The Swinger - Complete 1958 Sextet Sessions with Jimmy Forrest (3 LP on 2 CD) + Bonus Tracks
  • Verve MG VS-6037
    Verve MG VS-6037
  • Verve MG VS-6118
    Verve MG VS-6118
  • Verve MG VS-8293
    Verve MG VS-8293
  • Roulette SR 52023
    Roulette SR 52023
  • Jimmy Forrest
    Jimmy Forrest
  • Harry 'Sweets' Edison
    Harry 'Sweets' Edison

Harry Edison

The Swinger - Complete 1958 Sextet Sessions with Jimmy Forrest (3 LP on 2 CD) + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp), Jimmy Forrest (ts), Jimmy Jones, Kenny Drew (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Freddie Green (g), Joe Benjamin, John Simmons (b), Charles Persip (d)

Reference: FSRCD 547_2

Bar code: 8427328605472

Harry Sweets Edison was widely recognized as a master of the muted blues trumpet sound, both when he was with Basies band during the swing era, and from 1953 on, as a freelance on many of the jazz and pop recordings that emanated from Hollywood. In the fall of 1958, Sweets moved back to New York to start a third phase in his career. He put together the swinging sextet showcased in these recordings produced by Verves Norman Granz.

The group featured tenorist Jimmy Forrest, who contributed with his great taste and tonal strength, and a first class rhythm section, blessedly boosted by Freddie Greens punching guitar, pianist Jimmy Jones, a crisp-toned and flexible delight, the tasteful Joe Benjamin on bass, and the controlling force of Charlie Persip on drums. This was the kind of straightforward, utterly groovy small group jazz with consistently clear-thinking and strong voices. Trumpeter Buck Clayton joined the second date, playing back to back with Sweets, and guitarist Steve Jordan replaced Green in most of the tracks. Harry Edison the swinger, playing standards or originals or just the blues, glows in these warm sessions with incandescence. He neatly swings through standards and a few of his own tunes.

On the last three tracks of CD-2, coming from a Roulette session, the contribution of the sidemen can easily be overlooked, for it is the Edison personality, open or muted, that lends the tunes its character.



CD 1
01. Pussy Willow (Harry Edison) 7:32
02. The Very Thought Of You (Noble-Chadwick-Gosling) 6:06
03. Nasty (Harry Edison) 5:19
04. The Strollers (Harry Edison) 6:55
05. Sunday (Styne-Conn-Krueger-Miller) 6:55
06. Love Is Here To Stay (G. & I. Gershwin) 9:50
07. Fair Ground (Harry Edison) 4:55
08. Ill Wind (Arlen-Koehler) 5:45
09. Impressario (Harry Edison) 8:41
10. Short Coat (Harry Edison) 9:45
11. Baby, Wont You Please Come Home? (Williams-Warfield) 5:08

CD 2
01. How Am I To Know? (Gordon Jenkins) 7:19 *
02. Blues In The Closet (Harry Edison) 9:16 *
03. Memories For The Count [Alt. Take] (Harry Edison) 6:39
04. Come With Me (Harry Edison) 5:52
05. Critics Delight (Harry Edison) 6:47
06. Medley 8:58
-All Depends On You (Brown-Henderson-DeSylva)
-Charmaine (Pollack-Rapee)
-How Long Has This Been Going On? (G. & I. Gershwin)
-Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson-Kahn)
07. Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Afternoon (Harry Edison) 9:05
08. Memories For The Count (Harry Edison) 8:50
09. Come With Me [Alt. Take] (Harry Edison) 5:16
10. Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 1:53 *
11. Pussy Willow (Harry Edison) 4:02 *
12. Sweetenings (Harry Edison) 2:40 *

(*) Bonus Tracks

Album details

Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1-6, from the 12" album "The Swinger" (Verve MG VS-6037)
Tracks #7-11, from the 12" album "Mr. Swing" (Verve MG VS-6118)

Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-2, were not issued on the above Verve LPs.
Tracks #3-9, from the 12" album "Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton & Vice Versa" (Verve MG VS-8293)
Tracks #10-12, taken from the 12" album "Sweetenings" (Roulette R 52023)

Personnel on "The Swinger" & "Mr. Swing":
Harry Sweets Edison (tp), Jimmy Forrest (ts), Jimmy Jones (p), Freddie Green (g), Joe Benjamin (b), Charles Persip (d, tympani).
Recorded at Nola Recording Studios, New York City, September 18, 1958

Personnel on "Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton And Vice Versa":
Harry Sweets Edison, Buck Clayton (tp), Jimmy Forrest (ts), Jimmy Jones (p), Eddie Costa (vib only on #5), Freddie Green (g on #3, 4 & 9), Steve Jordan (g on #5-8), Joe Benjamin (b), Charles Persip (d).
Recorded at Nola Recording Studios, New York City, October 16, 1958

Personnel on "Sweetenings":
Harry Sweets Edison, Jimmy Forrest (ts), Jimmy Jones (p on #10-11), Kenny Drew (p on #12), Joe Benjamin (b on #10-11), John Simmons (b on #12), Charles Persip (d only on #10-11).
Recorded in New York City, November 12 & 14, 1958

Cover and booklet photos by Duncan Scheidt
Tray card photo by Burt Goldblatt
Original liner notes by Nat Hentoff, John Hammond & Leonard Feather
Additional liner notes: Jordi Pujol & Jean-Michel Reisser

Original recordings produced by Norman Granz (Verve) and Teddy reig (Roulette)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · Newly Digitally Remastered

Press reviews

The Swinger / Mr. Swing

"The late Harry "Sweets" Edison was one of the acknowledged masters of swing trumpet; this reissue combines the original LPs The Swinger and Mr. Swing into a two-CD set with the addition of the previously unreleased "How Am I to Know?" and an Edison original, "Blues in the Closet" (no relation to the Oscar Pettiford piece with the same name). Edison and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest work well together, inspiring one another with lyrical lines on the ballads like "The Very Thought of You," and Edison's easygoing blues "Pussy Willow," but also heat up the session with their playing on an up-tempo Basie-like blues in "Nasty." Edison switches to open horn during most of the set. Forrest's vibrato-filled solo on "Ill Wind," and Edison's memorable rendition of "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?," including both open and muted trumpet solos, are second-half highlights. Pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Joe Benjamin, drummer Charlie Persip, and rhythm guitarist Freddie Greene make up the capable rhythm section."

Sweetenings

"Harry Edison added something special to any date in which he took part, but these 1958 sessions he led for Roulette are especially enjoyable. Joined by either Jimmy Jones or Kenny Drew on piano and Joe Benjamin or John Simmons on bass, along with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and drummer Charlie Persip, Edison's trumpet swings effortlessly through a batch of standards and originals. Edison utilizes a mute in the gently swinging "Louisiana" [...] While this record might have offered a little more variety by giving solo space to some of the talented sidemen present, this long out of print LP is well worth acquiring."

Both by Ken Dryden -All Music Guide

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