Freddie Gambrell was a little known West Coast pianist playing at San Franciscos Bop City club when, in 1956, Chico Hamilton heard him for the first time. I was so impressed while listening to him play that I felt I must play with this guywhich often happens to a musician when he hears something that he really digs, especially if he is right there when its happeningand so I did, said Hamilton. Gambrells fresh, lively talent was immediately accepted throughout the jazz scene when his playing was heard on his first album, under Chico Hamiltons leadership.
His second and introductory album as a piano soloist fulfilled the promise of his previous work under Chicos aegis. And it provided yet another example of the uncanny pianistic technique and sheer beauty and delicacy of tone and touch so often found in artists whose sight has been impaired.
01. Lullaby of the Leaves (5:40)
02. Reservation Blues (4:52)
03. These Foolish Things (4:05)
04. Ex-Ray's Friends (4:08)
05. In the Still of the Night (3:48)
06. You're the Cream in My Coffee (4:17)
07. Midnight Sun (4:39)
08. Five Minutes More (3:07)
09. Devil's Demise (5:39)
10. Feudin' and Fightin' (2:48)
11. Who You? (2:09)
12. Yesterdays (3:54)
13. Summer House (3:05)
14. Anything Goes (2:19)
15. Indian Love Call (3:56)
16. Without a Song (2:08)
17. Linda (2:15)
18. Falling in Love with Love (3:21)
19. When I Fall in Love (2:39)
20. Opus 116 (2:25)
21. Stomping at the Savoy (4:00)
Total time: 75:00 min.
Tracks #1-8 from the album "Chico Hamilton Trio Introducing Freddie Gambrell" (World Pacific Stereo 1242)
Track #9 from the mono version of the above album (World Pacific WP-1242)
Tracks #10-21 from the 12" LP "Freddie Gambrell: Piano / Ben Tucker: Bass"
(World Pacific WP-1256)
Personnel on #1-9:
Freddie Gambrell (piano), Ben Tucker (bass), Chico Hamilton (drums).
Recorded in Hollywood, at Radio Recorders Studio, March 25 & 26, 1958
Personnel on #10-21:
Freddie Gambrell (piano), Ben Tucker (bass).
Recorded in Hollywood, at Radio Recorders Studio, on October 13, 1958
Original sessions produced by Dick Bock
Engineered by Ralph Valentine.
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"Freddie Gambrell could be described as an alternative to Cecil Taylor in terms of extending the legacy of Art Tatum into postmodernism, the majority of his peers choosing to cut and run as if a reader confronted with the first half of this sentence. So much more alluring would be the combination of mysterious and mundane details out of which came his relatively brief time in the spotlight, at least by jazz standards."
Eugene Chadbourne -All Music Guide
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