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In April 1957.

In April 1957, “Columbia” label released “Such Sweet Thunder”, album by Duke Ellington. It was recorded August 1956 – March 1957, and was produced by Irving Townsend. The album is a twelve-part suite based on the work of William Shakespeare.

Personnel:

  • Duke Ellington – piano
  • Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone
  • Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone
  • Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone
  • Russell Procope – clarinet, alto saxophone
  • Harry Carney – bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
  • Cat Anderson – trumpet
  • Clark Terry – trumpet
  • Ray Nance – trumpet
  • Willie Cook – trumpet
  • Quentin Jackson – trombone
  • John Sanders – trombone
  • Britt Woodman – trombone
  • Jimmy Woode – bass
  • Sam Woodyard – drums
  • Billy Strayhorn – orchestration
  • Howard Fritzson – art direction
  • Randall Martin – design
  • Don Hunstein – photography
  • Irving Townsend – liner notes

Track listing:

All tracks by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, except where noted.

  1. Such Sweet Thunder – Cleo
  2. Sonnet for Caesar
  3. Sonnet to Hank Cinq
  4. Lady Mac
  5. Sonnet in Search of a Moor
  6. The Telecasters
  7. Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down) – Puck
  8. Sonnet for Sister Kate
  9. The Star-Crossed Lovers
  10. Madness in Great Ones – Hamlet
  11. Half the Fun
  12. Circle of Fourths

In April 1957.

In April 1957, “Columbia” label released “Jay and Kai”, album by J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding. It was recorded in November 1955, July – December 17, 1956, and January 1957 in New York City.

Personnel:

  • J. J. Johnson – trombone, trombonium 
  • Kai Winding – trombone, trombonium
  • Wayne Andre, Carl Fontana – trombone
  • Dick Leib – bass trombone 
  • Bobby Jaspar – tenor saxophone
  • Roy Frazee, Hank Jones, Dick Katz – piano
  • Bill Crow, Percy Heath, Milt Hinton, Kenny O’Brien – bass
  • Kenny Clarke, Jack Franklin, Elvin Jones, Shadow Wilson – drums
  • Candido Camero – bongos

Track listing:

  1. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To – Cole Porter
  2. Caribe – Kai Winding
  3. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe – Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg
  4. The Song Is You – Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II
  5. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning – David Mann, Bob Hilliard
  6. Yes, You – Dick Leib
  7. Tromboniums in Motion – J. J. Johnson
  8. How High the Moon – Morgan Lewis, Nancy Hamilton
  9. Violets for Your Furs – Matt Dennis, Tom Adair
  10. Too Close for Comfort – Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Larry Holofcener
  11. ‘S Wonderful – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  12. I Should Care – Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn

In March 1958.

In March 1958, “Prestige” label released “Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet”, the 24th Miles Davis album. It was recorded in October 1956, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, New Jersey, and was produced by Bob Weinstock.

Personnel:

  • Miles Davis – trumpet
  • John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
  • Red Garland – piano
  • Paul Chambers – bass
  • Philly Joe Jones – drums

Track listing:

  1. If I Were a Bell – Frank Loesser
  2. You’re My Everything – Harry Warren
  3. I Could Write a Book – Richard Rodgers
  4. Oleo – Sonny Rollins
  5. It Could Happen to You – Jimmy Van Heusen
  6. Woody ’n’ You – Dizzy Gillespie

In March 1957.

In March 1957, “Blue Note” label released “Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan” (known as Hank Mobley Sextet), the seventh Hank Mobley album. It was recorded in November 1956, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
  • Donald Byrd – trumpet
  • Lee Morgan – trumpet
  • Horace Silver – piano
  • Paul Chambers – bass
  • Charlie Persip – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Hank Mobley

  1. Touch and Go
  2. Double Whammy
  3. Barrel of Funk
  4. Mobleymania

In February 1957.

In February 1957, “RCA Victor” label released “Phineas’ Rainbow”, the second Phineas Newborn Jr. studio album. It was recorded in October 1956 in New York City.

Personnel:

  • Phineas Newborn Jr. – piano
  • Calvin Newborn – guitar
  • George Joyner – bass
  • Philly Joe Jones – drums
  • Bill Coss – liner notes

Track listing:

All tracks by Phineas Newborn Jr. except where noted.

  1. Overtime
  2. Angel Eyes – Earl Brent, Matt Dennis
  3. Come to Baby, Do! – Inez James, Sidney Miller
  4. Stairway to the Stars – Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli
  5. Land’s End – Harold Land
  6. Clarisse
  7. She (She Means Everything to Me) – George Shearing
  8. Tin Tin Deo – Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo
  9. Autumn in New York – Vernon Duke
  10. What Is This Thing Called Love? – Cole Porter

In September 1956.

