Friday, January 20, 2017

Hal McKusick - The Jazz Workshop

The cool-toned altoist Hal McKusick was a flexible, if not all that distinctive soloist. He is heard in four settings on this British LP, ranging from a pianoless quartet to a quintet and an octet. Among the supporting cast are trumpeter Art Farmer, guitarist Barry Galbraith, and trombonist Jimmy Cleveland. George Russell (who plays drums on one number) contributed three songs, and the other composers are a who's who of the era : Johnny Mandel, Gil Evans (a version of "Blues for Pablo" that predates Miles Davis' from Miles Ahead), Jimmy Giuffre, Manny Albam, and Al Cohn. Fine modern mainstream music from the mid-'50s, although this album may be difficult to find.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-jazz-workshop-mw0000226453

Hal McKusick
The Jazz Workshop

Tracks

1 Tommy Hawk (Mandel)  2:53
2 Lydian Lullaby (Russell)  4:52
3 Blues for Pablo (Evans)  4:50
4 Just Leave it Alone (Giuffre)  4:18
5 Miss Clara (Russell)  4:03
6 Alto Cumulus (Albam)  2:57
7 The Day John Brown was Hanged (Russell)  7:51
8 On Score and Eight Horns Ago (Giuffre)  3:23
9 Ain't Nothin' but a Memory Now (Cohn)  3:27
10 Jambangle (Evans)  4:05
11 The Blues Train (Giuffre)  4:15

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Personnel
[# 2, 7 & 9] Hal McKusick Quartet
Hal McKusick - as
Barry Galbraith - g
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; March 3, 1956
[# 3*, 6 & 10] Hal McKusick Octet
Art Farmer - tp
Jimmy Cleveland - tb
Hal McKusick - as
Gene Allen - bs
Barry Galbraith - g
Jimmy Raney - rh. g
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr
George Russell - tbr*
Recorded in New York City ; April 3, 1956
[# 1, 5 & 8] Hal McKusick Septet
Art Farmer - tp
Jimmy Cleveland - tb
Hal McKusick - as
Sol Schlinger - bs
Barry Galbraith - g
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; April 4, 1956
[# 1, 5 & 8] Hal McKusick Quintet
Art Farmer - tp
Hal McKusick - as
Barry Galbraith - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 31, 1956

20 comments:

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you Mel
Pedro

Fourcade said...

Thanks! The lineups are fabulous! Cheers Daniel, from Spain...

musician3 said...

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

Angelo said...

Muito obrigado!

Abraços!

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

deGallo said...

Very nice! Thank you.

dantzig65 said...

Thanks Mel.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Historicus said...

Great, thanks a lot!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Anonymous said...

Yanow's "...if not all that distinctive soloist." statement makes him redundant. Thanks for this fine artist, MM.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel!

HEXIS said...

Thanks Mel!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Killer trax! "Miss Clara" is a joy, as are all the other! Cheers MM!

upkerry14 said...

Lovely straight ahead player!

Kovina Kris said...

Nice post Mel!