Tenor saxophonist Mike Cuozzo was 30 when he recorded his only two albums as a leader. He had played as a sideman with various orchestras, including the Gerry Mulligan-styled Elliot Lawrence band of 1948. His tone was big and round, his beat vigorous, and his style a confident combination of swing era and modern elements. The calibre of his outstanding associates on these sessions is a mark of the esteem in which he was held, with Vinnie Burke and the bear a young, leaping Eddie Costa, on piano and vibes- soloing strongly, and the fluid drumming of Nick Stabulas and the hugely influential Kenny Clarke keeping a dynamic balance throughout the sessions.
Although he stopped being a full time musician by the mid Fifties, Mike Cuozzo realized the ambition of every jazz musician, playing regularly and blowing the way he wanted to blow and, as these sessions show, he was more than merely good...
01. There'll Never Be Another You (Warren) 3:58
02. What Is this Thing Called Love (Porter) 4:46
03. Nancy (Van Heusen-Coslow) 4:52
04. Walk Up (Cuozzo-Burke) 5:12
05. An Evening at Papa Joe's (Foster) 9:33
06. Undersided (Cuozzo) 6:14
07. Fools Rush In (Bloom-Mercer) 4:43
08. Lover Man (Davis-Sherman-Ramirez) 4:40
09. Ten A.M. (Burke) 4:52
10. That Old Feeling (Fain-Brown) 4:27
11. I Cover the Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 3:50
12. Easy to Love (Porter) 4:10
13. Blue Jeans (Burke) 7:05
14. Bounce for Mike (Burke) 5:23
Total time: 74:08 min.
Original LP sources:
Tracks #1-6, from the Savoy 12" LP "Mighty Mike Cuozzo" (MG-12051).
Tracks #7-14, from the Jubilee LP "Mike Cuozzo With The Costa-Burke Trio" (JLP-1027).
Personnel on #1-6:
Mike Cuozzo (ts), Eddie Costa (vib), Ronnie Ball (p), Vinnie Burke (b) and Kenny Clarke (d).
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, November 22, 1955.
Personnel on #7-14:
Mike Cuozzo (ts), Eddie Costa (vib), Vinnie Burke (b) and Nick Stabulas (d).
Recorded in New York City, September 1956.
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