I have to attend my mother's funeral today so only one track for now: 'Body and Soul,' by Joe Albany and Warne Marsh. Old-school, maybe – but improvising of the highest order. Some mystery to this – according to the sleeve notes there were three players present for this informal session recorded at the home of engineer Ralph Garretson– Marsh, Albany and the bass player, Bob Whitlock, but there is clearly a drummer present... Could be Red Martinson... or Stan Dembowski... Not too sure where I acquired this – possibly from jazz pour tous or a Rab-related site. The things one stumbles across – 'Joe Albany' was a character played by Lloyd Nolan in the 1938 film 'Hunted Men.' In real life, a somewhat tragic character - there is a wonderful interview here with his daughter Amy, who wrote a 'warts-and-all' book about her life with him. Marsh was a brilliant tenor player who never really got the recognition he should have. Listen to their actions and interactions as they take the old standard for a ride.
And: tot siens, mother...
Joe Albany/Warne Marsh
Joe Albany (p) Warne Marsh (ts) Bob Whitlock (b) Unknown (d)
Body and Soul