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1940's: Reader's Digest Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary Big Bands Music » Jazz » Big Band
1940's: Reader's Digest Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary Big Bands
Artists: Various Artists
Album: Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary Big Bands
Label: Reader's Digest
Years:1940's; release: 2009)
Format, bitrate: MP3 320 kbps
Times: CD1-40:46, CD2-47:40, CD3-47:37,
CD4-45:12, CD5-50:27, CD6-40:50, CD7-41:20,
CD8-45:08, CD9-49:39, CD10-40:36,
CD11-40:08, CD12-46:11, LP-42:14
Sizes: CD1-92.4MB, CD2-108.3MB. CD3-107.7MB, CD4-102.9MB,
CD5-114.9MB, CD6-92.8MB, CD7-94.6MB, CD8-102.9MB,
CD9-113.2MB, CD10-62.3MB, CD11-91.5MB, CD12-104.1MB, LP-93.8MB

This is Reader's Digest commemorative collection Golden Jubilee 50 years of music. It includes 12 CDs of big band music and one yellow LP album. It features Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Lena Horne, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mercer, Patti Page, Kate Smith, Louis Armstrong, and so many more.
1961: Frances Faye - In Frenzy Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1961: Frances Faye - In Frenzy
Artist: Frances Faye
Album: In Frenzy
Label: Verve Records
Year: 1961
Format, bitrate: MP3,192 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 46 mb
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Born as Frances Cohen, Faye's showbiz career began at the age of 15 in nightclubs where she first became a star. She appeared in one Bing Crosby film; Double or Nothing singing "After You". She wrote the song "Well All Right" recorded by the Andrews Sisters. Faye made her solo recording debut in 1936. Her act became famous for including double entendres and references to homosexuality and lesbianism. Faye herself was bisexual and hinted at this frequently in her act[; she would often playfully alter pronouns in love songs or weave her girlfriend's name into lyrics of song. For instance, she inserted "it's a Teri, Teri day" into "The Man I Love" and on national television sang "why do all the boys treat Teri so right" in "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate."

She recorded about a dozen albums for many different record labels, including Capitol Records and Imperial Records and jazz labels Verve Records and Bethlehem Records.
1985: Anita O'Day - Big Band At Carnegie Hall Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1985: Anita O'Day - Big Band At Carnegie Hall
Artist: Anita O'Day
Album: Big Band At Carnegie Hall
Label : Emily Records
Year: 1985; release: 2010
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 112 mb
Total time: 51:57

Anita and her partner-in-crime and long time drummer John Poole had planned for years to put on a Carnegie Hall concert that celebrated her 50th anniversary of performing. It turned out that Carnegie Hall was booked for all of May 1984, so they would perform on her 51st anniversary and call it the 50th. Had they been born in a later era they both would have had successful careers in the software industry.

The concert itself featured material from Anita's stints with both the Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton bands. Other songs which were associated with high points in Anita's career, such as Tea for Two and Honeysuckle Rose were also included. Of course, the songs that one associated with Anita's smaller ensemble work were treated with big band arrangements.

It is a pity that (at the time that I am writing this review) there are no sound samples on this product page because hearing is the best test of what's good and what it not. The definition of good in music is so subjective and personal that my words mean very little when it comes to that aspect of describing music. I will say which songs I especially loved and why. First up is Let Me Off Uptown. The primary reason is the duet between Anita and Roy Eldridge that echoed the culturally groundbreaking performance they did with Krupa's band over forty years prior. Roy could no longer play his trumpet (for medical reasons), but his singing was strong, and he and Anita pulled it off perfectly. I loved And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine because it is one of my favorite songs to begin with, and Anita and the backing ensemble did it justice; Opus One also leaped out at me for its nostalgia hook (and, of course, excellent performance by Anita and ensemble.)

