1951-1956

1951-1956

by Jess StacyJess Stacy

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Overview

The third installment in the Classics chronological overview of recordings issued under the name of pianist Jess Stacy traces a time line from March 16, 1951, to March 3, 1956, with recordings made exclusively in Los Angeles, CA. It opens with eight titles recorded for Brunswick by Stacy, guitarist George Van Eps, bassist Morty Corb, and drummer Nick Fatool. This quartet's marvelous integrity is strongly in evidence on Rodgers & Hart's "You Took Advantage of Me" and endures throughout each of the ensemble members' subsequent collaborations. Tracks nine through 18 were recorded for Atlantic during April 1954 by two different nine-piece Benny Goodman reunion bands under the leadership of Jess Stacy. With all due respect to tenor saxophonists Babe Russin and Vido Musso, the real star of these swinging sessions was front-line trumpeter Ziggy Elman. According to Classics producer Anatol Schenker, these miniature big-band recordings (including a rendition of Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye" lasting 50 seconds and a tiny take of "Let's Dance" that clocks out at less than half a minute) were only released to the public following the success of the sentimentalist motion picture The Benny Goodman Story. Stacy recorded four more titles (including a blues dedicated to jazz critic Otis Ferguson) for Atlantic on October 6, 1955, this time with bassist Artie Shapiro and drummer Nick Fatool. Stacy and Fatool also recorded four duets (on themes composed by Stacy) for Brunswick on March 3, 1956. This all adds up to one of the most enjoyable Jess Stacy compilations ever assembled by anyone, especially as the range of instrumentation -- duet, trio, quartet, and nonet -- illuminates him as a wonderfully adaptable improviser.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2008
Label: Classics France
UPC: 0826596016276
catalogNumber: 1453

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jess Stacy   Primary Artist,Piano
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Heine Beau   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Van Eps   Guitar
Morty Corb   Bass
Nick Fatool   Drums
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Joe Koch   Baritone Saxophone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Ted Vesely   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Joseph Bonine   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer

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