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Recorded in New York, New York on November 7 & 11, 1957. Originally released on Atlantic (1280). Includes liner notes by Gary Kramer. Digitally remastered by Gene Paul (DB Plus, New York, New York). Originally released on Atlantic in 1957, the short-lived bop quintet les Jazz Modes performed excerpts from Frank Loesser's third Broadway musical The Most Happy Fella. This tasteful date features Julius Watkins on French horn (and pre-Thelonious Monk) and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, accompanied by pianist Gildo Mahones, bassist, Martin Rivera, drummer Ron Jefferson, and, for this date only, vocalist Eileen Gilbert was added on "My Heart Is So Full of You." Highlights from the nine excerpts of the play include the breezy up-tempo treatments of "Standing on the Corner," "Joey, Joey, Joey," and the contemplative melancholia of "Somebody Somewhere." While it didn't match the huge success of such similarly attempted jazzed-up Broadway hits like Shelly Manne's My Fair Lady or the Miles Davis and Gil Evans collaboration on Porgy and Bess, the complex synchronization of Watkins' fluid mellow tone with the moderately choppy tenor lines of Rouse make for a lyrical bop/cool jazz hybrid that still sounds fresh on this 2006 Koch reissue. ...See Full Description
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Portrait In Jazz CD (1959)
Most Happy Fella buy CD music Digitally remastered by David Luke (1987, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (Extended Resolution Compact Disc) technology.
Digitally remastered using 20-bit K2 Super Coding System technology.
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable only on Super Audio CD players.
An indisputable jazz classic, Bill Evans's PORTRAIT IN JAZZ was originally released in 1959, issued on CD in the early `90s, then remastered and re-released in 2008. The crisp remastering is a joy, and brings the glorious music made by the legendary pianist and his trio into sharp, gorgeous relief. Evans's treatments of standards and classics such as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Witchcraft," and "Someday My Prince Will Come" are startling and moving, but it's the originals--"Peri's Scope" and the seminal "Blue in Green"--that stand out.
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York on December 28, 1959. Originally released on Riverside (1162). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Bill Evans Trio: Bill Evans (piano); Scott LaFaro (bass); Paul Motian (drums).
Personnel: Bill Evans (piano); Bill Evans Trio (piano); Paul Motian (drums).
Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Recording information: New York, NY (12/28/1959); Reeves Sound Studio, New York C (12/28/1959); Reeves ...
Back to Birdland CD (1982)
Most Happy Fella songs Freddie Hubbard comes storming home to his bebop roots on this 1981, West Wind release. When Hubbard, Richie Cole on alto saxophone, Ashley Alexander on double trombone, George Cables on piano, Andy Simpkins on bass, and John Dentz on bass dive head first into the seminal Gillespie/Parker tune "Shaw Nuff," it's almost as though the '60s and '70s never happened. They swim straight back to the source-lightning fast and with unbridled energy.
On "Lover Man" (Ramirez/Davis/Sherman), Cole's subtle, heartfelt soloing meshes seamlessly with Hubbard's velvet flugelhorn. It is great to hear these tunes and this kind of playing updated in an era of such superior recording techniques. On the final track, Hubbard's own "Byrdlike," the sparks fly off trombone, sax, and trumpet in ever growing spirals. This is real; blistering be-bop for those of us that can't get enough.
Recorded in 1981.
Personnel includes: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Richie Cole (alto saxophone); George Cables (piano); Ashley Alexander, Andy Simpkins, John Dentz, Med Flory.
Personnel includes: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Richie Cole (alto saxophone); Ashley Alexander (trombone); George Cables (piano); Andy Simkins (bass); John Dentz (drums).