Chu Berry - Chu Berry Story

Chu Berry - Chu Berry Story
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 01:06:58
Recording Date: February 29, 1936 - April 5, 1939
Artist: Chu Berry
Album: Chu Berry Story
Release Date: October 29, 1996
Styles: Swing, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz

This import covers Chu Berry's initial foray into solo territory.

Cut between 1936-1939, the 24 cuts find the tenor saxophone luminary in the stellar company of trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Hot Lips Page, the irrepressible trombonist Keg Johnson, pianist Jess Stacey, and drummer Cozy Cole. Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman also contribute to the party, but in cameo roles.

Of particular note are the sides Berry recorded with Eldridge from 1938: it's a set that ranges from rambunctious swingers ("Forty Six, West Fifty Two") to glowing ballads ("Stardust"), all the while showing off Berry's full tone and agile phrasing on a variety of tempi. The mix continues apace with blues, proto-bop workouts, and some nice vocals featuring Page in a gruff and whiskey-soaked mood. Along with Commodore's Memorial disc, this collection makes for a welcome addition to the sparse Chu Berry catalog.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music / David FranklinChu Berry feat: Gene Krupa3:02
Now You're Talking My LanguageChu Berry2:55
(Back Home Again In) Indiana / James F. Hanley / Ballard MacDonaldChu Berry2:48
Too Marvelous for Words / Johnny Mercer / Richard A. WhitingChu Berry2:54
Limehouse Blues / Philip Braham / Douglas FurberChu Berry2:54
Chuberry Jam / Chu BerryChu Berry2:18
Maelstrom / Chu BerryChu Berry2:48
My Secret Love AffairChu Berry2:50
Ebb Tide / Ralph Rainger / Leo RobinChu Berry2:46
Annie Laurie / TraditionalChu Berry feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra2:48
Loch Lomond / TraditionalChu Berry feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra2:30
In the Land of Yamo Yamo / Paul McCartneyChu Berry feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra2:39
Body and Soul / Frank Eyton / Johnny Green / Edward Heyman / Robert SourChu Berry3:53
Sittin' In / Milt GablerChu Berry2:13
Stardust / Hoagy Carmichael / Mitchell ParishChu Berry3:55
Forty Six, West Fifty Two / Chu Berry / Milt GablerChu Berry2:32
Downright Disgusted Blues / Wingy Manone / Terry ShandChu Berry feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra2:25
Corrine, Corrina / Bo Chatmon / Mitchell Parish / J. Mayo WilliamsChu Berry feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra2:10
Jumpy Nerves / Wingy ManoneChu Berry feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra2:46
Casey Jones (The Brave Engineer) / Eddie Newton / Lawrence SeibertChu Berry feat: Wingy Manone & His Orchestra2:14
Sweethearts on Parade / Carmen Lombardo / Charles NewmanChu Berry feat: Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra2:58
Shufflin' at the Hollywood / Lionel Hampton / Allan ReussChu Berry feat: Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra3:03
Denison Swing / Lionel HamptonChu Berry feat: Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra3:14
Wizzin' the Wizz / Lionel HamptonChu Berry feat: Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra2:23

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