About the ensemble: besides Anita (and Roy Eldridge) on vocals, the ensemble consisted of Frank Wess, Larry Charles, Jerry Dodgion, Laurence Feldman and Alex Foster and Richie Cole on saxophones, Joe Wilder, Randy Brecker, Virgil Jones and John Frosk on trumpets, Jim Pugh, Urbie Green, Alan Raph and Birch Johnson on trombones, the great Hank Jones on piano, and John Poole on drums. Richie Cole stood out on alto saxophone, as did Hank Jones on piano. For me - a drummer - it's always a pleasure listening to John Poole who is one of my inspirations. I was very surprised by his big band skills, which require a different approach to drumming than is required in his normal setting of small band and piano trio playing.

If you are an Anita O'Day fan, and especially if you love her earlier, big band work (or are merely a compulsive completest as I am), then you will probably love this album as much as I. A good test would be to grab a copy of Live in Tokyo '63. If you like that, you will probably appreciate this album.
~ Mike Tarrani, Amazon.com
2012: Kenny Burrell - Special Requests (And Other Favorites): Live at Catalina's Music » Jazz » Mainstream
2012: Kenny Burrell - Special Requests (And Other Favorites): Live at Catalina's
Artist: Kenny Burrell
Album: Special Requests (And Other Favorites): Live at Catalina's
Label: HighNote
Year: 2012; release: 2013
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 168 mb
Total time: 74:50

Recorded live at Catalina's in Hollywood in November 2012, these pleasant reworkings are special requests by fans of the legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. Consider this release as the second part of the 2010 live date Be Yourself: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, also on High Note. Alongside Burrell on these performances is an awesome set of musicians who provide a delicate balance between their post-bop technical excellence and improvisational skills: Justo Almario on sax and flute, Tom Ranier on piano, Tony Dumas on bass, and Clayton Cameron on drums. On these 11 tracks, Burrell pays tribute to Duke Ellington on "Sunset and the Mockingbird," "The Feeling of Jazz," and "In a Sentimental Mood," plus great renditions of "Generation," Benny Golson's "Killer Joe," the Freddie Hubbard composition "Little Sunflower," the standards "Make Someone Happy," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and "The Summer Knows," J.J. Johnson's "Lament," and Burrell's classic "Chitlins con Carne." Fans of Burrell's early sessions for Blue Note should be aware that the guitarist was in fine form in 2012, and listeners will definitely find some pleasant moments here. ~ Al Campbell, All Music Guide
2004: THe Naples Dixieland Jazz Band - Our Second Album! Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Dixieland
2004: THe Naples Dixieland Jazz Band - Our Second Album!
Artist: The Naples Dixieland Jazz Band
Album: Our Second Album
Label: Self Issued
Year: 2004
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 kbps
Time: 55:17
Size: 127.8 MB

The Naples Dixieland Jazz Band has brought smiles to thousands of faces and forced the tapping of countless happy toes in Cambier Park in downtown Naples, FL. This band is entering its 16th year and for more that half of them has been chosen to represent our region at the Sun Coast Dixieland Jazz Festival in Clearwater, FL.
They have recorded five CDs, which feature their fun and exciting style of Traditional Jazz--tunes you will fondly remember and enjoy listening to over and over ! (see last page of this site to order any one or all of our CDs... representing an impressive collections of 96 Traditional Jazz Numbers).
This band can be booked for special events, grand openings, large or small private parties. In addition, smaller sub-groups of this most talented and experienced band of jazz musicians are available for all types of events.).

1956-1957: Shelly Manne, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims - Live Music » Jazz » Mainstream
1956-1957: Shelly Manne, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims - Live
Artists: Shelly Manne, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims
Album: Live, 1956 & 1957
Label: Jazz Band
Years: 1956-1957; release: 1995
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 145 mb
Total time:

These are airchecks from radio broadcasts from the '50's...and none of the artists involved had yet hit their creative peaks.It's always revealing to hear the early work of major artists to see where they were as developing musicians. All of them had managed to emerge from the herd at this stage of their careers and were beginning to firmly establish their own styles and identities.This CD should be in the collection of jazz listeners who take pleasure in following the creative growth of important artists.
2015: Joey Alexander - My Favorite Things Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz


2015: Joey Alexander - My Favorite ThingsArtist: Joey Alexander
Album: My Favorite ThingsLabel: Motema Music
Label: Motema Music
Year: 2015
Format: mp 3, bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 58:00
Size: 130 mb

Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpassar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" and other jazz standards from his father's record collection by ear. Despite no formal jazz education, Joey rose quickly in the Indonesian jazz scene and beyond. In 2013 he was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine - besting over 200 adult contestants. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas for Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Rose Room, The Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Foundation. The 12 year old Joey has signed with Motema records and is rapidly growing in demand on the international circuit.

