Monday, July 6, 2015

Clark Terry - Everything's Mellow

This CD combines together two former LPs by flugelhornist Clark Terry : Everything's Mellow and All American. Since those two sessions were cut for the Moodsville label (where all of the sets were supposed to be emphasizing quiet ballads) and the second date has songs from a forgotten musical, this CD would not seem to have much potential. However Terry is highly expressive on the former date (a quartet outing with pianist Junior Mance, bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Charlie Persip) and does not stick only to ballads, throwing in some blues and obscure melodies. As for the All American score, Oliver Nelson was enlisted to write arrangements for Terry's septet (which is comprised of Budd Johnson on tenor, trombonist Lester Robertson, baritonist George Barrow, pianist Eddie Costa in one of his final recordings, bassist Art Davis and drummer Ed Shaughnessy) and, except for a couple of purposely corny moments, the music is greatly uplifted ; in fact a few of the songs deserve to be revived. C.T. and Budd are in great form throughout. This surprising CD is recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/mellow-moods-mw0000623971

Clark Terry
Everything's Mellow
Plays the Jazz Version of
"All American"

Tracks

1 Out in the Cold Again (Bloom, Bloom, Koehler)  4:29
2 The Simple Waltz (Brookmeyer, Terry)  5:10
3 This Is Always (Gordon, Warren)  4:53
4 Lullaby (Brahms, Hersch, Napolitano)  3:40
5 Among My Souvenirs (Leslie, Nicholls)  4:48
6 In the Alley (Terry)  3:46
7 Michelle (Lennon, McCartney, Terry)  4:33
8 As You Desire Me (Wrubel)  3:26
9 What a Country (Adams, Strouse)  4:22
10 Same Language (Adams, Strouse)  4:05
11 If I Were You (Adams, Nicks, Nowels, Strouse)  5:00
12 I've Just Seen Her (Adams, Strouse)  3:50
13 Once upon a Time (Adams, Carter, Strouse)  2:20
14 Nightlife (Adams, Gramm, Jones, Strouse)  4:34
15 It's Fun to Think (Adams, Strouse)  5:06
16 The Fight Song (Adams, Strouse)  3:45

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Personnel
[# 1-8]
Clark Terry - tp & flghrn
Junior Mance - p
Joe Benjamin - b
Charlie Persip - dr
Recorded in New York ; July 21, 1961
[# 9-16]
Clark Terry - tp & flghrn
Lester Robertson - tb
Budd Johnson - ts
George Barrow - bs
Eddie Costa - p & vb
Ed Shaughnessy - dr
Oliver Nelson - arr.
Recorded at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; May 11 & 15, 1962

11 comments:

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carrolin said...

Muchas gracias

blbs said...

Opa! Gracias Mel!!

rm said...

merci beaucoup.
t9-16; Art Davis - b

zero said...

Thanks! Eddie Costa adds to the drawing power.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Otis Foster said...

Costa is always interesting. I wonder what happened to barrow. He seemed to drop out of sight.

Thnx melanchthon,

danair said...

Thanks very much for this post Mel.

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

steve said...

Mel, I didn't know Clark had every done an album on Prestige! Thanks for this listen!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You