Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Mundell Lowe Quartet '55

Most of this set is essentially straightahead bebop with guitarist Mundell Lowe heard in top form on such numbers as "Will You Still Be Mine," "I'll Never Be the Same," "All of You" and "Cheek to Cheek." The wild card here is Dick Hyman who, in addition to piano and some celeste on "The Night We Called It a Day," mostly plays organ. His tone is thin and restrained, almost as if he were playing a cheap electric piano ; Jimmy Smith would not make his presence known for another year. However Lowe is the main voice throughout this fairly colorful Riverside quartet date (also including supportive playing by bassist Trigger Alpert and drummer Ed Shaughnessy) which has been reissued on CD in the OJC series.
Scott Yanow

Mundell Lowe


1 Will You Still Be Mine ? (Adair, Dennis)  5:36
2 I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans (Dietz, Schwartz)  4:36
3 I'll Never Be the Same (Kahn, Malneck, Signorelli)  5:10
4 All of You (Porter)  3:39
5 Yes Sir, That's My Baby (Donaldson, Kahn)  2:40
6 The Night We Called It a Day (Adair, Dennis)  3:36
7 Bach Revisited (Garcia, Lowe)  3:00
8 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  4:53
9 Far from Vanilla (Lowe)  3:29


Mundell Lowe - g
Dick Hyman - p & org
Trigger Alpert - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr

Recorded in New York ; August 27, 1955 [# 1-4] & October 4, 1955 [# 5-9]


jazzy62 said...

Excellent post! Thank you very much.

itr said...

Fine music, thanks again.

yewsta said...

Thank you.

GBML said...

Veery nice post, Very good Blog
This nothing saying Yanow review are really boring

neil said...

Thanks for the chance to upgrade my mp3!

deGallo said...

Thank you. Missed this first time. Mundell is great.

woland said...

Thanks. Really great

glinka21 said...

Thanks, Mel! You've done a great job of educating me about guitar jazz.

...Unlike another Mel whose entrance into disputations were accompanied by multiple bibles written in Greek and Latin. Best of the New Year to you!

Pepin said...

THANK Melanchthon, another wonderful CD. I like Mundell Lowe. Beautiful two CDs you have with Tete Montoliu.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Melanchthon said...

David Federman said...

Thanks for every Mundell Lowe album you have posted. One eludes you and me and everybody: his Alec Wilder album recorded for Riverside around 1955 or so. By any miracle, do you have this important album?

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel for this album much underrated.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, great album

John Lekkas said...

Thank you for the sweetness

Kovina Kris said...

I think I got this from you a while back but never said thanks. So, Thanks Mel!

jdogg said...

Please re-up. Thanks.