Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dodo Marmarosa Trios - Complete Studio Recordings (1946-1961)

Even if comparisons with Lennie Tristano, Al Haig and Bud Powell are inevitable, Dodo Marmarosa's music has a surrealistic imprint essentially unlike that of any other pianist in or out of bop. In honor of this cardinal truth, the Lone Hill Jazz label has come forward with the Complete Studio Recordings of the Dodo Marmarosa Trio (including alternate takes), bringing together three different West Coast sessions from 1946 and 1947, four selections waxed in his home town of Pittsburgh in 1950, and an entire second disc's worth of mature Marmarosa material recorded in Chicago in 1961 and 1962. The instrumentation is well worth scrutinizing ; the two earliest tracks, dated January 11, 1946, involved bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jackie Mills. Tracks three through 14, waxed on or after September 23, 1946, had no drummer — only guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Gene Englund played with the pianist. A rare example of Dodo the vocalist, "I've Got News for You" was originally released on the Atomic record label. The bedrock of this man's musical legacy is a series of sides recorded for the Dial label in Los Angeles on December 3, 1947 (disc one, tracks 15-19 and 24-29). The first cascading bars of "Bopmatism" plunge the listener into an intoxicating groove from which there is no retreat. Here Dodo worked with Harry Babasin, a bassist who doubled on the cello, and once again percussionist Jackie Mills. The Pittsburgh Savoy session found the pianist in the company of bassist Thomas Mandrus and drummer Joe Wallace. More than ten years fraught with personal crises passed before Dodo Marmarosa, by then operating in Chicago, recorded again in a studio with a trio. On May 9 and 10, 1961, the pianist recorded ten tracks with bassist Richard Evans and drummer Marshall Thompson. Almost exactly one year later, on May 4, 1962, seven additional performances were waxed with the great Sam Jones replacing Evans. Both those who are just discovering Marmarosa's music and seasoned jazzheads who are mainly familiar with his earlier work will find this raft of latter-day Dodo a treasure well worth savoring time and again.
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Dodo Marmarosa
Complete Studio Recordings


Cd. 1

1 Mellow Mood (Marmarosa)  3:14
2 Dodo's Blues (Marmarosa)  3:14
3 Raindrops (Marmarosa)  2:49
4 I've Got News for You (Easton)  3:01
5 Compadoo (Marmarosa)  2:20
6 I'm in Love (Kreisler, LeBaron)  2:37
7 Opus No. 5 (Marmarosa)  1:47
8 You Thrill Me So (Marmarosa)  2:46
9 Dodo's Bounce (Marmarosa)  1:43
10 Escape (Marmarosa)  1:44
11 Lover Come Back to Me (Hammerstein, Romberg)  2:51
12 Raindrops (Marmarosa)  2:11
13 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  2:40
14 Bopmatism (Marmarosa)  1:23
15 Bopmatism (Marmarosa)  2:57
16 Dodo's Dance (Marmarosa)  3:08
17 Trade Winds (Marmarosa)  3:10
18 Dary Departs (Marmarosa)  2:37
19 Cosmo Street (Marmarosa)  2:54
20 My Foolish Heart (Washington,Young)  2:38
21 Blue Room (Hart, Rodgers)  3:06
22 Why Was I Born ? (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:15
23 The Night is Young (Kahal)  2:51
24 Bopmatism (Marmarosa)  3:08
25 Dodo's Dance [alt. take] (Marmarosa)  3:06
26 Trade Winds [alt. take] (Marmarosa)  3:07
27 Dary Departs [alt. take] (Marmarosa)  2:47
28 Dary Departs [alt. take] (Marmarosa)  2:45
29 Cosmo Street [alt. take] (Marmarosa)  3:25


Cd. 2

1 April Played the Fiddle (Burke, Monaco)  4:09
2 Why Do I Love You (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:21
3 Everything Happens to Me (Carmichael, Mercer)  4:41
4 Me and My Shadow (Dreyer, Jolson)  4:06
5 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  3:17
6 Tracy's Blues (Marmarosa)  3:38
7 You Call It Madness (Columbo, Conrad, DuBois, Gregory)  3:58
8 Mellow Mood (Marmarosa)  3:59
9 I Thought About You (Van Heusen, Mercer)  5:31
10 A Cottage for Sale (Conley, Robison)  4:59
11 The Song Is You (Kern, Hammerstein)  7:33
12 Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)  5:19
13 Yardbird Suite (Parker)  4:20
14 I Remember You (Mercer, Schertzinger)  3:42
15 The Moody Blues (Marmarosa)  4:11
16 The Very Thought of You (Noble)  4:05
17 Yardbird Suite [alt. take] (Parker)  3:50


