The Debut Records Story

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
In its brief history, Debut Records managed to record a galaxy of bop and progressive-minded jazzers of the time, and this four-CD box set is a great way to get a taste of almost all of the label's releases. A handful of tracks predate the label; they are mostly poorly recorded live snapshots of Charlie Parker, but the sound quality picks up considerably thereafter. The selections go through some quirky Charles Mingus and Max Roach-led sessions that simply reek of the hip early-'50s bop underground, before sampling the famous 1953 Massey Hall concert with Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Parker, Mingus, and Roach, the records that put Debut on the map. Some of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
In its brief history, Debut Records managed to record a galaxy of bop and progressive-minded jazzers of the time, and this four-CD box set is a great way to get a taste of almost all of the label's releases. A handful of tracks predate the label; they are mostly poorly recorded live snapshots of Charlie Parker, but the sound quality picks up considerably thereafter. The selections go through some quirky Charles Mingus and Max Roach-led sessions that simply reek of the hip early-'50s bop underground, before sampling the famous 1953 Massey Hall concert with Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Parker, Mingus, and Roach, the records that put Debut on the map. Some of the exciting four-trombone bop sessions with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, and Willie Dennis are here, as are three downcast excerpts from Miles Davis' sole Debut LP Blue Moods. Besides Roach, we hear trumpeters Kenny Dorham and Thad Jones, pianists Paul Bley and Alonzo Levister, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, singer Ada Moore, clarinetist Sam Most, and saxophonist John LaPorta in their debuts as leaders. In a curious jumping-of-the-gun, a description of some Teo Macero Quintet tracks is left in the booklet, even though Fantasy couldn't obtain the rights to the music. By and large, the set is dominated by first-rate bebop, with sprinklings of avant-garde experiments like some really odd, dissonant stuff from the Mingus Octet & Orchestra and LaPorta's offbeat group concepts. Ultimately, The Debut Records Story paints a compelling picture of a quirky yet courageously uncompromising label that catered to what amounted to a small dissident sect in a conformist decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/1997
  • Label: Debut
  • UPC: 025218442022
  • Catalog Number: 4420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dizzy Atmosphere - Charlie Parker (2:56)
  2. 2 The Way You Look Tonight - Charlie Parker (4:41)
  3. 3 Ornithology - Charlie Parker (3:27)
  4. 4 Hot House - Charlie Parker (3:46)
  5. 5 Confirmation - Charlie Parker (3:14)
  6. 6 Body and Soul - Charlie Parker (3:35)
  7. 7 Blue Moon - Charlie Parker (3:34)
  8. 8 Extrasensory Perception - Charles Mingus (3:34)
  9. 9 Portrait - Charles Mingus (3:10)
  10. 10 Paris in Blue - Charles Mingus (3:12)
  11. 11 Sfax - Max Roach (2:15)
  12. 12 Orientation - Max Roach (2:50)
  13. 13 Just One of Those Things - Max Roach (3:08)
  14. 14 Bebopper - The Gordons (2:41)
  15. 15 You and Me - The Gordons (2:48)
  16. 16 Embraceable You - Bud Powell (4:23)
  17. 17 Cherokee - Bud Powell Trio (4:52)
  18. 18 Lullaby of Birdland - Bud Powell Trio (2:31)
  19. 19 Perdido - Dizzy Gillespie (8:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie (7:35)
  2. 2 A Night in Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie (7:40)
  3. 3 Bass-Ically Speaking - Billy Taylor & Charles Mingus (3:54)
  4. 4 I'll Remember April - Kai Winding (11:11)
  5. 5 Move - Kai Winding (6:55)
  6. 6 Kai's Day (Kai's Kid) - Kai Winding (5:26)
  7. 7 Lonesome Lover Blues - Kenny Dorham (3:05)
  8. 8 An Oscar for Oscar - Kenny Dorham (2:44)
  9. 9 Eclipse - Charles Mingus (2:55)
  10. 10 Miss Bliss - Charles Mingus (3:05)
  11. 11 Spontaneous Combustion - Paul Bley Trio (4:17)
  12. 12 (Teapot) Walkin' - Paul Bley Trio (4:30)
  13. 13 Darn That Dream - Kenny Dorham Quartet (4:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Notes to You @@Sam Most Quartet (2:52)
  2. 2 The Pendulum at Falcon's Lair - Oscar Pettiford (4:44)
  3. 3 Stockholm Sweetnin' - Oscar Pettiford (4:14)
  4. 4 Fluid Drive @@John LaPorta Quintet (3:15)
  5. 5 Right Around Home @@John LaPorta Quintet (4:35)
  6. 6 The Man I Love - Ada Moore (4:49)
  7. 7 You Came a Long Way from St. Louis - Ada Moore (3:45)
