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In January 1968.

In January 1968, “Blue Note” label released “Open House”, the 45th Jimmy Smith album. It was recorded in March 1960, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Jimmy Smith – organ
  • Quentin Warren – guitar
  • Donald Bailey – drums
  • Blue Mitchell – trumpet
  • Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
  • Ike Quebec – tenor saxophone
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
  • Reid Miles – design
  • Francis Wolff – photography
  • Leonard Feather – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Open House – Jimmy Smith
  2. Old Folks – Willard Robison, Dedette Lee Hill
  3. Sista Rebecca – Jimmy Smith
  4. Embraceable You – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

In September 1961.

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In September 1961, “Mercury” label released “Pre-Bird”, the 18th Charles Mingus album. It was recorded in May 1960, and was produced by Leonard Feather.

Personnel:

  • Charles Mingus – bass
  • Paul Bley – piano
  • Roland Hanna – piano
  • Gunther Schuller – conductor
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • Ted Curson – trumpet
  • Clark Terry – trumpet
  • Hobart Dotson – trumpet
  • Richard Williams – trumpet
  • Robert Di Domenica – flute
  • Eric Dolphy – alto saxophone, flute
  • Booker Ervin – saxophone
  • Yusuf Lateef – saxophone, flute
  • John LaPorta – saxophone
  • Danny Bank – saxophone
  • Bill Barron – saxophone
  • Joe Farrell – saxophone
  • Eddie Bert – trombone
  • Slide Hampton – trombone
  • Jimmy Knepper – trombone
  • Charles “Majeed” Greenlee – trombone
  • George Scott – drums
  • Dannie Richmond – drums
  • Sticks Evans – drums
  • Max Roach – drums
  • Lorraine Cusson – vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Charles Mingus, except where noted.

  1. Take the “A” Train – Billy Strayhorn / Exactly Like You – Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields
  2. Prayer For Passive Resistance
  3. Eclipse
  4. Mingus Fingus No. 2
  5. Weird Nightmare
  6. Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me – Duke Ellington, Bob Russell / I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart – Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Henry Nemo, John Redmond
  7. Bemoanable Lady
  8. Half-Mast Inhibition

In December 1952.

In December 1952, “Blue Note” label released “New Faces New Sounds (Introducing the Horace Silver Trio)”, the debut Horace Silver album. It was recorded in October 1952, at “WOR Studios” in New York City.

Personnel:

  • Horace Silver – piano
  • Art Blakey– drums
  • Curly Russell– bass
  • Gene Ramey– bass
  • Leonard Feather– liner note
  • John Hermansader – cover

Track listing:

  1. Safari – Horace Silver
  2. Ecaroh – Horace Silver
  3. Prelude to a Kiss – Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills
  4. Thou Swell – Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
  5. Quicksilver – Horace Silver
  6. Horoscope – Horace Silver
  7. Yeah – Horace Silver
  8. Knowledge Box – Horace Silver

 

On July 17, 1959.

Billie Hoiliday

On July 17, 1959, Eleonora Fagan aka Billie Holiday, died aged 44. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday is one of the true jazz icons and one of the most influential singers of all time.  Famous jazz critics Leonard Feather, said about her: “Billie Holiday’s voice was the living intensity of soul in the true sense of that greatly abused word. As a human being, she was sweet, sour, kind, mean, generous, profane, lovable and impossible, and nobody who knew her expects to see anyone quite like her again.”