NYC on August 14th, 1946.
Personnel: Trummy Young (tb); John Hardee (ts); Marlowe Morris (p); Tiny Grimes
(g); Jimmy Butts (b); Eddie Nicholson (d)
With thanks to El Enmascarado for his rips and scans from this Blue Note 78 rpm disc.
Before guitarist Lloyd “Tiny” Grimes was issuing those great jump blues singles on the Atlantic label and before he had renamed his group “The Rocking Highlanders”, dressing them in kilts and Tam O’Shanters, and yea, well before he was recording even more jump blues and backing the likes of J.B. Summers, Haji Baba and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins on Gotham, our hero was one cool dude on the New York jazz scene.
He was a late starter on the four string guitar, having commenced his musical career on the piano and as a tap dancer. In 1940, not long after taking up the guitar, he joined the already successful jive group The Cats & The Fiddle. From there he joined the illustrious pianist Art Tatum and bass player Slam Stewart to form the Art Tatum Trio. Inevitably his guitar playing improved greatly in such company and in 1944 Tiny formed his own group. While with the trio he had become a fixture on the
York jazz club scene and he was soon picking up
recording work with Ike Quebec, Coleman Hawkins and Hot Lips Page.
Tiny’s first session as a leader (for
in September 1944) has gone down in jazz history as Charlie Parker (who had
been jamming with Tiny’s band at the Downbeat Club) was on alto sax. To round
off the session the group recorded Parker’s “Red Cross”, an instrumental based
on the chords of “I Got Rhythm” which is considered an important step in the
development of be-bop.
After the Parker session, Tiny was on sessions on various labels with Ike Quebec, Coleman Hawkins, Hot Lips Page, Cozy Cole, Billie Holiday, Earl Bostic, John Hardee and Buck Clayton. In August 1946, Tiny finally got another session as a band leader with jazz label Blue Note. Two singles resulted from the session – the two-parter “Flying Home” and “’C’ Jam Blues” / “Tiny’s Boogie Woogie.”
|Tiny Grimes circa 1948 - William Gottlieb collection|
Listen to “Red Cross” featuring Charlie Parker and “Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning” by Gatemouth Moore with the Tiny Grimes Swingtet -
Red Cross (
532). Recorded NYC, September 15th,
1944. Personnel: Tiny Grimes (g); Charlie Parker (as); Clyde
Hart (p); Jimmy Butts (b); Doc West (d)
Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning (National 4015). Recorded NYC,
October 25th, 1946.
Personnel: Gatemouth Moore (vcl); Russell Royster (tpt); Herman Flintall (as);
John Hardee (ts); Sam Benskin (p); Tiny Grimes (g); Al Raglin (b); Eddie
Dan Kochakian & Dave Penny - Tiny Grimes Discography Part 1, Blues & Rhythm Magazine, No. 228, April 2008
Dan Morgenstern - sleeve notes to “The Changing Face of Harlem: The Savoy Sessions” Savoy Jazz 2LP set, SJL 2208, 1976
Claude Carrière - sleeve notes to “Charlie Parker: The Complete
Savoy Sessions Volume 1”
Savoy LP, WL70520, 1984