Discovered by Dinah Washington in a Harlem nightclub, Norman Mapp (1928-1988) was a singer and composer whose public renown never quite matched either his talent or the high regard in which he was held within the jazz community. That much is clear from even a cursory glance at the personnel on these fine sessions from the start of the Sixties. They include such notables as trumpeter Clark Terry, multi-reedman Seldon Powell, pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Dave Bailey, who do so much to showcase Mapp at his best here.
The singer wrote eight of the ten tunes on Jazz Aint Nothin But Soul, his most celebrated album, investing the music with the warmth, taste and sensitivity for which he was celebrated. Both as accompanist and as soloists, Terry, Powell and Flanagan respond inventively to the singer and the material, creating a gem of its kind.
As a bonus, three tracks from We Paid Our Dues with Seldon Powells quartet and its leaders vastly under-rated tenor in Lesterian mode, are included.
01. In the Night (Mapp) 4:29
02. Blues in Bloom (Mapp) 3:49
03. I Worry About You (Mapp) 4:53
04. Who Do You Think You Are (Mapp) 2:02
05. Dream Girl (Mapp-De Jesus) 2:04
06. Daddy Knows (Mapp) 3:28
07. Jazz Aint Nothin But Soul (Mapp) 2:47
08. Moanin (Timmons-Hendricks) 3:49
09. When Im With You (Mapp) 3:40
10. Free Spirits (Mapp) 3:18
11. Two for One (Mayers) 7:53 (Bonus Track)
12. Bowl of Soul (Powell) 6:05 (Bonus Track)
13. For Lester (Powell) 7:14 (Bonus Track)
Tracks #1-10, from Jazz Aint Nothin But Soul
Epic (Stereorama) LP BA 17014
Tracks #11-13, taken from We Paid Our Dues!
Epic (Stereorama) LP BA 17018
Personnel on #1-10:
Norman Mapp (vocals); Clark Terry (trumpet); Seldon Powell (flute & tenor sax, except on #3); Tommy Flanagan (piano); George Duvivier (bass), Peck Morrison (bass on #1,2,9,10); Dave Bailey (drums).
Recorded in New York City, March 9 (#1,2,9,10) & 10, 1961.
Personnel on #11-13:
Seldon Powell (tenor sax); Lloyd Mayers (piano); Peck Morrison (bass); Denzil Best (drums).
Recorded in New York City, on July 14, 1961.
Original recordings produced by Mike Berniker
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol.
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered