Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eddie Bert Quartet & Quintet - Crosstown

While the original album title may be a sign of the record label getting carried away, trombonist Eddie Bert is a strong bebop trombonist like J.J. Johnson. On this session he's joined by the always superb pianist Hank Jones, plus Wendell Marshall and Kenny Clarke. Bert overdubs his horn on several tracks answering his open horn with a muted response in "Stompin' at the Savoy." He also wrote a tasty blues "I Should' a Said," a lively Latin flavored feature for overdubbed horns "See You Later," while his "Three Bass Hit" generously features Marshall. Bert's been more active as a sideman than a leader since the '50s, so this is one album that his fans need to acquire.
Ken Dryden

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Eddie Bert
Quartet & Quintet


Cd. 1

1 Fragile (Wilkins)  5:33
2 Stompin' at the Savoy (Edgar, Sampson)  3:20
3 I Should 'A' Said (Bert)  4:35
4 See You Later (Bert)  5:04
5 Three Bass Hit (Cadena)  7:38
6 What d'Ya Say ? (Cadena)  5:48
7 Billie's Bounce (Parker)  3:39
8 Bert Tram (Bert)  3:07
9 One for Tubby (Puma)  5:26
10 Opicana (Puma)  3:15
11 It's Only Sunshine (Puma)  3:23


Cd. 2

1 Crosstown* (Bert)  7:12
2 Wishbone (Bert)  6:35
3 Bronx Line (Bert)  6:56
4 Conversation* (Ferrer)  6:43
5 Manhattan Suite* (Bert)  5:40
6 Steady Eddie (Bert)  5:27
7 Slow Crosstown (Bert)  9:36


[cd. 1 - # 1-7]
Eddie Bert Quartet

Musician Of The Year, Savoy MG 12015
Eddie Bert - tb
Hank Jones - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; May 31, 1955
[cd. 1 - # 8-11] Eddie Bert Quartet
Eddie Bert - Encore, Savoy MG 12019
Eddie Bert - tb
Joe Puma - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; June 22, 1955
[cd. 2] Eddie Bert Quintet
Eddie Bert - Encore*, Savoy MG 12019
Various Artists - Montage, Savoy MG 12029
Eddie Bert - tb
JR. Monterose - ts
Hank Jones - p
Clyde Lombardi - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; September 1, 1955
Trombonist Eddie Bert has had a long and honorable musical career but relatively few opportunities to record as a leader. He is heard in two different settings on this CD reissue ; with a pianoless quartet that includes guitarist Joe Puma and with a quintet that includes pianist Hank Jones and the complementary tenor of J.R. Monterose. The repertoire is comprised entirely of originals by either Bert or Puma but the style is very much of the era : cool-toned and lightly swinging bop. Despite the extreme brevity of this CD (under 35 minutes), the music is worth exploring.
Scott Yanow

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grumpy said...

Now this looks interesting, and I love Monterose's playing.

Wallofsound said...

Thanks for sharing this year.

Luis said...

Thank you. This is a great gift for our ears. All the best

swingingduck said...

Thanks for this wonderful gift.
Happy New Year to you and your family.

wouter said...

thank you for this nice eddie bert cd, mel! and a healthy and happy new year to you and your family!

marcusr said...

Bonne Annee, cher Melanchton!
Marcus from Russia. Votre blog et vou - est excelent!

cvllos said...

Mel, thanks once more.
I wish all the good things to you and your family: health, progress on your activity, harmony at home and on your job and you renewed inspiration for sharing Jazz with us!

the doc said...

More JR is always a good thing!!

cba said...

Melanchton i wish you (& everyone) a a very happy new year with a lot of health, a buch of money and one or other disc!

Thanks (again and again) for ALL your post and EFFORTS.

jazzfriend said...

Cada dia me sorprendes mas, gracias por el maravilloso aporte.

Saludos desde Chile.

blbs said...

Gracias Mel por esta joya.
Pero al descomprimir, encontré el CD1 con 5 tracks, y el CD2 con sólo 3.
Alguna sugerencia?
Que tengas un gran 2010!!

blbs said...

Perdón, perdón... olvidé descargar dos links!!! el 2010 ha comenzado con torpzas para mi...ja
Otro abrazo!

jazzfriend said...

Solo puedo decir, GRACIAS A DIOS que existes.

Saludos desde Chile

neil said...

Thank you for giving us an early 2010 present; and with Monterose to boot!

Anonymous said...

Two cds worth of grand small group swingin', Thanks Again, 'Melanchthon'

jazzlover said...

I belong the admirer group of Monterose so can't miss this,many thx Mel for yours effort in this marvelous post.

francisco santos said...

can you change the links to ''RAR'' with ''7 ZIP'' i only can open the first link...or maybe i do not know how to extract it...
Big THX !....

Luis said...
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Thanks very much for the marvellous music.
It seems that there is something wrong with the links, when Iam trying to decompress them it works only for three flac files. The message that I get is wrong password or damaged file.
Could you please help??????

Luis said...

Yes, I can confirm the problem reported above.

coline said...

Thank you once more for your share Mel

I confirm too the problem : wrong password or damaged file

deGallo said...

Apparently I got this the first time around and forgot to thank you. So, thank you very much...marvelous!

Chesco said...

Hola Mel, thank you very much for the marvellous music.
I confirm too the problem. Impossible descomprension.

Saludos cordiales desde Sant Boi, Barcelona, España.

ProfessorCalculus said...

thanks Mel and welcome back

tdelyon said...

Thanks a lot !!!

Fred Archtop said...

Glad to see you back Mel. This one looks very promising. Love Joe Puma.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a wonderful post!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX !!!!!....

furnguy said...


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

OldHippieRick said...

Thanks Melanchthon for the new links indeed a gem ~ ☮ldhíppíèЯíck

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Luis said...

Muito obrigado pelos novos links!

hepcat said...

Many thanks!

Jaffa said...

Don't yet know that "Montage"-session - much appreciated & thanks a lot !

Musrafak said...

Exist at least one way to open the divided zip files. My way is just click with the right mousse button on the *.001 part and choose the option "Open With WinRar". Once this is done, I proceed to download the folders one by one. However, If I just do double click on the first zip file or any divided zip file did not be downloaded correctly, the program maybe will show the error window

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Scraps said...

Thank you!

Melanchthon said...

DEEP said...

I played with both Eddie Bert and Monterose.
In fact I played J.R. Monterose's last gig. Cancer took him out.

Melanchthon said...

It is indeed a privilege to have you here, DEEP... CLASP, CLASP, CLASP...

Kovina Kris said...

I appreciate this expanded version of Bert's work. Thank you Mel!

Rev. bIGhIG said...

Either you're back with a vengeance, or I've been gone too long. Either way, thanks for all the new goodies especially my man J.R.!