Serge Chaloff: The Goof and I


The Goof and I


Serge Chaloff (baritone sax)


Blue Serge (Capitol Jazz CDP 7243 4 94505 2 3)

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Serge Chaloff (baritone sax), Sonny Clark (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Composed by Al Cohn


Recorded: Los Angeles, March 14, 1956


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

A study in tragedy, Serge Chaloff’s life was cut short just as a promising career was taking off. A tremendously gifted baritonist who was championed by Stan Kenton and George Wein, Chaloff struggled to kick a heroin habit that held him back for several years. Blue Serge was only the second session Chaloff led before being knocked down by an inoperable tumor. His version of Al Cohn’s “The Goof and I” vividly illustrates Chaloff’s technical brilliance, easily on a par with Gerry Mulligan for creativity and facility. The all-star rhythm section ably backs the baritonist through some fairly heinous bebop twists.

Reviewer: Todd S. Jenkins

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