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Sweets (Reis) (Dig)
Harry Edison
Sweets (Reis) (Dig)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Harry Edison
Title: Sweets (Reis) (Dig)
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Verve
Original Release Date: 1/1/1956
Re-Release Date: 4/12/2005
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075021034778, 4988005371195

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Sweets' Best Ever
ABH457 | New York | 04/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Right now -- April 13, 2005 -- Amazon shows no tracks or personnel for this CD. Most people who have heard of Harry "Sweets" Edison think he only played for Basie in the late 1930s and accompanied Sinatra on his Nelson Riddle recordings in the 1950s. But he was much more.

I have no idea why this CD took so long to emerge, but this is the finest Sweets recording ever and one of the very best small group swing (mainstream) recordings of the 1950s that were so fertile for good jazz. No hyperbole here, I promise.

I purchased the LP in 1957 (was on Columbia Clef then) and I still preserve it carefully. Apart from Sweets it has Ben Webster on tenor sax, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums. The track names I recall off the top of my head are "Hollerin' At The Watkins", "Willow Weep for Me", plus another eight or so. Does the CD contain more? -- I really hope so! The swing is powerful and clean and the solos have a form and a structure -- mainly blues-based -- that place melody and "voicing" ahead of the complex chord changes and harmonies (an oxymoron!) that have done so much to remove jazz from public appeal this past 35 years. The three main front line players (tpt/tnr/pno) play among the best work of their careers.

For other great "Sweets" recordings, hear him with Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges on "Back to Back" and "Side By Side."

I suggest you get this CD whatever your age."
Sweets and The Brute
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 04/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

In 1956-57, Sweets Edison and Ben Webster teamed up to cut two albums for the Verve label; both are superb, though this one might be a tad better. Everything works marvelously here, and Ben and Sweets play at peak form. Things kick off with the fast blues HOLLERING AT THE WATKINS, an Edison original, and immediately we know we're in for something special. WILLOW WEEP FOR ME gets an excellent treatment with Sweets playing tightly muted trumpet (as he does on most of the tracks), and LOVE IS HERE TO STAY is another beautiful ballad track. Another up-tempo blues is OPUS 711, and it's one of the highlights on the album. Rhythm support is solid in Jimmy Rowles (p) Joe Mondragon (b) and Alvin Stoller (d), and Barney Kessel's bluesy guitar adds much to the album's flavor. A terrific mainstream jazz album from the mid-1950s - definitely worth a prominent spot in anyone's collection."
Excellent music
Dave W. | Cincinnati, OH | 05/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent disc from Harry 'Sweets' Edison at the peak of his career. There are several memorable songs - Used to be Basie, How Deep is the Ocean, Walkin' With Sweets, Studio Call - and plenty of extended solos.

I would, however, rate this album just a notch below The Swinger/Mr. Swing double CD from 1958. It's still highly recommended music."