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Bill Perkins Octet on Stage Original recording remastered, Import

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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Import, January 13, 2008
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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI Japan
  • ASIN: B000LZ52UM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Perkins is one of those players deep jazzbos know & appreciate, but goes largely undetected by the casual listener. A shame b/c he's a sweet tenor player (in the Lester Young way) & a superb arranger. Some of the charts are his, some aren't, but they're all imaginative & lovely. This session, from the mid/late 50s, is one Perkins' few as a bandleader (very little is out on cd) & really epitomizes why the cool age is so beloved among listeners. In fact, Blue Notes' re-issue of these old Pacific Jazz sides is one of the revelations of 1998, jazzwise. Obscure, West Coast jazz recordings are finally seeing the light of day. This record, like many others of this ilk, is melodic & maintains that great blend of cool restraint & L.A. heat. I listen to this record & I think of "L.A. Confidential" or "The Big Nowhere" & I imagine I'm in that L.A. theater listening to & watching this precious display.
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By Bill Munger on March 28, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's rather hard to asses music one cut his jazz teeth on. The headliner is Bud Shank who is proficient is a musician I would welcome into any band I had. But here I would prefer Art Pepper, Canonball Adderly or possibly Paul Desmond. I might not have said this had I not listened to a new CD of
"Round About Midnight" by Miles just before hearing "On Stage" for at least the third time. In some ways Miles, John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers are far superior in the craft of jazz. But I am a screaming Lester Young fan. I feel Pres, is for me, heads above Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins or Charlie Parker (altho I see Bird as the founder of Bop or mid-20th century jazz) and I am a devotee of Duke Ellington in whose archives Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster make sterling contributions that I love. So as a Pres centrist I welcome his essense to the Cool Jazz of the east coast and the music of west coast jazz by way of Dexter Gordon where he is the fountainhead. And I see Stan Getz and Bill Perkins as the inheiritors of the Pres contribution. On Stage is Bill Perkins' fine contribution to our music. Nice baritone solos by Jack Nimitz. Russ Freeman supports the ensemble. Stu Williamson is excellent on trumpet and valve trombone. And Carl Fontana is superior on trombone as always. Red Mitchell, bs and Mel Lewis, dms drive the ensemble like no others could. The arrangers are a kick - Bill Perkins, Bill Holman, Lennie Niehaus and Johnny Mandel!
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