There Is No Greater Love

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There Is No Greater Love (m. Isham Jones, w. Marty Symes) – In its profile of the song, jazzstandards.com 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.

Jones decided to take time off for composing, turning over the band’s leadership to saxophonist, clarinetist, and vocalist Woody Herman. This would be the beginning of Herman’s career as a bandleader, one that would last for the next fifty years. Jones subsequently returned to band leading but recorded only two more hit songs.

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

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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)

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Miles Davis Quintet – from the Prestige Quintet Sessions of 1955-56 – Miles Davis (Trumpet) John Coltrane (Tenor Saxophone) Paul Chambers (Bass) Red Garland (Piano) Philly Joe Jones (Drums)

An “extended analysis” of the prestige sessions box set (released in 2006) at allaboutjazz.com by C. Michael Bailey reads in part:

1955 proved to be a watershed year for the 29-year-old Davis. Free from heroin, Davis turned his attention to music full time and made an historic appearance in July 1955 at the Newport Jazz Festival with Thelonious Monk for an impressive performance of “‘Round Midnight” (included on ‘Round About Midnight, Columbia, 2005) that would bring Davis the attention of Columbia Records, stimulating a contract offer. This enabled Davis to form a full-time band, a band that turned out to be his first great quintet.

Miles Davis by Palumbo,1955 (1a)On October 18th, Davis unveiled this quintet, comprised of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones, on the Steve Allen Tonight Show. A week later, the quintet entered the Columbia Studios to begin recording what would become ‘Round About Midnight. While Davis had already decided to move on to the larger Columbia Records, he still owed Prestige five albums. Over the rest of the year, Davis alternated recording for Columbia and then Prestige until his contract with the latter was honored.

The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions documents Davis’ efforts to complete his obligation to Prestige. 32 songs from his current band book were recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in three sessions, the latter two marathons, held between November 1955 and October 1956. Ten days following the group’s first Columbia session, Davis recorded the first of the Prestige dates. Where the Columbia sides were meticulously constructed over many takes, the Prestige recordings were typically spun off as single performances. The Prestige management asked Davis to record as if performing live in a club. With an already impressive book, these players simply recorded what they played on the bandstand every night.

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Sonny Rollins

From Way Out West – 1957 – 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

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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

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band name and date unknown (posted by the Bass player 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.

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

    You’re welcome Keith O

    Reply

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