Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sal Salvador by Stan Kenton

Guitarist Sal Salvador’s (1928-1999) career paralleled those of Johnny Smith, Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Raney and Mundell Lowe. In fact, from his earliest days in New York, Sal Salvador was in an elite group of guitarists that came up in the 1940’s. Before he was known as a featured soloist in his own right, he appeared as part of the rhythm section on an early Mundell Lowe recording, became friends with and was mentored by Johnny Smith and jammed with his room mates Jimmy Raney and Tal Farlow. And, although some of them might be better known outside of jazz guitar circles, Sal Salvador was their equal in every way. Sal Salvador started out professionally in the 1940’s. He worked for a number of years on the road perfecting his playing and then moved into the studios. He was on the staff of Columbia Records and at the Radio City Music Hall in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. In the early 1950’s he joined Stan Kenton’s Band where he was a featured soloist. After two years with Kenton he formed his own quartet making some recordings under his own name for the first time in 1954 and 1955. In 1958 he was featured at the Newport Jazz Festival with his performance captured for posterity in the feature film/video Jazz on a Summer’s Day. Sal Salvador was certainly one of the most active guitarists in the last half of the 20th century from this elite group. (Mundell Lowe being another). And, when you follow his career through his many recordings it is easy to conclude he was also one of the most versatile guitarists and musicians from this list. In recordings from early in his career he already exhibited an exceptional comping and rhythm guitar which was utilized by Mundell Lowe on his 1954 recording The Mundell Lowe Quintet. At the same time, his single note solo playing had reached a very advanced level. The recording from the same period The Sal Salvador Quintet demonstrated the single note playing style that would become the hallmark of this guitarists’ outstanding career. And throughout his career he played successfully in a wide variety of venues from the small group to the big band, to the duet, always bringing something new to these settings. In the 1990’s Sal Salvador was one of the outstanding teachers of jazz guitar method and technique. He produced a long list of books and videos covering all aspects of jazz guitar playing. He also contributed lessons to Just Jazz Guitar and taught at his studios in Connecticut and New York. Stand Kenton is quoted on the back of the 1954 LP Sal Salvador as saying, “Sal Salvador’s life has no meaning without jazz ; he is completely dedicated to his guitar. He is not in music as an experiment ; music dominates all else in his thoughts. If not performing, his time is sent in practice and study. There is no doubt within him as to his goal. Constantly developing musically, and growing intellectually, his success is positive.”
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Sal Salvador
Kenton Presents


1 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  5:09
2 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  3:19
3 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  3:22
4 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers)  2:54
5 Too Marvelous for Words (Mercer, Whiting)  5:12
6 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  3:20
7 Cabin in the Sky (Duke, Latouche)  3:08
8 See (Albam)  2:01
9 Round Trip (Salvador)  2:44
10 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  3:02
11 Down Home (Albam)  2:46
12 Salutations (Albam)  2:26
13 Violets for Your Furs (Adair, Dennis)  3:22
14 Now See Here, Man (Holman)  2:48
15 Nothin' to Do (Holman)  2:49
16 Boo Boo Be Doop (Holman)  2:46
17 Autumn in New York (Duke)  3:22
18 Wheels (Albam)  3:04


[# 1-6] Sal Salvador Quintet
Frank Socolow - ts
Sal Salvador - g
Johnny Williams - p
Kenny O'Brien - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; December 24, 1953
[# 7-18] Kenton Presents Jazz Sal Salvador
Sal Salvador - g
Eddie Costa - p & vb
Kenny O'Brien - b
Sal Salvador - g
Eddie Costa - p & vb
Jimmy Gannon - b
Joe Morello [# 11-18] & Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded in New York ; July 21, 1954 [# 7-10] ; & October 9, 1954 [# 11-18]


satch04 said...

Thanks!!!! ;)

lcbriza said...

Thanks Melanchthon. A very nice blog with the kind of music I like most. I intend to visit it regularly.

neil said...

Got "Shades of Sal Salvador" (1956), so thanks for the opportunity to hear his earlier work..

oui said...

with scans: THAT IS good work! thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks Melan..
i appreciated your work really
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deGallo said...

Thank you.

Isidoro Macarena said...

es impresionante tu trabajo de subir tantísima música las dos veces. Gracias

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks Mel!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

chuchuni said...

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank You Very Much

Melanchthon said...

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musician3 said...

EXCELLENT...........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

upkerry14 said...

Thanks Mel, looks like a fun record. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about this kind of jazz.

WOODY said...

Any album with Eddie Costa on the vibes is a must for me, so thanks a lot, very much appreciated!

Mike said...

Have to agree about Eddie Costa... always a good find. Thanks, Mel.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Kostas from Piraeus said...

Many, many thamks....

Kovina Kris said...

Great post!