Monday, July 31, 2017

Freddie Green - Mr. Rhythm

Freddie Green seldom led sessions and seldom played lead. Instead, he formed part of the classic rhythm section that gave the Count Basie band its steady pulse. This rare date finds Green with tenor Al Cohn, trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Henry Coker, pianist Nat Pierce, bassist Milt Hinton, and either Jo Jones or Osie Johnson on drums. Mr. Rhythm, in fact, will remind many of a good Basie set. The steady drums, bass, and guitar on "Back and Forth" and "Something's Gotta Give" push the music forward, swinging ever so lightly. Nat Pierce's minimalist piano work also owes something to Basie. He adds small flourishes to the rhythm of pieces like "Easy Does It," and only a scattering of tastefully chosen notes on his solo. Coker and Cohn deliver nice solos on "When You Wish Upon a Star," with the trombone's lovely tone and the tenor's deep, mellow pitch complimenting the romanticism of the piece. Newman offers a concise, discerning solos on "Free and Easy" and "Learnin' the Blues." He uses a mute for both solos, perfectly capturing a calm, bluesy mood. Of course Green doesn't solo, and while his guitar is often barely audible, his presence is always felt. This album shows him to be a fine leader who is happy to remain in his role as rhythm guitarist. For fans of Green, and for those who enjoy swinging jazz with great soloists, Mr. Rhythm is a fine release.
Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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Freddie Green
Mr. Rhythm


1 Up in the Blues* (Green)  2:36
2 Down for the Double (Green)  4:01
3 Back and Forth* (Green)  2:20
4 Free and Easy (Green)  3:27
5 Learnin' the Blues (Green)  3:31
6 Feed Bag* (Green)  3:01
7 Something's Got to Give (Mercer)  2:55
8 Easy Does It (Oliver, Young)  3:46
9 Little Red* (Green)  2:11
10 Swinging Back (Green)  3:25
11 A Date With Ray (Green)  4:55
12 When You Wish Upon a Star (Washington, Harline)  2:37


Freddie Green - g
Al Cohn - ts & cl
Joe Newman - tp
Henry Coker - tb
Nat Pierce - p
Milt Hinton - b
Jonathan "Jo" Jones - dr
Osie Johnson* - dr

Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City ; December 18, 1955


yewsta said...

Thanks a lot.

Paco Carpena said...

Muchas gracias por otro guitarrista de jazz desconocido para mi.

Kndnsk said...

Thanks a lot, very intersting ! I knew this existed, but I've never had the chance to check it out yet. Cheers.

Orbyt said...

This is fabulous SWINGIN' music. Merci Melanchthon.

jazzlover said...

Magic Mel, I was looking for this work of Freddie Green with Al Cohn few minuts ago and then..... many thanks !!!

frankovic said...

great one!
thank you.

rowgatien said...

How cool is this? Terrific post, merci encore!

Philo said...

BMG Japan have done an amazing job of digital restoration & remastering. The quality of the sound they have recovered from these 1955 mono recordings is superb!

Anonymous said...

thank you!

reindeer man said...

Haven't heard Freddie Green as a leader. Thank you for this.

greenishthing said...


rog said...

Thank You Mel !

Tom Billisson said...

Thank you. Great swinging session.

deGallo said...

This is great. Thank you.

musician3 said...

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

Fred Archtop said...

Thks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Pee said...

Always great to hear someone like Green take the front spot. We can take for granted his chunk-chunk-a-chunk on so many great recordings...nice to see him featured on his own album! Thanks for sharing.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

Luis Delgado said...

What's the password?

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

This is great, what an education. Thanks.

The Jackal said...

Interesting combination Mel

Will report back

Anonymous said...

thanks so much dear MM, great music!

Kovina Kris said...

Great post!