CAT # OJCCD-834-2
1. Blue Stompin' 6:25 2. Windy 6:50 3. With A Song In My Heart 3:06 4. Midnight 11:02 5. Fancy Pants 4:30 6. The Blast Off 4:36
A mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar may account for the success of this excellent 1959 session. Hal Singer, Charlie Shavers, and Ray Bryant had all worked together at Manhattan’s popular Metropole; but that club’s stress on tourist-friendly raucousness did not allow for the kind of creativity that is so obvious on these spirited tracks. Singer, whose recording of “Cornbread” made him an R&B pioneer in the late Forties, turns in some of his most inspired playing, and the session also reminds us of the great fire, invention, and organizational talents of trumpet giant Charlie Shavers, who contributed the originals “Windy” and “Fancy Pants” as well as the usual affirmative trumpet spots. Pianist Bryant may have been significantly younger than the horns, but his blues classicism made him the perfect partner for the comfortable blowing that occurs here.
with Ray Bryant, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson
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