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Al Grey and Dave Burns Sessions
     

Al Grey and Dave Burns Sessions

by Bobby Hutcherson
 
This compilation presents vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's first recordings, made in 1962 and 1963 with trombonist Al Grey, saxophonist Billy Mitchell and trumpeter Dave Burns. Hutcherson arrived in New York near the end of 1960 as a precocious 19-year-old and played his first gig at Birdland with the Grey/Mitchell band. The closely knit, solid mainstream jazz reissued

Overview

This compilation presents vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's first recordings, made in 1962 and 1963 with trombonist Al Grey, saxophonist Billy Mitchell and trumpeter Dave Burns. Hutcherson arrived in New York near the end of 1960 as a precocious 19-year-old and played his first gig at Birdland with the Grey/Mitchell band. The closely knit, solid mainstream jazz reissued here serves as an exciting prologue to Hutcherson's amazing Andrew Hill and Archie Shepp recordings, and to his subsequent evolution into the undisputed master of the vibes in modern jazz. The collective history represented by the three horn players is substantial and impressive. Each had worked with Dizzy Gillespie; Burns participated in some of James Moody's best early recordings and both Mitchell and Grey were seasoned veterans of earlier big bands who became essential members of the Count Basie Orchestra. A bit of discographical research reveals the following information: Tracks one through seven, recorded in Chicago on November 2 and November 5, 1962, were originally released in 1963 on the Argo album Night Song. Tracks eight through twelve, recorded at Birdland on January 31, 1962, were originally released on the Argo album Snap Your Fingers. Tracks 13 through 18, recorded in New York on January 29, 1963, came out later that year on the Argo album Having a Ball. The producers of this fully loaded 79-minute reissue package eliminated two numbers from the third album "due to their simple pop harmonies and Hutcherson's absence on both tracks." Note that "Nothing but the Truth," a Horace Silver-styled, gospel-infused number composed by Billy Bowen, bears only circumstantial resemblance to Rahsaan Roland Kirk's equally soulful "Nothing but the Truth," first heard on Kirk's 1966 Limelight album Slightly Latin.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Lonehill Jazz Spain
UPC:
8436019581377
catalogNumber:
10137

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Hutcherson   Primary Artist,Vibes
Grey   Trombone
Dave Burns   Trumpet
Hugh Lawson   Piano
Earl Washington   Piano
Otis Finch   Drums
Floyd Morris   Piano
Calvin Newborn   Guitar
Herman Wright   Bass
Phillip Thomas   Conga,Drums
Eddie Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Bobby Hutcherson   Liner Notes
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Williams   Liner Notes
Victor Young   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer
Arthur Kramer   Liner Notes

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