Art Farmer, Donald Byrd (tp), Frank Rehak, Bob Brookmeyer (tb), Phil Woods (as), Al Cohn, Frank Socolow (ts), Bill Evans, Eddie Costa, Dave McKenna (p), Teddy Charles (vib), George Duvivier, Aaron Bell (b), Ed Shagnessy (d)
Reference: FSRCD 539
Teo Macero was the A&R who conceived the two albums on this CD. SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BLUE was designed to demonstrate the talents of four young composer-arrangersManny Albam, Teddy Charles, Bill Russo, and Macero himselfworking in that still undefined area of modern music in which jazz meets the more traditional concert forms.
Each one was commissioned to write an original composition and a new arrangement of a blues or a blues-oriented standard, and to make both blue in feeling. The blues provides an effective bridge from the most primitive neo-jazz to the most adventurous, an instant connection between the musics many schools.
Maceros playing is another example of his versatility. On the swing version of Frank Loessers score for GUYS AND DOLLS, he plays tenor on three of the tunes, and contributed to the arrangements along with Teddy Charles. Apart from the arrangers, both albums benefit greatly from the presence of some of New Yorks finest jazz soloist.
01. Night Crawlers (Albam) (4:12)
02. Tin Roof Blues (Mares-Melrose-Stitzel-Rappolo-Brunies-Pollack) (6:40)
03. Blues For Amy (Macero) (4:44)
04. St. Louis Blues (Handy) (4:31)
05. Swinging Goatsherd Blues (Charles) (4:15)
06. Blues In The Night (Arlen-Mercer) (4:42)
07. East Hampton Blues (Russo) (5:46)
08. Davenport Blues (Beiderbecke) (3:42)
09. Fugue For Tinhorns (Loesser) (2:51)
10. Ill Know(Loesser) (3:40)
11. A Bushel And A Peck (Loesser) (3:22)
12. Adelaide (Loesser) (1:55)
13. Luck Be A Lady (Loesser) (4:43)
14. Guys And Dolls (Loesser) (2:39)
15. My Time Of Day (Loesser) (4:03)
16. If I Were A Bell (Loesser) (3:41)
17. Ive Never Been In Love Before (Loesser) (3:05)
18. Follow The Fold (Loesser) (2:33)
19. The Oldest Established (Loesser) (2:48)
Total time: 74:20 min.
Tracks #1-8 from "Something New, Something Blue" (Columbia CS 8183 / FSRCD-381).
Tracks #9-19 were originally issued as The Manhattan Jazz All-Stars "Swinging 'Guys and Dolls'" (Columbia CS 8223).
Tracks #1-4: Art Farmer (tp), Frank Rehak (tb), Phil Woods (as), Al Cohn (ts), Bill Evans, Eddie Costa (p), Addison Farmer (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Arrangements: Manny Albam [1-2], Teo Macero [3-4]. Recorded in New York City, on May 15, 1959.
Tracks #5-8: Donald Byrd (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (tb), Hal McKusick (as), Frank Socolow (ts), Mal Waldron (p), Teddy Charles (vib), George Duvivier (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Arrangements: Teddy Charles [5-6], Bill Russo [7-8]. Recorded in New York City, on May 15, 1959.
Tracks #14, 16 & 19: Nick Travis (tp), Teo Macero (ts), Teddy Charles (vib), Dave McKenna (p), Jimmy Raney (g), Addison Farmer (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Arrangements: Teddy Charles [14 & 19], Teo Macero . Recorded in New York City, on October 19, 1959.
Tracks #9-12 & 17: Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Phil Woods (as), Mose Allison (p), Aaron Bell (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Arrangements: Teo Macero [9-11], Teddy Charles [12 & 17]. Recorded in New York City, on October 27, 1959.
Tracks #13,15 & 18: Julius Watkins (frh), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Phil Woods (as), Zoot Sims (ts), Teddy Charles (vib), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Addison Farmer (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Teo Macero [13 & 18], Teddy Charles . Recorded in New York City, on November 4, 1959.
-Swinging 'Guys and Dolls'
"Teo Macero, best-known as a veteran producer, has also had a part-time career as a tenor saxophonist and a writer. For this set from 1959, Macero arranged 11 selections from the hit Broadway show Guys and Dolls and added two originals of his own that fit in well. Macero only plays tenor on three of the songs but he uses three different all-star groups that include vibraphonist Teddy Charles, guitarist Jimmy Raney, pianist Dave McKenna, altoist Phil Woods, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, pianist Mose Allison, tenorman Zoot Sims and the French horn of Julius Watkins. Although some of the reworkings are a bit abstract, the melodies from the Frank Loesser score (which include "If I Were a Bell") are wisely kept in the forefront. A fine effort."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide