Like Bill Harris, who rose from an earlier Herman herd to international, poll-winning acclaim, Urbie Green was destined for great heights in the jazz firmament. On these early recordings Urbie shows every indication that he was well on his way up the musical stairway to stardom.
Total time: 78:53 min.
01. Incubator 4:45
02. Skylark 3:21
03. La Salle 3:26
04. Dansero 3:18
05. Stairway To The Stars 3:00
06. Johnbo Mambo 5:08
07. Lullaby Of Birdland 6:28
08. Old Time Modern 5:56
09. Meds Tune 5:50
10. I Got It Bad And That Aint Good 5:58
11. Sassafras 3:56
12. On Green Dolphin Street 3:32
13. How About You? 2:47
14. Mutation 3:09
15. Undulation (Melody In Bb) 2:18
16. Three Little Words 4:01
17. Sneaky Pete 3:53
18. When Your Lover Has Gone 3:24
19. Just One Of Those Things 4:18
Tracks #1-6, from the Blue Note 10" album 5036 "Urbie Green Septet"
Tracks #7-10, from the Vanguard 10" album VRS-8010 "Urbie Green & His Band"
Tracks #11-19, from the Bethlehem 12" album BCP-14 "Urbie"
#1-6: Doug Mettome, trumpet and baritone horn; Urbie Green, trombone; John Murtaugh, tenor sax; Sam Staff, baritone sax; Jimmy Lyon, piano; Dante Martucci, bass; Jimmy Campbell, drums. Hackensack, N.J. December 27, 1953
#7-10: Ruby Braff, trumpet; Urbie Green, trombone; Med Flory, alto sax; Frank Wess, flute & tenor sax; Sir Charles Thompson, piano; Freddie Greene, guitar; Aaron Bell, bass; Bobby Donaldson, drums. New York City, August 17, 1954
#11-13: Doug Mettome, trumpet & mellophone; Urbie Green, trombone; Al Cohn, clarinet & tenor sax; Danny Bank, flute & baritone sax; Jimmy Lyon, piano & celeste; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Jimmy Campbell, drums. New York City, January 15, 1955
#14-19: Doug Mettome, trumpet; Urbie Green, trombone; Al Cohn, tenor sax & bass clarinet; Danny Bank, flute, clarinet & baritone sax; Jimmy Lyon, piano; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Osie Johnson, drums. New York City, January 19, 1955
Cover photo: Burt Goldblatt
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol