Love Story/Piano & Pen

Love Story/Piano & Pen

by Dave Pell

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Love Story/Piano & Pen

On this double CD, Love Story by the Dave Pell Octet is the dull next-door neighbor to pianist Dick Katz's swinging quartet on Piano & Pen. The Pell Octet, essentially a unit from within Les Brown's band, is the purveyor of pleasant, skillfully arranged and executed music. Its predecessors, like those of Brown's band, are the sweet bands of the swing era and the society bands from before that. Although reed player Pell and his bandmembers, including pianists André Previn and Claude Williamson, were mainstays of the West Coast jazz scene of the 1950s, jazz takes a back seat to the arrangements on this session from 1956. Solo space is brief, with the players hewing so closely to the melodies that solos sound written out. While the musicianship and arrangements (including four from Marty Paich) are very good, the general lack of substantive improvisation makes this set of limited interest to jazz fans. Redeeming things considerably, Piano & Pen is a cool, swinging set from 1959 that updates the sound of the Nat Cole Trio's instrumental sides. Katz, who first caught the public's attention working with clarinetist Tony Scott and who later worked with Stan Getz, Kenny Dorham, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, and others, is joined by superb bop guitarists Chuck Wayne and Jimmy Rainey on four tunes apiece. The guitarists share the lead with Katz, weaving complementary or contrapuntal lines around the pianist's uncluttered playing. The same approach extends to the rhythm section of bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Connie Kay, who each operate with some independence from the other, but who also come together as a unit. Among the highlights are Wayne's hot, precise lines on "Scrapple from the Apple" and Rainey's clean and sustaining horn-like tone on the pieces where he is featured.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2001
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431662427
catalogNumber: 6624
Rank: 258984

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Pell   Primary Artist,Bass Clarinet,English Horn,Tenor Saxophone
André Previn   Piano
Dick Katz   Piano
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Claude Williamson   Piano
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Connie Kay   Drums
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Irv Kluger   Drums
Ray Sims   Trombone
Dave Pell Octet   Track Performer
Melvin Pollan   Bass
Jimmy Rainey   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Lewis   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
John Kraus   Engineer
Marvin Israel   Cover Design
Lee Friedlander   Cover Photo
Harry Link   Composer
Phil March   Cover Photo
Billy Rose   Composer

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