Saturday, February 4, 2017

Presenting Oscar Moore (Feat. Leroy Vinnegar)

This release is devoted to a fairly rare recording by Oscar Moore, made in 1957, in stereo, and only released on 7.5 ips, 2 track reel to reel tape. By the mid-1950's when this recording was made, Oscar Moore's career was in decline but he still did studio work in Hollywood, from time to time. He had previously spent 10 years with the Nat King Cole trio, at the height of it's popularity. He had also worked with his brother Johnny Moore in Johnny' Moore's Three Blazers with Charles Brown, and had won awards for his instrument in Downbeat, Esquire and Metronome. Some time after this recording, Oscar took up bricklaying as a full time career, and only recorded two or three more times during the remaining 24 years of his life. Little is known about this recording. It would appear to have remained unreleased other than in its initial reel-to-reel tape edition. This may have been for a good reason. There may have been a problem with the recording itself. It seems that Oscar Moore accompanied himself via overdubbing. Something went wrong ! The result was mud! However, with digital enhancement, the sound has been recovered and everything can now be heard. This CD features some very fine Oscar Moore playing, from his rarest period, which no fan of jazz guitar will want to miss !

Source : http://www.magnebit.com/vsoprecords/vsop/fs1004.htm

Oscar Moore
Presenting Oscar Moore
Feat. Leroy Vin[n]egar

Tracks

1 I Can't Get Started with You (Duke)  2:55
2 There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers, Hart)  2:44
3 Angel Eyes (Dennis)  2:31
4 To a Wilde Rose (MacDowell)  3:50
5 It's a Pity to Say Goodnight (Reid)  4:46
6 Tangerine (Mercer, Schirtzinger)  3:08
7 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  2:45
8 If You Were Mine (Merrill)  3:16
9 Taborra (Moore)  1:35

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Personnel
Oscar Moore - g
Leroy Vinnegar - b

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; 1957

38 comments:

greenishthing said...

wonderful to have an opportunity to listen to him as a leader- this is what I love about jazz blogs: I learn so much!

cheers!!!

Ric

Otis Foster said...

Thnx mel - sad to hear that Moore relied on bricklaying while Cole went on to uber-stardom

zero said...

This is really a delightful surprise. There isn't a whole lot of Oscar Moore out front.

Jaffa said...

I have never seen this one before. Since there is so little by OM as a leader - even more welcome.
Thanks for another rarity, Mel.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

feelingofjaz said...

Never heard, but it sure appears appetizing...thanks mel

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel.

Félix said...

Wow, thanks Melanchthon for this rarity!
Love Oscar Moore, and there's too few of him outside the Nat King Cole Trio.
I've got the quartet with Carl Perkins, the Inez Jones recording, and the tribute to King Cole, Afterglow. Is there more?

Blue Eyes said...

I've this one, great post Melanchthon, a superb album!

@Félix, another album: Nat "King" Cole Trio - Hit That Jive (track 01 to 17)

Blue Eyes said...

...an other excellent album: Nat "King" Cole - Live at the Circle Room

Philo said...

Thanks so much for posting this splendid jazz obscurity. I am really enjoying the music.

This album deserves to be heard.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

neil said...

Many thanks for the upgrade, mel...

Roberto Ferrari said...

Merci Beaucop Melanchthon!!!!!

deGallo said...

Real nice! Thank you.

Vancouver said...

Another rare gem from Melanchthon...thank you! Loving the old 5-Star releases.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Wonderful - many thanks

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks for another cool looking rarity Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice post.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

Melanchthon said...

http://www6.zippyshare.com/v/49Wcr8Q3/file.html

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you very much Mel
Pedro

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

musician3 said...

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

Doug said...

Thanks.Looks good.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!

The Jackal said...

Rare Oscar Moore with Leroy.
Thanks Mel

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks for this rarity!

Kovina Kris said...
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Jerdnas said...

Important for my collection...huge thanks!

upkerry14 said...

You listen to jazz for fifty years and you still come up with someone you've never heard of before. Thanks.

Kovina Kris said...

Thought I had most all of the "solo" Oscar Moore. I was wrong. Thanks!

Fernando said...

A Big thanks for this one Mel.

HEXIS said...

Thank you very much Mel

Guelda said...

I love Oscar Moore, one of the very few I could listen to all day long without problem. So glad about the "digital enhancement" (and the people who used it in the present case) which allows us to listen to those great songs.

Thank you so much Mel, you're the man !