The Roots Of Bebop Trumpet: FREDDIE WEBSTER blows “SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN” – 1945

Freddie Webster…and here we have not only the legendary bugler (who directly influenced Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis & Fats Navarro), but also Bud Powell on piano, Frank Socolow on tenorsax, Leonard Gaskin on bass, and Irv Kluger on drums, who recorded the total of three sides for the Duke label in NYC, on May 2, 1945.

What? How come only three sides? — Yessir! The flip side of “September In The Rain” was left blank for unknown reasons because “Blue Fantasy” got never issued.

Anyway, in Freddie Webster’s modernistic phrases you can clearly hear the impression he made on young Dizzy Gillespie who wanted to escape from the Roy Eldridge cage he first deliberately had put himself in. Freddie blows the last eight bars of the theme on the harmon mute, a sound, revived by Miles Davis nine years later.

Here we go with some flatted ninths, hanging in the air without ever touching the E-flat-bottom of SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN, as played by Frank Socolow’s Duke Quintet.


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