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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the up-and-comers of the bebop era, Allen Eager emerged before Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn as a Lester Young-inspired tenor saxophonist who had a slightly harder tone and the ability to master bop. However after 1956 (when he was 29), Eager largely lost interest in playing except for very rare returns to the scene. This British two-CD set has many of the high points from Eager's career. He is heard leading a pair of four-song quartet/quintet sessions from 1946-1947 (although a second 1947 set is bypassed altogether) and a rare live version of "Zootcase" from 1953. In addition, Eager is featured with Coleman Hawkins ("Allen's Alley"), on a previously unreleased ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the up-and-comers of the bebop era, Allen Eager emerged before Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn as a Lester Young-inspired tenor saxophonist who had a slightly harder tone and the ability to master bop. However after 1956 (when he was 29), Eager largely lost interest in playing except for very rare returns to the scene. This British two-CD set has many of the high points from Eager's career. He is heard leading a pair of four-song quartet/quintet sessions from 1946-1947 (although a second 1947 set is bypassed altogether) and a rare live version of "Zootcase" from 1953. In addition, Eager is featured with Coleman Hawkins ("Allen's Alley"), on a previously unreleased excerpt from a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert ("Blues"), Red Rodney, the WNEW Saturday Night Swing Session, the Buddy Rich Big Band, with Barry Ulanov's Metronome All Stars, Tadd Dameron, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan (the lengthy "Mulligan's Too"), Terry Gibbs, Kenny Clarke and, on nine selections, with trumpeter Tony Fruscella. Eager holds his own with everyone including Charlie Parker (with Ulanov's group) and Fats Navarro. Although not a "complete" reissue, this two-fer covers most of the more significant moments in the all-too-brief career of Allen Eager.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Giant Steps Uk
  • EAN: 5013929852327
  • Catalog Number: 23

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Allen's Alley (Aka Wee) - Coleman Hawkins' 52nd Street All-Stars (3:02)
  2. 2 Rampage (3:02)
  3. 3 Vot's Dot (2:58)
  4. 4 Booby Hatch (3:06)
  5. 5 Symphony Sid's Idea (2:47)
  6. 6 Blues - Jazz at the Philharmonic (3:00)
  7. 7 The Goof and I - Red Rodney's Be-Boppers (3:00)
  8. 8 Sweet Georgia Brown - Red Rodney's Be-Boppers (7:25)
  9. 9 Daily Double - Buddy Rich (5:36)
  10. 10 Nellie's Nightmare - Buddy Rich (5:12)
  11. 11 All Night All Frantic (2:35)
  12. 12 Donald Jay (2:31)
  13. 13 Meeskite (2:56)
  14. 14 And That's for Sure (2:50)
  15. 15 52nd Street Theme - Barry Ulanov (1:41)
  16. 16 Groovin' High - Barry Ulanov (3:13)
  17. 17 Good Bait - Tadd Dameron Sextet (4:55)
  18. 18 Anthropology - Tadd Dameron Sextet (3:40)
  19. 19 The Tadd Walk - Tadd Dameron Sextet (4:30)
  20. 20 Dameronia - Tadd Dameron Sextet (5:14)
  21. 21 Lady Bird - Tadd Dameron Sextet (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Five Brothers - Stan Getz (3:12)
  2. 2 Mulligan's Too - Gerry Mulligan (17:38)
  3. 3 Perdido (4:55)
  4. 4 Zootcase (4:38)
  5. 5 Muy - Tony Fruscella Quintet (5:38)
  6. 6 Salt - Tony Fruscella Quintet (4:37)
  7. 7 I'll Be Seeing You - Tony Fruscella Quintet (3:17)
  8. 8 Metropolitan Blues - Tony Fruscella Quintet (5:02)
  9. 9 Raintree Country - Tony Fruscella Quintet (5:13)
  10. 10 His Master's Voice - Tony Fruscella Quintet (5:29)
  11. 11 Old Hat - Tony Fruscella Quintet (3:17)
  12. 12 Blue Serenade - Tony Fruscella Quintet (5:12)
  13. 13 Let's Play the Blues - Tony Fruscella Quintet (4:06)
  14. 14 Vogue - Kenny Clarke-Martail Solal Sextet (6:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Allen Eager Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Billy Bauer Guitar
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone
Tadd Dameron Piano
Tony Fruscella Trumpet
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Terry Gibbs Vibes
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Al Haig Piano
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Duke Jordan Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Brew Moore Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Fats Navarro Trumpet
Mary Osborne Guitar
Buddy Rich Drums
Max Roach Drums
Red Rodney Trumpet
Martial Solal Piano
Lennie Tristano Piano
Phil Urso Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Ventura Tenor Saxophone
George Wallington Piano
Pete Brown Alto Saxophone
Ralph Burns Piano
Jimmy Deuchar Trumpet
Chubby Jackson Bass, Bass Guitar
John LaPorta Clarinet
Tommy Potter Bass, Bass Guitar
Harvey Leonard Piano
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Ken Kersey Piano
Rudy Williams Alto Saxophone
Al McKibbon Bass, Bass Guitar
Gene Ramey Bass, Bass Guitar
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tommy Allison Trumpet
Bob Ascher Trombone
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Danny Banks Baritone Saxophone
Walter Bishop Sr. Piano
Harry Biss Piano
Walter Bolden Drums
Billy Byers Trombone
Sid Bulkin Drums
Eddie Caine Alto Saxophone
Bob Carter Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
Don Elliott Mellotron
Eddie Finckel Piano
Phil Gilbert Trumpet
Bernie Griggs Bass, Bass Guitar
J.C. Heard Drums
Jimmy Jones Piano
Tiny Kahn Drums
Phil Leshin Bass, Bass Guitar
Gail Madden Maracas
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Charles Perry Drums
Benoit Quersin Bass, Bass Guitar
Richard Twardzik Piano
Curly Russell Bass Guitar
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Bill Triglia Piano
Bradley Junior Drums
Stanley Kay Drums
Fats Ford Trumpet
Al Valente Guitar
John Collins Guitar
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
Earl Anthony Bass
Bob Carter Bass Guitar
Gene Glennon Drums
Tubby Phillips Bass, Bass Guitar
Jimmy Jones Piano
Jerry Therkeld Alto Saxophone
Pete Brown Brooklyn Blues Blowers Alto Saxophone
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Mario Daone Trombone
Chauncy Welsh Trombone
Mickey Rich Tenor Saxophone
Harry Biss Piano
Jerry Therkeld Alto Saxophone
Gene Glennon Drums
Stan Fischelson Trumpet
Junior Bradley Drums
Gene Dell Guitar
Chucky Koenigsberger Trombone
Stan Kay Drums
Earl Anthony Bass Guitar
Ed Finckel Piano
Technical Credits
Phil Sunkel Arranger, Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Andrew Thompson Mastering
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Traditional Composer
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