Joe Newman (tp), Frank Rehak, Henry Coker (tb), Frank Wess (ts, fl), Bill Graham (bs), Johnny Acea, Maurice Vander (p), Eddie Jones (b), Connie Kay, Sonny Payne (d), Quincy Jones, Al Cohn, Ernie Wilkins (arr)
Reference: FSRCD 914
Bar code: 8427328609142
Trumpeter Joe Newman and tenor and flautist Frank Wess were mainstays of the great, 1953-1963 Count Basie band, and both are the stars of these swinging, thoroughly enjoyable sextet sessions from 1957, each contributing some unpre- tentious but accomplished blowing in the Basie idiom. Reinforcing the Basie touch are the totally compatible arrangements, loose yet structured, by Ernie Wilkins, Al Cohn and Quincy Jones, and the vibrant rhythm section of pianist Johnny Acea, a Basie alumnus in the dependable bassist Eddie Jones, and drum- mer Connie Kay. Newman, who had the ability to fit in almost anywhere, is warmth and invention personified, while Wess and trombonist Frank Rehak also turn in some persuasive solo work.
Newman was also the leader of an earlier septet date, recorded in Paris during Count Basie’s 1956 European tour. With the exception of the idiomatically adept pianist Maurice Vander, the rest of the musicians are drawn, like Newman, from the Basie band. It makes for a unified ensemble and a rolling, relaxed groove, garnished by fine soloing, set in the mellow smoothness characteristic of the best of the Basie splinter groups.
01. The Happy Cats (Newman) 3:06
02. Cocktails for Two (Coslow-Johnston) 2:51
03. Later for the Happenings (Acea) 3:37
04. Buttercup (Powell) 4:02
05. Robbins’ Nest (Thompson-Jacquet) 4:23
06. They Can’t Take That Away from Me (G.&.I. Gershwin) 2:15
07. Feather’s Nest (Wilkins) 3:45
08. Mean to Me (Turk-Ahlert) 2:58
09. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen-Kahn) 3:32
10. Joe’s Tune (Newman) 3:17
11. I Never Knew (Fiorito-Kahn) 3:30
12. Joe’s Blues (Newman) 9:38 *
13. Lover Man (Davis-Sherman-Ramirez) 5:52
14. A Girl Named Rigmor (Newman) 10:31
15. Blues on the Champs-Elysées (Newman) 13:40
Total time: 77:00 min. approx.
(*) Not included in the original LP configuration
Tracks #1-11, from the Coral album “The Happy Cats” (CRL 57121)
Track #12, from the Coral miscellaneous album “Jazz Cornucopia” (CRL 57149)
Tracks #13-15, from the French 10-inch “Joe Newman Plays in Paris” (Vega V35S758)
Personnel on "The Happy Cats":
Joe Newman, trumpet; Frank Rehak, trombone; Frank Wess, tenor sax & flute Johnny Acea, piano; Eddie Jones, bass; Connie Kay, drums.
Arrangements by Ernie Wilkins (#2,3,5,7,10,11), Al Cohn (#6,8,9), Quincy Jones (#1,4)
Recorded in New York City, January 7 (#2,5,7,11), and 8 (#1,3,4,6,8,9,10,12), 1957
Personnel on "Joe Newman Plays in Paris":
Joe Newman, trumpet; Henry Coker, trombone; Frank Wess, tenor sax Bill Graham, baritone sax; Maurice Vander, piano; Eddie Jones, bass; Sonny Payne, drums.
Recorded in Paris, October 7, 1956
Original recordings produced by Bob Thiele and Paul Stebel
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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