The Sound of Jazz 200g LP
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Limited Edition 200g Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered From Original Analog Tapes By Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound!
Featuring "Wild Man Blues" "Dickie's Dream" & More!
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This 200-gram Analogue Productions LP reissue is a magnificent-sounding
recording of a historic TV event. For a rare and glorious one-hour nationwide
broadcast, CBS brought together 32 towering heavyweight jazz musicians of the
swing era for the jam session to end all jam sessions.
The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, live from CBS Studio 58,
the Town Theater at 851 Ninth Avenue in New York City. The show was hosted by
New York Herald-Tribune media critic John Crosby, directed by Jack Smight, and
produced by Robert Herridge. Jazz writers Nat Hentoff and Whitney Balliett were
the primary music consultants.
"The Sound of Jazz" brought together 32 leading musicians from the swing era
including Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones and
Coleman Hawkins; the Chicago style players of the same era, like Henry "Red"
Allen, Vic Dickenson, and Pee Wee Russell; and younger 'modernist' musicians
such as Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Giuffre. These players played
separately with their compatriots, but also joined to combine various styles in
one group, such as Red Allen's group and the group backing Billie Holiday on
"Fine and Mellow".
Columbia Records released this LP in 1958 that is actually a rehearsal that
preceded the telecast (recorded on December 4 at Columbia's 30th Street
studios), and is not its soundtrack. The LP was released in 1958 as Columbia CL
1098, with liner notes by Eric Larrabee, and the cover photo is by Tom Yee. The
recording doesn't include all of the performers on the TV show (Mulligan refused
to participate because no additional payment was involved) and includes several
who were not on the show. Bassist Walter Page rehearsed, and is featured on the
LP, but collapsed on the way to the studio for the telecast.
For this Analogue Productions reissue, they started with the original tape
and the best mastering available — Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound did a stellar
job, and naturally, plating at Quality Record Pressings was handled by master
plating technician Gary Salstrom. The 200-gram QRP platters serve up an utterly
noiseless background that lets the superior sonics shine through.
The show's performance of "Fine and Mellow" reunited Billie Holiday with her
estranged long-time friend Lester Young for the final time. Jazz critic Nat
Hentoff, who was involved in the show, recalled that during rehearsals, they
kept to opposite sides of the room. Young was very weak, and Hentoff told him to
skip the big band section of the show and that he could sit while performing in
the group with Holiday.
During the performance of "Fine and Mellow", Webster played the first solo.
"Then", Hentoff remembered: "Lester got up, and he played the purest
blues I have ever heard, and [he and Holiday] were looking at each other, their
eyes were sort of interlocked, and she was sort of nodding and half-smiling. It
was as if they were both remembering what had been — whatever that was. And in
the control room we were all crying. When the show was over, they went their
• Limited Edition
• 200g Vinyl
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Mastered From Original Analog Tapes
• Mastered by Ryan K. Smith
• Plating by Gary Salstrom at QRP
1. Wild Man Blues - Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars
2. Rosetta - Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars
3. Fine and Mellow - Billie Holiday, Mal Waldron All-Stars
4. Blues - Jimmy Giuffre, Pee Wee Russell, Jo Jones, Danny Barker
5. I Left My Baby - Jimmy Rushing, Count Basie All-Stars
6. The Train and The River - Jimmy Giuffre Trio
7. Nervous - Mal Waldron
8. Dickie's Dream - Count Basie All-Stars