One of the great pop and jazz vocalists of the past 50 years turns 85 Wednesday. The great Tony Bennett kicked off this week’s Jazz Joint Jump
Tony Bennett - Close Your Eyes April 1961 Tony Bennett (vcl) acc by orchestra : Ralph Burns (dir) Bernie Glow, Carl "Doc" Severinsen, Jimmy Maxwell, Irving "Marky" Markowitz (tp) Bill Elton, Wayne Andre, Chauncey Welsch, Dick Hixson (tb) Toots Mondello, Jerry Sanfino, Romeo Penque, Al Klink, Danny Bank, Zoot Sims (sax) Bernie Leighton (p) Mundell Lowe (g) Milt Hinton (b) Herbie Lovelle (d) Tony Bennett – Jazz – Columbia
Benny Carter - Doozy November 1961 Benny Carter (as,arr) Phil Woods (as) Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Rouse (ts) Dick Katz (p) John Collins (g) Jimmy Garrison (b) Jo Jones (d) Further Definitions - Impulse
Diana Krall – I Love Being Here With You September 1994 Diana Krall (vcl,p) acc by Stanley Turrentine (ts) Ray Brown (b) Lewis Nash (d) Only Trust Your Heart - GRP
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - A Medium Blues [September 12th Blues] September 12, 1962 Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Roy Burrows, Bill Berry (tp) Ray Nance (tp,vln,vcl) Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Russell Procope (as,cl) Johnny Hodges (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (bar,b-cl,cl) Duke Ellington (p) Aaron Bell (b) Sam Woodyard (d) Swingin With Duke – Varese Sarabande
Jazz guitarist great Herb Ellis was born August 4th in 1921. Mr. Ellis passed on last March but the body of swinging work he left behind is pretty impressive. He was best known in most circles for his affiliation with Oscar Paterson in the 50s and is on countless great Verve records from 1953 to 1961. His biggest influence was Charlie Christian.
Herb Ellis/Freddie Green Quintet - A Smo-o-oth One San Francisco, c. 1975 Ross Tompkins (p) Herb Ellis (el-g) Freddie Green (rhythm-g) Ray Brown (b) Jake Hanna (d) Rhythm Willie – Concord
Della Reese – Good Morning Blues May 1966 Della Reese (vcl) acc by Bobby Bryant (tp) Bill Doggett (org) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Shelly Manne (d) Live, Hollywood, CA, Della Reese Live - ABC
The Oscar Peterson Trio with Herb Ellis – Naptown Blues November 1969 Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Sam Jones (b) Bobby Durham (d) Villingen, Black Forest, Germany, The Will To Swing – Verve
Eddie Jefferson born August 3rd 1918. It was Eddie Jefferson not King Pleasure or Jon Hendricks that invented the art form vocalese. Defined simply as putting lyrics to formerly recorded jazz solos. There is some pretty cool Eddie Jefferson out there from the late 60s. But for us this August of ‘55 recording with James Moody called Disappointed does Eddie Jefferson the most justice. Lyrically the song is about a low point in Charlie Parker’s life. The riff is from a Coleman Hawkins recording called Rifftide.
August 23, 1955 James Moody & Eddie Jefferson – Disappointed Dave Burns (tp) William Shepherd (tb) James Moody (ts,as) Pee Wee Moore (bar) Jimmy Boyd (p) John Latham (b) Clarence Johnston (d) Eddie Jefferson (vcl) Bebop Singers - Prestige
Lester Young Quartet – A Foggy Day March 1951 Lester Young (ts) John Lewis (p) Gene Ramey (b) Jo Jones (d) Just You. Just Me – Dreyfus
Louis Armstrong was born August 4th 1901. Satchmo needs no introduction. We went to the underground bunker at the Jazz Joint to dig up this set.
Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday with Sy Oliver's Orchestra – My Sweet Hunk Of Trash September 1949
Louis Armstrong (vcl) acc by Bernie Privin (tp) Sid Cooper, Johnny Mince (as) Art Drelinger (ts) Pat Nizza (ts,bars) Billy Kyle (p) Everett Barksdale (g) Joe Benjamin (b) Jimmy Crawford (d) Sy Oliver (arr,cond) Billie Holiday - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 2 - Decca
Louis Armstrong and the Mills Brothers – Boog It April 1940 Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) acc by Harry Mills (baritone voice) Donald Mills, Herbert Mills (tenor voice) John Mills Sr (bass voice) Norman Brown (g) Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers – Jazz Archives
Louis Armstrong – Cut Off My Legs And Call Me Shorty May 1940 Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) Shelton Hemphill, Henry "Red" Allen, Bernard Flood (tp) Wilbur DeParis, George Washington, J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Charlie Holmes, Rupert Cole (as) Bingie Madison, Joe Garland (ts) Luis Russell (p) Lee Blair (g) Pops Foster (b) Sid Catlett (d) Complete Decca Studio Master Takes - Definitive
August 7, 1936 Louis Armstrong acc by Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra – Swing That Music Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) George Thow, Toots Camarata (tp) Bobby Byrne, Joe Yukl, Don Mattison (tb) Jimmy Dorsey (cl,as,cond) Jack Stacey (cl,as) Fud Livingston, Skeets Herfurt (cl,ts) Bobby Van Eps (p) Roscoe Hillman (g) Jim Taft (b) Ray McKinley (d) Louis Armstrong 1936 – 1937 – Chronological Classics
Chet Baker and his Orchestra - Dinah October 1955 Chet Baker (tp) Benny Vasseur (tb) Jean Aldegon (as) Armand Migiani (ts) William Boucaya (bar) Rene Urtreger (p) Jimmy Bond (b) Nils-Bertil Dahlander (d) Jazz Masters 32 - Verve
Ella Fitzgerald acc by Marty Paich's DekTette – You Hit The Spot November 1958 Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) acc by Don Fagerquist, Al Porcino (tp) Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb,ts) Vince DeRosa (fhr) John Kitzmiller (tu) Bud Shank (as) Bill Holman (ts) Med Flory (bar) Lou Levy (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d) Marty Paich (arr,cond) Ella Swings Lightly - Verve
Bud Shank/Bob Cooper Quartet – When Lights Are Low January 19, 1956 Bud Shank (as) Claude Williamson (p) Don Prell (b) Chuck Flores (d) Concert, "California Institute of Technology", Pasadena, CA, Bud Shank / Bob Cooper – Mosaic Select disc
Mel Torme – I’m Beginning To See The Light February 1957 Live "Crescendo Club", Los Angeles, Mel Torme (vcl) acc by Don Fagerquist (tp) Larry Bunker (vib,bgo,accor) Marty Paich (p) Max Bennett (b) Mel Lewis (d) The Mel Torme Collection – Rhino
On August 6th Buddy Collette was born in 1921. Mr. Collette passed on last September. Buddy Collette was a versatile reed player almost as adept on tenor sax as he was on clarinet and flute. He mainly stuck to the West Coast playing in clubs and doing studio work while also a session leader and at one time member of the Chico Hamilton Quartet. Two recordings spotlighting the reed work of Collette began this set first on tenor and then clarinet
Buddy Collette - The Grind 2 1959-60 Buddy Collette (ts) Gerald Wiggins (p) Joe Comfort (b) Bill Douglass (d) or Jackie Mills (d) Barney Kessel, Erroll Garner, Gerald Wiggins & Wardell Gray - Crown.
Buddy Collette – Blues For Howard November 1956 Buddy Collette (cl) Dick Shreve (p) John Goodman (b) Bill Dolney (d) Nice Day With Buddy Collette – Original Jazz Classics
Ken Nordine and the Fred Katz Group – The Sound Museum July, 1957 Paul Horn (fl,as,cl) Fred Katz (p,cello,arr,cond) John Pisano (g) Jimmy Bond (b) Forst Horn (d,perc) [pseudonym for Chico Hamilton (d,perc) Ken Nordine (recitation) Best Of Word Jazz Vol 1 - Rhino
Miles Davis Quintet – There’s No You July 1955 Miles Davis (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Teddy Charles (vib) Charles Mingus (b) Elvin Jones (d) Blue Moods – Original Jazz Classics
Frank Sinatra - Don'cha Go 'Way Mad April 1962 Frank Sinatra (vcl) acc by orchestra including Ben Webster (ts) Neal Hefti (arr,cond) Sinatra and Swinging Brass – Reprise
Tenor saxophonist and arranger, Frank Foster was associated with the Count Basie Orchestra off and on since 1953. Frank Foster passed on last week. These are two of Frank Foster’s most well known compositions and arrangements for the Basie band.
Count Basie - Shiny Stockings (ff comp, arr) January 1956 Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones, Joe Newman (tp) Thad Jones (tp,arr) Henry Coker, Bill Hughes, Benny Powell (tb) Marshal Royal (cl,as) Bill Graham (as) Frank Wess (fl,ts) Frank Foster (ts, comp, arr) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g,arr) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (d) April In Paris - Verve
Count Basie And His Orchestra - Blues In Hoss' Flat (ff arr) March 1958 Thad Jones (tp,arr) Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman (tp) Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb) Marshal Royal (cl,as) Frank Wess (as,fl,arr) Billy Mitchell (ts) Frank Foster (ts,arr) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (d) Chairman Of The Board – Roulette
August 2, 1940 Slim Gaillard - Broadway Jump Loumell Morgan (p) Slim Gaillard (g,vcl) Slam Stewart (b,vcl) Hubert Pettaway (d) Henry Goodwin (tp) Garvin Bushell (cl) Complete Columbia Master Takes - Definitive