The Riverside Records Story

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 025218442220
  • Catalog Number: 4422
  • Sales rank: 266,815

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Thelonious Monk (4:38)
  2. 2 Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaría (2:26)
  3. 3 This Here - Cannonball Adderley (12:29)
  4. 4 Brilliant Corners - Thelonious Monk (7:42)
  5. 5 Four on Six - Wes Montgomery (6:17)
  6. 6 Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans (6:54)
  7. 7 African Waltz - Cannonball Adderley (2:08)
  8. 8 Meditation (Meditação) - Charlie Byrd (3:10)
  9. 9 The Village Caller - Johnny Lytle (4:24)
  10. 10 Blues for Dracula - Philly Joe Jones (8:16)
  11. 11 Wade in the Water - Johnny Griffin (3:44)
  12. 12 Smooth as the Wind - Blue Mitchell (5:11)
  13. 13 Big "P" - Jimmy Heath (3:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Freedom Suite - Sonny Rollins (19:30)
  2. 2 Cariba - Wes Montgomery (9:40)
  3. 3 Tune-Up - Wes Montgomery (4:46)
  4. 4 Ruby, My Dear - Thelonious Monk (5:25)
  5. 5 Ruby, My Dear - Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane (6:17)
  6. 6 'Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk (8:27)
  7. 7 One Foot in the Gutter - Thelonious Monk (7:17)
  8. 8 Peace Piece - Bill Evans (6:41)
  9. 9 Know What I Mean? - Bill Evans (4:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Things Are Getting Better - Milt Jackson (7:11)
  2. 2 Delilah - Wes Montgomery (6:09)
  3. 3 Trav'lin' Light - Joe Zawinul (6:10)
  4. 4 Tickle Toe - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (5:27)
  5. 5 Work Song - Nat Adderley (4:12)
  6. 6 If You Could See Me Now - Chet Baker (5:13)
  7. 7 One by One - Art Blakey (6:19)
  8. 8 A On a Misty Night - Tadd Dameron (2:56)
  9. 9 My Old Flame - Kenny Dorham (5:21)
  10. 10 Come Rain or Come Shine - Kenny Drew (6:04)
  11. 11 Circle Waltz - Don Friedman (5:55)
  12. 12 Out of the Past - Benny Golson (6:22)
  13. 13 Mutattra - Barry Harris (3:14)
  14. 14 Laura - Coleman Hawkins (4:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Autumn Leaves - Ernie Henry (3:11)
  2. 2 Eyes So Beautiful as Yours - Elmo Hope (5:30)
  3. 3 Invitation - Milt Jackson (3:51)
  4. 4 Letter from Home - Eddie Jefferson (2:58)
  5. 5 Blue Lou - Budd Johnson (5:08)
  6. 6 Some Kinda Mean - Sam Jones (5:49)
  7. 7 On Green Dolphin Street - Wynton Kelly (4:41)
  8. 8 West Coast Blues - Harold Land (6:01)
  9. 9 I'm Just a Lucky So and So - Yusef Lateef (4:35)
  10. 10 I Am in Love - Abbey Lincoln (2:43)
  11. 11 Invitation - Junior Mance (4:01)
  12. 12 Out of This World - Mark Murphy (4:45)
  13. 13 Nardis - George Russell (4:38)
  14. 14 Fools Rush In - Zoot Sims (4:28)
  15. 15 Come Sunday - Clark Terry (3:34)
  16. 16 So Tired - Bobby Timmons (6:24)
  17. 17 Zulu - Randy Weston (3:26)
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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 "Sweets" 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
La Lupe Vocal Effect
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Ray Davies 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 Jr. Producer
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