Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Urbie Green - His Trombone & Rhythm

Urbane Clifford Green was born in Mobile Alabama in 1928. Urbie was set on the road to his musical career by his mother, who taught him to play the piano. His early practice on the piano was not from method books, but from reading off of sheet music for the popular songs of the day. He started playing the trombone when he was around 12 years old. His early musical influences were a cornet player from Mobile named Bill Lagman, and trombonists like Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Lawrence Brown, J. C. Higginbotham, Jack Jenny, and Trummy Young. According to a 1976 interview with Downbeat magazine, Urbie's primary influences were not trombonists, but rather Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Lester Young. Urbie was also influenced by two older brothers who were also trombonists. Urbie's trombone style was also influenced by vocalists such as Perry Como, and the vocal style of Louis Armstrong. Urbie's father died when he was 15, and Urbie helped support his mother and younger sister by playing the trombone professionally. Urbie moved to California by the time he was 16 (approx 1944) and spent his teenage years playing with the big bands of Tommy Reynolds, Bob Strong and Frankie Carle. He also worked with Gene Krupa during 1947-50. From 1948 to 1952, Urbie Green had a stint with Woody Herman's Third Herd. He also appeared on some of the famous Buck Clayton Jam Sessions (1953-54).
The 1950's and 1960's — The 1950's and 1960's were probably Urbie Green's most productive time for recording. Urbie arrived in New York in 1953, and by 1954 had established himself as one of the top trombonists in that highly competitive market. This is also about the time that Urbie had his first formal music training. His previous training was "on — the — job" experience. Urbie worked with Benny Goodman off and on during 1955-57 and appeared in the movie "The Benny Goodman Story". Urbie Green played with Count Basie in 1963. He also recorded with Jazz great Louis Armstrong. After the death of Tommy Dorsey, Urbie Green fronted the Tommy Dorsey ghost band (1966-67). Other artists that Urbie recorded with during the 1950s include Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins and Ella Fitzgerald. Urbie Green recorded frequently as a leader in the 1950s and 60s. 

Source : http://www.windsongpress.com/brass%20players/trombone/green.htm

Urbie Green
His Trombone & Rhythm
The Best of New Broadway Show Hits

Tracks

1 Say Hello (Rome)  2:15
From Destry Rides Again
2 Small World (Sondheim, Styne)  2:33
From Gypsy
3 Look Who's in Love (Fields, Hague)  2:14
From Redhead
4 Love, Look Away (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  2:27
From Flower Drum Song
5 Lazy Moon (Kerr, Kerr, Ford, Anderson)  2:02
From Goldilocks
6 I Feel Sorry for the Girl (Goldman, Paxton, Weiss)  2:25
From First Impressions
7 My Girl Is Just Enough Woman for Me (Fields, Hague)  2:01
From Redhead
8 I Know Your Kind (Rome)  2:29
From Destry Rides Again
9 You Are Beautiful (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  2:56
From Flower Drum Song
10 Just for Once (Fields, Hague)  2:02
From Redhead
11 Love Will Find out the Way (Goldman, Paxton, Weiss)  2:09
From First Impressions
12 You'll Never Get Away from Me (Stephen, Sonheim, Styne)  2:18
From Gypsy

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Personnel
Urbie Green - tb
Nat Pierce - p
Barry Galbraith - g
Milt Hinton - b
Don Lamond - dr

Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City ; March & April 1959

33 comments:

Phillip said...

As an utter Urbie Green tragic, this is enough to make my day, week and even month. Many, many thanks.

Kneigh said...

I lost this Urbie Green along with several other of his LP's many years ago in a fire. Never thought I'd get to hear it again!!
Many thanks!! Lord knows where you come up with some of your posts, sir, but they're definitely appreciated!!!

Blue Eyes said...

Very cool album, thank you Melanchthon!

PlantDoctor53 said...

I've enjoyed this immensely! It is new to me. Thank you Melanchthon.

Miklos said...

Thanks for sharing it!

Scoredaddy said...

EXCELLENT. Thanks

Bhowani said...

urbie green

oui thank you beaucoup Mel. !!
here again a wonder (here + wonder = always a pleonasm)

PlantDoctor53 said...

This pairs well with the Bob Wilber that jazzman posted earlier this week. Very nice.

Anselmo said...

fantastic! many thanks for this great urbe green album

duck said...

Thanks again Mel, more great music.

L.O.L. said...

Thanks;)

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks, Mr. Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you Melanchthon

theblueamos said...

Hi melanchthon.Sonny stitt:the hard swing,and f.wess long road are un extractable!could you please HELP! TNX

rog said...

What a way to start a day Mel ! A BIG Thank You for Urbie...

Oracle said...

Has the Password changed?

FrankDell said...

Barry Galbraith. Sweet.

CrunchyFrog said...

love it - thanks!

neil said...

Having made do with mp3s for the last couple of years, I'm very grateful for the re-up...

Harry said...

Another Urbie Green - very fine stuff. Many thanks, Melanchthon

Prof. Yaffle said...

Mel, many thanks

Melanchthon said...

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musician3 said...

FANTASTIC.........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

glinka21 said...

Thanks, Mel. Much obliged.

AmyBRAINS said...

A GREAT URBIE GREEN TO ME!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Otis Foster said...

Didn't know about this session, so I'm happy to give it a spin.

Thnx melanchthon

Luigi said...

one of the post ever, thank you!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

grumpy said...

Many thanks, Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thank a lot, Mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

doctorsientetebien said...

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