Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jimmy Raney in Three Attitudes

Two of Jimmy Raney’s most remarkable albums make up this set. The performances on the first feature Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn, and Red Mitchell, all felicitous choices, since, in addition to being compatible and inventive soloists, their presence adds to the tonal palette and avoids the similarity in tonal color of most guitar records. But Raney also shows that his superiority in the quick, alert swinging of the up tempo tunes is balanced by his lyric work on the ballads.
For the second album he teamed up once again with Brookmeyer, adding Osie Johnson, Teddy Kotick, adding pianists Dick Katz and Hank Jones, who combine taste and imagination with swinging time, on four tunes each. Among the several virtues of this quality example of the art of improvisation on relatively challenging thematic-and-chordal structures is the lucidity and logic with which all here approach, develop, and round off their solos. And, as with all of Raney’s work, the music is polished, coherent and formidably well conceived and performed.

Source :

Jimmy Raney
In Three Attitudes
(2 Lps on 1 Cd)


1 So in Love (Porter)  5:36
2 Indian Summer (Herbert)  4:28
3 Fanfare (Brookmeyer)  3:59
4 Last Night When We Were Young (Arlen, Harburg)  5:19
5 On the Rocks (Raney)  4:59
6 Passport to Pimlico (Mandel)  4:13
7 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin)  4:52
8 Up in Quincy’s Room (Gryce)  5:26
9 Isn't It Romantic (Rodgers, Hart)  4:06
10 How Long Has This Been Going On ? (Gershwin)  4:31
11 No Male for Me (Brookmeyer)  4:19
12 The Flag Is Up (Raney)  4:11
13 Get Off That Roof (Brookmeyer)  4:07
14 Jim's Tune (Raney)  4:02
15 No One but Me (Raney)  4:58
16 Too Late Now (Lane, Lerner)  4:17


[# 1-8] from the original ABC-Paramount LP : "Jimmy Raney In Three Attitudes. Attitude 1 : Bob Brookmeyer, Attitude 2 : Al Cohn, Attitude 3: Red Mitchell" (ABC167).
[# 1, 4 & 8]
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
John Williams - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Red Mitchell - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; May 14, 1956.
[# 3 & 6]
Al Cohn - ts
John Williams - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Whitey Mitchell - b
Jack Edie - dr
Recorded in New York City ; May 23, 1956.
[# 2, 5 & 7]
Hall Overton - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Red Mitchell - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 15, 1956
[# 9-16] from the original ABC-Paramount LP : "Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer" (ABC129).
[ # 9, 10, 13 & 14]
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Dick Katz - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; July 23, 1956.
[ # 10, 12, 15 & 16]
Same as above, but Hank Jones (p), replaces Dick Katz.
Recorded in New York City ; August 1, 1956.


Kndnsk said...

I'm very happy to see this edition of these two big favourite albums, some of Jimmy Raney's finest.

jack335 said...

great post!

Blue Eyes said...

Crévindiou! A must have! (I love the cover) great post Mel!

luthier said...

Ah, j'étais tout content en voyant une pochette de Jimmy Raney que je ne connaissais pas. Mais voila, il s'agit d'un amalgame de deux excellents albums que j'ai déjà. Très beau post néanmoins. Album(s) très recommendé.

swamielmo said...

thank you mel. jimmy raney is shwet. not sure about spelling. i only speak french can't write or read well. very cool....

Melanchthon said...

C'est... chouette ! It's the title of a Raney's album too... But I like "Shwet" !

Blue Eyes said...

mi tou (me too), shewt mot swamielmo! :-)

swingingduck said...

I dig Jimmy Raney very much. He is on very high second position on my personal list of favorite guitarists.
Wasn't aware of this release. Both albums are wonderful, especially In 3 Attitudes.
I wonder where on earth you managed to find such wonderful big cover of the original album. I've been trying to find it for many years, but haven't had luck until now.
Thank you so much Mel.

Orbyt said...

Great post Mel, many thanks!

flyingfinger said...

I saw this - Oh Wow! was my first reaction - I spent quite a bit of time putting this album together from various sources a few years back, now I have a chance to hear it as it should be heard. Many thanks to you!

Foth said...

Thanks for another wonderful post! Really looking forward to this one, two of my favourite musicians.

Bill said...

Jimmy Raney - In Three Attitudes
Thanks so much -- really looking forward to hearing this.

brian said...

Outstanding... as usual!

deGallo said...

Thank you for JR..3 Attitudes.

Jaffa said...

Wonderful to have the two Raney-LP on one CD ! Thanks a lot !

stringbender said...

Thank you for posting this magnificent music. It just doesn't get any better than this!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel - great post!

zardoz1984 said...

As ever, no words to thank you enough: Jimmy was great & those ones are two of his best. Never enough Raney, Farlow, Hall, Galbraith, Smith, Kessel, Salvador, Montgomery, Martino or Django… You really turned me on jazz guitar & that's wonderful, a whole new world opening to my heart! A big thank for your generosity, as Old Virgile said it so well: "Sic vos non vobis mellificatis, apes". Mel, your beehive is quite friendly & the honey you share really tastes good!

Otis Foster said...

mel, you're a gift that keeps on giving. Great addition to my library.

lafaro said...

great post love jim raney. hey i just started my own blog called things i like too do i have a big jazz colection so i will be posting alot of stuff. check it out here is the link

Philo said...

Jimmy Raney - In Three Attitudes (1956)

This is a good one. I'm really enjoying the music.


neil said...

Now, how did I overlook this, mel? Many thanks...

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for this Raney 2fer, Mel!! I'm like neil; how did I miss this one??

jazztap said...


CrunchyFrog said...

most appreciated!

rog said...

Very enjoyable Mel...Thank You!

jose arboleda said...


Pablo Gutierrez said...

excelentes discos. pero amigo tienes un porcentaje muy alto de links caidos.

Melanchthon said...

warpig said...

Thank you for all this incredible music that you put up for us to enjoy. Much appreciated!!

Paul Redbeard said...

I've just 'discovered' your wonderful site. I look forward to 2016 and many more delights from you. Many thanks and very best wishes


musician3 said...

AMAZING......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes, really amazing!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Fred Archtop said...

Here comes the master of bebop guitar. Thanks Mel.

Scraps said...

Thank you!