Friday, June 9, 2017

Eddie Costa - Guys and Dolls Like Vibes

The reissue of Eddie Costa's Guys and Dolls Like Vibes once again makes available one of his few dates as a leader. A talented vibraphonist (and also pianist, though he doesn't play it on this 1958 session), Costa leads a sterling quartet with the legendary Bill Evans on piano (although he was just starting to get noticed by the jazz press at the time), Wendell Marshall on bass, and drummer Paul Motian, in a Frank Loesser songbook taken from the musical Guys and Dolls. Costa and Evans mesh beautifully throughout, and Costa's solos are well crafted, particularly his long feature on the up-tempo opener, "Guys and Dolls." The leader goes from a soft bell-like a cappella introduction to "If I Were a Bell" to a suddenly driving arrangement, in which Evans sits out the first full chorus before gradually working his way in. Liner note writer Dick Katz notes the rhythmic originality in Costa's approach to "Luck Be a Lady," while Evans' solo introduction adds to the shear beauty of the ballad "I've Never Been in Love Before," and this time it is Costa who delays his entrance. Costa's death in an automobile accident at the age of 31 was a tragic loss for jazz, and the reissue of classic dates such as this one has been long overdue.
Ken Dryden

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

Eddie Costa
Guys and Dolls Like Vibes

Tracks

1 Guys and Dolls  6:45
2 Adelaide  8:29
3 If I Were a Bell  5:09
4 Luck Be a Lady  6:23
5 I've Never Been in Love Before  7:00
6 I'll Know  6:03

All selections composed by Frank Loesser

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Personnel
Eddie Costa - vb
Bill Evans - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Paul Motian - dr

Recorded in New York City ; [# 1 & 6] January 15 ; [# 4 & 5] January 16 ; & [# 2 & 3] January 17, 1958

17 comments:

L.O.L. said...

Thanks. Mel:)

Philo said...

I had this from vinyl. Wonderful music!

Thanks for the upgrade.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

jazztap said...

merci

Bill said...

Thank you!

poppachubby said...

Yes!!!

Alberto Cos said...

Merci beaucoup!!!

Peter said...

merci bien, Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

jazzphan said...

Mel, can you post new links for this album? Many thanks.

Melanchthon said...

http://www21.zippyshare.com/v/6oYt0VXs/file.html
http://www21.zippyshare.com/v/5v1JDBFj/file.html

Kovina Kris said...
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Kovina Kris said...

What a supporting cast for Costa here. Great post Mel. It looks like I got this from you some years back but may have forgotten to say thanks so let me say it now.

rev.b said...

Yeah, good catch Mel. Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

wonderful !!! thanks a lot

Fred Archtop said...

A bunch of thanks for you Mel. Eddie Costa was a so classy player...