Urbie Green (tb), Nick Travis, Joe Wilder (tp), Frank Rehak (tb), Hal McKusick (as), Rolf Kuhn (as, cl), Pepper Adams (bs), Dave McKenna (p), Eddie Costa (p, vib), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Don Lamond (d), Ralph Burns (arr)
Urbie Green worked with Benny Goodman off in 1955-57, appearing in the movie The Benny Goodman Story, and played with Count Basie in 1963. After the death of Tommy Dorsey, he fronted the Dorsey ghost band (1966-67). During his long career, Urbie recorded with some of the greatest figures in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith. He remained musically active until the 1980s.
This release contains the two complete original LPs titled The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green, Vol.1 & 2 in their entirety, featuring Green's big band in some of its finest performances - with arrangements by Ralph Burns and Bobby Byrne. The edition also includes an outstanding four track sextet session with Eddie Costa on piano & vibes.
Splendid sound quality - new and careful 20-bit re-mastering. Includes excellent 24-page booklet.
01. AT LAST (Gordon-Warren) 2:46
02. PRISONER OF LOVE (Columbo-Gaskill-Robin) 3:31
03. DREAM (Johnny Mercer) 3:05
04. I'VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE (Cahn-Styne) 2:53
05. MOONLIGHT SERENADE (Miller-Parish) 2:57
06. STAIRWAY TO THE STARS (Malneck-Parish-Signorelli) 2:43
07. LET'S FALL IN LOVE (Arlen-Koehler) 2:43
08. MY SILENT LOVE (Heyman-Suesse) 2:47
09. MY MELANCHOLY BABY (Burnett-Norton) 2:15
10. I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM (Gordon-Warren) 2:30
11. I'M GETTING SENTIMENTAL OVER YOU (Bassman-Washington) 2:48
12. I CAN'T GET STARTED (Duke-I. Gershwin) 3:07
13. WHILE WE'RE YOUNG (Engvick-Palitz-Wilder) 3:19
14. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (Burke-Van Heusen) 3:59
15. LOVE LETTERS (Heyman-Young) 3:17
16. CLOSE YOUR EYES (Bernice Petkere) 2:37
17. I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY (Cahn-Styne) 3:07
18. ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (Lerner-Loewe) 3:10
19. SKYLARK (Carmichael-Mercer) 3:02
20. RUNNIN' WILD (Gibbs-Grey-Wood) 2:38
21. NO MOON AT ALL (Evans-Mann) 3:29
22. ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA (Frank Loesser) 2:48
23. HELLO YOUNG LOVERS (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 3:20
24. THE POOR SOUL (Urbie Green) 2:42
Total time: 71:45 min.
Tracks #1-12 from "The Persuasive Trombone, Volume 1" (Command RS 33-815).
Tracks #13-24 from "The Persuasive Trombone, Volume 2" (Command RS 33-838).
Personnel on "The Persuasive Trombone, Vol.1":
Tracks #1-3 & 5 - Urbie Green Big Band: Nick Travis, John Bello, Don Ferrara, Doc Severinsen (tp), Bobby Byrne (tb), Gil Cohen (b-tb), Hal McKusick (as), Rolf Kuhn (as, cl), Eddie Wasserman (fl, ts), Pepper Adams (bs), Dave McKenna (p), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b) and Don Lamond (d). Recorded in New York, February, 1960.
Tracks #4 & 6-8 - Urbie Green Big Band: Same personnel except Gene Allen (bs) replaces Pepper Adams and Nat Pierce (p) replaces Dave McKenna. Recorded in New York, February 1960 in a different session than above. Tracks #9-12 - Urbie Green Big Band: Same personnel except Eddie Bert (tb) added. New York, March 10, 1961.
Personnel on "The Persuasive Trombone, Vol.2":
Tracks #13-20 - Urbie Green Big Band: Irving 'Marky' Markowitz, Bernie Glow, Doc Severinsen, Joe Wilder (tp), Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch, Paul Faulise (tb), Bernie Kaufman, Walt Levinsky (as), Carl Perkel (ts), Sol Schlinger, Stan Webb (bs), Eddie Costa (p), Art Ryerson (g), Bob Haggart (b) and Don Lamond (d). Bobby Byrne, Ralph Burns (arr). Recorded in New York, 1961.
Tracks #21-24 - Urbie Green Sextet: Doc Severinsen (tp), Urbie Green (tb), Walt Levinsky (cl, as), Eddie Costa (vib, p), Milt Hinton (b) and Don Lamond (d). Recorded in New York, 1961-1962.
"This killer set combines both volumes of master Urbie Green's early-'60s The Persuasive Trombone of Urbie Green recordings on a single disc. The sessions for these dates took place between 1960 and 1962, and featured two different bands. The first sessions feature cats like Hal McKusick, Milt Hinton, Doc Severinsen, a very young Rolf Kuhn, and Detroit baritone boss Pepper Adams. The track list is impressive as well: Johnny Mercer's"Dream," a romping reading of "I Can't Get Started," and Johnny Burke's "It Could Happen to You." The latter volume keeps Hinton and Severinsen on some tunes but adds the great vibraphonist Eddie Costa, and baritone saxophonist Stan Webb replaces Adams. The program is equally divided between ballads and swinging modern big-band material, including great arrangements of "Skylark" and "I Fall in Love Too Easily." If this weren't enough, to fill out the CD the producers added four numbers from Green's sextet sessions, including "On a Slow Boat to China" and "Poor Soul," with some beautiful interplay between the leader and Costa. It seems Lonehill Jazz always does it right."
Thom Jurek -All Music Guide