Howard McGhee 1945-1946 (2-CD)
- Released: September 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
- 3.Mop! Mop!
- 5.Deep Meditation
- 6.Mad Hype
- 7.11:45 Swing (Rummage Bounce)
- 8.Playboy Blues
- 9.Around the Clock, Pt. 1 - (part 1)
- 10.Around the Clock, Pt. 2 - (part 2)
- 11.Gee, I'm Lonesome
- 12.Call It the Blues
- 13.McGhee Jumps (Cool Fantasy, Pt. 1)
- 14.Cool Fantasy, Pt. 2 - (part 2)
- 15.McGhee Special
- 16.Sweet Potato
- 18.Blues a la King
- 19.Night Mist
- 21.Trumpet at Tempo
Personnel: Howard McGhee (trumpet); James D. King (vocals, tenor saxophone); Pearl Taylor, Estelle Edson (vocals); Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone); Snooky Young, Karl George (trumpet); Vick Dickenson, Gene Roland (trombone); Vernon Biddle, Jimmy Bunn (piano); Bob "Dingbod" Kesterson (bass); Stanley Morgan (guitar); Charles Mingus, Jimmy Bunn (bass); Roy Porter, Nat "Monk" McFay (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California between September 1945 and July 1946. Includes liner notes by Anatol Schenker.
Personnel: Howard McGhee (trumpet); Pearl Traylor (vocals); Stanley Morgan (guitar); Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone); Karl George, Snooky Young (trumpet); Gene Roland, Vic Dickenson (trombone); Vernon Biddle, Jimmy Bunn (piano); Nat McFay, Roy Porter (drums).
Liner Note Author: Anatol Schenker.
Recording information: 09/04/1945-07/29/1946.
Howard McGhee was one of the most significant and underrated trumpeters of the bebop era, a transitional player who led the way from Roy Eldridge to Fats Navarro. In 1945 he came to the West Coast as a member of the Coleman Hawkins Quintet and decided to stay for a couple years, helping to introduce bebop to Los Angeles. Most of his recordings from the period are rare, so the release of the 22 selections on this CD is quite welcome. First there are four selections recorded for Philo in a sextet with tenors Teddy Edwards and James D. King. There are four sessions for Modern, including three with similar personnel (with bassist Charles Mingus on "Deep Meditation," four vocals by Pearl Taylor, and one by Estelle Edison). In addition, there is a big-band date and three of the selections from Charlie Parker's ill-fated "Lover Man" Dial date (two up-tempo McGhee features and a faltering "Be-Bop") that were originally released under McGhee's name. Overall, the music on this CD is quite boppish, sometimes a little ragged but always full of fire and energy. Highlights include "Stardust," "Mad Hype," the two-part "Around The Clock," "McGhee Special," and the haunting "Night Mist." Historic and often exciting music. ~ Scott Yanow
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