Disciples Blues

Disciples Blues

by Curtis Peagler
     
 
The Modern Jazz Disciples weren't a group for very long; 14 of the 15 masters they recorded for Prestige between 1959 and 1960 are present on this compilation of their only two releases. Praised by Cannonball Adderley and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (the latter who helped get them their record deal)

Overview

The Modern Jazz Disciples weren't a group for very long; 14 of the 15 masters they recorded for Prestige between 1959 and 1960 are present on this compilation of their only two releases. Praised by Cannonball Adderley and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (the latter who helped get them their record deal), this fine quintet deserved a better fate. Leader Curtis Peagler is a Charlie Parker-influenced alto saxophonist, while the other major soloist, William "Hicky" Kelley, plays the rarely heard normaphone, a sort of valve trombone built shaped somewhat like an alto sax. Both men are strong soloists and also engage in some sensitive interplay on occasion. A snappy take of "After You've Gone" serves as a solid opener, while their arrangement of "My Funny Valentine" initially seems somewhat influenced by Gerry Mulligan's famous chart for his quartet with Chet Baker, but Peagler quickly finds his own sound. Pianist Wiliam "Billy" Brown is prominently featured on Peagler's soulful "Disciples Blues." The only real complaint with this CD is its omission of "Autumn Serenade" (from their second and final LP, Right Down Front), which will no doubt cause serious bop collectors to search extensively for the original album as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218526326
catalogNumber:
24263

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Peagler   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Lee Tucker   Bass
Ron McCurdy   Drums
William Brown   Piano
William D. Kelley   Euphonium
William "Billy" Brown   Piano
Wilbur "Slim" Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Producer,Cover Photo
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Engineering
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Bob Snead   Liner Notes
William D. Kelley   Contributor

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