Monday, February 15, 2016

Herbie Steward & Marky Markowitz

Two complete LPs from the defunct Famous Door label are reissued on this single CD, both featuring underrated horn players from the late '40s. Herbie Steward was one of Woody Herman's Four Brothers, but by the time he recorded in 1981 he was playing alto, soprano, and clarinet rather than tenor. Although he had been a studio musician for years, he could still swing well, as shown on such songs as "Take the 'A' Train" (taken as a waltz), "The Song Is You," and "Gone With the Wind." He is heard in a quintet also featuring guitarist Eddie Duran and either Smith Dobson or Tee Carson on piano. The second half of this CD features another Woody Herman veteran, trumpeter Marky Markowitz, in a sextet with trombonist Urbie Green, tenor saxophonist Al Cohn, and pianist John Bunch. Markowitz is in fine form on a few group originals, a swinging "On the Alamo," and "How Deep Is the Ocean ?" This set is easily recommended to swing/bop collectors.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Herbie Steward
Marky Markowitz
The Three Horns of Herb Steward
Marky's Vibes


1 Take the "A" Train (Strayhorn)  6:28
2 Serenata (Anderson)  4:17
3 Song Is You (Kern, Hammerstein)  4:15
4 Madeleine (Steward)  5:07
5 Too Close for Comfort (Boch, Holofcener, Weiss)  4:5
6 Gone With The Wind (Wrubel, Magidson)  6:42
7 Body And Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  4:34
8 Herb's Blue (Steward)  4:48
9 Marky's Vibes (Cohn) 5:41
10 Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg)  4:34
11 4 1/2 Street, Southwest (Markowitz)  5:37
12 Four Flights Up (Bunch)  5:37
13 How Deep Is The Ocean ? (Berlin)  4:19
14 On the Alamo (Jones, Lyons, Kahn)  6:42


[# 1-8] The Three Horns of Herb Steward
Herb Steward - reeds
Smith Dobson or Tee Carson [# 1, 5-7] - p
Eddie Duran - g
John Mosher - b
Eddie Moores - dr
Recorded at Coast Recording Studios, San Francisco ; March 19, 1981
[# 9-14] Marky's Vibes
Marky Markowitz - tr & flgh
Al Cohn - ts
Urbie Green - tb
John Bunch - p
Milt Hinton - b
Mousey Alexander - dr
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City ; 1971


L.O.L. said...

Thank you Mel:)))))

LaroSwing said...

Thank you for your countless efforts!

jazz-bone said...

thank you for Urbie Green session rec.

DEEP said...

Hey guys,

I bought this LP when it first came out (Mark's Vibes"). Then a friend bought the CD twofer. I'm not gonna bother to download this was the problem (and I don't know how it could happen). On "Mark's Vibes" the rhythm section is completely off by two beats per bar. If you listen to it you'll notice that it sounds like you're playing a record backwards.
Certainly a digital glitch in the transfer.It goes on for the entire Markowitz portion of this CD.

BlueNote97 said...

Herb Steward + Eddie Durand
Touché. Un trés gros merci, Melanchthon

Orbyt said...

Thank you Mel. The quality of your choices/posts are remarkable day-in and day-out.

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel..Love this!

Blue Eyes said...

Duranlipopette! great post Mel !

cHiNo EsTrAdA said...

Tssss buen aporte saludos y buena vibra!!

cHiNo EsTrAdA said...

Oye y cual es el pass me puedes dar por fas saludos!

yewsta said...

Thanks a lot, Mel - very nice album from Herbie but thanks also, DEEP, for the warning about Marky's. I would not have known what was wrong but able to hear something amiss. Problem with the mixing I suppose.

Perhaps some kind person will rip the LP for us!!! ;-)

cHiNo EsTrAdA said...

That such a good blog but hey I'm new here can you tell me what the password on the disc or discs if you could please and thank you very much success!

Baruch said...

cHiNo, go to the main page, under PW

Danneau said...

Comme d'habitude, des trouvailles extraordinaires. Et gros remerciements avec.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx for this rarity, despite any glitches.


jazztap said...


Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much. This one looks rare and interesting.

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

thanks for this one! several years ago there was a man in town who claimed to be herbie steward. once i began carrying around this steward LP to show people, this guy disappeared. (don't know what happened to him. maybe now he's claiming to be snoozer mcquinn.)

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you Mel !

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

musician3 said...

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

velobrewer said...

I had the chance to meet the owner/founder of Progressive Records, Gus Statiras, late in his life in the unlikely locale of Tipton, Georgia, I had been a huge fan of Progressive and the chance to meet him and talk about his career was totally unexpected and.... just a few hours from where I lived. I'm thrilled to add this to the collection. Thanks Mel!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!....

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

musician3 said...

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

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You