Lowell Hastings, aka “Count” Hastings, aka “Red” Hastings cut two sessions for Gotham Records, one in November 1948 and one in January 1950. A hugely experienced tenor sax man, he is probably best known for his 1949 – 1951 spell with the Earl Bostic group, but a glance at the list of his sessions on the back cover of this LP shows him playing alongside such luminaries as Tiny Bradshaw, Lucky Millinder, Panama Francis, Illinois Jacquet, Louis Jordan (see front cover photo) and Little Willie John.
Tony Burke’s sleevenotes nicely sum up what is on offer here: “Many jazz musicians of the era moved freely between small jazz combos, big bands and rhythm and blues outfits, and at times when they came to record, the distinction between R&B, jazz and bop became almost indetectable. This compilation, dominated by Lowell Hastings, takes us neatly into the realms where rhythm and blues merged into bop and jazz, and to where Ivin Ballen was trying to carve a niche for his company in an increasingly competitive market.”
The Eddie Woodland and Danny Turner sides, dating from 1949, are in a similar style.
Ripped at 320 kbps from vinyl.
1. Diga Diga Do / Count Hastings
2. Sugar Cane / Count Hastings
3. Minor In The Diner * / Count Hastings
4. She's Funny That Way / Count Hastings
5. Patches * / Count Hastings
6. Begin The Beguine / Count Hastings
7. Candied Yam / Count Hastings
8. Patches / Count Hastings
9. Baboo / Count Hastings
10. Minor In The Diner * / Count Hastings
11. Midnight Moan * / Danny Turner
12. Snap Case * / Eddie Woodland
13. Jumpin' With Pio * / Eddie Woodland
14. Danny's Jump ** / Danny Turner
* = previously unreleased take
** = previously unreleased title