Stu Williamson was not yet 24 when these recordings were made. He had this quality as a trumpet player and as a musical person that allowed him to take his place alongside the half dozen other trumpet players who formed the core of what was the fairly permanent West Coast jazz scene. Judging from his work here, the authority in his musical voice was unmistakable.
1. The Lady is a Tramp (Rodgers-Hart) 4:15
2. Stu's Due Blues (Williamson) 5:38
3. The Things we did Last Summer (Styne-Cahn) 2:49
4. Yardbird Suite (Parker) 3:49
5. Autumn in New York (Duke) 2:36
6. Pee Jay (Holman) 3:27
7. Hongry Child (Holman) 6:09
8. Darn that Dream (Van Heusen-Burke) 3:47
9. Big Red (Holman) 4:29
10. Rose Bud (Holman) 4:57
11. Talk of the Town (Cahn-Styne) 3:18
12. Red Cross (Parker) 5:03
13. Just Friends (Klenner-Lewis) 4:24
14. Oom's Tune (Mariano) 3:57
Personnel and dates:
#1-5: Stu Williamson (tp), Charlie Mariano (as), Claude Williamson (p), Max Bennett (b), Stan Levey (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, January 18 (#5) & 20, 1955.
#6-11: Stu Williamson (tp), Bill Holman (ts on #6,7,9,10), Jimmy Giuffre (bs on #6,7,9,10), Claude Williamson (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, January 13, 1956.
#12-14: Stu Williamson (tp), Charlie Mariano (as), Claude Williamson (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, January 16, 1956.