There Is No Greater Love


There Is No Greater Love (m. Isham Jones, w. Marty Symes) – In its profile of the song, notes that after a string of hits (over 70) beginning in 1920 this was, in 1936, the last hit single released by Isham Jones and his Orchestra before Jones turned leadership of his band over to Woody Herman.

Louis “King” Garcia and his Swing Band — recorded in New York on 28 February 1936 — Louis Garcia (trumpet); Morey Samuel (trombone); Joe Marsala (clarinet); Herbie Haymer (tenor sax); Adrian Rollini (piano); Carmen Mastren (guitar); Sid Weiss (bass), and Dan Darcy on drums and vocal


Billie Holiday   Session #58, New York, 13 February 1947 — Bob Haggart and his Orchestra (Decca) — Billy Butterfield (tp) Bill Stegmeyer (as) (cl) Toots Mondello, Al Klink (as) Hank Ross, Art Drellinger (ts) Bobby Tucker (p) Bob Haggart (b) Norris ‘Bunny’ Shawker (d) Billie Holiday (v)


Miles Davis by Palumbo,1955 (1a)

Miles Davis Quintet — recorded during a 16 November 1955 session at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ — John Coltrane, who played on all of the numbers recorded that day, sat out for “There is No Greater Love.”

Miles Davis –  trumpet
Red Garland – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums

The recording was evidently first released on the 1956 album Miles, Prestige LP 7014, Prestige PRLP 7014 (both Mono), with the band being credited as “The New Miles Davis Quintet.”


Sonny Rollins

From the 1957 album Way Out West –– personnel: Sonny Rollins – tenor sax, Ray Brown – bass, Shelly Manne – drums

Way Out West is a 1957 album by Sonny Rollins with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, neither of whom had played or recorded with Rollins before. The music employs a technique called “strolling”, used here by Rollins for the first time, in which he would solo over only bass and drums with no pianist playing chords. The recent reissue of the CD has additional takes of three of the songs, including the title track. These additional takes are all about twice as long, containing much longer solos from all three of the members of the band.

In order to fit the recording session into the musicians’ busy schedules, it was scheduled “for 3 A.M.”  According to the liner notes: “At 7 A.M., after four hours of intense concentration, during which they recorded half the album, and should have been exhausted, Sonny said, ‘I’m hot now.’ Shelly who had been up for 24 hours, said, ‘Man, I feel like playing.’ And Ray, who was equally tired and had a studio call for the afternoon, just smiled.” – adapted from Wikipedia


Sonny Rollins Quintet — International Jazz Festival, Laren, Holland – 1973

Sonny Rollins: tenor saxophone
Bob Cranshaw: bass
Walter Davis, Jr.: piano
Yoshiaki Masuo: guitar
David Lee: drums

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Dinah Washington and Clifford Brown -from the album Dinah Jams (1954) band: Clifford Brown: Trumpet, Dinah Washington: Vocals, Harold Land: Tenor Saxophone, Richie Powell: Piano, George Morrow: Bass, Max Roach: Drums


band name and date unknown (posted by Celio Barros) — David Richards (sax), Tomati (guit), Bruno Cardoso (piano), Celio Barros (bass), Bob Wyatt (drums) at All of Jazz, São Paulo, Brazil — A note seems to indicate a Ben Webster arrangement, or influence.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. keithosaunders
    May 16, 2010 @ 11:45:20

    Absolutely haunting version by Miles. I liked reading the info regarding those Prestige dates as well. They are classics.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. doc
    May 16, 2010 @ 12:25:10

    You’re welcome Keith O



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