The Jazztet at Birdhouse

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Jazztet were only in existence for a brief time 1959-1962, not counting the later reunions, but with a flurry of recording activity they left a valuable legacy. By the time of they made their fourth album, co-leaders Art Farmer and Benny Golson were the only remaining original members, but the presence of underrated trombonist Tom McIntosh who is appreciated more for his compositions than his playing ability, since he stopped performing in 1969, Cedar Walton, bassist Thomas Williams, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath are a welcome presence. These live performances are from a 1961 engagement at the Birdhouse in Chicago. Golson's "Junction" is an easygoing blues that is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Jazztet were only in existence for a brief time 1959-1962, not counting the later reunions, but with a flurry of recording activity they left a valuable legacy. By the time of they made their fourth album, co-leaders Art Farmer and Benny Golson were the only remaining original members, but the presence of underrated trombonist Tom McIntosh who is appreciated more for his compositions than his playing ability, since he stopped performing in 1969, Cedar Walton, bassist Thomas Williams, and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath are a welcome presence. These live performances are from a 1961 engagement at the Birdhouse in Chicago. Golson's "Junction" is an easygoing blues that is marred slightly by what seems to be a rather sloppy edit in the master tape. A hard-blowing up-tempo take of "Farmer's Market," written by Farmer but arranged by Golson, features memorable solos by the leaders, while J.J. Johnson's arrangement of his blues "Shutterbug" clearly inspires the group. McIntosh's "November Afternoon" seems to begin as a ballad, but quickly evolves into a hard bop cooker. Golson's extended treatment of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" features his emotional tenor sax, while Farmer alternates between his mellow flugelhorn and fiery trumpet. The interaction between the musicians throughout the session adds to the value of this live material, and it is good to finally have it reissued intact, though it won't be available for long since it is part of Verve's limited-edition reissue series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458976226
  • Catalog Number: 589762

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Junction (5:54)
  2. 2 Farmer's Market (8:36)
  3. 3 Darn That Dream (4:28)
  4. 4 Shutterbug (4:50)
  5. 5 'Round Midnight (10:12)
  6. 6 November Afternoon (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet Primary Artist
Art Farmer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Cedar Walton Piano
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Tom McIntosh Trombone
Technical Credits
Ron Malo Engineer
Kay Norton Producer
Louise Post Composer
Don Bronstein Artwork
Isabelle Wong Reissue Design
Russ Wilson Liner Notes
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Austin Brentley Reissue Production Assistance
Mark Smith Reissue Production Assistance
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