Thursday, August 3, 2017

Howard McGhee, vol. 2 & Tal Farlow Quartet

Among the rarest Blue Note recordings are the ones issued in the early '50s on ten-inch LPs, a format that did not catch on (being quickly overshadowed by twelve-inch LPs). Among the two albums that fell into the cracks were sessions by Howard McGhee (another CD has his initial Blue Note date) and Tal Farlow. This 1998 CD contains all of the music from two former albums. McGhee's half matches the trumpeter with altoist Gigi Gryce (doubling quite effectively on flute), guitarist Farlow, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Walter Bolden. While that bop-oriented band plays originals by McGhee, Gryce and Bolden (none of which caught on) plus the standard "Goodbye," and is joined by a new alternate take, the main reason to acquire this CD is for the Tal Farlow session. He is joined by second guitarist Don Arnone, bassist Clyde Lombardi and drummer Joe Morello for three standards ("Lover," "Flamingo" and "All Through the Night") plus a trio of the leader's originals during what was Farlow's first recording as a leader. Even at that early stage, Tal Farlow was a giant.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Howard McGhee
vol. 2


1 Jarm (McGhee)  4:32
2 Goodbye (Jenkins)  4:06
3 Futurity (Gryce)  4:01
4 Shabozz (Gryce)  3:56
5 Tranquility (McGhee)  4:07
6 Ittapnna (Bolden)  3:46
7 Jarm [alt. take] (McGhee)  3:54
8 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  4:03
9 Flamingo (Grouya, Henderson)  4:29
10 Splash (Farlow)  3:34
11 Rock ‘N’ Rye (Farlow)  4:03
12 All Through The Night (Porter)  4:05
13 Tina (Farlow)  3:57


[# 1-7]
Originally issued as “Howard McGhee Volume 2 (BLP 5024)”
Howard McGhee - tp
Gigi Gryce - as & fl
Tal Farlow - g
Horace Silver - p
Percy Heath - b
Walter Bolden - dr 
Recorded by Doug Watkins at WOR studios, New York City ; May 20, 1953
[# 8-13] Tal Farlow Quartet. Originally issued as “Tal Farlow Quartet (BLP 5042)”
Tal Farlow - g
Don Arnone - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Joe Morello - dr 
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey ; April 11, 1954


ita diegues said...

Thank you very much for two great musicians.

Jay said...

Thanks for sharing this fine music. I've always wanted to hear Gigi Gryce's playing on this session.

rio said...

Thanks...for this great one

deGallo said...

Great! Thank you.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX !....

Robert Cox said...

Thanks for the Howard McGhee #2. You mentioned
in this post. Would you update the link to the music some time?
Thanks in advance

ProfessorCalculus said...

Great one Mel. Thanks

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel.

Pee said...

I've got an old copy of this that I ripped to mp3, but the upgrade is most welcome...thanks Mel!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM! Grrrreat!

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you for the re-post!

Kovina Kris said...

Love that lineup. Thank you Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Very cool, much obliged.

Angel said...

Mel is my man

imacodfish said...

A Tal Farlow that I don't have - wonderful! Merci mon ami!