Showing posts with label Phil Brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Phil Brown. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Stan Getz (Birdland - 1952)

On this splendid live recording from Birdland from the spring and summer of 1952 we find Getz in sparkling form. The mixture is typical of his repertoire of that period - bop originals, bebop variations on well-known tunes ('Long Island Sound' is based on 'Zing Went the Strings of my Heart', for instance), and ballads. His sound and general approach seem anything but cool, on joyful romps through the extended up-tempo tracks; moreover between Getz and guitarist Jimmy Raney there existed an excellent rapport, and the two men and their instruments blended well together. It is not surprising therefore that Raney, with his own quiet and unhurried approach, was the longest- serving member of the Stan Getz groups of this period. More than an hour of Stan Getz is always welcome. For it to be a live recording from Birdland is an extra bonus.

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Stan Getz
Birdland Sessions - 1952
(Featuring Jimmy Raney)


1. Woody'n You (Gillespie) 4:59
2. Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach) 3:56
3. The Song is You (Kern, Hammerstein II) 6:02
4. I Only Have Eyes For You (Warre, Dubin) 3:02
5. Move (Best) 6:16
6. Long Island Sound (Getz) 7:41
7. 'Round About Midnight (Monk, Hanighen, William) 3:52
8. Spotlite (Just You Just Me) (Greer, Klages) 6:36
9. Yesterdays (Kern, Hammerstein II) 4:33
10. Potter's Luck (Silver) 5:07
11. I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin) 2:59
12. Parker 51 (Raney) 5:11
13. My Old Flame (Johnston, Coslow) 2:49
14. Move (Best) 5:43
15. I'll Remember April (DePaul, Raye, Johnston) 5:54

[# 1-5]
Stan Getz - ts
Jimmy Raney - g
Duke Jordan - p
Gene Ramey - b
Phil Brown - dr
Recorded live at Birdland, New York City ; August 9, 1952.
[# 13-15]
Same personnel.
Same place ; August 16, 1952.
[# 10-12]
Stan Getz - ts
Jimmy Raney - g
Horace Silver - p
Charles Mingus - b
Connie Kay - dr
Same place ; April 15, 1952.
[# 6-9]
Stan Getz - ts
Jimmy Raney - g
Duke Jordan - p
Nelson Boyd - b
Phil Brown - dr
Same place ; May 1st, 1952.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Al Haig Quartet

One of the finest pianists of the bop era (and one who learned from Bud Powell's innovations quite early), Al Haig was quite busy during two periods of his career but unfortunately was pretty obscure in the years between. After serving in the Coast Guard (playing in bands during 1942-1944) and freelancing around Boston, Haig worked steadily with Dizzy Gillespie (1945-1946), Charlie Parker (1948-1950), and Stan Getz (1949-1951); and was on many recordings, mostly as a sideman (including some classic Diz and Bird sessions) but also as a leader for Spotlite, Dawn, and Prestige. However (other than little-known dates in 1954 for Esoteric, Swing, and Period), Haig did not lead any more albums until 1974. He played fairly often during the 1951-1973 period, but was generally overlooked. That changed during his last decade, when he was finally recognized as a bop giant and recorded for Spotlite, Choice, SeaBreeze, Interplay, and several Japanese and European labels.
Scott Yanow, (AMG)

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Al Haig


1 Sweet Loraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:02
2 Tea For Two (Youmans, Caesar)  2:33
3 You Go To My Head (Coots, Gilespie)  4:45
4 You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Brown, Kahn)  2:43
5 Undecided (Shavers, Robin)  1:52
6 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:48
7 Woodyn' You (Gillespie)  2:18
8 Stella By Starlight (Young, Washington)  2:46
9 Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:13

Al Haig - p
Benny Weeks - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Phil Brown - dr

Recorded in New York City ; September [13 ?], 1954

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