Driven by Alexander's imagination, sophisticated arrangements and dazzling playing, `My Favorite Things' is soulful and joyful. It is also statement of intent, a compelling introduction to a budding young leader, performer and composer, who plays with power and elation. From his impressionistic introduction to "Giant Steps" to the spirited interplay with his band mates on "It Might As Well Be Spring," to his singular closing rendition of "Over The Rainbow," Joey proves himself a true and distinctive jazz professional.
~ Grady Harp
1963: Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars - Deuces,T's,Roadsters & Drums Music » Jazz » Fusion » Jazz-Rock

1963: Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars - Deuces,T's,Roadsters & Drums
Artist: Hal Blaine & The Young CougarsAlbum: Deuces,T's,Roadsters & DrumsLabel: RCA Victor
Year: 1963
Genre: Jazz-Rock-Surf
Format, botrate: MP3 256 (LP-rip)
Time: 56:02
Size: 100.4MB

Hal Blaine was one of the most innovative and gifted session drummers ever to come down the pike, at least the pike that was the L.A. studio scene in the '60s and '70s. Being a talented man with friends in high places, it was perhaps only natural that he managed to record a solo album or two. However, his career as a highly used session drummer and percussionist didn't leave him a whole lot of time to develop as a songwriter or singer, so it's not surprising that his solo albums are nothing to write home about, including this one. Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums is the better of the two albums Blaine recorded, and it also contains the most original material. The songs are solid surf instrumentals that Blaine mostly co-wrote with album producer Lee Hazlewood, no slouch himself in the surf music composing department. In this case, the surf genre appears in the guise of the car genre, and every song on the main portion of the disc is preceded by loud drag-racing sound effects taken from the RCA library. Bad move -- the music would be much more listenable without them. It's jaunty, catchy stuff, if not terribly memorable. Blaine's percussion work lends a touch of exotica to the surf-and-drag twang of the guitars. The album sounds at times like a cross between Duane Eddy and Martin Denny. There are also several bonus tracks recorded at a different session, and they're better than many of the main album tracks. There's an R&B flavor to the latter part of the CD, with a female vocal chorus on some of the songs. And at least the extra tracks are free of car-racing sound effects. ~ Mary Grady, All Music Guide


1962-1971: Lalo Schifrin - Mission Impossible And Others Thrilling Theme Music » Jazz » Fusion » Crossover Jazz
1962-1971: Lalo Schifrin - Mission Impossible And Others Thrilling Theme
Artist: Lalo Schifrin
Album: Mission Impossible And Others Thrilling Theme
Label: Verve
Years: 1962-1971; release: 2008
Style: Soundtracks
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 132 mb
Total time: 57:38

The Jazz Club series is an attractive addition to the Verve catalogue. With its modern design and popular choice of repertoire, the Jazz Club is not only opened for Jazz fans, but for everyone that loves good music. Like many other artists from any given musical genre, there's more to Lalo Schifrin than his best known track: 'Mission Impossible (included here). He was a Jazz and Soundtrack composer, arranger, conductor and pianist born in Argentina who had been a professional musician for more than a decade before scoring the theme from the Peter Graves TV series Mission Impossible. This collection by Schifrin features 18 tracks including ''Machinations', The Man From Thrush', 'Bossa Antique', Mission Impossible' and more. ~ cduniverse.com
1962: Leo Wright - Suddenly the Blues Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
1962: Leo Wright - Suddenly the Blues
Artist: Leo Wright
Album: Suddenly the Blues
Label: WEA/Atlantic
Year: 1962; release: 2012
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 81,4 mb
Total time: 34:25

A record of incredible beauty from the great Leo Wright and one that we'd never part with at all! Wright's one of those excellent players from the 60s who never really gets his due largely because he was always hiding behind larger groups, and because he left the US in the decade for an extended stint in Europe. Still he cut some fantastic early work with both Dizzy Gillespie and Lalo Schifrin and this album captures him right during the peak of that early period! The record features light lively backing from a quartet that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums and some tracks have a beautifully groovy sound that's slightly bossa, slightly soul jazz. One of the best of these is Wright's great cover of "A Felicidade", but the record contains many other great moments, like "The Wiggler", "Tali", "Sassy Lady", and "Dionysis". 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1957/1960: Milt Buckner - Please, Mr. Organ Player & Send Me Softly Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
1957/1960: Milt Buckner - Please, Mr. Organ Player & Send Me Softly
Artist: Milt Buckner
Album: Please, Mr. Organ Player & Send Me Softly 2LP/1CD + 7 bonus tracks
Label: Solar Records
Years: 1957/1960; release: 2012
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 153 mb
Total time: 77:53

This release contains the complete album Please, Mr. Organ Player (Argo LPS670), which appears here for the first time ever on CD. As a bonus, Buckners album Send Me Softly (Capitol T938) in its entirety, featuring the formidable alto saxophonist Earle Warren. Both albums present a similar instrumental format, with Buckers organ backed by alto sax, guitar, bass and drums. A complete four-tune session (also featuring Earle Warren) and three further tunes from the same period that were first issued on singles have also been added as a bonus. ~ jazzmessengers.com
1975: Dexter Gordon Quartet Something Different Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
1975: Dexter Gordon Quartet  Something Different
Artist: Dexter Gordon Quartet
Album: Something Different
Label: SteepleChase SCCD-31136
Year: 1975; release: 1988
Format mp3, bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 66:57
Size: 148 mb
AMG raiting: ****/*

What is different about this set (recorded in a particularly busy year for Dexter Gordon) is that the veteran tenor is joined by a trio (guitarist Philip Catherine, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Billy Higgins) that does not include a pianist. Otherwise, the music is at the same high quality level and in the same modern bop genre as one would expect. In addition to one of his originals and Slide Hampton's "Yesterday's Mood," Gordon stretches out on some standards, making a classic statement on the ballad "When Sunny Gets Blue." All of his SteepleChase albums (particularly those from the 1975-76 period) are well worth acquiring. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1978: Benny Goodman - Big City Swing Music » Jazz » Swing
1978: Benny Goodman - Big City Swing
Artist: Benny Goodman
Album: Big City Swing
Label: London Records LP MIP-1-9311
Year: 1978
Format, bitrate: MP3,320 kbps
Time: 42:32
Size: 100.3MB

Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman (May 30, 1909 June 13, 1986) was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".

In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His January 16, 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."

Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz. During an era of segregation he also led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, while exploring an interest in classical music.
~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1999: Norman Simmons - The Art of Norman Simmons Hard-bop, Post-bop
1999: Norman Simmons - The Art of Norman Simmons
Artist: Norman Simmons
Album: The Art of Norman Simmons
Label: Savant Records
Year: 1999; release: 2000
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 166 mb
Total time: 71:19

