All Members + Bonus Tracks
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    Don Sleet
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    Jimmy Heath
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    Wynton Kelly
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    Ron Carter
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    Jazzland JLP 945
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    WP Stereo-1293

Don Sleet

All Members + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Don Sleet (tp), Jimmy Heath, Daniel Jackson (ts), Wynton Kelly, Terry Trotter (p), Ron Carter, Herbie Lewis (b), Jimmy Cobb, Lenny McBrowne (d), Gloria Smyth (vcl)

Reference: FSRCD1119

Bar code: 8427328611190

Donald Clayborn “Don” Sleet was hailed in the early 1960s by critics and fellow musicians as one of the best jazz trumpeters in the country. However, it is likely that few jazz lovers today have even heard of him. The little-known "All Members" from 1961 is his only album as a leader.

Born in 1938 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Don moved with his family to California, and grew up in San Diego. He started playing trumpet at 13 and his first musical references were Miles Davis and Kenny Dorham. Blue Mitchell also caught his attention and from each of these he assimilated the elements that helped him evolve and shape his own style.

In 1959, he found his own way, as one of the members of the new young group Lenny
McBrowne and the Four Souls, and made a name for himself through the group's two
albums released in 1960 and 1961. After the group disbanded, prolific producer Orrin
Keepnews did not hesitate to ask Don to record an album for his label Jazzland Records.

For the recording, Keepnews took Don to New York and surrounded him with four major artists from the local jazz scene: tenor sax Jimmy Heath, a veteran ofmany of the best bop groups from late '40s; pianist Wynton Kelly, and drummer Jimmy Cobb from the Miles Davis rhythm section, and avant-garde bassist Ron Carter. This one-day session produced an excellent recording of consistently warm hard-bop playing.

On this debut album as a leader, Don Sleet fulfilled all expectations, confirming him as a soloist of restrained hard swing, lyricism, and seductive strength. His tone is light but fullbodied, indicating depth of color and tonal expression.

He was a young trumpeter and seemed destined for success, but his “personal problems” kept him away from mainstream music. Sadly, he enjoyed a very short career and died in obscurity at the age of 47 on the last day of 1986. "All Members" is proof enough that Don Sleet deserved a much higher profile.

—Jordi Pujol

01. Brooklyn Bridge (Clifford Jordan) 5:40
02. Secret Love (Webster-Fain) 6:52
03. Softly As in a Morning Sunrise (Romberg-Hammerstein II) 3:35
04. Fast Company (Don Sleet) 5:53
05. But Beautiful (Van Heusen-Burke) 7:34
06. All Members (Jimmy Heath) 6:08
07. The Hearing (Clifford Jordan) 6:20
08. Running Wild (Gibbs-Grey-Wood) 2:14 *
09. Sometimes I’m Happy (Youmans-Caesar-Grey) 3:29 *

Album details

(*) Bonus Tracks

Tracks #1-7, from the Don Sleet album “All Members” (Jazzland JLP 945 Stereo)
Tracks #8 & 9, from the Gloria Smyth album “Like Soul!” (World Pacific Stereo-1293)

Don Sleet Quintet
Don Sleet, trumpet; Jimmy Heath, tenor sax, out on #4; Wynton Kelly, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, March 16, 1961

Bonus tracks:
Don Sleet, trumpet; Daniel Jackson, tenor sax; Terry Trotter, piano; Herbie Lewis, bass; Lenny McBrowne, drums; Gloria Smyth, vocals.
Recorded at Rex Productions Studio, Los Angeles, March 1960

Jazzland recording engineer: Ray Fowler
Artwork: Ken Deardoff
Cover photo by Steve Schapiro
Original liner notes: Ira Gitler
New liner notes: Jordi Pujol

Original recordings produced by Orrin Keepnews (#1-7) and Dick Bock (#8 & 9)
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
© 2022 by Fresh Sound Records

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.
Note: Incomprehensibly Don Sleet does not appear in the prestigious Leonard Feather Encyclopedia of Jazz, nor in the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz edited by Barry Kernfeld.

10,95 €  (tax incl.)

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