Various Artists: Original Jazz Legends- Featuring Torrid Trumpeters (1999)
In this brassy volume of Original Jazz Legends, 1201 Music presents the three-fingered horn work of Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich, Joe Newman and Donald Byrd. Though Rich and Cole may not be best known for their horn-y aptitude, one of their bandmates lets go some fiery squeaks in the Rich-ly percussed jitterbug "Laguna Jump." "Black Market Stuff," on the other hand, is more playful than parching and "I’ll Never Be The Same" is a romantic slow dance more than anything else.
Newman’s "Midgets" remains true to its title, with its muted squawks and tiny steps and some circusy samples of "The Man on the Flying Trapeze," but there is little fire-eatingbeing done under this big top. "East of the Sun" offers some Basin St. bandstand swing, but it is not until "King Size" fanfares in that the horns really heat up. Though Newman leads the charge, his partners in pep are not given any credit at all. Byrd’s third take of "Child’s Play" opens like a nursery rhyme, but soon grows into a multi-horn theme which teases Byrd and his play-ground pals into a tuneful game of tag. Take four of "Smoothie" sounds like its title implies, but with some stiff arpeggiations added for flavor. "Friday’s Child" is full of grace, with Byrd’s breathy broken moans making the most of grace notes as well. Though few of the tracks offered here may truly fit the series’ title, there are moments of hot brass hidden among the milder stuff. Unfortunately, the lack of liner notes make it difficult to give credit to the musical arsonists in the crowd.
Track Listing: Disc: 1 1. When the Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong 2. Satin Doll - Teddy Wilson 3. Darn That Dream - Thelonious Monk 4. Blue Skies - Zoot Sims 5. Hush - Donald Byrd 6. Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington 7. Doxy - Dexter Gordon 8. West 42nd Street - Kenny Dorham 9. I'm Beginning to See the Light - Art Tatum 10. One for Elena - Grant Green 11. Number Five - Freddie Hubbard 12. Autumn Leaves - Ben Webster Disc: 2 1. Evidence - Thelonious Monk 2. Nearness of You 3. She Is Funny That Way - Art Tatum 4. Memories of You - Stephane Grappelli 5. C Jam Blues - Sidney Bechet 6. Taffy Twist - Duke Ellington 7. Swingin' Away - Earl Hines 8. Don't Explain to Me Baby - Miles Davis 9. Night Work - Sonny Stitt 10. Hot House - Bud Powell 11. B.P. Blues - Paul Gonsalves 12. Come Rain or Come Shine - Dexter Gordon Disc: 3 1. Jump for Joy - Duke Ellington 2. Snake Eyes 3. I Loves You, Porgy - Billie Holiday 4. Blues in the Closet - Bud Powell 5. Grand Street - Kenny Dorham 6. After You've Gone - Teddy Wilson 7. Spring Can Really Hang You Up - Jackie & Roy 8. Ruby, My Dear - Thelonious Monk 9. Black Market Stuff - Nat King Cole 10. Sophisticated Lady - Johnny Griffin 11. Ingin' the Ooh - Count Basie 12. What Am I Here For? - Duke Ellington