Saturday, September 29, 2012

RIP Eddie Bert

RIP Eddie Bert (1922-2012)

From big bands of the forties (Red Norvo, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnett) to the first jazz workshop of Charlie Mingus, trombonist Eddie Bert was an inexhaustible musician in demand with a sonorous sound and an immediate charm. Through his highly illustrious career he can be heard playing in Thelonious Monk's big band, as well as the soundtrack for the ultimate cop movie, The French Connection (a work of Don Ellis the composer). His few, but generally interesting, recordings as a leader are made for Savoy and Jazztone. (now reissued by Fresh Sound)

I have compiled a playlist on Spotify including many of his 1950s sessions and his works in big bands and small groups of the 1940s and 1950s that can be accessed here: the PLAYLIST