Red Rodney Quintets

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
One of the nice things about new recording technology is that two older albums can often be re-released on one CD. The Red Rodney Quintets combines Modern Music from Chicago and Broadway, two recordings from the early-to-mid-'50s. On the first set Rodney is joined by tenor Ira Sullivan, pianist Norman Simmons, bassist Victor Sproles, and drummer Roy Haynes. All 12 selections sound great, but the slower numbers seem to be the band's forte. "Red Is Blue" is a relaxed piece that gives Rodney plenty of room for some nice, intricate work, which is balanced agreeably by Sullivan's fiery horn. "Laura" is another standout, with the muted horn delivering spare, melodic lines ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
One of the nice things about new recording technology is that two older albums can often be re-released on one CD. The Red Rodney Quintets combines Modern Music from Chicago and Broadway, two recordings from the early-to-mid-'50s. On the first set Rodney is joined by tenor Ira Sullivan, pianist Norman Simmons, bassist Victor Sproles, and drummer Roy Haynes. All 12 selections sound great, but the slower numbers seem to be the band's forte. "Red Is Blue" is a relaxed piece that gives Rodney plenty of room for some nice, intricate work, which is balanced agreeably by Sullivan's fiery horn. "Laura" is another standout, with the muted horn delivering spare, melodic lines against the backdrop of Simmons' piano. The second set finds trumpeter Rodney teaming up with alto Jimmy Ford, pianist Phil Raphael, bassist Phil Leshin, and drummer Phil Brown. The band's beautiful rendition of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" shows that sometimes the origin of a song matters less than the way it is approached. This pop song works perfectly as a jazz standard, converted by way of Rodney's trumpet. Without knowing the original, the listener would probably believe it to be a Gershwin or Porter song. "The Baron," a nice up-tempo piece, begins with some swinging harmony from the horns before breaking into lively solos. Both sets are satisfying and work well together, giving the listener nearly 70 minutes of nicely performed modern jazz. For the Rodney fan, or for lovers of great trumpet music, The Red Rodney Quintets is a fine release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2001
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218245821
  • Catalog Number: 24758

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taking a Chance on Love (3:11)
  2. 2 Dig This (3:16)
  3. 3 Red Is Blue (5:51)
  4. 4 Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie (2:56)
  5. 5 On Mike (4:14)
  6. 6 The Song Is You (3:57)
  7. 7 You and the Night and the Music - Red Rodney Quintet (4:21)
  8. 8 Laura (4:43)
  9. 9 Hail to Dale (3:42)
  10. 10 Jeffie (3:41)
  11. 11 I Love the Rhythm in a Riff (3:13)
  12. 12 Daddy-O (3:47)
  13. 13 Red Wig (4:46)
  14. 14 The Baron (2:28)
  15. 15 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (3:26)
  16. 16 Coogan's Bluff (3:27)
  17. 17 This Time the Dream's on Me (2:38)
  18. 18 If You Are But a Dream (2:44)
  19. 19 Mark (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Red Rodney Primary Artist
Norman Simmons Piano
Ira Sullivan Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Brown Drums
Roy Haynes Drums
Phil Leshin Bass
Victor Sproles Bass
Jimmy Ford Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Howard Dietz Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer Composer
David Raksin Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Joe Segal Liner Notes
Jack Fulton Composer
Nat Bonx Composer
Moe Jaffe Composer
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