Friday, October 17, 2008


Jazz in Paris (No 06) - Peanuts Holland - Buck Clayton - Charlie Singleton

Rating: 4.5/10
Sound Quality: 320 kb/s
Format: Mp3
Record Label: Gitanes Jazz Productions
Year Released: 2002
Album Covers: Included
Pass: radiodada
Links: rapidshare

About Peanuts Holland
Herbert Lee "Peanuts" Holland (b. Feb. 9, 1910, Norfolk, Virginia - d. Feb. 7, 1979, Stockholm, Sweden) was an American jazz trumpeter best known for his contributions in swing jazz. Holland learned to play trumpet at the Jenkins Orphanage. He played and recorded with Alphonse Trent's band between 1928 and 1933, and played with Al Sears (1932), the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Willie Bryant, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lil Armstrong's band (1935-36). He also occasionally led his own band. In 1939, Holland moved to New York City, playing in big bands led by Coleman Hawkins and Fletcher Henderson. From 1941 to 1946, he played with Charlie Barnet. He and Don Redman toured Europe in 1946, and during this tour Holland elected to remain there, living in Paris and Sweden. He recorded there until 1960, releasing some 46 records for European labels.

About Buck Clayton
Buck Clayton (born Wilbur Dorsey Clayton in Parsons, Kansas on November 12, 1911-died in New York City on December 8, 1991) was an American jazz trumpet player, fondly remembered for being a leading member of Count Basie’s 'Old Testament' orchestra and leader of mainstream orientated jam session recordings in the 1950s. His principal influence was Louis Armstrong. The The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that he “synthesi[zed] much of the history of jazz trumpet up to his own time, with a bright brassy tone and an apparently limitless facility for melodic improvisation”. Clayton worked closely with Li Jinhui, father of Chinese popular music in Shanghai. In the long run, his contribution changed the course of music history in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

About Charlie Singleton
Born in Kansas City around 1930, alto and tenor saxophonist Charlie Singleton went to the same school as Charlie Parker had a few years earlier -- Lincoln High -- and even studied with Bird's music teacher Leo Davis. In 1949, Singleton started making records under his own name in New York City at the precocious age of 19. This exciting Classics Chronological Series compilation, described as "the first reissue in any format of Singleton's R&B legacy," is packed with surprises. The first two tracks -- exceptionally fine blues instrumentals -- originally appeared on the Apollo label, and were followed by a pair of Linwood Sutton vocal selections issued on Star Records. These are notable for the presence of Jackie McLean on baritone sax and Gildo Mahones at the piano. Singleton made a handful of recordings in 1950: first for the obscure Lee label, then four sides for Saturn Records (no apparent relation to Sun Ra's enterprise) with a young Lou Donaldson blowing alto and baritone saxes. Two rowdy novelties recorded for Decca in early December 1950 bring several important names into the picture: trumpeter Ray Copeland, tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson, Eddie Barefield sitting in on baritone, and none other than Herbie Nichols at the piano. The remaining 12 tracks were all originally issued on the Atlas label during the early '50s. Donaldson resurfaces again on a couple of sides from 1952 and as part of an "all-star" group including Buster Cooper, Jesse Drakes, and Charlie Rouse, a lineup that circumstantially links Charlie Singleton with Duke Ellington, Lester Young, and Thelonious Monk. Baritone sax ace Numa "Pee Wee" Moore, soon to become a mainstay in both Dizzy Gillespie's and James Moody's orchestras, makes a brief appearance, as does Jimmy Cobb, percussionist supreme. Like Charlie Parker and so many gifted musicians who came up in Kansas City, Charlie Singleton was a superb blues player. Seven of the 24 tracks feature various gutsy vocalists. These performances are satisfying and fun but the instrumentals are outstanding all-purpose R&B grooves, solid and substantial.


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