Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oscar Pettiford & Barry Galbraith

Oscar Pettiford and his bass appeared on the scene at the tail-end of the swing period, and were influential in the early days of bop and have since been heard with Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and innumerable small groups, all of which have benefited rhythmically from Pettiford’s unusually polished musicianship. The Septette’s drummer, Osie Johnson, is generally considered one of the three or four top men on his instrument for small group work. He has been with Earl Hines and Tony Scott and has played on and written arrangements for a long series of recording dates.
Six of the twelve tunes played by the Septette are the creations of Manny Albam. His neatly organized and melodically catchy arrangement of “Never Never Land” gives each of the solo aspirants a chance to be heard — Costa on vibes, McKusick on clarinet, and Mann on flute, while Green offers the expansive but tender side of his trombone nature. Both “Like Listen” and “Since When” have an insistently swinging beat, the first featuring a strongly expressed piano solo by Costa who retums to vibes for another well developed solo on “Since When”. The latter number also gives Urbie Green a chance to trot out his big, rough tone. “Rapid transit” is the only selection that is not given a really suitable dance tempo. But the Septette can be granted one chance to take off as it does here behind Eddie Costa’s occasionally fantastic and frequently awesome piano solo. a “Flute cocktail” provides a similar showcase, at a more modest tempo, for Herbie Mann’s flute, while “At bat for K.C.” is a bow in the direction of Kansas City’s Count Basie, spelled out in the opening measures. McKusick takes one of his typical jabbing alto solos on this one and some of Urbie Green’s humour leaps through at the end of his trombone solo. Albam’s final original contribution is “Thou Svelt”, for which he has written an unusual and rather weird opening with flute and clarinet blending over the stringed instruments. The curtain raiser, “King Porter Stomp”, is a lightly rolling modern version of Jelly Roll Morton’s classic piano solo which is most familiar nowadays as a swinging big band vehicle for Benny Goodman’s band. For “Love of my Life”, Albam has done some tight ensemble writing which the Septette plays with a gentle bounce that is slightly reminiscent of John Kirby’s little band. “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans ?”, a number introduced in a film by Louis Armstrong, is given a very different feeling with Herbie Mann’s flute leading the ensemble instead of an Armstrongian trumpet. “My Shining Hour” gives Barry Galbraith one of his rare chances to come to the front of the group, both in a single string solo and chording the melody over the riffing ensemble. The tempo picks up again for the finale, “There Will Never Be Another You”, which features McKusick’s alto and Green’s high-noting trombone.
For the ear, the Septette’s treatment is always suave. For the toe, it’s tappable. Head to toe, it’s a complete treatment. Try it on you feet.
John S. Wilson, from the booklet

Oscar Pettiford
The Manhattan Jazz Septette
Barry Galbraith
Guitar and the Wind


1 King Porter Stomp (Morton)  2:46
2 Never Never Land (Codmen, Green, Styne)  2:59
3 Like Listen (Albam)  2:51
4 Since When (Albam)  2:54
5 Love Of My Live (Mercer, Shaw)  2:25
6 Rapid Transit (Albam)  2:34
7 Flute Cocktail (Albam)  3:23
8 At Bat For K.C. (Albam)  3:41
9 Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans ? (Alter, DeLange)  3:15
10 My Shining Hour (Arlen, Mercer)  3:10
11 Thou Svelt (Albam)  3:17
12 There'll Never Be Another You (Warren, Gordon)  2:13
13 Bull Market (Byers)  2:47
14 Portrait Of Jennie (Burdge, Robinson)  3:12
15 Judy's Jaunt (Cohn)  2:31
16 Nina Never Knew (Drake, Alter)  2:51
17 Walking (Down) (Carpenter)  3:15
18 A Gal In Calico (Robin, Schwartz)  3:13
19 I Like To Recognize The Tune (Rodgers, Hart)  2:59
20 Any Place I Hang My Hat (Arlen, Mercer)  3:10
21 Love Is For The Very Young (Raskin)  2:51
22 Holiday (Cohn)  2:54
23 Ya' Gotta Have Rhythm (Johnson)  3:14
24 What Am I Here For ? (Ellington)  2:36


[# 1-12]
Urbie Green - tb
Hal McKusick - as
Herbie Mann - fl & ts
Eddie Costa - p & vb
Barry Galbraith - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Manny Albam - arr
Recorded in New York City ; June 7, 1956.
[# 13-24]
Barry Galbraith - GUITAR AND THE WIND
Urbie Green - tb
Bobby Jaspar - fl & ts
Eddie Costa - p
Barry Galbraith - g
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Billy Byers & Al Cohn - arr
Recorded in New York City ; January 16, 21 & 28, 1958


wightdj said...

Quite a pair, great line-ups, look forward to hearing both sessions. Thanks.

Lexman said...

Thanks a lot!!

stringbender said...

Thanks for posting this KILLER release!!

jazzfan1 said...

Tried to download this several times recently. Gets about 2/3 of the way through, then freezes. Possibly the file's too large. Alas.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

deGallo said...

Great players, great tunes, great album. Thank you.

poppachubby said...


kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

Frasco said...

Thank you very much Melanchthon

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nice album, but the unfortunately the links have expired.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

hepcat said...

Mzny thanks!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Two big thanks

Mike said...

Great stuff! Thank you.

Otis Foster said...

Wonderful material, great voicings with Costa in the mix.

Kovina Kris said...

I have the Galbraith album but not the Pettiford one. I like this lineup enough that I'll take the dup to get the other. Thank you Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Splendid pair, thanks!

Roberto Ferrari said...

Thanks a lot!!! Roberto