Nat Pierce

The Swingin' Nat Pierce Band - Kansas City Memories (2 CD Set)

Fresh Sound Jazz City Series

Dick Collins, Don Fagerquist, Ruby Braff, Joe Newman, Cy Touff (tp), Bill Harris, Urbie Green, Frank Rehak, Billy Byers (tb), Richie Kamuca, Med Flory, Phil Woods, Hal McKusick (saxes), Freddie Green (g), Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Woode (b), Jo Jones (d)

Reference: FSRCD 2232_2

Bar code: 8427328622325

Contains 3 albums and one EP in two CDs:
- Nat Pierce and the Herdsmen (Fantasy)
- The Nat Pierce Bandstand (Vanguard)
- Jazz Romp by Nat Pierce Jazzmen (Keynote)
- Kansas City Memories by Nat Pierce and his Orchestra (Coral)

In the mid Fifties jazz finally seemed to be emerging from its post-war confusion. A swinging beat was returning, and with it the interest of an ever-larger public. Nat Pierce, unhappy with the choppy, uncertain beat of the 'cool' rhythm section as many other fellow musicians, was able to fuse the advanced harmonies of the new with the rhythmic propulsion of the old. Although he and Woody Herman were conspicuously successful in achieving a distinctive style for the Third Herd, Nata Kansas City jazzman by absorptionyearned for the flexibility of the Basie formula, and he spent much of his time studying, and occasionally arranging for the Count's incomparable band. On most of these sides, you can hear the swinging beat that draws from these musicians surprisingly sharp Kansas City memories.


1. Drop the other shoe
2. I'll never be the same
3. Honey baby
4. Easy living
5. Keepin' out of mischief now
6. Some of these days
7. Blue Lester
8. The king
9. Stomp it off
10. Constance
11. Blues yet?
12. Why not?

1. Back on the scene
2. Ridin' in the park
3. Perils of Cheryl
4. Carnival romp
5. You're driving me crazy
6. Takin' the count
7. Piercin' thru'
8. The bearded one
9. I'll buy that dream
10. Maple leaf rag
11. Slippery when west
12. A trip to Nathan's
13. Old Rev
14. Sioux city Sue
15. That's all
16. I ain't got nobody
17. Rojiserro

Personnel and dates:

CD1, #1-8: Dick Collins, John Howell (tp), Cy Touff (btp), Dick Hafer (cl, as, ts), Jerry Coker (ts), Jack Nimitz (bs), Nat Pierce (p), Red Kelly (b), Gus Gustafson (d).
Hollywood, August 28, 1955

CD1, #9-12: Doug Mettome (tp), Urbie Green (tb), Med Flory (as), Richie Kamuca (ts), Jack Nimitz (bs), Nat Pierce (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
Hollywood, February 10, 1955

CD2, #1-4: Don Fagerquist, Charlie Walp (tp), Frank Rehak (tb), Richie Kamuca (ts), Nat Pierce (p), Freddie Green (g), John Beal (b), Osie Johnson (d).
New York City, August 1955

CD2, #5-7: Doug Mettome, Ruby Braff (tp), Billy Byers, Matthew Gee (tb), Phil Woods (as), Sam Margolis (ts), Nat Pierce (p), Freddie Green (g), Jimmy Woode (b), Jo Jones (d).
New York City, August 1955

CD2, #8-17: Joe Newman (tp), Bill Harris (tb), Hal McKusick (as), Nat Pierce (p), Freddie Green (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Jo Jones (d).
New York City, June 1955


$16.30  (tax incl.)

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