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January 02, 2012

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David

The reissue of "Fabel of Mabel" takes it's name from the other session on this compilation. In addition to the session discussed above, there's a nonet with Pomeroy, Mariano, Twardzik, Zitano, etc. The title tune is a Twardzik original. Both sessions are excellent.

Han Schulte

Boots Mussulli also played alto with pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and her quartet on the Storyville record "Toshiko Akiyoshi, her trio and her quartet" (SLP 918; rec. July 1956).
This album has a wonderful cover with a nice work by Joan Miró "Composition" (courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).
The LP was reissued by Trio Records and also several times by this label in the cd format.

Tom Reney

Thanks for remembering Boots. I led a WFCR travel group to the 1999 Marciac Jazz Festival in France, and along the way was asked to speak about jazz in Massachusetts. I discussed prominent figures like Johnny Hodges and Serge Chaloff and Jaki Byard before mentioning Boots Mussulli. Boots was one of the first Bay Staters whose legend I was introduced to as a young jazz enthusiast in the late 60’s, but his name drew a collective blank from the travel group. So imagine our surprise when the following night at Marciac, Springfield native Phil Woods concluded his big band’s performance by naming all the cats on the band and then held his alto aloft and announced, “I’m Boots Mussulli!”

Some of my older listeners still speak of their friendship with Boots. I’ll send them this retrospective.

Jon Foley

Living in New England in the 50s and 60s, I was lucky enough to hear Boots Mussulli playing in the area (and even on television!). I also once went to his club, the Crystal Room in Milford, to hear the Kenton band. Boots Mussulli was one of the most highly respected members of the New England jazz community. Many students of his and Herb Pomeroy's are prominent members of the jazz world today.

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