Relaxin' with Sandy Mosse + The Chicago Scene + Touff Assignment, feat. Cy Touff (2 LPS on 1 CD) + Bonus Tracks
  • Argo LP 609 Argo LP 609
  • Argo LP 639 Argo LP 639
  • Argo LP 641 Argo LP 641
  • Cy Touff Cy Touff
  • Sandy Mosse Sandy Mosse

Sandy Mosse & Cy Touff

Relaxin' with Sandy Mosse + The Chicago Scene + Touff Assignment, feat. Cy Touff (2 LPS on 1 CD) + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Sandy Mosse (ts), with Dave Mulholland (tp), Ira Schulman (ts), Eddie Baker, Junior Mance (p), Jimmy Gourley (g), Leroy Jackson (b), Dorrell Anderson (d) / Cy Touff (b-tp), Eddie Higgins (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Marty Clausen (d)

Reference: FSRCD 845

Bar code: 8427328608459

Many musicians on the 50s Chicago scene felt that Sandy Mosse (1929-1983) was among the most eloquent tenor men in jazz. But recognition and opportunity were lacking until, finally, in 1956 he signed with Argo Records. The first product of this association was Chicago Scene, featuring sessions where Mosse joined such Chicago luminaires as Ira Shulman and Eddie Baker.

This reissue also includes Relaxin with Mosse, his only album as a leader, recorded in 1958. It gave him the chance to be heard with an accomplished young quartet that included pianist Junior Mance, and with a string section background. In both settings Mosse showed his considerable potential and forceful approach, and though he admired many musicians, one was his idol. Al Cohn is the epitome of tenor players, he said.

That same year, Mosse was also featured on Touff Assigment, a well-conceived session with arrangement and two originals from Al Cohn and Ernie Wilkins, led by another Chicago legend, the bass trumpeter Cy Touff (1927-2003). Mosse and the leader assert themselves well, while pianist Eddie Higgins is notable in a looselimbed rhythm section that contributed much to the sessions success.


01. Straight Life (Ira Schulman) 4:11
02. Lets Get Away from It All (Dennis-Adair) 3:36
03. Claras Blues (Sandy Mosse) 4:16
04. Dees Delight (Eddie Baker) 2:40
05. Lets Go (Ira Schulman) 2:22
06. Fools Rush In (Rube Bloom) 3:12
07. Im Old Fashioned (Jerome Kern) 4:33
08. Birks Works (Dizzy Gillespie) 9:24
09. Soulsville (Al Cohn) 3:15
10. Cyrils Dream(Al Cohn) 3:10
11. How Long Has This Been Going On
(George Gershwin) 3:38
12. Kissin Cousins (Ernie Wilkins) 3:05
13. Keeping Out of Mischief Now (Waller-Razaf) 3:51
14. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington) 3:41
15. Lamp Is Low (Ravel-Shefter-DeRose) 2:40
16. Tough Touff (Ernie Wilkins) 5:31
17. Stella by Starlight (Victor Young) 1:54
18. Love Is for the Very Young (David Raksin) 2:52
19. Speak Low (Kurt Weill) 2:37
20. My Mans Gone Now (George Gershwin) 3:26
21. Cocoanut Sweet (Harold Arlen) 3:02

Total time: 78:00 min. approx.


Tracks #1-5, from the album
Chicago Scene (Argo LP 609)

Tracks #6-8 & 17-21, from the album
Sandy Mosse - Relaxin (Argo LP 639)

Tracks #9-16, from the album
Cy Touff Touff Assignment (Argo LP 641)

Personnel on tracks #1-5:

Sandy Mosse, tenor sax (#1-4); Eddie Baker, piano; Jimmy Gourley, guitar (out on #3); Leroy Jackson, bass; Dorrell Anderson, drums. Ira Schulman, tenor sax (second tenor solo #4) and Dave Mulholland (#4), trumpet, added

Universal Studios, Chicago, July 6, 1956

Personnel on tracks #6-8:

Sandy Mosse, tenor sax; Junior Mance, piano; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Marty Clausen, drums.

Universal Studios, Chicago, September 5, 1958

Personnel on tracks #9-16:

Cy Touff, bass trumpet; Sandy Mosse, tenor sax; Eddie Higgins, piano; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Marty Clausen, drums.

Universal Studios, Chicago, August 28 & 29, 1958

Personnel on tracks #17-21:

Sandy Mosse, tenor sax; Eddie Higgins, piano; Art Tabachnik, Carl Racine, George Palermo, violins; Harold Kupper, viola; Harry Wagman, cello; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Marty Clausen, drums; Bill McRae, arranger & conductor.

Universal Studios, Chicago, October 13, 1958

Original recordings supervised by Joe Segal (#1-4) and Dave Usher
Sound engineers: Jack Weiner (#1-4) and Malcom Schisholm
Cover art: Don Bronstein

This compilation produced by Jordi Pujol

Mono / Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered


Note: From the album Chicago Scene, we have included all tracks featuring Sandy Mosse, but it also contains two tracks by Baker, Jackson, and Anderson (Outville and Fascinating Rhythm); another played by Schulman with rhythm (Tis Atumn); and one by Mulholland, Schulman and rhythm (Knickerbooper). They have not been included in this set because they would exceed the maximum playing time of a single CD.



"Sandy Mosse was one of the lesser known Lestorians but older readers may remember some fine recordings he made with Henri Renaud and Bobby Jaspar when he was living in France during the 50s. On his return to the US he worked briefly with Woody Herman but unfortunately he never recorded with the band. His long elegant lines on tenor - reminiscent of Bob Cooper and Richie Kamuca - are a delight throughout.

Ira Schulmans Straight Life - not to be confused with an Art Pepper original of the same name - is a medium tempo swinger with Mosse and Jimmy Gourleys guitar creating a decidedly Stan Getz-Jimmy Raney sound in the ensembles. Im Old Fashioned taken a little faster than usual is a delight with Sandy at his most melodic. His tentative exploration of Birks Works aided and abetted by Junior Mance who was working with Dizzy Gillespie at the time is one of the albums highlights.

The August session with Cy Touff was originally released with Cy as the leader. It is perhaps not quite as memorable as his 1955 date with Richie Kamuca which produced the classic Keester Parade (FSR 2237) but there is still much to enjoy. Touff had spent three years with Woody Hermans Third Herd taking Frank Rehaks place in the trombone section. The bass trumpet sounds like a valve-trombone but with a swifter articulation allowing him to be extremely quick on his feet. The ballad feature How Long Has This Been Going On Is notable for Touffs immaculately controlled vibrato."

-Gordon Jack (Jazz Journal, March 2015)


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