CD Mainstream [Joe Thomas (Bass)/Vic Dickenson] (CD 613042),
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Mainstream [Joe Thomas (Bass)/Vic Dickenson]

  • 1. Sweethearts on Parade
    2. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
    3. Undecided
    4. Crazy Rhythm
    5. Lamp Is Low, The
    6. Blues for Baby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8511

  • Credits
    EngineerTom Dowd

    Full performer name: Vic Dickenson/Joe Thomas & Their All-Star Groups.
    Vic Dickenson & His All-Star Group: Vic Dickenson (trombone); Hal Singer (tenor saxophone); Buck Clayton (trumpet); Herbie Hall (clarinet); Al Williams (piano); Danny Barker (guitar); Gene Ramey (bass); Marquis Foster (drums).
    Joe Thomas & His All-Star Group: Joe Thomas (trumpet); Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone); Johnny Letman (trumpet); Dickie Wells (trombone); Buster Bailey (clarinet); Herbie Nichols (piano); Everett Barksdale (guitar); Bill Pemberton (bass); Jimmy Crawford (drums).
    Producer: Nesuhi Ertegun.
    Reissue producers: Donald Elfman, Naomi Yoshii.
    Recorded in New York, New York on October 27 & 28, 1958. Originally released on Atlantic (1303). Includes original liner notes by Albert J. McCarthy.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
    Personnel: Vic Dickenson (trombone); Danny Barker , Everett Barksdale (guitar); Buster Bailey (clarinet); Hal Singer, Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone); John Letman, Joe Thomas , Buck Clayton (trumpet); Dicky Wells (trombone); Herbie Nichols, Al Williams (piano); Jimmy Crawford , Marquis Foster (drums).
    The main fault to this set (an Atlantic album reissued in 1999 as a Koch CD) is simply that there is not enough of it. Trombonist Vic Dickenson, who receives top billing, is just on two of the six selections, for a total of 11 minutes. Dickenson's octet (which also includes trumpeter Buck Clayton, Hal Singer on tenor, clarinetist Herbie Hall, pianist Al Williams, guitarist Danny Barker, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Marquis Foster) is fine, the arrangement on "The Lamp Is Low" is catchy and Clayton takes honors. But one suspects that the Dickenson name was used originally to help sell the music of the other band, which is led by trumpeter Joe Thomas. The lyrical Thomas is joined by the extroverted trumpeter Johnny Letman, trombonist Dicky Wells (who has a few speechlike solos), tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate, clarinetist Buster Bailey, pianist Herbie Nichols, guitarist Everett Barksdale, bassist Bill Pemberton, and drummer Jimmy Crawford. With riff-filled arrangements by Dick Vance (the ensembles are not jammed), this intriguing nonet mixes together Dixieland and swing players along with a notable pianist-composer. Herbie Nichols is mostly heard in an accompanying role, taking his longest solo on the lengthy "Blues for Baby." Nichols, who was completely neglected by the beboppers, fit into this trad jazz setting surprisingly well. A fun and very obscure reissue. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (3/00, pp.91-2) - " that emphasizes 'the twin virtues of communicable emotional expression and swing' which is perfectly typified by the robust music here....short but sweet."
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