Monday, May 1, 2017

Ralph Burns - Bijou (BCP-68)

Due no doubt to the amount of energy he expended as a composer and arranger in virtually every American mass culture medium, Ralph Burns' legacy as a pianist is extremely small. Therefore, this Leonard Feather-produced small-combo session for Period, divided originally into two ten-inch LPs, should give us some insight into the nuts-and-bolts of what made this arranger tick. As it turns out, these tracks, mostly set at relaxed tempos, reveal a modest man — not a flashy virtuoso, not too anxious to swing (though he can), but mostly content to turn out languorous, complex voicings that occasionally veer toward the lounge. He is willing to experiment at times, dubbing in a second piano part on numbers like the sprightly "Sprang" and the contrapuntal "Perpetual Motion." On hand to help out are bassist Clyde Lombardi, drummer Osie Johnson, and guitarist Jimmy Raney, who also takes a few elegantly turned solos. By far, the best track on the CD is Burns' rollicking, Latinized take on one of his most famous compositions, "Bijou," which has an irreverent change-of-key in the middle of the tune. This irresistible track alone makes this a worthwhile purchase for any fan of the many Woody Herman Herds.
Richard S. Ginell

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:acfixqwgldke

Ralph Burns
Bijou

Tracks

1 Bijou (Burns) 4:07
2 Spring in Naples (Burns) 3:21
3 Lover, Come Back to Me (Hammerstein, Romberg) 5:37
4 Gina (Burns) 5:13
5 Perpetual Motion (Burns) 4:05
6 Spring Sequence (Burns) 6:13
7 Echoes of Spring (Hammed, Smith, Williams) 3:47
8 Spring Is Here (Hart, Rodgers) 3:36
9 Autobahn Blues (Burns, Herman) 3:49
10 Sprang (Burns) 3:57

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Personnel
Ralph Burns - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Osie Johnson - dr

Recorded in New York City ; 1954 & 1955

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/bethlehem-records/discography-1946-1954/

20 comments:

steve said...

Thanks for this listen Mel! Never heard of this man and obviously I should have!

Bhowani said...

Thank you, Mel.

Otis Foster said...

Many thanks Mel.

Burns like Strayhorn was gay, but was never outed in a more bigoted time. His musician friends protected his privacy.

deGallo said...

Thank you for this Bethlehem edition.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Blue Eyes said...

Lovely session! merci beaucoup M pour ce petit bijou!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a very lovely album!
New to me!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Rodney said...

I had a very low br copy and know I like it. Very happy for the upgrade. Thanks, Mel.

Orbyt said...

Amazing post. Thank you Mel!

Frank M. Young said...

What a treat! Thanks kindly for this!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks for all the goodies.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

fcapeau said...

Great Classics ..... And always the same pleasure ! 'll Never go tired of this music ! Many thanks, Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

musician3 said...

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

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

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francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

Kovina Kris said...

Extremely interesting album here. I'm quite anxious to give this a spin. You know you're in good hands when a top-notch arranger takes the reins. Thank you Mel!

Jeronyme said...

Merci !