Best of Newport '57: 50th Anniversary Collection

Best of Newport '57: 50th Anniversary Collection

     
 

By its third year in 1957, the Newport Jazz Festival had doubled its length to four days and had moved from the local casino complex to Newport's more spacious sports stadium, Freebody Park, and expanded its lineup to include virtually every existing jazz niche then in vogue, from New Orleans roots to swing, bop, post-bop, and even the defiantly avant-garde and rather… See more details below

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By its third year in 1957, the Newport Jazz Festival had doubled its length to four days and had moved from the local casino complex to Newport's more spacious sports stadium, Freebody Park, and expanded its lineup to include virtually every existing jazz niche then in vogue, from New Orleans roots to swing, bop, post-bop, and even the defiantly avant-garde and rather unimaginably named "new thing." Columbia Records had done some hit or miss recording at the previous year's festival, but in 1957 Verve's Norman Granz, never one to think small, opted to record the whole thing from start to finish, and this two-disc set is a wonderful (and wonderfully recorded) snapshot of what may have been the most inclusive and expansive Newport Jazz Festival ever. The list of names appearing is beyond impressive, including horn men Jack Teagarden, Roy Eldridge, Donald Byrd, Pee Wee Russell, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Sonny Stitt, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and a young Steve Lacey, pianists Oscar Peterson, Cecil Taylor and Bill Evans, and vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday and Joe Williams, among dozens of other noted musicians and singers. Choosing high points with such an array of talent on display is difficult, but several of the performances Granz captured are true treasures, including Jack Teagarden's (with the Red Allen Band) characteristic laconic vocal on yet another version of "Basin Street Blues," Turk Murphy's New Orleans roots revival rendition of "St. James Infirmary," Coleman Hawkins' sweet ballad turn on "Moonglow," the Oscar Peterson Trio's (augmented by Roy Eldridge, Sonny Stitt and Jo Jones) bubbling and bouncing "Roy's Son," and Cecil Taylor's nervous and fascinating (and quite accessible) "Nona's Blues." The sound is marvelous throughout, with the sonic clarity of a studio session yet retaining all the intimacy and freshness of a live outdoor performance. The end result is a timeless look at jazz at its most diverse, before things really began to splinter into non-interacting camps and warring schools of musical thought. Yeah, there was the new thing, which by definition meant there had to be an old thing, and beyond that, an even older thing, but for four days at Newport in 1957 (and thanks to Norman Granz we have the recorded proof), there was just the one thing, and it was called jazz.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517416109
catalogNumber:
000952702
Rank:
20312

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Bourbon Street Parade  -  George Lewis Band
  2. Blue for Louis  - Bobby Henderson
  3. Basin Street Blues  - Jack Teagarden
  4. Muskrat Ramble  - Kid Ory
  5. Airmail Special  - Ella Fitzgerald
  6. Love for Sale  - Gigi Gryce
  7. Between Me and Myself  -  Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio
  8. I Never Knew  -  Mat Mathews Quartet
  9. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)  -  Ruby Braff Octet
  10. Blue Lou  -  Leon Sash Quartet
  11. Love Is Here to Stay  - Carmen McRae
  12. Moonglow  -  Jo Jones All Stars

Disc 2

  1. There Will Never Be Another You  -  Eddie Costa Trio
  2. Nona's Blues  -  Cecil Taylor Quartet
  3. 'S Wonderful  - Don Elliott
  4. St. James Infirmary  -  Turk Murphy Jazz Band
  5. Lady Sings the Blues  - Billie Holiday
  6. My Funny Valentine  -  Gerry Mulligan Quartet
  7. Doodlin'  -  Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
  8. I Got Rhythm  -  Teddy Wilson Trio
  9. Roy's Son  - Oscar Peterson
  10. Swingin' at Newport  -  Count Basie Orchestra
  11. The Comeback  -  Count Basie Orchestra
  12. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)  -  Count Basie Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Lewis   Clarinet
Toshiko Akiyoshi   Piano
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Count Basie   Piano
Ruby Braff   Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Trombone
Ray Bryant   Piano
Eddie Costa   Piano
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Gigi Gryce   Alto Saxophone
Jake Hanna   Drums
Ernie Henry   Saxophone
Claude Hopkins   Piano
Dick Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Rolf Kühn   Clarinet
Steve Lacy   Soprano Saxophone
Melba Liston   Trombone
Billy Mitchell   Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Turk Murphy   Trombone,Vocals
Joe Newman   Trumpet,Soloist
Kid Ory   Trombone,Vocals
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Nat Pierce   Piano
Specs Powell   Drums
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Sonny Stitt   Saxophone
Cecil Taylor   Piano
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Mal Waldron   Piano
Joe Williams   Vocals
Cozy Cole   Drums
Leon Sash   Accordion
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
McKibbon   Bass
Walter Page   Bass
Jack Willis   Trumpet
Don Abney   Piano
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Ray Brown   Bass
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Gene Cherico   Bass
Pete Clute   Piano
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Talib Dawud   Trumpet
Buzzy Drootin   Drums
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Furtado   Bass
Benny Golson   Saxophone
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Steve Jordan   Guitar
Dick Lammi   Banjo
Sam Margolis   Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Carmen McRae   Vocals
Bill Napier   Clarinet
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Sonny Payne   Drums,Soloist
E.V. Perry   Trumpet
Charlie Persip   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Joe Robichaux   Piano
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Bob Thomas   Trombone
Thad Vandon   Drums
Carl Warwick   Trumpet
Joe Watkins   Drums
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jimmy Welch   Valve Trombone
Specs Wright   Drums
Eddie Jones   Bass
Pee Wee Moore   Saxophone
Chuck Conner   Trombone
Johnny Cresci   Drums
Conger   Tuba
Ike Isaacs Trio   Bass
Joseph "Slow Drag" Pauageau   Bass
Don Elliot   Mellophonium
Pete Brown Brooklyn Blues Blowers   Alto Saxophone
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

Memphis Slim   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Toshiko Akiyoshi   Composer
Paul Barbarin   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Roy Eldridge   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Herbie Nichols   Composer
Kid Ory   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Cecil Taylor   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
George Wein   Producer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer,Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger,Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Kevin Reeves   Mastering
Harry Warren   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Joe Primrose   Composer

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