Showing posts with label Bennie Green. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bennie Green. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The George Benson Cookbook

In mid-2001 Columbia/Legacy reissued this 1966 classic, along with It's Uptown, recorded only several months earlier. The Cookbook is widely considered Benson's essential jazz album, and for good reason. His aggressive, bop - and blues - oriented guitar work is at its peak, and in retrospect, his quartet's spirited blend of jazz, soul, and even rock is strikingly innovative. Four bonus tracks include a (previously unreleased) doo wop vocal rendition of Little Willie John's "Let Them Talk" and two Benson originals that are pure rock-n-roll : "The Man from Toledo" and "Goodnight." Two of the bonus cuts are preceded by control-booth comments from the session's legendary producer, John Hammond. [The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds four bonus tracks, all recorded, like the rest of the album, in 1966 ; one of these, "Let Them Talk" (with a vocal by Benson), was previously unreleased.]
David R. Adler

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George Benson
The George Benson Cookbook


1 The Cooker (Benson) 4:19
2 Benny's Back (Benson) 4:12
3 Bossa Rocka (Benson) 4:25
4 All of Me (Marks, Simons) 2:10
5 Big Fat Lady (Benson) 4:44
6 Benson's Rider (Benson) 5:37
7 Ready 'N Able (Smith) 3:34
8 The Borgia Stick (Benson) 3:09
9 Return of the Prodigal Son (Ousley) 2:38
10 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Young) 6:36
11 The Man from Toledo [*] (Benson) 2:10
12 Slow Scene [*] (Benson) 3:14
13 Let Them Talk [*] (John) 2:54
14 Goodnight [*] (Benson) 2:21

Featuring Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Cuber, Billy Kaye, Bennie Green, Jimmy Lovelace, King Curtis, Blue Mitchell, etc...
Recorded between August 1, 1966 & November 22, 1966.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bennie Green

Trombonist Bennie Green and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest make a potent team on this fine middle-of-the-road 1960 set. Performing three selections by their pianist Sonny Clark, an obscurity, "Solitude," and "Sometimes I'm Happy," Green and Forrest both display extroverted emotions and plenty of swinging ideas. Also heard from are bassist George Tucker, drummer Al Dreares and Joseph Gorgas on bongos. This Time set was last reissued by Bainbridge, although it was put out on CD in Japan.
Scott Yanow

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Bennie Green
Bennie Green


1 Sometimes I'm Happy (Youmans)  5:25
2 It's Time (Clark)  7:04
3 Solitude (Ellington)  5:48
4 Sonny's Crip (Clark)  6:05
5 Cool Struttin' (Clark)  5:27
6 And That I Am So in Love (Ousley)  3:51

Bennie Green - tb
Jimmy Forrest - ts
Sonny Clark - p
George Tucker - b
Alfred Dreares - dr
Joseph Gorgas - bng

Recorded in New York City ; September 27, 1960

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bennie Green With Art Farmer

Trombonist Bennie Green and trumpeter Art Farmer (with the assistance of pianist Cliff Smalls, bassist Addison Farmer and drummer Philly Joe Jones) challenge each other on these five selections which include an original apiece by the two horns and Smalls in addition to cheerful renditions of "My Blue Heaven" and "Gone with the Wind." The playing is not flawless on this recording but the soloists take chances and the music is often exciting. It's recommended to straightahead jazz fans.
Scott Yanow

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Bennie Green
With Art Farmer


1 My Blue Heaven (Donaldson, Whiting)  5:26
2 Sky Coach (Farmer)  5:31
3 Cliff Dweller (Smalls)  5:50
4 Let's Stretch (Green)  10:52
5 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  6:24

Bennie Green - tb
Art Farmer - tp
Cliff Smalls - p
Addison Farmer - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr

Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; April 13, 1956

Friday, May 3, 2013

Bob Brookmer, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rosolino & all. - The Trombones, Inc.

This long out-of-print LP is a bit of an oddity. Ten trombonists from the East Coast and ten from the West are featured in separate sets with J.J. Johnson contributing the arrangements for the former group (although not playing at all himself) and Marty Paich and Warren Barker splitting the writing duties for The West Coasters. The music is boppish and there is room for solos (including spots for Frank Rehak, Bob Brookmeyer, Benny Green, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rosolino and Bob Enevoldsen among others). Nothing that innovative occurs (although the sound of the ensembles is a bit unique); obviously fans of the trombone will find this LP of greatest interest.
Scott Yanow 

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Bob Brookmer
Jimmy Cleveland
Frank Rosolino
The Trombones, Inc.


