West Coast 1945-1947

West Coast 1945-1947

by Howard McGhee


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West Coast 1945-1947

The superb compilation West Coast 1945-1947 brings together various studio and live radio broadcasts from bop jazz trumpeter Howard McGhee. Born in Tulsa and raised in Detroit, McGhee was a powerhouse bop trumpeter in the vein of Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie. He was also a melodicist, which meant that he was capable of soloing with both dazzling technical proficiency and gorgeous romantic lyricism. One of the few bop musicians to relocate to California during the '40s, McGhee even backed Charlie Parker on some Dial sessions during the saxophonist's West Coast tour at about the same time he made the recordings featured here. First, we get a complete live broadcast of McGhee's sextet recorded at the Streets of Paris nightclub on Hollywood Boulevard in December of 1945. Recorded with a single mike, the audio is quite clear and really captures the noir-ish postwar mood of early bop sessions, especially McGhee's uniquely arranged take on Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia." Second, we get a handful of sides McGhee's group made for the Philo and Melodisc labels, including a stellar take on Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" and a few high-energy originals. Ultimately, the tracks on West Coast 1945-1947 work as a revelatory snapshot of McGhee's underappreciated talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2014
Label: Uptown Jazz
UPC: 0026198277420
catalogNumber: 2774

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard McGhee   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Sonny Criss   Alto Saxophone
Teddy Edwards   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Addison Farmer   Bass
Dan Grissom   Drums,Vocals
Hampton Hawes   Piano
Ulysses Livingston   Guitar
Monette Moore   Vocals
Gene Norman   Master of Ceremonies
Roy Porter   Drums
J.D. King   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Vernon Biddle   Piano
George Crawford   Piano
Bob Kesterson   Bass
LaGrand Mason   Bass
Fred M. Shields   Master of Ceremonies

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Howard McGhee   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Monette Moore   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Robert E. Sunenblick   Producer
J.D. King   Composer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Kirk Silsbee   Liner Notes
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bennie Harris   Composer
Daryl Porter   Cover Photo

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