Albert Nicholas Quartet

New Orleans-Chicago Connection

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Like Sidney Bechet, clarinetist Albert Nicholas moved permanently to France later in his career. Although he was there 20 years (1953 until his death in 1973), Nicholas never received Bechet's fame, but he seemed to prosper overseas, no longer having to be concerned with Americans' lack of interest in traditional jazz. This particular album, one of two cut by Nicholas during a rare 1959 visit to the States, teams the melodic clarinetist with the great pianist Art Hodes, bassist Earl Murphy, and drummer Freddy Kohlman. They jam through a set of standards and blues, and the results are enjoyable. The 1997 CD reissue not only has the original 11 selections, but nine alternate takes and a previously unissued "Careless Love" from the same sessions. Highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:17 Amazon
2 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 02:51 Amazon
3 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:47 Amazon
4 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 04:45 Amazon
5 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:12 Amazon
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Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:49 Amazon
7 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 02:40 Amazon
8 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 02:54 Amazon
9 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:04 Amazon
10 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:12 Amazon
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Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 00:17 Amazon
12 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:16 Amazon
13 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:02 Amazon
14 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 02:45 Amazon
15 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 02:55 Amazon
16 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:13 Amazon
17 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:52 Amazon
18 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 02:52 Amazon
19 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 05:04 Amazon
20 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 03:20 Amazon
21 Albert Nicholas Quartet feat: Albert Nicholas 02:28 Amazon
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