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Friday, May 12, 2023

Patented By Edison - Harry "Sweets" Edison


Angel Eyes

Patented By Edison
The Harry "Sweets" Edison Quintet
Produced by Teddy Reig
Roulette Birdland SR 52041

From the back cover: Once again, Harry "Sweets" Edison proves why he has been, and still is today, one of the greatest trumpet players on the jazz scene. He once again makes it all seem so effortless, so simple. The simplicity, however, is only a deception and only one that can be played by such a talent as 'Sweets' Edison.

From 1935 when he first came to New York, through the years when he was with Count Basie, and then his many years in Hollywood as a studio musician, 'Sweets' Edison has has always stood head and solders in the forefront as one of the most outstanding trumpeters ever to put his lips to a horn.

The appeal that 'Sweets' possesses is not confined to the world of jazz. His trumpet is far too expressive to have such limited appeal. The sound Edison pushes through his horn appears to "pop" music lovers as well as to the most ardent jazz bugs and the most knowing musicians. The sound Edison has evolved over the years never has a cold, blaring starkness to it. It is rather a sound that is graceful, subdued and totally original. He is effective with his huron muted or open and his approach to standards, originals, up-tempo, swinging blues pieces or low-keyed, tender ballads is always with a completely understanding of both the music and lyric content of the song.

The accompaniment is indispensable in forming this Edison showpiece. The tenor sax work of Jimmy Forest is always very much in evidence, as is the contributions of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Elvin Ray Jones on drums and Charlie Potter on bass.

The should have Edison and his quintet has not been confined to wash. He and his group have enjoyed a bumper of successful forays int the night club scene. Here, then, are the sound that 'Sweets' and his musicians render in such famed jazz emporiums as the "the jazz corner of the world," Birdland,  ...sound that only 'Sweets'' trumpet can emit... sounds that are "Patented By Edison!"

Blue Skies
Confessin' That I Love You
Ain't Misbehavin'
Candied Sweets
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Tea For Two
There Is No Greater Love
It's Easy To Remember
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