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Sonny Cox (alto)
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on JazzWax List: The Sonny Band at JazzWax
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P.P.S. Compositions by Loesser and Lowe
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on JazzWax List: The Midgets at JazzWax
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P.S. Minor Hall
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on JazzWax List: The Midgets at JazzWax
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Shorts McConnell Shorty Baker Pee Wee Russell Pee Wee Hunt Pee Wee Moore Joe Newman and Frank Wess ("Midgets")
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on JazzWax List: The Midgets at JazzWax
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Mr Five By Five (aka Jimmy Rushing, vocals) Big Nick Nicholas (tenor) Fats Sadi (French vibist) Big Maybelle (vocals)
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on JazzWax List: Giants of Jazz at JazzWax
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Can I guess the trumpeter who solos on "Cheek To Cheek"? It's the wonderful Don Fagerquist!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2010 on Interview: Herb Geller (Part 2) at JazzWax
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Erratum: The disc referred to in the above post should have been "A Message from NEWPORT". Sorry!
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2010 on Interview: John Bunch (Part 2) at JazzWax
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Nice to see recognition of "A Message from Birdland" as "one of the most revered band recordings of the late 1950s". So why has no one re-issued it? It must be one of the most glaring absences from my record collection!
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2010 on Interview: John Bunch (Part 2) at JazzWax
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Shorty's 1980's renaissance was keenly felt here in the UK. The RCA re-issue of his 1950's big band classics, "Blues Express", shot to the top of the British jazz record charts and his tour with NYJO created quite a stir. I was lucky enough to see them at the Davenport Theatre in Stockport, Greater Manchester. I recall there was one new composition, which Shorty, well aware of the jazz connotations of the venue's name, called "Davenport" - a wonderful composition and arrangement, which was probably never recorded.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2010 on Shorty Rogers: Re-Entry at JazzWax
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Interesting to hear how Jimmy, an East Coast musician, managed to get his compositions out of prison and how they were first recorded on the West Coast by a Chet Baker group. There was clearly a link between the two, as Chet also recorded three Jimmy Heath arrangements in that year (1956) with an eleven-piece group on "Chet Baker Big Band". I first heard Jimmy's "For Minors Only" and "For Miles and Miles" in about 1959 played on a 1957 album, "Hard Drive" by the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers that included Johnny Griffin, Bill Hardman and Junior Mance. I think it was then that these compositions found their true hard bop home!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2009 on Interview: Jimmy Heath (Part 2) at JazzWax
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Fine post, Marc! "Grand Encounter" and "On Stage" are favorites in my record collection. I was lucky enough to hear Perkins in the 90s with a latter-day Bill Holman orchestra at the Wigan Jazz Festival here in Greater Manchester UK.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2009 on Bill Perkins: On Stage at JazzWax
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So interesting - and surprising - to find Pat Smythe mentioned in this context. I saw him several times in the early 1960s when he was with the Joe Harriott Quintet. IIRC he gave up a career as a lawyer to dedicate himself to jazz piano.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2009 on Interview: Meredith d'Ambrosio (Pt 4) at JazzWax
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I have just bought "Go West Young Med" unheard on the strength of the comments here. Last time I did this, I ended up with a winner: "Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements", so am confident of a good outcome this time!
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2009 on Interview: Med Flory (Part 1) at JazzWax
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Superb clip, Marc! I've been a fan of Sing a Song of Basie since it first came out.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2009 on Interview: Jon Hendricks (Part 2) at JazzWax
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