Hi-Hat All Stars (Reissue)
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Hi-Hat All Stars (Reissue)

Fresh Sound Records

Miles Davis (tp), Jay Migliori (ts), Al Walcott, Bob Freedman (p), Jimmy Woode (b), Jimmy Zitano (d)

Reference: FSRCD 013

Bar code: 8427328600132

The Hi-Hat ran full force as the main hub for Boston jazz in the early to mid-fifties. It was the earliest club & restaurant to introduce the “new” modern jazz, regularly bringing in well-known musicians and, therefore, big business to the club. The club’s policy was usually to get a name group from New York to headline the show, with the Hi-Hat All Stars (local jazz musicians) playing intermissions. Sometimes, as in this case with Miles Davis, they would hire a single artist who would then play with the All Stars led by Jay Migliori, a young tenor saxophonist from the new generation of modernists that revived Boston’s jazz scene.

Most of the tracks on the set are up-tempo jazz tunes, such as Ray’s Idea, Well You Needn’t, or Miles’ own compositions Dig and Tune Up, delivered with his customary fluency and authoritative conception, in a flexible range of fresh ideas built into well-defined choruses. But he also shows his lyrical prowess in the ballads Darn That Dream and Alone Together. In March 1955 the Boston section of Down Beat magazine highlighted the trumpeter’s stint at the Hi-Hat. Simply put, “Miles, using local men who swing the Hat higher than ever.”

01. Dig (Miles Davis) 7:30
02. Darn That Dream (Van Heusen-DeLange) 4:15
03. Jumping With Symphony Sid (Lester Young) 1:38
04. Ray's Idea (Fuller-Brown) 6:40
05. Nice Work If You Can Get It (G. & I Gershwin) 5:05
06. Wee Dot (J.J. Johnson) 5:50
07. Tune Up (Miles Davis) 6:50
08. Alone Together (Schwartz-Dietz) 5:00
09. Well You Needn't (Thelonious Monk) 9:05
10. Jumping With Symphony Sid (Lester Young) 1:55
11. Night In Tunisia (Gillespie-Paparelli) 6:20

Album details

First issued in 1987 on LP (FSR-302) and in 1989 on CD (FSR CD-13)

Miles Davis (trumpet), Jay Migliori (tenor sax), Al Walcott (piano), Bob Freeman (piano, only on #11), Jimmy Woode (bass), Jimmy Zitano (drums).
Recorded Live at the "Hi-Hat" in Boston, 1955

Original tape recorded by Jay Migliori
New liner notes by Jordi Pujol

Album prepared for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Mono · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

We would like to dedicate this CD release to the memory of Jay Migliori. It is thanks to him, that today we can enjoy these remarkable performances.

Note: Tracks #6 & 11, have an abrupt ending. Producer has preserved it as in the original tape.

Press reviews

"In the 1950s, the Hi-Hat was one of Boston's top jazz clubs. The place boasted a lot of high-quality local talent, and it had no problem attracting famous visitors like Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, and Miles Davis. This CD, which the Spanish Fresh Sound label put out in 1989, contains a very rare recording of Davis performing at the Hi-Hat in 1955. The trumpeter is teamed up with four Boston-based Hi-Hat regulars who were billed as the Hi-Hat All Stars: tenor saxophonist Jay Migliori, pianist Al Walcott, bassist Jimmy Woode, and drummer Jimmy Zitano. The musicians prove to be highly compatible during an enjoyable, bop-oriented program that ranges from spirited performances of "Tune Up," "Dig," and Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" to a lyrical version of the ballad "Darn That Dream." The sound quality wouldn't impress an audiophile, but it's definitely listenable. Although Hi-Hat All Stars isn't essential and isn't recommended to casual listeners, it's a CD that serious bop collectors will want to hunt for."

Alex Henderson -All Music Guide


$12.74  (tax incl.)

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