domingo, 13 de agosto de 2017

Session At Midnight | Jazz Reunion At Melrose

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Two full LPs of Harry "Sweets" Edison and Charlie ShaversSession at Midnight and Session at Riverside are reissued in full on this single CD, here titled Complete at Midnight/At Riverside Sessions. Both of the sets are in the tradition of the Buck Clayton Jam Sessions with fairly basic chord changes, riffing behind soloists, and the lineups being populated by colorful swing veterans. The main difference from the Clayton jams is that the performances are briefer, clocking in mostly between five and six minutes. However there is ample solo space for all of the key players, sometimes including as many as eight horn players and the pianist on a single track. A bit unusual is that "Blue Lou" features trumpet solos and trade-offs by Harry "Sweets" EdisonShorty Sherock and Benny Carter (switching from alto), along with alto trade-offs between CarterMurray McEachern (who doubles on valve trombone) and Willie Smith. In general, all of the musicians play at least as well as one would expect, and one gets a rare opportunity to hear trumpeter Shorty Sherock, clarinetist Gus Bivona and tenor saxophonist Babe Russin in this type of mid-'50s all-star group. The results are fun, often infectious, and filled with spirited playing.
Alto Saxophone – Benny Carter, Murray McEachern (# B1), Willie Smith (2)
Trumpet – Benny Carter (# A2, B1), Harry "Sweets" Edison*, Shorty Sherock
Bass – Mike Rubin
Clarinet – Gus Bivona
Drums – Irv Cottler
Guitar – Al Hendrickson
Piano – Jimmy Rowles
Tenor Saxophone – Babe Russin, Plas Johnson
Trombone – Murray McEachern

A1 Moten Swing 
A2 Making The Scene 
A3 Sweet Georgia Brown 
B1 Blue Lou 
B2 Stompin' At The Savoy 
B2 Session At Midnight

Recorded 1955

Capitol Melrose Studio

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