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Plenty of great jazz here...
on 18 April 2014
Jazz at Newport '56-'61, NOT3CD151, various artists
Cd1 running time 70.54
Cd2 running time 66.16
Cd3 running time 71.24
CD1 covers the full spectrum opening with an energetic performance from Dizzy Gillespie recorded in 1957 entitled "Dizzy's Blues" CD3 track 8 features "I Remember Clifford" and both recordings come from the Verve LP, Dizzy Gillespie at Newport.
The Oscar Peterson Trio with Sonny Stitt, Roy Eldridge and Jo Jones at Newport is a 1957 live album by Oscar Peterson, accompanied by Sonny Stitt and Roy Eldridge, and Jo Jones, recorded at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival and released on the Verve label.
Three performances "Roy's Son"; "Willow Weep for Me" & "Autumn in New York" are taken from the LP "...at Newport"
Likewise there are three songs from Billie Holiday dating from 1957, "Nice Work if You Can Get It"; "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" & "Lady Sings the Blues".
Ella Fitzgerald contributes "I've Got a Crush on You"; "April in Paris" & "Body and Soul" also from 1957.
Two tracks "Moonglow" & "Day by Day" again from 1957 and this time featuring the Coleman Hawkins, Jo Jones, Pete Brown & Roy Eldridge, All Stars.
Nina Simone has three numbers "Trouble in Mind" & "Blues for Porgy" & "In the Evening by the Moonlight" all from Newport 1960 and released on the Colpix label.
The Don Elliott quartet offer Gershwin's "'Swonderful" from Newport 1957.
The Turk Murphy band plays " St James Imfirmary" & "Weary Blues" and the George Lewis band plays "Royal Garden Blues". All from Newport 1957.
The Duke Ellington orchestra plays "Happy Reunion"; "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" & "Newport Up" from Newport 1956.
The Quincy Jones tracks come from non Newport concerts dating from 1961"Air Mail Special"; "Meet BB"& "The Boy in the Tree" all have that urgency and dynamic arrangement associated with QJ.
The Gerry Mulligan quartet come in with "My Funny Valentine" & "Utter Chaos" from Newport 1957.
Kid Ory & The Red Allen band contribute the jazz classic "Muskrat Ramble" also dating from 1957.
Jazz songstress Dinah Washington sings "Crazy Love"; "Lover Come Back to Me" & "Backwater Blues" from Newport 1958.
The Mat Matthews quartet plays "I Never Knew" from 1957.
CD1 closes with The Dave Brubeck quartet featuring Paul Desmond performing "Take The "A" Train" from Newport 1958.
CD2 opens with Duke Ellington's "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" from 1956. Count Basie is represented by "Smack Dab in the Middle" track 2 & "One O'Clock Jump" CD3 track 4 both from 1957.
The Leon Sash quartet: Leon Sash – accordion; Ted Robinson – tenor saxophone & clarinet; Lee Morgan – bass; Roger Price – drums here perform "Blue Lou" from 1957.
Toshiko Akiyoshi and her trio: Toshiko Akiyoshi – piano; Gene Cherico – bass; Jake Hanna – drums perform "Between Me and Myself" also from Newport 1957.
The Ruby Braff octet with Pee Wee Russell and Bobby Henderson can be heard on 2 numbers both from 1957 "Honeysuckle Rose" & "Keep Out of Mischief Now".
Red Allen, Jack Teagarden & Kid Ory get it together for "China Boy" track 11 from Newport 1957.
Teddy Wilson also from 1957 performs "I Got Rhythm" on track 12.
The George Lewis band plays the legendary "Royal Garden Blues" at Newport 1957.
In 1956 The JJ Johnson & Kai Winding quintet perform "NWPT" a JJ J composition.
CD3 opens with Coleman Hawkins performing "Day by Day" at Newport 1957. The Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory plays "Love for Sale" also from 1957.
The International Youth Band in 1960 delivers "Imagination".
No doubting that 1957 is the chief year for me musically although the jazz festival was to continue for many years. This compilation by virtue of the years on which it focuses is able to offer performances by many of the most well known of jazz performers and in many instances at their peak. Given the many live recordings and the difficulties of such environments the performances captured here are in the main excellent. The sound quality is very good indeed across the entire set. This is a most attractive set with images of posters, photographs, tickets and documentation within the 3 pages that open and hold the CDs. The composers and years of recording are quoted. The liner notes are by Peter Gamble.