Saturday, October 31, 2009

Clark TERRY - Swahili 1955

Clark TERRY - Swahili 1955


With the exception of three songs cut as V-Discs in 1947, this set contains flugelhornist Clark Terry's first recordings as a leader. Joined by trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, baritonist Cecil Payne, pianist Horace Silver, Oscar Pettiford on cello, bassist Wendell Marshall, and drummer Art Blakey, Terry performs eight obscure songs that are arranged quite expertly by Quincy Jones. Terry sounds much more influenced by Dizzy Gillespie than he would in just a couple of years, but his good-humored musical personality and control of his horn were already obvious. With Pettiford offering occasional cello solos (in addition to playing second bass) and Cleveland in top form, this is an LP long overdue to be reissued on CD.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
This edition comprises two early sessions by Clark Terry. The CD's first 8 tracks marks the trumpeter's recording debut as a leader, and, as is customary, the title of the original LP simply bore his name. He counted on the inestimable collaboration with Quincy Jones, who had been Terry's trumpet student in Seattle. This is the first time Clark has had a whole LP in which to express himself. By the time you have heard it all, if you did not know it before, you will be convinced that this is one trumpet player who not only plays as he feels, not only has complete command of his instrument, but also has something to say that is purely and delightfully personal. In the future, it will neve take you more then 16 bars of any Terry solo to enable you to be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt who is playing.
From World Records.
Clark Terry- Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland- Trombone
Cecil Payne- Sax (Baritone)
Horace Silver- Piano
Oscar Pettiford- Bass, Cello
Wendell Marshall- Bass
Art Blakey- Drums
A1. Swahili (Jones) (6:05)  
A2. Double Play (Jones) (3:30)   
A3. Slow Boat (Henderson, Terry) (4:25)   
A4. Co-Op (Terry) (3:43)
B1. Kitten (Terry) (5:30)    
B2. The Countess (Green, Terry) (6:38)     
B3. Tuma (Jones) (3:02)   
B4. Chuckles (Terry) (4:21)

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