Bernie Glow, Nick Travis, Ernie Royal (tp), Frank Rehak, Jimmy Knepper (tb), Hal McKusick (b-cl), Paul Horn, Gene Quill (as), Jerome Richardson (fl, ts), Al Cohn, Georgie Auld (ts), Tony Scott (cl, bs), Pepper Adams (bs), Dick Katz, Steve Allen (p), Kenny
Reference: FSRCD 631
Where were you at 8:10 p.m. on May 16, 1958? If you were in New York, you should have been at Town Hall for the Down Beat Jazz Concert because that was the scene of the action that night. This concert turned out that way.
There was an air of expectancy as MC Jack Lazare introduced Manny Albams Jazz Greats, and the excitement didnt flag throughout the remainder of the concert. Within the framework of Albams arrangements some of the bands soloists as Al Cohn, Jerome Richardson, Gene Quill, Pepper Adams, Nick Travis, and Frank Rehak, got their way to say.
Tony Scott and his fine quintet popped in for a set. Don Elliott brought more instruments to the affair than anyone else, blending attractively with the mellow and ruminative bass clarinet of Hal McKusick. Flutist Paul Horn trekked East with bassist Don Bagley, and they teamed with pianist Katz and drummer Johnson for a set. Paul Horns East-West group offered.
And the picture of Steve Allen on onstage with Georgie Auld, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson is one worth remembering. All in all, it was a fine concert, and the two LPs released from this historic concert are now included in this CD set. There were many happy moments, many swinging highlights, and fond memories revived.
01. A Little Eye Opener
02. Blues for an African Friend
03. When Your Lover Has Gone
04. My Funny Valentine
05. Willow Weep for Me
06. Blues Over Easy
07. Scrapple from the Apple
08. Rose Room
09. Give Me the Simple Life
10. Dougys Buggy
11. Fast Thing in C
12. Blues Over Easy
MANNY ALBAM AND HIS JAZZ GREATS (tracks #1, 4, 6 & 12): Bernie Glow, Nick Travis, Ernie Royal (tp), Frank Rehak, Jim Dahl (tb), Tommy Mitchell (b-tb), Gene Quill (as), Jerome Richardson (fl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Pepper Adams (bs), Dick Katz (p), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d).
Guest soloists: Hal McKusick (bcl), Georgie Auld (ts), Paul Horn (as), Steve Allen (p).
TONY SCOTT QUINTET (tracks #2 & 7): Tony Scott (cl, bs), Jimmy Knepper (tb), Kenny Burrell (g), Sam Jones (b), Paul Motian (d).
DON ELLIOTT QUINTET (tracks #3 & 10): Don Elliott (vcl, tp, vb, mellophone), Hal McKusick (bcl), Bob Corwin (p), Doug Watkins (b), Nick Stabulas (d).
PAUL HORN QUARTET (tracks #5 & 9): Paul Horn (fl), Dick Katz (p), Don Bagley (b), Osie Johnson (d).
STEVE ALLEN TRIO & QUARTET (tracks #8 & 11): Steve Allen (p), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d). Georgie Auld (ts added on # 8).