Urbie Green in 1954 - JazzWax

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March 31, 2011


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Dave James

Sweet. Never underestimate the rhythmic drive of Freddie Green.


I'll go along with "soaring" and "avian"; not so sure about "sirloin" - I'd say more custard.

Michael Steinman

If I remember correctly, when the 10" lp went away, Vanguard coupled this session with another -- two sides of a 12" lp. My reissue copy is called OLD TIME MODERN, and the other band -- all amateurs -- led by Nat Pierce -- featured Urbie, Doug Mettome, Jo Jones . . . not bad. The Vanguard sessions would still make an exquisite Mosaic set, but rumor has it the rights are held by people who don't quite understand the value -- aesthetically -- of what they have. The most recent reissues on CD were paste-and-patch without much logic. The sessions were recorded in a Masonic Temple in Brooklyn (it still exists) that had glorious sound -- one mike from the ceiling. The way it used to be!


Fantastic Urbie,thank you Marc!

John P. Cooper

What an exciting time for Jazz! New stuff still coming out that people cared enough to buy. Format changes. Covers with art surrounding the music.

John Cooper

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