Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tony Fruscella & Brew Moore - The 1954 Unissued Atlantic Session

Fruscella was an enigmatic trumpeter with a deeply personal style, Moore a tenor saxophonist who once said that anyone who didn’t play like Lester Young was wrong. At a time when Dizzy Gillespie’s fiery playing was the general model, Fruscella was one of a few young trumpeters who concentrated on tone, lyricism and quiet melodic invention. Others were Don Joseph, Phil Sunkel, Miles Davis and Chet Baker. The Atlantic recordings that Fruscella and Moore made together in March of 1954 have never been released until now. Fruscella died in 1969, Moore in 1973.
The pieces are all blues except for one composition by pianist Bill Triglia. The CD contains nothing as captivating as Fruscella’s solo on “I’ll Be Seeing You” from the self-titled album he recorded for Atlantic the next year. Nonetheless, the trumpeter’s flowing lines and deep sound combine with Moore’s relaxation and swing in performances whose inventiveness surmounts the simplicity of the material. The rhythm section—Triglia, piano; Teddy Kotick, bass; Bill Henie, drums— is excellent in support. The underrated Triglia solos briefly and well. Fresh Sound rounds out the album with “Blue Bells” and “Roundup Time,” pieces that Fruscella recorded with Stan Getz in 1955 when he was in Getz’s quintet.
This is a valuable find. The album, all but a rumor for decades, was widely anticipated.
Doug Ramsey - Rifftides / Arts Journal Blogs (October 13, 2011)

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Tony Fruscella
Brew Moore
The 1954 Unissued Atlantic Session


1 Blues Medium  2:50
2 Minor Blues  3:09
3 Bill Triglia’s Original  5:07
4 Slow Blues  6:42
5 Brew’s Nightmare  2:59
6 Fast Blues  2:40
7 Blues Medium II  4:05
8 Minor Blues II  3:06
9 Bill Triglia’s Original II  2:58
10 Brew's Nightmare II  3:04
11 Fast Blues II  4:50
12 Blues Medium III  4:07
13 Blue Bells (Sunkel)  7:13
14 Round-Up Time (Sunkel)  7:11


[# 1-12]
Tony Fruscella - tp
Brew Moore - ts
Bill Triglia - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Bill Heine - dr
Recorded in New York City ; March 22, 1954
[# 13-14]
Tony Fruscella - tp
Stan Getz - ts
John Williams - p
Bill Anthony - b
Frank Isola - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 31, 1955
These recordings are among the rarest treasures in jazz, unseen and unheard since Atlantic produced them in 1954, and their release can be considered an event for all the jazz community. This was a relaxed and easy session, essentially valuable for the musicians involved, trumpeter Tony Fruscella (1927-1969), and tenor Brew Moore (1924-1973), most particularly for the former, who died at 42.
Fruscella who never enjoyed the recognition he deserved, was a poet of the trumpet with a veiled, haunting sound and a touching, very personal conception. The other unsung hero of this date is Brew Moore, a warm, emotional swinger whose musical god was Lester Young. A relaxed and swinging, but subtle and sophisticated player, for this date he assembled the kind of quintet he was most at home with, to play the sort of things they played in clubs, mostly variations on major and minor blues, and a delightfully original swinger by pianist Bill Triglia. Kindred spirits all, they speak with a shared pleasure and freshness undimmed by the years since then.
An addition to this legendary session are two sides recorded in 1955 while the trumpeter was member of Stan Getz’s quintet, which project all the lyrical fire for which the group was celebrated.

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AmyBRAINS said...

A nice discovery to me!!
It's a great post.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

danair said...

Nice post Mel,thanks very much.

rob 60 said...

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Jaffa said...

Thank you, Mel ! Did not know this one - and any new music by Fruscella makes my day !

stringbender said...

Wow - I always wanted to hear this one. Many thanks, Mel!

ritzbird said...

A heady Brew indeed. Many thanks.

Cooljazz said...

Thank you very much for the Tony Fruscella album.

Cooljazz said...

Thank you very much for the Tony Fruscella album.

theblueamos said...

Thank you very much and all the best from jerusalem

steve said...

Unknown to me Mel . . . looks really fine. Thanks for the listen!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx for this previously unknown release. Two very tortured souls with a lot to say.

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracia.

5 cents said...

Did not know this recording!! Once again...a most pleasant surprise from you. Rain in Northern California today. Thanks Mel.

5 cents said...

Did everyone get all the tracks? I downloaded everything from Zippy, and only got 4 tracks?

dantzig65 said...

Thanks Mel.

nogrub said...

Very cool. thank you Mel.Roger

Mikey said...
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Mikey said...

Boy, am I glad you're still around, Melanchthon.

You are an institution.

squalo said...

Didn't know about Fruscella, but the Doug Ramsey introduction made me very curious! Thank you very much for the chance of listen to such a rarity.

fcapeau said...

Big Stuff ! A big thank you, Mel, for reminding us these two beautiful musicians.

Melanchthon said...

Mike said...

What a rarity... Thanks a lot!

upkerry14 said...

Been listening to too much angst ridden jazz lately. This will be a nice change. Thanks,B

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

PabloSZ said...

Looks great. Thanks for sharing!!

PabloSZ said...

Please, need the password to open the files. Thanks!!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!