V/V6 8489 The JATP All Stars at the Opera House
Roy Eldridge (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Percy Heath (b) Connie Kay (d)
"Opera House", Chicago, IL, October 19, 1957
Sonny Stitt (as) Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Jo Jones (d)
"Shrine Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 1957
The Slow Blues
Merry Go Round
** reissue of Verve MGV 8267.
15 remarkable all-stars are featured on the live date. There are only three songs on the album, and they feature two different groups. The opening "The Slow Blues" is just OK, with rather perfunctory solos, but its follow-up, the "I Got Rhythm"-based "Merry Go Round," has some strong sparks. Heard from on these tunes are Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips on tenors, altoist Sonny Stitt, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jo Jones. Jacquet, who concludes "Merry Go Round," easily takes honors. The flip side of the album has a lengthy version of "Stuffy" (based on "Lady Be Good") with trumpeter Roy Eldridge (who starts his solo with some fireworks), Coleman Hawkins and Stan Getz on tenors, trombonist J.J. Johnson, pianist John Lewis, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay. Eldridge and Getz largely steal the show.