Electrifying: Eurupeans Only


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In July 1953, drummer Louie Bellson recorded an album in Los Angeles for Norman Granz's Norgran label called Skin Deep. For the big band tracks, he assembled quite a stellar showcase of talent. The band featured Harry “Sweets" Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo and Ray Linn (tp); Hoyt Bohannon, Herbie Harper and Tommy Pederson (tb); Benny Carter and Willie Smith (as); Wardell Gray and Bumps Myers (ts); Bob Lawson (bar); Jimmy Rowles (p); Barney Kessel (g); John Simmons (b) and Louie Bellson (d).

One of the tracks they recorded was Tadd Dameron and Don Redman's For Europeans Only. Unfortunately, we don't have an arranger listed. To my ear, though, the chart sounds as if it was scored by Dameron himself. Here's For Europeans Only, with solos by tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray, tenor saxophonist Bumps Myers, trumpeter “Sweets Edison and pianist Jimmy Rowles...

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