Basses Loaded! + East Coast Jazz/5 (2 LP on 1 CD)
  • RCA Victor LPM-1107
    RCA Victor LPM-1107
  • Bethlehem BCP 1020
    Bethlehem BCP 1020
  • Milt Hinton
    Milt Hinton
  • Wendell Marshall
    Wendell Marshall
  • Wyatt Ruther
    Wyatt Ruther

Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall & Wyatt Ruther

Basses Loaded! + East Coast Jazz/5 (2 LP on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Wyatt Ruther (b), Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham (tp), Billy Byers (tb, arr), Hal McKusick (as, ss, fl), Al Cohn (ts, arr), Tony Scott (cl, b-cl), Danny Bank (bs), Gene Di Novi, Dick Katz (p), Barry Galbraith (g), Al Hall (b), Osie Johnson (d), Manny Albam (arr)

Reference: FSRCD 999

Bar code: 8427328609999


Basses Loaded! is the suggestive name of this 1955 album featuring three jazz bass specialists in four numbers each.

Milt Hinton needs no introduction: having started with Cab Calloway’s great band of the 1930s, Milt added his personal touch to a wide variety of musical units, both large and small, and recorded with just about every name in the field. Here he has the first four tracks, all arrangements (plus one original) by Al Cohn.

The next four feature Wendell Marshall, who was Duke Ellington’s bassist for quite some time, but also enjoyed a long and successful career afterwards. His technique is amazingly varied, his tone firm and flexible; he was, in short, one of the versatile players who helped the instrument reach its current, exalted position. The arrangements are by Billy Byers, while Marshall penned the original.

The last four tracks are by Wyatt “Bull” Ruther, with arrangements and the one original by Manny Albam. Ruther debuted with the Dave Brubeck quartet, then joined the Erroll Garner trio, and then the Chico Hamilton and George Shearing groups, among many others. No matter what musical thought, he always kept a clear head and a straight course —he is, like both Hinton and Marshall, in there to stay, plucking a fantastic variety of notes from what is often seemingly thin air, offering the most vital proof of the instrument’s place in the jazz family.

The second album of this set, also from 1955, is by Milt Hinton, who at age 40 finally got his first LP under his own leadership, and it is a magnificent quartet session. His trademark full sound is always present, as are his quivering imagination and infectious joy of living and playing. Toni Scott blows with a feeling, conception and tone unsurpassed in jazz —notice the beautiful sound of the bass clarinet. Dick Katz plays with expressive economy, sometimes traditional, never trite, while Osie Johnson is the epitome of tasteful accompaniment. The whole endeavor is best summarized as a sincere, heartfelt lament.

Album details

Tracks #1-12, from the album “Basses Loaded!” (RCA Victor LPM-1107)
Tracks #13-22, from the Milt Hinton album “East Coast Jazz/5” (Bethlehem BCP 1020)


Tracks #1-4: Milt Hinton, solo bass; Joe Newman, trumpet; Billy Byers, trombone; Al Cohn, tenor sax; Danny Bank, baritone sax; Barry Galbraith, guitar; Osie Johnson, drums.
Arrangements by Al Cohn.
Recorded in New York City, February 1, 1955

Tracks #5-8: Wendell Marshall, solo bass; Jimmy Nottingham, trumpet, Hal McKusick, soprano sax; Danny Bank, baritone sax; Barry Galbraith, guitar; Wyatt “Bull” Ruther, bass; Osie Johnson, drums.
Arrangements by Billy Byers.
Recorded in New York City, January 26, 1955

Tracks #9-12: Wyatt “Bull” Ruther, solo bass; Billy Byers, trombone; Hal McKusick, alto sax & flute; Danny Bank, baritone sax; Gene Di Novi, piano; Al Hall, bass; Osie Johnson, drums.
Arrangements by Manny Albam.
Recorded in New York City, January 29, 1955

Tracks #13-22: Milt Hinton, bass; Tony Scott, clarinet, bass clarinet; Dick Katz, piano; Osie Johnson, drums.
Recorded in New York City, January 20, 1955

Original cover design: Wairs (RCA Victor), Burt Goldblatt (Bethlehem)
Original liner notes: Bill Zeitung & Bill Simon
New liner notes: Jordi Pujol
Original recordings produced by Bill Zeitung (#1-12), and Creed Taylor (#13-22)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi - Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.
Note: On the Milt Hinton album, Tony Scott appears under his real name A. J. Sciacca (Anthony Joseph Sciacca)

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