Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oscar Moore & Friends

This album compiles two Oscar Moore sessions from 1957 and 1965. For the first ten tracks, Moore backs singer Inez Jones in one of her very few recording dates. The remaining tracks are with his trio featuring Gerald Wiggins and Joe Comfort. These recordings have somewhat of a checkered history. Originally produced on Omega Tape by tape pioneer Dave Hubert and then licensed by Riverside, they pretty much disappeared from sight until revived by the Spanish label Fresh Sound. How they came into their possession is anybody's guess. Sparsely amplified and allowing enough space between chords to permit the listener to absorb what's being played, Oscar Moore's clean-lined guitar playing, which always paid attention to the melody line, made him instantly recognizable when he was a member of the Nat King Cole Trio. Semi-retired just before these albums were made, he was running a gas station, but was lured away from the pumps to participate in these recordings. As popular and well known as Moore was, Jones wasn't much appreciated beyond the San Francisco area where she did most of her gigging. She had a light, straightforward melodic voice similar to one of her contemporaries, Maxine Sullivan. She was equally at home with ballads and lightly swinging material, and liked to surprise with dips at the end of a line, such as on a lovely "Moonlight in Vermont." Another benefit of this album is the subtle piano playing of Wiggins, as on "Sweet Lorraine." These sessions come from those days when there were still clubs and lounges where a singer with a small group could get a gig. They simply brought the way they performed in these places into the studio. The result is some settled, relaxed playing by knowledgeable, consummate artists of their trade.
Dave Nathan (AMG)

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/oscar_moore_and_friends-cd-1560.html

Oscar Moore
Oscar Moore & Friends


1 Too Marvelous for Words (Mercer, Whiting)  2:15
2 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Cahn, Chaplin, Freeman, Holiner, Nichols)  2:48
3 Since I Fell for You (Johnson)  2:37
4 Where or When (Hart, Rodgers)  3:20
5 Dancing on the Ceiling (Hart, Rodgers)  2:52
6 Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn, Suessdorf)  3:02
7 Don't Worry `Bout Me (Bloom, Koehler)  3:09
8 Don't Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  2:07
9 Poor Butterfly (Golden, Hubbell)  1:50
10 Happy (Kaplan, Wyley)  2:28
11 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:16
12 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  4:05
13 That's All (Brandt, Haymes)  3:03
14 It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen, Harburg, Rose)  1:31
15 Afterglow (Moore)  3:13
16 Old King Cole (Moore)  2:23
17 I'll Remember You (Moore)  2:35
18 This Will Make You Laugh (Higginbotham)  3:04
19 Beautiful Moons Ago (Moore)  3:03
20 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (Razaf, Redman)  2:03
21 Come in out of the Rain (Russell, Sigman)  2:49
22 The Christmas Song (Torme, Wells)  3:10


[# 1-10] Riverside LP 12": RLP 12-819 - Have You Met Inez Jones... ? (1957)
Inez Jones - vc
Oscar Moore - g
Carl Perkins - p
Curtis Counce - b
Bill Douglass - dr
Recorded at Master Recorders, Hollywood, California ; May 27, 1957
[# 11-22] Piccadilly PIC 3372 - Oscar Moore Trio - Afterglow (1965)
Oscar Moore - g
Gerald Wiggins - p
Joe Comfort - b
Recorded at the Whitney Studios, Burbank, California ; 1965

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Blue Eyes said...

"Have You Met Inez Jones?" is a superb album ! Thank you VERY MUCH Mel for this lossless upgrade!...(but, I noticed many reprints (CD format) with two or three albums at the moment (2010/2011) on the market and I'm very appalled because most of these reprints are misleading and incomplete !...it misses 2 tracks again in this great Riverside album: "Tangerine" and "There's a small hotel")

Davidscott789 said...

wow. thank you!

FrankDell said...
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FrankDell said...

Thank you Baruch and Team Melanchthon.

CrunchyFrog said...

thanks for this wonderful listen... much appreciated

neil said...

A BIG than you, mel, for providing links other than Rapidshare (I know they reset at midnight, but that's 6:00pm in the States East Coast - so Europe doesn't get a look in)...

duck said...

Thanks Baruch, another fine update, just great

Michele B said...

Someone can give me the pass please? I want to share my material too on site

deGallo said...

thank you

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

moha said...

Thanks Mel for the new links! - I posted Tampa 10 on the Lair

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

bho wani said...

I join the groovy choir, Mel. thank you !

chuchuni said...

Same here, thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you Mel

hepcat said...

Thank you very much.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel! Another fantastic post!

tdelyon said...

Thanks, Mel :)

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks very much for these rare sessions!

Kovina Kris said...

Have this one but it's great!

Anonymous said...

Links no longer work, Mel.

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