Jazzcraft Studio Recordings 1978-79

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The configuration of this two-disc set is a little strange. It is actually comprised of two separate albums: the first, originally issued as Wise in Time, is a quintet date co-led by trumpeter Howard McGhee and saxophonist Teddy Edwards. The rhythm section for this 1979 session consists of pianist Art Hillery (who, sadly, is playing a rather lousy-sounding piano), and a truly great bass-and-drums duo, Leroy Vinnegar and Billy Higgins. The group focuses here on ballads and midtempo tunes, jumping up to higher speed on a handful of bop standards ("Relaxin' at Camarillo," "Moose the Mooche") but mostly sticking to more laid-back fare. Sadly, this seems partly to be because ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The configuration of this two-disc set is a little strange. It is actually comprised of two separate albums: the first, originally issued as Wise in Time, is a quintet date co-led by trumpeter Howard McGhee and saxophonist Teddy Edwards. The rhythm section for this 1979 session consists of pianist Art Hillery (who, sadly, is playing a rather lousy-sounding piano), and a truly great bass-and-drums duo, Leroy Vinnegar and Billy Higgins. The group focuses here on ballads and midtempo tunes, jumping up to higher speed on a handful of bop standards ("Relaxin' at Camarillo," "Moose the Mooche") but mostly sticking to more laid-back fare. Sadly, this seems partly to be because that's all McGhee was up to; his tone is weak, his pitch is consistently flat, and at times, he is audibly dragging the beat. Edwards is in fine form here, but McGhee really sounds pretty terrible. The second disc was originally released as Home Run; it was recorded a year earlier and is credited to the Howard McGhee/Benny Bailey Sextet. Bailey is also a trumpeter, and he and McGhee lead their sextet (which includes Barry Harris on piano) through a program consisting mostly of standards from the bop and immediate post-bop eras. On this disc, McGhee is in much better form, playing with invention, energy, and noticeably fuller tone and better pitch. Tempos are brisker, and if McGhee seems to falter a bit on both "Moose the Mooche" and Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud," he sounds much better on the more moderately paced material. All in all, this set makes an interesting document but perhaps isn't the best memorial to a major mid-century jazz talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101841721
  • Catalog Number: 1038417
  • Sales rank: 313,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want To Talk About You (6:02)
  2. 2 If You Could See Me Now (6:03)
  3. 3 Crescent (7:02)
  4. 4 Ruby My Dear (7:40)
  5. 5 Time Waits (5:04)
  6. 6 Relaxing At the Camarillo (7:44)
  7. 7 Reflections (6:51)
  8. 8 Blues In the Closet (7:32)
  9. 9 On a Misty Night (4:36)
  10. 10 In Walked Bud (4:06)
  11. 11 Yardbird Suite (4:12)
  12. 12 Moose the Mooche (6:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get It On (4:28)
  2. 2 Nostalgia (4:29)
  3. 3 Blues For Helene (5:14)
  4. 4 Jonas (4:42)
  5. 5 Brownie Speaks (5:34)
  6. 6 You Never Know (5:41)
  7. 7 Funky Senõr (7:06)
  8. 8 Alone Together (4:15)
  9. 9 I Remember Clifford (8:00)
  10. 10 Moose the Mooche (7:08)
  11. 11 On a Misty Night (4:48)
  12. 12 In Walked Bud (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teddy Edwards Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Bailey Trumpet
Barry Harris Piano
Billy Higgins Drums
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Art Hillery Piano
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Lisle Atkinson Bass
Bobby Durham Drums
Sonny Redd Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Benny Bailey Composer
Clifford Brown Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Fats Navarro Composer
Oscar Pettiford Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Howard McGhee Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Arne Frager Engineer
Mark Gardner Liner Notes
Benny Golson Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Alun Morgan Liner Notes
Lars Johansen Producer
H. Dietz Composer
A. Schwartz Composer
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