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Album Review

Joe Temperley's thick-toned baritone and swing-oriented style is heard at its best on this CD, his definitive release. Temperley's huge sound sometimes makes it seem as if he is playing a bass sax rather than a baritone, yet his fluidity is on the level of an altoist. He performs seven selections (including four Duke Ellington songs) with a talented quartet headed by pianist Brian Lemon and a six-song suite by the late trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar with an 11-piece group; the latter also features fine solos from altoist Peter King and trumpeter Gerard Presencer. The swinging music is all straight-ahead with appealing chord changes, serving as an inspiration for the underrated baritonist. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

Deep sounds

I love this CD. I love Joe's deep, thick sound on Ellington. I saw him play last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center here in NYC and his solo piece A Single Petal of a Rose, which closed the evening, was incredible. This is a great collection.

Joe was outstanding

Just saw him last night in OC playing with the Lincoln Center Band. Is version of Single Petal of a Rose made me weep. He is on the faculty at Julliard, could you imagine learning from such a master?


Born: September 20, 1929 in Fife, Scotland

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Baritonist Joe Temperley was the perfect musician to fill in for Harry Carney during re-creations of Duke Ellington's music, a role that often overshadowed his own fine voice. Temperley actually started on the alto and recorded on tenor with English bands led by Harry Parry (1949), Jack Parnell, Tony Crombie, and Tommy Whittle. He stuck to baritone during a long association with Humphrey Lyttelton's popular band (1958-1965). In 1965, Temperley moved to New York, working with a variety of big bands...
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