The Savoy Story, Vol. 1: Jazz

The Savoy Story, Vol. 1: Jazz



The old Savoy catalog gets bounced around from one distributor to the next like an unwanted foster child, with everyone starting from scratch once they get a hold of it. By 1999, it was Atlantic's turn and, hot on the heels of other label retrospectives, they have compiled a very good three-CD anthology of Savoy's jazz activities over 15 years in the middle of the 20th century. Decently remastered, the set opens around the tail end of the swing era (capturing some major figures in small-combo jazz like Ben Webster, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet) and moves on to a detailed portrait of the emergence of bop just after the war. While rarely sticking with artists for very long to track their progress, Savoy (and the labels it absorbed) was a hugely important player in the early days of bop, managing to capture some of the earliest work of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Stan Getz, George Shearing, and Dexter Gordon. The set also tracks mid- to late-'50s hard bop, including numbers by Milt Jackson, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Byrd, Donald Byrd, Herbie Mann, and other major figures. There are no unreleased goodies -- not much that truly ventures out beyond hard bop -- and only after the opening of disc three does the canvas of each track expand beyond the length of a single. The set comes in a compact, laminated mini-box with mid-century-style cover art.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0075679285621
catalogNumber: 92856

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Joe Turner   Vocals
Bill Doggett   Piano
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Count Basie   Piano,Track Performer
Milt Buckner   Pianarpa
Charlie Byrd   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Serge Chaloff   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Eddie Costa   Piano,Vibes
Tadd Dameron   Bass,Piano
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Track Performer
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet,Track Performer
Allen Eager   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Billy Eckstine   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Tal Farlow   Guitar,Track Performer
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Curtis Fuller   Trombone,Track Performer
Erroll Garner   Piano,Track Performer
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Piano,Trumpet,Track Performer
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Louis Hayes   Drums
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter Johnson   Piano
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Duke Jordan   Piano
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Herbie Mann   Flute,Track Performer
Charles Mingus   Bass,Track Performer
Fats Navarro   Trumpet,Track Performer
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Red Norvo   Vibes,Track Performer
Leo Parker   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Nat Pierce   Pianarpa
Bud Powell   Track Performer,Pianarpa
Ike Quebec   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Jimmy Raney   Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Flute
Max Roach   Drums
Red Rodney   Trumpet
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Little Jimmy Scott   Vocals,Track Performer
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
George Shearing   Piano,Track Performer
Horace Silver   Piano
Slam Stewart   Bass
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Reeds,Woodwind
Charlie Ventura   Track Performer
Mal Waldron   Piano
George Wallington   Piano
Doug Watkins   Bass
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Babasin   Bass
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Eddie Barefield   Alto Saxophone
Pete Brown   Track Performer
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Wally Cirillo   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums,Track Performer
Bill DeArango   Guitar
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet
Herbie Fields   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano,Track Performer
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Oliver Jackson   Percussion,Drums
John LaPorta   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hugh Lawson   Percussion,Piano
Stan Levey   Drums
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Tommy Potter   Bass
Joe Puma   Guitar
Boyd Raeburn   Reeds,Woodwind,Track Performer
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Earl Swope   Trombone
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Wilbur Harden   Percussion,Flugelhorn,Track Performer
Jackie Cain   Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Slim Gaillard   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harewood   Drums
Gene Ramey   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Flute,Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Jack McVea   Tenor Saxophone
Manny Albam   Baritone Saxophone
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Mousie Alexander   Drums
Taswell Baird   Trombone
George Barrow   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Denzil Best   Drums
Howard Biggs   Piano
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Art Blakey   Drums,Track Performer
David Booth   Drums
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Gail Brockman   Trumpet
Bam Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Drums
Donald Byrd   Trumpet,Track Performer
Kenny Burrell   Guitar,Track Performer
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Paul Chambers   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums,Track Performer
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
George DeHart   Drums
Ted Donnelly   Trombone
Ernie Farrow   Bass,Percussion
Norman Faye   Trumpet
Kansas Fields   Drums
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Hall   Bass
Hampton Hawes   Piano
Benny Harris   Trumpet
Clyde Hart   Piano
Boonie Hazel   Trumpet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
John Houston   Piano
Margie Hyams   Vibes
J.J. Johnson   Trombone,Track Performer
George "Happy" Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Tiny Kahn   Drums
Killian   Trumpet
Harry Klee   Reeds,Woodwind
Roy Kral   Piano,Vocals
Ralph Lee   Reeds,Woodwind
Teo Macero   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Mackel   Guitar
John Malachi   Piano
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Marian McPartland   Piano,Track Performer
Jackie Milles   Drums
Rudy Nichols   Drums
Ed Nicholson   Drums
Mert Oliver   Bass
Chips Outcalt   Trombone
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Charles Perry   Drums
Eli Robinson   Trombone
Curly Russell   Bass
Rudy Rutherford   Baritone Saxophone
Willie Schwartz   Reeds,Woodwind
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass
Walter Thomas   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Benny Ventura   Baritone Saxophone
Connie Wainwright   Guitar
Leonard Ware   Guitar
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Kenny Watts   Piano
Max Wayne   Bass
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Sid Weiss   Bass
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Harold "Doc" West   Drums
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Kai Winding   Trombone,Track Performer
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Matthews   Bass
Doug Mettome   Trumpet
Jerry Valentine   Trombone
Eddie Jones   Bass
Viola Gertrude Wells   Vocals
Red Norvo Trio   Track Performer
Billy Taylor   Bass
Dexter Hall   Guitar
Howard H. Scott   Trombone
Lou Taylor   Trombone
Dale Pierce   Trumpet
Rodney Richardson   Bass
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Guy McReynolds   Reeds,Woodwind
Fred Radcliffe   Drums
Hal Smith   Trombone
Be Bop Boys   Track Performer
Hayes   Trombone
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Miss Rhapsody   Track Performer
Nelson Shelladay   Trumpet
Charlie Harris   Bass
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Curtis Fuller   Composer
Gil Fuller   Composer,Producer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Dexter Gordon   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Illinois Jacquet   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Fats Navarro   Composer
Art Pepper   Composer
Ike Quebec   Composer
Charlie Ventura   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Cozy Cole   Composer
Boyd Raeburn   Composer
Joe Turner   Composer
Wilbur Harden   Composer
Billy Ver Planck   Arranger
Slim Gaillard   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Cohn   Arranger,Composer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Denzil Best   Composer
Howard Biggs   Arranger
Rube Bloom   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Engineer
Eddie Finckel   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Tiny Kahn   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Roy Kral   Composer
Ben Kynard   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Hot Lips Page   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Roy Turk   Composer
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Dicky Wells   Arranger,Composer
Dick Bock   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Jack Murray   Composer
Isabelle Wong   Graphic Design
Ted Koehler   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Frederick Hollander   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Eric Maschwitz   Composer
Ben Oakland   Composer
Manning Sherwin   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Walter Bullock   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer

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