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In May 1962.

In May 1962, “Verve” label released “Bashin’: The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith”, the 20th Jimmy Smith album. It was recorded in March 1962, at “Van Gelder Studios” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by Cred Taylor.

Personnel:

  • Jimmy Smith – organ
  • Oliver Nelson – arranger, conductor
  • Phil Woods, Jerry Dodgion – alto saxophone
  • Bob Ashton, Babe Clarke – tenor saxophone
  • George Barrow – baritone saxophone
  • Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Joe Wilder – trumpet
  • Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman – trombone
  • Tom Mitchell – bass trombone
  • Barry Galbraith – guitar
  • Quentin Warren – guitar
  • George Duvivier – bass
  • Ed Shaughnessy – drums
  • Donald Bailey – drums
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer

Track listing:

  1. Walk on the Wild Side – Elmer Bernstein, Mack David
  2. Ol’ Man River – Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern
  3. In a Mellow Tone – Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler
  4. Step Right Up – Oliver Nelson
  5. Beggar for the Blues – Ray Rasch, Dotty Wayne
  6. Bashin’ – Jimmy Smith
  7. I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) – Johnny Mercer

In December 1960.

In December 1960, “Candid” label released “Big Brass”, the second Benny Bailey album. It was recorded in November 1960, at “Nola Penthouse Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Nat Hentoff.

Personnel:

  • Benny Bailey – trumpet
  • Julius Watkins – French horn 
  • Phil Woods – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Les Spann – guitar, flute
  • Tommy Flanagan – piano
  • Buddy Catlett – bass
  • Art Taylor – drums

Track listing:

  1. Hard Sock Dance – Quincy Jones
  2. Alison – Hale Smith
  3. Tipsy – Oliver Nelson
  4. Please Say Yes – Tom McIntosh
  5. A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Oscar Hammerstein II
  6. Maud’s Mood – Benny Bailey

On December 17, 2020.

On December 17, 2020, Stanley Cowell died aged 79. He was musician (piano), co-founder of the “Strata-East Records” label, and professor at the “Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers”, the “State University of New Jersey”. He recorded with many famous jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Richard Davis, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, The Heath Brothers, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson, J. J. Johnson, Clifford Jordan, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Owens, Art Pepper, Buddy Terry, Charles Sullivan, Charles Toliver, Roland Kirk, Marion Brown, Harold Land, and Max Roach. As leader Cowell released 34 albums.

On May 2, 2020.

On May 2, 2020, Richie Cole died aged 72. He was composer, arranger and musician (saxophone), began to play alto saxophone when he was ten years old, encouraged by his father, who owned a jazz club in New Jersey. In the 70’ he created his own “alto madness” bebop style. In the 90’s he formed The Alto Madness Orchestra. Cole recorded and performed with many musicians such as Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Eddie Jefferson, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer, Hank Crawford,  Freddie Hubbard, Eric Kloss, Bobby Enriquez, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Greg Abate, Les DeMerle, Allan Harris, Jim Holman, Vic Juris, Peter Lauffer, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Red Rodney, Janine Santana, Mark Murphy, Sonny Stitt and Boots Randolph. In 2005, Cole was awarded the “State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” on behalf of the “Temecula Jazz Society”.

On April 26, 1993.

On April 26, 1993, “ECM” label released “Bye Bye Blackbird”, the 56th Keith Jarrett album. It was recorded in October 1991, at “Power Station” in New York City, and was produced by Manfred Eicher. The album was tribute to Miles Davis.

Personnel:

  • Keith Jarrett- piano
  • Gary Peacock- double bass
  • Jack DeJohnette- drums

Track listing:

  1. Bye Bye Blackbird – Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon
  2. You Won’t Forget Me – Kermit Goell, Fred Spielman
  3. Butch and Butch – Oliver Nelson
  4. Summer Night – Al Dubin, Harry Warren
  5. For Miles – Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
  6. Straight No Chaser – Thelonious Monk
  7. I Thought About You – Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer
  8. Blackbird, Bye Bye – Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette

 

On November 27, 1967.

