Sunday, January 29, 2017

Eddie Higgins - Great Trio Sessions

Eddie Higgins’ delicate tone and conception were often compared to those of Bill Evans, one of the most influential and successful jazz pianists. Higgins mostly played bop and mainstream jazz music throughout his career. This set presents Higgins’ earliest trio sessions in their entirety. They comprise all of the music originally issued on the albums The Eddie Higgins Trio (Replica 1009), Eddie Higgins (Vee Jay VJLP-3017), and Soulero (Atlantic LP-SD1446), plus all known extra titles and alternative takes from the sessions. Four tracks in a quintet format that complete the Vee-Jay sessions have been added as a bonus. After the trio sessions reissued here, Higgins would record another date in this format and with the same personnel as his previous albums on July 18, 1966, with Richard Evans on bass, and Marshall Thompson on drums. it produced just three tunes, “Call Me”, “Norvegian Wood”, and “What Can I Do ?”, none of which was ever issued. The results of this date, made for Atlantic, are considered lost. Higgins’ following trio album was recorded for the Tower label in January of 1967, and issued as Music From Chifly-Chitfy-Bang-Bang. After that, he wouldn’t record another trio LP until Dream Dancing, made in 1978.
Joseph Jesk (2016), from the booklet

Eddie Higgins
Great Trio Sessions


Cd. 1

1 A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli)  4:32
2 Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe (Arlen, Harburg)  5:03
3 I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman, Washington)  4:08
4 Prelude To A Kiss (Ellington, Mills, Gordon)  6:30
5 Tangerine (Schertzinger, Mercer)  4:42
6 Strike Up The Band (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:45
7 Over The Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)  5:28
8 I’ll Be Loving You (Powell)  4:32
9 You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (Porter)  3:07
10 Spring Is Here (Rodgers, Hart)  5:58
11 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  4:55
12 Falling In Love With Love (Rodgers, Hart)  4:40
13 Ab’s Blues (Higgins)  2:36
14 Blues For Big Scotia (Peterson)  4:11
15 How Long Has This Been Goin’ On (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:16
16 Falling In Love With Love [alt. take] (Rodgers, Hart)  4:44
17 Untitled Blues (Higgins)  4:57


Cd. 2

1 Satin Doll (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  4:25
2 Little Girl Blue (Rodgers, Hart)  3:42
3 Blues For Big Scotia [alt. take] (Peterson)  4:11
4 Satin Doll [alt. take] (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  5:57
5 Tango Africaine (Higgins)  4:59
6 Love Letters (Heyman, Young)  4:48
7 Shelley’s World (Traut)  3:56
8 Soulero (Evans)  5:14
9 Mr. Evans (Evans)  3:20
10 Django (Lewis)  5:35
11 Beautiful Dreamer (trad. arr. Higgins)  4:43
12 Makin’ Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  7:13
13 You Leave Me Breathless (Hollander)  4:30
14 Zarac, the Evil One (Higgins)  5:19
15 Foot's Bag (Higgins)  7:17
16 You Leave Me Breathless [alt. take] (Hollander)  4:30


[Cd. 1, # 1-11] The Eddie Higgins Trio (Replica 1009)
Eddie Higgins - p
Dave Poskonka - b
Jack Noren - dr
Recorded at Des Plaines, Illinois ; September 15, 22 & 29, 1957
[Cd. 1, # 12-17 ; Cd. 2, # 1-4] Eddie Higgins (Vee Jay VJLP-3017)
Eddie Higgins - p
Richard Evans - b
Marshall Thompson - dr
Recorded in Chicago ; November 14, 1960 & June 6, 1961 [Cd. 1, # 12-14 ; Cd. 2, # 1]
[Cd. 2, # 5-12] Soulero (Atlantic LP-SD1446]
Same as above
Recorded in Chicago ; August 25, 1965
[Cd. 2, # 13-16] Eddie Higgins Quintet [Vee Jay session]
Paul Serrano - tp
Frank Foster - ts
Eddie Higgins - p
Jim Atlas - b
Marshall Thompson - dr
Recorded in Chicago ; November 18, 1960


Melanchthon said...


cd. 1

cd. 2

hepcat said...

Many thanks!

deGallo said...

I probably have all these but very nice to have in one collection! Thank you. Marvelous!

zero said...

I echo deGallo's comment and thanks. Higgins played beautifully.

pe444rro said...

Muchisimas gracias Mel, maravillosa selecciòn y un pianista de lujo.

WOODY said...

Fantastic share, thank's a lot, very much appreciated!

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

neil said...

Got some of these on 'Prelude to a Kiss' and 'Soulero'; but many thanks for the post, mel, which includes material new to me...

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

musician3 said...

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

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Really fantastic!
Thank you very much Mel

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

Nice. Thank you!