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When trombonist Eddie Bert made these recordings he was at a point in his career where his playing was illustrative of all the eloquence that is representative of that many-dimensioned individual. Eddie had emerged as a major voice on his horn in 1954, when the Metronome Yearbook awarded him as one of the four Musicians of the Year. Eddie was one of those musicians on the Jazz scene who had been able to participate in some of the most advanced musical experiments and yet retain a healthy, creative and swinging style of playing.
The primary reason: his roots run deep into the varied streams of Jazz. As a composer, his tunes are an evidence of Eddies unpretentiously imaginative, well constructed, and melodically attractive writing.
01. Fragile (Ernie Wilkins) 5:32
02. Stompin' At The Savoy (Edgar-Sampson) 3:20
03. I Should A Said (Eddie Bert) 4:33
04. See You Later (Eddie Bert) 5:02
05. Three Bass Hit (Ozzie Cadena) 7:36
06. What D'ya Say? (Ozzie Cadena) 5:46
07. Billie's Bounce (Charlie Parker) 3:37
08. Bert Tram (Eddie Bert) 3:05
09. One For Tubby (Joe Puma) 5:24
10. Opicana (Joe Puma) 3:13
11. It's Only Sunshine (Joe Puma) 3:24
Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1-7, from the Savoy LP "Musician of the Year" (MG-12015)
Tracks #8-11, from the Savoy LP "Encore" (MG-12019)
Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1,4 & 5, from the Savoy LP "Encore" (MG-12019)
Tracks #2,3,6 & 7, taken from the Savoy LP "Montage" (MG-12029)
Personnel on "Musician of the Year":
Eddie Bert (tb), Hank Jones (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Kenny Clarke (d).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, May 31, 1955
Personnel on "Encore":
Eddie Bert (tb), JR. Monterose (ts, only on CD2), Hank Jones (p, only on CD2), Joe Puma (g), Clyde Lombardi (b), Kenny Clarke (d).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, June 22, 1955
Personnel on "Montage":
Eddie Bert (tb), JR. Monterose (ts), Hank Jones (p), Joe Puma (g), Clyde Lombardi (b), Kenny Clarke (d).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, September 1, 1955
Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Original sessions supervised by Ozzie Cadena
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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