Monday, April 11, 2016

Edmond Hall - Chronological Classics (1944-1945)

What you have here is a veritable audio lexicon of Edmond Hall's style and musical personality. From the first few bars of "It's Been So Long," the clarinetist conjures a disarming atmosphere of warmth and reassurance. The effect is quadrupled as Harry Carney enters, puffing away at his baritone saxophone. The entire Swingtet was in perfect form on May 5, 1944, and the recordings they made on that day are among the very best from Blue Note's first decade. Benny Morton's temperament was perfectly suited for the task of interacting with the other two horns. Their rhythm section was strong enough to provide unflinching support, even when Carney's baritone bellowed and chortled during "Steamin' and Beamin'." The Blue Note date is perfectly complemented by eight magnificent Commodore sides cut during the summer of 1944 in the company of Teddy Wilson. Hall is alternately gentle or briskly bracing. "Caravan" is a wild ride you'll not want to miss. The Swing Sextet session of December 4, 1944, begins with "Opus 15," a slightly modern set of vamps composed by the pianist Ellis Larkins. "Mouse" Randolph does some fine growling through his trumpet and the band runs it down with measured ease. Hall weaves a 45-second introduction to "The Sheik of Araby" before the guys cut loose with it. Four additional sides were cut by practically the same band on some unspecified day in 1945. Larkins contributed another very hip original called "Ellis Island," Hall dreamed up a feisty "Continental Blues," and Randolph shone during a second realization of his own creation, which he simply titled "Face." It sounds like something Lester Young would have enjoyed coasting through. This CD would bear up well under highway driving conditions, even heard twice or thrice through. Every consecutive track is pure pleasure.

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Edmond Hall
Chronological Classics


1 It's Been So Long (Donaldson)  3:09
2 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  3:03
3 Big City Blues (Hall)  4:14
4 Steamin' and Beamin' (Hall)  3:51
5 Sleepy Time Gal (Alden, B. Egan, Lorenzo, A. Whiting)  3:14
6 Where or When (Hart, Rodgers)  3:20
7 It Had to Be You (Jones, Kahn)  3:00
8 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  3:14
9 A Shanty in Old Shanty Town (Little, Siras, Young)  2:43
10 Night and Day (Porter)  2:54
11 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  3:19
12 Show Piece (Hall, Wilson)  3:39
13 Opus 15 (Larkins)  2:32
14 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)  2:34
15 Night and Day (Porter)  2:05
16 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:09
17 Face (Hall)  2:36
18 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  1:42
19 Rompin' in 44 (Hall)  2:11
20 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol)  2:31
21 Besame Mucho (Skylar, Velázquez)  2:41
22 Ellis Island (Larkins)  3:03
23 Continental Blues (Hall)  3:03
24 Lonely Moments (Williams)  2:55
25 Face (Hall)  3:04


[# 1-4] Edmond Hall's Swingtet
Benny Morton - tb
Edmond Hall - cl
Harry Carney - bs
Don Frye - p
Everett Barksdale - g
Alvin Raglin - b
Sidney Catlett - dr
Recorded in New York ; May 5, 1944
[# 5-8] Edmond Hall & His Quartet with Teddy Wilson
Edmond Hall - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Billy Taylor - b
Arthur Trappier - dr
Recorded in New York ; July 11, 1944
 [# 9-12] Edmond Hall & His Quartet with Teddy Wilson
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; July 20, 1944
[# 13-21] Edmond Hall & His Swing Sextet
Irving 'Mouse' Randolph - tp
Henderson C. Chambers - tb
Edmond Hall - cl
Ellis Larkins - p
Johnny Williams - b
Arthur Trappier - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 4, 1944
[# 22-25] Edmond Hall & His Café Society Orchestra
Same as above, except
James Crawford - dr, replaces Trappier
Recorded in New York ; 1945


Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

You're doing a really great service for people. Thank you so much.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Luis said...

Thanks! A great upgrade to my damaged CD.

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much..again.

rev.b said...

These came out so quickly and at such a fast pace, I was never able to keep up! That was a pity too because every one in the series is well worth checking out, Thanks for the opportunity Mel.

steve said...

Unheard of to me Mel! Thanks for the listen.

cvllos said...

An ilustrious visitor on my hometown, back in the fifties. Thank you Melanchthon for that!

Brush&Stick said...

Beautiful music, thanks so much!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Kovina Kris said...

Very nice post. Thank you Mel!