Crazy 'bout Flip, Vol. 1 (1947-1949)
Howard Mcghee (tp), Bill Harris, Bennie Green (tb), Flip Phillips (ts), Hank Jones, Mickey Crane (p), Ray Brown (d), Jo Jones, Max Roach, Shelly Manne (d)
OCM CD 014
The whole musical material compiled in this CD represents the beginning of a series of studio recordings, most of them as a leader, carried out by Flip for Norman Granz's Mercury-Clef recording company. This impresario always relied on Flip because he had contributed from the very beginning and for more than a decade to the success of the JATP concerts by doing his best all the time. You can find further information 'bout this excellent tenor sax on Flip Phillips Vol. II (OCIUM 0011) and Flip Phillips Vol. III (OCIUM 0003).
01. Cake (Howard McGhee) 3:01
02. Znarg Blues (Flip Phillips) 3:01
03. My Old Flame
(Sam Coslow-Arthur Johnston) 2:57
04. Cool (Howard McGhee) 2:50
05. Swingin' for Julie and Brownie
(Flip Phillips) 3:35
06. Lazy River
(Sidney Arodin-Hoagy Carmichael) 3:08
07. Put That Back (Flip Phillips) 2:42
08. This Can't Be Love
(Lorenz Hart-Richard Rodgers) 2:53
09. Cookie (Flip Phillips) 2:55
10. Drowsy (Flip Phillips) 3:19
11. Vortex (Flip Phillips) 2:51
12. Milano (Flip Phillips) 3:35
13. But Beautiful
(Johnny Burke-James Van Heusen) 3:33
14. Perdido (*)
(Ervin Drake-H.J.Lengsfelder-Juan Tizol) 16:11
(*) Taken from "Jazz At The Philharmonic" (1947)
Total time: 56:33 min.
Personnel on tracks #1-4
Howard McGhee (tp); Flip Phillips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); J.C. Heard (d).
Recorded in New York, circa autumn 1947
Personnel on tracks #5-7:
John D'Agostino, Buddy Morrow, Tommy Turk, Kai Winding (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Flip Phillips (ts); Mickey Crane (p); Ray Brown (b), Shelly Manne (d).
Recorded in New York, February, 1949
Personnel on tracks #8-9:
Billy Butterfield (tp); Bennie Green (tb); Pete Mondello (as); Flip Phillips (ts); Mickey Crane (p); Sam Bruno (b); Max Roach (d).
Recorded in New York, August 28, 1949
(Other sources give September 24, 1949)
Personnel on tracks #10-13:
Flip Phillips (ts); Mickey Crane (p); Ray Brown (b); Jo Jones (d).
Recorded in New York, December 5, 1949
Personnel on track #14:
Howard McGhee (tp); Bill Harris (tb); Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Jo Jones (d).
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York, September 27, 1947
Original sessions produced by Norman Granz
Includes Mutimedia extra contents.
This enhanced CD can be played on a regular CD player.
"Brooklyn-born Joseph Edward Filipelli developed his chops during the 1940s by working with Frankie Newton, Benny Goodman, Wingy Manone and Red Norvo. He became famous as a member of Woody Herman's Herd and as a crowd-pleasing soloist with Jazz at the Philharmonic. The first volume in Ocium's chronological tribute to Flip Phillips, Crazy 'Bout Flip, maps this artist's adventures as a versatile participant in various sessions produced by Norman Granz at the tail end of the decade.
The album opens with four titles believed to have been recorded during the autumn of 1947 (some say January 1949), with trumpeter Howard McGhee and a smart rhythm section in Hank Jones, Ray Brown and J.C. Heard. In addition to a tidy pair of bop originals by McGhee and a handsome rendering of "My Old Flame," this date resulted in a rock-solid Phillips original bearing the unforgettable title "Znarg Blues." Phillips' next session, dating from February 1949, finds him in the company of four trombonists (including Kai Winding) and alto saxophonist Sonny Criss. The tenor's suave handling of Hoagy Carmichael's "Lazy River" is a marvel to behold. On either August 28 or September 24, 1949 Phillips cut a pair of uplifting and energetic sides as member of a septet that included trumpeter Billy Butterfield, trombonist Bennie Green, alto saxophonist Pete Mondello and drummer Max Roach. A marvelous quartet session dated December 5, 1949 used three themes of Phillips' own devising; the Lester Young influence is wonderfully present on "Vortex" while "But Beautiful" is yet another example of Phillips' magically intoxicating abilities as an early modern balladeer.
The producers of this reissue series rounded off volume one with a 16-minute JATP jam on Juan Tizol's "Perdido," recorded live at Carnegie Hall on September 27, 1947 with Howard McGhee, Bill Harris, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Ray Brown and Jo Jones. This delightfully rowdy performance, with two tenors blazing in tandem behind the trombone solo, compares nicely with the full-tilt blowout version of "Perdido" included on the 1974 Atlantic album Mingus at Carnegie Hall."
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