This fantastic edition comprises two early sessions by Clark Terry. The first date marks the trumpeters recording debut as a leader, counting for the occasion on the inestimable collaboration of arranger and composer Quincy Jones, who some years before had been Terrys trumpet student in Seattle. The musicians in the band are among the best in the business: pianist Horace Silver, drummer Art Blakey, bassists Oscar Pettiford and Wendell Marshall, saxophonist Cecil Payne and trombonist Jimmy Cleveland.
As a bonus, we offer an obscure Clark Terry session recorded around the same time as the previous LP under the name of Ellingtons clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton. This sextet presents a rare instrumentation, with no piano and Sidney Gross on rhythm guitar filling the blanks. The great Oscar Pettiford is again on bass, playing an amazing solo on Ellingtons Solitude.
01. Swahili 6:07
02. Double Play 3:33
03. Slow Boat 4:28
04. Co-Op 3:45
05. Kitten 5:35
06. The Countess 6:42
07. Tuma 3:06
08. Chuckles 4:19
09. Bohemia After Dark 3:32 (*) Bonus Track
10. I Get A Kick Out Of You 2:31 (*) Bonus Track
11. Blues In My Room 3:15 (*) Bonus Track
12. I Cant Give You Anything But Love 4:52 (*) Bonus Track
13. Chuckles 3:32 (*) Bonus Track
14. Blues For Clarinet 2:31 (*) Bonus Track
15. Solitude 3:15 (*) Bonus Track
16. What Am I Here For 4:52 (*) Bonus Track
Personnel on tracks #1-8: Clark Terry (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Cecil Payne (bs), Horace Silver (p), Oscar Pettiford (cello, bass on 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8), Wendell Marshall (b on 1, 3 & 6), Art Blakey (d), Quincy Jones (arr).
Recorded in New York, January 3 & 4, 1955.
Personnel on tracks #9-16: Clark Terry (tp), Jimmy Hamilton (cl), Barry Galbraith (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Sidney Gross (rhythm g), Osie Johnson (d). Recorded in New York, December 1954.