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Steppin Out

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Audio CD, September 17, 1996
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1. Our Miss Brooks
2. Trimmed In Blue
3. Laura
4. Dotty's Dream
5. Vicksville
6. Steppin' Out

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005H6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "bluesjunkie" on January 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having no idea, I picked up Steppin' Out at a flea market because if features Grant Green on guitar, which is all I needed to know. After just a few notes, the question quickly became "How come I've never heard of Harold Vick?!" I can't describe Vick's playing in terms of jazz theory, but I think anyone who digs the '60's Blue Note sound or tenor sax in general will love the thick, bluesy, soul-jazz sound that he squeezes out of his horn. In addition to Vick & Green, the players are trumpet-great Blue Mitchell, organist John Patton, & Ben Dixon on drums. This was Vick's first session as a leader, but he had recorded with everyone but Mitchell before and the chemistry is immediately obvious. Wondering if a rookie leader might not get lost behind talents like Mitchell, Green, & Patton? Those guys get their chances to stretch out on the album's last 3 tracks and deliver the goods when they do, but it's clearly Vick's show throughout, and an exquisite show it is. I almost gave this album 4 stars because at 36:21, it's short enough to always leave me craving more. You get 5 Vick originals and a deep, slithery version of "Laura" that evokes a lonely, whiskey-filled night in a smoky jazz bar. (Yeah, it's a cliche, but listen to the cut and tell me I'm wrong!) In the end, I'll excuse the brevity on the grounds that it was recorded in '63. Again, as I found this at a flea market I can't help feeling like I dug up something of a hidden treasure. I highly recommend this to any jazz fan based on Vick's performance alone, and the fact that Grant Green and Blue Mitchell are in the house makes for a damn good gravy!
(This review refers to a '96 re-release)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Scarce and out of print domestically, this album has become a collector's if not a cult item. In fact, it may even be a good investment, given the prices it's been fetching on eBay, especially a good vinyl copy. And Vick's underground reputation was given a boost when Sonny Rollins named an original tune after him.
As for me, I had been chasing the album in large part because I actually caught Vick live back in the 60's. A small-town boy with little city sense, I frequently ventured to McKie's at 63rd and Cottage Grove on Chicago's southside, where on one occasion the attraction was Jack McDuff and Harold Vick. I remember little about the music, but Brother Jack with his frosted silver "do" and Harold with his tall frame and Karl Malone cheek bones both left indelible visual impressions (the ladies were out in full force that night).
As for "Steppin' Out" it's a worthy and in most respects "typical" Blue Note release (I ordered my copy from England). Big John's presence is a plus, not only because he walks bass lines with the best of them but because I've come to prefer B-3 to acoustic piano when it's a Van Gelder-recorded session. Grant Green's reputation, which continues to grow, won't be hurt by his performance here. Blue Mitchell represents a more sensible, straightforward lyricism than either Freddie or Lee. Ben Dixon, whom I was unfamiliar with, is locked in tight and right with Big John's bass patterns.
As for Harold, he's an original and occasionally effective and interesting soloist. His phrasing can be choppy and indecisive, and his intonation at times seems shaky, or at least questionable. This latter effect is exaggerated, I've decided, by the almost total absence of vibrato in his bolt-like tones.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aftab on May 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those cd's that I hunt everywhere I go for, always coming up short . . . and that's a bummer, because based upon the snippets I have heard, the chat on various bulletin boards, and the stellar line-up of Vick, Mitchell, Green, Patton, and Dixon, this cd is SURE to smoke from the press of 'play'. Hopefully it will be released again soon . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony C. Navarro on March 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
this is truly a Blue Note Gem , a real soulful delight , Vick is an extremely unique tenor player, vastly underrated, and with Grant Green playing a good and as soulful as ive ever heard him (boy, that is saying a lot) , but ive always liked Grant as a side men better than a leadin in this Blue Note era,Ben Dixon has never played so well, just get it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Scarce and out of print, this album has become a collector's if not a cult item. In fact, it may even be a good investment, given the prices it's been fetching on eBay, especially a good vinyl copy. And Vick's underground reputation was given a boost when Sonny Rollins named an original tune after him.
As for me, I had been chasing the album in large part because I actually caught Vick live back in the 60's. A small-town boy with little city sense, I frequently ventured to McKie's at 63rd and Cottage Grove on Chicago's southside, where on one occasion the attraction was Jack McDuff and Harold Vick. I remember little about the music, but Brother Jack with his frosted silver "do" and Harold with his tall frame and Karl Malone cheek bones both left indelible visual impressions (the ladies were out in full force that night).
As for "Steppin' Out" it's a worthy and in most respects "typical" Blue Note release (I ordered my copy from England). Big John's presence is a plus, not only because he walks bass lines with the best of them but because I've come to prefer B-3 to acoustic piano when it's a Van Gelder-recorded session. Grant Green's reputation, which continues to grow, won't be hurt by his performance here. Blue Mitchell represents a more sensible, straightforward lyricism than either Freddie or Lee. Ben Dixon, whom I was unfamiliar with, is locked in tight and right with Big John's bass patterns.
As for Harold, he's an original and occasionally effective and interesting soloist. His phrasing can be choppy and indecisive, and his intonation at times seems shaky, or at least questionable. This latter effect is exaggerated, I've decided, by the almost total absence of vibrato in his bolt-like tones.
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