The Jon Eardley Seven
CAT # OJCCD-123-25
1. Leap Year 4:58 2. There's No You 5:48 3. On The Minute 8:05 4. Ladders 5:16 5. Koo Koo 5:50 6. Eard's Word 5:11
This recording was done at a time when Jon Eardley and Zoot Sims were members of Gerry Mulligan's sextet. Jon, the young trumpeter from Altoona, Pennsylvania, was first visible at the legendary Open Door sessions in Greenwich Village during the mid-Fifties. Then he and Phil Woods recorded together in their New Jazz Quintet and Jon did his own quartet and quintet dates for Prestige. This septet shows off not only his playing and composing but his arranging talent as well. With Sims and Woods aboard, solo power was guaranteed. Milt Gold was not as well known but his highly articulate trombone fits in perfectly. In the Sixties Eardley left the United States for Europe to work in Belgium and Germany. He became a valuable member of the WDR Radio Big Band in Cologne, Germany, where his trumpet and flugelhorn continued to champion lyricism and swing until his death in 1991.
with Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Milt Gold, George Syran, Teddy Kotick, Nick Stabulas
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