1 Neckbones (Johnson)  4:01
2 Dues Blues (Johnson)  6:57
3 Long Before I Knew You (Cahn, Styne)  3:59
4 Soft Winds (Goodman)  3:55
5 Tee Jay (Johnson)  4:08
6 Lasus Trombone (Fillmore)  3:08
7 It's All Right With Me (Porter)  3:27
8 Polka Dost a Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:54
9 Old DevilMoon (Harburg, Lane)  3:57
10 Impossible (Allen)  4:54
11 Heat Wave (Berlin)  3:19
12 I Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  4:25

Featuring Eddie Bert, Milt Hinton, Herbie Harper, Joe Howard, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, Milt Bernart, Jimmy Cleveland, Henry Coker, Bennie Green, Melba Liston, Benny Powell, Frank Rehak, Bob Brookmeyer, Dick Hickson, Bob Alexander, Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson, etc.

Recorded in New York City & Los Angeles ; between December 3, & December 5 1958

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Bennie Green, Kai Winding & J. J. Johnson

Two unrelated session are combined on this CD reissue of an LP. Trombonist Bennie Green is heard on four ballads from 1952 while backed by a rhythm section and six strings. However, the more significant selections are eight songs that for the first time matched together trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding in a quintet. The Johnson and Winding group would be quite popular during the next two years and, listening to the colorful and melodic versions of such tunes as "How Long Has This Been Going On," "Dinner for One," and "We'll Be Together Again," it is easy to see why.
Scott Yanow

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Kai Winding
Bennie Green
With Strings


1 There's a Small Hotel (Hart, Rodgers) 2:41
2 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish) 3:15
3 Serenade to Love (Green) 2:54
4 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:58
5 Don't Argue (Winding) 3:00
6 How Long Has This Been Going On ? (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:33
7 Riviera (Johnson) 3:14
8 Dinner for One (Carr) 3:04
9 Hip Bones (Johnson) 2:56
10 Wind Bag (Winding) 3:10
11 We'll Be Together Again (Fischer, Laine) 3:16
12 Bags' Groove (Jackson) 3:11

Bennie Green - tb
John Malachi - p
Tommy Potter - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Alan Lane, Harold Sonn, Autrey McKissack, etc... - str
Recorded in Chicago ; May 13, 1952
J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding - tb
Dick Katz - p
Peck Morrison - b
Al Harewood - dr
Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; December 3, 1954

J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding & Bennie Green

A classic early album on Prestige – and one that features some heavy bop sessions cut for early 78s, all nicely packaged in a great cover by the famous Mad Magazine cartoonist Don Martin! The record features 3 sets of different tracks led by three of bop's greatest trombonists – JJ Johson, Kai Winding, and Bennie Green – and titles include "Hilo", "Elysses", "Fox Hunt", "Waterworks", "Sid's Bounce", and "Whirl A Licks".
© 1996-2011, Dusty Groove America, Inc.
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J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding & Bennie Green
Trombone by Three

1 Elysees (Lewis) 3:07
2 Hi-Lo (Rollins) 2:43
3 Fox Hunt (Johnson) 2:46
4 Opus V (Johnson) 2:40
5 Green Junction (Green) 2:52
6 Flowing River (Green) 2:40
7 A Night on Bop Mountain (Winding) 3:34
8 Waterworks [alternate take] (Mulligan) 3:39
9 Broadway [alternate take] (Bird, McRae, Woode) 3:19
10 Sid's Bounce (Kaminsky) 3:16
11 Whirl-A-Licks (Green) 3:17
12 Pennies from Heaven (Burke, Johnston) 2:14
13 Broadway [*] (Bird, McRae, Woode) 3:08
14 Waterworks [*] (Mulligan) 3:38
15 Night on Bop Mountain [*] (Winding) 3:24
16 Tenor Sax Shuffle [*] (Nicholas) 3:04
17 Sugar Syrup [*] (Brannon) 3:01

J. J. Johnson - tb
Sonny Rollins - ts
Kenny Dorham - tp
John Lewis - p
Leonard Gaskin - b
Max Roach - dr
Recorded in New York City, May 26, 1949.
[#7-10 & 13-15]
Kai Winding - tb
Brew Moore - ts
Gerry Mulligan - bs
George Wallington - p
Curly Russell - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded in New York City ; August 23, 1949.
[#5, 6, 11, 12, 16 & 17]
Bennie Green - tb
Eddie Davis, "BIG NICK" Nicholas - ts
Rudy Williams - bs
Teddy Brannon - p
Tommy Potter - b
Art Blakey - dr
Recorded in New York City ; October 5, 1951.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Howard McGhee - Dusty Blue