  8. 8 Bitty Ditty - Thad Jones (4:53)
  9. 9 You Don't Know What Love Is - Thad Jones (3:29)
  10. 10 A Foggy Day - Hazel Scott Trio (6:05)
  11. 11 Mountain Greenery - Hazel Scott Trio (4:45)
  12. 12 Ensenada - John Dennis (5:26)
  13. 13 Get out of Town - Thad Jones (7:31)
  14. 14 I Can't Get Started - Thad Jones (6:08)
  15. 15 All the Things You Are @@John LaPorta Quartet (5:38)
  16. 16 Two Party Campaign @@John LaPorta Trio (0:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Nature Boy - Miles Davis Quintet (6:14)
  2. 2 Alone Together - Miles Davis Quintet (7:15)
  3. 3 Easy Living - Miles Davis Quintet (5:03)
  4. 4 Portrait - Charles Mingus (2:47)
  5. 5 Variegations - John Dennis (6:33)
  6. 6 Jump Monk - Charles Mingus (11:42)
  7. 7 Work Song - Charles Mingus (6:18)
  8. 8 A Foggy Day - Charles Mingus (5:34)
  9. 9 Black Swan - Alonzo Levister (3:25)
  10. 10 Latter Day Saint - Jimmy Knepper (4:01)
  11. 11 Autumn in New York @@Shafi Hadi Sextet (5:29)
  12. 12 Joldi @@Shafi Hadi Sextet (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Louie Bellson Drums
Eddie Bert Trombone
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Paul Bley Piano, Conductor
Teddy Charles Bongos, Vibes
Miles Davis Trumpet
Kenny Dorham Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Dorough Piano
Tal Farlow Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet, Track Performer
Henry Grimes Bass
Gigi Gryce Alto Saxophone
Al Haig Piano
Jimmy Heath Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones Drums
Hank Jones Piano, Track Performer
Thad Jones Trumpet, Track Performer
Duke Jordan Piano
Wynton Kelly Piano
Jimmy Knepper Tenor (Vocal), Track Performer
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
John Lewis Piano
Charles Mingus Bass, Conductor, Track Performer
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Ada Moore Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Morello Percussion, Drums
Sam Most Clarinet
Oscar Pettiford Bass, Cello, Track Performer
Bud Powell Piano
Dannie Richmond Drums
Max Roach Drums, Track Performer
Red Rodney Trumpet
Hazel Scott Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Art Taylor Drums
Phil Urso Tenor Saxophone
Mal Waldron Piano
Julius Watkins French Horn
Wally Cirillo Piano
Willie Dennis Trombone, Track Performer
John LaPorta Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wade Legge Piano
Jackie Paris Vocals
Tommy Potter Bass
Ernie Royal Trumpet
John Dennis Piano, Track Performer
Honi Gordon Vocals
Alonzo Levister Piano, Track Performer
John Mehegan Piano
Britt Woodman Trombone
Shafi Hadi Tenor Saxophone
Percy Heath Bass
Julius Baker Flute
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
George Barrow Tenor Saxophone
Art Blakey Drums
Percy Brice Drums
Paige Brook Flute, Alto Saxophone
Eddie Caine Flute, Alto Saxophone
Richard Carter Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums
Leon Comegys Trombone
Walter Davis Jr. Piano
Barry Galbraith Guitar
George Gordon Vocals
Spaulding Givens Piano, Track Performer
Richard Gordon Vocals
Bennie Green Trombone
Roy Haynes Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone, Track Performer
Osie Johnson Drums
George Koutzen Cello
Al Levitt Drums
Teo Macero Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Maini Alto Saxophone
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Charles Perry Drums
Phyllis Pinkerton Piano
Clarence Gene Shaw Trumpet
Franklin Skeete Bass
Idrees Sulieman Trumpet
Billy Taylor Piano, Track Performer
Janet Thurlow Vocals
Bill Triglia Piano
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
Jackson Wiley Cello, Conductor
Kai Winding Trombone, Track Performer
Fred Zimmerman Bass
Bud Powell Trio Track Performer
Kenny Dorham Quartet Track Performer
Miles Davis Quintet Track Performer
Paul Bley Trio Track Performer
Loren Bernsohn Cello
Arne Gold Bongos
The Gordons Track Performer
Technical Credits
Teddy Charles Arranger
Bob Dorough Arranger
Leonard Feather Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Dexter Gordon Composer
Gigi Gryce Arranger
Quincy Jones Arranger
Jimmy Knepper Engineer
Alonzo Levister Arranger
George Jackson Composer
Richard Bock Producer
Kenny Clarke Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Spaulding Givens Arranger
Benny Harris Composer
Jean Lenoir Composer
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Charlie Parker Composer
Michael Semanick Engineer
Joe Tarantino Contributor, Noise Processing
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Arnold Rosen Producer
Dean Benedetti Engineer
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