180g High Quality Pressing! Pressed at Pallas in
Germany! Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
Harry 'Sweets' Edison, a smooth and suave trumpeter, was a cohort of orchestra
leader Count Basie, a favorite of bandleader Nelson Riddle, and a noted backup
artist for the most prominent vocalists of his time. Edison, with his energetic
yet reticent blowing style, bridged a genre gap between the early classic jazz
sound of Louis Armstrong and modern bebop modes. Edison, who played equally well
in both styles, had a special talent for sustaining his trumpet notes and
injecting each single tone with expression and soul never heard before or after.
The special quality of his trumpet playing earned him the nickname 'Sweets'
because of the sweetness of the tones. Likewise his ability to control the tone
of his trumpet brought him to the forefront as a session musician, playing
accompaniments for the most respected vocalists of his time.
Edison was a true pioneer of jazz. An old-time homespun boy, born in Columbus,
Ohio, he never knew with certainty even the year of his birth. According to his
best knowledge, he was born in 1919, although some sources list the date as
early as 1915. Edison knew even less about his own father, a Native American of
the Hopi (Apache) tribe and a drifter who stayed only a few weeks with Edison’s
mother before taking to the road and was rarely heard from afterward. Edison
spent his early years with an uncle, who was a coal miner and a farmer, in
Louisville, Kentucky. It was Edison’s uncle who taught the boy to play the pump
organ and to play scales on an old cornet. Edison, who also listened to his
uncle’s records, was especially inspired by the music of Louis Armstrong and
Harry "Sweets" Edison added something special to any date in which he took part,
but these 1958 sessions he led for Roulette are especially enjoyable. Joined by
either Jimmy Jones or Kenny Drew on piano and Joe Benjamin or John Simmons on
bass, along with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and drummer Charlie Persip,
Edison's trumpet swings effortlessly through a batch of standards and originals.
The loping blues "Centerpiece" became a classic jazz composition, recorded by
numerous jazz artists, but this was its debut appearance on LP. "Jive at Five"
dates from his years with Count Basie and finds the band sticking to an
accompanying role in this swinging but brief arrangement. Edison utilizes a mute
in the gently swinging "Louisiana," while he showboats just a bit in a brief
take of "It Happened in Monterey." While this record might have offered a little
more variety by giving solo space to some of the talented sidemen present, this
long out of print LP is well worth acquiring.
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Harry Edison, trumpet
Jimmy Forrest, tenor saxophone
Jimmy Jones, piano
Joe Benjamin, bass
John Simmons, bass
Charlie Persip, drums
Kenny Drew, piano
3. Jive At Five
1. It Happened In Monterey
2. If I Had You
5. Pussy Willow