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Four Classic Albums Plus Double CD


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  • Audio CD (14 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B008GVA6CC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hadjazz on 4 Aug 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I already had the Thigajig album and bought this on the strength of that I have not been disappointed
with the other albums that complete this issue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2012
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The pianist Mel Powell had a prodigious talent, and his credentials were impeccable. During his teens he worked with Bobby Hackett, Georg Brunis, Zutty Singleton, Muggsy Spanier and Wingy Manone, before joining Benny Goodman. He toured with Glenn Miller's AAF Band, and rejoined Goodman in 1945. He'd led his first studio date in 1942, but his interest turned increasingly to classical music, which he studied at Yale under Paul Hindemith. Nevertheless, between 1953 and 1955 he recorded several excellent Vanguard albums, under John Hammond's hands-off direction.

This compilation assembles four and a half Vanguard albums, plus four tracks from a Septet album, and an EP, of which the last-named is the earliest. "Classics in Jazz" dates from December 1947, and the studio group comprised Bumps Myers on sax, Jake Porter on trumpet, Lee Young on drums and Red Callender on bass. The Septet album dates from December 1953, and features Edmond Hall on clarinet, Buck Clayton on trumpet, Henderson Chambers on trombone, Steve Jordan on guitar, Walter Page on bass, and Jimmy Crawford on drums. Avid has included the four jazz numbers from the A Side, and omitted the B Side of the solo Sonatina for Piano.

"Borderline" was recorded on 17th August 1954, with Paul Quinichette on tenor sax and Bobby Donaldson on drums, and "Thigamagig" followed exactly a week later, with the tenor sax replaced by Ruby Braff on trumpet. "The Mel Powell Bandstand" dates from December 1954, and features a group which comprised John Glasel on trumpet, Chuck Russo on reeds, Jimmy Buffington on French horn, Boomie Richman on tenor sax, Mundell Lowe on guitar, Joe Kay on bass, and Eddie Phyffe on drums.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
THE BEST THING FOR YOU WOULD BE MEL 12 Aug 2012
By Barry McCanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The pianist Mel Powell had a prodigious talent, and his credentials were impeccable. During his teens he worked with Bobby Hackett, Georg Brunis, Zutty Singleton, Muggsy Spanier and Wingy Manone, before joining Benny Goodman. He toured with Glenn Miller's AAF Band, and rejoined Goodman in 1945. He'd led his first studio date in 1942, but his interest turned increasingly to classical music, which he studied at Yale under Paul Hindemith. Nevertheless, between 1953 and 1955 he recorded several excellent Vanguard albums, under John Hammond's hands-off direction.

This compilation assembles four and a half Vanguard albums, plus four tracks from a Septet album, and an EP, of which the last-named is the earliest. "Classics in Jazz" dates from December 1947, and the studio group comprised Bumps Myers on sax, Jake Porter on trumpet, Lee Young on drums and Red Callender on bass. The Septet album dates from December 1953, and features Edmond Hall on clarinet, Buck Clayton on trumpet, Henderson Chambers on trombone, Steve Jordan on guitar, Walter Page on bass, and Jimmy Crawford on drums. Avid has included the four jazz numbers from the A Side, and omitted the B Side of the solo Sonatina for Piano.

"Borderline" was recorded on 17th August 1954, with Paul Quinichette on tenor sax and Bobby Donaldson on drums, and "Thigamagig" followed exactly a week later, with the tenor sax replaced by Ruby Braff on trumpet. "The Mel Powell Bandstand" dates from December 1954, and features a group which comprised John Glasel on trumpet, Chuck Russo on reeds, Jimmy Buffington on French horn, Boomie Richman on tenor sax, Mundell Lowe on guitar, Joe Kay on bass, and Eddie Phyffe on drums. Joan Wile (subsequent founder of Grandmothers Against the War) sings "My Last Millionaire" and "Soon", on what was her recording debut. The opening number "Ezz-May" was dedicated to John Hammond's wife Esme.

Finally, "Out on a Limb" was recorded in October 1955, and features two studio groups, in which Bobby Donaldson on drums is the common factor. The first six tracks feature Al Mattaliano on trumpet, Peanuts Hucko on clarinet, Nick Caiazza on tenor sax, Tommy Kay on guitar and Arnold Fishkin. A smaller group plays the second half, with Ruby Braff on trumpet, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Skeeter Best on guitar.

