This CD set includes a 20-page booklet with an essay by the producer, photos, illustrations, detailed personnel, recording dates, and the original liner notes from the albums.
The Six made their first appearance in 1954 at Jimmy Ryan’s, the New York club located on 52nd Street. The group was the brainchild of clarinetist and saxophonist Bob Wilber, Sidney Bechet protégé and leader of the Wildcats, a Dixieland group he put together while he was in Scarsdale High in 1946. He would later go on to study with Lenny Tristano and Leon Russianoff.
Wilber and two of his former Wildcats bandmates —trumpeter Johnny Glasel and drummer Ed Phyfe— joined three newcomers —pianist Tommy Goodman, trombonist Porky Cohen, and bassist Bob Petersen and became The Six. Right from the start, their credo was to play without regard to the restrictions of schools or styles. And as a unit, they were a decidedly cooperative organization, with no one member being the leader.
After The Six released their first album for producer Norman Granz’s Norgran label, Nat Hentoff gave it high praise in his 5-star review of Down Beat: “There is no group in jazz like it —its six solidly trained and experienced members are extraordinary at ease in all manner of jazz idioms, and they’re not afraid to let their emotions burst forth uninhibitedly.”
In the summer of 1955, Bob Hammer, Sonny Truitt, and Bill Britto replaced Goodman, Cohen, and Petersen. With the new line-up he appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival and recorded two more excellent albums, this time on the Bethlehem label, the second of which had Jackie Moffit on drums. The group disbanded shortly afterwards.
All three albums of The Six are included on this compilation, and it’s worth noting for collectors that the 10-inch Norgran is being reissued here on CD for the first time. As one New York jazz observer characterized The Six: “This is one band that can make a hot Vs. cool album all by itself.”
01. Take Six (Tommy Goodman) 3:11
02. Porky’s Blues (Robert Wilber) 3:10
03. St. James Infirmary (Joe Primrose) 3:00
04. Foggy Day (G. & I. Gershwin) 3:20
05. Little Girl Blue (Rodgers-Hart) 2:52
06. Riverboat Shuffle (Carmichael-Voynow-Parish) 3:01
07. Music to Sin By (Tommy Goodman) 3:03
08. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen-Koehler) 2:44
09. Tasty (Robert Hammer) 3:10
10. As Far As We’re Concerned (Wilber-Glasel) 4:53
11. Shifty (Sonny Truitt) 3:34
12. Serenata (Leroy Anderson) 3:49
13. Pink Ice (Robert Wilber) 4:14
14. Strange Diet (Bill Potts) 3:36
15. Old Folks (Robinson-Hill) 3:38
16. Itchy Fingers (Robert Hammer) 2:57
17. Two Kinds of Blues (Robert Wilber) 8:53
01. Giggles (Bill Potts) 3:15
02. Phweedah (Robert Wilber) 6:37
03. Over the Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg) 2:08
04. The View from Jazzbo’s Head (Bill Britto) 3:15
05. Blue Lou (Sampson-Mills) 7:45
06. Our Delight (Tadd Dameron) 6:21
07. My Old Flame (Johnston-Coslow) 3:55
08. The Troglodyte (Bill Britto) 3:46
09. Weary Blues (Artie Matthews) 2:31
10. China Boy (Winfree-Boutelje) 2:48
11. Mixed Salad (Armstrong-Armstrong) 3:04
12. Willie the Weeper (Melrose-Bloom-Rymal) 3:00
13. Mabel’s Dream (Ike Smith) 2:34
14. Wild Cat Blues (Waller-Williams) 2:34
15. Blues for Fowler (Robert Wilber) 2:54
16. Once in a While (Edwards-Green) 2:21
17. I Can’t Say (Lil Hardin Armstrong) 3:12
18. When You Wore a Tulip (Percy Wenrich) 2:57
19. Old Fashioned Love (James P. Johnson) 3:05
20. Salty Dog (Charlie Jackson) 3:07
Sources CD 1:
Tracks #1-8, from the 10” album THE SIX (Norgran MGN-25)
Tracks #9-17, from the 12” album THE SIX (Bethlehem BCP-28)
Sources CD 2:
Tracks #1-8, from the 12” album
“The View from Jazzbo’s Head” THE SIX (Bethlehem BCP-57)
Tracks #9-11, from the 10” album “Young Men with Horns” (Riverside RLP-2501)
Tracks #12-13, from the 78 rpm disc, Commodore 583.
Tracks #14-15, from the 78 rpm disc, Commodore 584
Tracks #16-20, from the 10” album “Young Men with Horns” (Riverside RLP-2501)
Note #16-20: Originally issued on 78 rpm discs on Rampart Records R-9512 (#16),
R-9504 (#17), R-9510 (#18), R-9506 (#19), R-9502 (#20)
Personnel on CD 1
Tracks #1-8: THE SIX
Johnny Glasel, trumpet; Porky Cohen, trombone; Bob Wilber, clarinet and tenor sax; Tommy Goodman, piano; Bob Petersen, bass; Eddie Phyfe, drums.
Recorded in New York City, April 1954
Tracks #9-17: THE SIX
Johnny Glasel, trumpet; Sonny Truitt, trombone; Bob Wilber, clarinet & tenor sax; Bob Hammer, piano; Bill Brito, bass; Eddie Phyfe, drums.
Recorded in New York City, July 1955
Personnel on CD 2
Tracks #1-8: THE SIX
Johnny Glasel, trumpet; Sonny Truitt, trombone; Bob Wilber, clarinet & tenor sax; Bob Hammer, piano; Bill Brito, bass; Jackie Moffit, drums.
Recorded in New York City, January 1956
Tracks #9-11: THE SCARDALE JAZZ BAND
Johnny Glasel, cornet; Ed Hubble, trombone; Bob Wilber, soprano sax; Dick Wellstood, piano; Jeff Stewart, guitar; Charlie Treager, bass; Jim Gribbon or Ed Phyfe (#10), drums.
Recorded in New York, April 11, 1946
Tracks #12-15: BOB WILBER’s WILDCATS
Johnny Glasel, cornet; Bob Wilber, clarinet & soprano sax; Dick Wellstood, piano; Charlie Treager, bass; Dennis Strong, drums.
Recorded in New York, February 22, 1947
Tracks #16-20: Johnny Glasel (soloist #16), Jerry Blumberg (soloist #17 & 18), cornets; Bob Mielke, trombone; Bob Wilber, clarinet; Dick Wellstood, piano; Charlie Treager, bass; Dennis Strong, drums.
Recorded in New York, December 31, 1947
Original recordings produced by Norman Granz (CD-1 #1-8), Creed Taylor (CD-1 #9-17), Red Clyde (CD-2 #1-8), Orrin Keepnews (CD-2 #9-11), Milt Gabler (CD-2 #12-15), and Rampart Records (CD-2 #16-20)
New liner notes by Jordi Pujol
Compiled and produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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