Coast to Coast
Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Paul Chambers, Red Mitchell (b), Philly Joe Jones, Paul Motian, Stan Levey (d)
This CD contains two consecutive trio/quartet studio albums by tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, in their entirety: Warne Marsh (1958), recorded in New York; and Music for Prancing (1957), recorded in Los Angeles.
Marsh is often cited as one of the founders of cool jazz, but as these albums prove that didnt mean either smooth or lacking in swing.
01. Too Close For Comfort
02. Yardbird Suite
03. It's All Right With Me
04. My Melancholy Baby
05. Just Squeeze Me
07. You Are Too Beautiful
08. Autumn In New York
09. Playa Del Rey
10. Ad Libido
11. Everything Happens To Me
12. It's All Right With Me
Total time: 66:17 min.
Tracks #1-6 originally issued as "Warne Marsh" (Atlantic SD 1291). Personnel: Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p on 1 & 3), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d on 1 & 3) and Paul Motian (d on 2, 4-6). Recorded in New York City, on December 12, 1957 [tracks 1 & 3] and January 16, 1958 [tracks 2, 4-6].
Tracks #7-12 originally issued as "Music for Prancing" (Mode LP 125). Personnel: Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Red Mitchell (b) and Stan Levey (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, September 1957.
"Listening to any member of the Tristano School play a Bird/Diz/Monk standard is always a fascinating representation of the alteration of jazz styles. This track is certainly no exception, and right after an ordinary yet swinging statement of the melody, Marsh is off and running with his vertically improvised lines played mostly in the upper register. Marsh is in a playful mood here and leaves a bit more breathing room than on many of his other extended-line improvisations. Of special note is Marsh's polyrhythmic solo break and his bold playing after bassist Paul Chambers's solo."
Eric Novod -jazz.com
-Music for Prancing
"With a reputation as one of the originators of cool jazz, it's ironic that over the years tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh gained a following of musicians mainly associated with the avant-garde, spearheaded by multi-reedist Anthony Braxton. These musicians heard what this disc demonstrates: that cool didn't always mean smoothed out. Originally issued in 1957, Music for Prancing is Marsh's second session as a leader with pianist Ronnie Ball, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. The quartet performs four standards such as the usually subdued Rodgers & Hart ballad "You Are Too Beautiful," which they make swing, and two originals: Ball's "Ad Libido" and Marsh's "Playa del Ray."
Al Campbell -All Music Guide
"Warne Marsh is the greatest vertical improviser." - Anthony Braxton