The 1950s had largely been a waste for Howard McGhee, as drug addiction had taken its toll on his playing. But he is in good form for this 1961 studio session for Bethlehem, leading a septet with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, trombonist Bennie Green, and tenor saxophonist Roland Alexander, with a top-notch rhythm section of Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, and Walter Bolden an added bonus. His delicious muted horn is the centerpiece of the lightly swinging take of "The Sound of Music" and strolling rendition of the normally bittersweet "Cottage for Sale," while he's on open horn for a snappy take of Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You." McGhee's explosive side comes out in bop favorites like "Groovin' High," yet he is just as powerful playing long notes in the lush ballad "With Malice Toward None." McGhee's originals are all enjoyable, though none caught on with other jazz musicians.
Ken Dryden

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Howard McGhee
Dusty Blue  


1 Dusty Blue (McGhee) 2:53
2 The Sound of Music (Hammerstein, Rodgers) 3:22
3 I Concentrate on You (Porter) 4:06
4 Sleep Talk (McGhee) 2:55
5 Park Avenue Petite (Golson) 3:32
6 Flyin' Colors (McGhee) 5:52
7 With Malice Towards None (Macintosh) 4:02
8 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 4:19
9 Cottage for Sale (Conley, Robison) 4:28

Howard McGhee - tp
Bennie Green - tb
Pepper Adams - bs
Roland Alexander - ts
Tommy Flanagan - p
Walter Bolden - dr
Ronald Carter - b

Recorded in New York City ; June 13, 1960

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Charlie Parker - Complete Savoy Live Performances

This four-CD set contains a somewhat streamlined presentation of Parker's complete known live broadcasts from New York's Royal Roost, dating during 1948 and 1949, augmented with five of the live September 29, 1947, Carnegie Hall recordings and one lower-quality tape made in Chicago during 1950. The vitality of these performances still radiates off the tapes in whatever format they're reproduced 50-plus years later -- the interaction between the bandmembers, which include Miles Davis (or Kenny Dorham) on trumpet and Max Roach at the drums, and Tadd Dameron or Al Haig at the ivories, is spellbinding. The difference between these performances and Parker's studio work of the period is that he was always "on" for the broadcasts, and had already achieved something of a peak that he still missed in his studio work of the era -- those along with him rose to the occasion, as witnessed by Kenny Dorham's playing on Miles Davis' "Half Nelson" in December of 1947. On the other hand, nobody could touch Parker when he was at his peak on stage, which he ascends easily on a jam set to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." In the Chicago material, [...] Parker is certainly audible, and hearing his improvisations on material like Rodgers & Hart's "There's a Small Hotel" is worth the price of the disc, even on what amounts to a good audience tape. The source material has been very carefully mastered, striking a good balance between clean playback and fidelity to the original performance, and the dozens of pages of notes represent virtually a separate, free-standing book on Parker during this period in his career."
Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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Charlie Parker
Complete Savoy Live Performances
(Sept. 29, 1947-Oct. 25, 1950)



[From the Royal Roost (part I)]

1 52nd Street Theme (Monk) 5:23
2 Koko (Parker) 2:32
3 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 5:02
4 Big Foot (Parker) 4:44
5 Ornithology (Parker, Harris) 5:44
6 Slow Boat To China (Loesser) 5:20
7 Hot House (Dameron) 4:25
8 Salt Peanuts (Gillespie, Clarke) 3:52
9 Chasin' the Bird (Parker) 4:25
10 Out of Nowhere (Heyman, Green) 3:20
11 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 2:58
12 Half Nelson (Davis) 4:45
13 White Christmas (Berlin) 5:10
14 Little Willie Leaps (Davis) 3:54
15 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid/Be-Bop (Young, Gillespie) 5:04
16 Slow Boat To China (Loesser) 4:30


[From the Royal Roost (part II)]

1 Ornithology (Parker, Gillespie) 4:52
2 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 5:36
3 East of the Sun (and West ofthe Moon) (Bowman) 4:38
4 Cheryl (Parker) 4:40
5 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 5:04
6 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker) 4:09
7 Be-Bop (Parker) 3:31
8 Hot House (Parker) 5:06
9 Oop Bop Sh' Bam (Fuller, Roberts, Gillespie) 5:05
10 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker) 4:39
11 Salt Peanuts (Parker) 4:09
12 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 3:44
13 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker) 3:29
14 Barbados (Parker) 3:51
15 Salt Peanuts (Parker) 3:42
16 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker) 4:53


[From the Royal Roost (part III)]

