Harry 'Sweets' Edison: How Deep Is the Ocean?


How Deep Is the Ocean?



Sweets (Verve 000393602)

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Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Joe Mondragon (bass), Alvin Stoller (drums).

Composed by Irving Berlin


Recorded: Los Angeles, September 4, 1956


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Browsing rival websites recently for good stuff to steal—or, make that transmute into high art—we found Sweets Edison described, for the umpteenth time, as a "journeyman." This makes our blood boil, for it denotes competence not mastery, dependability without distinction. While he wasn't as spectacular as Roy Eldridge or as innovative as Dizzy, no trumpeter was more distinctive than Harry Edison, and few were as crafty. Here, brandishing his familiar cup mute, Sweets sets a honey of a tempo, leads by solid example and concocts a confectionary delight. If Sweets Edison was a journeyman, Rembrandt was a housepainter.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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