Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Edmond Hall feat. Charlie Christian - Profoundly Blue

All of the music on this single CD was formerly out on a now out of print Mosaic box set from the LP era. Three of clarinetist Edmond Hall's four Blue Note dates are reissued in full on this 1998 CD, including all of the alternate takes ; the fourth date came out as part of The Blue Note Jazzmen. The outing by Hall's Celeste Quartet (which consists of Hall, guitarist Charlie Christian, Meade Lux Lewis on celeste, and bassist Israel Crosby) has long been famous. The only session that Christian ever made on acoustic guitar and a rare opportunity to hear the celeste featured as a prominent member of a jazz combo, this exquisite date is highlighted by the two takes of "Profoundly Blue," and sticks to blues at various tempos. The second Hall session is late-period swing, with the clarinetist joined by two of Benny Goodman's associates — vibraphonist Red Norvo and pianist Teddy Wilson — plus the acoustic chordal guitar of Carl Kress (who recorded far too little during this period) and bassist Johnny Williams. The final set has some unusual instrumentation too, with Hall assisted by trombonist Benny Morton, baritonist Harry Carney, pianist Don Frye, guitarist Everett Barksdale, bassist Junior Raglin, and drummer Sid Catlett. The participation of Carney (heard in a rare outing away from the world of Duke Ellington) is special; he shows off his Coleman Hawkins influence and tends to take solo honors. Overall, this is a highly recommended reissue of swing and blues with hints of Dixieland.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/profoundly-blue-blue-note-r375313/review

Edmond Hall
Profoundly Blue
[Blue Note]


1 Jammin' in Four (Lewis)  4:20
2 Edmond Hall Blues (Lewis)  4:17
3 Profoundly Blue (Lewis)  4:07
4 Profoundly Blue No. 2 (Lewis)  4:17
5 Celestial Express (Lewis)  3:53
6 Rompin' in 44 [alt. take] (Hall)  3:55
7 Rompin' in 44 (Hall)  3:55
8 Blue Interval (Hall)  4:12
9 Smooth Sailing [alt. take] (Hall)  3:28
10 Smooth Sailing (Hall)  3:43
11 Seein' Red (Hall)  4:09
12 It's Been So Long [alt. take] (Adamson, Donaldson)  2:30
13 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me [alt. take] (Gaskill, McHugh)  3:40
14 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  3:00
15 Big City Blues (Hall)  4:11
16 It's Been So Long (Donaldson)  3:05
17 Beamin' and Steamin' (Hall)  3:47


Edmond Hall - cl
Charlie Christian - g
Meade Lux Lewis - clst
Israel Crosby - b
Recorded at Reeves Sound, New York City ; Febuary 5, 1941
Edmond Hall - cl
Red Norvo - vb
Teddy Wilson - p
Carl Kress - g
Johnny Williams - b
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; January 25, 1944
Edmond Hall - cl
Harry Carney - bs
Benny Morton - yb
Don Frye - p
Everett Barksdale - g
Alvin Ranglin - b
Sid Catlett - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; May 5, 1944


gsrbrts2 said...

I love this stuff, hanks for sharing. Any chance of contributing? Best, GUS

jose juan said...

Muchas gracias Mel, hace tiempo que lo buscaba, y creo que te lo había pedido. Lo estoy escuchando ahora, es un disco muy particular, luego lo voy a grabar en un cd-r.

luthier said...

Wow! I hadn't seen this before. Charlie Christian on some cuts then Carl Kress on some more. This is great! Thank you Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Another classic album well worth upgrading. Thank you very much!

Also, I have always appreciated that you put the link to the AMG reviews in your posts. This is very helpful and just another example of why your posts are the bomb-diggity best!

Quico said...

Thank you for all of this jewels.

Can you re-upload this one.
It said "File owner's public traffic exhausted"

Thank you and best wishes!

glinka21 said...

19 hours to download seems a bit...excessive.

jazzandylan said...

Hi. I would be grateful if you could provide a new download link for this CD. Best wishes from London.

Best Classical Guitar Music said...

Dear Melo! First to congratulate you for the excellent blog that you got. Second to know if you prune reumpload the disc. Thank you very much and I send you a hug from Argentina. (Sorry for my English)

Melanchthon said...


Kurt hricz said...

Thank you so much for this gem and your wonderful blog - greetings from Vienna!

deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel - much appreciated!

Best Classical Guitar Music said...

Thanks Mel!!!!

Mike said...

Another pleasant surprise! Thanks.

drizzz said...

I was always curious about the Celeste Quartet, a nice light swing- thank you!

francisco santos said...


hepcat said...

his is greatly appreciated.

Fred Archtop said...

Wow, didn't know that one. That's a lot Mel.

marty123 said...

Great stuff.
Thanks a lot, Mel.

The Jackal said...

Very interesting and historical, thanks always Mel

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Really awesome.
Tons of thanks Mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Dr. Clysmok said...



(Who needs words, anyway?)

M. Milner said...

Thanks, Mel!!