March 13, 1961 Annie Ross - Farmer's Market Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross (vcl) acc by Gildo Mahones (p) Ike Isaacs (b) Jimmy Wormsworth (d)
Count Basie and his Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald – Party Blues June 1956 Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones (tp) Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Bill Hughes (tb) Marshal Royal (as,cl) Frank Wess (as,ts,fl) Bill Graham (as) Frank Foster (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (d) Joe Williams (vcl) Buddy Bregman (arr), same pers but Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) added Ralph Burns (p,arr) on (1) Joe Williams’ Finest Hour – Verve
Joe Newman/Billy Byers Sextet featuring Gene Quill – Byers Guide 1956 Joe Newman (tp) Billy Byers (tb) Gene Quill (as) Lou Stein (p) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (d) Byers' Guide – Fresh Sound
Quincy Jones turns 75 on Friday. Lionel Hampton was his first important boss in the early 50s. Quincy Jones was schooled in arranging by a young Ray Charles in the late 40s when the two met in Seattle. He had a hand in everything in this set beginning with his May of 1959 recording of Moanin.
Quincy Jones and his Orchestra - Moanin' May 1959 Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder, Clark Terry (tp) Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Quentin Jackson, Melba Liston (tb) Julius Watkins (fhr) Phil Woods, Frank Wess (as) Benny Golson, Zoot Sims (ts) Danny Bank (bar) Patti Bown (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Milt Hinton (b) Charlie Persip (d) Quincy Jones (arr,cond) Compact Jazz - Verve
Ray Charles with Quincy Jones Orchestra - When Your Lover Has Gone June 23, 1959 Ray Charles (vcl,org) acc by Marcus Belgrave, John Hunt, Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman, Snooky Young (tp) Melba Liston, Al Grey, Quentin Jackson, Tom Mitchell (tb) Marshal Royal, Frank Wess (as) David "Fathead" Newman, Paul Gonsalves, Zoot Sims (ts) Billy Mitchell (ts-1) replacing Zoot Sims, Bennie Crawford, Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Freddie Green (g) Edgar Willis, Eddie Jones (b) Teagle Fleming, Charlie Persip (d) Quincy Jones (arr) The Genius Of Ray Charles - Atlantic
March 15, 1955 Dinah Washington - I Could Write A Book Dinah Washington (vcl) acc by Clark Terry (tp) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Paul Quinichette (ts) Cecil Payne (bar) Wynton Kelly (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Keeter Betts (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) Quincy Jones (arr,dir) Utimate Dinah Washington - Verve
Count Basie - Nasty Magnus Don Rader, Snooky Young, Sonny Cohn, Al Aarons, Fip Ricard (tp) Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Grover Mitchell, Urbie Green (tb) Marshal Royal (as,cl) Frank Wess (ts,as,fl) Eric Dixon (ts,fl) Frank Foster (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Sonny Payne (d) Quincy Jones (arr), April 21,22 & 23, 1963 Count Basie Compact Jazz – Verve
A few weeks ago I received a really fine CD from a band out of Texas called the Texas Gtpsies. The title of the disc is Café Du Swing and as you might expect the music of this group draws heavily on that of Django Reinherdt and Quintet Of The Hot Club of France but with a bit of a Texas drawl.
Texas Gypsies – Manoir De Mes Reves (Reinhardt) 2008 Mark Menikos violin, Steve Curry lead guitar, John Hewitt bass, Erik Swanson rhythm guitar Café Du Swing – Twig
Madeleine Peyroux – Summer Wind 2006 Half The Perfect World - Rounder
George Shearing Trio and Stephane Grappelli – After You’ve Gone April 1976 Stephane Grappelli (vln) George Shearing (p) Andy Simpkins (b) Rusty Jones (d) The Reunion – MPS
March 13, 1940 Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five - Somebody Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man Courtney Williams (tp) Louis Jordan (cl,as,bar,vcl,talking) Kenneth Hollon (cl,ts) Clarence Johnson (p,talking) Charlie Drayton (b) Walter Martin (d,tymp) Daisy Winchester, Mabel Robinson (vcl) prob. Kenneth Hollon (vcl) Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five - Proper
March 14, 1940 Louis Armstrong - You've Got Me Voodoo'd Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) Henry "Red" Allen (tp) Wilbur DeParis, J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Joe Garland (ts) Luis Russell (p) Sid Catlett (d) The Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1940 – 1949 - Definitive
March 11, 1941 Slim Gaillard – Slim Slam Boogie Loumell Morgan (p) Slim Gaillard (g,vcl) Slam Stewart (b) Kenny Clarke (d) The Complete Columbia Master Takes - Definitive
March 13, 1941 Charlie Christian Jammers - Blues in B & Waitin' for Benny Cootie Williams (tp) (1) Georgie Auld (ts) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Charlie Christian (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Dave Tough (d)
March 5, 1958 Dave Brubeck - Wonderful Copenhagen Paul Desmond (as) Dave Brubeck (p) Gene Wright (b) Joe Morello (d)Live in Copenhagen The Essential Dave Brubeck - Columbia
Dave Brubeck & Carmen McRae - Take Five September 6, 1961 Paul Desmond (as) Dave Brubeck (p) Gene Wright (b) Joe Morello (d) acc by large orchestra with strings, Howard Brubeck (dir) Carmen McRae (vcl) Take Five – Columbia Live "Basin Street East", New York,
Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio - I Can't Give You Anything But Love November 1952 Lester Young (ts,vcl) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) J.C. Heard (d) Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio – Verve Prez drew his last breath this week on March 15th 1959.
