Slim Gaillard at Birdland 1951

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
This mono release of Slim Gaillard performances spans live events at Birdland from February to September 1951, with the exception of the closing track, "Ya Ha Ha," recorded at the Apollo Theatre. Joining the talented guitarist entertainer on some of the selections are such great musicians as bassist Slam Stewart, drummer Art Blakey, tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and more. Also included are sound bites of his own spoken introductions, as well as intros and reactions from the MC. The opener, "Flat Foot Floogie, No.1," comes off nicely and features a good guitar solo from Gaillard. But his vocal madcap zaniness eventually goes overboard -- even for him -- during ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
This mono release of Slim Gaillard performances spans live events at Birdland from February to September 1951, with the exception of the closing track, "Ya Ha Ha," recorded at the Apollo Theatre. Joining the talented guitarist entertainer on some of the selections are such great musicians as bassist Slam Stewart, drummer Art Blakey, tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and more. Also included are sound bites of his own spoken introductions, as well as intros and reactions from the MC. The opener, "Flat Foot Floogie, No.1," comes off nicely and features a good guitar solo from Gaillard. But his vocal madcap zaniness eventually goes overboard -- even for him -- during many of the takes, including "Cement Mixer," "Flat Foot Floogie, No.2," and "Serenade in Sulfur-8," resulting in what is almost a self-parody of Gaillard and his trademark silly lyrics and nonsensical words. All of the musicians, including Gaillard, offer up excellent instrumental performances, but the great solos those of vibraphonist Terry Gibbs and pianist Billy Taylor during "Sabroso," for instance are overshadowed by the lingering impression of Gaillard laying it on too thick. This release is really for collectors only. Others should start with the excellent -- and humorous -- compilation Groove Juice Special.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366002123
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 338,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flat Foot Floogie No. 1 (7:28)
  2. 2 Cement Mixer (7:12)
  3. 3 Laughin' in Rhythm (9:49)
  4. 4 Imagination (4:06)
  5. 5 Oh, Lady Be Good (5:00)
  6. 6 Sabroso (6:55)
  7. 7 Flat Foot Floogie No. 2 (3:00)
  8. 8 Fine and Dandy (5:50)
  9. 9 Serenade in Sulfur-8 (6:26)
  10. 10 Sound Off (3:46)
  11. 11 Serenade in Vout (6:18)
  12. 12 Ya Ha Ha (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slim Gaillard Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Terry Gibbs Vibes
Brew Moore Tenor Saxophone
Slam Stewart Bass, Double Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Lombardi Bass, Double Bass
Charlie Smith Drums
Billy Taylor Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Alun Morgan Liner Notes
Alastair Robertson Producer, Liner Notes
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