1 Barbados (Parker) 3:56
2 Be-Bop (Parker) 3:28
3 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 4:47
4 Confirmation (Parker) 3:34
5 Salt Peanuts (Parker) 3:55
6 Half-Nelson (Davis) 3:42
7 A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli) 4:53
8 Scrapple From the Apple (Parker) 4:59
9 Deedle (Lambert) 2:39
10 What's This ? (Lambert) 2:15
11 Cheryl (Parker) 3:49
12 Anthropology (Parker) 5:50
13 Hurry Home (Bernier, Emmerich, Meyer) 2:27
14 Deedle (Lambert) 2:06
15 Royal Roost Bop (Lambert) 2:12
16 Cheryl (Parker) 3:25
17 Slow Boat To China (Loesser) 4:41
18 Chasin' the Bird (Parker) 6:36


Cd. 4

[Chicago & Carnegie Hall, New York]

1 There's a Small Hotel (Hart, Rodgers) 10:14
2 These Foolish Things (RemindMe of You) (Marvell, Strachey, Link) 2:06
3 Keen and Peachy (Rogers, Burns) 6:29
4 Hot House 9:06
5 Swivel Hips (Bird, Bass and Out) (McLin) 3:37
6 Goodbye (Jenkins) 3:13
7 A Night In Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli) 5:09
8 Dizzy Atmosphere 4:05
9 Groovin' High (Gillespie) 5:13
10 Confirmation (Parker) 5:35
11 Koko (Parker) 4:10


Featuring Charlie Parker, Buddy Stewart, Dave Lambert, George Freeman, Claude McLin, Flip Phillips, Lucky Thompson, Charlie Ventura, Conte Candoli, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Bennie Green, Chris Anderson , John Lewis, Al Haig, Tadd Dameron, Milt Jackson, Bruz Freeman, Joe Harris , Max Roach, Shelly Manne, Ed Shaughnessy...

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (1947-1950); Chicago Club, New York, NY (1947-1950); Chicago, IL (1947-1950); Royal Roost (1947-1950); Royal Roost New York, NY (1947-1950).

Friday, February 1, 2013

John Graas - Jazz Studio 1/2 [The John Graas Project #1]

The Jazz Studio series recorded for Decca during the 1950s produced a lot of enjoyable sessions, though many of them were very hard to obtain until Lonehill Jazz began reissuing them in 2004. The first two tracks, first released as Jazz Studio, Vol. 1, are long workouts that featuring trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Bennie Green, tenor saxophonists Frank Foster and Paul Quinichette, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Johnny Smith (who appeared on the original album as Sir Jonathan Gasser, since he was under contract to Roost at the time), bassist Eddie Jones, and drummer Kenny Clarke. Smith sets up the 22-minute rendition of "Tenderly" with a beautiful unaccompanied solo, then the full rhythm section joins in as the individual reed and brass players take turns. The tempo picks up a good bit just prior to the midpoint, with the solos being much briefer as everyone gets a chance to blow. The second piece, "Let's Spilt," is a bluesy riff tune jointly composed by Hank Jones and Robert Shad that is also an extended performance; it is easy to imagine this snappy tune being played in a 52nd Street nightclub during the 1940s or early '50s. The last six tracks on this compilation come from a recording originally issued as Jazz Studio, Vol. 2, with French horn player John Graas as the leader of this cool-oriented West Coast session, with trumpeter Don Fagerquist, trombonist Milt Bernhart, alto saxophonist Herb Geller, Jimmy Giuffre (who plays clarinet, tenor, and baritone saxes), pianist Marty Paich, guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Curtis Counce, and drummer Larry Bunker on hand. The mood is considerably more subdued than the bop material recorded by the East Coast musicians heard on Jazz Studio, Vol. 1, but the music has held up very well, with excellent solos and strong charts by Graas and Paich. Highlights include Graas' intricate "Here Come the Lions" and Paich's equally challenging "Paicheck" (note its equally witty title).
Ken Dryden

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John Graas
Jazz Studio, Vols. 1-2
[The John Graas Project #1]


1 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence) 22:27
2 Let's Split (Jones, Shad) 14:06
3 Laura (Mercer, Raksin) 7:23
4 Here Come the Lions (Graas) 6:42
5 Paycheck (Paich) 6:13
6 Graas Point (Graas) 7:46
7 Darn That Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen) 6:30
8 Do It Again (Gershwin) 5:16

[# 1 & 2] Jazz Studio 1
Joe Newmann - tp
Bennie Green - tb
Frank Foster, Paul Quinichette - ts
Hank Jones - p
Johnny Smith - g
Eddie Jones - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in New York ; October 10, 1953
[# 3-8] Jazz Studio 2
Don Fagerquist - tp
Milt Bernhart - tb
John Graas -
hHerb Geller - as 
Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs 
Marty Paich - p 
Howard Roberts - g 
Curtis Counce - b 
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; June 4, 1954

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sonny Stitt & Bennie Green - My Main Man

