The Three Tenors (and More)

From ‘Blue Turning Grey Over You’ to ‘Body And Soul’, we have mixed 19 ‘Pure Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Tenor Sax‘. It has Houston Person & Ron Carter, Stanley Turrentine, Bud Freeman & Bucky Pizzarelli , Booker Ervin and many more.

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Wardell Gray,: Tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray, along with his friendly rival Dexter Gordon, was one of the few instrumentalists who came of age after World War II to maintain strong stylistic ties to the Swing Era while embracing the vocabulary and propulsion of bebop.

David ‘Fathead’ Newman : The late nineties brought David to the High Note label where he has recorded six successful CDs. The most recent, I Remember Brother Ray, was released in January 2005 and became the #1 Most Played Jazz Album nationwide.

Verve Music Group : At age 13, Sims switched permanently to the tenor, and his initial inspiration was Lester Young, although he soon developed his own cool-toned sound. Sims was a professional by the age of 15, landing his first important job with Bobby Sherwood’s Orchestra, and joined Benny Goodman’s big band for the first time in 1943

Ben Webster’s pages : In 1940, Ben Webster became Duke Ellington’s first major tenor soloist. During the next three years he was on many famous recordings, including “Cotton Tail” (which in addition to his memorable solo had a saxophone ensemble arranged by Webster) and “All Too Soon.”

Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection : In film, Al Cohn appeared in “The Great Rocky Mountain Jazz Party,” a 1977 documentary based on one of Dick Gibson’s Colorado Jazz parties, and in the 1948 film short entitled “Woody Herman and his Orchestra.”

NPR : Unfortunately, Ammons’ drug problems led to a another arrest and conviction in 1962 — though jazz and blues expert Bob Porter says that Ammons was framed. Luckily, thanks to the savvy of Prestige Records producer Bob Weinstock, the label was able to continue releasing new material.

All About Jazz : A passionate tenor saxophonist, alternately tough and tender, Person’s own talent was often overlooked because of his association with the phenomenal vocalist. He’s only now beginning to receive the recognition he so richly deserves as today’s leading instrumentalist in the tradition Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine made so popular during their careers.

The Hard Bop Homepage : Though he has been in comparative obscurity, Ike Quebec was never forced to turn to house-painting, carpentry or cab-driving as a livelihood. Music was and still is his profession and his life; the 45s cut and released on Blue Note a little while back were a significant reminder.

PLAYLIST : Ike Quebec – Blue Turning Grey Over You (3.58) . Booker Ervin – Deep Night (5.00) . Don Byas – Where Or When (2.38) . Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny Griffin – Nice And Easy (7.32) . Houston Person & Ron Carter – Blue Seven (7.05) . Gray Wardell – Man I love (3.23) . Al Cohn & Zoot Sims – Body And Soul (5.42) . Illinois Jacquet – You left me all alone (3.01) . Eddie Harris – If Ever I Would Leave You (7.58) . Bud Freeman & Bucky Pizzarelli – Dinah (3.21) . Gene Ammons – Hip Tip (8.55) . Joe Henderson – Beatrice (5.40) . Ben Webster – I got it bad (and that aint good) (2.56) . Stanley Turrentine – Stanley’s Time (11.03) . Gato Barbieri – Milonga Triste (5.01) . Jimmy Giuffre & Herb Ellis – A Country Boy (5.06) . Buddy Tate – Medi-2 (6.10) . David ‘Fathead’ Newman – One For My Baby (5.56) . Flip Philips – Don’t Take Your Love From Me (3.34) . Yusef Lateef – Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man (8.03) .


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