Harry 'Sweets' Edison: Sophisticated Lady
Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet)
For My Pals (Pablo 2310-934)
Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet),
Art Hillery (piano).
Composed by Duke Ellington, Mitchell Parish and Irving Mills.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, April 18 & 19, 1988
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
You may associate Edison with the invention of the light bulb, but fans of the American popular song prefer to remember another Edison, namely the trumpeter whose tasty brass stylings adorned those timeless Sinatra recordings. Singers always loved Sweets, and his trumpet work weaves in and out of other classic recordings by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan. No surprise here … Harry 'Sweets' Edison played the trumpet the way great vocalists sing. He builds his solos in breathy, conversational phrases, telling a story along the way. This intimate trumpet and piano duet on an Ellington standard gives Edison room to work his magic. Sweets is bittersweet here, and every note contributes towards creating a rich aural mood. By all means, enjoy him behind the great American singers, but also hear what he could do when he stood out as the star of the show.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia