Pithecanthropus Erectus is a 1956 album by jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus. Mingus noted that this was the first album where he taught arrangements to his musicians by ear in lieu of writing everything down. [source]
Tracks on Pithecanthropus Erectus: 1. Pithecanthropus Erectus – 10:36 / 2. A Foggy Day - 7:50 (George Gershwin) / 3. Profile of Jackie” – 3:11 / 4. Love Chant – 14:59
Line up: Charles Mingus – Bass / Jackie McLean – Alto Saxophone / J. R. Monterose – Tenor Saxophone / Mal Waldron – Piano / Willie Jones – Drums
Recorded May 10, 1951, Columbia recording session, New York City. Columbia 39670.
Nelson Williams, Andres Meringuito, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker (t) / Ray Nance (t,vl,v) / Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, Juan Tizol (tb) / Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) / Russell Procope (cl,as) / Willie Smith (as) / Paul Gonsalves (ts) / Harry Carney (cl,as,bar) / Duke Ellington (p,tk) / Wendell Marshall (sb) / Louis Bellson (d)
First track on the album Lady In Satin by Billie Holliday and Ray Ellis & His Orchestra , recorded 19–21 February 1958, released on Columbia same year.
This is the most controversial of all Billie Holiday records. Lady Day herself said that this session (which finds her accompanied by Ray Ellis´ string orchestra) was her personal favorite, and many listeners have found her emotional versions of such songs as “I’m a Fool to Want You,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Glad to Be Unhappy,” and particularly “You’ve Changed” to be quite touching. [source]
Billie Holiday – Vocal / Ray Ellis – Arranger, Conductor / George Ockner – Violin , concertmaster / David Soyer – Cello / Janet Putnam – Harp / Danny Bank – Flute / Phil Bodner – Flute / Romeo Penque – Flute / Mel Davis – Trumpet / J.J. Johnson – Trombone / Urbie Green – Trombone / Tom Mitchell – Trombone / Mal Waldron – Piano / Barry Galbraith – Guitar / Milt Hinton – Bass / Osie Johnson – Drums / Elise Bretton – Backing Vocals / Miriam Workman – Backing vocals
Hot Sauce is recorded in New York, May – June 1953. The track is from Elmo Hope Trio & Quintet, released in 1983.
St. Elmo Sylvester Hope (June 27, 1923 – May 19, 1967) was an American jazz pianist, performing chiefly in the bop and hard bop genres. His highly individual piano-playing and, especially, his compositions have led a few enthusiasts and critics such as David Rosenthal to place him alongside his contemporaries Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk (one could also compare him to Herbie Nichols), but he remains less recognized than his colleagues. [source]
Percy Heath – Bass / ”Philly” Jo Jones – Drums / Elmo Hope – Piano