Riverside Records Story

Riverside Records Story


The Riverside Records Story is essentially Orrin Keepnews' baby -- and why not, for the grizzled jazz producer/journalist co-founded the label, ran it from day one in 1952 until it suddenly went bankrupt in 1964, and produced almost all of the original sessions. Riverside's current custodians at Fantasy had KeepnewsSee more details below


The Riverside Records Story is essentially Orrin Keepnews' baby -- and why not, for the grizzled jazz producer/journalist co-founded the label, ran it from day one in 1952 until it suddenly went bankrupt in 1964, and produced almost all of the original sessions. Riverside's current custodians at Fantasy had Keepnews select and sequence four CDs' worth of the label's output, which over the span of less than nine years made a big splash in the cloistered world of hard bop. Keepnews also writes a voluminous set of notes that settles old scores, crows about What Went Right, offers often self-deprecating analyses of What Went Wrong, and generally keeps the reader riveted to the pages. The box is loosely organized around four topics instead of the usual chronological rundown; indeed, the earliest track, Randy Weston's "Zulu," comes last. And Keepnews devotes lots of time to four major figures whose extensive recordings for Riverside form the cornerstones of their reputations: Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Wes Montgomery. There are some imaginative sequences that give the collection extra star power -- like Monk performing his standards with Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry, respectively -- and there is a welcome touch of the bizarre, too, like Philly Joe Jones' hammy "Blues for Dracula." Moreover, gratefully defying some of his holier-than-thou pronouncements elsewhere, Keepnews does not shy away from his own ventures into the commercial sphere, including Montgomery with strings on "Tune Up," Charlie Byrd likewise on "Meditation," Mongo Santamaria's Top Ten hit "Watermelon Man," and some soul-jazz singles. The first two discs by and large are consistently strong, while some of the lesser tracks on the remaining discs may be there more to represent the artist than to thrill the listener.

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Disc 1

  1. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)  - Thelonious Monk
  2. Watermelon Man  - Mongo Santamaría
  3. This Here  - Cannonball Adderley
  4. Brilliant Corners  - Thelonious Monk
  5. Four on Six  - Wes Montgomery
  6. Waltz for Debby  - Bill Evans
  7. African Waltz  - Cannonball Adderley
  8. Meditation (Meditação)  - Charlie Byrd
  9. The Village Caller  - Johnny Lytle
  10. Blues for Dracula  - Philly Joe Jones
  11. Wade in the Water  - Johnny Griffin
  12. Smooth as the Wind  - Blue Mitchell
  13. Big "P"  - Jimmy Heath

Disc 2

  1. The Freedom Suite  - Sonny Rollins
  2. Cariba  - Wes Montgomery
  3. Tune-Up  - Wes Montgomery
  4. Ruby, My Dear  - Thelonious Monk
  5. Ruby, My Dear  - Thelonious Monk  - John Coltrane
  6. 'Round Midnight  - Thelonious Monk
  7. One Foot in the Gutter  - Thelonious Monk
  8. Peace Piece  - Bill Evans
  9. Know What I Mean?  - Bill Evans

Disc 3

  1. Things Are Getting Better  - Milt Jackson
  2. Delilah  - Wes Montgomery
  3. Trav'lin' Light  - Joe Zawinul
  4. Tickle Toe  - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
  5. Work Song  - Nat Adderley
  6. If You Could See Me Now  - Chet Baker
  7. One by One  - Art Blakey
  8. A On a Misty Night  - Tadd Dameron
  9. My Old Flame  - Kenny Dorham
  10. Come Rain or Come Shine  - Kenny Drew
  11. Circle Waltz  - Don Friedman
  12. Out of the Past  - Benny Golson
  13. Mutattra  - Barry Harris
  14. Laura  - Coleman Hawkins

Disc 4

  1. Autumn Leaves  - Ernie Henry
  2. Eyes So Beautiful as Yours  - Elmo Hope
  3. Invitation  - Milt Jackson
  4. Letter from Home  - Eddie Jefferson
  5. Blue Lou  - Budd Johnson
  6. Some Kinda Mean  - Sam Jones
  7. On Green Dolphin Street  - Wynton Kelly
  8. West Coast Blues  - Harold Land
  9. I'm Just a Lucky So and So  - Yusef Lateef
  10. I Am in Love  - Abbey Lincoln
  11. Invitation  - Junior Mance
  12. Out of This World  - Mark Murphy
  13. Nardis  - George Russell
  14. Fools Rush In  - Zoot Sims
  15. Come Sunday  - Clark Terry
  16. So Tired  - Bobby Timmons
  17. Zulu  - Randy Weston

