The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(1)

December 05. 2016

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Photo from JazzWax

Yesterday I introduced jazz workshop by Gary Burton.

This week I will post about RCA Jazz Workshop recording series.

This series was most smartest and innovative recordings in the mid-1950s.

Jack Lewis who was RCA’s A&R man in California in the early ‘50s produced seven albums.

Most of the Jazz Workshop albums have been reissued by RCA Spain and are available via Fresh Sounds.

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Photo above of The Miles Davis Nonet in ‘1949’ Photo by “All about Jazz”

I guess this series originated from the “Birth of The Cool” by Miles Davis in the late 1940s.

There were seven Jazz Workshop albums recorded in all:

– Al Cohn (May 1955)
– Manny Albam (December 1955)
– Hal Schaefer (October 1955)
– Billy Byers (December 1955)
– Hal McKusick (March 1956)
– George Russell (March 1956)
– John Carisi (April 1956)

Here is Johnny Carisi’s Jazz Workshop plays “Israel”.

Johnny Carisi (tp), Urbie Green (tb), Ray Beckenstein (cl,as), Eddie Wasserman (ts), Danny Bank (bs), Barry Galbraith (g), Russ Saunders (b), Herb Wasserman (ds)
Recorded:New York City, April 21, 1956

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