Complete Fifties Recordings (2 CD Set)
Includes the LPs: BILL HARRIS & FRIENDS, THE EX-HERMANITES and THE BILL HARRIS HEARD, the latter, for the first time ever on CD!
This double CD collection comprises the only three albums Bill Harris recorded under his own name throughout his extended career. In the 40s, during the 78 r.p.m. era, Harris had made just four short sessions under his own name and after the LPs presented here, he would never again record a session of his own until his death on August 21, 1973. These three amazing albums include some real big names like Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles and Red Mitchell.
1. It Might as Well Be Spring
2. Crazy Rhythm
3. Where Are You?
4. Just One More Chance
5. I Surrender Dear
6. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
7. In a Mellow Tone
8. Apple Honey
10. Your Fathers Moustache
12. Woodchopper's Ball
1. Lemon Drop
2. Early Autumn
3. Blue Flame
4. Bill not Phil
5. You're Blasé
11. Gloomy Sunday
12. C-Jam Blues
13. Jive at Five
15. Sue Loves Mabel
16. Introspection (Bonus track)
Personnel and dates:
Disc One, tracks 1-7: Bill Harris and Friends: Bill Harris (tb), Ben Webster (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p), Red Mitchell (b), Stan Levey (d). Los Angeles, September 23, 1957.
Disc One, tracks 8-12 and Disc Two, tracks 1-3: Bill Harris and the Ex-Hermanites: Bill Harris (tb,vcl), Terry Gibbs (vib,vcl), Lou Levy (p), Red Mitchell (b), Stan Levey (d), Bob Dorough (vcl).
Los Angeles, September 30, 1957
Disc Two, tracks 4-15: The Bill Harris Herd: Bill Harris, Eddie Bert, Ollie Wilson, Bart Varsalona (tb), Jack Greenberg, Sam Marowitz, Pete Mondello, Murray Williams (saxes), Ralph Burns (p), Chubby Jackson (b), Don Lamond (d). New York, January 15, 1952.
Disc Two, track 16: Ralph Burns and his Orchestra featuring Bill Harris. Los Angeles, October 1946.