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The Savoy Story, Vol. 1: Jazz

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The old Savoy catalog gets bounced around from one distributor to the next like an unwanted foster child, with everyone starting from scratch once they get a hold of it. By 1999, it was Atlantic's turn and, hot on the heels of other label retrospectives, they have compiled a very good three-CD anthology of Savoy's jazz activities over 15 years in the middle of the 20th century. Decently remastered, the set opens around the tail end of the swing era capturing some major figures in small-combo jazz like Ben Webster, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet and moves on to a detailed portrait of the emergence of bop just after the war. While rarely sticking with artists for very ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The old Savoy catalog gets bounced around from one distributor to the next like an unwanted foster child, with everyone starting from scratch once they get a hold of it. By 1999, it was Atlantic's turn and, hot on the heels of other label retrospectives, they have compiled a very good three-CD anthology of Savoy's jazz activities over 15 years in the middle of the 20th century. Decently remastered, the set opens around the tail end of the swing era capturing some major figures in small-combo jazz like Ben Webster, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet and moves on to a detailed portrait of the emergence of bop just after the war. While rarely sticking with artists for very long to track their progress, Savoy and the labels it absorbed was a hugely important player in the early days of bop, managing to capture some of the earliest work of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Stan Getz, George Shearing, and Dexter Gordon. The set also tracks mid- to late-'50s hard bop, including numbers by Milt Jackson, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Byrd, Donald Byrd, Herbie Mann, and other major figures. There are no unreleased goodies -- not much that truly ventures out beyond hard bop -- and only after the opening of disc three does the canvas of each track expand beyond the length of a single. The set comes in a compact, laminated mini-box with mid-century-style cover art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 075679285621
  • Catalog Number: 92856

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jersey Jump Off - Coleman Hawkins (2:23)
  2. 2 Honeysuckle Rose - Ben Webster (3:13)
  3. 3 Tush - Earle Warren (2:52)
  4. 4 These Foolish Things - Johnny Guarnieri (2:58)
  5. 5 Blue Lester - Lester Young (3:23)
  6. 6 Uncle Sam Blues - Hot Lips Page (3:17)
  7. 7 Moppin' the Blues - Pete Brown (2:59)
  8. 8 Sweet Man - Miss Rhapsody (2:45)
  9. 9 Buck's Boogie Woogie - Herbie Fields (2:59)
  10. 10 Johnson and Turner Blues - Joe Turner (3:03)
  11. 11 Jim Dawgs - Ike Quebec (2:51)
  12. 12 Laura - Erroll Garner (2:44)
  13. 13 Jumpin' Jacquet - Illinois Jacquet (2:57)
  14. 14 Candy - Don Byas (3:18)
  15. 15 Slim's Jam - Slim Gaillard (3:17)
  16. 16 Lonesome Lover Blues - Billy Eckstine (2:48)
  17. 17 How High the Moon - Don Byas (2:55)
  18. 18 Now's the Time - Charlie Parker (3:16)
  19. 19 Dexter's Deck - Dexter Gordon (2:54)
  20. 20 I Love the Rhythm in a Riff - Billy Eckstine (2:54)
  21. 21 Boyd Meets Stravinsky - Boyd Raeburn (2:52)
  22. 22 Koko - Charlie Parker (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't Worry 'Bout Me - Stan Getz (2:37)
  2. 2 Mad Be Bop - J.J. Johnson (2:41)
  3. 3 Ray's Idea - The Be Bop Boys (2:43)
  4. 4 Nostalgia - Fats Navarro (2:45)
  5. 5 Ice Freezes Red - Leo Parker (2:38)
  6. 6 Churchmouse - Allen Eager (2:47)
  7. 7 Gaberdine and Serge - Serge Chaloff (2:32)
  8. 8 Chasin' the Bird - Charlie Parker (2:44)
  9. 9 Half Nelson - Miles Davis (2:44)
  10. 10 Settin' the Pace - Dexter Gordon (5:54)
  11. 11 Wee Dot - J.J. Johnson (2:43)
  12. 12 Parker's Mood - Charlie Parker (3:02)
  13. 13 Euphoria (3:05)
  14. 14 Stan's Mood - Stan Getz (2:39)
  15. 15 Moon Over Miami - George Shearing (3:09)
  16. 16 Bird Gets the Worm - Charlie Parker (2:38)
  17. 17 Move - Red Norvo (2:37)
  18. 18 Surf Ride - Art Pepper (2:51)
  19. 19 Tin Tin Deo - Dizzy Gillespie (2:39)
  20. 20 The Champ - Dizzy Gillespie (5:40)
  21. 21 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Marian McPartland (3:16)
  22. 22 Red Top - Gene Ammons (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bernie's Tune @@Jay and Kai (3:56)
  2. 2 Eulogy for Rudy Williams - Charles Mingus (6:22)
  3. 3 When Did You Leave Heaven? - Little Jimmy Scott (3:17)
  4. 4 With Apologies to Oscar - Kenny Clarke (5:44)
  5. 5 A Little Taste - Cannonball Adderley (5:10)
  6. 6 You Leave Me Breathless - Milt Jackson (6:32)
  7. 7 If I Love Again - Frank Foster (5:48)
  8. 8 Afternoon in Paris - Kenny Clarke (5:50)
  9. 9 Twelfth Street - Yusef Lateef (4:28)
  10. 10 Spring Is Here - Charlie Byrd (3:04)
  11. 11 Yardbird Suite - Phil Woods (5:52)
  12. 12 E.F.F.P.H. - John Coltrane (5:25)
  13. 13 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - Coleman Hawkins (5:40)
  14. 14 Blues-Ette - Benny Golson (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Joe Turner Vocals
Bill Doggett Piano
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Nat Adderley Cornet
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Count Basie Piano, Track Performer
Milt Buckner Pianarpa
Charlie Byrd Acoustic Guitar, Track Performer
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone, Track Performer
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Eddie Costa Piano, Vibes
Tadd Dameron Bass, Piano
Miles Davis Trumpet, Track Performer
Kenny Dorham Trumpet, Track Performer
Allen Eager Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Billy Eckstine Vocals, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Tal Farlow Guitar, Track Performer
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Curtis Fuller Trombone, Track Performer
Erroll Garner Piano, Track Performer
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie Piano, Trumpet, Track Performer
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Freddie Green Guitar
Louis Hayes Drums
Milt Jackson Vibes
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Johnson Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Duke Jordan Piano
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Herbie Mann Flute, Track Performer
Charles Mingus Bass, Track Performer
Fats Navarro Trumpet, Track Performer
Joe Newman Trumpet
Red Norvo Vibes, Track Performer
Leo Parker Baritone Saxophone, Track Performer
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Nat Pierce Pianarpa
Bud Powell Track Performer, Pianarpa
Ike Quebec Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Jimmy Raney Guitar
Jerome Richardson Flute
Max Roach Drums
Red Rodney Trumpet
Charlie Rouse Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Little Jimmy Scott Vocals, Track Performer
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
George Shearing Piano, Track Performer
Horace Silver Piano
Slam Stewart Bass
Sonny Stitt Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Reeds, Woodwind
Charlie Ventura Track Performer
Mal Waldron Piano
George Wallington Piano
Doug Watkins Bass
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Harry Babasin Bass
Dave Barbour Guitar
Eddie Barefield Alto Saxophone
Pete Brown Track Performer
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Wally Cirillo Piano
Cozy Cole Drums, Track Performer
Bill DeArango Guitar
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Hank D'Amico Clarinet
Herbie Fields Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Leonard Gaskin Bass
Johnny Guarnieri Piano, Track Performer
Chubby Jackson Bass
Oliver Jackson Percussion, Drums
John LaPorta Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hugh Lawson Percussion, Piano
Stan Levey Drums
Ray Linn Trumpet
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Tommy Potter Bass
Joe Puma Guitar
Boyd Raeburn Reeds, Woodwind, Track Performer
Zutty Singleton Drums
Earl Swope Trombone
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Wilbur Harden Percussion, Flugelhorn, Track Performer
Jackie Cain Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Slim Gaillard Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmy Garrison Bass
Britt Woodman Trombone
Al Harewood Drums
Gene Ramey Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Yusef Lateef Flute, Percussion, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Jack McVea Tenor Saxophone
Manny Albam Baritone Saxophone
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Mousie Alexander Drums
Taswell Baird Trombone
George Barrow Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Denzil Best Drums
