Jazz Dance Party & Lee+3 (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • Wynne WYB37
    Wynne WYB37
  • Wynne WYB44
    Wynne WYB44

Leroy Lovett

Jazz Dance Party & Lee+3 (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Leroy Lovett (p), Sam Reed, Kent Pope (as, cl), Bob Brown (as, ts, bs), Al Hall (b), George 'Butch' Ballard (d)

Reference: FSRCD 981

Bar code: 8427328609814

It would be impossible to include all the accomplishments of Leroy “Lee” Lovett (1919-2013) in a short synopsis, but suffice it to say that he was the epitome of talent. However, and despite his long and successful career as a pianist and arranger-composer, the two albums on this CD are the only ones Leroy recorded under his own name, both in 1959.

The first one, “Jazz Dance Party,” includes mainly rocking and slow selections that allow him to show all his versatility and trademark dexterity as a big band jazz arranger. Each section works its way up to some splendid demonstrations of exciting shouting, on which the so-called rhythm and blues players moved toward  the rich wellspring of Ellington jazz. Improvisations are melodic, vividly swinging and loaded with wit. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of these deeply moving performances is the great vitality with which the soloists are backed by the rest of the band in ensemble riffs—after they play their part, the band starts working on an introduction for the next solo, delivering some well-organized ensemble passages, with the Al Hall and “Butch” Ballard team swinging like mad all the way.

“Lee + 3” finds Leroy leading a cohesive and versatile quartet session that swings from the get go. His piano playing, too often neglected, is forceful and passionate in the up-tempoes, and subtle, rewarding and full of subdued emotion on the trio ballads. Saxophonist Bob Brown blows hard on tenor, with the phrasing, intonation and attack of a rooted blues player, and his work on alto is an exercise in eloquence. The roles of Hall and Ballard are thus boldly revealed in this stimulating set.



01. Bright Feeling (Lee Lovett) 3:52
02. Blob’s Burning (Lee Lovett) 5:09
03. Brown Is Blue (Lovett-Brown) 3:31
04. Relax-A-Tration (Lee Lovett) 3:49
05. What’s Buzzin’ (Lee Lovett) 3:43
06. You Are Too Beautiful (Rodgers-Hart) 3:33
07. I Like Dat (Lee Lovett) 5:28
08. I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face (Loewe-Lerner) 3:22
09. True Blues from Philly (Lee Lovett) 4:04
10. Angel Eyes (Dennis-Brent) 3:17
11. A.B.C. Hop (Bob Brown) 5:24
12. Misty (Erroll Garner) 3:12
13. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 4:20
14. Plum Street (Lee Lovett) 3:38
15. My Ship (Kurt Weill) 4:12
16. If It’s the Last Thing I Do (Cahn-Chaplin) 3:11
17. Can’t I? (Lee Lovett) 1:59
18. Judaline (Raye-DePaul) 3:13

Album details

Sources:
Tracks #1-9, originally issued on the album “Jazz Dance Party” (Wynne WYB37)
Tracks #10-18, originally issued on the album “LEE+3” - (Wynne WYB44)

Personnel on "Jazz Dance Party":
Leroy 'Lee' Lovett and His Orchestra
3 trumpets; 2 trombones & tuba, with Sam Reed, Kent Pope, alto sax & clarinet; Bob Brown, tenor sax, baritone sax; Leroy Lovett, piano; Al Hall, bass; George “Butch” Ballard, drums.

Personnel on "LEE+3":
Leroy 'Lee' Lovett Quartet
Bob Brown, alto (#10,11,13) & tenor sax (#14), Leroy Lovett, piano; Al Hall, bass; George “Butch” Ballard, drums. Unidentified vocalist on #18

All tracks recorded in Philadelphia, 1959

Original recordings produced by Leroy Lovett
Liner notes by Jordi Pujol & Sid Pastner
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

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

Press reviews

"The late 50s and early 60s had a surfeit of jazz pianists. This is one that had his moment of sunshine, have drifted into under-served obscurity and have resurfaced thanks to the painstaking detective work of Fresh Sound Records.

Philadelphia’s Leroy Lovett (1919-2013) is best known for his stint as a sideman for Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams and Cat Anderson, but he also had time to put out some impressive material on his own. This single disc has two sessions, both from 1959. Nine tunes with a 12 piece “Orchestra” has clever horn arrangements that have a hint of Ellingtonia in them, such as “Blob’s Burning” and “What’s Buzzin’.” The Quartet format with Bob Brown/as-ts, Al Hall/b and George “Butch” Ballard from the first outing includes a rich “Angel Eyes” and a “Misty” that gives hint of Errol Garner, with some smoky sax blowing on “ABC Hop.” The team sounds like a working unit, kind of a bop version of vintage John Kirby. This one will surprise you!

This reissue includes original liner notes, session notes, artist personnel and some background to the musicians."

George W. Harris (August 19, 2019)
http://www.jazzweekly.com

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$10.96  (tax incl.)

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