Monday, October 23, 2017

Johnny Coates, Jr. - Portrait

Pianist Johnny Coates recorded so many records for his Omnisound label during 1974-1980 that it is surprising to realize that he had only led one album during the 20 previous years. This CD reissue brings back Coates' 1955-1956 trio performances with bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Kenny Clarke. The liner notes are dated and the playing time is only the length of an LP, but the music (mostly standards with two Coates originals) should appeal to fans of Dave Brubeck, who at this early point was a prime influence on the young pianist.
Scott Yanow

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Johnny Coates, Jr.


1 Let's Get Lost (McHugh, Loesser)  4:00
2 Ding-Dong ! The Witch Is Dead (Young)  3:50
3 If I Love Again (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  3:30
4 Love Is the Sweetest Thing (Coates)  4:17
5 Little Girl Blue (Hart, Rodgers)  4:25
6 Sha-Da-Ga-Da (Gillespie)  3:10
7 Coates Oats (Coates)  4:00
8 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  4:00
9 Skylark (Carmichael, Mercer)  3:30
10 My Lucky Day (Coates)  3:10
11 If There is Someone Lovelier than You (Schwartz, Dietz)  3:25


Johnny Coates Jr. - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Kenny Clarke - dr

Recorded in New York ; November 17, 1955 [# 7-9] ; April 23, 1956 [# 1-5] ; & May 21, 1956 [# 6, 10 & 11]


deGallo said...

New for me. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much.

Malaspina said...

Thanks Mel.Don't know much about Johnny Coates Jr .Look forward to hearing this album.

brian said...

nice new one!

zero said...

New to me, too. Thanks for the introduction.

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel - new to me!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Will give it a try.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...


der bajazzo said...

Thank you, melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for the intro to Mr. Coates!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Porer said...

Thank you very much

DEEP said...


lex said...

Many thanks!