Featuring: Gerald Wilson (tp), Red Callender (tuba), Buddy Collette (fl, cl), Vince DeRosa, Irving Rosenthal (frh), Bob Bain, Billy Bean (g), Gerald Wiggins (p), Red Mitchell (b), Bill Douglass (d)
REFERENCE: FSRCD 459
BAR CODE: 8427328604598
In the mid-Fifties Red Callender began working on a series of combos with experimental instrumentations. One line of continuity was his use of tuba, which because of its unexplored potential, was very close to him. His execution is clean, with good tonal definition and technique. He thought the most important thing of all was to be true to yourself, and he felt that everybody had a different message and what everyone had to say was important; communication was the thing. He did all the arrangements and filled them with generous doses of good musical humor. The soloists are heavily featured and the leader plays some of the most engaging and relaxed tuba jazz that has ever appeared on record.
1. Speak Low (Weill-Nash) 7:31
2. Nice Day (Buddy Collette) 4:15
3. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) 3:30
4. Foggy Day (G. & I. Gershwin) 5:17
5. Cris (Red Callender) 4:00
6. Darn That Dream (Van Heusen-DeLange) 2:46
7. Gone With The Wind (Wrubel-Magidson) 4:03
8. Autumn In New York (Vernon Duke) 3:03
9. The Lowest (Red Callender) 3:12
10. I’ll Be Around (Alec Wilder) 2:45
11. Dedicated To The Blues (Red Callender) 3:26
#1-7: Red Callender, tuba; Buddy Collette, flute & clarinet; Vince DeRosa, Irving Rosenthal (2,7), French horn; Bob Bain, guitar; Rd Mitchell, bass; Bill Douglass, drums. Hollywood, October 28, 1956.
#8-11: Gerard Wilson, trumpet; Red Callender, tuba; Buddy Collette, flute; Billy Bean, guitar; Gerald Wiggins, piano; Red Mitchell, bass; Bill Douglass, drums. Hollywood, April 30, 1958.