KID ORY - Song of the Wanderer and Dance with Kid Ory or Just Listen
This release offers one and a half LPs on a single CD – an amazing 74.54 minutes of great jazz!These sides were recorded by Kid Ory under his contract with Norman Granz for Verve when he was running On The Levee, his own club in San Francisco. Trumpeter Marty Marsala and clarinettist Darnell Howard were both working at Club Hangover with Earl Hines at the time and were not regular members of Ory’s band but the relaxed feel of the albums they made together, with a typically fine rhythm section, is arguably some of the best of Kid Ory's latter-day work. The recordings date from 25th and 26th August 1957 and 27th October 1957 and were recorded in Los Angeles. Humphrey Lyttelton has called Kid Orythe finest bandmaster in the New Orleans tradition since Morton, for not only is the trombonist a fine soloist and ensemble player, he also dictates – in a subtle but decisive way – exactly what his musicians shall do. And that ensemble itself is a distinguished one made up of performers who are skilled at creating that precise but relaxed counterpoint known as New Orleans Jazz.
Tracks 1-8 SONG OF THE WANDERER
Tracks 9-12 DANCE WITH KID ORY or JUST LISTEN
Personnel: Marty Marsala trumpet, vocal, Kid Ory trombone, vocal, Darnell Howard clarinet, Cedric Haywood piano, Frank Haggerty guitar, Charles Oden string bass, Earl Watkins drums
1. Song of the Wanderer
2. Tailgate Ramble
3. Mahogany Hall Stomp
4. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
5. St Louis Blues
6. Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye)
7. Sheik of Araby
8. Tiger Rag
9. Am I Blue?
10. Fidgety Feet
12. Twelfth Street Rag
Reviews of This Recording
...the ensemble choruses are so stimulating that I wish there were more of them, even at the expense of the solos......
While the absence of Ja Da and Dinah (from Dance with Kid Ory) is unfortunate, it is good to have available on CD the rest of the tracks of the tow LPs - some 75 minutes of fine jazz. Perhaps they will be included on a future CD release as there are several other Verve LPs that feature Ory bands waiting for re- issue on CD - expecially if they are given transfers as outstanding as those on this disc!
Bert Thomson - Music Web