2 LPs ON 1 CD
When 26-year-old Carmell Jones left his native Kansas for California in August 1960, he made an immediate impact on the high-calibre West Coast jazz scene. Snapped up exclusively by Pacific Jazz, he recorded his first album as a leader, The Remarkable Carmell Jones, the following June. Using much the same lineup as the celebrated Harold Land-Red Mitchell quintet, it was a stellar entrance for the young trumpeter, whose classy tone, ideas and commanding style recalled Clifford Brown. Land, on tenor, was another inspiration and they made a formidable pairing, but Brownie remained Jones’s primary reference, amply demonstrated throughout his leader debut, particularly on his feature, Come Rain or Come Shine, and on Full Moon and Empty Arms. It was bop with a joyous, West Coast accent, grounded in Jones’s lyrical assurance, Land’s maturity and the solid virtues of pianist Frank Strazzeri, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Leon Petties.
The second album, Business Meetin’, used the same quintet, with Donald Dean in for Petties, and a nonet arranged by Gerald Wilson, including a saxophone section, which elicited an ideally simpatico response from Jones. Both these albums amply demonstrate why musicians were unanimous in their praise of this gifted young trumpeter and his sudden rise to national prominence
(1-6) from the album The Remarkable Carmell Jones (Pacific Jazz ST-29)
CARMELL JONES, trumpet
HAROLD LAND, tenor sax
FRANK STRAZZERI, piano
GARY PEACOCK, bass
LEON PETTIES, drums
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises Inc. / Rex Studios,
Los Angeles, June 13 (#6) 14 (#3-5), 30 (#1,2), 1961.
(7-13) from the album Business Meetin’ (Pacific Jazz ST-53)
7-10: Same personnel as on The Remarkable Carmell Jones,
but DONALD DEAN, drums replaces Leon Petties
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, April 25, 1962.
11-13: CARMELL JONES, trumpet
BUD SHANK, CLIFFORD SCOTT, alto sax
HAROLD LAND, WILBUR BROWN, tenor sax
DON RAFELL, baritone sax
FRANK STRAZZERI, piano
LEROY VINNEGAR, bass
RON JEFFERSON, drums
GERALD WILSON, arranger.
Recorded at Pacific Enterprises Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, May 23, 1962
Note: The tune Cherokee (recorded May 23, 1962) from the album “Business Meetin’” exceeded the maximum playing time of a single CD and has thus been excluded from this compilation. It can be found as a bonus track on the Gerald Wilson Big Band album (FSR-759).
01 I’m Gonna Go Fishin’
02 Come Rain or Come Shine
03 Night Tide
04 Sad March
06 Full Moon and Empty Arms
07 That’s Good
09 Hip Trolley
10 Beautiful Love
11 Business Meetin’
12 Stella by Starlight