Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Joe Puma - Wild Kitten

Joe Puma (1927-2000) began his jazz guitar career in the 1940's the contemporary of Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Raney, and Johnny Smith. He stayed close to New York throughout his career appearing and recording with artists like Joe Roland, Herbie Mann, Artie Shaw and Don Elliott. In 1957 he won the New Star Award for Guitar from Metronome Magazine. With the exception of the recordings Joe Puma, Joe Puma Jazz, Wild Kitten and Shining Hour, most of the examples of Puma's recorded work were done as a sideman for other artists. And, although he played some amazing guitar on those recordings, it was on these four that, as he said on the back of Joe Puma Jazz, he "display(s) all his musical wares". Joe Puma and Joe Puma Jazz appeared about 25 years before Shining Hour and all three displayed the typical Joe Puma style ; clean melodic lines, perfect comping behind the other players and a humorous ad lib quality that showed up as out of tempo playing or quoting other melodies. Joe Puma with Eddie Hall produced one of the most unusual jazz albums entitled Like Tweet. Hall identified and notated authentic birdcalls and then with Dick Hyman wrote them out in arrangements for jazz orchestra. Puma provides guitar and bass on this recording and produces some very interesting results. Barry Galbraith also appeared on this recording. In the 1970's Joe Puma teamed up with Chuck Wayne for some duet playing in the tradition of Barnes/Kress and Ellis/Pass. Their album Interactions is one of the best in this genre. Puma continued playing right into the 1990's. He appeared at the JVC Tributes to Tal Farlow in 1996 and Barney Kessel 1997.
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Joe Puma
Wild Kitten


1 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  5:48
2 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:41
3 Rigamarole (Mathews)  3:50
4 Sportin' with Morton (Puma)  3:21
5 Wild Kitten (Matthews)  5:51
6 Soon (Gershwin)  4:11
7 But Not for Me (Gershwin)  2:39
8 Rosalie Ann (Puma)  3:30
9 Give Me the Simple Life [#/*] (Bloom, Ruby)  3:37
10 Indian Blanket [#/*] (Puma)  3:52

#/* Bonus Tracks


[# 1-8]
Joe Puma - g
Mat Mathews - ac
Oscar Pettiford or Whitey Mitchell - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 25, 1957
[# 9-10]
Joe Puma - g
Tom Stewart - ss
Steve Lacy - t hrn
Whitey Mitchell - b

Herb Wasserman - dr
Recorded in New York City ;June 13, 1956


Heervee said...

Great Post! Thank you

grumpy said...

Great Cover! Love the combination of accordion and guitar. Thanks again

rowgatien said...

Merci, vous me faites une grande joie!

Anonymous said...

thank you!
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the doc said...

thanks for this!!

swingingduck said...

I am kind of obsessed with the Dawn catalogue so it is great pleasure for me to see this beatiful album here.
Many thanks.

Orbyt said...

Not an organ fan at all, but this is appreciated. Thank you Mel.

Telecaster Road said...

Thank you!
Only you, do What you do!

ita diegues said...

Thank you again Melanchthon.

สุรพล said...

Thank you Good

Peter said...

Great title, cover, and I am sure, music!

Anything OP played was good, so the rhythm is going to be groovy too.

Thank you!

Peter said...

"ORGAN fan"??

Eric said...

I have downloaded this twice and it still does not open correctly. Could it be that the password is not the usual one?

deGallo said...

Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jose arboleda said...


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

another gem which makes me happy I found your blog, thank you!

steve said...

Looks great Mel! Thanks!

musician3 said...

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

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!

Melanchthon said...


Jazz Padd said...

Unique sounds, many thanks!

Eric said...

On your personel list it should be Tom Stewart plays the tenor horn and Steve Lacy plays Soprano sax. Otherwise this is one of my nostalgic favorite albums having owned it for several decades. Thank you.

Jeronyme said...

Merci !

trucha3 said...

Just want to add my thanks for the album (and re-up). S'Wonderful, S'Marvelous Music, Mel.