Friday, April 14, 2017

Aaron Bell Trio

Though he studied at Xavier University and played in many New Orleans bands, Aaron Bell was no traditionalist. He was rather one of the best bassists ever in the Duke Ellington band; his powerful lines and graceful, yet sturdy support provided a rich presence in the rhythm section alongside drummer Sam Woodyard and the Duke on piano. Bell was in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, then worked with Andy Kirk in 1947. He returned to his native Oklahoma and taught music before resuming his own education at New York University. Bell recorded and worked with Lucky Millinder, Teddy Wilson and Lester Young in the '50s, while leading his own trio. They recorded in 1955 and 1958. Bell backed vocalists, and played with combos and in the Broadway show "Compulsion" before joining Ellington in 1960. He remained until 1962, then did sessions and worked in theater. He became resident composer at La Mama, an experimental New Jersey theater, in 1972. Bell also taught music in Newark and earned his masters at Columbia in 1975. He continued to teach until retiring in the early-'90s; he passed away at a Bronx, NY hospital on July 28, 2003 at the age of 82. Aaron Bell can be heard on various sessions from, among others, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Johnny Hodges, and Billy Holiday.
Ron Wynn

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Aaron Bell
After the Party's Over


1 Satin Doll, Pt. 1 (Ellington)  3:53
2 Satin Doll, Pt. 2 (Ellington)  3:58
3 The Party's Over [From the Broadway Production "Bells Are Ringing"] (Comeden, Green, Styne)  4:26
4 Cool [From West Side Story] (Bernstein)  4:06
5 After the Party Blues (Bell)  6:12
6 Slaughter on the Tenth Avenue (Rodgers)  5:19
7 All the Way (Cahn, VanHeusen)  5:29
8 It Could Happen to You (Burke)  3:32
9 The Lost Nest (Harbach, Hirsch)  3:47
10 Kumquat (Bell)  5:15


[# 4, 6-8]
Charlie Bateman - p
Aaron Bell - b & tb [# 2]
Charlie Smith - dr
Recorded in New York City ; May 28, 1958
[# 1, 3, 5, & 9]
Hank Jones - p
Aaron Bell - b & tb [# 5]
Ed Thigpen - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 20, 1958
[# 2 & 10]
Tyree Glenn - tb
Hank Jones - p
Aaron Bell - b & tb [# 10]
Elvin Jones - dr
Recorded in New York City ; July 2, 1958


PlantDoctor53 said...

Thanks Melanchthon. Good to see you back.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Melanchthon. Nice to see you again.


Otis Foster said...

Merci Mel - this one is a real rarity

yewsta said...

Thank you, mel - new ground for me but if Hank is there I must hear it. A welcome return.

Phillip said...

Many thanks, Mel, and a pleasure to see you back again.

itr said...

Great music, again. Many thanks, Mel.

lokchilde said...

Thank you or your release. Could you sent me the password?

Neal said...

Thanks Mel!

deGallo said...

Aaron for me but I'm diggin' it. "After The Party Blues" is one of my favorites here. Thank you for a very enjoyable album.

lokchilde said...

Thank you Neil!

the jazzman said...

Thank you. Tyree is the attraction for me.

jazzfriend said...

Verdaderamente me has alegrado el día.

It's Wonderfull to see you again!!!

Saludos desde Chile.

Orbyt said...

Sounds interesting, thank you Mel!

k8track said...

Thanks so much. I love your blog and thought I'd lost access to it forever. I will definitely make it a point to leave more comments and let you know you are appreciated.

derwent said...

Thankyou for this. Much appreciated.

neil said...

More Hank Jones; many thanks, mel...

fcapeau said...

A good occurence to listen to these giants, Hank, Ed, Elvin ... All of them ! Many thanks.

Melanchthon said...

jm said...

How fortunate I am to have you to enlarge my range of knowledge and appreciation, and to provide -- so often -- such fresh enjoyment. Thank you, Melanchthon.

Kovina Kris said...

Looking forward to hearing Bell in the forefront as leader. Thank you very much Mel!

Fred Archtop said...

Merci beaucoup Mel.

musician3 said...

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