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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dawn
  • ASIN: B005OKO50W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Although the title implies four albums featuring Raney as leader, it's actually three and one led by Stan Getz. I am not quibbling because this is a wonderful set of Raney's work from 1953 through 1956. And on three of the albums he accompanies instead of backs, so it's a glimpse into his work as part of the front line as well.

This set has four albums, plus a track from a fifth one, contained on two discs. The sound quality is more than acceptable to my ears, even the 1953 tracks which were recorded on relatively crude equipment by today's standards.

What is lacking at the time of this review is a track list. Or documentation for that matter. I have compiled both and have also linked to the source albums of which all but one contain sound samples on their product pages. Here is what this set contains:
A by Jimmy Raney. It took ten months to complete this album, but to my ears it was worth it. It was recorded in three sessions for Prestige at Rudy van Gelder's Hackensack, NJ studio with a solid rhythm section that appears on every track: Hall Overton on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums on all but the first four tracks, which feature Art Mardigan on drums.

The first four tracks were recorded on May 28, 1954 and is essentially a quartet. On the next two sessions John Wilson joins on trumpet. Tracks 5 through 7 were recorded on February 18, 1955, and the remaining tracks on March 8, 1955.
01. Minor
02. Some Other Spring
03. Double Image
04. On The Square
05. Spring Is Here
06. One More For The Mode
07. What's New?
08. Tomorrow, Fairly Cloudy
09. A Foggy Day
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
In date order, the four albums showcasing the bop guitarist are "J.R. Plays" from April 1953, "J.R. Visits Paris" from February 1954, "A" from early 1954, and "J.R, featuring Bob Brookmeyer" from July 1956. It begins with "A", which features an overdubbed second guitar line to introduce and close each of the first four tracks. Hall Overton is on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Art Mardigan on drums. There's an introspective air to this first session, which showcases Jimmy Raney's fluid bop style of playing, and in particular his impeccable phrasing. For the remainder John Wilson comes in on trumpet, and Nick Stabulas replaces Mardigan.

The pairing with Bob Brookmeyer finds Kotick still on bass, Osie Johnson on drums, and Dick Katz and Hank Jones take turns on the piano. The Paris album is not the first volume, recorded a few days earlier, but a follow-up with a line-up of local musicians, namely Bobby Jasper on tenor sax, Roger Guerin on trumpet, Maurice Vandair on piano, Jean-Marie Ingrand on bass and Jean Louis Viale on drums. Raney had just finished a European tour, during which he'd been voted Number One guitarist in a poll conducted by "Le Jazz Hot". "Jimmy Raney Plays" is just four numbers, with a total playing time of just over 20 minutes, but finds Raney in company with Stan Getz (as Sven Coolson!) on tenor sax, Hall Overton on piano, Red Mitchell on bass and Frank Isola on drums.

Raney plays with consummate ease throughout, and demonstrates his mastery of his instrument, and his ability as leader. To say that this is a tasteful reissue is intended as nothing but praise. It has been beautifully remastered and the result is a delight.
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By SRJ on June 26, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Of all the jazz guitar greats, Jimmy reigns as king. His playing is so smooth, melodic, fast and harmonically complex-yet accessible-you just have got to give it up for him. When you can play a jazz CD and want to crank it up-you have got something.
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