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Clark TERRY & Bob BROOKMEYER – The Power of Positive Swinging 1965

Posted in Bob BROOKMEYER, Clark TERRY, JAZZ on December 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY & Bob BROOKMEYER – The Power of Positive Swinging  1965
Fontana TL 5290

Jazz

In the mid-1960s, flugelhornist Clark Terry and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer led a quintet whose rhythm section changed now and then. As expected, there was always plenty of interplay between the fluent horns and some sly examples of their humor. This CD reissue matches C.T. and Brookmeyer with pianist Roger Kellaway (a bit of a wild card who throws in a few adventurous flights here and there), bassist Bill Crow and drummer Dave Bailey. Except for Kellaway, all of the musicians had previously played with Gerry Mulligan, and there is some of the feel of his quartet during these performances. Highlights include “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Illinois Jacquet’s “The King” and the old Count Basie-associated riff tune “Just an Old Manuscript.”
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
**
Clark Terry- Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bob Brookmeyer- Valve Trombone
Roger Kellaway- Piano
Bill Crow- Bass
Dave Bailey- Drums
**
A1. Dancing on the Grave
A2. Battle Hymn of the Republic
A3. The King
A4. Ode to a Flugelhorn
A5. Gal in Calico
B1. Green Stamps
B2. Hawg Jawz
B3. Simple Waltz
B4. Just an Old Manuscript
**
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Clark TERRY & Red MITCHELL – To Duke and Basie 1986

Posted in Clark TERRY, JAZZ, Red MITCHELL on December 17, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY & Red MITCHELL – To Duke and Basie 1986
1997 Issue.

Jazz

Flugelhornist Clark Terry and bassist Red Mitchell play a full program of duets, with most of the music being associated with either Count Basie or Duke Ellington. Actually, the most remembered selection of the date is C.T.’s humorous Hey Mr. Mumbles, What Did You Say, which has a call-and-response vocal by the two masterful musicians. Overall, this is a particularly delightful set, with plenty of wit displayed along with the hard swinging.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
**
Only two musicians might not be considered to be enough to give the aura of the big band era to the contemporary digital listener, but these two masters have done that and much more.
This imaginative, swinging and at times melancholic music will satisfy all fans of swing and mainstream and, yes, both musicians sing on few occasions. Naturally, Terry’s horns are the main attraction of this CD (based on Terry’s memories on times spent with Ellington and Basie), but the bass is equally challenging and swinging.
By Nikica Gilic.
**
Clark Terry- Trumpet, Fugelhorn,Vocal
Red Mitchell- Bass, Piano, Vocal
**
01. It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing 3:25
02. Swingin’ The Blues 2:54
03. I’ve Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good 5:50
04. Moten Swing 4:42
05. Hey Mr. Mumbles, What Did You Say? 4:23
06. Big ‘N’ The Bear 2:11
07. Shiny Stockings 4:50
08. C-Jam Blues 4:12
09. Thank You For Everything 5:29
10. It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing 2:31
**

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Clark TERRY – Live At The Village Gate 1990

Posted in Clark TERRY, JAZZ on November 29, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY – Live At The Village Gate 1990

Jazz

Flugelhornist Clark Terry, three weeks shy of his 70th birthday at the time of this live performance, sounds very much at the peak of his powers throughout Live at the Village Gate. Teamed up with old friend Jimmy Heath, who doubles on tenor and soprano, pianist Don Friedman, bassist Marcus McLauren and drummer Kenny Washington (altoist Paquito D’Rivera guests on “Silly Samba”), Terry performs eight little-known originals. The tunes are all fairly basic, but they inspire these talented musicians to some of their best playing. The hard-swinging music, which includes a trumpet-drums duet on “Brushes & Brass” and some singing from the audience on “Hey Mr. Mumbles,” is quite enjoyable, and among the most accessible type of jazz.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
**
With a trumpet in one hand and flugelhorn in the other, this serious artist and comedic vocalist blew his way through the orchestras of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, and NBC-TV into international stardom, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, two honorary Ph.D.’s, the Kansas City Jazz Hall of Fame, the front rank of the world’s jazz educators and the chair of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Academic Council.
On December 14, 1990, Clark turned 70, and told a National Public Radio interviewer I’m so grateful for being able to play and for the audiences that come to hear me that everytime I take my horn out of the case I can’t help but think to myself this might be the last time I will ever have a chance to play. So everytime I try to play to the best of my ability.
That’s what makes CLARK TERRY LIVE AT THE VILLAGE GATE so special.
By Marc Crawford.
**
Clark Terry- (Trumpet, Flugelhorn);
Jimmy Heath- (Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax);
Paquito d’Rivera- (Alto Sax);
Don Friedman- (Piano);
Kenny Washington- (Drums);
Marcus McLauren- (Bass).
**
01. Top and Bottom   5:10
02. Keep, Keep, Keep on Keepin’ On   6:01
03. Silly Samba   8:49
04. Pint of Bitters   8:30
05. Sheba   6:35
06. Brushes and Brass   3:20
07. Simple Waltz   9:12
08. Hey, Mr. Mumbles   11:04
**

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Clark TERRY, Freddie HUBBARD, Dizzy GILLESPIE – The Alternate Blues 1980

Posted in Clark TERRY, Dizzy GILLESPIE, Freddie HUBBARD, JAZZ on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY, Freddie HUBBARD, Dizzy GILLESPIE – The Alternate Blues 1980
Plus Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Joe Pass, Bobby Durham
1990 Issue.

Jazz

This CD is a straight reissue of a Pablo LP. Norman Granz teamed together the very distinctive trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and Clark Terry with pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Bobby Durham for a “Trumpet Summit.” This particular release features (with one exception) unissued material from the session. There are four versions of a slow blues (only the fourth was released before), all of which have very different solos from the three trumpeters. In addition they interact on “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” and share the spotlight on a three-song ballad medley; Hubbard’s “Here’s That Rainy Day” is hard to beat. This release is not quite essential but fans of the trumpeters will want to pick it up.”
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
**
Dizzy Gillespie- Trumpet;
Freddie Hubbard- Trumpet,Flugelhorn;
Clark Terry- Trumpet,Flugelhorn;
Oscar Peterson- (Piano);
Joe Pass- (Guitar);
Ray Brown- (Bass);
Bobby Durham- (Drums).
**
01. Alternate One 5:28
02. Alternate Two 8:00
03. Alternate Three 9:01
04. Alternate Four 9:33
05. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams 8:51
06. Ballad Medley: Here’s That Rainy Day,Gypsy, If I Should Lose You 7:39
**

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Clark TERRY, Dave GLASSER, Barry HARRIS – Uh! Oh! 1999

Posted in Barry HARRIS, Clark TERRY, Dave GLASSER, JAZZ on November 19, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY, Dave GLASSER, Barry HARRIS – Uh! Oh! 1999
2003 Issue.

Jazz

Dave Glasser brings in his former teacher, Barry Harris, and frequent employer, Clark Terry, as sidemen on Uh! Oh!-though his own playing is the focus of this engaging CD. Glasser leans toward Johnny Hodges, particularly in the blues and ballads, but he knows the bop canon too. He gives evidence of that in five tracks with Terry and, even more dramatically, in a joust with guest trumpeter Roy Hargrove on Glasser’s “Bye-Yard.” Glasser and Hargrove, on flugelhorn, improvise so movingly together there and in their solos on the ballad “Charise” that further collaboration seems in order.

Trombonist Benny Powell and tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, full of wisdom and uncliched ideas, come aboard for several pieces, including septet versions of Billy Strayhorn’s “The Intimacy of the Blues” and Ellington’s “Blue Rose.” Glasser arranged both pieces with intriguing voicings and, in “Blue Rose,” countermelodies. Bassist Peter Washington and the eternally youthful drummer Curtis Boyd join pianist Harris to form a solid rhythm section. Harris’ solo and his interaction with Glasser’s alto on “52nd Street Theme” remind us that one of the most incisive bop pianists is still in top form. Glasser employs a sunny, slightly dry tone perfectly suited to his bossa nova, “A Touch of Kin.” As for Terry, he may fall back on proven routines like his trumpet-flugelhorn chases with himself and variations on his beloved “Pony Boy” quote, but he finds the harmonic heart of everything he plays, and in this recording he puts together melody lines whose beauty and invention can astound the listener.
By Doug Ramsey.
**
Alto saxophonist/composer Glasser’s project band is loaded with stars that shine brighter than his own, and this elevates his cachet to a very high level. Trumpet veteran Terry and peerless pianist Harris are joined by bassist Peter Washington and unsung drummer Curtis Boyd. Guests include trombonist Benny Powell, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, and a pair of cameos from trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Glasser wrote eight of the 13 selections. There are several tracks that feature all four horn players, who swing effortlessly together on “The Intimacy of the Blues.” Glasser leads as the rest nod in counter-harmonic agreement during Duke Ellington’s “Blue Rose” and the “Foggy Day”-stylized Glasser original “FNH,” and they collectively swing their posteriors off on “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.” The leader can bop with the best, wailing in deftly pronounced Phil Woods fashion for Thelonious Monk’s “52nd Street Theme” with the witty ramblings of Harris, while the steaming, straight-ahead “Powell’s Prance” pairs Glasser and Wess — the alto being dominant — with a short, mushy trombone solo and individual statements by Washington and Boyd. Hargrove’s features with Glasser and the rhythm section are the darting unison, loose, and swinging line of the smartly titled “Bye-Yard” (assumedly for Jaki Byard) and Glasser’s original ballad “Charise.” Terry’s upfront shot on flügelhorn uses Glasser on the second line of the torch song “The Nearness of You,” which doubles time on a counterpointed bridge. Glasser and Terry’s muted trumpet trade and talk back riffs in great chit-chat banter with zeal and zest on the title cut, the funnest of swingers. Glasser’s thinly veiled vibrato wavers on the sexy ballad “Tranquility” while his lilting legato is displayed to good measure during the quick samba “A Touch of Kin.” This is an excellent grouping of top-notch jazz musicians who have come together for the sole purpose of playing great music, and they succeed on nearly every count. It’s also a great achievement for Glasser and another reminder of how wonderful Terry and Harris continue to be. Highly recommended.
By Michael G. Nastos.
**
Dave Glasser- alto sax
Clark Terry- trumpet, flugelhorne
Roy Hargrove trumpet, flugelhorn
Barry Harris- piano
Benny Powell- trombone
Frank Wess- tenor sax
Peter Washington- bass
Curtis Boyd- drums
**
01. Uh! Oh! 7:10
02. Bye-Yard 4:44
03. Touch Of Kin 6:14
04. Intimacy Of The Blues 6:05
05. Blue Rose 5:07
06. Charise 4:22
07. 52nd Street Theme 3:51
08. Fnh 5:15
09. The Nearness Of You 4:35
10. Ct 5:27
11. Tranquility 5:10
12. Powell’s Prance 5:15
13. Jumpin’ At The Woodside 3:03
**

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Oscar PETERSON – Oscar Peterson Trio + One Clark TERRY 1964

Posted in Clark TERRY, JAZZ, Oscar PETERSON on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Oscar PETERSON – Oscar Peterson Trio + One Clark TERRY 1964
2007 Issue.

Jazz

Some guest soloists get overshadowed by Oscar Peterson’s technical prowess, while others meet him halfway with fireworks of their own; trumpeter Clark Terry lands in the latter camp on this fine 1964 session. With drummer Ed Thigpen and bassist Ray Brown providing solid support, the two soloists come off as intimate friends over the course of the album’s ten ballad and blues numbers. And while Peterson shows myriad moods, from Ellington’s impressionism on slow cuts like “They Didn’t Believe Me” to fleet, single-line madness on his own “Squeaky’s Blues,” Terry goes in for blues and the blowzy on originals like “Mumbles” and “Incoherent Blues”; the trumpeter even airs out some of his singularly rambling and wonderful scat singing in the process. Other highlights include the rarely covered ballad “Jim” and the even more obscure “Brotherhood of Man” from the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. A very engaging and enjoyable disc.
By Stephen Cook, All Music Guide.
**
I knew that this priceless session had recently seen a domestic reissue, but try as I might I couldn’t do better than scare up previous, pricey oop editions, Japanese imports, the other session with Oscar and Clark Terry (perhaps equally worthy, but I wanted the “Mumbles” date for a grand child). Whatever’s awry with Amazon’s search protocol, if you’ve found this page, that’s half the battle. Amazon’s One-Click purchase system makes the rest a piece of cake.

The session is worth owning even though these musicians are so familiar to most listeners by now the proceedings are pretty much as expected. On the other hand, I had assumed Oscar would be in his “quiet and deferential” mode, taking it as easy on Clark as possible. Forget that. Clark takes the initiative and motivates the trio to match him stride for rollicking stride. Oscar is not simply doing his Verve “house pianist” thing for Norman Granz but is fully engaged in the humor, good spirits, and downright swinging earthiness of the proceedings. And no question that Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen are having an equally good time.

Definitely one of Oscar’s better studio albums as an accompanist and a session that kids of all ages deserve to hear. C.T. is equally communicative on the horn (sometimes two of them) as well as his “mumbles mode,” and besides playing pretty fair piano, Oscar himself is, as usual, prone to his own non-musical vocalizations.

(Minor quibble: the documentation with this edition–mine, at least–is spartan, to say the least. This meeting deserves far better–a description of the pre-recording circumstances as well as the session itself and perhaps even some after-history of this foursome.)
By  Samuel Chell.
**
Piano- Oscar Peterson
Trumpet, Flugelhorn- Clark Terry
Bass- Ray Brown
Drums- Ed Thigpen
**
01. Brotherhood Of Man (3:34)
02. Jim (2:59)
03. Blues For Smedley (6:53)
04. Roundalay (3:54)
05. Mumbles (2:01)
06. Mack The Knife (5:16)
07. They Didn’t Believe Me (4:18)
08. Squeaky’s Blues (3:27)
09. I Want A Little Girl (5:08)
10. Incoherent Blues (2:41)
**

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