All the numbers are well known to jazz lovers from 1954 to 2018, but they are not always recognisable at the first hearing. Appreciation? Mili Gijon, the self-named expert, photograph and filmmaker, had his difficulties not just with the track “Stompin’ For Mili”, which eternalized him. That was supposed to be jazz? We jazz fans, who have not always been spoilt with lovely sounds with and after Ornette Coleman, can enjoy every note. Bassist Bob Bates and drummer Joe Dodge produce an excellent drive, even though they were later replaced by Gene Wright and Joe Morello.
A wealth of glorious swing, excitement in every bar, and a sound that can’t be bettered is what the listener can expect from these three live and four studio recordings from a year in which even West Coast jazz found recognition in New York.
2. Jeepers Creepers
3. Pennies from Heaven
4. Why Do I Love You
2. Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now
3. A Fine Romance
4. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime