Saturday, March 13, 2010
Victor FELDMAN - Victor Feldman in London (Vol 1, The Quartet) 1956
Victor Feldman was a child prodigy who was a professional from the age of seven and sat in on drums with Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band in 1944 when he was ten. He was active in his native England through the bebop years (mostly on drums), debuting as a leader in 1948. By 1952, Feldman was getting better-known for his vibes playing and he recorded extensively during the 1950s. After touring with Woody Herman (1956-1957), he decided to move to the U.S. in 1957, where he worked at the Lighthouse with Howard Rumsey. Feldman recorded (on vibes and piano) for Mode, Contemporary, and Riverside during 1957-1961, a period in which he became a busy studio musician. Feldman was with Cannonball Adderley's Quintet (mostly as a pianist) for six months in 1960-1961 and recorded with Miles Davis in 1963 (who offered him a job with his new quintet and recorded his original "Seven Steps to Heaven"), but remained in L.A. and the studios. He cut jazz dates for Choice, Concord, Palo Alto, and TBA and in the 1980s up until his death he led a soulful crossover group (the Generation Band) that often featured his son, Trevor Feldman, on drums.
bY Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Started his jazz career as a seven-year-old drummer, then added vibes and piano. By 20, he was leading his own bands, and amazingly for a British jazz musician, was recruited to a US band (he later worked for Miles Davis for a while). This is largely small-band work with Feldman on vibes, along with two pieces for a medium-sized band, with him on drums. Mostly good stuff, it's well worth a listen.
Victor Feldman - a child musical prodigy and multi-instrumentalist emigrated to the USA in September 1955 after a number of successful years on the UK jazz scene. He returned to the UK for a short visit at the end of 1956 and this quartet date was recorded for Tempo on 4 and 6 December. Victor played vibes, his main instrument, on 6 of the tracks, and piano on the last track where Dizzy Reece, another emigrant to be, joins the Quartet. The date was later re-issued as a cd on the Jasmine label together with other tracks.
Dizzy Reece- Trumpet
Victor Feldman- Vibes, Piano
Terry Shannon- Piano
Pete Blannin- Bass
Lennie Bush- Bass
Phil Seamen- Drums
A1. Jackpot 3:50
A2. Karen 7:30
A3. You Are Too Beautiful 5:00
A4. You Are My Heart's Delight 3:50
B1. The Major and the Minor 7:20
B2. The Toff 4:50
B3. Wilbert's Tune 10:30