Reference: BMCD 1637
Bar code: 8427328016377
Legendary bebop singer Joe Carroll had not recorded for most of the late Fifties, but when he finally returned in the early Sixties he did so with a solid pulse and a happy feeling on these two sessions for the Charlie Parker label, recently launched by Doris Parker, Bird’s widow and owner of his estate. On the resulting album, “Man with a Happy Sound” (1962), he was backed by an exuberant trio led by organist Specs Williams, with Connie Lester, tenor sax, Lee Ainsley, drums, and featuring the young guitarist Grant Green on five of the tracks. The album includes some of the tunes that the singer made famous while he was with Dizzy Gillespie during the late Forties and early Fifties, as well as some fine new material.
A year before this album was released though, Joe Carroll had recorded two sides for the same label—Anthropology and Hi-Fly—backed by such notables as Duke Jordan, Clark Terry and Cecil Payne, and featuring some duets with Payne. For Joe, the release of this single was his chance to “do a thing with some good cats and let everybody stretch out a little”—and this single eventually led him to put together the selections and musicians that make up “Man with a Happy Sound.”
01. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 (Bobby Troup) 2:49
02. Oh, Lady Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 3:12
03. Don’t Mess Around with My Love (Matthew Gee) 2:26
04. Wha-Wha Blues (Joe Carroll) 2:49
05. Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be (Carroll-Graham) 2:59
06. Honeysuckle Rose (Waller-Razaf) 2:39
07. I Got Rhythm (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:06
08. Bluest Blues (Thompson-McFarland) 3:24
09. Have You Got a Penny Benny? (Scherman-May) 1:54
10. New School Days (Joe Carroll) 2:36
11. On the Sunny Side of the Street (McHugh-Fields) 2:51
12. In the Land of Ooh Bla Dee (Williams-Orent) 2:50
13. Anthropology (Parker-Gillespie) 2:32 *
14. Hi-Fly (Randy Weston) 3:18 *
(*) Bonus Tracks
Tracks #1-12, from the 12” LP “Man with a Happy Sound” (Charlie Parker PLP-802-S)
Tracks # 13 & 14, from the 7” single “Cecil Payne Quintet” (Charlie Parker CP-201)
Personnel on "Man with a Happy Sound":
Joe Carroll, vocals; Connie Lester, tenor sax; Specs Williams, organ; Lee Ainsley, drums. Featuring Grant Green, guitar (#1,4,8,9 & 11).
Recorded at RCA Studios, New York City, February 12, 1962
Personnel on "Cecil Payne Quintet":
Joe Carroll, vocals; Clark Terry, trumpet; Cecil Payne, baritone sax & vocals; Duke Jordan, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Charlie Persip, drums.
Recorded at RCA Studios, New York City, March, 1961
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Photos: Herb Snitzer
Original recordings produced by Aubrey Mayhew
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"Man with a Happy Sound is a wonderfully fun 1962 session, showcasing Carroll's breezy, engaging scat style on both standards ("Route 66," "Honeysuckle Rose," "I Got Rhythm") and swinging blues. Carroll's backing group -- guitarist Grant Green, Specs Williams and Connie Lester -- provides dynamic support, often taking the spotlight without stealing it."
Leo Stanley -All Music Guide
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