Coleman Hawkins – In a Mellow Tone {Prestige}[OJC]


Review from “cduniverse.com”
Few jazz giants have been as important and as relevant for as long as the Bean, a revealing nickname; it’s apparently a contraction of “the best and only.” Hawkins received this appellation during his tenure with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. The saxophonist’s gruff yet mellifluous, smoky yet coarse tone influenced generations of musicians.

This compilation features music from Hawkins’ years with Prestige Records. Filled with many exciting and tranquil moments, IN A MELLOW TONE captures a great period in the saxophonist’s forty-plus year career. The album’s opener, “You Blew Out the Flame In My Heart” displays Hawkins’ ability to swing with a light buoyant feel, while ballads such as “I Want to Be Loved,” “Greensleeves,” “Then I’ll be Tired of You,” and “Until the Real Thing Comes Along” show the degree of delicacy and intimacy of which Hawkins was capable. Finally, the album’s title track brims with energy and verve, due in large part to Gus Johnson’s crisp drumming.

Tracklist:
01 – You Blew Out the Flame in My Heart
02 – I Want to Be Loved
03 – In a Mellow Tone
04 – Greensleeves
05 – Through for the Night
06 – Until the Real Thing Comes Along
07 – The Sweetest Sounds
08 – Then I’ll Be Tired of You
09 – Jammin’ in Swingville

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – tenor sax
Hilton Jefferson – alto sax
Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet
Vic Dickenson, J.C. Higginbotham – trombone
Joe Thomas, Charlie Shavers, Joe Newman – trumpet
Tommy Flanagan, Red Garland, Ray Bryant – piano
Kenny Burrell, Tiny Grimes – guitar
Wendell Marshall, Doug Watkins, Ron Carter, George Duvivier, Major Jolley – bass
Osie Johnson, Charles “Specs” Wright, Gus Johnson, Eddie Locke, Bill English – drums

Recorded between November 7, 1958 – March 30, 1962;
at Hackensack, NJ (#2, 4, 5 and 6); and Englewood Cliffs, NJ (#1, 3, 7, 8 and 9)

Label: Prestige – OJC
Year: 1987
Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream Jazz, Saxophone

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman and Woody’s Big Band – My Buddy {Concord}


Review from “cduniverse.com”
Fine ’83 collaboration between Rosemary Clooney and the Woody Herman big band, although Herman is nearing the end of his great career. Excellent arrangements, steadfast vocals, and the usual tidy, though careful, Concord production and engineering.

Tracklist:
01 – I Believe in Love
02 – Summer Knows
03 – The Glory of Love
04 – You’re Gonna Hear from Me
05 – Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
06 – I’m Beginning to See the Light
07 – My Buddy
08 – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Personnel:
Rosemary Clooney – vocals
Woody Herman – alto saxophone, clarinet
Mark Vinci, Jim Carroll – tenor saxophone, flute
Frank Tiberi – tenor saxophone
Mike Brignola – baritone saxophone
Dan Fornero, Scott Wagstaff, Mark Lewis, Paul Mazzio, Bill Byrne – trumpet, flugelhorn
Gene Smith, Randy Hawes – trombone
John Oddo – piano
John Chiodini – guitar
John Adams – bass
Jeff Hamilton – drums, percussion

Recorded at United/Western Studios and Ocean Way Recording,
Hollywood, California in August 1983.
Style: Modern Big Band, Vocal Jazz, Standards, year: 1983

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Oscar Peterson – Digital at Montreux {Pablo}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
The title is pretty generic but this duet set from pianist Oscar Peterson and bassist Niels Pedersen has plenty of excellent music from two of the best. Peterson and Pedersen perform six standards and a well-conceived five-song Duke Ellington medley. Few real surprises occur but the duo plays up to one’s high expectations.

Tracks:
01 – Old Folks
02 – Soft Winds
03 – (Back Home Again In) Indiana
04 – That’s All
05 – Younger Than Springtime
06 – Ellington Medley
07 – On the Trail

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen – bass

Recorded at Mountain Studios (Montreux, Switzerland); July 16, 1979.
Year: 1992; style: Classic Jazz, Bop, Piano&Bass Duo, Standards

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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Bill Evans with Philly Joe Jones – Green Dolphin Street {Riverside}[xrcd]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

This obscure Bill Evans trio set (with bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones) went unissued until the mid-’70s when the pianist decided that it was worth releasing as a fine example of bassist Chambers’ work. Very much a spontaneous set (recorded after the rhythm section made part of a record accompanying trumpeter Chet Baker), the group runs through a few standards such as “You and the Night and the Music,” “Green Dolphin Street,” and two versions of “Woody ‘N You.” Although lacking the magic of Evans’ regular bands, this CD reissue has its strong moments and the pianist’s fans will be interested in getting the early sampling of his work. A special bonus is the rare first take of “All of You” from the legendary Village Vanguard engagement by the 1961 Evans Trio (with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian).

Tracks:
01 – You and the Night and the Music
02 – My Heart Stood Still
03 – Green Dolphin Street
04 – How am I to Know?
05 – Woody’n You (take 1)
06 – Woody’n You (take 2)
07 – Loose Bloose

Personnel:
Bill Evans – piano
Zoot Sims – tenor sax
Jim Hall – guitar
Paul Chambers, Ron Carter – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums

Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City; January 19, 1959 (tracks: 1-6)
Recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York City; August 21, 1962 (track: 7)
Style: Cool, Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz – Year: 1999

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, scans

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George Shearing – More Grand Piano {Concord}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

This was a very spontaneous session. For his second solo piano date for Concord, George Shearing picked out ten songs while he was at the studio and, without any real prior planning, simply played. The results are consistently enjoyable as Shearing performs some of his favorite songs. A few of the tunes (such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and “East of the Sun”) had long been part of his repertoire but some of the other songs (such as “My Silent Love,” an unusual reworking of “Change Partners” and “Dream”) are full of surprises. An excellent outing.

Tracks:
01 – My Silent Love
02 – Change Partners
03 – My Favorite Things
04 – You Don’t Know What Love Is
05 – Ramona
06 – I Didn’t Know What Time it Was
07 – People
08 – East of the Sun
09 – I Can’t Get Started
10 – Dream
11 – Wind in the Willow

Personnel:
George Shearing – piano

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA October 1986
Year: 1987; style: Bop, Cool, Mainstream

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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