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JLP 36
Getting’Together: PAUL GONSALVES

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Paul Gonsalves (ts) Nat Adderley (cnt) Wynton Kelly (p) Sam Jones (b) Jimmy Cobb (drs)

Recorded in New York City; December 20, 1960


  1. Yesterdays (3:35) (Kern-Hartbach)

  2. J. and B. Blues (4:57) (J. Liveramento)

  3. I Surrender Dear (*) (4:28) (Barris-Clifford)

  4. Hard Groove (4:57) (unknown)


  1. Low Gravy (7:51) (Jelly Roll Morton)

  2. I Cove the Waterfront (*) (4:06) (Green-Heyman)

  3. Getting’ Togerther (4:54) (Babs Gonsalez)

  4. Walkin’ (*) (4:47) (Richard Carpenter)

(*) Gonsalves and rhythm section only)

About This New Jazzland Recording –

   PAUL GONSALVES is one of those known as an “Ellington musician” – and quite properly so, for he has been a key member of the Duke’s sax section for a full decade. Being a long-time Ellington man is in itself a solid stamp of approval, for that leader had always managed to surround himself with top-level men, and has certainly never tolerated mediocrity for very long. Over the years, Duke’s sidemen have of course often led groups on records. But perhaps the most intriguing fact about this album is the quickly-obvious point that it is a most unusual recording to have been made by an “Ellington musician,” breaking all the ‘rules’ for such dates. For there are no other Ellingtonians, past or present, on hand here, and no tunes associated with the Duke!

   Quite deliberately, Gonsalves is “Getting’ Together” here with some of the best ‘blowing’ musicians available for a free-swinging session that demonstrates Paul(s ability to stand up and take care of business in a very different context from the one he is usually associated with. The tenor man (whose big, round, hearty tone is in sharp contrast to his than face and quiet manner) can play with the best of them. And this fact has never been a secret to musicians. Thus the kind of men he wanted to have on his album turned out to be delighted at being offered the chance to get with Gonsalves. It is therefore no accident that you find him surrounded by top talent from two of the foremost small groups in jazz today: Wynton Kelly and Jimmy Cobb being two-thirds of Miles Davis’ rhythm section; and Sam Jones and Nat Adderley from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet.

   Gonsalves was born in Boston (on July 12, 1920) and raised in Pawtucker, Rhode Island. In the early 1940s he was a prominent member of Sabby Lewis’ Boston band; after Army service, he played with Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie before joining Ellington in 1950.

   Paul wryly notes that most people know of him primarily because of the sensational impact of the 28 (or was it 29?) choruses he played between Crescendo in Blue and Diminuendo in Blue during an Ellington appearance at a Newport Jazz Festival in the late ‘50s. But his repertoire here covers a lot more ground than that: beginning with a remarkable soft-swinging version of the standard Yesterdays, he moves through a collection of hard-cookers, blues and ballads (displaying an unsuspected and impressive masterly of ballad tempo on I Surrender Dear and I Cover the Waterfront). It is all accomplished in a manner that sure to be a considerable and pleasant surprise to a lot of people who have previously type-cast Gonsalves as limited to the strictly-Ellington groove.

Recent JAZZLAND releases include:

  Eastward Ho! – Harold Land, with Kenny Dorham – JLP 33 & Stereo 933S

  Tough Tenors – Johnny Griffin and Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis – JLP 31 & Stereo 931S

  The Soulful Piano of Junior Mance – JLP 30 & Stereo 930S

  The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon – JLP 29 & Stereo 929S



Cover designed by KEN DEARDOFF

Back-liner photos by LAWRENCE N. SHUSTAK

Recording Engineer: BILL STODDARD (Bell Sound Studios)

Mastered by JACK MATTHEWS (Components Corp.) on a HYDROFEED lathe


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