[Cd. 1, # 1 & 2]
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Ray Brown - b
Jackie Mills - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 11, 1946
[# 3 & 4]
Dodo Marmarosa - p & vcl [# 4]
Barney Kessel - g
Gene Englund - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; September 23, 1946
[# 5-14]
Same as above
Transcriptions, recorded in Hollywood ; late 1946
[# 15-19 & 24-29]
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Harry Babasin - b & cl
Jackie Mills - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California; December 3, 1947
[# 20-23]
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Thomas Mandrus - b
Joe Wallace - dr
Recorded in Pittsburgh ; July 21, 1950
[Cd. 2, # 1-10]
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Richard Evans - b
Marshall Thompson - dr
Recorded in Chicago ; May 9 & 10, 1961
[# 11-17]
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Sam Jones - b
Marshall Thompson - dr
Recorded in Chicago ; May 4, 1961

This great release contains all the recordings made by one of the most exciting pianists in jazz, the so-called “Charlie Parker of the piano”, with his own trio, from the beginning of his career to the last studio session in Chicago.
The first CD covers the golden years of his career which include the sides he cut in his early years in California for the legendary Dial and Savoy labels among others.
The second CD offers the pianist’s two final recording sessions, both in Chicago. One for the Argo label, issued on Lp as Dodo’s Back ! (containing a unhackneyed selection of standards), and the other for the famous Prestige label.

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zero said...

This is a super release and I'm very grateful for the upgrade. Thanks a lot.

zorro said...

Didn't know this one, and I love "block chords". Very good, thanks

der bajazzo said...

Thank you, Melanchthon for these Dodo Marmarosa recordings.

Completists will also want the Pittsburgh 1958 live recordings.

danair said...

Fine album,thanks Mel

Luis said...

Thank you, Mel!

ritzbird said...

Excellent post, many thanks.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Luis said...

You always share with us these wonderful treasures that I never heard before. Thanks, Melanchthon.

rog said...

Thank you Mel !

pedro gamundi said...


glinka21 said...

I've a fair amount of Dodo on downloads and old LPs, but not this. Thank you!

Philo said...

This is a real gem! Thanks Mel.

neil said...

Just one word, mel: MAGNIFICENT!

rubberduck said...

Many thanks Mel, this is really a good release

brian said...

wooouw… fantastic!!!!

Otis Foster said...

Great find - not that much Dodo around but it's nice to have it in one place.

Thnx melanchthon

Prof. Yaffle said...


hirscheba said...

Really a beautiful turned me on to this guy years ago! Thanks for the icing on the cake!

rubberduck said...

Really wonderful.

Many thanks Mel

fcapeau said...

We know now that these sessions were historical ones, And it's always a great joy to listen again to them.
Many thanks, Mel.

Frank M. Young said...

Hi, your password link is broken. Could you please fix? Thanks so very much!

Philo said...

@Frank M. Young

The link was working when I tried it a few minutes ago.

blissedout said...

Merry Christmas, Mel.
I was hoping for a Marmarosa Christmas but the links are unreachable. The browser just stalls. Can you help, Mel?

blissedout said...

Yes, indeed!!! What a treat.

Thanks, Mel.

deGallo said...

Great! Thank you.

musician3 said...


Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel

kantorei49 said...

Many thanks !

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias

Newlyner said...

Great post, many thanks for your efforts.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

WOODY said...

Thanks for Dodo, as it is interesting to learn how he sometimes plays in a manner of Erroll Garner when he looks for the right intro to the song - as he made in DEEP PURPLE - seen/listened on Youtube.
Very much appreciated.

Benjamin Riley said...

Hello, Mel--On CD2, the second and third links have expired on ZippyShare. Could you refresh?

Many thanks from Benjamin.

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Mel, I love you for reposting this.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

I'm really looking forward to giving this a spin. You turned me on to Dodo and I really enjoy his playing. Thank you!

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

slr in tx said...


Your taste is impeccable and your fecundity formidable.

Many thanks!

cvllos said...

Thank you, Melanchthon!

Pepin said...

Gracias Mel. Otro desconocido para mi. Lo digo sin complejos.

sandor essedy said...

great thanks or this Dodo!