Newark 1953

Newark 1953

by Hank Mobley
     
 
While major jazz record labels chase the latest crossover fad with borderline jazz content and ignore historical, significant, unissued jazz performances in their vaults, smaller labels like Uptown regularly surprise jazz fans with live recordings that few knew existed at all, such as this evening taped by jazz industry veteran Ozzie Cadena. Hank Mobley is heard

Overview

While major jazz record labels chase the latest crossover fad with borderline jazz content and ignore historical, significant, unissued jazz performances in their vaults, smaller labels like Uptown regularly surprise jazz fans with live recordings that few knew existed at all, such as this evening taped by jazz industry veteran Ozzie Cadena. Hank Mobley is heard leading a house band with pianist Walter Davis, Jr., drummer Charlie Persip, and the obscure bassist Jimmy Schenck, with trombonist Bennie Green as the guest for the week. These two sets recorded at The Piccadilly in Newark come from a single night in 1953, making them among Mobley's earliest known recordings. Green was the senior man on the date and likely the one calling the tunes, though the house band matches him throughout the evening with their potent solos and strong rhythm. The extended workout of "Ow" is marked by a number of humorous quotes in the solos of Green and Davis, while the ballad medley (a regular feature in Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts and numerous club dates) showcases each man in turn save Persip. The extended rendition of "All the Things You Are" incorporates Dizzy Gillespie's famous B-flat introductory vamp, with Green's languid playing swinging, in addition to Mobley's mellow choruses and fine work by Davis as well. Green is showcased in a rhapsodic setting of "Embraceable You" and his own uptempo "Blues Is Green," with the band providing plenty of fire on the latter song. Though Mobley was only 23 at the time of these performances, he is already showing plenty of confidence on the bandstand and is hardly overshadowed by the more widely known Green. The fidelity is typical for night club recordings, giving the listener the feeling of being near the stage, though without excessive crowd noise. Like earlier historical recordings on the label, this two-CD set has detailed liner notes (by Bob Blumenthal) and lots of period photographs. These recordings are the first of several made at The Piccadilly by Cadena to be issued commercially, so hopefully more will follow this valuable release on Uptown.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2012
Label:
Uptown Jazz
UPC:
0026198276621
catalogNumber:
2766

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Mobley   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Walter Davis   Piano
Bennie Green   Trombone
Charlie Persip   Drums
Jimmy Schenck   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
George Shearing   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Ralph Burns   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Engineer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bennie Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Robert E. Sunenblick   Producer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Ted Williams   Cover Photo
John Birks Gillespie   Composer

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