Norman Simmons' record credits stretch back to a 1956 trio date for Argo and subsequent recordings with Carmen McRae, whom he accompanied for several years in the '60s, and with Betty Carter and Anita O'Day in the '70s. In fact, it's his sought-after ability as an accompanist that has rendered him practically invisible. Now 71, Simmons got his start in Chicago where, in the '50s, he was the house pianist at the Bee Hive Lounge backing up such notables as Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon. He also worked with Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons and a host of other Windy City players before moving to New York in '58. For the past 20 years he was Joe Williams' accompanist and musical director.
Simmons is a marvelous interpreter as well as a compelling composer and his "Joe," a cheery ballad written in honor of Williams, features sensitive solos from Simmons, tenorman Eric Alexander and guitarist Henry Johnson, another Williams associate. There's a lot of connectivity among these musicians-including bassist Paul West and drummer Paul Wells-and it certainly shows in their empathetic interplay. Besides the jaunty blues that starts things off, other Simmons originals include the boppish "Stiffed," with a series of intriguing ensemble riffs that serve to accent the action-a device Simmons also employs to good effect on "There Are Such Things" and his own relaxed "6 a.m."
The choice of standards reveals Simmons' fondness for harmonically rich material. "My Silent Love" and "The Hour of Parting" get exceptional interpretations. "Harlem Nocturne" (at 12:07) is the centerpiece of the disc, and gives both Alexander (a terrific full-bodied player who excels at any tempo) and Johnson (who seamlessly melds single-string lines with octave runs) a chance to move the music a bit out of the mainstream.
As someone observed, a great record can be played in the background without disturbing you and can also be played in the foreground without boring you. This is one of the greats.
~ Miles Jordan, Jazz Times
1958: Andre Previn & David Rose Orchestra - Secret Songs For Young Lovers Music » Jazz » Fusion » Jazz-Pop
1958: Andre Previn & David Rose Orchestra - Secret Songs For Young Lovers
Artists: Andre Previn & David Rose Orchestra
Album: Secret Songs For Young Lovers
Label: MGM Records
Year: 1958; release: 1959
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 77,2 mb
Total time: 36:08

Andre Previn began his professional career writing and arranging music for Hollywood films in 1946 and over the course of seven decades has pursued many musical goals. Whilst in Hollywood he discovered bop and would tour and record as a jazz trio during the 1950s. He then turned his back on jazz and became a classical conductor, leading the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This album, originally released in 1959, which includes the hit single Like Young, became the first of his albums to make the top twenty in the US and showcases his undoubted talent for jazz. The album that spawned the big hit Like Young. This is one of the last Jazz like albums from Previn before he switched to conducting Classical music. Twelve tracks all light Jazz with strings conducted by David Rose. All songs have young in the title.
1945-1946: Luis Russell 1945-1946 Swing, Mainstream, Vocal Jazz
1945-1946: Luis Russell 1945-1946
Artist: Luis Russell
Album: Luis Russell 1945-1946
Label: Classics
Years: 1945-1946 ; release: 1999
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 148 mb
Total time: 66:11

As different as can be from the Luis Russell recordings of the 1920s and early '30s, most of this material is heavily larded with male vocalists who use up lots of oxygen emulating Billy Eckstine. This was a stylistic trend during the years immediately following World War II, as entire big bands were yoked into subservience behind the all-important Big-Named Singer. As this development made Frank Sinatra and Perry Como into household words -- and caused Nat Cole to practically abandon the piano -- it paved the way for a morbid emphasis on the pop vocalist as cash cow core of the music business. This is a malady from which the industry has yet to recover. None of the singers heard on these Manor and Apollo sides enjoyed popular success, and neither did Russell's short-lived modernized big band. The young musicians who diligently back the singers are able to assert themselves wonderfully on three smoking instrumental tracks, which are as exciting as the vocal selections are soporific. Most noteworthy is the presence of 20-year-old percussionist Roy Haynes, who lathers up the ensemble on "Boogie in the Basement," "1280 Jive," and a bopping "Luke the Spook." The band also sings in unison during a novelty bounce called "I've Got a Gal." On these sides the orchestra sounds something like the rowdy big band being led during this same time period by Roy Eldridge. Additional excitement is generated by pianist Howard Biggs, trombonist Charles Stovall, and a very interesting tenor player by the name of Esmond Samuels. Confronted with only three or four hot jams surrounded by 18 syrupy vocals, the listener is left wishing that Luis Russell's last big band had been given the chance to record at least a dozen more of those tasty upbeat numbers with the instrumental talent out in front. Instead, this chronological package is swamped by gooey vocals without even the quirkiness of an Al Hibbler to relieve the sentimental congestion. ~ arwulf arwulf, All Music Guide
1970: Clark Terrys Big Bad Band Live on 57th Street Music » Jazz » Big Band » Modern Big Band
1970: Clark Terrys Big Bad Band  Live on 57th Street
Artist: Clark Terrys Big Bad Band
Album: Live on 57th Street
Label: Big Bear Records
Year: 1970
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 104 mb
Total time: 45:52

