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http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/carmell_jones_quartet_previously_unreleased_los_angeles_session-cd-6285.html

Carmell Jones Quartet: Previously Unreleased Los Angeles Session Carmell Jones

Featuring: Carmell Jones (tp), Forrest Westbrook (p), Gary Peacock (b), Bill Schwemmer (d)

REFERENCE: FSRCD 867
BAR CODE: -
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In August 1960, 24-year old trumpet player Carmell Jones left his Kansas City home-town and hopped a bus to Los Angeles, intent on hitting the West Coast jazz scene. There, his impact was immediate and would prove to be memorable. He was quickly part of a quartet with pianist Forrest Westbrook, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Bill Schwemmer.

They rehearsed at Westbrook’s apartment at 2021 Sta. Monica Blvd, Hollywood, where this unreleased material was recorded at the end of that month. It was an amazing session, in which Carmell, oozing confidence and assertiveness, demonstrated a fresh, virile and imaginative style, with a warm ballad tone and an authoritatively implacable swing at up tempo. The highly responsive rhythm section locked right on him all the way, and also revealed Forrest Westbrook as a highly talented and sensitive pianist, with an advanced concept of improvisation, and a built-in propensity for swinging hard. Along with the pungently powerful Peacock and the driving Schwemmer, they provided an ideally vigorous support for Carmell Jones, who, unbelievably soon, would come to be regarded as among the finest trumpeters on the West Coast. These never-beforereleased recordings, his first on the Coast, show why.


Tracklisting:

01. Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 7:25
02. If I Love Again (Oakland-Murray) 6:02
03. Ruby (Ray Charles) 6:27
04. For Every Man There’s a Woman
(Arlen-Robin) 5:15
05. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
(Wright-Forrest) 4:46
06. Airegin (Sonny Rollins) 9:05

Alternate takes:
07. Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 9:31
08. If I Love Again (Oakland-Murray) 7:07
09. Ruby (Ray Charles) 5:54
10. For Every Man There’s a Woman
(Arlen-Robin) 4:14


Previously unreleased Los Angeles session



Personnel:

CARMELL JONES QUARTET
Carmell Jones, trumpet (out on #6), with Forrest Westbrook, piano; Gary Peacock, bass; and Bill Schwemmer, drums.

Recorded at Forrest Westbrook studio, Hollywood, August 1960


Original reel-to-reel tape recordings: Forrest Westbrook
Analog-to-digital transfer by Joe Sidore

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Ok, technicality - Ray Charles did not write "Ruby".

Also not sure if everybody's getting paid who could/should get paid, but if they got the tape from the source itself, I'm sure that somebody in the chain got paid, so conscience will be, if not clear, then at leasttranslucent if/when actually bought.

This Forrest Westbrook dude had an album on Revaltion which I was not aware of until now: http://www.discogs.com/Forrest-Westbrook-Jim-West-Paul-Ruhland-Dick-Wilson-This-Is-Their-Time-Oh-Yes/release/5441490

Has anybody heard it? Revelation had its quirks, but putting out bullshit was not one of them.

In fact, didn't they put out a later/latter Carmel Jones album themselves?

Indeed they did!

http://www.discogs.com/Carmell-Jones-Returns/release/5619454

So, all things considered...interesting!

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This Forrest Westbrook dude had an album on Revaltion which I was not aware of until now: http://www.discogs.com/Forrest-Westbrook-Jim-West-Paul-Ruhland-Dick-Wilson-This-Is-Their-Time-Oh-Yes/release/5441490

Has anybody heard it? Revelation had its quirks, but putting out bullshit was not one of them.

In fact, didn't they put out a later/latter Carmel Jones album themselves?

Indeed they did!

http://www.discogs.com/Carmell-Jones-Returns/release/5619454

So, all things considered...interesting!

We need to get Jonathan on the job........

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This looks like one I may want to get. Interested to know the audio quality?

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I've not played the Forrest Westbrook LP in a decade, so I don't recall too much, other than that at the time it didn't make much of an impression.

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Ok, technicality - Ray Charles did not write "Ruby".

Also not sure if everybody's getting paid who could/should get paid, but if they got the tape from the source itself, I'm sure that somebody in the chain got paid, so conscience will be, if not clear, then at leasttranslucent if/when actually bought.

This Forrest Westbrook dude had an album on Revaltion which I was not aware of until now: http://www.discogs.com/Forrest-Westbrook-Jim-West-Paul-Ruhland-Dick-Wilson-This-Is-Their-Time-Oh-Yes/release/5441490

Has anybody heard it? Revelation had its quirks, but putting out bullshit was not one of them.

In fact, didn't they put out a later/latter Carmel Jones album themselves?

Indeed they did!

http://www.discogs.com/Carmell-Jones-Returns/release/5619454

So, all things considered...interesting!

I have the Jones LP, it's a nice one, worth picking up if you are turntably-inclined.

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Well this is exciting news! I'm having a horrible time remembering now but there was someone on the board who was a Carmell completist and he should be all over this. In fact it's thanks to him that I have a nice transfer of that Carmell Returns LP. I used it on one of my earliest BFTs. It was recorded at a Gainesville FL radio station with a local group, if memory serves.

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Westbrook was also the pianist in a fascinating early 60's iteration of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars. Bobby Bryant, Bob Cooper, Westbrook, Rumsey and Doug Sides. Happily, they did appear on one episode of the FRANKLY JAZZ television program, and clips are available on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi3-Ii-NGRg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY4In7p91Vw

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Has anybody heard it? Revelation had its quirks, but putting out bullshit was not one of them.

In fact, didn't they put out a later/latter Carmel Jones album themselves?

Revelation's John William Hardy also wrote the liner notes for the three original Carmell Jones Pacific Jazz albums in the Mosaic Select, revealing himself as an early associate/fan of Jones' from back in Kansas

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Yes, I had forgotten that, thanks for bringing it up!

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Answering my implied question above, was it PD who was the Carmell Jones nut? I want to say it was but I could be wrong.

Anyway I notice a couple of things on the listing - it does say "Special thanks to Leslie Westbrook" - presumably the heir to the pianist who was instrumental in getting the music out. So at least the pianist's family got paid. I'd like to hope that they found Carmell's heirs at least too.

And the text says that the session was recorded at the pianist's apartment but down below it says "Recorded at Forrest Westbrook studio". Maybe they meant "Forest Westbrook studio apartment". :g

Anyway I jumped on this and I am hopeful that it is as good as they say. It's kinda like the Uptown release of Hank Mobley/Bennie Green - a future star, right before he was discovered. :excited::excited:

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would like to hear this as well as the two Revelation LPs mentioned.

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Well I happily found this in the mailbox when I got home from work today and can report:

1. It really was recorded at the "Forest Westbrook studio" - the pianist had a studio set up in his apartment, where the band rehearsed.

2. Sound is perfectly good though I will admit I am listening on high quality PC speakers.

3. This was recorded as a demo and presented to Dick Bock. He didn't use it but obviously Carmell made an impression on him.

4. Just because it wasn't purchased by Bock doesn't mean it isn't very good. Do not sleep on this, especially if you dig Carmell.

5. Oh, and the pianist gets a long feature on "Aeregin". He's good.

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$21.50 at Amazon & currently out of stock.

Anyone have a better deal??

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Not appearing in the usual places here in the UK. I wonder why that is......

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$21.50 at Amazon & currently out of stock.

Anyone have a better deal??

Direct from the source, I paid $16.79 including shipping, and it took just a week to get here.

You may want to use the Paypal pay option, their online payment service was down. I never actually received the order confirmation message but I knew Paypal had paid, and they were very quick to respond to my status inquiry a couple of days after I ordered.

Edited by Dan Gould

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Up, because I can't be the only person who has received this to date.

Can I?

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Don't want you to feel "lonely".

I'll order it today. :tophat::cool:

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Well as long as you're doing it for yourself, too. ;)

I'll be interested to hear your reaction.

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Well as long as you're doing it for yourself, too. ;)

I'll be interested to hear your reaction.

Well - I love the Carmell Mosaic Select.

Ordered from Fresh Sounds directly with one other CD. Made the price even better.

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I ordered this nearly two weeks ago from Fresh Sound and it has yet to arrive.

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My last order from them took 7-8 days.

We'll see what happens this time.

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Mine arrived in seven days, and I am on the east coast so a little closer, theoretically.

Edit to add: Also, the Chicago area USPS was not involved in any way with the delivery, to my knowledge. :)

Edited by Dan Gould

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Ordered June 2nd and have yet to receive it here in Florida!

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