Jerry Coker Composes-Arranges-Plays Modern Music (2 LP on 1 CD) + Bonus Tracks
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Jerry Coker

Jerry Coker Composes-Arranges-Plays Modern Music (2 LP on 1 CD) + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Al Kiger, Ed Leddy, Rudy Salvini, Billy Catalano (tp), Cy Touff (b-tp), Jim Hewitt (tb), Jerry Coker, Bob Cowart, Lou Ciotti, Richie Kamuca (ts), Roger Pemberton, Freddy Fox, Virgil Gonsalves, Pepper Adams (bs), Jack Coker, Johnny Marabuto, Ralph Burns (p), Eddie Duran, Jimmy Gourley (g), Dean Reilly, Jean-Marie Ingrand, Monk Montgomery (b), Charles Mastropaolo, Chuck Flores, Mel Lewis (d)

Reference: FSRCD 917

Bar code: 8427328609173

Born in 1932, tenor saxophonist Jerry Coker first emerged as a major talent in
Indiana University’s brilliant jazz clique of the early ‘50s. While he was still a student he joined Woody Herman’s Third Herd, leading to a year performing, recording and, in the spring of 1954, a European tour. Returning to Indiana that summer, he was at the heart of the university’s thriving jazz movement which, in July 1955, recorded his album, Modern Music from Indiana University. Leading some talented students, Coker, as producer, wrote all the arrangements – with echoes of the Four Brothers sax sound – while his solo work revealed an affinity for Lester Young.

In 1956, settled in Oakland, he began to make a name himself as performer,
composer and arranger, and joined Rudy Salvini’s rehearsal band. He also recorded with them and with his own quartet in November for San Francisco Jazz Records.

While the Kenton band was playing in the Bay Area, Coker briefly replaced the
injured Bill Perkins, but, despite his considerable reputation as a soloist, after the
spring of 1957 his appearances on concert and on record have been rare. He has
since mostly devoted himself to teaching and writing, which has obscured his talents as a player—a pity, as these recordings show just how good he was.


Tracklisting:
01. Limehouse Blues (Braham-Furber) 2:23
02. Old Crinkletoes (Coker) 3:05
03. Opus #1 (Oliver-Garris) 2:30
04. Red Kelly’s Blues (Coker) 3:06
05. Nancy (Van Heusen-Silvers) 2:14
06. Kigeria (Coker) 2:13
07. You Gotta Show Me (Brooks-Castle) 2:30
08. It’s You Or No One (Cahn-Styne) 2:32
09. Jack’s Acts (Coker) 2:31
10. This Is Always (Warren-Gordon) 2:54
11. Lost April (DeLange-Newman-Spencer) 2:48
12. Clare-ity (Coker) 2:35
13. You’ll Stay (Coker) 4:05
14. Water’s Edge (Crabtree) 4:58
15. Giggling Oysters (Coker) 3:47
16. ‘Enry ‘Iggins ‘Ead (Coker) 8:22
17. Yesterdays (Kern-Harbach) 4:28
18. Wail for Patrick (Cooker) 2:44
19. Boot’s Boots (Cournoyer) 2:32
20. Topsy Returns (Mulvihill) 2:49
21. Smithsonian (Mulvihill) 3:21
22. Embarkation (Coker) 4:55
23. Thanks for You (Whitton) 3:42

Total time: 78:00 min. aprox.

Sources:
Tracks #1-12, from the 12-inch LP “Modern Music from Indiana University
(Fantasy 3-214)
Track # 13, from the 12-inch LP “Got ‘Cha” (San Francisco Jazz JR-2)
Tracks #14-21, from the 12-inch LP “Intro to Jazz” (San Francisco Jazz JR-1)
Track # 22, from the 10-inch LP “The Third Herdmen Blow in Paris, Vol.2” (Vogue LD.205)
Track # 23: from the 10-inch LP “The Third Herdmen Blow in Paris, Vol.1
(Vogue LD.204)

Personnel:

Tracks #1-12: Jerry Coker, Bob Cowart, Lou Ciotti (out on #10), tenor saxes; Roger Pemberton, baritone sax; Jack Coker, piano; Monk Montgomery, bass; Charles Mastropaolo, drums. Tracks #2,3,5,6,8,9,11,12: Freddy Fox, added on baritone sax. Tracks #6 & 8: Al Kiger, added on trumpet. Tracks #5 & 11: Jim Hewitt, added on trombone.
Recorded at Indiana University, Bloomington, July 1955

Tracks #13-15: Alan Kiger, trumpet; Jerry Coker, tenor sax; Eddie Duran, guitar; Dean Reilly, bass.
Recorded at the Sands Ballroom, Oakland, November 1956

Track #16: Mel Lewis Sextet: Ed Leddy, trumpet; Richie Kamuca, Jerry Coker, tenor saxes; Pepper Adams, baritone sax; Johnny Marabuto, piano; Dean Reilly, bass; Mel Lewis, drums.
Recorded at the Sands Ballroom, Oakland, November 20, 1956

Tracks #17-21: Rudy Salvini Orchestra: Rudy Salvini, Allen Smith, Al DelSimone, Wayne Allen, Billy Catalano, trumpets; Van Hughes, Archie Lecoque, Chuck Etter, Ron Bertuccelli, trombones; Charles Martin, alto sax; Jerry Coker, Tom Hart, Howard Dudune (#17,19,20,21) or Charles Peterson (#18), tenor saxes; Virgil Gonsalves, baritone sax; John Marabuto, piano; Dean Reilly, bass; John Markham, drums.
Arrangers: Jerry Coker, Jerry Cornuoyer, Jerry Mulvihill.
Recorded at the Sands Ballroom, Oakland, November 1956

Track #22: Cy Touff, bass trumpet; Jerry Coker, tenor sax; Ralph Burns, piano; Jimmy Gourley, guitar; Jean-Marie Ingrand, bass; Chuck Flores, drums.
Recorded in Paris, May 5, 1954

Track #23: Jerry Coker, tenor sax; Ralph Burns, piano; Jean-Marie Ingrand, bass
Chuck Flores, drums.
Recorded in Paris, May 5, 1954

Original recordings produced by Jerry Coker, supervised by Gene Sherman (#1-12), and Pat Henry & Alan Levitt (#13-21)
Original cover designs by Oscar E. Bohn (Fantasy), Gary Labby (SF Jazz)

Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Special thanks to Curt Coker

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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