Paul Quinichette (ts), Sam Most, Herbie Mann (fl), Sir Charles Thompson, Jimmy Jones (p), Jerome Darr, Barry Galbraith (g), Paul Chambers, Al Hall (b), Harold Wing (d), Manny Oquendo, Willie Rodriguez (perc), Quincy Jones (arr)
Bar code: 8436019583463
This edition contains Paul Quinichettes complete EmArcy album "Moods", which is presented here for the first time ever on CD, newly and carefully remastered in 20-bit, (including a rare alternate take of Plush Life only issued before on an out of print compilation set). This album showcased the tenor saxophonist in collaboration with Quincy Jones, who arranged and composed all of the numbers but two.
Jones - who gradually started to play one of the most important role of EmArcy (and Mercury) Jazz recordings. Instead of setting up pre-bop mainstream session, Quincy might prefer to use flute (here Sam Most and Herbie Mann joined in). The result, heard on this album, was pretty impressive and unusual.
Quinichette was a musician heavily influenced by Lester Young (and thus nicknamed Vice-Pres). As a bonus, there is a 7-track 1952 session presenting in his most Lester-ian mood backed by Count Basie, Buck Clayton and other Basie-ites, plus a 1954 quintet track.
"This long out-of-print album has the cool-toned tenor Paul Quinichette showcased on two separate four-song sessions playing six early Quincy Jones compositions, plus a pair of swing standards. The earlier date matches Quinichette with flutist Sam Most, pianist Sir Charles Thompson, two guitars, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Harold Wing. The November 22 session finds Quinichette joined by flutist Herbie Mann, pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Al Hall and three Latin percussionists. The mixture of straight-ahead and Afro-Cuban jazz works quite well, but all of Paul Quinichette's fine Emarcy/Mercury dates remain out of print."
-The Vice 'Pres'
"Paul Quinichette was known as "the Vice Pres" because he sounded so similar to Lester Young ("Pres") during the 1950s. Quinichette was quite creative and swinging within Young's style and his recordings were consistently rewarding during the era. On this original EmArcy set [...] he is heard playing with Count Basie, trumpeter Buck Clayton and trombonist Dicky Wells in a septet. Most of Quinichette's sidemen are drawn from the Basie bands, both from the 1950s and the '40s. Surprisingly there are no standards on this date, with most of the jump tunes penned by the Vice Pres himself. A perfectly-done reissue."
Both by Scott Yanow -AllMusic Guide