jazz Keyboards plus several tracks from the 78 era.
Joe Bushkin plays jazz from the old school having come up in the late thirties where he began playing at the Famous Door on 52nd Street, New York before going on to play with the likes of Bunny Berigan, Muggsy Spanier, Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong to name but a few greats! Across our selections Joe can be heard playing with the likes of Barney Kessel, Harry Babasin, Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, Sid Weiss and Morey Feld.
All three albums plus have been digitally re-mastered.

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Melanchthon said...


Cd. 1

Cd. 2

SPES said...

Muchas gracias Mel. Desde Valencia (Spain) Jo que fallo.

woolfnotes said...

An old friend of mine does the re-mastering for this series. AVID are doing a great job of making long-deleted material available. The sound is as good or better than the original cd releases. The packaging is excellent and the price extremely modest. I do think one should do the decent thing and support this label by buying the actual discs.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Very nice!

david said...

Thank you !

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

neil said...

I have 'Piano Moods' and 'After Hours'; so I'm here for the Brad Gowans tracks. Many thanks, mel...

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Kovina Kris said...

If you ever decide to re-up this I'd be a taker for sure. Thank for everything Mel.