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Old Mar 10, 2012, 12:04 AM
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Jazz Feature for March 12:Carmell Jones:"Jay Hawk Talk"

Tonight's Jazz Feature is a rather rare treat by a trumpeter who is now a sadly forgotten great, his name is Carmell Jones. Carmell was born in Kansas City, Kansas on July 26,1936 and died there at age 60 on November 7,1996. Carmell, after a long time of study and growth playing local gigs of all kinds, moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and was immediately accepted on the L.A. scene as a great new voice of the trumpet. His crackling brass-rich sound and his speed and facility reminded many of his idol and greatest influence, Clifford Brown. Carmell did studio work and began appearing on many recordings with tenor saxophone giant Harold Land. He also worked with Bud Shank, Curtis Amy and with Gerald Wilson's Big Band. He also appeared, with Harold Land on a ground breaking recording by the great unsung forward-thinking alto saxophonist Jimmy Woods called "Conflict" that also featured, pianist Andrew Hill, bassist George Tucker and drummer Elvin Jones. Carmell also recorded under his own name on several Pacific Jazz dates. In 1964 it was time for him to succumb to New York's siren call. His timing was good as pianist Horace Silver was in the process of reorganizing his Quintet. Carmell replaced Blue Mitchell in the Silver band. He also through his association with Silver did a number of important sideman dates with Booker Ervin and Charles McPherson. He appeared on Silver's best selling recording for Blue Note called "Song For My Father" plus a couple of other later released live dates issued on Silver's label Emerald. Carmell was not enamoured by New York and was growing tired of the racist attitudes in the USA. Jones was a shy and sensitive man who steered clear of drugs and alcohol and was dedicated to study and hard practise. He quit Silver's band and headed for Europe where he prospered and was relatively free of the racial conflicts that plagued him in America. He worked with some great state-sponsored orchestras and met up with and worked with many American ex-pats like altoists Herb Geller and Leo Wright. After many years in Europe, he came home to the US, first to Florida then back to his home town of Kansas City. By this time he was mostly a forgotten figure, He recorded very little upon his return and worked locally and taught for his remaining years. Tonight's Jazz Feature will show you what a brilliant musician Carmell was.

The Feature album is called "Jay Hawk Talk" in honour of his Kansas background. It was done in May of 1965 for Prestige Records just after he left Horace Silver's band and before embarking for Europe. Carmell appears here with Jimmy Heath on tenor saxophone who is in magnificent form, Barry Harris on piano, the late George Tucker on bass and Horace Silver's drummer, Roger Humphries. The tunes consist of three Carmell originals, including the title track. Two standards make up the rest. An up-tempo version of Comden and Green's "Just In Time" and Carmell's ballad feature,"Willow Weep For Me". I think this recording will remind people of how great a player was Carmell Jones and why he shouldn't be forgotten.

The Jazz Feature will air as usual shortly after 11pm but come by right at 9pm for the start of the show and I'll open up a bag of musical gems...........see you then......................
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