Monday, May 2, 2016

RCA Victor Jazz Workshop - The Arrangers

A lot of unusual music appears on this Bluebird CD. Altoist Hal McKusick (with arrangmeents contributed by George Russell and Gil Evans) performs five numbers (including a version of "Blues for Pablo" that was cut a year before Miles Davis's recording) with a variety of musicians including trumpeter Art Farmer and trombonist Jimmy Cleveland. Arranger John Carisi (heard here on trumpet) interprets seven previously unreleased numbers with an octet and trombonist Rod Levitt performs five of his arrangements with his own advanced octet. Although these performances would have little influence on future developments in jazz (the free jazz movement of the 1960s overshadowed the trend toward using elements of modern classical music in charts), the music still sound quite fresh and unpredictable today.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/rca-victor-jazz-workshop-the-arrangers-mw0000199441

RCA Victor Jazz Workshop
The Arrangers

Tracks

1 Blues for Pablo (Evans)  4:52
2 Jamblange (Evans)  4:05
3 Miss Clara (Russell)  4:05
4 The Day John Brown was Hanged (Russell)  7:14
5 Lydian Lullaby (Russell)  4:56
6 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  3:12
7 Springsville (Carisi)  3:10
8 Israel (Carisi)  3:12
9 Lestorian Mode (Carisi)  3:45
10 Barry's Tune (Carisi)  2:41
11 How About You (Freed, Lane)  4:02
12 Hips (Carisi)  4:01
13 Vera Cruz (Levitt)  3:37
14 Holler n° 3 (Levitt)  4:37
15 Morning in Montevideo (Levitt)  3:28
16 Greenup (Levitt)  3:55
17 Mr. Barrelhouse (Levitt)  6:20


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Personnel
[# 1-5] "The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop - Hal McKusick" (LPM-1366)
Hal McKusick - as [# 1-4]
Art Farmer - tp [# 1 & 3]
Jimmy Cleveland - tb [# 1 & 3]
Gene Allen - bs [# 1 & 3]
Bill Barber - tb
Jimmy Raney - g [# 1 & 2]
Barry Galbraith - g
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Gil Evans - arr.
George Russell - tbrn [# 1] ; dr [# 4] ; & arr. [# 3-5]
Recorded in New York City ; April 4, 1956 [# 1-3] ; & at Webster Hall, New York City ; March 3, 1956 [# 4 & 5]
[# 6-12] "The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop - John Carisi," an album scheduled but never released (LPM-1371)
Eddie Wasserman - ts
Ray Beckenstein - as & cl
Urbie Green - tb
Sol Schlinger or Danny Bank - bs [# 8 only]
Barry Galbraith - g [# 8]
Russ Saunders [# 8] or Milt Hinton - b [# 6, 9, 10]
Herb Wasserman [# 8] or Osie Johnson - dr [# 6, 9, 10]
John Carisi - tp & arr.
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City ; April 21, 1956 [# 8] ; & New York City ; May 5, 1956 [# 6, 9 & 10] ; & June 11, 1956 [# 7, 11 & 12]
[# 13-17] The Rod Levitt Orchestra
* [# 13 & 14] "Insight - The Rod Levitt Orchestra" (LSP-3372)
* [# 15 & 17] "Solid Ground - The Rod Levitt Orchestra" (LSP-3448)
Rod Levitt - tb & arr.
Rolf Ericson - tp & flghrn
Buzz Renn - fl, cl & as
George Marge - pcl fl, a fl, cl, ts & ob
Gene Allen - bs, cl, b & b cl
Sy Johnson - p
John Beal - b
Ronnie Bedford - dr & whst
Recorded at RCA Studio C, New York City ; December 10, [# 13] ; & December 11 [# 14], 1964 ; in New York City ; July 7 [# 16] ; & July 8 [# 17], 1965

NB: Hal McKusick's Jazz Workshop, with the exception of Russel's Compositions
can be found here

14 comments:

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

a very interesting recording - once more.
Thank you!

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!

Anonymous said...

Fab, thanks a ton!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you!!
Pedro

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon! A precious testimony from these generally unknown masters.

Otis Foster said...

Don't know some of this material, so thanks as always melanchthon

daniel genovese said...

THANK YOU.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice post, Melanchthon.
Thanks a lot.

neil said...

This almost passed me by, mel; was lookig for John Carisi and up this popped. Many thanks...

Bruce Robinson said...

The whole of the Carisi session together with virtually everything recorded under his own name is on Fresh Sound FSR-CD 817.
The whole McKusick album with also Cross Section Saxes and Jazz at the Academy are on Avid LC 12869.

I am presenting some of their music together with that of John Benson Brooks next Thursday at the Manchester (UK) Jazz Society.

Bruce Robinson said...

The whole of the Carisi session together with virtually everything recorded under his own name is on Fresh Sound FSR-CD 817.
The whole McKusick album with also Cross Section Saxes and Jazz at the Academy are on Avid LC 12869.

I am presenting some of their music together with that of John Benson Brooks next Thursday at the Manchester (UK) Jazz Society.