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.
01. PLUSH LIFE (7:48)
02. YOURE CRYING (3:17)
03. SHORTY GEORGE (6:39)
04. PABLOS ROONIE (4:54)
05. PLUSH LIFE [Alternate Take] 7:40
06. TROPICAL INTRIGUE (3:04)
07. GRASSHOPPER (4:03)
08. DILEMMA DIABLO (4:05)
09. I CANT BELIEVE THAT YOURE IN LOVE WITH ME (6:50)
10. SUNDAY (1:53) (*) Bonus Track
11. THE HOOK (3:14) (*) Bonus Track
12. SAMIE (3:15) (*) Bonus Track
13. SHAD ROE (2:35) (*) Bonus Track
14. PAULS BUNION (3:02) (*) Bonus Track
15. CREW CUT (2:40) (*) Bonus Track
16. ILL ALWAYS BE IN LOVE WITH YOU (3:01) (*) Bonus Track
17. SEQUEL (2:57) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 71:05 min.
Tracks #1-9 originally issued as a 10" LP "Moods" (EmArcy MG 36003).
Track #10 taken from the 10" LP "The Sequel" (EmArcy MG 26035).
Tracks #11-17 taken from the 10" LP "The Vice Pres" (EmArcy MG 36027).
Personnel on tracks #1-5: Paul Quinichette (ts), Sam Most (fl), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Jerome Darr, Barry Galbraith (g), Paul Chambers (b) and Harold Wing (d). Quincy Jones (arr). Recorded in New York, on November 4, 1954.
Personnel on tracks #6-9: Paul Quinichette (ts), Herbie Mann (fl, ts), Jimmy Jones (p), Al Hall (b), Tommy López (conga), Manny Oquendo (bongo) and Willie Rodríguez (timb). Quincy Jones (arr). Recorded in New York, on November 22, 1954.
Personnel on track #10: Paul Quinichette (ts), Jimmy Jones or John Williams (p), Jerome Darr (g), Milt Hinton (b), Gus Johnson (d). Recorded in New York, July 1954.
Personnel on tracks #11-17: Paul Quinichette (ts), Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells (tb), Count Basie (p, org), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b) and Gus Johnson (d). Recorded in New York, on January 30, 1952.
"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