Saturday, March 25, 2017

Chuck Wayne - String Fever [Bonus Tracks]

The re-mastering and release of Chuck Wayne’s String Fever should begin to focus attention on a musician who was not only a brilliant guitarist but also a subtle and significant composer/arranger. On this recording Wayne became the first jazz guitarist to front a big band. He is the main soloist. He also conducted and arranged all of the compositions. Wayne’s solo work, rising above an inspired band, is as good as jazz guitar has been caught on tape as he swings from be-bop to ballads to latin rhythms with a masterful grace and assurance. The extra treat is that the original album was beautifully recorded, and has been exquisitely re-mastered onto CD. At the age of 21 Chuck Wayne was a lead soloist for he Woody Herman band. Shortly after, he was Dizzy Gillespie’s choice as guitarist on some of the earliest classic recordings of be-bop. From the late 40s to the early 50s Wayne helped to fashion the elegant George Shearing Quintet sound of intertwining guitar, piano, and vibes voicing. Right before the recording of String Fever Wayne was Tony Bennett’s arranger and musical director which may help account for the beautifully framed instrumental solos on String Fever. In 1957, with the help of the generous backing of RCA (Vik), Wayne entered the studio with a well rehearsed band that included the likes of Gene Quill, Eddie Costa, and the lyrical trumpeter, Don Joseph, who only three months before had been a featured soloist on recordings with the Gerry Mulligan Orchestra. The final result is a mix of sextet and big band recordings chosen from three days of taping. Rarely has the guitar been so appreciatively recorded. Chuck Wayne’s solos are emotionally direct with a clarity of construction that only a master could touch. The performance of Don Joseph is also noteworthy. Here is a now obscure trumpeter playing solo after solo of soulful music in a traditional style that simply sings. The conception of the guitar and trumpet as main soloists is one of the many pleasures of this recording. Others include the piano and vibes work of the young Eddie Costa, the alto sax solos of Gene Quill, and a the tenor solos of the mysterious Caesar DiMauro. Throughout, the Costa led rhythm section swings with Clyde Lombardi on bass and Sonny Igoe (or Jimmy Campbell) on drums. This is a disc that sounds like everybody is thrilled to be playing, the chemistry is a delight. String Fever is simply great jazz, and will eventually find its place as a significant jazz recording of its era. BMG (Spain) should be commended for their foresight and for the quality of their reissue. This is an important release, perhaps the masterpiece of a great jazz guitarist. Hopefully, the time is approaching when the world of jazz (especially its historians and critics) will finally acknowledge one its unlauded multi-talented masters, Chuck Wayne.
Mike Neely

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Chuck Wayne
String Fever
[Bonus Tracks]


1 Lullaby in Rhythm (Goodman, Hirsch, Profit, Sampson)  3:07
2 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:38
3 Love for Sale* (Porter)  5:09
4 Along With Me (Rome)  3:18
5 Carmel (Wayne)  3:16
6 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:30
7 Snuggled on Your Shoulder (Lombardo, Young)  2:33
8 How About You (Freed, Lane, Nielsen, Zander)  3:48
9 Lover Man* (Davis, Hendrix, Ramirez, Sherman)  4:24
10 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (Adams, Grever)  3:26
11 Rockabye Bay (Curtis, Wood)  3:27
12 Lullaby in Rhythm [alt. take] (Goodman, Hirsch, Profit, Sampson)  3:09
13 Love for Sale* [alt. take] (Porter)  4:11
14 Carmel [alt. take] (Wayne)  3:17
15 Snuggled on Your Shoulder [alt. take] (Lombardo, Young)  2:41
16 How About You [alt. take] (Freed, Lane, Nielsen, Zander)  3:36


[# 1, 5, 7, 11, 12 & 14]
Chuck Wayne - g
Caesar DiMauro, Sol Schlinger, Sam Marowitz & Eddie Wasserman - ts
Sumner Clement Truitt - tb
Thomas Parker Allison, Donald Frederick Joseph & Alvin Goldbert - tp
Clyde Lombardi - b
Sonny Igoe - dr
[# 2-4, 6, 8-10, 13 & 16]
Chuck Wayne - g
Caesar DiMauro - ts
Gene Quill* - as
Don Joseph - tp
Eddie Costa - vb & p [out # 3, 9 & 13]
Clyde Lombardi - b
Jimmy Campbell or Sonny Igoe* - dr

Recorded in RCA Victor Studio "A", New York City ; July 22-24, 1957


wouter said...

looks exquisite, mel!
thanks a bunch!

Orbyt said...

Haven't listened this session, or Chuck Wayne in some time (for reasons unknown). Highly recommended.

LaroSwing said...

Only had it in mp3. Thank you Melanchthon!

zardoz1984 said...

Didn't know that gorgeous session: what a beauty ! Many thks Mel

Davidscott789 said...


deGallo said...

Thank you. Positively wonderful.

Rick said...

Thanks Mel, nice to get the bonus tracks, as i already had the basic album.

Blue Eyes said...

Wow! thank you very much Melanchthon for this great album with the alternate takes, super!

Daver88 said...

Thanks Mel - This is a real treat.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Cher Mel,
Thanx for this marvelous album.
I am curious to hear these sessions.
Warm regards from Brazil!

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AmyBRAINS said...

It's a fantastic post to me.
Many, many thanks, Mel.

bho wani said...

Thank you !

chuchuni said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

stringbender said...

Now this is a great LP!! Many thanks.

Olde Edo said...

Chuck Wayne is fantastic! I can't believe he is now so little
known! Thanks so much for sharing this.
If anyone is interested, you can hear the beginning part of a
live 1946 recording of Chuck Wayne playing his composition
"Sonny", which you will instantly recognize as the tune Miles
Davis later recorded as "Solar" (Sonny -> Sunny -> Solar),
and which the Prestige Records management unknowingly ?
copyrighted under Miles' name (Wayne failed to copyright the
tune himself).

HEXIS said...

Thank you Melanchthon!

Kovina Kris said...

Happen to have this one too but another great post!

Jazz Padd said...

Thank you, this is wonderful!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx-has more tracks than my earlier release (or did I lose some files along the way?).

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!