Friday, January 14, 2011
The Incredible Jimmy Smith
Blue Note BLP 4050 [mono, 47W 63rd NYC label, dg, ear + rvg engraved on dead wax]
Jimmy Smith organ, Percy France tenor sax, Kenny Burrell guitar, Donald Bailey drums.
cover: VG+ [write on back]
record: VG/G [several surface marks not too annoying. the record plays well with light background noise]
Thursday, January 13, 2011
EmArcy MG 36000 [mono, drummer, dg]
Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry trumpets, Max Roach drums, Keter Betts, George Morrow bass, Richie Powell, Junior Mance piano, Harold Land tenor sax, Herb Geller alto sax
record: VG [audible scratches]
In The Land Of Hi-Fi
1955 EmArcy MG 36058 [mono, drummer, dg]
Cannonball Adderley alto sax, Roy Haynes drums, Jimmy Jones piano, Joe Benjamin bass, Ernie Wilkins arr. cond.
"This single CD (whose contents are also included in the box set The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury Vol. 1) has one of the great singer's best jazz dates for EmArcy. Accompanied by an all-star orchestra arranged by Ernie Wilkins and featuring altoist Cannonball Adderley (who was near the beginning of his career), Vaughan is in superior form during these concise (around three minutes apiece) performances, particularly on "Soon," "Cherokee," "I'll Never Smile Again" and "An Occasional Man." A strong session. " Scott Yanow AMG.