Jazz at the Phil­har­monic Fresh Sound

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

This pre­vi­ously un­re­leased dou­ble, made over one day’s con­certs in Ham­burg in the mid-1950s, is an em­blem­atic snap­shot of a van­ished world. This tour­ing edi­tion of the JATP All-Stars, with trum­peters Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, and tenors Illi­nois Jac­quet and Flip Phillips, backed by the Os­car Peter­son Trio plus drum­mer Gene Krupa, pre­served the com­pet­i­tive edge pro­ducer Norman Granz liked. But the scaled-down band made for a slightly less un­ruly lock­ing of mu­si­cal horns than usual and, buoyed by the happy at­mos­phere, the front line have a good time on the first CD. The best mu­sic over­all is on the sec­ond, how­ever, where Peter­son, Herb El­lis and Ray Brown en­gage with breath-tak­ing elan on their set and, with Krupa added, back Ella Fitzger­ald (left) for an­other; the voice sounds a bit over­worked, but oth­er­wise she’s in prime form. www.fresh­soundrecords.com

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