Manny Albam Jazz Greats of Our Time: Complete Recordings (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: July 21, 2004
- Label: Lonehill Jazz Spain
- 1.My Sweetie Went Away - Turn - Handman (CD1 Tracks 1 - 14 )
- 2.See Here, Miss Bromley - M. Albam
- 3.Poor Dr. Millimoss - M. Albam
- 4.All Too Soon - Ellington - Sigman
- 5.Minor Matters - M. Albam
- 6.Latined Fracture - M. Albam
- 7.Blues From Neither Coast - M. Albam
- 8.Thurnder Burt - M. Albam
- 9.Afterthoughts - M. Albam
- 10.How Long Has This Been Going On? - G. & I. Gershwin
- 11.Jive At Five - Edinson - Basie
- 12.It's De - Lovely - C. Porter
- 13.Sweets Bread - M. Albam
- 14.Intervowen - M. Albam
- 15.Am I Blue? - Akst - Clarke (CD2 Tracks 15 - 20 )
- 16.Home Brew - M. Albam
- 17.My Funny Valentine - Hart / Rodgers
- 18.Blues Over Easy (Part 1 ) - Ad - Lib
- 19.Blues Over Easy (Part 2 ) - Ad - Lib
- 20.A Little Eye - Opener - M. Albam
This double-disc compilation of jazz classics includes several recordings from 1957 and features jazz greates from both coasts.
Personnel: Paul Horn (flute, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); Hal McKusick (bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Gene Quill, Herb Geller, Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Al Cohn, Bill Holman (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Georgie Auld, Med Flory, Richie Kamuca (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Pepper Adams (bass saxophone); Conte Candoli, Ernie Royal, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Jack Sheldon, Art Farmer, Bernie Glow, Nick Travis (trumpet); Jim Dahl, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell Jr. (trombone); Stu Williamson , Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Dick Katz, Hank Jones , Lou Levy, Steve Allen (piano); Eddie Costa (vibraphone); Osie Johnson, Shelly Manne (drums).
Liner Note Author: John Flanagan.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (04/02/1957-05/16/1958); New York, NY (04/02/1957-05/16/1958); Town Hall, New York, NY (04/02/1957-05/16/1958).
Arranger: Manny Albam.
Manny Albam led many fine all-star big bands assembled specifically for recording sessions, and this compilation combines two related Coral LPs into a double-CD set. The first volume is a star-studded disc with Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods in the reed section; Bob Brookmeyer, Nick Travis, and Art Farmer making up the brass section; and the rhythm team of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. Albam sticks mostly to originals. He spreads the solo responsibilities around a good bit while playing musicians against one another with inspired countermelodies. "My Sweetie Went Away," associated with Lester Young but dating from the 1920s, provides a bit of contrast to the remainder of the material. The second disc focuses heavily on West Coast players like Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, Bill Holman, and Shelly Manne, though there's a ringer on trumpet, Harry "Sweets" Edison (identified under a pseudonym on the original record). Edison makes his presence known with "Sweet's -- Bread" and his easily identified muted horn in "Jive at Five." Candoli and Jack Sheldon trade licks in "How Long Has This Been Going On." Although each of these albums was reissued during the LP era, this Lone Hill Jazz compilation marks their first appearance in the CD era. ~ Ken Dryden
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