Personnel includes: Joe Newman (vocals, trumpet); Gene Quill, Sam Marowitz, Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Eddie Wasserman (tenor saxophone); Al Cohn (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Al Epstein (baritone saxophone); Nick Travis, Ernie Royal (trumpet); Frank Wess (flugelhorn); Jimmy Cleveland, Tommy Mitchell, Chauncey Welsch, Benny Powell (trombone); Nat Pierce, Dick Katz (piano); Hank Jones (piano, organ); Freddie Green (guitar); Barry Galbraith (acoustic & electric guitars); Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones (bass); Ross "Shadow" Wilson, Osie Johnson (drums).
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York between February 8, 1955 and July 13, 1956. Includes liner notes by Pierre LaFargue and Don Waterhouse.
Personnel: Joe Newman (trumpet); Freddie Green (guitar); Barry Galbraith (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Al Cohn (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Gene Quill, Phil Woods, Sam Marowitz (alto saxophone); Eddie Wasserman (tenor saxophone); Al Epstein (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Nick Travis (trumpet); Frank Wess (flugelhorn); Tommy Mitchell , Jimmy Cleveland, Benny Powell, Chauncey Welsch (trombone); Hank Jones (piano, organ); Dick Katz, Nat Pierce (piano); Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson, Osie Johnson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Don Waterhouse.
Recording information: Webster Hall, NY (02/08/1955-07/13/1956).
Trumpeter Joe Newman, best-known for his playing with Count Basie's Orchestra, led four albums for RCA during 1955-1956. This generous two-CD set reissues all the music from these dates, and has plenty of swinging performances. The first disc puts the focus on Newman and tenor saxophonist Al Cohn in a pair of octets with arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, Manny Albam, and Cohn. The second disc starts out with a tribute to Louis Armstrong, a dozen of Satch'"s songs modernized for a big band; Newman takes a few rare vocals. The final session matches Newman with flutist Frank Wess in a two-guitar septet arranged by Wilkins. While most of the other two-fers in this French RCA Jazz Tribune series are reissues of earlier two-LP sets, this one was newly compiled and has 48 splendid examples of Basie-ish swing. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow