The Stanley Dance Sessions
Budd Johnson, Charlie Shavers, Vic Dickenson, Earl Hines, Ray Bryant, Jo Jones.
Part of the program of this CD reissue can be found as part of the acclaimed 9-CD 24-Bit Remastered box set: "The Complete Stanley Dance FELSTED 'Mainstream Jazz' Recordings 1958-1959". Reference FSRCD 661
Contains complete LP: Blues à la mode (Felsted, 1958) + 4 Bonus Tracks
A nicely packaged version of Budd Johnson's album Blues Ala Mode -- a fantastically hard-blowing album from the tenorist -- and one of the few jazz sides recorded for the short-lived Felsted label in the 50s! Budd blows hard Texas tenor in a really gutbuckety way -- evoking a variety of jazz traditions within a single solo, but always heading back to the swinging territory that was most comfortable space. The lineup on the set is great too -- and features Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Ray Bryant or Bert Keys on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and a bit of added baritone from the great Al Sears! Tracks are all quite long, with lots of room for solos, and Budd plays in perfect form -- and in a much more stable way than on his later Argo recordings! The 4 bonus tracks feature Budd in quartet led by Earl Hines, recorded in 1967.
01. Foggy Nights
02. Leave Room in Your Heart for Me
03. Destination Blues
04. Blues à la Mode
05. Used Blues
06. Blues By Five
09. Changin' the Blues*
10. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone*
#1,3,5: Charlie Shavers (tp), Vick Dickenson (tb), Budd Johnson (ts), Al Sears (bar), Bert Keyes (p,org), Joe Benjamin (b), Jo Jones (d).
Recorded in NYC, February 11, 1958.
#2,4,6: Charlie Shavers (tp), Budd Johnson (ts), Ray Bryant (p), Joe Benjamin (b), Jo Jones (d). Recorded in NYC, February 14, 1958.
#7-10: Budd Johnson (ts,ss), Earl Hines (p), Bill Pemberton (b), Oliver Jackson (d). Recorded in NYC, June 19, 1967.