1946-1948

1946-1948

by John Hardee
     
 

John Hardee was one of the premiere tenor saxophonists of his day, performing with a laid-back style that emphasized the song over flashy playing. 1946-1948 features 24 tracks of Hardee's finest tracks from this period. The slower, moodier tracks are the ones that stick out, especially his cool and crisp rendition of "Can't Help Lovin…  See more details below

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John Hardee was one of the premiere tenor saxophonists of his day, performing with a laid-back style that emphasized the song over flashy playing. 1946-1948 features 24 tracks of Hardee's finest tracks from this period. The slower, moodier tracks are the ones that stick out, especially his cool and crisp rendition of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." It is on this track where his talents are fully showcased, as his gorgeous saxophone rings out over the shuffled beat and sparse accompaniment with pristine sound quality. Not every slow song is that good, but they all revolve around that same playing style. On the faster tracks its easier to lose Hardee in the mix; he is definitely not too proud to let the rest of the band really shine. He is still more than audible, but on tracks like "Boppin' in B Flat" he simply supplies the melody line as the other musicians provide a fiery background for his horn. The album does run a little long -- a problem that is not helped by the varying degrees of sound quality. But fans of this era of jazz should probably give this a listen, Hardee's musical voice was a distinct and important one in the genre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
Label:
Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC:
3307517113627
catalogNumber:
1136
Rank:
286973

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hardee   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Haig   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Gene Ramey   Bass
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Denzil Best   Drums
Teddy Brannon   Piano
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Tiny Kahn   Drums
Billy Kyle   Piano
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
John Simmons   Bass
Franklin Skeete   Bass
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Dickie Thompson   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jack Jenney   Composer
Denzil Best   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Dickie Thompson   Composer

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