- Audio CD (8 April 2013)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
- Label: Real Gone Jazz
- ASIN: B009OR051E
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Dizzy Reece Five Classic Albums Box set
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Includes the following albums - Blues In Trinity Star Bright Soundin' Off A New Star Progress Report Plus Bonus Tracks
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So this in no way is a review- rather a service to people, who like me, want to know what's on the set.
If you require a good review I can recommend some on the Amazon USA site for now.
Housed in a cheap booklet there is very little info on the Albums and the compilers have committed the sin of splitting the 'Star Bright' album over 2 different CDs rather than have them on one.
But this is a minor niggle when the music is the thing?
There are few details on the CDs but at this low, low price you get eight LPs plus and EP for the price of one CD and the cover boasts that the albums have been 'digitally remastered and enhanced' so that cannot be bad can It?
At this price we cannot complain can we??
There are 8 classic Albums and an EP.
'BLUES IN TRINITY' (1958)
'STAR BRIGHT' (1959)
'SOUNDIN' OFF' (1960)
'A NEW STAR' (1955)
'PROGRESS REPORT' (1956)
'NOWHERE TO GO' EP (1958)
'TOY TRUMPETS' (1956)
'TRANSATLANTIC ALLIANCE' (1957)
'A VARIATION ON MONK' (1957)
CD DISC 1:
'BLUES IN TRINITY' (1958):
1. Blues In Trinity
2. I Had The Craziest Dream
3. Close Up
4. Shepherd's Serenade
5. Color Blind
6. 'Round About Midnight
STAR BRIGHT (1959):
7. The Rake
8. I'll Close My Eyes
CD DISC 2:
STAR BRIGHT (1959) (Cont.):
1. The Rebound
2. I Wished On The Moon
3. A Variation On Monk
'SOUNDIN' OFF' (1960):
4. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance
5. Once In A While
6. Eb Pob
8. Our Love Is Here To Stay
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Included are the albums mentioned on the Amazon page, plus the EP "Nowhere To Go" (1958), "Top Trumpets" (1956), "Transatlantic Alliance" (1957), "On The Scene" (1957), and "A Variation On Monk" (1957). So you're getting a lot of Reece's music in this collection, which is fantastic.
Maybe it's because Reece spent so much time in Europe, which in the 50's meant you didn't exist as far as most American jazz fans were concerned. Reece recorded albums with (then) good be-bop/hard-bop players like Tubby Hayes (you need to hear his sax work), Victor Feldman, Phil Seaman, and others. His style was to stick pretty closely to the melody, and when the situation warranted, he would throw out a sparkling, well thought out, integrated (sometimes relatively lengthy) solo full of excitement, and then recede back into the group sound. His bands always consisted of good/great players, the arrangements were intelligent, the song choices good, and the music was never less than good to very good. But his style and tone never really stood out from other contemporary players who went on to forge their own distinct sound.
Probably the high points here would be his Blue Note work. These are about as close as Reece ever came to forming his own style. But the earlier albums all have a number of good/great tunes, well worth hearing. Listen (especially) to Reece's ballad playing. It's a good mixture of hard-bop, and the blues. All in all, Reece deserves more notoriety than he has (if any) among jazz fans of this era or jazz in general.
As with other releases from the Real Gone Jazz label, there's no notes-which is a real disservice, especially with players (like Reece) not as well known. But with his albums becoming more difficult to find, and expensive to purchase, this collection is the way to go. Is there anything truly unique about Reece's playing? No, not really. But his music is well worth hearing for fans of that era of hard-bop jazz. And while you're at it, check out the aforementioned Louis Smith on Blue Note. He too should be known for recording some good jazz. Reece plays a good trumpet-check him out and you'll hear what I mean.
The tracks span four discs. The important questions are how is the sound quality? What is included in the set? For the first question the sound quality is surprisingly good. The tracks have had some mastering and the entire collection is listenable. If you are an audiophile I will forewarn you that you will probably dislike the sound.
As for what this set contains, I am going to provide complete session information below. In many cases the links I have provided to source albums will contain sound samples. In those samples you will be overwhelmed by Reece's tone and playing. His sound is unlike any I have heard, and his tome is on par with Clifford Brown's. Different to be sure, but equally as pleasing.
Here is that you will get with this set:
The first six tracks on this disc are the album titled Blues In Trinity that was recorded for Blue Note at the Decca Studios in London on August 24, 1958. Reece is accompanied by Donald Byrd on trumpet on tracks 3 and 4, and Tubby Hayes on tenor sax. The rhythm section is Terry Shannon on piano, Lloyd Thompson on bass and Art Taylor on drums.
