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HARRY "SWEETS" EDISON

There will never be another you

Nagel Hayer CD083

 


  1. There’ll Never Be Another You
  2. Ow!
  3. Wave
  4. Cottontail
  5. In A Mellow Tone
  6. Willow Weep for Me
  7. ‘S Wonderful
  8. Centrepiece

Harry "Sweets" Edison – Trumpet
Hendrik Meurkens – Vibes, Piano
Giorgio Crobu - Guitar
Kalli Gerhards – Bass
Torsten Zwingenberger – Drums
Recorded live on October 19th 1986 at the Quasimodo, Berlin

Harry "Sweets" Edison is one of those curious figures in jazz that everyone knows by reputation, but few are aware of his playing! He originally came to prominence in the Count Basie band, where he developed the style of playing which he has used ever since. He stayed with Basie from 1937 to 1950 and during that period made the transition from section trumpet man to star soloist. He also learned well the discipline of section playing and became one of the most ‘in demand’ of studio session men in the USA, with all the demands that that brings. Sweets can be heard in the backing orchestra of many and he is on several of Frank Sinatra’s albums. It was not until the 70’s that he returned to playing live sessions and touring and his unique trumpet playing and engaging personality, made him popular on the Jazz festival circuit.

On this record he is heard playing with the band of drummer Torsten Zwingenberger and everyone sounds like they are having a ball. The music swings from start to finish. According to the sleeve note, Jo Jones the Basie band drummer said " Jazz has to swing, basically it is a very simple thing, but there are things that cannot be described and never have been. Swing is one of them" How right he was, surely all jazz must pass the swing test, if it can’t do that, is it jazz? This record passes the swing test, Edison is 70 years old, but he played for long after this. The supporting group is younger, but very empathetic toward his style of playing; they are also good musicians and work well, both as soloists and rhythm section members
Nice straight-ahead swing, very relaxing and enjoyable.

Don Mather

 



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