Don Elliott’s collaboration with Bob Corwin was considered the East coast answer to the famous Chet Baker-Russ Freeman quartet.
Pianist Corwin was 23, when he made his recording debut as a leader with this NY studio session from June 1956 (#1-10). He was backed by bassist Ernie Furtado, drummer Jimmy Campbell, and had Don Elliott playing trumpet in all but two trio numbers. And although he was credited as a sideman in the album, the featured quartet was actually Elliott’s own unit, which he had been leading in clubs since mid-1955, and which can also be heard on the sides recorded live at Chicago’s Modern Jazz Room in July 1956, a mere month later (#11-17).
Elliott’s collaboration with Corwin was considered the East coast answer to the famous Chet Baker-Russ Freeman quartet. Elliott was best known for his work as vibraphonist and as mellophone player, but in these recordings we find him on trumpet, which he played with lyric warmth, authority and his usual sense of humor. You will also hear him on vibes in three of the numbers, and bongos and vocals on two—one each. At his side, Corwin plays with drive, fertile imagination, and generally interesting —if eclectic— conception; Campbell is crisp and steady, particularly his brushes, which are full of jumping strength; and they have a strong asset in Furtado, who plays tastefully throughout.
As is, there’s a wealth of musical satisfaction coming from both sessions, in good part because this quartet format allowed Elliott more freedom as a soloist, and proved to be the best framework for him to fully develop his talents as instrumentalist and singer.
01. My Shining Hour (Arlen-Mercer) 4:04
02. Isn't It Romantic (Rodgers-Hart) 4:09
03. I'll Remember April (DePaul-Raye) 3:45
04. I Remember You (Schertzinger-Mercer) 4:18
05. Rico-Jico-Joe (Don Elliott) 4:13
06. It Might As Well Be Spring (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 3:31
07. I'll Take Romance (Oakland-Hammerstein II) 5:19
08. Gone with the Wind (Wrubel-Magidson) 4:47
09. It Could Happen to You (VanHeusen-Burke) 4:00
10. Pony Tail (Bob Corwin) 4:22
11. It Might As Well Be Spring (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 4:27
12. But Not for Me (G. & I Gershwin) 6:37
13. Isn't It Romantic (Rodgers-Hart) 5:41
14. Embessy (Elliott-Collins) 3:06
15. I Only Have Eyes for You (Warren-Dubin) 5:01
16. I Remember You (Schertzinger-Mercer) 5:24
17. Moonlight in Vermont (Suessdorf-Blackburn) 3:26
Tracks #1-10, originally issued on the album "The Bob Corwin Quartet featuring the trumpet of Don Elliott" (Riverside RLP 12-220)
Tracks #11-17, originally issued on the album "Don Elliott at the Modern Jazz Room" (ABC-Paramount, ABC-142)
The Don Elliott & Bob Corwin Quartet
Don Elliott, trumpet (except on #3,7,12,14,17), vibes (#12, 14,17), bongos (#12), vocals (#15); Bob Corwin, piano; Ernie Furtado, bass; Jim Campbell, drums.
Recorded in New York City, June 1956 (#1-10) and live at the “Modern Jazz Room” in Chicago, July 1956 (#11-17)
Riverside design: Fran Scott / Photo: Hank Parker
ABC-Paramount design: Bob Crozier / Photo: Alan Fontaine
Liner notes: Orrin Keepnews, Tom Stewart & Jordi Pujol
Original recordings produced by Bill Grauer & Orrin Keepnews (#1-10),
and Creed Taylor (#11-17)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Mono · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.
Note: Since the running time of both albums was over the maximum capacity of a single CD, we deleted the track 'It Could Happen to You' from “At the Modern Jazz Room.”