Altoist Charlie Mariano, active since the late Forties playing around his native Boston, became much better known through his stay at Stan Kenton's orchestra (1953-1955). He managed to assert his own individual quality and his own musical importance while keeping a deep-seated devotion to Charlie Parker. On these early sides, recorded in Los Angeles, Mariano blows with a great deal of emotion, authority, bite and consistency, showing why he became one of the most demanded studio sidemen in the West Coast (1953-1957) as well as one of the most important altoists in modern jazz since Charlie Parker.
01. 'S Nice (Charlie Mariano) 4:11
02. Chlo-E (Moret-Kahn) 4:06
03. Three Little Words (Ruby-Kalmar) 4:40
04. Green Walls (Charlie Mariano) 3:24
05. My Melancholy Baby (BUrnett-Norton) 5:08
06. You Go To My Head (Coots-Gillespie) 2:38
07. Slugger (Claude Williamson) 3:17
08. There Will Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) 3:08
09. Sunday (Coots-Grey) 3:14
10. Sapphire (Stu Williamson) 3:20
11. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington-Russell) 3:27
12. Strike Up The Band (G. & I. Gershwin) 3:51
13. Just Max (Max Bennett) 3:39
14. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 2:50
15. I'll Never Smile Again (Ruth Lowe) 3:14
16. T.K. (Tiny Kahn) 3:23
17. Rubberneck (Frank Rosolino) 3:34
18. Jeppers Creepers (Warren-Mercer) 3:27
Tracks #1-6, from the 10-inch album “Charlie Mariano -Mariano” (BCP-1022)
Tracks #7-12, from the 10-inch album “Stu Williamson -Saphire” (BCP-1020)
Tracks 13-18, from the 10-inch álbum “Max Bennett - Max Bennett“ (BCP-1028)
Personnel on tracks #1-6:
Stu Williamson (trumpet, out on #6), Frank Rosolino (trombone, out on #6), Charlie Mariano (alto sax), Claude Williamson (piano), Max Bennett (bass), Stan Levey (drums).
Recorded in Hollywood, December 21, 1954
Personnel on #7-12:
Same personnel, omit Frank Rosolino.
Recorded in Hollywood, January 18, 1955
Personnel on #13-18:
Same personnel, omit Stu Williamson.
Recorded in Hollywood, January 27, 1955
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol