Sunday, June 28, 2015

Australian Jazz Quintet At the Varsity Drag

In the mid-'50s, the Australian Jazz Quartet were considered an unusual group since, in addition to piano, bass, and drums, their instrumentation had alto or flute, tenor or bassoon, and vibes. The band featured their own sly wit, which is often in evidence on this collection of tunes, particularly on Varsity Drag. In addition to seven standards (including "Alone Together," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and "It Might As Well Be Spring"), the Aussies play three songs by Bill Holman, one from Med Flory, and an obscurity. The blend of bassoon, flute, and vibes in some sections is quite memorable even if the music overall was not all that innovative. Although a touch lightweight (with each of the selections clocking in around three minutes apiece), the results are enjoyable.
Scott Yanow

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The Australian Jazz Quintet
At the Varsity Drag


1 Alone Together (Schwartz, Dietz)  2:09
2 Koala (Holman)  3:09
3 That Old Feeling (Brown, Fain)  3:12
4 Affaire d'Amour (Holman)  3:08
5 The Lady Is A Tramp (Rodgers, Hart)  3:08
6 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Scherman)  3:53
7 The Thrill Is Gone (Brown, Henderson)  2:45
8 New South Wail (Flory)  2:45
9 Few Get It (Schmidt)  2:59
10 So Nice (Holman)  3:09
11 Varsity Drag (DeSylva, Brown, Henderson)  2:45
12 It Might As Well Be Spring (Rodgers, Hart)  2:42


Dick Healey - as & fl
Errol Buddle - ts & bsoon
Jack Brokensha - vb
Bryce Rohde - p
Jimmy Gannon - b
Frankie Capp - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; July, 1956


Philo said...
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Philo said...

I have this album in my collection. Very enjoyable. Jazz bassoon element was surprisingly fun.

Unfortunately, this album seems to be the only one available. Their other albums are out of print and unavailable.

Melanchthon said...

Rodney said...

Yeah, bassoon - great! I've had this for a long time but this version is much better sound. Many thanks, Mel. Stan Getz played bassoon but never heard him on it. :-(

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

lucky5 said...

Many thanks, Mel!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You