Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Joe Newman Septet - The Midgets

Joe Newman, one of the very few musicians (other than Freddie Green) to play for long periods with Count Basie's orchestras of both the 1940s and '50s, had an unclassifiable trumpet style. Influenced early on by Louis Armstrong and more prominently by Harry "Sweets" Edison, Newman was a mainstream player who was versatile enough to hold his own with Count Basie's younger (and generally boppish) sidemen. Born to a musical family in New Orleans, Newman not only played with the college band at Alabama State College, but took over its leadership. He gained important early experience playing with Lionel Hampton's big band (1941-43) before joining Basie (1943-47). He was a featured sideman with Illinois Jacquet's popular group and also worked with J.C. Heard. Newman's second period with Basie (1952-61) gave him his greatest fame, as he shared solo space with Thad Jones. The trumpeter also recorded extensively during this era a leader for Vanguard, Storyville, Jazztone, Savoy, Coral, Roulette, Swingville and Mercury ; his four near-classic RCA sessions have been reissued as a two-CD set. After leaving Basie, Newman toured the Soviet Union with Benny Goodman (1962), freelanced around New York, and became involved with Jazz Interactions (a nonprofit organization that educated youth about jazz), serving as its president starting in 1967. In later years, Joe Newman fared well at the 1972 Newport in New York jam sessions, guested with the New York Jazz Repertory Company, toured with Benny Carter, and led sessions for Black & Blue and Concord. He also founded "Jazz Interactions", a New York-based organization that educated children about jazz and promoted concerts.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Joe Newman
The Midgets


1 No Moon at All (Evans, Mann)  2:50
2 Valerie (Wilkins)  2:57
3 My Dog Friday (Wilkins)  3:31
4 Scooter (Wilkins)  2:57
5 The Late Late Show (Berlin, Alfred)  3:01
6 Indeed the Blues (Wilkins)  3:42
7 The Midgets (Newman)  6:09
8 One Lamper (Wilkins)  3:04
9 Living Dangerously (Wilkins)  2:52
10 Really ? Healy ! (Wilkins)  2:52
11 She Has Red Hair (Wilkins)  3:26


Joe Newman - tp
Frank Wess - fl
Hank Jones - p [and - org on #3]
Barry Galbraith - g
Freddie Green - rhyth. g
Eddie Jones - b
Osie Johnson - dr

Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, July 8, 1956 [# 1-4] ; July 10, 1956 [# 5-7] & July 13, 1956 [# 8-11]


Terry said...

Simple but swinging jazz. Thank you.

David said...

Good stuff. Thank you very much.

Orbyt said...

Swingin' is right...Thanks Mel.

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... Joe Newman fan ... Baron

greenishthing said...

this is a lowly record - love it love it! thanks!!

yewsta said...

Catching up on Joe Newman. Thank you very much.

greenishthing said...

this is one of my fav records! wonderful Joe Newman!

Tim said...

Okay. What am I doing wrong? I've got an account with Rapidshare and I still get this message: owner's public traffic exhausted. (da3c7b747

Others seem to be able to download.

Jontowel said...

thanks very much for sharing this. am a huge fan of mr wess flute playing.

jazzcat1228 said...

Great stuff! Thank you, Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

thank you

reincidente said...

Love Mel!

steve said...

Thanks Mel! This looks really great. Thanks for the listen

picoso said...
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picoso said...

Thanks Mel, Barry Galbraith, one of the best sidemen. what a rhythm, memorable the records with Fats Waller, worthy, he is superb, we want more, pls, and Joe Newman too, one of my favourites ever. Thanks again

ProfessorCalculus said...

Mucho Gracias amigo.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. I'll give a try to that one.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

FYI - Expired files here.