146

Norman Granz' J.A.T.P.: Carnegie Hall, 1949

David Rickert By

Sign in to view read count
This release, one might suspect, is a tribute to Norman Granz, who died late last year. A tireless promoter of jazz, one of Granz’s first projects was the Jazz at the Philharmonic series, which successfully presented jazz to a more cultured audience. Although criticized by some as vaudeville for pandering to the masses, the concerts were often a chance to see veterans and younger players who otherwise might never have played together. The song selection isn’t all that challenging, reflecting the lack of rehearsal time, but the performances are nevertheless crisp and energetic and often quite lengthy. It’s a treat to hear Navarro and Parker with West-coasters Brown and Manne, who had yet to establish themselves as significant figures on the scene. Criss certainly doesn’t embarrass himself either, working eagerly to match Parker’s proficiency. The second half features a quintet with Hawkins and Navarro in a more intimate setting; “Sophisticated Lady” is quite lovely and features some wonderful phrasing from both hornmen. Many of these players met with an early demise and any recordings available by the likes of Navarro and Bird will likely be picked up by those in the know. This is a welcome reissue and a fitting tribute to one of the men who made jazz a serious force.

Track Listing: Leap Here, Indiana, Lover Come Back To Me, Rifftide, Sophisticated Lady, The Things We Did Last Summer, Stuffy.

Personnel: Charlie Parker, Sonny Criss-alto saxophone; Flip Phillips, Coleman Hawkins-tenor saxophone; Fats Navarro-trumpet; Tommy Turk-trombone; Hank Jones-piano; Ray Brown-bass; Shelley Manne-drums.

Title: Carnegie Hall, 1949 | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Fantasy Jazz


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Presents Improvisation
Not On Label (Norman (15) Self-released)
1996
buy
J.A.T.P. In London,...
Not On Label (Norman (15) Self-released)
1989
buy
Norman Granz' Jazz...
Not On Label (Norman (15) Self-released)
0
buy
Jazz At The...
Not On Label (Norman (15) Self-released)
0
buy

More Articles

Read Heart Knows CD/LP/Track Review Heart Knows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Jersey CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Wobbly Danse Flower CD/LP/Track Review Wobbly Danse Flower
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Carry Fire CD/LP/Track Review Carry Fire
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: September 22, 2017
Read A Night Walking Through Mirrors CD/LP/Track Review A Night Walking Through Mirrors
by Barry Witherden
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jondo CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017
Read "Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Spirit Forward" CD/LP/Track Review Spirit Forward
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "December Songs" CD/LP/Track Review December Songs
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Beguiled" CD/LP/Track Review Beguiled
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 9, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.