It's Been So Long

It's Been So Long

by Mel Powell
     
 

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One of the many frustrating ironies of jazz history has to do with Mel Powell. A superb swing pianist in the Earl "Fatha" Hines/Art Tatum/Teddy Wilson vein, Powell was at the height of his powers as a jazz improviser when, in the 1950s, he decided to retire from jazz and putSee more details below

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One of the many frustrating ironies of jazz history has to do with Mel Powell. A superb swing pianist in the Earl "Fatha" Hines/Art Tatum/Teddy Wilson vein, Powell was at the height of his powers as a jazz improviser when, in the 1950s, he decided to retire from jazz and put his time and energy into classical music. Before making that decision, he recorded some inspired small-group swing dates for Vanguard in the early to mid-'50s. One of the CDs that illustrates the excellence of Powell's Vanguard output is It's Been So Long, which spans 1953-1956 and contains selections from four of his classic John Hammond-produced LPs (including Borderline and Out on a Limb). Joined by such accomplished soloists as trumpeter Buck Clayton, clarinetist Edmund Hall, and the Lester Young-influenced tenor saxman Paul Quinichette, Powell lets loose and really goes that extra mile. Not surprisingly, many of the songs are associated with Powell's one-time employer Benny Goodman, including "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Avalon," and "If Dreams Come True." After his Vanguard sessions, Powell didn't record another jazz album as a leader until 1987's The Return of Mel Powell on Chiaroscuro. In Powell's case, jazz's loss was certainly classical's gain.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707960526
catalogNumber:
79605
Rank:
292449

Tracks

  1. 's Wonderful  - Mel Powell
  2. It's Been So Long  - Mel Powell
  3. You're Lucky to Me  - Mel Powell
  4. When Did You Leave Heaven?  - Mel Powell
  5. Makin' Whoopee  - Mel Powell
  6. Borderline  - Mel Powell
  7. Quin and Sonic  - Mel Powell
  8. Pennies from Heaven  - Mel Powell
  9. Avalon  - Mel Powell
  10. Stompin' at the Savoy  - Mel Powell
  11. Cross Your Heart  - Mel Powell
  12. If Dreams Come True  - Mel Powell
  13. Gone with the Wind  - Mel Powell
  14. What's New?  - Mel Powell
  15. Cooch  - Mel Powell
  16. Bunny Hug  - Mel Powell

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mel Powell   Primary Artist,Piano
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Johnny Glasel   Trumpet
Walter Page   Bass
James Buffington   French Horn
Nick Caiazza   Tenor Saxophone
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Steve Jordan   Guitar
Tommy Kay   Guitar
Mattaliano   Trumpet
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Eddie Phyfe   Drums
Joe Kay   Bass

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Ian Gomm   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Liner Notes
Samuel Charters   Liner Notes
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Walter Bullock   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer

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