These recordings established Jimmy Raney (1927-1995) as a leading modern jazz guitarist, and introduced two potentially major young jazz talents: trumpeter John Wilson, and altoist Phil Woods.
Raney was both a maturely thoughtful and emotionally honest mind. As a result, he avoids effects as an end in themselves, and whatever he played in a jazz session, he felt. Thereby he communicated directly to the listener whether his communicative materials were complex or simple. He was a man of calmly exciting conception.
Total time: 63:46 min.
01. Stella by Starlight 5:13
02. Five 4:14
03. Joanne 4:40
04. Back and Blow 5:54
05. Spring is Here 2:52
06. One More for the Mode 3:47
07. What's new 2:43
08. Tomorrow, fairly Cloudy 3:27
09. A Foggy Day 4:04
10. Someone to Watch Over Me 3:12
11. Cross your Heart 3:53
12. You Don't Know what Love Is 3:39
13. Two Dreams of Soma 3:45
14. Scholar's Mate 3:53
15. Gone With the Wind 3:25
16. Yesterdays 4:25
Personnel and recording dates:
Tracks #1-4: John Wilson (tp), Phil Woods (as), Jimmy Raney (g), Bill Crow (b), Joe Morello (d).
Recorded in Hackensack, NJ, on August 11, 1954
Tracks #5-8: John Wilson (tp), J. Raney (g), Hal Overton (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Nick Stabulas (d).
Recorded in Hackensack, NJ, on February 18, 1955
Tracks #9-12: Same personnel as above.
Recorded in Hackensack, NJ, on March 8, 1955
Tracks #13-16: Same personnel as above.
Recorded in Hackensack, NJ, on May 4, 1956
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol