Monday, April 3, 2017

3 Swinging Guitar Sessions (L. Mecca, B. De Arango & Ch. Wayne)

Originally issued on three 10-inch LPs, these albums feature three outstanding but underrated jazz guitarists : Lou Mecca, Bill de Arango and Chuck Wayne.
Crisp, inventive and fleet-fingered, Mecca found his own voice from his main inspiration, Tal Farlow, whom he replaced in the Gil Mellé Quartet. Lou’s classical guitar sound is complemented in this 1954 Blue Note recording by fine vibist Jack Hitchcock, bassist Vinnie Burke and drummer Jimmy Campbell.
De Arango, among the first of the modern jazz guitarists in 52nd Street’s heyday, hadn’t recorded for a while when he made his album for EmArcy in 1954. His full sound, great swing and consistently imaginative power were in the Charlie Christian tradition, but, as this date proves, he was also very individual. Here, he is backed excellently by pianist Johnny Williams, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Art Mardigan.
Masterful as a soloist and rhythm player, Chuck Wayne conclusively proved his worth as a standout member of Woody Herman’s First Herd, and in his contribution to the success of George Shearing’s Quintet. On this excellent 1953 Progressive album with Brew Moore and Zoot Sims he shines with both, achieving a relaxed unity with each. For all who dig guitar, this is a well seasoned group of performances by three articulate and compelling guitarists.

Source :

Lou Mecca
Bill de Arango
Chuck Wayne
Three Swinging Guitar


1 All the Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein II)  4:12
2 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  4:52
3 Bernie’s Tune (Miller, Stoller, Leiber)  4:21
4 Stan’s Invention (Purdy)  3:34
5 The Song Is You (Kern, Hammerstein II)  3:55
6 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  4:00

7 Alone Together (Schwartz, Dietz)  3:09
8 Gone with the Wind (Wrubel, Magidson)  3:01
9 All God’s Children Got Rhythm (Kaper, Kahn)  2:47
10 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington)  2:46
11 The Gypsy in My Soul (Boland, Jaffe)  2:26
12 Dancing on the Ceiling (Rodgers, Hart)  2:47
13 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:45
14 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  3:04

15 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (Fain, Kahal, Norman)  3:03
16 S.S. Cool (Wayne)  3:03
17 Mary Ann (Wayne)  2:44
18 Butterfingers (Wayne)  3:29
19 While My Lady Sleeps (Kaper, Kahn)  2:47
20 Tasty Pudding (Cohn)  3:22
21 Prospecting (Wayne)  2:33
22 Sidewalks of Cuba (Oakland, Mills, Parish)  2:56


[# 1-6] from the 10” album “Lou Mecca Quartet” (Blue Note 5037)
Lou Mecca - g
Jack Hitchcock - vb
Vinnie Burke - b
Jimmy Campbell - dr
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; March 25, 1955
[# 7-14] from de 10” album “De Arango” (EmArcy MG 26020)
Bill de Arango - g
Johnny Williams - p
Teddy Kotick - b
Art Mardigan - dr
Recorded at  Fine Recording Studios, New York City ; May 20, 1954
[# 15-22] from de 10” album “Chuck Wayne Quintet” (Progressive PLP-3003)
Brew Moore or Zoot Sims - ts [# 19-21]
Chuck Wayne - g
Harvey Leonard - p
George Duvivier - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr
Recorded in New York City ; April 13, 1953


Doug said...

Great to have you back!

Fred Archtop said...

Welcome back Mel ! We missed you.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

rubingould said...

Thank you

deGallo said...

Nice collection! Thank you.

furnguy said...


musician3 said...

EXCELLENT......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

lowgroove said...

Many thanks!

Blue Eyes said...

Excellent, merci Mel!

P.S Brew Moore is on track 15 to 18 and Zoot Sims is on track19 to 22

fcapeau said...

Great post, Mel ! Un grand merci.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. Nice to have all these in one album.

fusionman said...

Thanks for another great jazz guitar disc !!!

WOODY said...

Thanks for Chuck Wayne whom I learned to like with his collaboration with George Shearing Quintet.
Same to me, I'm very happy to have you back!

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

The Chuck Wayne tracks put into context the classic "Tasty Pudding' an Al Cohn tune that my sax teacher gave me years ago. It really epitomises a feel side of Zoots playing and Stan Getz recorded a few nice versions too. Great to hear the other tracks from the session.

Thank you again

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...


neil said...

Chuck Wayne is also featured on Savoy SV-0523, "Tasty Pudding", with Brew Moore and Zoot Sims. I'm ashamed I have neither Lou Mecca nor Bill de Aranjo in their own right; so many thanks for the opportunity to fill in the gaps in my jazz education, mel...

bho wani said...

Thanks a lot, melanchthon !

Anonymous said...

thank you! i have the de arango 10-inch LP, had the chuck wayne on 12-inch ... nice to have them in better sound.

Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!

adakun said...

Gracias infinitas por todo el jazz que compartes y el bien hacer de las cosas.
Saludos Mel

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

More..Thank you very much, Mel!

tdelyon said...

Thanks a lot !