Friday, October 7, 2016

Jack Sheldon - Quartet & Quintet [Fresh Sound]

There is a lot of music on this [reissue] which has trumpeter Jack Sheldon's first two LP's as a leader plus three selections originally put out on various samplers. Although not as distinctive a soloist as he would become, at this early stage Sheldon was already a technically skilled and creative bop soloist. Sheldon is well-featured on three songs in a quintet with altoist Joe Maini, on eight numbers with a quartet that co-stars pianist Walter Norris and on the remaining eight tunes in a quintet with tenor-saxophonist Zoot Sims and pianist Norris. The music is purely straightahead and fairly spontaneous yet generally concise and serves as an excellent example of both early Jack Sheldon and mid-50's L.A. bop.
Scott Yanow

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Jack Sheldon
The Quartet & the Quintet


1 Get Out of Town (Porter)  2:30
2 Ah Moore (Cohn)  3:11
3 Dozo (Let's Go) (Norris)  2:40
4 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  3:29
5 Mad About the Boy (Coward)  2:52
6 Streets of Madashi (Norris)  3:05
7 Toot Sweet (Peña)  2:47
8 Jack Departs (Norris)  3:04
9 What Is There to Say ? (Duke, Harburg)  3:36
10 Groovus Mentus (Sheldon)  3:56
11 Beach-Wise (Whitlock)  3:10
12 Palermo Walk (Whitlock)  3:36
13 Blues (Traditional)  4:43
14 Irresistible You (De Paul, DePaul, Raye)  3:57
15 Guatemala (Norris)  3:22
16 I'm Getting Sentimental over You (Bassman, Washington)  3:43
17 It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen, Harburg, Rose)  7:18
18 Leroy's Blues (Drew)  5:54
19 Contour (Drew)  5:33


[# 1-8] Jack Sheldon Quartet
Jack Sheldon - tp
Walter Norris - p
Ralph Peña - b
Gene Gammage - dr
Recorded at Western Studios, Hollywod ; August 22 & September 4, 1954
[# 9-19] Jack Sheldon Quintet
[# 9-16]
Jack Sheldon - tp
Zoot Sims - ts
Walter Norris - p
Bob Whitlock - b
Lawrence Marable - dr
Recorded at Capitol Recording Studios ; April 4, 1955
[# 17-19]
Jack Sheldon - tp
Joe Maini - as
Kenny Drew - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Lawrence Marable - dr
Recorded at the Forum Theatre, Los Angeles ; November 18, 1955


Orbyt said...

Can't wait to hear this Sheldon session! Merci beaucoup for all of your Sheldon posts.

Axel.T. said...

Any Jack Sheldon is GREAT Jack Sheldon.
Thanks a million for this.

Thinktoomuch said...

This is a great set by Jack Sheldon. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

thanks again, Mel.

justjack said...

Thank you, Mel.

Heervee said...

catching up with Sheldon, THANK YOU!

fcapeau said...

Historical session too ! I have a preference for the Quartet session with Norris and Pena ... Many thanks, Mel.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you for this great post.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Doug said...

I have this one on CD.Jack Sheldon is one of the few remaining musicians of the zenith of West Coast Jazz.Many of his later albums on Butterfly Records are also very good.

The Jack Sheldon Orchestra is booked to play the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood in late November to celebrate Jack's 85th birthday.I am assuming Jack will be there to sing and play some trumpet.If I lived in L.A.,I'd be there.

moha said...

Thanks for the reup Mel

Mikel Hal said...

Fantastic.....Moltes Gracies

Kovina Kris said...

Looks like fun. Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You