The Record Collection

Carl Perkins: Introducing Carl Perkins (1956)

Dootone/Dooto DL-211
Boplicity BOP 8 (1984)  / CD BOP 008 (2004)

Introducing Carl Perkins

Track list:

01 – Way Cross Town
02 – I Don’t Know What Love Is
03 – The Lady Is A Tramp
04 – Marblehead
05 – Woody ‘n You
06 – West Side aka MIA
07 – Just Friends
08 – It Could Happen To You
09 – Why Do I Care
10 – Liliacs In The Rain
11 – Carl’s Blues
+bonus track (not on original LP)
12 – West Side aka MIA (alt tk)


Carl Perkins – piano;
Leroy Vinnegar – bass;
Lawrence Marable – drums.

Recorded: Los Angeles; 1955 or 1956

Producer: ???
Recording Engineer: ???

Introducing Carl Perkins [DL-211] issued in February 1956 with a Dootone label and available pressed in red vinyl.

Re-mastered (1984) by: Ray Staff

Liner notes (1984): Nick Coleman

Introducing (3 CD 1)

Carl Perkins (born August 16, 1928, Indianapolis, Indiana, died March 17, 1958, Los Angeles, California) was an American jazz pianist.

Perkins was born in Indianapolis but worked mainly in Los Angeles.

He is best known for his performances with the Curtis Counce Quintet, which also featured Harold Land, Jack Sheldon and drummer Frank Butler.

He also performed with the Clifford Brown–Max Roach group in 1954, and recorded with Frank Morgan in 1955.

Perkins composed the standard “Grooveline.”
His playing was influenced by his polio-affected left arm, which he held sideways over the keyboard.

He died of a drug overdose at age 29, having recorded one solo album, Introducing Carl Perkins, in 1955 and 1956.

Authors Paul Tanner, Maurice Gerow, and David Megill cite Perkins as one of the best “funky,” or hard bop, piano players, but his early death prevented him from leaving a legacy.
~wikipedia [Jan 2013]