Bennie Green was no where near the technician Stitt was. In fact, his trombone vocabulary precedes J. J. Johnson's and the bebop revolution of Bird and Diz. Nevertheless, Sonny and Bennie sounded like soul mates on the two occasions I caught them together at McKee's Show Lounge 63rd and Cottage in Chicago. Their meetings didn't produce the sparks of Stitt and Jug (Gene Ammons) but a spirit of rare camaraderie (Stitt could be an ornery loner). On this session, Green's broad, open sound comes through better than in person (he was playing without a mike in front of a Hammond B-3 when I caught him), and Sonny exercises restraint and good taste in deference to his good friend and worthy musical companion. (The title track and two others can also be found on a Stitt anthology called "How High the Moon.") Another recommended album by the pair is "Pow."
Samuel Chell

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Sonny Stitt
Bennie Green
My Main Man


1 Flame and Frost (Edwards) 4:31
2 Let's Play Chess (Stitt) 4:50
3 Double Dip (Stitt) 4:41
4 Our Day Will Come (Garson) 5:17
5 My Main Man (Green) 4:29
6 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Bernier) 5:14
7 Broilin' (Stitt) 5:54

Sonny Stitt - as & ts
Bennie Green - tb
Bobby Buster - org
Joe Diorio - g
Dorel Anderson - dr

Redorded in Chicago ; March 10 & 11, 1964

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Charlie Ventura 1946-1947

Tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura (born Charles Venturo) was a byproduct of the Chu Berry/Coleman Hawkins methodology of gutsy swing and early bop improvisation. The Classics Chronological Series did the world an enormous favor when they reissued Ventura's earliest recordings as a leader and followed suit with this fascinating second volume of rare material. Back in Los Angeles during the spring of 1946, Ventura -- still billed on record as "Charlie Venturo" -- paired up with master clarinetist Barney Bigard in front of a rhythm quartet anchored by bassist Red Callender. Two of the four sides waxed on this occasion feature an unidentified male vocalist who sings wistful ballads without doing too much damage. Four sides recorded for the Black & White label in May of 1946 are particularly satisfying for the exchange of ideas between "Venturo," alto saxophonist Charlie Kennedy, trumpeter Red Rodney, pianist Teddy Napoleon, guitarist Allan Reuss, drummer Nick Fatool, and once again bassist Red Callender, who is sometimes called upon to introduce the melody by himself. On September 6, 1946, "Venturo" began a 13-month engagement with the National record label in New York. This was a turning point in several ways: the spelling of the leader's name was altered for the first time to read "Ventura"; the ensemble was expanded to an unprecedented 18 pieces; and Lily Ann Carol, a smooth vocalist with bop touches, was added on two ballads, "Either It's Love or It Isn't" and "Please Be Kind," backed by two instrumentals, a captivating "Misirlou" and a brassy treatment of "How High the Moon." On Ventura's next session for National, more vocals, both cute and romantic and decorated with little bits of bop-flavored scat, were inserted. The rest of the material from this second big-band date features the leader's mellifluous saxophone and, on "Annie, Annie Over," trombonist Bennie Green and the marvelous bop clarinet of Aaron Sachs. This segment of the Ventura chronology closes with a smart bop session featuring Charlie Ventura's American Sextet. After Buddy Stewart sings a sweet ballad and executes a briskly bopped scat routine very closely patterned after the records being made at that time by Babs Gonzales, Ventura slowly pours out "Blue Champagne" and tears into a fiery jam called "Stop and Go." This one track is worth the cost of the entire CD, as Ventura wails along with trumpeter Charlie Shavers, trombonist Bill Harris, and an explosive rhythm section driven by bassist Chubby Jackson and drummer Dave Tough, who was living out the final months of a very turbulent life. It's worth having the entire album just to hear how Tough handles his cymbals on this last cut.
arwulf arwulf
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Charlie Ventura
(Chronogical Classics)


1 Charlie Boy (Ventura) 2:51
2 I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do (Ahlert, Turk) 3:00
3 I'm Through with Love (Kahn, Livingston, Malneck) 2:54
4 The Man in the Moon (unknow) 2:26
5 Chopin's Minute Waltz (Chopin, Traditional) 4:14
6 Slow Joe (Ventura) 4:03
7 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter) 3:50
8 I'm in the Mood for Love (Fields, McHugh) 4:23
9 Either It's Love or It Isn't (Fischer, Roberts, Ventura) 2:50
10 Please Be Kind (Cahn, Chaplin) 3:01
11 Misirlou (Roubanis) 3:02
12 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 2:50
13 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Hammerstein, Kern) 2:58
14 A.M. -P.M. Song (Coleman, Secon) 2:44
15 Moon Nocturne, Pt. 1 (Neiburg, Woode) 3:03
16 Moon Nocturne, Pt. 2 (Neiburg, Woode) 2:32
17 I'll Never Be the Same (Kahn, Malneck, Signorelli) 3:01
18 Annie, Annie Over (Hefti) 2:47
19 Synthesis (Ventura) 2:51
20 Soothe Me (Greene, Ventura) 3:02
21 Blue Champagne (Eaton, Ryerson, Watts) 3:02
22 Stop and Go (Ventura) 2:42

[# 1-5]
Barney Bigard - cl
Charlie Ventura - ts
Milt Raskin - p
Allen Reuss - g
Red Calleder - b
Nick Fatool - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 12, 1946
[# 5-8]
Red Rodney - tp
Charlie Ventura - ts
Charlie Kennedy - as
Teddy Napoleon - p
Allen Reuss - g
Red Callender - b
Nick Fatool - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; May, 1946
[# 6-9]
Neal Hefti - tp & arr
Stan Fishelson, Jack Palmer, Al Stearns - tp
Bob Asher, Leo Checci, Saul Kay - tb
Charlie Ventura - as & ts
Tony Scott - cl & as
Ed Scalzi - as
Nick Jerret, Barney Mariono - ts
Tony Ferira - bs
Tony Aless - p
Billy Bauer - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Ellis Tollin - dr
Marjorie Hyams - vb
Lilyann Carol - voc
Recorded in New York ; September 6, 1946
[# 10-15]
Fern Sharon, Stan Fishelson, Jack Palmer, Al Stearns - tp
Bob Asher, Leo Checci, Al Lorraine, Bennie Green - tb
Charlie Ventura - as & ts
Aaron Sachs - cl & as
Murray Williams - as
Dan Cappi, Barney Mariono - ts
Tony Ferira - bs
Tony Aless - p
Clyde Lombardi - b
Stan Levey - dr
Marianne Dunne, Jack Palmer - voc
Neal Hefti, Stanley Baum - arr
Recorded in New York ; October 18, 1946
[# 16-19]
Charlie Shavers - tp
Bill Harris - tb
Charlie Ventura - ts
Ralph Burns - p
Bill DeArango - g
Chubby Jackson - b
Dave Tough - dr
Buddy Stewart - voc
Recorded in New York ; March, 1947

Friday, July 30, 2010

Eddie Higgins & Bennie Green

A solid bop-based pianist, Eddie Higgins has never become a major name, but he has been well-respected by his fellow musicians for decades. After growing up in New England, he moved to Chicago, where he played in all types of situations before settling in to a long stint as the leader of the house trio at the London House (1957-1969). Higgins moved back to Massachusetts in 1970 and went on to freelance, often accompanying his wife, vocalist Meredith D'Ambrosio, and appearing at jazz parties and festivals. Eddie Higgins has led sessions of his own for Replica (1958), Vee-Jay (1960), Atlantic, and Sunnyside; back in 1960, he recorded as a sideman for Vee-Jay with Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter.
Scott Yanow
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Eddie Higgins/Benny Green
The Swingin'Est


1 Zarac, The Evil One (Higgins) 5:13
2 Falling in Love with Love (Rodgers, Hart) 4:32
3 You Leave Me Breathless (Hollander) 4:24
4 Ab's Blues (Higgins) 2:28
5 Blues for Big Scotia (Peterson) 4:04
6 Foot's Bag (Higgins) 7:10
7 Satin Doll (Ellington) 4:20
8 Jugging Around (Foster) 6:27
9 Going South (Foster) 10:43
11 Jim Dog (Ammons) 7:10
11 Sermonette (Adderley, Hendricks) 4:16
12 Little Ditty (Wess) 3:58
13 Swingin' for Benny (Green) 9:15


[# 1-7]
Paul Serrano - tp
Frank Foster - ts
Eddie Higgins - p
Jim Atlas - b
Marshall Thompson - dr
Recorded at Universal Recorders, Chicago, 1960
[# 8-13]
Nat Adderley - tp
Benny Green - tb
Gene Ammons & Frank Foster - ts
Frank Wess - ts & fl
Tommy Flanagan - p
Ed Jones - b
Albert Heath - dr
Recorded at Universal Recorders, Chicago, 1958

The emphasis is on the blues and very basic chord changes on this relaxed jam session. With trombonist Bennie Green leading an octet that also includes the tenors of Gene Ammons and Frank Foster, trumpeter Nat Adderley, Frank Wess on tenor and flute and a rhythm section led by pianist Tommy Flanagan, everyone has plenty of opportunities to solo. Due to the similarity of the material plus three alternate takes that have been added to augment the original program, it is advisable to listen to this CD in small doses.
Scott Yanow
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green & Willie Dennis - Jazz Workshop

Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve (rather than slide) trombone. Johnson toured with the territory bands of Clarence Love and Snookum Russell during 1941-1942, and then spent 1942-1945 with Benny Carter's big band. He made his recording debut with Carter (taking a solo on "Love for Sale" in 1943), and played at the first JATP concert (1944). Johnson also had plenty of solo space during his stay with Count Basie's Orchestra (1945-1946). During 1946-1950, he played with all of the top bop musicians, including Charlie Parker (with whom he recorded in 1947), the Dizzy Gillespie big band, Illinois Jacquet (1947-1949), and the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool Nonet. His own recordings from the era included such sidemen as Bud Powell and a young Sonny Rollins. Johnson, who also recorded with the Metronome All-Stars, played with Oscar Pettiford (1951) and Miles Davis (1952), but then was outside of music, working as a blueprint inspector for two years (1952-1954). His fortunes changed when, in August 1954, he formed a two-trombone quintet with Kai Winding that became known as Jay and Kai and was quite popular during its two years...
Scott Yanow

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J.J. Johnson- Kai Winding
Bennie Green & Willie Dennis
The Four Trombones
The Debut Recordings


1 Wee Dot (Johnson) 14:26
2 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish) 5:03
3 Move (Best) 6:58
4 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye) 11:13
5 Now's the Time (Parker) 14:27
6 Trombosphere (Spaulding) 3:29
7 Ow ! (Gillespie) 15:19
8 Chazzanova (Mingus) 4:57


J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, Willie Dennis - tb
John Lewis - p
Charles Mingus - b
Arthur Taylor - dr

Recorded September 18, 1953, at a jazz workshop held at the Putman Central Club, New York City

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sonny Rollins

This set might be (unintentionally) misleading to some because Sonny Rollins is a sideman on all of these dates. Each of them comes from 1949, before he made his debut as a leader. The three groups showcased here are those of Babs Gonzales, J.J. Johnson, and Bud Powell. The most amazing thing is that Rollins was able to move from one band to another, three in that year, as a full-time member, all in one year ! The material with Powell (all of disc two) is more than satisfying because the pianist relied on the young saxophonist not only to hold his weight in the ensemble but to provide real blowing in his solos. With Johnson, the pair offered brilliant harmonic interplay in the bebop canon, and with Gonzales, one can here in Rollins' solos his confidence begin to grow to the point where other instruments begin to fall back with each successive tune. While this is for Rollins collectors only, it is a fine collection focusing on the most developmental stage of his career.
Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

Sonny Rollins
Complete Capitol, Savoy
Blue Note Feature Recordings


1. Capitolizing (Gonzales) 2:45
2. Professor Bop (Gonzales) 2:29
3. Audobon (Rollins) 2:50
4. Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh) 2:50
5. Goof Square (Rollins) 2:28
6. Bee Jay (J. J. Johnson) 2:30
7. St Louis Blues (Handy) 2:40
8. Real Crazy (Gonzales) 2:25
9. Then You'll Be Boppin' Too (Gonzales) 2:25
10. When Lovers They Lose (Gonzales) 3:24
11. Bouncing with Bud (Powell) 3:05
12. Wail (Powell) 3:07
13. Dance of the Infidels (Powell) 2:55
14. 52nd Street Theme (Monk) 2:55
15. Audobon (alternate take) (Rollins) 2:52
16. Goof Square (alternate take) (Rollins) 1:59
17. Goof Square (alternate take) (Rollins) 2:32
18. Bee Jay (alternate take) (J. J. Johnson) 2:36
19. Bouncing with Bud (alternate take) (Powell) 3:07
20. Bouncing with Bud (alternate take) (Powell) 3:16
21. Wail (alternate take) (Powell) 2:44
22. Dance of the Infidels (alternate take) (Powell) 2:50

Feat. Sonny Rollins, Babs Gonzales, Bennie Green, J. J. Johnson, Julius Watkins, John Lewis, Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly, Gene Ramey, Roy Haynes, etc...

