Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Joe Newman & the Happy Cats

The title says it all. Soft Swinging Jazz pairs Joe Newman with organist Shirley Scott, bassist Eddie Jones, and Charlie Persip for a mellow, lovely session unique within the trumpeter's catalog. For starters, Newman assumes vocal duties on a handful of cuts, proving himself a fine crooner. Moreover, the spacious, nuanced arrangements afford him the room to summon some of his most intimate but impassioned solos. Not to mention that Scott's an uncommonly sympathetic collaborator, shaping and underlining the melodies to create rolling, contoured grooves with the texture of velvet. The album was reissued in 2007 on the Lonehill label alongside the subsequent The Happy Cats.
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Joe Newman
Soft Swinging Jazz
by The Happy Cats


1 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:18
2 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  2:38
3 Scotty (Scott)  4:28
4 There's a Small Hotel (Hart, Rodgers)  2:37
5 I Let a Song Go out of My Heart (Ellington, Mills, Nemo, Redmond)  3:19
6 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  3:39
7 Organ Grinder's Song (Hudson, Mills, Parish)  3:01
8 Rosetta (Hines, Woods)  3:35
9 Too Marvelous for Words (Mercer, Whiting)  3:07
10 The Farmer's Daughter (Arlen, Harburg)  2:59
11 Save Your Love for Me (Johnson)  3:56
12 The Happy Cats (Newman)  3:08
13 Cocktails for Two (Coslow, Johnston)  2:53
14 Later for the Happenings (Acea)  3:39
15 Buttercup (Powell)  4:04
16 Robbin's Nest (Jacquet, Thompson)  4:25
17 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:18
18 Feather's Nest (Wilkins)  3:46
19 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk)  3:00
20 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  3:34
21 Joe's Tune (Newman)  3:19
22 I Never Knew (Fio, Rito)  3:31


[# 1-11] Joe Newman Quartet feat. Shirley Scott
Joe Newman - tp & voc [# 1, 4, 5 & 10]
Shirley Scott - org
Ernie Wilkins - p [# 11 only]
Eddie Jones - b
Charlie Persip - dr
Recorded in New York ; January 13 [#1, 3, 8 & 9] & 17 [# 4-7], 1958
[# 12-22] Joe Newmann Sextet
Joe Newman - tp
Frank Rehak - tb
Frank Wess - ts & fl
Adriano "Johnny" Acea - p
Eddie Jones - b
Conrad "Connie" Kay - dr
Recorded in New York ; January 7 [# 13, 16, 18 & 22] & 8 [# 12, 14, 15, 17, 19-21], 1957

Contains two complete 1957 and 1958 Coral albums :
Soft Swingin' Jazz
The Happy Cats
Both albums never previously released on CD !
This issue reunites two excellent discs recorded in 1957 and 1958, respectively, by the versatile and swinging trumpeter Joe Newman.
The first album present an unusual and stimulating quartet directed by Newman and featuring the excellent and forceful organist Shirley Scott, with bassist Eddie Jones, drummer Charlie Persip and in one title Ernie Wilkins on piano.
The other album offer a sextet date with two guests of honor — saxophonist and flautist Frank Wess and trombonist Frank Rehak — and a great rhythm section — Johnny Acea on piano, Eddie Jones on bass, and Connie Kay on drums — interpreting magnificent arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, Al Cohn and Quincy Jones.

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alpax said...

Thank you very much for the Joe Newman.

Philo said...

Joe Newman - Soft Swinging Jazz

Quite nice. I am enjoying this.


Luro said...

Gracias Melachthon por este disco. Newman es un gran trompetista, aquí acompañado por Shirley Scott, además con tocando con el gran sexteto que formó en esos años.

rm said...

merci beaucoup!

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... JNewman Soft Swingin Cats ... I've not heard this one ... Baron

Tibau said...

É sempre muito bom ouvir o Newman. Uma sonoridade leve e marcante.

the jazzman said...

Nice. Thanks.

swingingduck said...

Thank you so much Mel.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful. Thank you

theblueamos said...

tnx from jerusalem

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Mel - Newman was a very mellow cat.

fredonline said...

Thanks Mel ;o)

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel; this is very nice indeed.

deGallo said...

Thank you for Joe Newman. Very nice!

zardoz1984 said...

Yes, the title says it all: soft & swingin'. Those Lonehill guys seem to collect so much music we like! And Shirley was always a favourite of mine. Muchas gracias amigo Mel.

Orbyt said...

Looking forward to this. Thank you Mel.

duck said...

Thanks again Mel, just great

jazztap said...


yewsta said...

Catching up on Joe Newman. Thank you very much.

neil said...

Missed this first time around, mel; many thanks...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks Mel !

Chris said...

Yes glad to pick this up the second time round, thanks Mel.

Otis Foster said...

Didn't see it the first time, but am catching it now.


rubberduck said...


musician3 said...

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

ProfessorCalculus said...

Great one Mel. Thanks

AmyBRAINS said...

I love thia album. Your post it's a very nice upgrade to me.
Many, manuy thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Thanks Mel !

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Great album! Thank you

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

russellbrookesguy said...

Thanks alot !
For the great music.

Doug said...

Great stuff.Thanks.

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you for this upgrade! Classic sessions!

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon!