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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1957
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Riverside
  • ASIN: B000UDQR3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The trumpeter's fantastic quintet (with Johnny Griffin, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones) play Donna Lee; Stardust; Boomerang; Boardwalk , and more. The complete 1957 LP.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack Baker on September 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Serenade to a Bus Seat is a session from April of 1957 led by trumpeter Clark Terry. Terry is accompanied by a fine group consisting of tenor sax gunslinger Johnny Griffin, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. All of the numbers were penned by Terry, save "Donna Lee", "Stardust", and "That Old Black Magic".

The album begins with a bang, a scorching version of Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee". While maybe not quite as flashy here as on his own Introducing Johnny Griffin, Johnny Griffin busts out some heavy duty bop here. Terry matches him in pace and Philly Joe proves some explosive fills in this quick paced number. "Boardwalk" is a deep blues, giving Terry and Griffin plenty of room to get good and greasy. "Boomerang" is a blower's delight, featuring some killer playing from Terry, whose horn speaks and squawks. Wynton Kelly lays down some gorgeous piano on this track. Listen for his dynamic solo and the minimal accompaniment he provides for Chambers's bass solo. "Digits" is a winding upbeat piece with some great interplay between Terry and Griffin. They intertwine their horns in spirals of pure energy and delight. The title track is another high energy blowing session and Kelly astounds yet again, stealing the show from the horns when it's his turn to solo. The pace slows for the standard "Stardust", both Terry and Griffin delivering emotional statements. The tempo picks up just a little for the smooth "Cruising", a mellow piece featuring more magnificent trumpet, more note-heavy phrasing from Griffin, and more Kelly ivory gymnastics. The album ends with a brief Latinized version of "That Old Black Magic".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on April 13, 2008
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Recorded in 1957, when the vocabulary of be-bop has become a normal part (probably) of majority of the jazz musicians active at the time, "Serenade to a Bus Seat" gives a remarkable and very creative workout within the style, making it somewhat more flexible than the founding fathers would have made it... Terry has a deep-rooted swing experience and he seems to use it in his approach to tone and sometimas phrasing, while the brilliant group assembled for this date mostly consists of players interested in stretching the boundaries of bop further (which, to many people's surprise, included inspiration from the past jazz styles in cases of hard bop and free-jazz)...

So - this is a be-bop record, a great be-bop record but not completely typical be-bop record.

The happy trumpet of Clark Terry is one of my favorite sounds in jazz (prefered to his fluegelhorn) and the hot licks of Johnny Griffin and rock-solid rhythm section help the leader create a subtle and suggestive sound pictures.

Except for be-bop standard "Donna Lee", short take on Arlen's "That old Black Magic" in the end and Carmichael's good old "Stardust", all other songs are written by Terry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coolmann on December 21, 2010
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My husband heard this on the jazz station and loved it. I got it for him for his birthday and it is a favorite of his. We both love Jazz, both the old style and the smooth. This was available thru a third party vendor. It came new and very reasonable in price.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Watters on June 16, 2009
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I love Clark Terry. I particularly admire how, in his initial sessions under his own leadership, he kept trying new things. He never let the dust settle on him. Following this boppish session, for instance, he made an album of Ellingtonia, followed by a famous session of flugelhorn with Thelonious Monk as a sideman. He went on to do an interesting large group session on Candid. It's all very cool stuff. That said, I have heard Sereanade to a Bus Seat countless times over the years, returning to it over and over hoping something will click, but this album just doesn't do it for me somehow. It may be the rather awful sound, or the brittle way that Terry and Griffin mix in the heads. The real culprit may be Philly Joe Jones. Unlike his namesake Jo Jones, who was famous for "playing like the wind" and never overpowering the other musicians, Philly Joe has never been more bombastic as he is here. He's just pounding away, stepping on everyone's toes. It's not always this way: Philly Joe was one of the greats and does fantastic work not only with Miles but on Sonny Rollins' Newk's Time and countless other great records. But on this record, man, he just gives me a headache. The sequencing of the album doesn't help any either, as it leads off with what may be the weakest track, a really backwards-looking tear through Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee." Yeah, we get it, Clark. You aren't just an Ellingtonian. But the more varied textures that follow put Terry and Griffin in a better light. I only wish Philly Joe would keep it down a bit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on December 24, 2007
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This album is fantastic. The only funny thing I found is that on the back side, Wynton Kelly is listed as playing the drums. That aside, the music contained here is phenomenal. Clark was in his prime in 1957, and the rhythm section (Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe) is perfect. I'd highly recommend this album to Clark Terry's fans and newcomers alike.
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