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His Octet & Quintet Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Limited Edition


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Touff achieved absolutely and completely his aim of achieving the spirit of Count Basie and Lester Young. This belongs in anyone's basic collection. -- Jazz Times

1. Keester Parade - Harry Edison/Conrad Gozzo/Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Matt Utal/Russ Freeman/Leroy Vinnegar...
2. TNT - Harry Edison/Conrad Gozzo/Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Matt Utal/Russ Freeman/Leroy Vinnegar...
3. What Am I Here For? - Harry Edison/Conrad Gozzo/Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Matt Utal/Russ Freeman/Leroy Vinnegar...
4. Groover Wailin' - Harry Edison/Conrad Gozzo/Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Matt Utal/Russ Freeman/Leroy Vinnegar...
5. Prez-Ence - Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Pete Jolly/Leroy Vinnegar/Chuck Flores
6. Half Past Jumping Time - Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Pete Jolly/Leroy Vinnegar/Chuck Flores
7. A Smooth One - Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Pete Jolly/Leroy Vinnegar/Chuck Flores
8. Primitive Cats - Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Pete Jolly/Leroy Vinnegar/Chuck Flores
9. It's Sand, Man - Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Pete Jolly/Leroy Vinnegar/Chuck Flores
10. A Smooth One (ALT TK) - Cy Touff/Richie Kamuca/Pete Jolly/Leroy Vinnegar/Chuck Flores

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1955
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Limited Edition
  • Label: Pacific Jazz
  • ASIN: B000006DGB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron C. on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Finally! Many years ago I owned the vinyl of this recording. (Heaven knows where it got to!) I have been searching for this for years, as it is to my way of thinking, the archtypical collection of west coast jazz. John Mandell's arrangements serve as a terrific vehicle for some of the best inspired solos ever recorded. Touff and Kamuka along with Harry "Sweets" Edison have never been better. A truly remarkable album. Sadly, out of print. Any west coast jazz buff needs to buy it before it truly disappears forever!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stringbender on February 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The trumpet soloist on this wonderful recording is Harry "Sweets" Edison, not Clark Terry. Also of interest is that the lead trumpet is played by the legendary Conrad Gozzo - 'nuff said . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on October 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Originally a trombonist with a number of bands in the 1940s, Touff switched to bass trumpet in the late '40s. The horn sounds very much like a valve trombone, pitched slightly higher. He recorded only two albums, this one (his first: 1955) and one for Argo in 1958. He spent much of his career in the Hollywood studios; he died in 2003.

For this recording he gathered some excellent west coast musicians, including Sweets Edison (tp) Richie Kamuca (ts) and Pete Jolly (p). Some of the recordings have a small-big band feel to them, augmented by a 3-brass line-up. GROOVER WAILIN' is one of these, and it swings beautifully. Taken at a solid medium tempo is the quintet track PREZ-ENCE, with Richie Kamuca indeed playing in a very Lestorian mode. Neal Hefti's HALF PAST JUMPING TIME is another highlight, with excellent solos by Jolly, Touff, and Kamuca. Touff plays the big trumpet with the lightest of touches, which is exactly Kamuca's approach on tenor; they compliment each other perfectly. A most enjoyable CD; worth checking out.
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Originally recorded in 1955 with CT, bass tpt; Harry Edison, Conrad Gozzo, tpt; Richie Kamuca, ten sx; Matt Utal, alto & bari sx; Russ Freeman, Pete Jolly, p; Leroy Vinnegar, b; Chuck Flores, dr; Johnny Mandel, Ernie Wilkins, arr.

In 1955, I was still a young sprat, second year of college, and soaked all the way through in West Coast jazz, which was, at the time, the only ‘modern’ style jazz I knew. Some time around then, as a ploy to sell their records, Pacific Jazz put out a $1 sampler record. It was filled with great stuff: Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida, Bob Gordon (was he playing with Jack Montrose?), Zoot Sims, even a Clifford Brown cut. But the two cuts that hit me were by musicians I’d never heard before: pianist Richard Twardzik with bass and drums (both throwaway in caliber) playing his weird and original “A Crutch for the Crab” and an octet led by bass trumpeter Cy Touff, then in the Woody Herman band, playing a Jonny Mandel Basie-like original, “Keester Parade.” I bought Twardzik’s recording as leader, half of a Pacific Jazz album entitled Trio. (The other half of the album was the Russ Freeman trio –it was good too but not brilliant like Twardzik.) I never picked up the Touff album because I could never find it back in those days of physically present record stores. Twardzik died soon after –in Europe, on tour with Chet Baker, 24, with a needle in his arm. Touff recorded more but I never came across it in the stores and so never heard it.
Well, it’s sixty years later and now I own both those recordings on CD, Twardzik and Touff. As uneven as the Twardzik recording is –half of it is home recorded from practice sessions—Twardzik still sounds brilliant.
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