Reference: FSRCD 439
Bar code: 8427328604390
Italian born tenor saxophonist Joe Holiday (Sicily 1925) had his own group in Newark, N.J. by the time he was twenty and, by and large, he was a leader from then on. As a soloist, his main influences, Stan Getz and Wardell Gray, shaped much of his playing, although he was always distinctly his own man. Clearly one of the least exploited musicians in jazz, literally overlooked in the big name scramble, he was also, however, surprisingly successful, recording with various sized groups bursting with great jazzmen. The significant factor in his success, as modest as it may seem, was a considered maturity which enabled him to recognize jazz as both an art form and a business, and to operate with maximum integrity and efficiency within both those aspects.
01.Cotton Candy (Holiday) 2:41
02. And Now It Is Love (Holiday) 2:20
03. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 3:19
04. MarthasHarp (Holiday) 2:48
05. Timmys Tune (Holiday) 2:27
06. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
07. Opening Night (Mitchell) 2:46
08. Tiny Mite (Holiday) 2:33
09. Curtain Call (Holiday) 3:01
10. Mimi The Champ (Holiday) 3:13
11. Hello To You (Holiday) 2:53
12. Winter Snow (Holiday) 2:07
13. Skeetie (Holiday) 2:38
14. Dorothys Little Shadow (Holiday) 2:49
15. Study In Turquoise (Holiday) 2:57
16. My Cousin Niño (Holiday) 2:51
Tracks #1-4, originally issued as Prestige EP-1305
Tracks #5-16, from the Decca album DL 8487
Personnel on tracks #1-4:
Idrees Sulieman (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Earl Warren (as), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Johnny Acea (p), Franklin Skeete (b), and Max Roach (d).
Recorded in New York, on March 4, 1953
Personnel on tracks #5-8:
Blue Mitchell (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Duke Jordan (p), Wendell Marshall (b), and Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York, on September 16, 1955
Personnel on tracks #9-14:
Art Farmer, Thad Jones (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Duke Jordan (p), Addison Farmer (b), and Carmen Pepe (d).
Recorded in New York, on February 7, 1957
Personnel on tracks #15-16:
Joe Newman, Thad Jones (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Duke Jordan (p), Addisson Farmer (b), and Art Taylor (d).
Recorded in New York, on February 13, 1957
Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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"Holiday for Jazz pairs Joe Holiday with a fairly remarkable supporting cast including trumpeters Thad Jones and Blue Mitchell, pianist Duke Jordan, and drummer Max Roach -- given the tenorist's slim discography, it may seem like sacrilege that his name is out in front, but the efficiency and imagination of his solos make plain the true range of his talent. Holiday is a bold player who achieves a fine balance between the cerebral demands of modern jazz and the physical muscle of R&B, and while material like "Mimi the Champ," "Timmy's Tune," and "Skeetie" may be slight, the sheer force of the accumulated talent renders such arguments moot. (The Fresh Sound label's 2007 reissue appends the 1953 date Joe Holiday & His Band) "
Jason Ankeny -All Music Guide