Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Art Simmons Quartet

Amazing work from a player we barely know — American pianist Art Simmons, really smoking here in a late 50s session from Paris ! The date's got a nicely rough-edged feel — but really avoids any of the bluesy cliches that could sometimes creep in when players like this hit the French scene. And instead, there's a sprightly modern feel to the music — a mixture of Art's hard-yet-lyrical piano lines with the guitar of Terry Donahue — supported by the great rhythm team of Bill Crow on bass and Dave Bailey on drums ! Simmons has a very rhythmic approach to playing — maybe one of the best of the 50s generation to work in the style — and titles include "Art's Blues", "Homage To Neal Hefti", "The Lady Is A Tramp", and "Nice Work If You Can Get It". CD also features 8 more bonus tracks from the same time — featuring the same group, but with vocals from Bertrice Reading — on cuts that include "Love For Sale", "No More In Life", "Rock & Roll", "Black Coffee", and "Left Bank Blues".
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Art Simmons

Bertice Reading


1 Art's Blues (Simmons)  3:25
2 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  2:36
3 Hommage To Neal Hefti (Simmons)  3:11
4 Too Marvelous For Words (Mercer, Whiting)  4:08
5 The Lady Is A Tramp (Rodgers, Hart)  3:38
6 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  5:28
7 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:38


8 Rock And Roll (DeJesus)  2:26
9 Black Coffee (Webster, Burke)  3:49
10 It's Almost Like Being In Love (Loewe, Lerner)  2:22
11 Love For Sale (Porter)  3:02
12 St Louis Blues (Handy)  3:06
13 No More In Life (Doggett)  2:48
14 Old Fashioned Love (Loesser, Miller)  2:43
15 Left Bank Blues (Crow)  3:12


[# 1-7]
Art Simmons - p
Terry Donahue - g
Bill Crow - b
Dave "Specs" Bailey - dr
Recorded in Paris ; March 13, 1956
[# 8-15]
Same as above, except
Bertice Reading - voc is adding
Recorded in Paris ; March 12, 1956


flyingfinger said...

Thanks for all your wonderful posts;
this is undoubtedly one of the finest blogs anywhere.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Mel, thanx for this "unknown" album.
For sure, this audition will be very pleasant.
Regards from Brazil.

Foth said...

Thanks for this

Otis Foster said...

Wow! Don't know where you found this, but I'm eager to hear Simmons at greater length in this session.

Thnx Mel - Otis

deGallo said...

Art Simmons...thank you!

Alberto Cos said...

Merci encore!

duck said...

a surprise, I like them. thanks again Mel

Stagalicious said...

This blog is absolutely incredible!!!!

rubberduck said...

Art Simmons : never herad before, relly interesting.

I'm hearing him now, really nice.

Thanks MEl !

Philo said...

Just got a chance to listen to this. Another fine jazz obscurity.

Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

New to me. Thanks for pointing it out.


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Prof. Yaffle said...

Looking forward to listening to the bonus tracks. I have the first 7 tracks on a Jazz in Paris cd.

Many thanks.

neil said...

Many thanks for the re-up, mel...

Melanchthon said...

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! This is a new artist and album to me. I look forward to hearing it and I thank you for sharing this.

Kovina Kris said...

I assume that this album must come in the "ultra-rare" category. Thank you for introducing me to this player, and thanks for everything you do with your amazing blog Mel.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel again and again.