Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lem Winchester Special & Another Opus

Vibist Lem Winchester (1928-1961) seemed well on the way to a promising jazz career when he made these two straight-ahead, bop-flavoured albums in 1959-60 with some of the leading lights in the music at the time. Influenced by Milt Jackson, he was also evolving his own sound and approach to the instrument.
That much is evident in his playing on the first, Winchester Special, with Benny Golson in fine form on tenor and an excellent rhythm section in pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Art Taylor. For Another Opus, arguably his best recorded album, Winchester was teamed with flautist and tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and the delectable piano of Hank Jones in a rhythm section completed by bassist Eddie Jones and drummer Osie Johnson. The vibist is particularly inventive on "Like Someone in Love", responds imaginatively to Oliver Nelson’s "The Meetin’" and plays with spirit and warmth on his own originals. But the end was nigh ; an accident with a revolver wrote the final chapter on January 13, 1961.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/winchester_special_+_another_opus_2_lps_on_1_cd-cd-5768.html

Lem Winchester
Winchester Special
Another Opus
(2 Lps On 1 Cd)


1 Down Fuzz (Winchester)  10:02
2 If I Were a Bell (Loesser)  4:02
3 Will You Still Be Mine (Dennis)  7:00
4 Mysticism (Len Foster)  7:31
5 How Are Things in Glocca Morra ? (Burton, Lane, Harburg)  4:11
6 The Dude (Winchester)  6:42
7 Another Opus (Winchester)  6:31
8 Blues Prayer (Winchester)  10:37
9 The Meetin’ (Nelson)  5:48
10 Like Someone In Love (Burke, Van Heusen)  6:30
11 Both Barrels (Winchester)  4:56


[# 1-6] from the 12-inch album “Winchester Special” (New Jazz 8223)
Benny Golson - ts [except on #6]
Lem Winchester - vb
Tommy Flanagan - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Arthur Taylor - dr
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; September 25, 1959
[# 7-11] from the 12-inch album “Another Opus” (Prestige/New Jazz 8244)
Frank Wess - fl & ts
Lem Winchester - vb
Hank Jones - p
Eddie Jones - b
Gus Johnson - dr
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; June 4, 1960


Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon. You're moving at warp speed.

marcusr said...

Thank you very much!

Pernath said...

Nice vibes. Thanks.

ramson said...

Here bonus track of Another Opus included on OJC CD release and not included on this edition:



blissedout said...

Thanks, Mel for this exceptional two-fer. Thanks, too, to Ramson, for the bonus track.

[Why do people play with guns when the best defense is a pure heart?]

neil said...

Had one album, but not the other; so thanks, mel - and to you, too, ramson...

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

stringbender said...

Thanks very much.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

chuchuni said...

Merci Mel for the new links!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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Kovina Kris said...

Would love to see this one come around again with new links. Thanks for all you do Mel.

Melanchthon said...


Kovina Kris said...

I'm a big fan of vibes and had never heard of Winchester. Really happy to get a chance to check this out. Thank you so much Mel!

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WOODY said...

It is absolutely fantastic to learn so much "new" jazz artists here on your great site. Beside Joe Roland now Lem Winchester, another master on the vibes. So thank's a lot for this and all the other gems you share with us, very much appreciated!

DEEP said...

He accidently killed himself playing Russian Roulette. He was an ex policeman and saw a pistol revolver in a drawer at a bar. He was going to show a trick and asked the bartender if he could see the pistol. When he was doing his trick he didn't realize that the pistol revolved counterclockwise. BANG!! That was the end of him.

tdelyon said...

Thanks a lot !

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel! Do you have a link for the missing track "Lid Flippin' "?