Sunday, July 23, 2017

Gil Mellé - Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions (feat. Lou Mecca & Tal Farlow)

Blue Note raids the back of its vaults for all four of Mellé's long out of print 10" LPs, plus the 12" Patterns in Jazz, in order to place back in circulation a musician who had been nearly invisible to the jazz world for a good three decades. Though Mellé's entertaining self-penned liner notes may be outrageously self-aggrandizing, this collection leaves little doubt that he was (and remains) a marvelous saxophonist and an intriguing composer who hasn't been given his due. On the early sides, Mellé plays an erudite, relaxed, always musical tenor sax, and "Transition" marks his recorded debut on baritone, which he uses in a thoughtful, even quizzical manner for the remainder of the set. As a composer, Mellé was very much the uncompromising cool bopper, but was also equipped with a fascinating mind of his own. His first session is also the most startling : "Four Moons" is brilliant in its Kentonian harmonic way, with vibraphone striking the chords ; so is his most famous jazz composition "The Gears," with its Monica Dell scat vocal lead doubled by vibraphone. Further on in the set, Mellé does away with the piano in the cool tradition, but gives the lineup an unorthodox twist by using a guitarist (Tal Farlow, Lou Mecca, or Joe Cinderella) in the keyboard role, and a trombonist (Eddie Bert or the swinging, vastly underrated Urbie Green) or even a tuba (Don Butterfield) on the front line. He also employs consistently first-class rhythm sections, with Max Roach and a young Joe Morello among the drummers. For those super-collectors who may have the extremely rare originals (now worth hundreds of dollars each), there is one unreleased track, "The Nearness of You" ; the digitally remastered sound, flaws in the master tapes aside, is excellent.
Richard S. Ginell 

Gil Mellé
Complete Blue Note
50s Sessions


Cd. 1

1 Four Moons (Mellé)  2:23
2 The Gears (Mellé)  3:06
3 Mars (Mellé)  2:46
4 Sunset Concerto (Mellé)  2:03
5 Cyclotron (Mellé)  3:13
6 October (Mellé)  3:41
7 Under Capricorn (Mellé)  2:58
8 Venus (Mellé)  3:40
9 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  5:55
10 Spellbound (Rozsa)  3:18
11 Transition (Mellé)  5:12
12 A Lion Lives Here (Mellé)  3:50
13 Timepiece (Mellé)  3:10
14 Gingersnap (Mellé)  3:17
15 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington)  4:17
16 Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing, Weiss)  3:46
17 Ballad for Guitar (Mellé)  3:53
18 Metropolitan (Mellé)  2:50
19 Newport News (Mellé)  4:55


Cd. 2

1 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward)  3:59
2 Quadrille for Moderns (Mellé)  3:31
3 Five Impressions of Color (Mellé)  12:37
Spectrum Violet — Sea Green Royal Blue — Ebony
 4 Life Begins at Midnight (Mellé)  4:24
5 Night Train to Wildwood (Mellé)  4:10
6 Threadneedle Street (Mellé)  4:15
7 Weird Valley (Mellé)  5:13
8 The Set Break (Mellé)  4:48
9 Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn, Suessdorf)  4:52
10 Long Ago (And Far Away) (Gershwin, Kern)  4:32
11 The Arab Barber Blues (Mellé)  9:05
12 Nice Questions (Mellé)  8:17


[Cd. 1, # 1-4]
Gil Mellé - ts
Eddie Bert - tb
Joe Manning - vb
George Wallington - p
Red Mitchell - b
Max Roach - dr
Monica Dell - vc [# 3-4 only]
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; March 2, 1952
[Cd. 1, # 5-8]
Gil Mellé - ts 
Eddie Bert - tb
Tal Farlow - g
Urbie Green - tb
Clyde Lombardi - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded same place as above ; January 31, 1953
[Cd. 1, # 9-15]
Gil Mellé - ts [# 9-11 & 14] & bs [# 12, 13 & 15]
Urbie Green - tb
Tal Farlow - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded same place as above ; October 25, 1953
[Cd. 1, # 1, # 19 & Cd. 2, # 1 & 2]
Gil Mellé - bs
Lou Mecca - g
Bill Phillips - b
Vinnie Thomas - dr
Recorded same place as above ; August 5, 1954
[Cd. 2, # 3-6] 
Same as above, except
Don Butterfield - tub, is added
Recorded same place as above ; February 27, 1955
[Cd. 2, # 7-12]
Gil Mellé - bs
Eddie Bert - tb
Joe Cinderella - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Ed Thigpen - dr
Recorded same place as above ; April 1, 1956


Oldie said...

sorry - the links are not valid???

Kndnsk said...

Thank you for your great blog!
Could you check the links to this one, please? It has some rare Tal.

Otis Foster said...

Both files are empty - are you planning to repost?

Thanks, Otis

jazzlover said...

Is my first album from Mellé, this set from BN look's good with the great Tal Farlow and Roach.
Many thanks

jazzlover said...

Oldie is wrong, the link is valid

rowgatien said...

Outstanding! THANKS

swamielmo said...

thank you mel, this guy is very interesting. having fun listening.

El Tortuga said...

looks very promising, thank you Leopold!

Pernath said...

Didn't know this guy. Let's give him a try. Thank you Leopold.

Baron said...

Thank you Leopold

Pernath said...

The links are valid but the password is only valid for the first track.

Otis Foster said...

I've tried all known p/ws and am not gaining access. Any suggestions?


(PS - I'm replacing lost files from earlier download.)

duck said...

Leopold, thanks, downloading now and will let you know if it unrars ok.

duck said...

all ok and again thanks, of course the correct pw makes a difference.

Dovid said... lists Teddy Charles as the vibraphonist on the three bonus tracks.

fred said...

what's the password for this? I like Gil Melle and would love to have this.

Otis Foster said...
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JQ Public said...

Would greatly appreciate a reupload of this item.


david said...

Thank you very much !

Unknown said...

also the composer of the excellent 'andromeda strain' sound track.

Melanchthon said...

Com'on Ruskaval...

SamRivers D said...

is that mario schiano? thanks a lot for all the keen music selections!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Benjamin Riley said...

Hello, could you refresh the links with ZippyShare? Thank you--Benjamin

Benjamin Riley said...

hello, again, Mel--I'm a fan of Gil Melle's, and I thank you for the posts of so many of his albums. Could you repost these on ZippyShare? Thanks again--Benjamin.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Anonymous said...

molto bene!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX !....

Benjamin Riley said...

Hell, Mel, and happy new year. Thank you very much for this repost. Best regards from Benjamin

Jay said...

This is a great gift. Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Great post ! Thansk Mel.

bventure said...

Wow! Almost missed this. Many many thanks for the unique Mr Mellé.

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Jazz Padd said...

Nice, thanks, looking forward to hearing this!

Benjamin Riley said...

Hello, Mel--Great to see you back, and thank you very much for reposting these albums on ZippyShare. Best wishes from Benjamin.

Anonymous said...

... and the great boon of Urbie Green, such an underrated artist these days, thanks so much dear MM.

Dante A. said...

Thanks a lot for Re-Up

Kovina Kris said...

Another nice upgrade from my lossy version. Thank you!

Historicus said...

great release, a really must!!!

erasmus said...

so smooth and mellow...
i'm suddenly a beatnik in a smoke-filled room with a beret on my head and heroin in my blood.

thanks mel!

Dr. Clysmok said...

I had no idea Melle' had a career outside of tv and movies. Thanks for this, I can't wait to hear it.