Saturday, September 24, 2016

Arnold Ross Trio (Vogue '52)

Arnold Ross will always be best-remembered for the brilliant chorus he took on the Jazz at the Philharmonic version of "Lady Be Good" that directly preceded Charlie Parker's classic solo in 1946. Ross has had a strangely episodic career, sounding at his best in swing-to-bop transitional settings. Early on, Ross played clarinet, saxophone, and violin before settling on piano. He worked for a time in South America, was in a cruise ship orchestra that traveled to the West Indies, and then in the U.S. played Hammond organ with Frank Dailey between 1938 and 1939. Back on piano, Ross had stints with Jack Jenney (1939), Vaughan Monroe (1940-1942), Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band and, after his military stint ended, the very popular Harry James Orchestra (1944-1947). Ross, who recorded four numbers as a leader for EmArcy in 1946 (using a quintet that included Benny Carter), also appeared on records led by Harry "Sweets" Edison, Charlie Ventura, and Charlie Parker (1947). He settled in Los Angeles where he freelanced, worked in the studios, and toured as Lena Horne's accompanist in 1952, visiting Europe and recording that year as a leader for Vogue, Melodisc, and the Swedish Modern Music label. Ross worked on the Bob Crosby (1954-1956) and Spike Jones (1957-1958) television shows, appeared on some records as a sideman in the '50s, and led his own trio, but became a heroin addict for a time. In the '60s he kicked drugs at Synanon. Ross has largely been in obscurity ever since, working in an anonymous role as Nelson Riddle's pianist, leading a trio album for Jazz Chronicles (1976), and playing regularly with Conrad Janis' Beverly Hills Unlisted Dixieland Band, where his harmonic sophistication and lyrical interpretations of Bud Powell's style are well buried.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/arnold-ross-p9561/biography

Arnold Ross
Trio
(Piano & Rhythm)

Tracks

1 Jeepers Creepers (Warren)  3:26
2 Lalou (Ross)  2:53
3 Can I Dream (Clarke)  3:15
4 Arbijo (Ross)  3:29
5 As Time Goes By (Hupfeld)  2:57
6 Kee Moe (Ross)  2:41
7 Easy To Remember (Warren, Dubin)  3:03
8 Being In Love (Clarke)  3:47

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Personnel
Arnold Ross - p
Joe Benjamin - b
Bill Clarke - dr

Recorded in Paris, France ; April 1, 1952

22 comments:

OldHippieRick said...

Thanks quite the gem indeed /;-))

zero said...

Thanks for this rare chance to hear Arnold Ross out front.

rm said...

incroyable! merci beaucoup

Philo said...

Arnold Ross Trio - Piano & Rhythm (1952)

Yet another spectacular jazz obscurity!

Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Arnold Ross - thank you, Mel

Jaffa said...

Thank you kindly for that Arnold Ross: Just superb !!

Anonymous said...

Merci Beaucoup

deGallo said...

Arnold Ross..new to me Thank you.

Luis said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the post.

Davidscott789 said...

gracias!

blu2 said...

¡Muchas gracias!

jazztap said...

merci

Peter said...

Thanks very much for the Arnie Ross!

fcapeau said...

Many thanks for this beautiful post. Fine music and musicians ... Enjoy !

ProfessorCalculus said...

Unknown gem..Thanks Mel.

Newlyner said...

Fantastic post. Many thanks.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. Ross is another of the unrecognized artists from the 1950s. I think he was hobbled by his addiction, like so many others of that generation.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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hepcat said...

Thank you very much.

Leon .Las Pajanosas-Spain said...

Gracias por reponer tan excelentes grabaciones.