Booker Little

Down Home Reunion · Young Men From Memphis

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Booker Little, Louis Smith (tp), Frank Strozier (as), George Coleman (ts), Phineas Newborn Jr. (p), Calvin Newborn (g), George Joyner (b), Charles Crosby (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1642

Bar code: 8427328616423


Few cities of comparable size have produced the extraordinary flowering of talent represented by the eight jazzmen from Memphis heard here.

Preeminent among them, of course, are Booker Little, a precocious and singular trumpeter who died tragically young, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, who subsequently made his name with Miles Davis, the searingly blues-inflected alto of Frank Strozier and the gifted Phineas Newborn Jr, a remarkably virtuosic pianist, whose stunning, two-handed unison playing attracted astonishment and admiration in equal measure. Add to that the authoritative trumpet of Louis Smith, who carved out a career in the upper echelons of jazz, while the fleet and reliable Calvin Newborn on guitar and George Joyner on bass, with drummer Charles Crosby, formed a richly supportive rhythm section. It was a reunion of home-town boys from a city previously celebrated for its associations with blues composer W.C. Handy and, fittingly, it produced some memorable music.

01. Things Aint What They Used to Be (Ellington-Persons) 10:45
02. Blue 'N' Boogie (Gillespie-Paparelli) 8:11
03. After Hours (Bruce-Parrish) 8:26
04. Star Eyes (De Paul-Raye) 10:24

Album details

Originally issued in 12-inch LP United Artists UAS 5084

Booker Little & Louis Smith (trumpets), Frank Strozier (alto sax), George Coleman
(tenor sax), Phineas Newborn Jr. (piano), Calvin Newborn (guitar), George Joyner
(bass), Charles Crosby (drums).
Recorded at Olmsted Studios, New York City, on April 15, 1959

Soloing order:
Track #1: Frank Strozier, Booker Little, George Coleman, Louis Smith, Calvin Newborn, George Joyner, Phineas Newborn Jr.
Track #2: Frank Strozier, Booker Little, George Coleman, Louis Smith, Phineas Newborn Jr.
Track #3: Phineas Newborn Jr., George Joyner, Calvin Newborn
Track #4: Frank Strozier, Calvin Newborn Jr.

Original recordings produced by Tom Wilson
This reissue produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2010 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

9,95 €  (tax incl.)

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