On November 27, 1967, “Motown” label released “The Temptations in a Mellow Mood”, the sixth Temptations studio album. It was recorded 1966 – 1967, and was produced by Frank Wilson and Jeffrey Bowen.

Personnel:

  • David Ruffin– vocals
  • Eddie Kendricks– vocals
  • Paul Williams– vocals
  • Melvin Franklin– vocals
  • Otis Williams– vocals
  • Frank Wilson– executive producer
  • B. Barnum– arrangements
  • Oliver Nelson– arrangements
  • Don Costa– arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Hello Young Lovers – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
  2. A Taste of Honey – Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott
  3. For Once in My Life – Ron Miller, Orlando Murden
  4. Somewhere – Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
  5. Ol’ Man River – Hammerstein, Jerome Kern
  6. I’m Ready for Love – Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland
  7. Try to Remember – Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt
  8. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) – Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
  9. What Now My Love? – Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Carl Sigman
  10. That’s Life – Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon
  11. With These Hands – Benny Davis, Abner Silver
  12. The Impossible Dream – Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh

 

On May 10, 2005.

On May 10, 2005, “Blue Note” label released “Joyous Encounter”, the 22nd Joe Lovano album. It was recorded in September 2004, at “Avatar Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Joe Lovano.

Personnel:

  • Joe Lovano – curved soprano, soprano and tenor saxophone
  • Hank Jones – piano
  • George Mraz – bass
  • Paul Motian – drums

Track listing:

  1. Autumn in New York – Vernon Duke
  2. Bird’s Eye View – Joe Lovano
  3. Don’t Ever Leave Me – Thad Jones
  4. Alone Together – Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz
  5. Six and Four – Oliver Nelson
  6. Pannonica – Thelonious Monk
  7. Consummation – Hank Jones
  8. Quiet Lady -Thad Jones
  9. Joyous Encounter – Joe Lovano
  10. A Child Is Born – Thad Jones
  11. Crescent – John Coltrane

 

In February 1965.

In February 1965, “Impulse!” label released “More Blues and the Abstract Truth”, the thirteen Oliver Nelson album. It was recorded in November 1964, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by Bob Thiele.

Personnel:

  • Oliver Nelson- arranger, conductor
  • Thad Jones, Danny Moore – trumpet
  • Phil Woods- alto saxophone
  • Ben Webster- tenor saxophone
  • Phil Bodner- tenor saxophone, English horn
  • Pepper Adams- baritone saxophone
  • Roger Kellaway– piano
  • Richard Davis– bass
  • Grady Tate– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Oliver Nelson, except where noted

  1. Blues and the Abstract Truth
  2. Blues O’Mighty – Johnny Hodges
  3. Theme from Mr. Broadway – Dave Brubeck
  4. Midnight Blue – Neal Hefti
  5. The Critic’s Choice
  6. One for Bob
  7. Blues for Mr. Broadway – Dave Brubeck
  8. Goin’ to Chicago Blues – Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing

In March 1964.

In March 1964, “Verve” label released “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” album by Jimmy Smith. It was recorded in January 1974,at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs NJ, and was produced by Creed Taylor.

Personnel:

  • Jimmy Smith– organ
  • Oliver Nelson– arranger
  • Claus Ogerman– arranger, conductor
  • Val Valentin, Rudy Van Gelder– engineer
  • Acy Lehman – design
  • Roy De Carava – photography
  • Daddio Daylie – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue – Richard Rodgers
  2. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Pt. 1 – Don Kirkpatrick, Keith Knox
  3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Pt. 2 – Don Kirkpatrick, Keith Knox
  4. John Brown’s Body – traditional
  5. Wives and Lovers – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  6. Women of the World – Riziero Ortolani
  7. Bluesette – Toots Thielemans

On May 6, 2004.

On May 6, 2004, Barney Kessel died aged 80. He was jazz guitarist, noted for his inversions and chord-based melodies. In his successful solo career he has recorded 31 album as a leader, was member of the group of session musicians  The Wrecking Crew, and has performed with many famous musicians including Georgie Auld, Chet Baker, Louis Bellson, Benny Carter, Buddy Collette, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Hampton Hawes, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Shorty Rogers, Sonny Rollins and Pete Rugolo.