Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mighty Mike Cuozzo

Recorded in 1955, originally issued on LP then reissued by the Japanese label Denon in 1995, and now made available on a digitally remastered CD, Mighty Mike was the tenorman's first album as a leader. It's a set that shows a bit of stylistic ambivalence as Cuozzo and the group find themselves moving between bop and mainstream jazz. The cut that best captures the musical philosophy of this group is "Underside," an original by Ronnie Ball. If there is such a thing as polite bop, this track is it. There's nothing frenetic or groundbreaking. Rather, this is relaxed, matter-of-fact approaching cerebral jazz played by more than competent musicians. It's not all that different from early Dave Brubeck Quartet material with vibraphonist Eddie Costa wearing the Paul Desmond mantle, in kind of a tongue-in-cheek manner. Keeping one foot in the mainstream, Cuozzo shows his indebtedness to Coleman Hawkins in the melody line improvising on "Nancy" as Ronnie Ball works sparse approach to the piano. Cuozzo and friends swing mightily as they romp with an upbeat "There Will Never Be Another You." Another attraction that makes this CD worth pursuing is the presence of Kenny "Klook" Clarke, a pioneer in the modern school of drumming. Here his use of the bass and snare provide a rhythmic cushion in support of Cuozzo's and Costa's extemporizing. This was an LP well worth reissuing as a CD as it ranks among the best of a tenor player who never quite lived up to expectations. It also is a valuable reminder that Eddie Costa was a far more talented vibes player than given credit for by the public. Recommended.
Dave Nathan

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/mighty-mike-cuozzo-with-the-costa-burke-trio-r153635/review

Mike Cuozzo
With The Costa-Burke Trio
Mighty Mike Cuozzo

Tracks

1 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  3:56
2 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  4:47
3 Nancy (Silvers, Van Heusen)  4:53
4 Walk Up (Evans)  5:11
5 An Evening at Papa Joe's (Jones)  9:34
6 Undersided (Ball)  6:13

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Personnel
Mike Cuozzo - ts
Eddie Costa - vb
Ronnie Ball - p
Vinnie Burke - b
Kenny Clarke - dr

Recorded in New York City ; November 22, 1955

33 comments:

Kndnsk said...

I don't think I have even heard about him before. Thank you melanchthon.

jazzuk said...

Mighty big thanks for this one Mel. Been after this Ronnie Ball session for ages. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup

OldHippieRick said...

Thanks Eddie Costa on vibes it's a keeper

Otis Foster said...

Interesting personnel. Not a lot of Ronnie Ball around.

I have another session with Burke and Costa in mp3 that comes from another sadly defunct blog. Let me know if there's interest in my sharing it.

neil said...

More Eddie Costa! Many thanks, mel...

Philo said...

Mike Cuozzo is new to me.

The album is very cool, very enjoyable stuff.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Merci. Je venais juste de découvrir ce musicien sur ce blog :
http://jazlovesblue.blogspot.com/2011/05/mike-cuozzo-with-eddie-costa-vinnie.html
Ciao,
Christophe

Anonymous said...

Thank you, mel.

grumpy said...

Many thanks Mel and an excellent companion to the album mentioned by others that you ALREADY POSTED HERE on Feb 10!!

Philo said...

Grumpy: Thanks for the helpful hint. I found the other Mike Cuozzo album and am enjoying it.

deGallo said...

Thank you for Mike Cuozzo.

SL said...

I would love to hear some Eddie Costa....could someone fill me in on the password for the file, can't open it correctly in winrar.
PM if possible thanks.

grumpy said...

Try melanchthon.

JazzFan said...

Thank you, Mel for another regular gem!

Frasco said...

Thank you very much.

rubberduck said...

Mighty Mike Cuozzo

rubberduck said...

Mighty Mike Cuozzo

Thanks a lot for this one, Mel.

jazztap said...

merci

duck said...

Hi again Mel, seems I missed this before, now all is well, thanks as always

jazzmaniac said...

Passwords doesn´t work

blbs said...

I missed it in in 2011... Thank you!

musician3 said...

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

Musrafak said...

Amazing album! Thanks so much

daniel genovese said...

THANK YOU

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

Otis Foster said...

Replaces a lost session. Nice to see these old Savoys resurface.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

http://www58.zippyshare.com/v/tyEocvQi/file.html
http://www58.zippyshare.com/v/IC414nB1/file.html

DEEP said...

CLASP FOR CUOZZO

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!