Mister B. and the Band: The Savoy Sessions

Mister B. and the Band: The Savoy Sessions

by Billy Eckstine
     
 

Unlike other big-band singers who regarded the other musicians in the orchestra as little more than backup to their generally sugarcoated stylings, Billy Eckstine was a man with wide-ranging tastes and a musicality he brought to everything he lent his honeyed baritone voice to. When it was time for him to start his own band to capitalize on his growing fame, he didn't… See more details below

Overview

Unlike other big-band singers who regarded the other musicians in the orchestra as little more than backup to their generally sugarcoated stylings, Billy Eckstine was a man with wide-ranging tastes and a musicality he brought to everything he lent his honeyed baritone voice to. When it was time for him to start his own band to capitalize on his growing fame, he didn't settle for hiring some hacks to read charts framed around his vocals. Instead, he put together what is now, in hindsight, the first big band to feature almost exclusively young, emerging bop players. Both "Bird" and "Diz" did time in the band and, at one time or another, Eckstine featured Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Lucky Thompson, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, and Kenny Dorham on his bandstand. The band was far, far ahead of its time, appealing more to musicians than white America, but making extraordinary music nonetheless. This single-disc collection brings together a delightful batch of tunes that band recorded for the tiny National label between 1945 and the following year. With Art Blakey, Tommy Potter, and Leo Parker also in the lineup, this is no nostalgic "remember the big bands" anthology by any stretch of the imagination, and Eckstine's vocals on "A Cottage for Sale," "Prisoner of Love," and "I'm in the Mood for Love" are every bit as fine as the band's two takes of Gillespie's "Oo Bop Sh'Bam." Originally a 32-track, two-disc vinyl album set, the compact disc configuration lops off the last five tunes from that original collection due to time restrictions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/1995
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0081757026420
catalogNumber:
264

Tracks

  1. Lonesome Lover Blues
  2. A Cottage for Sale
  3. I Love the Rhythm in a Riff
  4. Last Night
  5. Prisoner of Love
  6. It Ain't Like That No More
  7. I'm in the Mood for Love
  8. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
  9. All I Sing Is Blues
  10. Long, Long Journey
  11. I Only Have Eyes for You
  12. You're My Everything
  13. The Jitney Man
  14. Blue
  15. Second Balcony Jump
  16. Tell Me Pretty Baby
  17. Love Is the Thing
  18. Without a Song
  19. Cool Breeze
  20. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  21. Oop Bop Sh'bam
  22. Oop Bop Sh'bam
  23. In the Still of the Night
  24. Jelly, Jelly
  25. My Silent Love
  26. Time on My Hands
  27. All the Things You Are

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Eckstine   Primary Artist,Trombone,Vocals
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray   Tenor Saxophone
Fats Navarro   Trumpet
Leo Parker   Baritone Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Linton Garner   Piano
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Tommy Potter   Bass
Norris Turney   Alto Saxophone
Taswell Baird   Trombone
Gail Brockman   Trumpet
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Boonie Hazel   Trumpet
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Josh Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
King Kolax   Trumpet
John Malachi   Piano
Chips Outcalt   Trombone
Art Simmons   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Valentine   Trombone
Connie Wainwright   Guitar
Bud Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Raymond Orr   Trumpet
Walter Knox   Trombone
Leonard Hawkins   Trumpet
Bill McMahon   Bass
John Cobbs   Alto Saxophone
Howard Scott   Trombone
TEddy Cypron   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tadd Dameron   Composer
Kenny Dorham   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Brown   Mastering
Herb Abramson   Producer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Con Conrad   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Mack Gordon   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Bob Porter   Reissue Producer
Leo Robin   Composer
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Outcalt   Composer
Jerry Valentine   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Austen Croom   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Fred Gray   Composer

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