Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Clark Terry

Aside from a three-song session for V-Disc during the late 1940s, this CD contains Clark Terry's first recordings as a leader. Already an alumni of both Charlie Barnet's and Count Basie's bands, and a then-current member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, Terry is more focused on bop in these dates, with a terrific band including trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne, pianist Horace Silver, cellist/bassist Oscar Pettiford, bassist Wendell Marshall, and drummer Art Blakey, with charts by Quincy Jones. The infectious opener, "Swahili," was credited to Jones, though in Carl Woideck's liner notes, Terry remarks that he had a hand in its creation at the date. The loping "Double Play" features both bassists and a fine muted chorus by the leader. The easygoing bopper "Co-Op" was penned by Terry and fellow Ellington sideman Rick Henderson, with pungent statements by the trumpeter and Payne. The brisk blues "Chuckles" is a dazzling finale to his first LP, showcasing Payne and Cleveland before Terry takes over and plays a chorus in each of the 12 keys to wrap things up with a flourish. There may be a bit of confusion for anyone who owns a copy of the original LP, as many of the songs were mislabeled on it. The last four tracks came from a 1954 10" album, Cats Vs. Chicks' players include Silver and Pettiford (Percy Heath takes his place on two numbers), trombonist Urbie Green, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, guitarist Tal Farlow, and drummer Kenny Clarke. Terry's vocal-like muted horn is heard in "Cat Meets Chicks," while his distinctive style on open horn is prominent in his "Mamblues," which also has a tasty chorus by Farlow and a bit of Latin percussion behind the ensemble passage. "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)" is a mock battle between instrumentalists, with Mary Osborne challenging Farlow, trumpeter Norma Carson putting Terry to the test, while Terry Pollard takes on Horace Silver. There are no losers in this swinging meeting.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/clark-terry-polygram-mw0000595668

Clark Terry
[Verve Elite Ed.]


1 Swahili (Jones)  6:07
2 Double Play (Jones)  3:33
3 Slow Boat (Terry)  4:28
4 Co-Op (Terry)  3:45
5 Kitten (Terry)  5:35
6 The Countless (Green, Terry)  6:42
7 Tuma (Jones)  3:06
8 Chuckles (Terry)  4:19
9 Cat Meets Chick (Feather)  3:32
10 Mamblues (Terry)  2:31
11 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:15
12 Anything You Can Do (Berlin)  4:52


[# 1-8] Orignal LP issue : Clark Terry EmArcy MG 36007
Clark Terry - tp
Jimmy Cleveland - tb
Cecil Payne - bs
Horace Silver - p
Oscar Pettiford - cel & b [# 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8]
Wendell Marshall - b [# 1, 3 & 6]
Art Blakey - dr
Quincy Jones - arr.
Recorded at Fine Studio Recording, New York City ; January 3 [# 1-4] & January 4 [# 5-8], 1955
[# 9-12] Original 10"-LP issue: "Cats vs. Chicks" MGM E255
Clark Terry - tp
Norma Carson - tp [# 12 added]
Urbie Green - tb
Lucky Thompson - ts
Horace Silver - p
Terry Pollard - p [# 12 added]
Tal Farlow - g
Mary Osborne - g [# 12 added]
Percy Heath - b [# 11 & 12]
Oscar Pettiford - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 2, 1954


John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

deGallo said...

Great one! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!

Luis Lorenzo said...

Gracias Mel!

Mike said...

Terry Pollard? Beryl Booker? Pretty rare stuff from some talented women. Thank you!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a very nice post.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

grubbmichael said...

Thank you. Anyone have Clark Terry in the P. M.? Also, EmArcy.

Melanchthon said...


Gil said...

Merci infiniment.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - replaces lower bitrate music

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Great!! Thank you Mel

neil said...

Mel, I'm ashamed to say that the only Clark Terry I have is his 'Serenade to a Bus Seat' (1957); so this is a welcome post. Many thanks...

Brush&Stick said...

Many thanks for this in FLAC!

Kovina Kris said...

The hits just keep on comin' Thank you Mel!

peskypesky said...

Than you for the Clark Terry! He was the first jazz artist I ever saw, back when I was a junior in college. He played at our school and it was fantastic. Turned me on to jazz for life....It wasn't a style of music I'd been exposed to while growing up in San Antonio, TX.