Carmell Jones (tp), Lawrence 'Tricky' Lofton, Bob Edmondson, Wayne Henderson, Frank Strong, Lou Blackburn (tb), Wilbur Brown (ts), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Frank Strazzeri (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Ron Jefferson (d), Gerald Wilson (arr)
Reference: FSRCD 772
Bar code: 8427328607728
Ron Jefferson, the sensitive jazz drummer, was something of a paradox: a jazzman who, for several years, labored just below the level of general public recognition in the East, only to find, as a founding member of pianist Les McCanns successful trio, an enthusiastic audience and wholehearted recognition of his talents on the West Coast jazz scene. And with his album Love Lifted Me he also shone as the fine leader of a persuasively swinging and remarkably consistent quintet in which Bobby Hutcherson plays with a joie de vivre that harks back to a young Milt Jackson.
Aside from the driving lines of Wilbur Browns tenor, the most provocative soloist is Tricky Lofton, whose blithe, lusty trombone is a refreshing updating of the earthy style of an earlier jazz day. Tricky is also co-leader, with trumpeter Carmell Jones, of the second album here, Brass Bag, on half of which he features with some fullbodied, four-trombone ensemble support, and in the other half shares solos with Lou Blackburn. Jones adds his consistent and lyrical solo voice, and Frank Strazzeris piano contributions are bright and lively, while Gerald Wilsons deft arrangements make effective use of the trombone choirs rich, dark ensemble sound.
01. Ivy League Blues (Newborn) 5:49
02. Love Lifted Me (Trad.) 4:41
03. For Carl Perkins (Vinnegar) 10:23
04. Little One (Jefferson) 5:28
05. Flamingo (Grouya-Anderson) 5:55
06. Georges Dilemma (Powell) 6:50
07. Moten Swing (Moten-Moten) 5:26
08. Mood Indigo (Ellington-Bigard-Mills) 5:20
09. Angel Eyes (Dennis-Brent) 4:11
10. Celery Stacks at Midnight (Bradley-Harris) 5:21
11. Brass Bag (Wilson) 3:47
12. Ow! (Gillespie) 6:49
13. Bluer Than That (Wilson) 3:17
14. Canadian Sunset (Heywood-Gimbel) 5:39
Tracks #1-5, from the Ron Jefferson album "Love Lifted Me" (Pacific Jazz Stereo-36)
Tracks #7-14, from the Tricky Lofton & Carmell Jones album "Brass Bag" (Pacific Jazz Stereo-49)
Personnel on "Love Lifted Me":
Lawrence Tricky Lofton, trombone; Wilbur Brown, tenor sax; Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Frank Strazzeri, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Ron Jefferson, drums.
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises, Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, September, 27, 1961
Personnel on "Brass Bag":
Tracks #7-11: Carmell Jones, trumpet; Lawrence Tricky Lofton, Bob Edmondson, Wayne Henderson, Frank Strong, trombones; Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Frank Strazzeri, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Ron Jefferson, drums. Gerald Wilson, arranger.
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises, Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, March 26, 1962
Tracks #12-14: Carmell Jones, trumpet; Lawrence Tricky Lofton, Lou Blackburn, trombones
Frank Strazzeri, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Ron Jefferson, drums.
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises, Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, April 3, 1962
Original recordings produced by Richard Bock
Audio engineering by Richard Bock
Cover designs & photos: Woody Woodward
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"Two little-known albums are combined on drummer Ron Jefferson and trombonist Tricky Lofton's Love Lifted Me & Brass Bag (Fresh Sound 772). Drummer Jefferson's Love Lifted Me is a sextet outing with Lofton, tenor-saxophonist Wilbur Brown, pianist Frank Strazzeri, Leroy Vinnegar, and most notably the young vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. The spirited Lofton and Hutcherson take solo honors on the hard bop set.
Brass Bag, a date that Lofton co-led with trumpeter Carmel Jones, is unusual in that five of the eight numbers feature Jones with five trombones and a rhythm section; Gerald Wilson provided the arrangements. The remaining three numbers have the same group with just Lofton and Lou Blackburn as the trombonists. Throughout the two dates, Tricky Lofton plays so well that one wonders why he did not become much better known."
Scott Yanow -Jazz Around Town, May 2013
Los Angeles Jazz Scene