The Joe Newman Octet

All I Wanna Do Is Swing

RCA Victor

Frank Rehak (tb), Ernie Wilkins (as), Al Cohn (ts), Freddie Green (g), Milt Hilton (g), Ross Shadow Wilson (d)

Reference: 74321 60984 2

Bar code: 74321 609842 2

Joe Newman, one of the very few musicians (other than Freddie Green) to play for long periods with Count Basie's orchestras of both the 1940s and '50s, had an unclassifiable trumpet style. Influenced early on by Louis Armstrong and more prominently by Harry "Sweets" Edison, Newman was a mainstream player who was versatile enough to hold his own with Count Basie's younger (and generally boppish) sidemen. Born to a musical family in New Orleans, Newman not only played with the college band at Alabama State College, but took over its leadership. He gained important early experience playing with Lionel Hampton's big band (1941-43) before joining Basie (1943-47). He was a featured sideman with Illinois Jacquet's popular group and also worked with J.C. Heard. Newman's second period with Basie (1952-61) gave him his greatest fame, as he shared solo space with Thad Jones. The trumpeter also recorded extensively during this era a leader for Vanguard, Storyville, Jazztone, Savoy, Coral, Roulette, Swingville and Mercury; you can purchase his four near-classic RCA sessions here.


1. Corner Pocket
2. Dream a Little Dream Of Me
3. Topsy
4. Leonice
5. Jack's Wax
6. Limehouse Blues
7. Captain Spaulding
8. Soon
9. If I Could Be With You...
10. I Could Have Told You
11. Lullaby Of Birdland
12. Pretty Skinny Bunny
13. It's A Thing Of The Past

Recorded in New York City, 1955


$11.94  (tax incl.)

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