Joe Wilder and Pete Brown’s Sextet – Such a Beautiful Sound
In 1953, Joe Wilder (Colwyn, Pennsylvania 1922), an ex-Basieite trumpeter with extensive big band experience, settled in New York to play for pit bands, TV, and to do studio recording work. Wilder’s reputation as a valuable sideman became increasingly impressive, more so with each new appearance on record, and for good reason.
On the opening session of this set—recorded in November 1955—Wilder is guested on two standards with the superb trio of Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall and Kenny Clarke, the Savoy label’s “house” rhythm section.
They proved an ideal support for Wilder’s delightfully musical sensibility, something triumphantly confirmed a few weeks later when they backed Wilder on his own solo debut album, “‘N’ Wilder...” a wonderfully individual session on which he displays the rare combination of flowing, singing lines and drive, strength and swing. Mature and impressive at any tempo, Wilder’s beautiful, big-toned sound, and fresh, creative conception shines especially on ballads.
On the last date, we find the trumpeter back in the fall of 1954, when he played as a sideman of a sextet headed by Pete Brown, an unjustly neglected, tastefully jumping alto saxophonist, who made his leader debut on record for Bethlehem with the 10” album “Peter the Great.” On a well-chosen programme of standards and blues, both hornmen display a skilled range of ability at an easy, conversational level, well supported by a good rhythm section featuring brief but excellent contributions by guitarist Wally Richardson, and Wade Legge, Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist.
At a time when many styles were blurring into each other, Wilder was maturely his own man, with such a beautiful sound. Still active in 2013 he is a true living legend of the trumpet.
1. How High the Moon (Wilder’s Moon) - (Hamilton-Lewis) - 6:03 2. I Think of You with Every Breath I Take (Rainger-Robin) - 6:23 3. Cherokee (Ray Noble) - 10:40 4. Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington-Gordon-Mills) - 5:02 5. My Heart Stood Still (Rodgers-Hart) - 4:28 6. Six Bit Blues (Ozzie Cadena) - 8:24 7. Mad About the Boy (Noel Coward) - 4:29 8. Darn That Dream (Jimmy Van Heusen) - 4:59 9. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - (Seitz-Lockhart) - 2:49 10. There Will Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) - 2:39 11. Moonlight in Vermont (Suessdorf-Blackburn) - 2:45 12. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love with Me (McHugh-Gaskill) - 3:14 13. Used Blues (Pete Brown) - 4:00 14. Tea for Two (Youmans-Caesar) - 2:59 15. Delta Blues (Pete Brown) -4:53
Track #1, taken from the 12" album
"The Hank Jones Trio – Bluebird" (Savoy MG12053)
Track #2, taken from the 12" album
"Various Artists – Night People" (Savoy MG12073)
Tracks #3-8, originally issued on the 12" album
"Joe Wilder - ‘N’ Wilder..." (Savoy MG12063)
Tracks #9-15, originally issued on the 10" album
"Pete Brown Sextet - Peter the Great"
(Bethlehem BCP 1011)
Personnel on tracks #1 & 2:
HANK JONES TRIO featuring JOE WILDER
Joe Wilder, trumpet; Hank Jones, piano; Wendell Marshall, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums.
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on November 29, 1955
Personnel on tracks #3-8:
JOE WILDER QUARTET
Same personnel as Hank Jones Quartet
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on January 19, 1956
Personnel on tracks #9-15:
PETE BROWN SEXTET
Joe Wilder, trumpet; Pete Brown, alto sax; Wade Legge, piano; Wally Richardson, guitar
Gene Ramey, bass; Rudy Collins, drums
Recorded in New York City, on November 16, 1954
Original sessions produced by Ozzie Cadena (#1-8) and Creed Taylor (#9-15)
Recording Engineers: Rudy Van Gelder (#1-8) and Tom Dowd (#9-15)
Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol