by Rex Stewart



After leaving Duke Ellington's Orchestra, cornetist Rex Stewart went to Europe for a few years, recording extensively. This entry in Classics' "complete" series has a four-song studio session and a jam cut shortly before Stewart went overseas plus sessions in Paris (including six tunes from a concert) and Stockholm. The music is fairly erratic overall. There are some fireworks on a quartet date with pianist Billy Kyle, bassist John Levy, and drummer Cozy Cole, and the two-part, privately recorded "I May Be Wrong" has its moments. With the exception of a previously unreleased alternate take of "Blue Jay" from 1945 (which has a vocal by Joya Sherrill) that had been discovered and was tagged on to the end of this CD, the other selections find Stewart heading a group also including trombonist Sandy Williams (he has some of his best late-period solos), John Harris on clarinet and alto, tenor-saxophonist Vernon Story, pianist Don Gais, Simon Brehm or Fred Ermelin on bass, and drummer Ted Curry. Stewart sings "Run to the Corner" and Honey Johnson is strangely country-oriented on "Waitin' for the Train to Come In"; otherwise the performances are instrumentals. Although Stewart plays in his usual fiery mainstream swing style, some of the arrangements are a bit boppish and do not work that well, plus the recording quality is decent but not great. The overall results are not without their strong moments but are a little uncomfortable and not too essential. However, it is nice to have this formerly scattered music put out in coherent order.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/1999
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517101624
catalogNumber: 1016

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rex Stewart   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Vocals
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Joya Sherrill   Vocals
Frank Bode   Drums
Simon Brehm   Bass
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Billy Kyle   Piano
Keg Purnell   Drums
Fred Ermelin   Bass
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Junior Raglin   Bass
John Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Rex Stewart   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Harry Ruskin   Composer
Henry Sullivan   Composer

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