Uncategorized Johnny Coles ‘Little Johnny C’ November 8, 2018 View this post on Instagram Every person to whom I’ve recommended ‘Little Johnny C’ has fallen under its spell. Johnny Coles had a long, distinguished career as sideman (Dolphy, Mingus, Ray Charles Orchestra) though only a couple of sessions as a leader. Well if you’re only gonna take a couple of shots at top billing, go big or go home. In this case, he went HUGE. This record is a flat out burner and under-recognized classic overseen by Coles and pianist Duke Pearson (who handled all the arrangements and wrote five of the six tunes). You’ve also got young—but already mighty—Joe Henderson on tenor sax, and not-heard-enough altoist Leo Parker as well, who largely serves as a melodic foil to Henderson. Bob Cranshaw serves as master of the low end, and drums duties are split between Walter Perkins and Pete LaRoca. Coles has a trumpet tone that tugs on your heartstrings, and a style that delivers emotive lines in a thoughtful, often understated way. Credit to Pearson for knowing his players well—the writing and arranging makes maximum use of the team in a balanced way rather than as a springboard for pyrotechnics, and the results are striking. Get familiar with this record. It gets under your skin in all the right ways. Music Matters 33 pressing sounds FANTASTIC. #johnnycoles #dukepearson #joehenderson #leoparker #bobcranshaw #petelaroca A post shared by Syd Schwartz (@jazzandcoffee) on Jul 8, 2019 at 6:08am PDT #Bob Cranshaw#Duke Pearson#Joe Henderson#Johnny Coles#Leo Parker#Music Matters Post navigation My Favorite Things: The Best of 2018 → About Syd I’m Syd Schwartz, jazz vinyl enthusiast, digital marketing exec at Sony Music and Consigliere for the band Umphrey’s McGee. Posts here are ported from my Instagram feed @jazzandcoffee. DM me there if you’re looking to get in touch. View all posts by Syd → Leave a Reply Cancel reply CommentBasic HTML allowed. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.