RLP12-244
Jazz for Lovers tender ballads played by top jazz stars, including

CLARK TERRY, ERNIE HENRY, KENNY DREW, RUSTY DEDRICK; with: SONNY ROLLINS, J. J.JOHNDON, DONALD BYRD, JOHNNY GRIFFIN, HANKJONES, DICK HYMAN, WYNTON KELLY, URBIE GREEN, NICK TRAVIS, and others

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SIDE 1

1.Laura (4:28) (Mercer – Raksin)

 Coleman Hawkins, with J. J. Johnson: Coleman Hawkins (ts) J. J. Johnson (tb) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Jo Jones (drs)

2.I Should Care (5:03) (Cahn – Strordahl – Weston)

 Ernie Henry Quintet, featuring Kenny Dorham: Kenny Dorham (tp) Ernie Henry (as) Kenny Drew (p) Wibur Ware (b) Arthur Taylor (drs)

3.Speak Low (2:35) (Nash – Weill)

 Mundell Lowe, (g) with Al Klink (fl) Trigger Alpert (b) Ed Shaughnessy (drs)

4.Folls Rush In (4:24) (Mercer – Bloom)

 Zoot Sims Quitnet: Zoot Sims (ts) Nick Travis (tp) George Handy (p) Wilbur Ware (b) Osie Johnson (drs)

5.You’re My Thrill (5:16) (Clare – Gorney)

 Kenny Drew Quartet, featuring Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd (tp) Kenny Drew (p) Wilbur Ware (b) G. T. Hogan (drs)

SIDE 2

1.Stardust (5:08) (Parrish – Carmichael)

 Clark Terry Quintet: Clark Terry (tp) Johnny Griffin (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (drs)

2.When The Sun Comes Out (5:00) (Koehler – Arlen)

 Herbie Mann Sextet: Herbie Mann (fl, arr) Urbie Green (tb) Jack Nimitz (b-cl) Joe Puma (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Charlie Smith (drs)

3.My Old Flame (5:19) (Coslow – Johnson)

 Kenny Dorham, with Sonny Rollins: Kenny Dorham (tp) Sonny Rollins (ts) Hank Jones (p)  Oscar Pettiford (b) Max Roach (drs)

4.Moonlight in Vermont (3:51) (Blackburn – Seussdorf)

 Don Elliott Quartet: Don Elliott (vib) Bob Corwin (p) Vinnie Burke (b) Jim Campbell (drs)

5.Easy to Remember (4:52) (Rodgers & Hart)

 Rusty Dedrick (tp) with Dick Hyman (p) Mundell Lowe (g) Eddie Safranski (b) Don Lamond (drs)


   Jazz is a music of many moods, and far from the least of these is the romantic mood, which is precisely what this album is concerned with.

   We are decidedly not referring to that strange concoction know as “mood music,” consisting of such elements as gushing strings by the hundreds and arrangements knee-deep in syrup. The material at hand here is jazz: the mood is the deeply emotional one that can be created when outstanding musicians turn their attention to the beauty and tenderness that is one of the fundamentals of jazz. These are ballads – moving at a relaxed tempo, but certainly not dragging. They include, as a matter of fact, some of the very best ballads in the long catalogue of American popular music, as indicated by the fact that such composers as Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael are among those represented.

   These love songs, carefully culled from various Riverside LPs, can be listened to as the lyrical expression of tender musical ideas by superior jazz improvisers. Or they can be put to use as an exceptional type of mood music: suitable as an important part of a back ground that includes candle-light and such. But even lovers as oblivious to the outside world as the two pictured on the cover of this album are apt to find it hard to avoid paying some attention to the music being played here. Whether the music proves an aid to romance or a distraction is entirely a matter of personal reaction. All we can do is to supply the music and to assure you that it, at least, is just about guaranteed to satisfy.


   The noted jazz artists heard on this LP, and other top jazz stars, can e heard on such outstanding HIGH FIDELITY 12-inch Riverside albums as -


Mulligan Meets Monk: GERRY MULLIGAN and THELONIOUS MONK (RLP 12-247)

“Pal Joey”: jazz impressions of the Rodgers & Hart stage and screen classic, by the KENNY DREW Trio (RLP 12-249)

That’s Him!: songs by ABBEY LINCOLN, with the Riverside Jazz Stars – featuring Sonny Rollins, Kenny Dorham (RLP 12-251)

The Sound of Sonny: SONNY ROLLINS (RLP 12-241)

Jazz Contrasts: KENNY DORHAM, with Sonny Rollins (RLP 12-239)

Monk’s Music: THELONIOUS MONK Septer, with Coleman Hawkins, Art Blakey, Gigi Gryce (RLP 12-242)

Thelonious Himself: solo piano by THELONIOUS MONK (RLP 12-235)

Blue for Tomorrow: modern jazz stars in previously unissued blues performances – Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Mann, 

   Mundell Lowe, Billy Taylor, Bobby Jaspar, George Wallington, Art Blakey, etc. (RLP 12-243)

“Great Ideas of Western Mann”: HERBIE MANN’s Californians, with Jack Sheldon, Jimmy Rowles (RLP 12-245)

Serenade to a Bus Seat: CLARK TERRY Quintet: with Johnny Griffin, Wynton Kelly (RLP12-237)

The Hawk Flies High: COLEMAN HAWKINS, with J.J. Johnson, Idrees Shlieman (RLP 12-233)

BOBBY JASPAR, tenor and flute: with George Wallington, Idrees Sulieman (RLP 12-240)

GIGI GRYCE and the Jazz Lab Quintet, with Donald Byrd (RLP 12-229)

Zoot!: The ZOOT SIMS Quintet (RLP 12-228)

Jazz a la Bohemia: RANDY WESTON Trio and Cecil Payne – recorded at New York’s Café Bohemia (RLP 12-232)

This Is New: KENNY DREW, with Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd (RLP 12-236)

Trigger Happy!: TRIGGER ALPERT’s absolutely All-Star Seven, with Tony Scott, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Urbie Green,

Joe Wilder, Ed Shaughnessy (RLP 12-225)

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A HIGH FIDELITY Recording – Riverside-Reeves SPECTROSONIC High Fidelity Engineering 

   (Audio Compensation: RIAA Curve)

Produced by Bill Grauer and Orrin Keepnews

Recorded in 1956 and 1957

Cover by Paul Weller (photography) and Paul Bacon (design)


RIVERSIDE RECORDS are produce by BILL GRAUER PRODUCTIONS

553 West 51st Street, New York 19, New York