Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Lou Mecca Quartet

In 1954, when Gil Melle recorded Volume 3 in his famous series, The Gil Melle Quartet/Quintet (Volumes 1-4), the guitarist he used on Volumes 1 and 2, Tal Farlow, was not available. Instead, he chose another young guitarist named Lou Mecca (1927-2003) to play the significant and daunting guitar parts. And, as they say, the rest is history. Melle also chose Lou Mecca for Volume 4. Like the recordings Melle made with Tal Farlow and Joe Cinderella, the two with Mecca were way ahead of their time and they remain highly prized collectors items. For guitar players they remain some of the best examples of early, modern solo guitar as practiced by three of the best guitarists of all time. The fact that Melle chose Lou Mecca for these recordings is a testament to Mecca's enormous talents as a musician and guitarist. In the liner notes for Volume 3, Gil Melle says, "It took two years of collecting names and phones numbers of talented musicians who are deeply interested in modern jazz. The musicians on this date are the results of this search." A year later, in 1955, Lou Mecca cut his first recording as leader, The Lou Mecca Quartet. Then, for many years, he pursued his career as a chiropractor, surfacing from time to time to play in local New Jersey Clubs. In 1999, Lou Mecca released his second recording as leader, The Lou Mecca Trio Bridging The Gap. This wonderful recording of 13 jazz standards demonstrates what the initiated have known for 50 years ; Lou Mecca was truly one of the great ones. And after 45 years he had not lost a step. The clarity of tone, meticulous phrasing and flowing improvisations of his first recordings were still there.
© Copyright 2005 Classic Jazz Guitar

Source : http://classicjazzguitar.com/artists/artists_page.jsp?artist=40

Lou Mecca
Quartet
(Japanese Import)

Tracks

1 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  4:13
2 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  4:51
3 Bernie's Tune (Leiber, Miller, Stoller)  4:20
4 Stan's Invention (Purdy)  3:34
5 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:55
6 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  4:01

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Personnel
Lou Mecca - g
Jack Hitchcock - vb
Vinnie Burke - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr

Recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; March 25, 1955

31 comments:

Radenko said...

Where do you find all this wonderfull jazz??

As allways, you bright up my weekend.

Thank you so much.

jazzmusician said...

wonderful post ! thank you.

wightdj said...

Good taste in jazz! Thanks.

yewsta said...

Thank you.

jazzy62 said...

Thank you very much for this excellent album!

Auggie said...

Always a thrill to discover new voices on this great blog. Thank you.

duck said...

Thank you very much, for all your wonderful albums

Frank said...

Thanks for the Lou Mecca. Love those Gil Melle sides.

LaroSwing said...

It's a pity link doesn't work anymore... Is a re-up possible?

LaroSwing said...

Yesssss!
Thank you very very much Melanchthon!...

Pernath said...

A GREAT post. Heard about Lou Mecca but never heard him. Thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

The great Lou Mecca! Thank you!

neil said...

Missed this first time around, mel; so many thanks for the second opportunity to hear this...

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchtnon.

Jazzfun said...

Great. Many Thanks. Any chance of reup of Bridging The Gap ?

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

glinka21 said...

Just getting around to listening to this--and have to say, whatever the gain to people's backs through Mecca's chiropractic shingle, jazz records lost something fantastic. Too bad there are no live recs lurking around out there, as there are too far better known musicians.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Mucho gracias

chuchuni said...

Excellent. Merci Mel.

musician3 said...

AMAZING........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Pee said...

Neat, what a rare one indeed. Thanks Mel.

Geoviki said...

Can't wait to listen to this, thanks. Also thanks for using zippyshare that doesn't make one wait or click through many pop-up ads. Much appreciated!

Melanchthon said...

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HEXIS said...

Yess! GOOD!!!
Thank you very very much Melanchthon!...

The Jackal said...

Mel,
Add another guitarist to the archive thanks again

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

upkerry14 said...

thank you!

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks