Mr. Counterpoint + The Fabulous Claude Williamson Trio (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Del Moral LPDM 103
    Del Moral LPDM 103
  • Contract 15001
    Contract 15001
  • John Gamba
    John Gamba
  • Claude Williamson
    Claude Williamson

John Gamba & Claude Williamson

Mr. Counterpoint + The Fabulous Claude Williamson Trio (2 LP on 1 CD)

Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums

John Gamba, Claude Williamson (p), Don Cinderella, Duke Morgan (b), Paul Motian, Chuck Flores (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1078

Bar code: 8427328610780

Fresh Sound Records presents:
Rare and Obscure Jazz Albums
A CD series created for the most discerning jazz collectors

· Hard to find albums in Collector's Edition
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art, Liner Notes
· Complete Personnel Details
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

Mr. Counterpoint
This album took its title from a club in West Orange, N.J., called Counterpoint. The club was owned by pianist John Gamba, making him one of the few jazz musicians to become a club owner. A skilled technician, the pianist managed to infuse his performances with a good deal of unexpected fire. Indeed, there were moments on “Words,” “Yesterdays,” and “Leaves” that sharply suggested the legendary Eddie Costa. Gamba had the strong percussive approach to his instrument that was a hallmark of Costa and displayed a similar concept of time. Don Cinderella kept tightly in the rhythm section and proved to be a sensitive and imaginative soloist of some measure in “Leaves,” “Things,” and “Words.” Paul Motian, Bill Evans’ drummer for the previous three years, made his presence decidedly felt in the group’s sound, and his secondary playing was very sensitive and musical, adding color and depth to John Gamba’s honest and swinging piano playing.

The Fabulous Claude Williamson Trio
Claude Williamson (1926-2016) stood out as one of the most prolific jazz pianists on the West Coast in the 1950s. Influenced primarily by Teddy Wilson, later by Al Haig and Bud Powell, he took his first steps as a member of Charlie Barnet’s excellent orchestra (1947-1949), showcasing himself as a jazzman with numerous virtues: a burgeoning pianist with a keen sense of emotions and definite instrumental ability. After this initial and enriching experience, Claude accompanied June Christy (1950-1951) and then spent over two years as the resident pianist at the Lighthouse Café, where he solidified his reputation as a soloist with the Howard Rumsey All-Stars. Subsequently, thanks to his exceptional versatility and talent, and until the mid-1960s, Claude played a crucial role not only as the leader of his trio in recordings but also as an accompanist on numerous albums featuring almost all the best jazz performers and orchestras from the Los Angeles scene. In this recording from 1961, Claude leads a trio that delivers a powerful and emotionally charged performance, presenting an excellent selection of standards with many captivating moments.


01. Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Duke Ellington) 5:38
02. In Other Words (Bart Howard) 6:26
03. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) 5:41
04. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern) 5:25
05. Green Dolphin Street (Kaper-Washington) 5:17
06. Wait Till You See Her (Rodgers-Hart) 5:04
07. Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere-Young) 4:26
08. Secret Love (Fain-Webster) 4:30
09. Witchcraft (Coleman-Leight) 2:46
10. A Foggy Day (G.& I.Gershwin) 2:27
11. Young at Heart (Richards-Leigh) 2:35
12. You Make Me Feel So Young (Myrrow-Gordon) 1:58
13. Nancy (Van Heusen-Cahn) 3:01
14. The Lady Is a Tramp (Rodgers-Hart) 2:29
15. Anything Goes (Cole Porter) 2:50
16. All the Way (Van Heusen-Cahn) 3:31
17. They Can't Take that Away from Me (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:55
18. While We're Young (Wilder-Palittz-Engvic) 2:24
19. Let There Be Love (Cole Porter) 1:58

Album details

Tracks #1-8, from the album “Mr. Counterpoint – Jazz Impressions by John Gamba”
(Del Moral LPDM 103)
Track #9-19, from the album “The Fabulous Claude Williamson Trio” (Contract 15001)

JOHN GAMBA “Mr. Counterpoint”
John Gamba, piano; Don Cinderella, bass; Paul Motian, drums.
Recorded at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, August 1962

CLAUDE WILLIAMSON “The Fabulous Claude Williamson Trio”
Claude Williamson, piano; Duke Morgan, bass; Chuck Flores, drums.
Recorded in Los Angeles 1961

Original liner notes by R.P.M. / Bill Stewart
Back liner notes: Jordi Pujol
Del Moral recordings engineered by Art Cryst

This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2024 by Fresh Sound Records

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

Press reviews

"Fresh Sound Records continues to uncover overlooked gems from the mines of recordings from
the 1950s and 60s.

This CD puts together a pair of trios from 1961-61 by trios of John Gamba/p, Don Cinderalla/b and Paul Motian and Claude Williamson/p, Duke Morgan/b and Chuck Flores/dr, respectively. Gamba has a classy Horace Silverish sound on the easy read of “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be,” and classy on the more obscure “In Other Words” and “Secret Love”, doing some rich cascades on “Green Dolphin Street”. Williamson is a fan of Teddy Wilson, getting cozy on “You Make Me Feel So Young” and giving some clever embellishments to “A Foggy Day” and a fun “Anything Goes”. Flores and Morgan simmer on the upbeat “The Lady Is A Tramp” and relax on “While We’re Young”. Sophisticated swinger."

—George W. Harris (March 18, 2024)


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