Freddie Redd In Sweden
Freddie Redd (p), Tommy Potter, John Ore (b), Joe Harris, Ron Jefferson (d)
These excellent, rare 1956 Stockholm studio sessions feature pianist Freddie Redd in a trio setting with bassist Tommy Potter and Joe Harris, drums. They had been chosen by Swedish trumpeter Rolf Ericson, who was commissioned to find US jazz musicians for a tour.
This release includes the complete LP Freddie Redd in Sweden plus, as bonus tracks, the pianists first US trio session in 1955 with John Ore and Ron Jefferson; and the only two recorded live tracks from this Swedish tour.
01. Dawn Mist
02. Beautiful Adela
03. Ill Remember April
05. Get Happy
06. Bye Bye, Blackbird
07. Blues X
08. Peoples Park
09. A Night In Nalen
10. Blue Hour
11. Studio Blues
12. Farewell To Sweden
13. Debut (*) Bonus Track
14. Lady J. Blues (*) Bonus Track
15. Things We Did Last Summer (*) Bonus Track
16. Ready Freddie (*) Bonus Track
17. Ill Remember April (*) Live Bonus Track
18. These Foolish Things (*) Live Bonus Track
Total time: 68:06 min.
Tracks #01-12 originally issued in album by the Freddie Redd Trio as "Fishin' in Stockholm" (Metronome MEP 216).
Tracks #13-16 taken from "Freddie Redd Trio" (Prestige PRLP 197), later reissued as "Hampton Hawes/Freddie Redd - Piano: East/West" (Prestige PRLP 7067).
Personnel on tracks #1-12 and #17-18:
Freddie Redd (p), Tommy Potter (b) and Joe Harris (d).
Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, September 5-18, 1956.
Personnel on tracks #13-16:
Freddie Redd (p), John Ore (b) and Ron Jefferson (d).
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, on February 28, 1955.
"Freddie Redd, born in New York City in May 1928, is a selftaught piano player that started to play the piano when he had heard Bud Powell playing in 1946. He was fascinated by Bud Powell, whose music he tried to copy. He even tried to imitate Bud Powell's haircut, like the part cut in his hair and the long sideburns. Bud really got me started. I'd never heard a pianist play quite like that - the remarkably fluent single lines and the pretty chords. He started in a small group led by Johnny Miller and toured with Cootie Williams. In 1952 he played briefly with Oscar Pettiford and Charlie Mingus in New York City. You can find him as the piano player in recording sessions with Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce and Gene Ammons. The first session under his own name were made in Hackensack NJ (USA), where the Rudy Van Gelder studios where located, with his trio, featuring Freddie Redd on piano, John Ore at the bass and Ron Jefferson on drums. These recordings from February 1955 are now available as bonus tracks on the Lonehill Jazz CD Freddie Redd in Sweden.
In 1956 Swedish trumpet player Rolf Ericson organized a tour for six months through Europe with an all-American rhythm section, featuring Duke Jordan, John Simmons and Art Taylor and Cecil Payne the alto and baritone saxophone player, but, although these musicians were experts in jazz they also had serious drug problems, so the tour was no success. Although the musicians played now and then ( one concert in Sundsvall June 1956 has been released recently) Rolf Ericson had to fire these men and had to find replacements. He invited Freddie Redd, Tommy Potter and Joe Harris to come to Europe and to continue the tour with Swedish jazz musicians.
Six recording sessions were organized during this tour all in September 1956, three as Tommy Potter's Quintet and Sextet. These tracks are available on Tommy Porter's Hard Funk; and three as the Freddie Redd Trio. These recordings were released in Sweden as Freddie Redd in Sweden and now reissued on the CD of the same name. A surprise on this album are two live tracks made in Folkers Park in Värnamo (Sweden).
Freddie Redd made some great Blue Note recordings late 1950s when he had returned to the US and played in the 1961 film The Connection."
Hans Koert -Keep Swinging weblog