Etta Jones - Canadian Sunset September 1960 Etta Jones (vcl) acc by Oliver Nelson (ts) Lem Winchester (vib) Richard Wyands (p) George Duvivier (b) Roy Haynes (d) The Prestige Single – Prestige Roy Haynes born this week March 13th. Worked a bunch with Charlie Parker in the early 50s and at times led small groups himself
Terry Gibbs And His Big Band - The Fat Man February 1960 Al Porcino, Conte Candoli, Ray Triscari, Stu Williamson, John Audino (tp) Bob Enevoldsen, Frank Rosolino (tb) or Tom Shepard, Bob Pring (tb) Joe Maini, Charlie Kennedy (as) Bill Perkins, Med Flory (ts) Jack Schwartz (bar) Terry Gibbs (vib) Lou Levy (p) Buddy Clark (b) Mel Lewis (d) The Terry Gibbs Dream Band Vol 2 The Sundown Sessions – Contemporary
Anita O'Day - The Getaway And The Chase February 1956 Anita O'Day (vcl) acc by Milt Bernhart, Lloyd Elliott, Joe Howard, Si Zentner (tb) Paul Smith (p) Barney Kessel (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Alvin Stoller (d) Corky Hale (harp) + strings, Buddy Bregman (arr,dir) Pick Yourself Up - Verve
Sammy Davis, Jr. - Come Back To Me May, 1966 Sammy Davis, Jr. (vcl) acc by Buddy Rich's Orchestra , : prob pers Tony Scodwell, Bob Faust, Chuck Foster, John Sottile (tp) Jim Trimble, John Boyse, Bob Braun (tb) Tom Hall, Sam Most, Jay Corre, Marty Flax, Steve Perlow (saxes) John Bunch (p) Barry Zweig (g) Gerry Walters (b) Robert "Bobby" Morris (d) Sounds Of 66 – DCC Jazz
The Kirchin Band – The Opener 1955 Great British Bands
March 9 Keely Smith turned 76 on Sunday. When Louis Prima was at the top of his game and popularity in the 50s Keely was right there beside him as vocalist and wife.
Louis Prima – The Lip April 1956 Louis Prima (vcl,tp,ldr) acc by Jimmie "Little Red" Blount (tb) Sam Butera (sax) William "Willie" McCumber (p) Jack Marshall (g) Amado Rodriques (b) Robert "Bobby" Morris (d) Keely Smith (vcl) The Wildest - Capitol
Louis Prima - Hey Boy October 1958 Louis Prima (vcl-1-2) acc by Lou Sineaux (tb) Robert J. Carter (p) Bob "Bobby" Roberts (g) Antony "Tony" Liuzza (b) Paul Ferrara (d) Keely Smith (vcl-2-3) Sam Butera (vcl-4,sax,ldr) Louis Prima – Collectors Series – Capitol
March 6, 1958 Bill Doggett - Blip Blop Lawrence "Tricky" Lofton (tb) Clifford Scott (fl) Floyd "Candy" Johnson (ts) Thomas "Beans" Bowles (bar) Bill Doggett (org) Billy Butler (g) Edwyn Conley (b) Shep Shepherd (d) lp Swingin' Easy – King
On last weeks show we played a cut from what I feel is a fine new release by vocalist John Eric Booth. And back by popular demand this week is yet another great cut from the release Alive And Swingin on Saron Records. Booth is from the heart of the country… Appalachia if you will. Surprising to me that a guy could self produce this great of a quality CD with this great of a smoking band in 2008 and not do it in either New York or LA but here it is. 8 of the 11 tracks on this CD Alive And Swingin are well known standards swung previously by the likes of Bennett, Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Much more palatable to me than Michael Buble simply because this has a more real feel… not as slick, polished or what I would call sanitary and it swings. Available through Saron Records or at http://www.johnericbooth.com .
John Eric Booth – Why Don’t You Do Right Alive & Swingin - Saron
Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight 1961 Days Of Wine And Roses - Reprise
Count Basie and his Orchestra - The James Bond Theme December 1965 Wallace Davenport, Sonny Cohn, Al Aarons, Phil Guilbeau (tp) Grover Mitchell, Henderson Chambers, Al Grey (tb) Bill Hughes (b-tb) Marshal Royal (as,cl) Bobby Plater (as,fl,arr) Eric Dixon (ts,fl,arr) Eddie Lockjaw Davis (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p,org-1) Freddie Green (g) Norman Keenan (b) Same pers but Arthur Prysock (vcl) Mort Gerson (arr) Billy Byers (arr) Frank Foster (arr), on all titles Sonny Payne (d) rest same with Chico O'Farrill, George Williams (arr) Basie Meets Bond – Capitol
Rufus Harley - Bagpipe Blues Rufus Harley (bagpipes) Oliver Collins (p) James Glenn (b) Billy Abner (d) 1965 Bagpipe Blues - Atlantic