Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stu Williamson Plays

Stu Williamson led relatively few sessions in his career and over half of them are on this excellent [Bethlehem] CD. The cool-toned trumpeter is mostly heard in a quintet with altoist Charlie Mariano, pianist Claude Williamson (his brother), either Max Bennett or Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Stan Levey or Mel Lewis on drums. The remaining four songs (all Bill Holman compositions) feature a sextet with Holman on tenor, baritonist Jimmy Giuffre, Claude, Vinnegar, and Lewis. The music swings lightly but firmly with excellent solos from all concerned, making this CD a prime example of West Coast jazz from the 1950s. Recommended.
Scott Yanow

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Stu Williamson
Stu Williamson


1 Slugger (Williamson)  3:18
2 There Will Never Be Another You (Nelson, Bergner)  3:08
3 Autumn In New York (Duke)  2:37
4 Sunday (Miller, Conn, Styne, Krueger)  3:14
5 The Lady is a Tramp* (Rodgers, Hart)  4:15
6 Yardbird Suite* (Parker)  3:49
7 Sapphire (Williamson)  3:21
8 The Things We Did Last Summer* (Styne, Cahn)  2:49
9 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:52
10 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Russell, Ellington)  3:28
11 Stu's Dues Blues* (Williamson)  5:38


Stu Williamson Quintet

Stu Williamson - tp
Charlie Mariano - as
Claude Williamson - p
Max Bennett or Leroy Vinnegar* - b
Stan Levey or Mel Lewis* - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; January 18 & 20*, 1955


Stu Williamson
Stu Williamson


12 Pee Jay (Holman)  3:27
13 Just Friends (Lewis, Klenner)  4:23
14 Darn That Dream (VanHeusen, DeLange)  3:46
15 Hungry Child (Holman)  6:07
16 Big Red (Holman)  4:28
17 Red Cross (Parker)  5:03
18 Talk Of The Town (Cohn, Kahn)  3:18
19 Oom's Tune (Mariano)  3:56
20 Rose Bud (Holman)  4:57


Stu Williamson Septet
Stu Williamson - tp
Charlie Mariano - as [# 3/7]
Bill Holman - ts [# 6/9]
Jimmy Giuffre - bs [# 6/9]
Claude Williamson - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California, January 13, 1956
The younger brother of pianist Claude Williamson, Stu Williamson was a fixture on West Coast jazz dates of the 1950s. He moved to Los Angeles in 1949 and spent periods playing with Stan Kenton (1951), Woody Herman (1952-1953), and Kenton again (1954-1955), in addition to shorter stints with Billy May and Charlie Barnet. The mellow-toned Williamson, best-known for his association with Shelly Manne (off and on during 1954-1958), was on a countless number of sessions up until 1968 when he dropped out of the music scene. A drug addict, Stu Williamson spent most of his last two decades struggling outside of music.
Scott Yanow

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grumpy said...

I could hardly wait for this! I have the 1994 Fresh Sound reissue but it omits 6 tracks from the 55 sessions, and I get the original artwork! Many thanks Melanchthon.

swingingduck said...

This is incredible! I also have the same Fresh Sound reissue and I'm certainly not satisfied with it.
Thank you very much for the complete sessions and the original artwork.
Much appreciated.

blbs said...

Very nice!

David said...

Wonderful. I thought I knew every jazz trumpeter that ever played, but this is a new discovery!

Thank you.

Philo said...

Wonderful music. Very West Coast, very cool.

The 24-bit remastered sound is excellent. I couldn't read the Japanese liner notes, but whoever did the digital transfer & remastering has done quality work.

censusloss said...

Stu Williamson Plays -the review was'nt overplaying the praise- absolutely breathtakingly fine soloing throughout
A definite gem

Thanks for this one, Mel


Thomas said...

Just got to this date, looking forward to hearing it.

Baron said...

Thanks for the Williamson albums .. Baron

Tibau said...

Thanks a lot

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for the re-up. Missed the first time.

Andy said...

Yes. Many thanks. :)

Vancouver said...

Very nice indeed, thank you.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you very much!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

jazzcat1228 said...

I really enjoy these Bethlehem albums. Thank you for sharing, Mel!

Axel.T. said...

Dear Mel,
Thank you so much for these posts as these are the players I grew up with in the 1950s and 60s. Their music is so timeless and I never get tired of these players and what they left us.
THANK YOU again,

deGallo said...

Marvelous!! Thank you.

musician3 said...

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

hepcat said...

Many, Many thanks!

Tom Billisson said...

Many thanks.

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AmyBRAINS said...

Hello Melanchthon.
It's really a nice post.
Thanks a lot.

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Great ! Thansk you Mel.

DEEP said...

Stu played good valve trombone too. He's on Clifford Brown's "Jazz Immortal" on Pacific Jazz.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Kovina Kris said...

Great post!