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This single disc is a distillation of the Mosaic Complete Serge Chaloff Sessions, which featured virtually every session he ever led — in the '40s — and Jazz Factory should have titled it accordingly. (Chaloff recorded with a number of small combos in the 1950s, including a band that included Sonny Clark, Philly Joe Jones, and Leroy Vinnegar for his classic outing, Blue Serge on Capitol.) These are 23 cuts recorded between 1946 and 1949, featuring the great baritone saxophonist in every setting from duets with pianist Rollins Griffith to octet recordings made with Red Rodney, Curley Russell, and George Wallington in the mix. The duets are no big deal, recorded probably after a piano lesson that Griffith had with Chaloff's mom. But the rest of the material here is from the dawn of bebop, and Chaloff was an exciting and original voice on his instrument. Beginning with the first-ever recording of "Blue Serge" in 1946, the jets are on go and no matter who is in the band, from Allen Eager to Flip Phillips or Oscar Pettiford, Chaloff's scorched earth policy regarding the blues and tempo is singular. This is a cool set for the price, but seeking out the Mosaic set is a greater reward.


Born: 24 November 1923 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Serge Chaloff was the premier baritone saxophonist of the bop era, his fiery, dynamic improvisations restoring the instrument to prominence some months prior to the arrival of Gerry Mulligan. Chaloff was born in Boston on November 24, 1923. His father was a pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra while his mother, Margaret, taught music at the Boston Conservatory of Music, over time educating an illustrious series of pianists including Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, and Richard Twardzik. Chaloff...
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The Complete Small Group Bop Sessions, Serge Chaloff
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 01 February 1999
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