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George Wallington Trio: The Complete Sessions (1949-56) 2011

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Track list:

CD 1:
1-01. Racing (Wallington) 2:19
1-02. Fairyland (Wallington) 2:48
1-03. Fine and Dandy (Swift-James) 3:01
1-04. I’ll Remember April (Raye-Depaul) 2:30
1-05. Twins (Wallington) 2:21
1-06. Polka Dot (Wallington) 2:52
1-07. High Score (Wallington) 2:48
1-08. Hyacinth (Wallington)2:38
1-09. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Rodgers-Hart) 2:16
1-10. Joy Bell (Wallington) 2:22

1-11. Love Beat (Wallington) 2:51)
1-12. Summer Rain (Wallington) 2:44
1-13. Escalating (Wallington) 2:34
1-14. Laura (Mercer-Raskin) 2:55
1-15. Tenderly (Gross-Lawrence) 2:58
1-16. When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New (Douglas-Salieri-McCarthy) 2:34
1-17. Red, White and Blue (Wallington) 2:43
1-18. Arrivederci (Wallington) 2:26
1-19. Among Friends (Wallington) 2:56
1-20. My Nephew and I (Wallington) 2:39

1-21. Squeezer’s Breezer (Wallington) 2:20
1-22. Variations (Wallington) 4:34
1-23. Ours (Feather) 2:30
1-24. I Married an Angel (Rodgers-Hart) 2:31
1-25. Cuckoo Around the Clock (Wallington) 2:26
1-26. Fairyland (Wallington) 2:41
1-27. Woody’n You (Gillespie) 2:40
1-28. Just One of Those Things (Porter) 3:03
1-29. Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf-Waller) 2:54

CD 2:
2-01. Star Eyes (Raye-DePaul) 4:02
2-02. N.Y. (Wallington) 4:34
2-03. A Day in Paris (Wallington) 2:41
2-04. These Foolish Things (Marvel-Strachey-link) 2:37
2-05. Before Dawn (Wallington) 3:26
2-06. A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie-Paparelli) 3:22
2-07. If I Love Again (Murria-Oakland) 2:48
2-08. Your Laughter (McGoverd) 3:02
2-09. Thoroughbred (Wallington) 3:18
2-10. Without Reservation (Wallington) 2:49

2-11. Morning Dew (Wallington) 3:20
2-12. Busman’s Holiday (Wallington) 2:38
2-13. Godchild (Wallington) 3:20
2-14. Serendipity (Wallington) 3:04
2-15. Billie’s Tune (Wallington) 3:08
2-16. The Ghostly Lover (Wallington) 3:47
2-17. Up Jumped the Devil (Wallington) 2:41
2-18. It’s All Right with Me (Porter) 2:55
2-19. The End of a Love Affair (Redding) 3:46
2-20. Will You Still Be Mine (Dennis) 3:02

2-21. In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington) 4:46
2-22. World Weary (Coward) 3:15
2-23. One Night of Love (Schertzinger-Kahn) 2:55

Personnel:

CD1#01-02: George Wallington (p), Curley Russell (b), Charlie Perry (d). Recorded in New York City, on May 9, 1949.

CD1#03-10: George Wallington (p), Curley Russell (b), Max Roach (d). Recorded in New York City, on November 21, 1951.

CD1#11-14: George Wallington (p), Charlie Mingus (b), Max Roach (d). Recorded in New York City, on September 4, 1952.

CD1#15-18: George Wallington (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Max Roach (d). Recorded in New York City, on September 4, 1952.

CD1#19-25: George Wallington (p), Curley Russell (b), Max Roach (d). Recorded in New York City, on May 25, 1953.

CD1#26-29: George Wallington (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Jean-Louis Viale (d). Recorded in Paris, on September 24, 1953.

Personnel:

CD2#01-04: George Wallington (p), Pierre Michelot (b), Jean-Louis Viale (d). Recorded in Paris, on September 24, 1953.

CD2#05-12: George Wallington (p), Curley Russell (b), Art Taylor (d). Recorded in New York City, on June 10, 1954.

CD2#13-23: George Wallington (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Nick Stabulas (d). Recorded in Hackensack, N.J. at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, September 4 & 5, 1956.

Sources:
CD1#01-02 from the 7″ EP, Savoy XP 8112
CD1#03-10 from the 10″ LP Progressive LP-3001
CD1#01-10 reissued on the 12″ LP, Savoy MG-12081, which featured two octet tunes that are not on this CD set.
CD1#11-18 from the 10″ LP, Prestige PRLP-136
CD1#19-25 from the 10″ LP, Prestige PRLP-158
CD1#26-29 from the 10″ LP, Vogue LD-171

CD2#01-04 from the 10″ LP, Vogue LD-171
CD2#05-12 from the 10″ LP, Norgran MGN-24
CD2#13-23 from the 12″ LP, Atlantic LP 1275

This compilation Released: 2011 | Label: Fresh Sound Records FSRCD 597-2

Producer:
These sessions were originally handled by:
CD1#01-02 supervised by Ozzie Cadena;
CD1#08-10 supervised by Gus Grant;
CD1#11-18 produced by Bob Weinstock;
CD1#19-25 supervised by Ira Gliter;
CD1#26-29 produced by Henri Renaud;

CD2#01-04 produced by Henri Renaud;
CD2#05-12 produced by Norman Granz;
CD2#13-23 supervised by Nesuhi Ertegun.

This compilation produced by Jordi Pujol

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George Wallington, accomplished pianist, composer, and arranger, had been closely associated with the progressive jazz movement since the mid-40s when this new phase of American music was being nurtured in New York’s Harlem and along 52nd St.
He was, in fact, the pianist with Dizzy Gillespie’s first bop band at the Onyx club in 1944, where his contributions reflected his innate creative ability, a talent that established him as one of the best composers in the progressive field.

Wallington’s astonishing, fast-moving eloquence as a pianist, contrasted strangely with his introvert, laconic manner as a person.
He has too long been taken for granted, but these trio sessions prove he was one of the most incisive and creative of pianists who helped write an important new chapter in jazz.

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