Jazz at the Philharmonic: Leap Here
Jazz at the Philharmonic
Norman Granz’ J.A.T.P. Carnegie Hall, 1949 (Pablo 5311)
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York, November 2, 1949
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
Beginning with a concert at Los Angeles’ Philharmonic Hall in 1944, Norman Granz produced a long-running series of tours, both in the United States and abroad, that often consisted simply of crowd-pleasing all-star jam sessions. The personnel on this 1949 Carnegie Hall recording of Nat Cole’s “Leap Here,” with the exception of the long-forgotten trombonist Tommy Turk, is indeed the cream of the crop. It is especially interesting to hear altoist Sonny Criss follow his model, Charlie Parker, with both of them reiterating many of the phrases that Parker created years earlier.
Reviewer: David Franklin