1946-1948

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
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: 2/6/2001
  • Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
  • EAN: 3307517113627
  • Catalog Number: 1136
  • Sales rank: 205,095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tired (3:17)
  2. 2 Blue Skies (2:53)
  3. 3 Hardee's Partee (3:14)
  4. 4 Idaho (3:12)
  5. 5 What Is This Thing Called Love? (3:12)
  6. 6 Nervous from the Service (2:55)
  7. 7 River Edge Rock (3:09)
  8. 8 Sweet and Lovely (3:12)
  9. 9 Bottle It (2:56)
  10. 10 Denzil's Best (2:42)
  11. 11 Right Foot Then Left Foot (3:01)
  12. 12 Four Wheel Drive (2:56)
  13. 13 Hand in Hand Blues (3:04)
  14. 14 Taylor-Made Gal (2:59)
  15. 15 Swing Song (3:05)
  16. 16 Stardust (3:08)
  17. 17 Red Man's Bounce (2:46)
  18. 18 Lunatic (2:43)
  19. 19 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (2:41)
  20. 20 Baby Watch That Stuff (2:42)
  21. 21 Cobblestones (3:07)
  22. 22 Prelude to a Kiss (2:44)
  23. 23 Boppin' in B Flat (3:03)
  24. 24 Man With a Horn (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Hardee Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Al 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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