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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Victor Feldman - Merry Olde Soul

(Riverside (USA) Monaural LP RLP 366, recorded 1960 - '61)

Victor Feldman came from a London musical family who were instrumental in the fostering of the new bebop music in the late forties, when they had a club, "Feldman's". Vic was a child prodigy on drums, even sitting in with the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band during the war. He originally went to the States to work with people like Woody Herman, before settling on the West Coast where his ability on vibes made him a first-call sessioneer for the likes of Marty Paich and others. His growing reputation led to him playing with Cannonball Adderley, first on record sessions, and then when he took over the Adderley band piano chair from Bobby Timmons who left to join Art Blakey. His growing exposure and reputation led to this outstanding Riverside album, where he was joined by Hank Jones on piano on the tracks where he played vibes, and by his Adderley bandmates Sam Jones, bass, and Louis Hayes, drums.There are four Feldman tunes here, "Serenity", "Lisa", "Bloke's Blues" and "Mosey On Down", as well as such standards as Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday", The Gershwins' "The Man I Love" (where Vic plays both piano and vibes), Mack Gordon's "You Make Me Feel So Young", Sy Oliver's "For Dancers Only" and even then-current chart number by Brenda Lee(!) called "I Want To Be Wanted". But this isn't really Feldman's debut album. When he first arrived in California, Contemporary released "The Arrival Of Victor Feldman", which also had Scott La Faro on bass.

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