Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tiny Grimes - Blues Groove (1958-1959)

Legendary guitarist Tiny Grimes made his big comeback to the jazz/blues recording field in 1958 with these three albums he made for the Prestige/Swingville series. Jazzwise, he had stayed away from the studios for a long time, playing rock ‘n’ roll in Midwestern nightclubs.
In these fine sessions, the beat and blues-drenched, dirty sound of Tiny’s guitar is escorted by a group of outstanding jazzmen including pianist Ray Bryant, tenors Coleman Hawkins and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, reedman Jerome Richardson, trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, bassist Wendell Marshall, and drummer Osie Johnson. Where most — if not all — guitarists were using six-string models, Tiny continued to use a four-string box. “There’s nothing I can’t do with the four except maybe in playing rhythm. A lot of the cats today are only using four of their six strings anyway.”
This is blues guitar with a fine, rousing sound and the kind of beat that colored the early rock ‘n’ roll bands, assembled, for the first time ever on CD, as the complete 1958-1959 Tiny Grimes sessions. Enjoy.

Source :

Tiny Grimes
Blues Groove


Cd. 1

1 Soul Station (Grimes)  7:47
2 Blues Wail (Grimes)  6:44
3 A Smooth One (Goodman)  5:55
4 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  6:39
5 Marchin’ Along (Grimes)  17:37
6 Tiny Bean (Grimes)  4:58
7 Dood I Did (Grimes)  5:15
8 Lost Weekend (Grimes)  10:40
9 Grimes Times (Grimes)  11:20


Cd. 2

1 Airmail Special (Goodman, Mundy, Christian)  7:33
2 Callin’ the Blues (Grimes)  8:42
3 Blue Tiny (Grimes)  11:34
4 Ain’t Misbehavin (Waller, Razaf, Brooks)  7:03
5 Down with It (Grimes, Crawley)  8:56
6 Durn Tootin’ (Grimes)  4:27
7 Annie Laurie (Trad.)  6:57
8 Homesick (Grimes, Crawley)  8:52
9 Frankie and Johnny (Trad.)  3:48


[Cd. 1, # 1-5] originally issued on Tiny Grimes with Coleman Hawkins "Blues Groove" (Prestige PR 7138)
[Cd. 1, # 6] originally issued on Coleman Hawkins with Tiny Grimes & Ray Bryant "Blues Groove" (Prestige PR 7753)
Tiny Grimes - g
Coleman Hawkins - ts
Musa Kaleem - fl
Ray Bryant - p
Earl Wormack - b
Teagle Fleming Jr. - dr
Recorded at Hackensack, New Jersey ; February 28, 1958.
[Cd. 1, # 7-8] originally issued on "Guitar Soul" (Status LP 8318)
[Cd. 1, # 9 & Cd. 2, # 1-3] originally issued on Tiny Grimes "Callin' the Blues" (Prestige PR 7144)
Tiny Grimes - g
J.C. Higginbotham - tb
Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - ts
Ray Bryant - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded at Hackensack, New Jersey ; July 18, 1958.
[Cd. 2, # 4-9] originally issued on Tiny Grimes with Jerome Richardson "Tiny in Swingville" (Swingville SV LP 2002)
Tiny Grimes - g
Jerome Richardson - ts [# 4,6 & 9], bs [# 7 & 8] & fl [# 5]
Ray Bryant - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Arthur Taylor - dr
Recorded at Hackensack, New Jersey ; August 13, 1959


deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade. Nice!

Michel said...

This will keep me from the streets for a while... thanks!

steve said...

Thanks for this listen Mel. These old Prestige sides are all new to me!

blbs said...

Love FreshSound Records... Thank you Mel!

glinka21 said...

Thanks, Mel!

Mike said...

Wow! Been looking for some Tiny Grimes for a while now. Thank you very much!

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!!!

Chris said...

Thanks Mel got all tracks except Tiny Bean, Dood I Did and Lost Weekend

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

lucky5 said...

Great post.
Thank you very much!

neil said...

Got 'Blues Groove' and 'Tiny in Swingville'; but I'm here for 'Guitar Soul'; many thanks, mel...

tdelyon said...

Many thanks, mel :)

Prof. Yaffle said...

Some new, some old. Many thanks.

Melanchthon said...

francisco santos said...

huge !!!...
BIG THX !....

jm said...

......"Well, we'll see." Those great words you so frequently grant me. Thank you so much.

Luis Lorenzo said...

Gracias Mel!!

Larry said...

Thank you very much!

Musrafak said...

Grazie mille

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Really looking forward to this set.

Kovina Kris said...

Great post. Thank you very much Mel!