Cozy Cole (d), Bernie Privin (flh, tp), George Holt (tp), Bob Hammer (p, glockenspiel, org), Al Klink, John Hafer (ts), Jerome Richardson (bs, b-cl, cl, piccolo), Milt Hinton, Jack Lesberg (b), Phil Kraus, Douglas Allen (perc)
Reference: BMCD 1625
Bar code: 8427328016254
Cozy Cole has been among the most respected drummers ever since the 1930s, when his work with Stuff Smith and Cab Calloway gained wide notice. Many drummers keep the beat, but the mark of the extraordinary is to add the alchemy of Leadership. With Cozy there was no flailing of arms in vain tries for exhibitionism without reason; no overbearing pushing when the drums should be carrying; no noise for noise's sake. His solos have logic and direction. Cozy Cole was without a doubt one of the most musical drummers there ever was. Bizet Swings! That infectious Cozy Cole magic says that with every beat, and it is the synthesis of the entire recording you now hold.
01. Prelude 3:12
02. Chorus of Street Boys 3:19
03. Habanera 2:44
04. Seguidilla 3:04
05. Entr'acte (Acts 1 & 2) 2:36
06. Gypsy Song 3:10
07. Castanet Dance 3:23
08. Flower Song 3:24
09. Sextet 3:25
10. Entr'acte (Acts 3 & 4) 3:06
Music composed by George Bizet, arranged by Dick Hyman
Originally issued as 12" album on Charlie Parker Records PLP-403
Cozy Cole (drums); Bernie Privin (flugelhorn, trumpet); George Holt (trumpet); Bob Hammer (piano, glockenspiel, organ); Al Klink, John Hafer (tenor sax); Jerome Richardson (baritone sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, piccolo); Milt Hinton, Jack Lesberg (bass); Phil Kraus, Douglas Allen (percussion).
Recorded at RCA Victor Custom Studios, New York City, September 1961
Sessions produced by Aubrey Mayhew
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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