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Cecil Payne

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Fresh Sound Records

Cecil Payne (bs), Clark Terry (tp), Bennie Green (tb), Duke Jordan (p), Ron Carter (b), Charles Persip (d)

Reference: FSRCD 193

01. Stop And Listen (Cecil Payne)
02. Born Again (Cecil Payne)
03. Dear People (Cecil Payne)
04. Kenny's One (Kenny Drew)
05. Sister Carol (Kenny Drew)
06. Mighty Fine Wine (Kenny Drew)
07. It's Your Life (Kenny Drew)

Recorded in New York City, 1962

08. Cool Blues (Charlie Parker)
09. Shawnuff (Charlie Parker)
10. Cheryl (Charlie Parker)
11. Bongo Bop (Charlie Parker)
12. The Hymn (Charlie Parker)
13. Cimmunion (Cecil Payne)
14. Bongo Beep (Charlie Parker)

Recorded in New York City, 1961

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol


Although he was one of the finest baritone saxophonists to emerge from the bop era, Cecil Payne has been underrated and frequently overlooked throughout his long career. Payne, who played guitar, alto, and clarinet (and spent 1943-1946 in the military), first played baritone with Clarence Briggs' band in 1946, giving up alto around the same period (after making his recording debut on the smaller horn with J.J. Johnson). Payne made his reputation as a key member of Dizzy Gillespie's classic bebop big band (1946-1949), appearing on virtually all of the orchestra's famous recordings. Payne played with Tadd Dameron, James Moody, and with the popular Illinois Jacquet band (1952-1954), but then spent a period working at a day job. He returned to music in 1956, starting a long-term association with Randy Weston, and he had periods with Machito (1963-1966), Woody Herman (1966-1968), and Count Basie (1969-71). But, despite appearing on many records over a five-decade period, fame (except among musicians) has always eluded Cecil Payne. He led dates as a leader for Decca (1949), Savoy (1956-1957), the Charlie Parker label (1961-1962), Spotlite, Strata-East (1969-1970), Muse, and Empathy.

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

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