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Friday, April 16, 2021

Ten 10" Albums I still play (occasionally). 3: Harry Edison Quartet - "Sweets" at the Haig.

This was Harry Edison at the top of his game. Not the clichéd tightly muted trumpet player that popped up for a few bars on various Sinatra/Riddle albums but the full-blooded horn-man who fired-up the trumpet section of the early Basie band. As he did then, he does doubly so here, raising the rafters of the small Hollywood club in complete contrast to the venue's previous trumpet player - Chet Baker with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet!

I first came across the album after hearing two of the tracks on an EP. That wasn't enough - I had to have the rest. This was trumpet playing to die for and, driving him on was Alvin Stoller another great musician who disappeared into the anonymity of the studio set up. Arnold Ross was as tasteful a pianist as any on the West Coast scene and Joe Comfort the perfect bass player. 

I almost wore the album out with repeated playing to the extent that, even now, decades later, I still recognise the solos almost to the point of singing along - that is if I could sing and had a vocal range equivalent to that of Harry Edison's trumpet! Lance

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3 comments :

Bill Gallon said...

I have a photo with Harry Edison when he appeared at the Corner House but cannot remember who were the backing group. I think it was Billy Harper but can anyone give the full personnel He was easy to talk to and appeared to have enjoyed the concert(unlike the visit of Warren Vaché)

Anonymous said...

I was at Edison's Corner House gig. It could well have been Billy Harper on piano, although Chris Yates' book Blue Horizons suggests it could have been Malcolm Saul. Perhaps Billy could confirm the line-up. Someone should have been taking notes!

Lance said...

I was indeed there (February 22, 1982) and taking photos if not notes. However, Sweets played at least two sessions at the Corner House. On his first appearance it was with Malcolm Saul, Pete Stuart and probably Ronnie Pearson. However, as the gig was incorporated with the regular Tuesday night session by the Willie Payne Sextet, the evening concluded with Sweets jamming with Mike Gilby (trumpet); Sid Warren (tenor); Willie Payne (guitar); Derek Dixon (Bass guitar?) and Dennis Healey (drums).

Chris Yates records the second session, 3 years later, as with Ronnie Pipe on piano.

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