In September 1956 “Jazz West” label released “Chambers’ Music” the debut Paul Chambers album. It was recorded in March 1956, at “Western Recorders” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Herbert Kimmel.

Personnel:

  • Paul Chambers — bass
  • Kenny Drew — piano
  • Roland Alexander — piano
  • John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
  • Pepper Adams — baritone saxophone
  • Curtis Fuller — trombone
  • Philly Joe Jones — drums

Track listing:

  1. Dexterity – Charlie Parker
  2. Stablemates – Benny Golson
  3. Easy to Love – Cole Porter
  4. Visitation – Paul Chambers
  5. John Paul Jones – John Coltrane
  6. Eastbound – Kenny Drew

On August 21, 2021.

On August 21, 2021, Don Everly died aged 84. He was musician (guitar), singer and songwriter, member of the Everly Brothers (with his brother Phil). Regarded as pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll, they began recording music in 1956, and had the first hit “Bye Bye Love” in 1957. In the period from 1958 to 1960, Everly Brothers had number of hits including “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, and “Problems”. In the 1960s their vocal harmonies influenced many musicians and bands including the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. In 1986, Everly Brothers were the first group to be inaugurated in the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” (together with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis).

On August 13, 1956.

On August 13, 1956, “Capitol” label released “Bluejean Bop!”, the debut Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps album. It was recorded in June 1956, and was produced by Ken Nelson.

Personnel:

  • Gene Vincent – vocals, guitar
  • Galloping” Cliff Gallup – lead guitar
  • “Wee” Willie Williams – rhythm guitar
  • “Jumpin'” Jack Neal – upright bass
  • “Be-Bop” Dickie Harrell – drums

Track listing:

  1. Bluejean Bop – Hal Levy, Gene Vincent
  2. Jezebel – Wayne Shanklin
  3. Who Slapped John? – Tex Davis, Gene Vincent
  4. Ain’t She Sweet – Milton Ager, Jack Yellen
  5. I Flipped – Richard Penniman, Chilton Price
  6. Waltz of the Wind – Fred Rose
  7. Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back – Hadda Brooks
  8. Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine) – Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Willie Raskin
  9. Jumps, Giggles and Shouts – Tex Davis, Gene Vincent
  10. Up a Lazy River – Sidney Arodin, Hoagy Carmichael
  11. Bop Street – Tex Davis, Cliff Gallup
  12. Peg O’ My Heart – Alfred Bryan, Fred Fisher

In April 1957.

In April 1957, “Columbia” label released “Such Sweet Thunder”, album by Duke Ellington. It was recorded in August 1956 – May 1957, and was produced by Irving Townsend.

Personnel:

  • Duke Ellington – piano, conductor
  • Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone
  • Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone
  • Russell Procope – clarinet, alto saxophone
  • Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone
  • Harry Carney – bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
  • Cat Anderson – trumpet
  • Clark Terry – trumpet
  • Ray Nance – trumpet
  • Willie Cook – trumpet
  • Quentin Jackson – trombone
  • John Sanders – trombone
  • Britt Woodman – trombone
  • Jimmy Woode – bass
  • Sam Woodyard – drums
  • Billy Strayhorn – orchestration
  • Irving Townsend – liner notes
  • Howard Fritzson – art direction
  • Don Hunstein – photography
  • Randall Martin – design

Track listing:

All tracks by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

  1. Such Sweet Thunder
  2. Sonnet for Caesar
  3. Sonnet to Hank Cinq
  4. Lady Mac
  5. Sonnet in Search of a Moor
  6. The Telecasters
  7. Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down)
  8. Sonnet for Sister Kate
  9. The Star-Crossed Lovers
  10. Madness in Great Ones
  11. Half the Fun
  12. Circle of Fourths

In April 1957.

In April 1957, “Blue Note” label released the self-titled, second Kenny Burrell studio album. It was recorded March – May 1956, at “Audio-Video Studios” in New York City and “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Kenny Burrell – guitar
  • Tommy Flanagan – piano 
  • Frank Foster – tenor saxophone
  • Paul Chambers – bass
  • Oscar Pettiford – bass
  • Kenny Clarke – drums
  • Shadow Wilson – drums
  • Candido – conga 
  • Andy Warhol – cover art

Track listing:

All tracks by Kenny Burrell except where noted.

  1. Get Happy – Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
  2. But Not for Me – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  3. Moten Swing – Bennie Moten
  4. Cheetah
  5. Now See How You Are – Woody Harris, Oscar Pettiford
  6. Phinupi
  7. How About You? – Burton Lane, Ralph Freed