Holiday For Jazz + Bonus tracks
  • Prestige EP-1305
    Prestige EP-1305
  • Decca DL 8487
    Decca DL 8487

Joe Holiday

Holiday For Jazz + Bonus tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Joe Holiday (ts), Blue Mitchell, Thad Jones, Art Farmer, Joe Newman (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Cecil Payne (bs), Johnny Acea, Duke Jordan (p), Wendell Marshall, Addison Farmer (b), Max Roach, Osie Johnson, Art Taylor (d)

Reference: FSRCD 439

Bar code: 8427328604390


Italian born tenor saxophonist Joe Holiday (Sicily, Italy, 1925) had his own group in Newark, N.J. by the time he was twenty and, by and large, he was a leader from then on. As a soloist, his main influences, Stan Getz and Wardell Gray, shaped much of his playing, although he was always distinctly his own man. Clearly one of the least exploited musicians in jazz, literally overlooked in the big name scramble, he was also, however, surprisingly successful, recording with various sized groups bursting with great jazzmen. The significant factor in his success, as modest as it may seem, was a considered maturity which enabled him to recognize jazz as both an art form and a business, and to operate with maximum integrity and efficiency within both those aspects.

01.Cotton Candy (Joe Holiday) 2:41
02. And Now It Is Love (Joe Holiday) 2:20
03. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 3:19
04. MarthasHarp (Joe Holiday) 2:48
05. Timmys Tune (Joe Holiday) 2:27
06. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Fain-Webster) 2:08
07. Opening Night (Blue Mitchell) 2:46
08. Tiny Mite (Joe Holiday) 2:33
09. Curtain Call (Joe Holiday) 3:01
10. Mimi The Champ (Joe Holiday) 3:13
11. Hello To You (Joe Holiday) 2:53
12. Winter Snow (Joe Holiday) 2:07
13. Skeetie (Joe Holiday) 2:38
14. Dorothys Little Shadow (Joe Holiday) 2:49
15. Study In Turquoise (Joe Holiday) 2:57
16. My Cousin Niño (Joe Holiday) 2:51

Album details

Tracks #1-4, originally issued as "Joe Holiday and His Band" (Prestige EP-1305)
Tracks #5-16, from the album "Holiday for Jazz!" (Decca DL 8487)

Personnel on tracks #1-4:
Idrees Sulieman (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Earl Warren (as), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Johnny Acea (p), Franklin Skeete (b), Max Roach (d).
Recorded in New York, on March 4, 1953

Personnel on tracks #5-8:
Blue Mitchell (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Duke Jordan (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York, on September 16, 1955

Personnel on tracks #9-14:
Art Farmer, Thad Jones (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Duke Jordan (p), Addison Farmer (b), Carmen Pepe (d).
Recorded in New York, on February 7, 1957

Personnel on tracks #15-16:
Joe Newman, Thad Jones (tp), Eddie Bert (tb), Joe Holiday (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Duke Jordan (p), Addisson Farmer (b), Art Taylor (d).
Recorded in New York, on February 13, 1957

Original liner notes by Leonard Feather
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi Fi · Newly Digitally Remastered

Press reviews

"Holiday for Jazz pairs Joe Holiday with a fairly remarkable supporting cast including trumpeters Thad Jones and Blue Mitchell, pianist Duke Jordan, and drummer Max Roach -- given the tenorist's slim discography, it may seem like sacrilege that his name is out in front, but the efficiency and imagination of his solos make plain the true range of his talent. Holiday is a bold player who achieves a fine balance between the cerebral demands of modern jazz and the physical muscle of R&B, and while material like "Mimi the Champ," "Timmy's Tune," and "Skeetie" may be slight, the sheer force of the accumulated talent renders such arguments moot. (The Fresh Sound label's 2007 reissue appends the 1953 date Joe Holiday & His Band)."

Jason Ankeny -All Music Guide


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