Jimmy Nottingham (tp), Bob Alexander, Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Seldon Powell (ts), Pete Mondello (cl, ts), Heywood Henry (cl, bs), Tony Aless, Roland Hanna (p), Billy Bauer, Freddie Green (g), Arnold Fishkin, Aaron Bell (b), Don Lamond, Osie Johnson (d)
Reference: FSRCD 422
Bar code: 8427328604222
Seldon Powell (1928-1997) was not an adventurer in either conception or sound. He was a solid, consolidated modern tenorist with a big, full tone, a superb beat, and largely interesting logically structured ideas. Powell plays with invigorating straight forwardness. He has the ability to take you with him all the way, in all tempos, and on all registers of his horn. On ballads, he combines lyricism with guts, and on the up tempos, he really digs in. Barry Ulanov mentioned in his excellent notes, that Powell had a ceaseless flow of melodic inspiration, a very precise description of what is so attractive, both in his playing and in these recordings.
01. Go first class
02. Why was I born
03. Love is just around the corner
04. Someone to watch over me
05. Count fleet
06. Autumn nocturne
07. Swingsville, Ohio
10. She's funny that way
11. Miss Melody
12. I'll close my eyes
13. 11th hour blues
14. A flower is a lonesome thing
15. It's a cryin' shame
16. Button nose
18. Biscuit for Duncan
19. Sleepy time down South
20. Lolly Gag
Seldon Powell Nonet (#1-8):
Jimmy Nottingham (tp), Bob Alexander (tb), Seldon Powell (ts), Pete Mondello (cl, ts), Heywood Henry (cl, bars), Tony Aless (p), Billy Bauer (g), Arnold Fishkin (b), Don Lamond (d).
Recorded in New York City, October 24 & November 14, 1955
Seldon Powell Sextet (#9-20):
Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Seldon Powell (ts), Freddie Green (g), Roland Hanna (p), Aaron Bell (b), Osie Johnson or Gus Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York City, 1956
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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