The Continental Sessions Vol. 1




These are three sessions from 1945, shortly after the conception of Continental Records. While the leaders and most of the members of these sessions were prominent swing musicians, one of the three bands (Clyde Hart’s) included the founding fathers of bebop – Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The musical repertoire ranges from Christmas songs, to traditional and swing standards, to ”modern” compositions (by Leonard Feather). The music is a unique blend of swing and early bebop. Continental Records was the right place at exactly the right time – 1945 – when swing music was still extremely popular and bebop was just beginning to flower.

Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet, Trummy Young – trombone, vocal, Edmond Hall – clarinet, Charlie Parker – alto sax, Don Byas – tenor sax, Red Norvo – vibes, Ellis Larkin, Clyde Hart, Johnny Guarnieri – piano, Slam Stewart – bass, Specs Powell – drums, Chuck Wayne – guitar, Rubberlegs Williams – vocal

Ellis Island
Continental Blues
Lonely Moments
What’s the Matter Now?
I Want Every Bit of It
That’s the Blues
4-F Blues
4-F Blues [Alternate Take]
Dream of You
Seventh Avenue
Sorta Kinda
Ooh! Ooh! My! My! Oh! Oh!
Honeysuckle Rose
Mood to Be Stewed
The Voice of the Turtle
Slammin’ the Gate
Jingle Bells
On the Upside Looking Down
Time on My Hands
A Bell For Norva
A Bell for Norvo
Haw Haw
Haw, Haw
The One ‘That Got Away
Talkin’ Back

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