Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dave Pell Plays Irving Berlin

The Dave Pell Octet was one of the definitive cool jazz groups of the 1950s. Tenor saxophonist Pell played with Les Brown's big band during 1948-56 and started to record with an octet drawn from the orchestra in 1953. His first project was a set of a dozen Irving Berlin tunes, and the results are quite memorable. The swinging and subtle ensembles, concise and emotionally restrained solos, and excellent musicianship would be trademarks of the band. Consisting of Pell ; trumpeter Don Fagerquist ; trombonist Ray Sims ; Ronny Lang on baritone, alto, and flute ; pianist Jeff Clarkson ; guitarist Tony Rizzi ; bassist Rolly Bundock ; and drummer Jack Sperling, the octet plays arrangements by Shorty Rogers, Jerry Fielding, and Wes Hensel. Among the highlights are "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket," "Russian Lullaby," "They Say It's Wonderful," and "This Year's Kisses." Recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Dave Pell
Irving Berlin


1 I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket  3:36
2 Change Partners  2:39
3 Love and the Weather  3:19
4 Russian Lullaby  2:54
5 Kate  3:07
6 Say It with Music  2:15
7 I Used to Be Color Blind  3:09
8 Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee  3:10
9 Better Luck Next Time  3:23
10 They Say It's Wonderful  3:19
11 This Year's Kisses  3:13
12 He Ain't Got Rhythm  3:18

All Compositions by Irving Berlin


Don Fagerquist - tp
Ray Sims - tb
Ronny Lang - bs, as & fl
Dave Pell - ts
Jeff Clarkson - p
Tony Rizzi - g
Rolly Bundock - b
Jack Sperling - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood ; April 27 & May 28, 1953


Orbyt said...

Mel, another doozy from DPO with Tony Rizzi! Thank you.

upkerry14 said...

VERY nice share Mel, thank you. Bill

laconico said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Blue Eyes said...

Cool album, thanks Melanchthon!

Anonymous said...

Not real familair with Pell-great stuff !!

AA said...

link is dead
thanx for the Dave Pell
looking forward to more John Graas

Thanx for all your great postings.

AA said...

Ooops wrong.
one link was still alive.

musician3 said...

AMAZING.............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Wade Cottingham said...

thank you mel....i have learned to always check out dave pell's stuff...

Newlyner said...

Great post Mel. Many thanks.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Prima, Thanks Mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you. Good idea re-up this great records.

adakun said...

Graciasss Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

Always room for more West Coast Jazz. Thank you!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!