Winchester Special + Another Opus (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • New Jazz NJLP8223
    New Jazz NJLP8223
  • New Jazz NJLP8244
    New Jazz NJLP8244
  • Lem Winchester
    Lem Winchester

Lem Winchester

Winchester Special + Another Opus (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Lem Winchester (vib), Benny Golson (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Art Taylor (d)

Reference: FSRCD 733

Bar code: 8427328607339


Vibist Lem Winchester (1928-1961) seemed well on the way to a promising jazz career when he made these two straight-ahead, bop-flavoured albums in 1959-60 with some of the leading lights in the music at the time. Influenced by Milt Jackson, he was also evolving his own sound and approach to the instrument.

That much is evident in his playing on the first, Winchester Special, with Benny Golson in fine form on tenor and an excellent rhythm section in pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Art Taylor. For Another Opus, arguably his best recorded album, Winchester was teamed with flautist and tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and the delectable piano of Hank Jones in a rhythm section completed by bassist Eddie Jones and drummer Osie Johnson. The vibist is particularly inventive on Like Someone In Love, responds imaginatively to Oliver Nelsons The Meetin and plays with spirit and warmth on his own originals. But the end was nigh; an accident with a revolver wrote the final chapter on January 13, 1961.

01. Down Fuzz (Lem Winchester) 10:02
02. If I Were a Bell (Frank Loesser) 4:02
03. Will You Still Be Mine (Matt Dennis) 7:00
04. Mysticism (Len Foster) 7:31
05. How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (Burton-Lane-Harburg) 4:11
06. The Dude (Lem Winchester) 6:42
07. Another Opus (Lem Winchester) 6:31
08. Blues Prayer (Lem Winchester) 10:37
09. The Meetin' (Oliver Nelson) 5:48
10. Like Someone In Love (Burke-Van Heusen) 6:30
11. Both Barrels (Lem Winchester) 4:56

Album details

Tracks #1-6, from the 12-inch album "Winchester Special" (New Jazz 8223)
Tracks #7-11, from the 12-inch album "Another Opus" (New Jazz 8244)

Personnel on #1-6:
Benny Golson, tenor sax except on #6; Lem Winchester, vibes; Tommy Flanagan, piano; Wendell Marshall, bass; and Arthur Taylor, drums.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on September 25, 1959

Personnel on #7-11:
Frank Wess, flute, tenor sax; Lem Winchester, vibes; Hank Jones, piano;
Eddie Jones, bass; and Gus Johnson, drums.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on June 4, 1960

Original recordings supervised by Esmond Edwards
This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol
© 2012 by Fresh Sound Records

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

Press reviews

-Winchester Special

"This excellent set features the ill-fated vibraphonist Lem Winchester teamed up with tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Art Taylor for three standards, an obscurity and two of the leader's originals. The music falls between bop and hard bop with consistently swinging solos that are generally fairly inventive. This was one of Winchester's three recordings for the New Jazz label; all are easily recommended to straightahead jazz fans."

-Another Opus

"Vibraphonist Lem Winchester died on January 13, 1961, after an accident with a gun. Although he did not stick around long enough to carve out his own original voice (remaining influenced to a large degree by Milt Jackson), Winchester did record several worthy albums during his final couple of years. This set, was one of his last and best. Winchester -- in a quintet with flutist Frank Wess, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Eddie Jones, and drummer Gus Johnson -- is in swinging and creative form on three of his originals, Oliver Nelson's "The Meetin'," and the standard "Like Someone in Love." A bonus cut from October 14, 1960, finds Winchester playing "Lid Flippin'" with a quintet that features organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith. Overall this CD is one of Lem Winchester's definitive sets."

—Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)


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