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The Best of Newport '57: 50th Anniversary Collection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517416109
  • Catalog Number: 000952702
  • Sales rank: 202,131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bourbon Street Parade - The George Lewis Band (7:53)
  2. 2 Blue for Louis - Bobby Henderson (5:58)
  3. 3 Basin Street Blues - Jack Teagarden (5:35)
  4. 4 Muskrat Ramble - Kid Ory (3:20)
  5. 5 Airmail Special - Ella Fitzgerald (4:26)
  6. 6 Love for Sale - Basheer Qusim (7:48)
  7. 7 Between Me and Myself - Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio (5:11)
  8. 8 I Never Knew - Mat Mathews Quartet (3:40)
  9. 9 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Ruby Braff Octet (8:34)
  10. 10 Blue Lou - Leon Sash Quartet (5:06)
  11. 11 Love Is Here to Stay - Carmen McRae (3:00)
  12. 12 Moonglow - Jo Jones All Stars (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 There Will Never Be Another You - Eddie Costa Trio (7:05)
  2. 2 Nona's Blues - Cecil Taylor Quartet (7:33)
  3. 3 'S Wonderful - Don Elliott (5:38)
  4. 4 St. James Infirmary - Turk Murphy Jazz Band (5:12)
  5. 5 Lady Sings the Blues - Billie Holiday (3:16)
  6. 6 My Funny Valentine - Gerry Mulligan Quartet (5:33)
  7. 7 Doodlin' - Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra (6:07)
  8. 8 I Got Rhythm - Teddy Wilson Trio (4:23)
  9. 9 Roy's Son - Oscar Peterson Trio (9:36)
  10. 10 Swingin' at Newport - Count Basie Orchestra (8:08)
  11. 11 The Comeback - Count Basie Orchestra (4:13)
  12. 12 Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) - Count Basie Orchestra (3:49)
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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
Al 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
Al 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
Al 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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