Rec. between January 20 & August 8, 1949.
(See the complete artwork for all details)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wardell Gray

Wardell Gray
Light Gray


1. Light Gray (Gray) 2:35
2. The Toup (Gray) 2:36
3. Stoned (Gray) 2:54
4. Stoned (Gray) 2:47
5. Matter And Mind (Gray) 2:44
6. This Is It (Heard) 3:08
7. Ollopa (Heard) 2:50
8. Sugar Hips (Heard) 2:52
9. Coastin' With J. C. (Heard) 2:58
10.Shawn (Steward) 2:34
11. Five Star (Raney) 2:50
12. Sugar Hill Bop (Wexler)
13. It's The Talk Of The Town (Levinson, Symes, Neiburg) 3:06
14. In A Pinch (Haig) 3:04
15. Twisted (Gray) 3:04
16. Twisted (Gray) 3:28
17. Easy Living (Robin, Rainger) 4:37
18. Southside (Gray) 3:20
19. Southside (incomplete) (Gray) 2:52
20. Sweet Lorraine (Parish, Burwell) 4:05
21. A Sinner Kissed An Angel (Davis, Joseph) 3:07
22. Blue Gray (Gray) 2:43
23. Grayhound (Gray) 3:01
24. Treadin' With Treadwell (Gray) 3:45

Wardell Gray - ts
Al Haig - p
Clyde Lombardi - b
Tiny Kahn - dr
From "Sittin' In With", recorded in New York City, late, 1948.
Joe Newman - tp
Benny Green - tb
Wardell Gray - ts
Tate Houston - bs
Al Haig - p
Al McKibbon - b
J. C. Heard - dr
Recorded in New York City, May, 1948.

Eddie Bert - tb
Wardell Gray - ts
Al Haig - p
Gene Ramey - b
Charlie Perry - dr
Buddy Stewart - voc
Recorded in New York City, November 12, 1948.
Wardell Gray - ts
Al Haig - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Tommy Potter - b
Charlie Perry - dr
Recorded in New York City, April, 1949.
Wardell Gray - ts
Al Haig - p
Tommy Potter - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded in New York City, November 11, 1949.
Wardell Gray - ts
Phil Hill - p
John Richardson - b
Art Mardigan - dr
Recorded in Detroit, April 25, 1950.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bennie Green Blows His Horn

Bennie Green, one of the few trombonists of the 1950s not to sound somewhat like a J.J. Johnson clone, always had a likable and humorous style. He blends in well with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse on these standards, blues, and jump tunes, two of which have group vocals. With a fine rhythm section (pianist Cliff Smalls, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Osie Johnson, and Candido on congas), Green and his band show that there is no reason that swinging jazz has to be viewed as overly intellectual and esoteric. This CD (a reissue of the original LP) is a fine example of Bennie Green's talents and winning musical personality.
Scott Yanow

Bennie Green
Bennie Green Blows His Horn


1 Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar, Grey, Youmans) 3:53
2 Laura (Mercer, Raksin) 6:13
3 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 6:58
4 Say Jack ! (Green, Johnson) 3:36
5 One Track (Green, Johnson) 3:15
6 Groovin' the Blues [Take 1] (Green) 5:31
7 Groovin' the Blues [Take 2] (Green) 3:13
8 Travelin' Light (Akst, Clare) 3:07
9 Hi-Yo Silver (Green, Johnson) 3:21

Bennie Green - tb
Charlie Rouse - ts
Cliff Smalls - p
Paul Chambers - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Candido - cg

Recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey ; [# 1-4] June 10, 1955 ; all other selections recorded September 22, 1955

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bennie Green - Glidin' Along

Bennie Green was one of the few trombonists of the 1950s who played in a style not influenced by J.J. Johnson (Bill Harris was another). His witty sound and full tone looked backwards to the swing era yet was open to the influence of R&B. After playing locally in Chicago, he was with the Earl Hines Orchestra during 1942-1948 (except for two years in the military). Green gained some fame for his work with Charlie Ventura (1948-1950) before joining Earl Hines' small group (1951-1953). He then led his own group throughout the 1950s and '60s, using such sidemen as Cliff Smalls, Charlie Rouse, Eric Dixon, Paul Chambers, Louis Hayes, Sonny Clark, Gildo Mahones, and Jimmy Forrest. Green recorded regularly as a leader for Prestige, Decca, Blue Note, Vee-Jay, Time, Bethlehem, and Jazzland during 1951-1961, although only one further session (a matchup with Sonny Stitt on Cadet in 1964) took place. Bennie Green was with Duke Ellington for a few months in 1968-1969 and then moved to Las Vegas, where he spent his last years working in hotel bands, although he did emerge to play quite well at the 1972 Newport Jazz Festival and in New York jam sessions.
Scott Yanow

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Bennie Green

Glidin' Along


1. African Dream* (Green) 5:45
2. Sweet Sucker (Griffin) 8:00
3. Glidin' Along (Gonzales) 5:08
4. Green's Scene* (Gonzales, Green) 8:27
5. Milkshake* (Griffin) 3:59
6. Stardust (Catmichael, Parish) 4:13
7. Expubidence (Gonzales) 3:59

Bennie Green - tb
Johnny Griffin - ts
Junior Mance - p
Paul Chambers or Larry Gales* - b
Ben Riley - dr

Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York City ; March 9 and 22, 1961.