Three horns, almost vibratoless ensemble work, kinda ‘cool’ phrasing on a nicely shaped blues; that’s the mid-1940’s ensemble sound of Ex-Ellingtonian Barney Bigard who recorded this rare gem for the Black & White label on December 29, 1944.
Full cast: Joe Thomas (tp) Barney Bigard (cl) Georgie Auld (ts) Leonard Feather (p) Chuck Wayne (g) Billy Taylor (b) Stan Levey (d).
Enjoy my LP-transfer of BLUES BEFORE DAWN
Ain’t that beautiful?
Learn more about Barney Bigard HERE
P.S. #2 — Barney Bigard & Juan Tizol, featured with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra a.k.a. the Blanton-Webster Band in last year’s JUNE.