Douglas on Blue Note

Douglas on Blue Note

     
 

Alan Douglas ran the United Artists label jazz division for a brief time period in the early '60s, creating a body of work stretching over a ten-year span of recordings. At that time, record companies allowed their artists to do albums apart from their major-label commitments, so Douglas capitalized on this contractual loophole to present combinations of artists that… See more details below

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Alan Douglas ran the United Artists label jazz division for a brief time period in the early '60s, creating a body of work stretching over a ten-year span of recordings. At that time, record companies allowed their artists to do albums apart from their major-label commitments, so Douglas capitalized on this contractual loophole to present combinations of artists that ostensibly became one-shot record deals. Douglas on Blue Note comprises 14 tracks from several of those albums, including some of latter period recordings of Billie Holiday in 1954, the highly touted and similarly reviled Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach "Money Jungle" collaboration, and a band featuring John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, and Kenny Dorham. Established figures like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Oliver Nelson, and King Pleasure are included, as well as a young Betty Carter, and peers of Eric Dolphy's like Jackie McLean and Ken McIntyre. Blakey's version of "Three Blind Mice" is likely the most well-known of these selections, primarily for its soured, off-minor phrasings in the melody line, and the fact that it features the mighty Wayne Shorter/Freddie Hubbard/Curtis Fuller frontline. Herbie Mann's flute is front and center during "Brazil" which is more a hard bopper than a samba or bossa, with Hagood Hardy's vibes and Dave Pike on the marimba. The pair of Billie Holiday songs -- "My Man" and "Them There Eyes" -- show ballad and bop chops respectively from Lady Day with perhaps her most obscure band ever, featuring drummer Elaine Leighton, bassist Red Mitchell, and pianist Carl Drinkard. Sweet and sour alto saxophonists Jackie McLean (with Dorham on the jagged-edged "El Matador") and McIntyre on "Say What" (with Jaki Byard at the piano) are ultra-modern compositions, both in 5/4 and bookending the CD, while Nelson 's big band features a young Phil Woods on "Rendezvous" similar to Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood." Lloyd G. Mayers is on piano, but features on a sharp, stinging Farfisa organ during the Herb Alpert pop song "A Taste of Honey." This quite substantial collection of jazz is a cut above most, a great introduction to the emerging progressive side of the music, and an even better sampling of different-sized groups and singers in post-World War, post-bop America.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/2010
Label:
Douglas Records
UPC:
5018755504815
catalogNumber:
16

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Barretto   Bongos
Betty Carter   Vocals
Ron Carter   Bass
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Bill Evans   Piano
Curtis Fuller   Trombone
Urbie Green   Trombone
Jim Hall   Guitar
John Handy   Alto Saxophone
Louis Hayes   Drums
Herbie Mann   Flute
Ken McIntyre   Alto Saxophone
Charles Mingus   Bass
Red Mitchell   Bass
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Dave Pike   Marimbas
King Pleasure   Vocals
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Taylor   Piano
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Cedar Walton   Piano
Chuck Israels   Bass
Lloyd Mayers   Organ,Piano
Richard Wyands   Piano
Hagood Hardy   Vibes
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Jymie Merritt   Bass
Ben Riley   Drums
George Duvivier   Bass
Billy Bean   Guitar
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Art Blakey   Drums
Willie Bobo   Drums
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Jaki Byard   Piano
Clark Terry   Trumpet
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Costa   Maracas
Duke Ellington   Piano
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Elaine Leighton   Drums
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone
J.C. Moses   Drums
Bill Salter   Bass
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Teddy Smith   Bass
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Carl Drinkard   Piano
Tommy Mitchell   Trombone
Harold Marben   Piano
Jose de Paula   Tambourine

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Ross Firestone   Liner Notes
McIntyre   Composer
Michel Pencréac'h   translation
Klenner   Composer
Willemetz   Composer
Theodorakis   Composer
Barroso   Composer
Fabien Rivière   Layout
Paola Miglietti   translation

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