Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Many Angles of John Letman

Never a household name, John Letman nevertheless had a long and frequently productive career as a solid and swinging trumpeter [sadly, a bit too vociferous, in my opinion]. He worked with Gerald Valentine in Illinois, Scat Man Crothers and Jimmy Raschelle in Columbus, OH, and then spent time playing in Chicago with Delbert Bright, Bob Tinsley, Johnny Lang, Nat King Cole (1938), Horace Henderson (1941-1942), Red Saunders (1942), and other local players. After a period living in Detroit (where he worked with Teddy Buckner and John Kirby), Letman settled in New York in 1944 and played with many groups including the Phil Moore Four, Lucky Millinder (1945), Cab Calloway (1947-1949), Milt Buckner, and the Count Basie Orchestra (1951). Letman spent the '50s and '60s mostly working in the studios, on television, and in Broadway shows although he also headed his own combo and recorded occasionally in jazz settings including (during 1958-1960) with Joe Thomas, Stuff Smith, Chubby Jackson, and Panama Francis. Letman freelanced for years, playing with Sam "The Man" Taylor, Eddie Condon, Wilbur De Paris, Claude Hopkins, and many others. He visited Paris in 1968 and made a few recordings (including with Tiny Grimes and Milt Buckner). Letman stayed busy in the '70s, recording (in 1977) with Lionel Hampton, Cozy Cole, and Earl Hines. His New Orleans Blues Serenaders toured Europe during 1985-1986. Letman recorded as a leader in 1959 (four titles with a quartet that includes pianist Dick Wellstood), 1960 (a quintet album for Bethlehem) and Black & Blue (1968 with Hal Singer and Milt Buckner) in addition to participating on many dates as a sideman.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/john-letman-mn0001343372

The Many Angles
of
John Letman

Tracks

1 Mabel's Dream (Smith)  4:32
2 Tina (Wellstood)  4:23
3 This Time the Drink's on Me (Letman)  2:27
4 The Room Upstairs (Letman, Wellstood)  3:40
5 Moanin' Low (Rainger, Dietz)  3:06
6 Violets & Violins (Laparc, Lawrence)  4:19
7 Say Si Si (Lecuona, Stillman)  4:27
8 Sittin' Alone Countin' my Tears (Feather)  4:19
9 Get Out of My Sight (Palmer, Hedgers)  2:44

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Personnel
John Letman - tp
Dick Wellstood - p
Kenny Burrell - g
Peck Morrison - b
Panama Francis - dr

Recorded in New York City ; June 10, 1960

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/john-letman/discography/

23 comments:

Jazzman77 said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year Mel. Looking forward to trying this one, anything with Dick Wellstood on is a must for me.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Nice upgrade and you don't see this album around.

danair said...

Thanks for the upgrade Mel.

Blue Eyes said...

Wow! many thanks Melanchthon for this STEREO version!...encore merci pour ton blog! Bonne Année!!

5 cents said...

Would have otherwise not known about this player! Thank you. Happy New Year.

velobrewer said...

Thank You and Happy New Year!

Toad said...

Never heard, thanks and Happy New Year

glinka21 said...

Thanks for the rarity--and have a great New Year!

Mike Tempest said...

thank you Mel.
Very Rare and great.
Mike

rubberduck said...

many thanks

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias feliz año nuevo.

fcapeau said...

Great post, mel, from a so underestimated musician. Many thanks.

pedro gamundi said...

Gracias

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Paul Brigg said...

Would it be possible to get a new link for this one?

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

ProfessorCalculus said...

Prima, thanks Mel

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Alberto Cos said...

Merci vraiment!

Melanchthon said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

neil said...

New to me, mel; so many thanks for the re-up...

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel.