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Early Years - The Collection 1946-56
Early Years - The Collection 1946-56

Earl Coleman
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3496
Earl Coleman was one of a coterie of fine African-American jazz and R&B crooners who came to the fore during the post-war era, and which included Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, and later examples like Brook Benton. Unlike some of those artists, however, his career never quite scaled the heights that his talent promised or merited, although he made some excellent records with notable artists along the way. This 2-CD collection comprises as many of his recordings we could amass – he was not a prolific recording artist, and some of his sides are hard to locate, and his work has not been very thoroughly compiled over the years. It features a significant proportion of his studio recordings during this era, both on singles for the Dial, Atlantic, Mercury, Jade and Prestige labels, and albums, including the titles from his album for the Prestige label “Earl Coleman Returns” and his performances with the Sonny Rollins Quartet for the Rollins’ album “Tour De Force”. Other notable bandleaders and musicians featured in the recordings are Miles Davis, Gene Ammons, Charlie Parker, Erroll Garner, Milt Jackson, Red Callender, Howard McGhee, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Junior Mance, Linton Garner, Fats Navarro, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce, Hank Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach and other noted musicians. The willingness of those stars to invite him to record with them underlines the respect in which he was held. It’s a collection which offers a rare showcase for a stylish performer who should have had much more success and recognition than he enjoyed over the years.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Don't Sing Me The Blues Earl Coleman
2 Don't Explain To Me Baby Earl Coleman
3 Dark Shadows The Charlie Parker Quartet Feat. Earl Coleman
4 This Is Always Earl Coleman
5 Hold That Money Earl Coleman
6 I Hadn't Anyone Till You Earl Coleman
7 Yardbird Suite Earl Coleman And His All Stars
8 A Stranger In Town Earl Coleman And His All Stars
9 Guilty Earl Coleman And His All Stars
10 As Time Goes By Earl Coleman And His All Stars
11 Searching Blues Earl Coleman
12 Nightingale Earl Coleman
13 This Is Always Earl Coleman
14 Haven't Changed A Thing Gene Ammons & His Band with Earl Coleman
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 No Love, No Nothin' Earl Coleman
2 It's You Or No One Earl Coleman
3 Come Rain Or Come Shine Earl Coleman
4 Social Call Earl Coleman
5 Reminiscing Earl Coleman
6 Say It Isn't So Earl Coleman
7 My Ideal The Sonny Rollins Quartet with Earl Coleman
8 Two Different Worlds The Sonny Rollins Quartet with Earl Coleman
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