Friday, April 02, 2010
Harry Carney Centennial Celebration (4/5)
Harry Carney – Centennial Celebration
Boston, Massachusets, April 1, 1910 – New York, October 14, 1974
Volume four of the series goes into Johnny Hodges territory, and for the largest part, we're going to stay with Rabbit's band up to the end! The two partial dates included here are from when Hodges took time off the Ellington band to lead his own band, in the early fifties (he would be back by 1956). You hear one of the underrated Ellington trumpet greats, Harold "Shorty" Baker, on the first date, Clark Terry on the second, while Jimmy Hamilton and Lawrence Brown are on both. Call Cobbs (later with Albert Ayler) and a young Coltrane (not heard in solo) are on the first, as is early 50s Ellington drummer Louie Bellson, whom we heard on volume three of this compilation. On the second date, we get to hear the great Sonny Greer - one of the most important sidemen of Ellington's long career - as well as Ellington alter ego Billy Strayhorn on piano.