These recordings showcase Powell's superb sense of swing, with the earliest reflecting his Dixieland background, and the later ones charting the growing influence of bop, transmuted by his classical sensibilities. His choice of musicians was astute, and the whole compilation sparkles with variety. Given the scarcity of this material, to have so much made available all at once is a treat that should not be missed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Most of Powell's 1950s work as a leader 21 April 2014
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Nearly all of the albums in this set are from the Vanguard label (although the last four tracks on Disc Two are from Capitol. Moreover, with the exception of the last four tracks, which are from 1947, the rest of this set was recorded between 1953 and 1956. What makes this set valuable is the individual albums are now out-of-print, so you can get nearly two and three quarters of an hour of Powell's music at an affordable price.

I rate the sound quality as very good plus. In fact, I have a number of sets from Avid and have been happy with all of them. This one is no exception. Although there are no sound samples on this page you can listen to all but one of the tracks on this MP3 compilation album: Essential Jazz Masters.

In addition to there being no sound samples on this page (at the time of this review), there is also no track list. Here is what the this two-disc set contains:
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DISC ONE
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Tracks 1 through 7 are the 1954 album titled Borderline with another unique trio format featuring Paul Quinichette on tenor sax, Powell on piano and Bobby Donaldson on drums:
01. Borderline
02. Makin' Whoopie
03. What's New
04. Quin And Sonic
05. If Dreams Come True
06. Cross Your Heart
07. Avalon

Tracks 8 through 15 are the 1955 album titled Thigamagig. This is an interesting and unique line up comprised of Ruby Braff on trumpet, Powell on piano and Bobby Donaldson on drums:
08. Thigamagig
09. You're My Thrill
10. Button Up Your Overcoat
11. Don-Que-Dee
12. Bouquet
13. Ain't She Sweet
14. Take Me In Your Arms
15. California, Here I Come

Tracks 16 through 20 are the album titled Out on a Limb from 1956. The front line is comprised of Al Mattaliano on trumpet, Nick Calazza on tenor sax and Peanuts Hucko on clarinet. The rhythm section is Powell on piano, Tommy Kay on guitar, Arnold Fishkin on bass and Bobby Donaldson on drums:
16. Gone With The Wind
17. Bunny Hug
18. Pennies From Heaven
19. Stomping At The Savoy
20. When Your Lover Has Gone
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DISC TWO
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The first seven tracks are a continuation of Out on a Limb from Disc One with track 1 below by the same line-up.
01. Cooch
The remaining tracks from this album feature Ruby Braff fronts on trumpet, backed by Powell, Skeeter Best on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Bobby Donaldson on drums:
02. Beale St. Blues
03. Three Little Words
04. You're Lucky To Me
05. Liza
06. The Best Thing For You Would Be Me
07. Rosetta

Tracks 8 through 14 are the 1956 album titled The Mel Powell Bandstand. The front line is Johnny Glasel on trumpet, Jimmy Buffington on French horn and Chuck Russo on alto and baritone sax, clarinet and bass clarinet. Powell leads the rhythm section comprised of Mundell Lowe on guitar, Joe Kay on bass and Eddie Phyfe on drums. The vocalist is Joan Wile:
08. Ezz-May
09. My Last Millionaire
10. Everything I've Got
11. Firebug
12. Easy Swing
13. Soon
14. When Did You Leave Heaven

Tracks 15 through 18 are the album titled Mel Powell Septet from 1953. The front line is Buck Clayton on trumpet, Henderson Chambers on trombone and Edmund Hall on clarinet. The rhythm section is Powell, Steve Jordan on guitar, Walter Page on bass and Jimmy Crawford on drums:
15. `S Wonderful
16. It's Been So Long
17. I Must Have That Man
18. You're Lucky To Me

Tracks 19 through 22 are the 1947 album titled Classics In Jazz. The front line is comprised of Jake Porter on trumpet and Bumps Myers on tenor sax. Powell leads the rhythm section that is also comprised of Red Callender on bass and Lee Young on drums:
19. Anything Goes
20. Hallelujah
21. There's A Small Hotel
22. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Album and Purchase Top Notch 11 Jan 2013
By Jim Turner jfTurner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
How could one do better than a four-in-one album in excellent condition for a price less than average retail and rapid delivery of a musical treat by a jazz pianist icon?
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mel Powell and friends 30 Jan 2013
By D. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The music is fine, but the plastic case is fragile junk which comes apart when I try to open it.
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