Edmond Hall 1937-1944

Down Beat: 4.5 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...He's expressive, soaring and flexible--a thoroughly enchanting, down-home soloist..."
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  • Released: August 18, 1995
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic

Entertainment Reviews:

Down Beat - 4/96, p.57
4.5 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...He's expressive, soaring and flexible--a thoroughly enchanting, down-home soloist..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Joe the Bomber
  • 2.Fade Out
  • 3.Jammin' in Four
  • 4.Edmond Hall Blues
  • 5.Profoundly Blue
  • 6.Celestial Express
  • 7.High Society
  • 8.Blues at Blue Note
  • 9.Night Shift Blues
  • 10.Royal Garden Blues
  • 11.Blue Note Boogie
  • 12.The Man I Love
  • 13.Downtown Cafe Boogie
  • 14.Uptown Cafe Blues
  • 15.Coquette
  • 16.Rompin' in 44
  • 17.Blue Interval
  • 18.Smooth Sailing
  • 19.Seein' Red

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Personnel includes: Edmond Hall (clarinet); James P. Johnson (piano); Meade Lux Lewis (celeste); Charlie Christian (acoustic guitar); Big Sid Catlett (drums).
Personnel: Edmond Hall (clarinet); Billy Hicks (vocals, trumpet); Henry Nemo (vocals); Leroy Jones, Jimmy Shirley, Al Casey , Carl Kress, Charlie Christian (guitar); Meade "Lux" Lewis (cello); Emmett Berry, Sidney DeParis (trumpet); Fernando Arbello, Vic Dickenson (trombone); Eddie Heywood, James P. Johnson, Cyril Haynes, Teddy Wilson (piano); Red Norvo (vibraphone); Arnold Boling, Big Sid Catlett (drums).
Liner Note Author: Anatol Schenker.
Recording information: New York, NY (06/24/1937-01/25/1944).
Ensembles: Edmond Hall Sextet; Billy Hicks & His Sizzlin' Six; Edmond Hall All Star Quintet; Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet.
Photographer: Don Schlitten.
Those who missed out on Mosaic's limited-edition reissue of Edmond Hall's superb Blue Note recordings may want to pounce on this segment of the clarinetist's chronology. Everything there is to love about small-group swing is present at full potency in these remarkably solid performances. For the session of February 5, 1941 Meade "Lux" Lewis put all of his best blues and boogie energies into a celeste, that tinkling little keyboard instrument that sounds like a glockenspiel. The combination of a celestial Lewis and the soulful Hall with guitarist Charlie Christian and bassist Israel Crosby resulted in music unlike anything heard before or since. On November 29, 1943 the Edmond Hall Blue Note Jazzmen had Vic Dickenson and a very inspired Sidney DeParis on the front line. The humbly majestic James P. Johnson makes the music feel like ritual. Three hot numbers are fountains of joy, but the real magic develops during two collectively improvised blues taken at relaxed tempos. Nothing could be finer or more pleasing than this confluence of master improvisers, drawing upon the highly evolved traditions of New York and New Orleans as they listened ever so carefully to each other while inventing their own grammar of straightforward blues, swing and boogie-woogie. The Edmond Hall Sextet recorded four sides for Commodore on December 18, 1943. Guitarist Al Casey sat in on this occasion, only three days after the passing of his mentor, Fats Waller. Eddie Heywood was a great pianist, much less humble than James P. Johnson but formidable enough to rock the hell out of the "Downtown Caf‚ Boogie." The piano introduction to a very relaxed "Uptown Caf‚ Blues" sounds similar to the beginning of Heywood's blues collaborations with Billie Holiday. Edmond Hall's way of handling the blues is unforgettably immediate and sincere. Both of the 1943 dates are towed into port by the exceptionally fine drumming of Big Sid Catlett. Back with Blue Note on January 25, Edmond Hall leads his All Star Quintet in developing four of his own original compositions. While "Rompin' in '44," the band moves with gently pronounced modernity, rooted in tradition but responding to new ideas and updated styles. Red Norvo, always aware of fresh influences, had something to do with this development. "Blue Interval" is something like a course in organic gardening; "Smooth Sailin'" is a solid upbeat piece of blues, as is the rocking restless jam called "Seein' Red." As a gesture of chronological completeness, Classics tacked on a pair of sides from 1937 with vocals by Henry Nemo. These would be more enjoyable if he didn't closely imitate Fats Waller's singing style, right down to the expostulations and tag lines. Considering the wealth of outstanding jazz on this one CD, these two oddities are a neat bonus. They do not detract in any way from the masterpieces gathered together in memory of the great Edmond Hall. ~ arwulf arwulf

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