And His Long Island Suite
  • Roost LP 2202
    Roost LP 2202
  • Tony Aless
    Tony Aless

Tony Aless

And His Long Island Suite

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Nick Travis (tp), J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Dave Schildkraut (as), Seldon Powell, Pete Mondello (ts), Tony Aless (p), Billy Bauer (g), Arnold Fishkin (b), Don Lamond (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1664

Bar code: 8427328616645


This album is a happy musical trip to eight Long Island communities written by Tony Aless (1921-1985). A pianist of broad big band experienceBunny Berigan, Teddy Powell, Georgie Auld, Charlie Spivak, Woody Herman, Charlie Ventura, Neal Hefti, Chubby Jackson, George Siravohe also worked on networks and independent stations around New York and recorded with the groups of Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, George Handy, Seldon Powell and John Plonsky. These years of iron-clad, elite experience not only inform his authoritative playing, but are also distilled in this impressive project into a personal musical credo. More than anything else, he said, my concern was swinging. I think we got that across.

Besides his persuasive contributions as player, composer and arranger on what was the only album released under his own name, there is much to admire; in a first-rate rhythm section of Billy Bauer, Arnold Fishkin and Don Lamond, Bauer is also one of the better soloists on the date; of the others, Nick Travis is crisply vibrant, and Dave Schildkraut swings hard and Bird-like. Tenorman Seldon Powell, imaginative, visceral, with a fine, full sound, is best of all. Also effective in their brief appearances are the alternating trombones Kai & J.J.

But even the most casual hearing of the Long Island Suite will confirm Alesss judgment: it swings all the way. And it is, as he hoped it would be, simple, like Basie. Because, as far as I am concerned, thats the only thing, to swing all night-long.


01. Levittown 4:29
02. Corona 4:41
03. Aqueduct 5:03
04. Riverhead 5:29
05. Valley Stream 3:35
06. Greenport 4:20
07. Fire Island 4:23
08. Massapequa 4:38

Album details

Music composed and arranged by Tony Aless
Originally released as a Roost album (LP 2202)

Nick Travis (trumpet), J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding (trombones), Dave Schildkraut (alto sax), Seldon Powell & Pete Mondello (tenor saxes), Tony Aless (piano), Billy Bauer (guitar), Arnold Fishkin (bass),
and Don Lamond (drums).
Recorded in New York City, July 1955

Musical producer: Tony Aless
Original recordings supervised by Teddy Reig
Art and photographs by Burt Goldblatt
Liner notes: Barry Ulanov

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Mono · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

9,95 €  (tax incl.)

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