Jay Migliori & Dick Twardzik

Jazz Workshop Quintet · A Harvard WHRB Session (Unreleased)

Fresh Sound Records

Jay Migliori (ts), Dick Twardzik, Ray Santisi (p), Johnny Rae (vib), Jack Carter (b), Bob Atcheson (d)

Reference: FSRCD 989

Bar code: 8427328609890

Harvard WHRB radio station has been on the air for nearly 80 years. In the 1940s, it transmitted to Harvard dormitories only. In the 1950s, the station obtained an FM license and become the first source for exciting, entertaining, classical music, jazz, news, and sports broadcasts to the entire Boston area. Harvard Radio’s daily broadcast explored a great repertoire of music left largely untouched by other commercial stations.

By 1952, Boston was experiencing a renaissance in jazz led by such local modernists as Charlie Mariano, Jaki Byard, Joe Gordon, Nat Pierce, Herb Pomeroy, and Serge Chaloff, as well as talented newcomers like tenor saxophonist Jay Migliori (1930-2001), one of the most active young jazzmen on the scene. In the spring of 1954, after having played with Charlie Parker at the Hi-Hat club and in Chaloff’s sextet at the Storyville, Migliori joined forces with his friend pianist Dick Twardzik (1931-1955)—a young prodigy who had already recorded with Charlie Mariano and been praised by Bird—to organize a quintet that would play at the Jazz Workshop Stable. With them were three younger modernists, by the name of Johnny Rae, vibes, Jack Carter, bass, and Bob Atcheson, drums.

The Stable was jumping with its newly established jazz policy, and most of the best local jazz was going through its stage with the fervent support of Boston jazz fans. By the time spring was turning to summer, Harvard’s radio station WHRB offered to record the Migliori-Twardzik quintet. The result was this exciting session we are releasing here for the first time.

01. Fatty (Terry Gibbs) 6:15
02. Get Happy (Arlen-Koehler) 3:43
03. ‘Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) – Solo piano 3:41
04. Chanticleer (Jack Crown) 6:12
05. Ryan’s Love (Jack Crown) 4:42
06. Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell) 4:33
07. Fatty (Terry Gibbs) – 2nd take 5:36
08. Get Happy (Arlen-Koehler) – 2nd take 3:33
09. Blues (Incomplete) 2:30
10. Bouncin’ with Bartok (Dick Twardzik) 1:20 *

Album details

(*) Bonus Track: Synthesized by Bob Freedman from the original manuscript, mixed by Dave Samuels

Jay Migliori (tenor sax), Dick Twardzik (piano, except on #9), Ray Santisi (piano only on #9), Johnny Rae (vibes), Jack Carter (bass), Bob Atcheson (drums).
Recorded at the Harvard (WHRB) Radio Station, in May 1954

Photos © FSR Archives & from the book 'Bouncin’ with Bartok' by Jack Chambers
Liner notes by Jordi Pujol & Jack Chambers
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol

Mono · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Dedicated to the memory of Jay Migliori (1930-2001)

$11.99  (tax incl.)

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