Claude Williamson

Complete 1956 Studio Sessions

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Claude Williamson (p), Don Prell, Red Mitchell (b), Chuck Flores, Mel Lewis (d)

Reference: FSRCD 328

Bar code: 8427328603287

Tracklisting:

Claude Williamson (p)
Don Prell (b)
Chuck Flores (d)

01. June Bug
02. Jersey Bounce
03. Moonlight in Vermont
04. Ill Remember April
05. The Last Time I Saw Paris
06. Blue Notoriety
07. Embraceable You
08. Have You Met Miss Jones?
09. Hallelujah!


Claude Williamson (p)
Red Mitchell (b)
Mel Lewis (d)

10. Stella by Starlight
11. Somebody Loves Me
12. Ill Know
13. The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
14. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
15. Hippy
16. Tea for Two
17. Stompin at the Savoy
18. Round Midnight
19. Just One of Those Things
20. Love Is Here to Stay
21. The Song Is You


Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood
January 19 and December 3, 4 and 5, 1956


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Biography:

A superior bop pianist influenced by Bud Powell, Claude Williamson has been busy playing on the West Coast since the 1950s. The older brother of trumpeter Stu Williamson, Claude started on piano when he was seven and had ten years of classical piano lessons, also studying at the New England Conservatory. Williamson's first major musical job was with Charlie Barnet's orchestra in 1947. This was followed by stints with Red Norvo (1948), Barnet's bebop big band of 1949, and June Christy (1950-51). In the 1950s, Williamson worked regularly with Bud Shank, Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars, with his own trios, and as a studio musician. He spent most of the 1960s and '70s in the studios, although he returned to jazz in the 1980s with his improvising style virtually unchanged. Claude Williamson who has led sessions for Capitol (1954-1955), Bethlehem, Criterion, Contract (1961-1962), Sea Breeze (1977), Interplay, Discovery, Fresh Sound, and a few Japanese labels recorded a memorable tribute to Bud Powell for V.S.O.P. in 1995. He currently plays regularly in the Los Angeles area.

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

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