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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Excitement Unlimited - Charlie Shavers


Minor Blues

Excitement Unlimited
Charlie Shavers
Produced by Dave Cavanaugh and Bill Miller
Cover Photo/Capitol Photo Studio: George Benson
Recorded in Capitol's New York City studios on February 20, 21 and 22, 1963
Recording Engineer: Johnny Cue
Capitol Records T1883


Bass - Tommy Bryant
Drums - Oliver Jackson
Guitar - George Barnes (courtesy of Columbia Records, Inc.)
Piano - Bruce Martin
Alto Sax - Jerome Richardson (courtesy of United Artists Records, Inc.)
Tenor Sax - Budd Johnson (courtesy of Argo Records)
Trombone - Billy Byers

From the back cover: Charlie Shavers, who was born in New York City in 1917, has worked with a god many of the biggest names in jazz over his long and illustrious career in music. He was first heard around the New York area with both Tiny Bradshaw and Lucky Millinder, before beginning his famed association as arranger and trumpet star with the John Kirby group. While still with Kirby in 1944, he also performed with the legendary Raymond Scott Quintet at CBS. In 1945 he joined Tommy Dorsey, and his golden trumpet was a standout feature with that famous band for several more years. In the fifties he played dates with Benny Goodman, formed his own group with Terry Gibbs and Louis Bellson, and visited Europe with the well-known JATP tours. In the sixties he has continued to prove one of the most durable musicians in the business. And, though his flexibility enables him to play all kinds of dates, such as the dixieland-oriented Metropole and the more subdued Embers in New York, Shavers continues to retain his own unmistakable sound and conception – truly a "classic" musician who transcends the many changes in jazz styles.

From Billboard - May 18, 1963: Charlie Shavers' fans will be flipped with this one. Charlie gives his best on several of his originals of recent vintage: "Period Of Adjustment," "Bossa Nova Petite," and others. Also included are the big sound hair raisers, "Undecided," "Minor Blues" and "School Days" where Charlie also takes to singing. There's much in this one for everyone, Shavers buff or not!

Period Of Adjustment
Bossa Nova Petite
I Kid You Not
Opus 5
Night In Tunisia
Shiny Stockings
Minor Blues
School Days
Big Time Blues

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