Buddy Arnold (ts, b-cl), Vito Price (ts, as), Dick Sherman (tp, arr), John Howell, Bill Hanley (tp), Frank Rehak, Paul Crumbagh, Barrett O’Hara (tb), Gene Quill (as, cl), Dave Schildkraut (as), Bill Calkins (bs), John Williams, Lou Levy (p), Remo Biondi (g), Teddy Kotick, Max Bennett (b), Shadow Wilson, Osie Johnson, Marty Clausen (d), Nat Pierce, Al Cohn, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Urso, Bill McRae (arr)
Reference: FSRCD 1062
Bar code: 8427328610629
Fresh Sound Records presents:
Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums
A CD series created for the most discerning jazz collectors
· Hard to find albums in Collector's Edition
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art, Liner Notes
· Complete Personnel Details
· Stereo / Hi Fi Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
Tenor saxophonist Buddy Arnold (1926-2003) earned his chops in some of the most renowned bands of his time —Georgie Auld, Bob Chester, Claude Thornhill, Buddy DeFranco or Elliot Lawrence to mention a few. Finally, late in 1955, together with fellow trumpeter Phil Sunkel, he began to work with his own quintet, emerging as a prominent soloist. His playing was directly inspired by Lester Young, whose style was so pervasive that it became an almost universal language for many modern tenors. "Wailing" was Arnold's only album as a leader, fronting a septet of fine musicians, who all subscribed to the premise that emotion and swing are the key and character of jazz. Most solos are fluently in the neo-Basie-with-modern-twists-and-phrasing style, whereas the writing —by Nat Pierce, Al Cohn, Dick Sherman, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Urso, and John Williams— is clear, and its approach conducive to direct swing and modern jazz.
Swingin' the Loop
Born in New York in 1929, Vito Price, née Vito Pizzo, began playing tenor sax at the age of fourteen. After high school, he apprenticed on the road with various bands, as well as with Chubby Jackson's small group. He finally settled in Chicago in 1955, and went on to become one of the Windy City's top tenormen. In essence, Price has always been an exceptionally smooth swinger with a warm-toned horn, somewhat in the Al Cohn tradition. "Swinging the Loop" was his first album, and a promising start. Price himself said at the time that he was “not trying to blaze new paths.” So while no new trails were blazed and no frontiers were opened, Price emerged from the recording session with a valuable set of originals and standards that swing loose and easy. Five of the tracks feature a 10-piece band with a big, bold tone that was surely enhanced by the writing of Bill McRae. The other five are elevated by the incomparable guitar of Freddie Green, who joined in to make the quintet tracks that much more of a delight.
How did we miss all of these? Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums...
"Fresh Sound Records, the label that has given us collection of music from B movies and undeservedly overlooked vocalists, has now expanded their horizons with a brand new mouth watering category of recordings. This latest set consists of albums made by musicians that made a living in the studio and got one or two chances on their own, or for some strange reason were simply overlooked.
There isn't a single album here that isn't essential for jazz fans. Each packet comes with (usually) a list of all of the musicians and some fantastic liner notes to give you some background to the featured artist. Sure, I'm going to review them, but the subtitle under each summary is “Go get it... NOW!”
OK, you Stan Getz fans, get ready for an album that is the comfort food of all time, as Buddy Arnold shows he took his Getz pills on this mellifluous session from 1956 with a bopping team of Dick Sherman/tp, Frank Rehak/tb, Gene Quill-Dave Schildkraut/as, Buddy Arnold/ts, Teddy Kotick/b and Osie Johnson-Shadow Wilson/dr. The bands sounds like the second coming of the Four Brothers on “No Letter Today” and “It's Sand Man” with the spirit of Count Basie present on “PU Stomp” and “Mobie Dick”. Arnold blows it cool and clean throughout, creating smoke rings on “Oedipus”. WHEW!
Vito Price also carries the Getz/Lester Young bug as he blows like a breeze off of Lake Michigan on this 1958 set of Chicago sessions that include Lou Levy/p, Freddie Green/g, and Gus Johnson/dr amont others. With Green's patented pulse, the Price rolls in like a fog on “Time After Time” and “Beautiful Love”. In a session with a 6 man horn section, the team steam rolls on the bright “Swinging the Loop” and glistens on “In A Mellow Tone” with Price being right on the swinging “Mousey's Tune” and “Duddy”. As Lester Young used to say, “Nice Eyes”."
—George W. Harris (January 10, 2022)
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