The Rare Dawn Sessions

The Rare Dawn Sessions

by Les Jazz ModesLes Jazz Modes

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Overview

For a short time during 1956-58, tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse and Julius Watkins (the wizard of the jazz French horn) teamed up to form a regular quintet that they named Les Jazz Modes. Their first three (and best) records have been reissued on this two-CD set. In addition to the co-leaders, the group featured pianist Gildo Mahones, a variety of bassists and drummers, guest appearances by Chino Pozo on congas (not Chano Pozo as listed on the back cover) and (on five numbers) the out-of-place classical soprano voice of Eileen Gilbert. In general the music is hard bop of the period but it does give one a good chance to hear Watkins really stretching out. The tenor-French horn frontline does sound a bit unusual but they blend together quite nicely on the ensembles. This reissue is well worth investigating.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/1995
Label: Biograph
UPC: 0092631340020
catalogNumber: 134

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jazz Modes   Primary Artist
Oscar Pettiford   Bass,Track Performer
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums
Julius Watkins   French Horn,Track Performer
Ron Jefferson   Drums,Track Performer
Chano Pozo   Banjo,Conga,Track Performer
Paul Chambers   Bass
Eileen Gilbert   Soprano (Vocal),Track Performer
Gildo Mahones   Piano,Track Performer
Janet Putnam   Harp,Track Performer
Martin Rivera   Bass,Track Performer
Paul West   Track Performer
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Debbie Gibson   Composer
Stanley Cowell   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Julius Watkins   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Arnold S. Caplin   Reissue Producer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Narada Michael Walden   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Alan Caplin   Art Direction
George Forrest   Composer
Gordon Jacob   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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