Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dave Pell & Lucy Ann Polk

The Dave Pell Octet was one of the great West Coast jazz-style cool combos of the 1950s. This CD reissues the band's two Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen albums. Lucy Ann Polk sings eight of the 16 selections, and she is a major asset, displaying a relaxed, straightforward, basic, and winning approach, warmly uplifting each song. The arrangements are by Shorty Rogers, Wes Hensel, Bill Holman, Bob Enevoldsen, Jack Montrose, Med Flory, Jim Emerson, and Buddy Bregman. The octet (comprised of trumpeter Don Fagerquist; trombonist Ray Sims ; Ronny Lang on baritone, alto and flute ; tenor saxophonist Dave Pell ; pianist Claude Williamson ; guitarist Tony Rizzi ; bassist Rolly Bundock, and drummer Jack Sperling) sounds at its best on "But Beautiful," "Suddenly It's Spring," "It's Always You," "Aren't You Glad You're You," "It Could Happen to You," and "Imagination." Timeless music.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/burke-and-van-heusen-r145330

Dave Pell Octet
Burke & Van Heusen


1 But Beautiful*  2:18
2 My Heart Is a Hobo  2:38
3 Like Someone in Love  3:32
4 Swinging on a Star*  2:35
5 Suddenly It's Spring  3:37
6 It's Always You*  2:30
7 What Does It Take  3:30
8 Aren't You Glad You're You*  2:10
9 All This and Heaven Too  4:31
10 It Could Happen to You*  2:19
11 Just My Luck  3:12
12 Imagination*  2:42
13 When Is Sometime ?  2:32
14 Darn That Dream*  2:48
15 Humpty Dumpty Heart  3:13
16 Polka Dots and Moonbeams*  2:27

All Compositions by Burke & VanHeusen
Except # 9 & 14 DeLange & VanHeusen


Lucy Ann Polk - voc* 
Don Fagerquist - tp
Ray Sims - tb
Ronny Lang - bs, as & fl
Dave Pell- ts
Claude Williamson - p
Tony Rizzi - g
Rolly Bundock - b
Jack Sperling - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood ; December 18 & 28, 1953


Orbyt said...

Incredible. I've been looking for this one for ages (and outbid on this more than once). Mille Mercis Melanchthon!

Blue Eyes said...

Orbyt, glad you've it finally,...and Mel rocks for sure ! :-)

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel, you've made me happy!

grumpy said...

This is wonderful, not only a Dave Pell I've never seen but vocals by a singer who shoulsd have recorded much more. Thanks Mel.

boro boy said...

The Dave Pell group are alway worth listening to. The presence of Lucy Ann Polk was a bonus for me as I hadn't previously heard any of her work.

Many thanks.

deGallo said...

Dave Pell-Lucy Ann Polk...just marvelous! Can't thank you enough.

Otis Foster said...

Thanks so much for this hard to find release

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much! I'm excited to be introduced to Lucy Ann Polk.

Philo said...

Love those Dave Pell ensembles!

I am listening & enjoying.


Heervee said...

So great, thousand thanks Mel

Piers said...

Thanks Mel, I had given up hope ever to hear this CD. I did order it from an Internet shop, waited for ages and in the end it never materialized.

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... catching up on earlier posts ... I've not heard any tracks from the Trend Lp ... Baron

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phipsi said...

Love it! Thanks.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon. Always liked Pell's sound, even though he was hardly the most inventive musician of his era.

Unknown said...

Mel, many thanks for this. Dave is still active and sounds great out in L.A.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchtnon.

el cordo said...

thank but i need a password how i can have it?please...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

jazzcat1228 said...

Wow, this looks like a nice, swinging album. Thank you for sharing, Mel!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Fantastic. Thanks

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

Historicus said...

Super, thank you!

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel

Wade Cottingham said...

thank you Mel, Dave Pell anytime!

sandor essedy said...

great thanks for the music & felicitations for keeping links active!

Melanchthon said...


daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Porer said...

Thank you very much

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - old mp3/vbrs go out the window

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mel! Great to upload those tasty Dave Pell's again.
Can you do the same for Jazz & Romantic Places, Plays Rodgers & Hart and Love Story?
I love your sharings, Mel!


Axel.T. said...

What wonderful music! Great songs and terrific performances.