At Newport

At Newport

by Jo Jones All Stars


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At Newport

Verve's Norman Granz took his microphones and equipment to the fourth annual Newport Jazz Festival in July of 1957 and recorded extensively there, catching several live sets by both established and up-and-coming jazz artists in wonderfully clear sonic fullness, including this Friday evening kickoff set in Freebody Park from an all-star band led by the legendary tenor saxman Coleman Hawkins and including Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Pete Brown on alto sax, Ray Bryant on piano, Al McKibbon on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. It's a joyous affair driven by Jones' propulsive drumming and a couple of well-placed ballads like "Day by Day" interspersed through the set before the whole band jumps in for a rousing finale on the old chestnut "Sweet Georgia Brown," which here sounds wonderfully fresh and agile. The performance was originally released by Verve on LP in 1958 and now, some 50 years later, on CD. The sound quality is remarkable, with studio-level clarity while still capturing the energy, intimacy, and vitality of a festive live gig, complete with introductions and announcements, all of which makes this a delightful snapshot of a veteran band of musicians who are doing what they do best.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602517416086
catalogNumber: 000952502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Jones All Stars   Primary Artist
Ray Bryant   Piano,Soloist
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Soloist
Jo Jones   Drums,Soloist
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
McKibbon   Bass
Pete Brown Brooklyn Blues Blowers   Alto Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
George Wein   Producer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Burt Goldblatt   Cover Photo
Hollis King   Art Direction
Bill Simon   Liner Notes
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Norman Ganz   Producer

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