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Barretto   Conga
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Nat Adderley   Cornet,Track Performer
Chet Baker   Trumpet,Track Performer
Phil Bodner   Woodwind
Charlie Byrd   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass,Cello
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Eddie Costa   Celeste,Xylophone
Tadd Dameron   Conductor,Track Performer
Richard Davis   Bass
Eric Dolphy   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet,Track Performer
Kenny Drew   Piano,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Don Ellis   Trumpet
Bill Evans   Piano
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Don Friedman   Piano,Track Performer
Curtis Fuller   Trombone
Larry Gales   Bass
Joe Gordon   Trumpet
Urbie Green   Trombone
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Barry Harris   Piano,Track Performer
Louis Hayes   Drums
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Elmo Hope   Piano,Track Performer
Dick Hyman   Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes,Track Performer
Eddie Jefferson   Vocals,Track Performer
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Philly Joe Jones   Drums,Narrator,Track Performer
Sam Jones   Bass,Cello,Track Performer
Wynton Kelly   Piano,Track Performer
Pete La Roca   Drums
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Melba Liston   Trombone,Conductor
Johnny Lytle   Vibes,Track Performer
Herbie Mann   Flute
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet,Track Performer
Wes Montgomery   Guitar,Track Performer
James Moody   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Lee Morgan   Trumpet
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Mark Murphy   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Oliver Nelson   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Julian Priester   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Norman Simmons   Conductor
Steve Swallow   Bass
Bobby Timmons   Piano,Track Performer
Cedar Walton   Piano
Wilbur Ware   Bass
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Randy Weston   Piano,Track Performer
Leo Wright   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Matthew Gee   Trombone
George Handy   Piano
Chuck Israels   Bass
Hugh Lawson   Piano
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Charles Davis   Baritone Saxophone
Willie Rodriguez   Percussion
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Connie Kay   Drums
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Ben Riley   Drums
Willie Ruff   French Horn
Marty Sheller   Trumpet
George Duvivier   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Oboe,Track Performer
Abbey Lincoln   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Zawinul   Piano,Track Performer
David Baker   Trombone
Danny Banks   Bass Clarinet
Raymond Beckenstein   Flute
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Dick Berg   French Horn
Keter Betts   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums,Track Performer
Kenny Burrell   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Paul Chambers   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Track Performer
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Burt Collins   Trumpet
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
George Dorsey   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
George Russell   Piano
Sam Gill   Bass
Betty Glamann   Harp
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Joseph Gorgas   Latin Percussion
Rodgers Grant   Piano
Milt Harris   Organ
Harry Lookofsky   Concert Master
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Sam Herman   Guitar
Frank Hernandez   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Peppy Hinnant   Drums
Tate Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Lex Humphries   Drums
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Conductor
Scott LaFaro   Bass
Walter Levinsky   Clarinet
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Harold Mabern   Piano
Junior Mance   Piano,Track Performer
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez   Latin Percussion
George Matthews   Trombone
Tom McIntosh   Trombone
Thelonious Monk   Piano,Track Performer
Paul Motian   Drums
Michael Olatunji   African Percussion
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Pat Patrick   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,English Horn
Charlie Persip   Drums
Walter Raim   Conductor
Reggie Workman   Bass
Margaret Rose   Harp
Mongo Santamaría   Conga,Track Performer
Sahib Shihab   Baritone Saxophone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Arnett Sparrow   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Victor Venegas   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Herman Wright   Bass
Joe Hunt   Drums
Tommy Williams   Bass
Kako Osvaldo Martinez   Latin Percussion
Bill Reichenbach   Drums
Eddie Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Capers   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Composer,Producer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Arranger
Kenny Dorham   Arranger
Mercer Ellington   Arranger
Bill Evans   Composer
Johnny Griffin   Arranger
Jimmy Heath   Arranger
Budd Johnson   Arranger
Melba Liston   Arranger
Norman Simmons   Arranger
George Handy   Arranger
Lupe   Vocal Effect
Oscar Brown   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Ray Fowler   Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
George Russell   Arranger
Benny Golson   Arranger
Reice Hamel   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Jimmy Jones   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
D. Veronica Langdon   Composer
Ed Michel   Producer
Michael Olatunji   Contributor
Walter Raim   String Arrangements
Bill Stoddard   Engineer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Dave Jones   Engineer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Linda Kalin   Liner Design
Lupe Martínez   Vocal Effect
Larry Maxwell   Producer
Sam Morse   Engineer
Bobby Capers   Contributor
Bill Grauer   Producer

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