2 LPs on 1 CD
In June 1956, for the first time in the history of jazz and/or classical music, Friedrich Gulda, the world-renowned classical piano virtuoso, was booked into a jazz club when he led led a jazz unit on a two-week engagement at the famous Birdland. He was 26. Jazz aficionado and producer John Hammond helped him put together an excellent group with a first-rate front line of the superb Birdinspired alto of Phil Woods, the supple, full-toned swing of tenor Seldon Powell, the virtuosic eloquence of trombonist Jimmy Cleveland and, in fine form, the veteran modernist Idrees Sulieman on trumpet. Bassist Aaron Bell and drummer Nick Stabulas were solidly effective rhythm section partners for Gulda, and the group’s collective empathy was remarkable on a programme of standards and the pianist’s originals.
Gulda, who had little time to pay his jazz dues, played in a fluent modern jazz idiom. He was relaxed and professional, and knowledgeable, sensitive and respectful of the jazz language, disdaining the application of the pyrotechnical technique for which he was acclaimed. And there was no hint of the jazz-classical “fusion” fad of the time; just taste, judgement and class.
IDREES SULIEMAN (tp)
JIMMY CLEVELAND (tb)
PHIL WOOD (as)
SELDON POWELL (ts)
FRIEDRICH GULDA (p)
AARON BELLl (b) and
NICK STABULAS N (d).
Recorded live at “Birdland”, New York City, on
June 28 (##1-5,7,8,10-13,15 & 16) and June 29 (##6,9 & 14), 1956.
(1-9) from the RCA Victor album "Friedrich Gulda At Birdland" (LPM1398)
(10-16) from the Decca album "A Man of Letters" (LK4189)
01. Theme Song: Vienna Discussion (Gulda) 0:37
02. Pee Wee Marquette’s introduces Friedrich Gulda and His Sextet
03. Scruby (Gulda) 5:19
04. Dark Glow (Gulda) 4:26
05. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie-Paparelli) 4:15
06. Dodo (Gulda) 3:00
07. Air From Other Planets (Gulda) 5:09
08. New Shoes (Gulda) 3:22
09. Bernie’s Tune (Miller-Stoller-Leiber) 10:01
10. Quintet (Gulda) 3:00
11. Introvert (Gulda) 3:52
12. Out of Nowhere (Heyman-Green) 8:21
13. Teheran (Gulda) 4:44
14. All the Things You Are (Kern) 7:31
15. Cool Hill (Gulda) 5:31
16. Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing) 5:57
Total time: 76:00 min.
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