Howard Biggs Piano
Wallace Bishop Drums
Art Blakey Drums, Track Performer
David Booth Drums
Nelson Boyd Bass
Gail Brockman Trumpet
Bam Brown Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Donald Byrd Trumpet, Track Performer
Kenny Burrell Guitar, Track Performer
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Kenny Clarke Drums, Track Performer
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
George DeHart Drums
Ted Donnelly Trombone
Ernie Farrow Bass, Percussion
Norman Faye Trumpet
Kansas Fields Drums
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Al Hall Bass
Hampton Hawes Piano
Benny Harris Trumpet
Clyde Hart Piano
Boonie Hazel Trumpet
J.C. Heard Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
John Houston Piano
Margie Hyams Vibes
J.J. Johnson Trombone, Track Performer
George "Happy" Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Jones Piano
Tiny Kahn Drums
Al Killian Trumpet
Harry Klee Reeds, Woodwind
Roy Kral Piano, Vocals
Ralph Lee Reeds, Woodwind
Teo Macero Tenor Saxophone
Billy Mackel Guitar
John Malachi Piano
Joe Mondragon Bass
Wendell Marshall Bass
Marian McPartland Piano, Track Performer
Jackie Milles Drums
Rudy Nichols Drums
Ed Nicholson Drums
Mert Oliver Bass
Chips Outcalt Trombone
Hot Lips Page Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Charles Perry Drums
Eli Robinson Trombone
Curly Russell Bass
Rudy Rutherford Baritone Saxophone
Willie Schwartz Reeds, Woodwind
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Walter Thomas Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Benny Ventura Baritone Saxophone
Connie Wainwright Guitar
Leonard Ware Guitar
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Kenny Watts Piano
Max Wayne Bass
Frank Wess Flute, Alto Saxophone
Sid Weiss Bass
Dicky Wells Trombone
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Kai Winding Trombone, Track Performer
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Al Matthews Bass
Doug Mettome Trumpet
Jerry Valentine Trombone
Eddie Jones Bass
Viola Gertrude Wells Vocals
Red Norvo Trio Track Performer
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Dexter Hall Guitar
Howard H. Scott Trombone
Lou Taylor Trombone
Dale Pierce Trumpet
Rodney Richardson Bass
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Guy McReynolds Reeds, Woodwind
Fred Radcliffe Drums
Hal Smith Trombone
The Be Bop Boys Track Performer
Al Hayes Trombone
John Richard Lewis Piano
Miss Rhapsody Track Performer
Nelson Shelladay Trumpet
Charlie Harris Bass
John Levy Bass
Technical Credits
Cannonball Adderley Composer
Nat Adderley Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Curtis Fuller Composer
Gil Fuller Composer, Producer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Dexter Gordon Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Illinois Jacquet Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
John Lewis Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Fats Navarro Composer
Art Pepper Composer
Ike Quebec Composer
Charlie Ventura Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Lester Young Composer
Pete Brown Composer
Cozy Cole Composer
Boyd Raeburn Composer
Joe Turner Composer
Wilbur Harden Composer
Billy Ver Planck Arranger
Slim Gaillard Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Al Cohn Arranger, Composer
Steve Backer Executive Producer
Denzil Best Composer
Howard Biggs Arranger
Rube Bloom Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Ozzie Cadena Engineer
Eddie Finckel Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Tiny Kahn Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Roy Kral Composer
Ben Kynard Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Hot Lips Page Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
David Raksin Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Roy Turk Composer
Gerald Valentine Composer
Dicky Wells Arranger, Composer
Dick Bock Producer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Jack Murray Composer
Isabelle Wong Graphic Design
Ted Koehler Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Frederick Hollander Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Eric Maschwitz Composer
Ben Oakland Composer
Manning Sherwin Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Mack David Composer
Walter Bullock Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Paul Reid III Mastering
Joe Burke Composer
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