Shorty Baker and Doc Cheatham – Shorty & Doc {Prestige} [OJC]

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Shorty Baker and Doc Cheatham – Shorty & Doc {Prestige} [OJC]

Mainstream, Swing, Trumpet

CD, EAC rip, AccurateRip, FLAC tracks, Full Artwork

270 MB.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This CD reissue brings back a rare Swingville session that matches together the trumpets of Harold “Shorty” Baker and Doc Cheatham. At the time Baker, a veteran of Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, was much better-known and his soft tone and lyrical style often takes honors on this blowing date with pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer J.C. Heard. For Doc Cheatham, then 55 and (unknown to everyone) only at the halfway mark of his career, this was just his second opportunity to lead a record date, 11 years after an obscure session in France.

The results of this meeting are generally quite friendly rather than combative with Cheatham’s Dixielandish phrasing sounding slightly old-fashioned next to Baker. They perform appealing swing-oriented material and sound fine in their many tradeoffs.

Tracklist:
01. Chitlin’s (10:58)
02. I didn’t Know what Time it Was (5:16)
03. Baker’s Dozen (4:56)
04. Good Queen Bess (7:42)
05. Night Train (6:42)
06. Lullabye in Rhythm (7:36)

Personnel:
Harold “Shorty” Baker – trumpet
Doc Cheatham – trumpet
Walter Bishop, Jr. – piano
Wendell Marshall – bass
J.C. Heard – drums

Supervision by Esmond Edwards
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ; January 17, 1961
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Digital remastering, 1994 – Phil de Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Design: Don Schlitten
Photography: Esmond Edwards
Liner notes by Joe Goldberg

Prestige/Swingville Records, Tenth and Parker, Berkeley, CA 94710
1994, Fantasy, Inc.

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