Don Sleet: All Members - JazzWax

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November 16, 2009


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Red Colm O'Sullivan

Gotta say: special thanks for this reminder and focus on a real great jazz album.
It's important for many reasons - not least as evidence of the rare, and very successful, hook-up between Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb (I can think of a much later Mark Morganelli record too).
I'm happy to report that it does have great notoriety as an important record, too, amongst certain cognoscenti: Kenny Washington is known to especially love it and to call it - he's the one to hip me to it. I do thank him (and now, you, too).

PS.: Isn't that My Fair Lady sensational? And Irene Kral in there... oh boy! And Jack Sheldon is hilarious on it. (Another true under-regarded great Charlie Kennedy is on there too. Another treasure).

Han Schulte

The New York Times wrote 1/10/1987:

" LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (AP) - Don
Sleet, a jazz musician who was Down-
beat magazine's trumpeter of the year
three times during the 1950's, died Dec.
31 of cancer. He was 48 years old.
Mr. Sleet performed with Stan Ken-
ton's band in 1953 and went on to ap-
pear with the Lighthouse All Stars and
the Shelly Manne All Stars. The maga-
zine recognizid him as trumpeter of
the year from 1956 through 1958. "

Han Schulte

Ian Carey

Sorry, the above comment was me. Looks like the Typepad/Facebook linkup has some kinks to iron out...

Ian Carey

Just my take, but it's interesting to hear the difference in style in his playing on that podcast between the Pacific Jazz date and "All Members"--to me, he sounds like a pleasant Chet clone on the former, and a serious NY straightahead player on the latter. Jimmy Heath's comment is blunt but true--true even today. More good players than there will ever be gigs, unfortunately.

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