Prestige Legacy, Volume 3 - All-Star Jam Sessions
by Various Artists
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- Released: October 15, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Prestige
- 1.New Blues up and Down - Gene Ammons / Sonny Stitt
- 2.Happy Blues, The - Gene Ammons
- 3.Just You, Just Me - Hank Mobley / John Coltrane / Zoot Sims / Al Cohn
- 4.House of Chan - Donald Byrd / Phil Woods
- 5.Flickers - Donald Byrd / Hank Mobley
- 6.A.T. - Donald Byrd / Frank Foster
- 7.Forty Quarters - Donald Byrd / Idrees Sulieman / Art Farmer
- 8.Pedal Eyes - Gene Quill / Hal Stein / Phil Woods / Sahib Shihab
- 9.Touch, - Frank Wess / Thad Jones
- 10.Light Blue - John Coltrane / Webster Young / Bobby Jaspar / Idrees Sulieman
- 11.Easy Living - Jackie McLean / John Jenkins / John Coltrane / Bobby Jaspar / Idrees Sulieman / Webster Young / Light Blue
Full title: The Prestige Legacy Vol.3 - The All-Star Jam Sessions.
Includes liner notes by Eric Alexander.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Kenny Burrell (guitar); Frank Wess, Jerome Richardson (flute); Gene Quill, Hal Stein, Jackie McLean, John Jenkins , Phil Woods, Sahib Shihab (alto saxophone); Frank Foster , Gene Ammons, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Al Cohn, Sonny Stitt, Bobby Jaspar (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd, Idrees Sulieman, Art Farmer, Webster Young, Thad Jones, Bill Massey (trumpet); Al Outcalt (trombone); Duke Jordan, Charles Bateman, Hod O'Brien, Al Haig, Mal Waldron, Red Garland, Tommy Flanagan, Wade Legge (piano); Teddy Charles (vibraphone); Ed Thigpen, Elvin Jones, Louis Hayes, Teddy Stewart, Charlie Persip (drums); Candido (congas).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Eric Alexander .
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (01/31/1951-05/03/1957).
Around 1950, there were two major advances in recording technology. One was the advent of high-fidelity mono; '50s hi-fi wasn't quite stereo, but it was close. The other was the advent of the LP. Because improvisers were liberated from the time limits of 78s, the sort of extended jams that had been taking place in jazz clubs could take place in a studio. In the '50s, Prestige took full advantage of LP technology by recording a lot of blowing dates, and those studio jam sessions are the primary focus of this 79-minute compilation (which spans 1951-1957). Fantasy establishes a very jam-minded tone by making Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt's "New Blues Up and Down" the opening track. Ammons and Stitt were the ultimate in bop sportsmanship -- their tenor battles are legendary -- and "New Blues Up and Down" (a 1951 sequel to the original "Blues Up and Down") is a perfect way to begin a jam-oriented bebop/hard bop disc. In the '50s, Prestige loved to unite two or more jazzmen who played the same instrument, and on this CD, that could mean four alto saxes (Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Hal Stein, and Sahib Shihab on "Pedal Eyes"), four tenor saxes (John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, and Zoot Sims on "Just You, Just Me"), or three trumpets (Art Farmer, Donald Byrd, and Idrees Sulieman on "Forty Quarters"). But Prestige's jam sessions could also mean having a variety of horns on the front line, such as Ammons getting together with Farmer and alto saxman Jackie McLean on "The Happy Blues." The compilation's liner notes, by the way, were written by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. In many cases, musicians have been guilty of writing sophomoric, uninformed liner notes, but Alexander provides astute and insightful liner notes for this rewarding compilation. ~ Alex Henderson
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