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Decidedly CHARLIE SHAVERS - His 46 Finest 1937-1960 - Double CD

Decidedly CHARLIE SHAVERS - His 46 Finest 1937-1960 - Double CD
CD / Product Number: RTS4340

Tommy Dorsey once dubbed Charlie Shavers the greatest trumpeter of them all, a view that this generous survey of his remarkable career does much to endorse. The 46 tracks display the sheer range of his abilities. His earliest, often muted, playing with the bands of such as Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds and his breakthrough with John Kirby’s sextet at a surprisingly young age (also composing and arranging) are well represented – including of course his classic Undecided. He then spent years adding a spectacular element to Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra (singing too!), as well as testing his abilities in many other settings such as the famous Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts. From the mid-50s he mostly recorded under his own leadership, and disc 2 offers plentiful examples of his 1954 Sextet (including his extraordinary impersonations of other jazz trumpeters in Story Of The Jazz Trumpet), the beautiful 1955 sessions with Sy Oliver’s orchestra – his personal favourite of all his output – and 10 tracks with his 1959/60 Quartet alongside pianist Ray Bryant that present a comprehensive display of a technique unsurpassed in all jazz.


Disc 1

The Charlie Shavers and Ray Bryant Quartet
1. Undecided
Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra
2. Nice Work If You Can Get It (with Maxine Sullivan)
Jimmie Noone and his Orchestra
3. Apex Blues (Bump It)
Jimmie Dodds and his Chicago Boys
4. Melancholy
John Kirby and his Onyx Club Boys
5. Pastel Blue (with O’Neil Spencer)
6. Undecided
7. Anitra’s Dance
8. Sweet Georgia Brown
Billie Holiday and her Orchestra
9. Swing, Brother, Swing
John Kirby and his Onyx Club Boys
10. Rose Room
11. Blues Petite
Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers
12. Mood Indigo
13. What Is This Thing Called Love?
Charlie Shavers and his Quintet
14. Rosetta
The Keynoters
15. You’re Driving Me Crazy
Charlie Shavers and his All American Five
16. My Man
Herbie Haymer an d his Sunset All Star Quintet
17. Swinging On Central
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
18. At The Fat Man’s
Buddy Rich and his V-Disc Speed Demons
19. That’s Rich (with Ella Fitzgerald)
Lionel Hampton and his Just Jazz All Stars
20. Stardust (CS solo)
21. Perdido
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
22. The Hucklebuck
Billie Holiday and her Orchestra
23. East Of The Sun
Flip Phillips and Sextet
24. Cotton Tail

Disc 2

Gene Krupa and his Sextet
1. Coronation Hop
Jazz at the Philharmonic
2. Cool Blues (CS solo)
3. Embraceable You
Charlie Shavers and his Sextet
4. Dark Eyes
5. Dawn On The Desert
6. Story Of The Jazz Trumpet
Charlie Shavers Accompanied by Sy Oliver and his Orchestra
7. Ill Wind
8. Memories Of You
9. The Man I Love
10. I Got Rhythm
11. Summertime
Hal 'Cornbred' Singer and his Orchestra
12. Blue Stompin’
Charlie Shavers and Ray Bryant Quartet
13. Girl Of My Dreams
14. September In The Rain
15. All Of Me
16. Makin’ Whoopee
17. Russian Lullaby
18. You’ve Changed
19. It’s All Right With Me
20. I’m A Fool To Want You
21. The Best Things In Life Are Free
22. You’re My Everything