As opportunities to record jazz dried up in the late '60s, artists like Clark Terry resorted to privately issuing their work via mail order. Terry's 17-piece Big Bad Band was recorded during a 1970 engagement at the Russian Tea Room, playing arrangements by the likes of Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, and Phil Woods, no less (who worked with Terry on several other releases but not on this occasion). Terry's matchless fluegelhorn is featured extensively on Wilkins' "Big Bad Band" and "Take the 'A' Train," while his trumpet shines during Wess' "Shell Game" and he adds a plunger mute for a very effective arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's "Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note." Other outstanding solos include those by Wess, heard on alto sax on a soulful rendition of "Here's That Rainy Day" and on flute during "On the Trail" (which became a staple of Terry's repertoire); trombonist Dave Bargeron on Woods' "Hymn for Kim"; and trumpeter Virgil Jones on "Shell Game." Long out of print, this LP is worth acquiring (as are all albums by Clark Terry), if you can only find it. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1939-1945: 101 Songs That Won World War II Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1939-1945: 101 Songs That Won World War II
Artist: Various Artists
Album: 101 Songs That Won World War II
Artists: VA
Label: Southbound
Years: 1939-1945; Release: October 13, 2009
Quality: mp3 320 CBRkbps / 44,1kH
Time: 05:03:38 min
Size: 751 mb

This superb 5-CD collection features classic wartime songs from the likes of Vera Lynn, George Formby and Glenn Miller.
At the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth, this is something of a hybrid compilation. The task of identifying those tracks that have clear associations with the period 1939-45 is difficult because recording dates have not been included, but my best guesstimate is around forty, and that's not for lack of availability. Just to take one example, George Formby recorded seventeen songs which reflected the reality of war, yet the five Formby songs here include "When I'm Cleaning Windows" and "Leaning on a Lamp Post". Al Bowlly died in April 1941, but recorded three war-themed songs, none of which have made the cut. I could go on, but you get the picture. Having said which, I still rate it highly because despite the divergence from the theme it represents very good value for money.
~ Barry McCanna, Amazon.com
1958: Jimmy Cleveland, Jim Dahl, Frank Rehak and Gene Quill - Three Bones And A Quill Music » Jazz » BeBop » Cool
1958: Jimmy Cleveland, Jim Dahl, Frank Rehak and Gene Quill - Three Bones And A Quill
Artists: Jimmy Cleveland, Jim Dahl, Frank Rehak and Gene Quill
Album: Three Bones And A Quill
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Year: 1958; release: 2010
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 71,9 mb
Total time: 34:32
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The smoothness of the three trombones and the jaggedness of Quills alto combine to make of this session a stimulating one. Back then, the four leaders were key members of the Johnny Richards orchestra. Of the trombone trio, Rehak often goes for broke into the upper register, Cleveland works within his facile frame of reference, while Dahl seems to pace himself, playing with taste and awareness. Quill carries the strident voice in the group. Some of his entrances are so vicious and biting, that they manage by temperament alone to have an almost rhythmic propulsion. The rest of the band is of a piece with the Bones and the Quill. The two pianists, Hank Jones and Nat Pierce, combine swift taste with swinging time, while Whitey Mitchell and Charlie Persip are excellent. It was a challenging assignment skillfully accomplished by a more than capable group.
~ Fresh Sound Records

Gene Quill led very few dates of his own during his career, but these two sessions made for Roost feature the alto saxophonist in an unusual setting with a trio of trombonists (Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, and Jim Dahl) and a rhythm section consisting of drummer Charlie Persip, bassist Whitey Mitchell, and either Nat Pierce or Hank Jones on piano. Quill, who sounds very similar to frequent musical partner Phil Woods (though he is a bit more laid-back), is obviously stimulated by both groups, while the solo baton is passed around a good bit with no one being left out. Highlights include the sauntering take of Horace Silver's "The Preacher," a lively arrangement of Thad Jones' "Three and One," and a swinging interpretation of Duke Ellington's "In a Mellotone." Liner note writer Barry Ulanov takes the time to identify the soloists track by track, which is always a welcome touch. The only disappointment about this Fresh Sound CD reissue of this long unavailable album is the omission of composer credits.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
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