01. Blues In Trinity
02. I Had The Craziest Dream
03. Close Up
04. Shepherd's Serenade
05. Color Blind
06. 'round About Midnight
The last three tracks on this disc are from the album titled Star Bright, which was recorded for Blue Note at Rudy van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio on November 19, 1959. Reece is accompanied by Hank Mobley on tenor sax, and a super rhythm section comprised of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums.
07. The Rake
08. I'll Close My Eyes
The first three tracks on this disc are the remaining tracks from Star Bright on DISC ONE.
01. The Rebound
02. I Wished On The Moon
03. A Variation On Monk
The remaining tracks on this disc is the album titled Soundin' Off that was recorded for Blue Note at Rudy van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio on May 12, 1960. Reece is backed by Walter Bishop jr. on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Art Taylor on drums.
04. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance
05. Once In A While
06. Eb Pob
08. Our Love Is Here To Stay
09. Blue Streak
The first six tracks on this disc are from the album titled A New Star. Tracks 1 through 4 were recorded on May 16, 1955 with Reece accompanied by Sammy Walker on tenor sax and a rhythm section comprised of Tony Crombie on piano, Lennie Bush on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
Tracks 5 and 6 were recorded on July 14, 1955 with Reece accompanied by Tubby Hayes on tenor sax and backed by Harry South on piano, Pete Blannin on bass and Bill Eyden on drums.
01. O Moon
04. This Is Always
05. Now's The Time
06. Please Call
The next seven tracks are from an out-of-print album titled Progress Report with some tracks recorded for the same session used on Victor Feldman's Transatlantic Alliance. Tracks 8 and 12 Tracks were recorded in London on April 26, 1956 and feature Reece backed by Johnny Weed on piano, Dave Goldberg on guitar, Lennie Bush on bass and Phil Seamen on drums. Tracks 9 and 14 were recorded in London on July 23, 1956 with Reece accompanied by Ronnie Scott on tenor sax. The rhythm section on all of these tracks is Terry Shannon on piano, Lennie Bush on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
The remaining tracks in this segment are from Feldman's Transatlantic Alliance issued by Tempo Records. These tracks were recorded in London on December 28, 1956 and feature Reece's trumpet backed by Feldman on piano, Lloyd Thompson on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
09. Out Of Nowhere
12. Basie Line
13. The Gypsy
14. Scrapple From The Apple
The first four tracks were composed by Reece and recorded as the soundtrack for a movie titled Nowhere To Go. These tracks were recorded in London on October 2, 1958. Reece is on both trumpet and tom tom with Tubby Hayes on tenor and baritone sax. The rhythm section is Lloyd Thompson on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
01. Main Title / Nowhere To Go
02. The Escape & Chase
03. The Search
04. The Sunset Scene
The next four tracks were recorded for Tempo in London on July 23, 1956. The out-of-print album for which these tracks were laid down is Deuchar Plays Deuchar/Dizzy Blows Bird: Top Trumpets. These tracks feature Reece backed by Terry Shannon on piano, Lennie Bush on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
05. Yardbird Suite
06. How Deep Is The Ocean
07. Bluebird (Take 1)
08. Bluebird (Take 2)
These are also from from Feldman's Transatlantic Alliance that includes additional tracks on DISC THREE. These tracks were recorded in London on December 28, 1956 and feature Reece's trumpet backed by Feldman on piano, Lloyd Thompson on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
10. Get Up
11. The Gypsy (Take 2)
Tracks 12 and 13 are from an out-of-print album titled On The Scene. Thees were recorded in London on November 29, 1957. Dizzy is accompanied by Sammy Walker on tenor sax and a rhythm section comprised of Norman Stenfalt on piano, Lennie Bush on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
13. On The Scene
The final two tracks are from the out-of-print album titled A Variation On Monk. These tracks were recorded in London on November 29, 1957 with Dizzy accompanied by Sammy Walker on tenor sax and a rhythm section comprised of Norman Stenfalt on piano, Lennie Bush on bass and Phil Seamen on drums.
14. A Variation On Monk
15. Sweet & Lovely
Overall this is a bargain because some of the albums are either out of print or are priced outside the budget of mere mortals at the time of this review. If you are a Reece fan this earlier work is a treasure. If you are just discovering him this set is a great starting point for your music library.