|Pete Jolly (2003)|
|Pete Jolly lived a double life as studio ace by day and jazz cat by night for over 40 years. A member of the musicians union since his teens, he settled in Los Angeles in his early 20s and became a member of Shorty Rogers' Giants, one of the leading West Coast jazz groups. He also began working as a studio musician in the mid-1950s and decided to divide his energy between the security of studio work and the artistic satisfaction of playing jazz in local clubs in Los Angeles.
It's a shame that Jolly never got the popular recognition as a soloist he deserved. His style is so sure yet so light and flowing, it belies the depth of skill behind it. There are pianists who build their style around an ability to play exceptionally fast and well. Jolly could play every bit as fast as Peterson, but always let the tune take the showcase.
|# 1||Art Tatum||His Best Recordings, 1933-1944||Tiger Rag||(Best of Jazz)|
|# 2||The Benny Goodman Trio featuring Teddy Wilson||Trio and Quartet Sessions, Vol. 1: After You've Gone||After You've Gone||(Columbia)|
|# 3||Bud Powell||The Best of Bud Powell on Verve||Parisian Thoroughfare||(Verve)|
|# 4||Erroll Garner||Concert by the Sea||Where or When||(Columbia)|
|# 5||Miles Davis All-Stars featuring Lucky Thompson and Horace Silver||Walkin'||Walkin'||(OJC)|
|# 6||Miles Davis with Gil Evans||Miles Ahead||New Rhumba||(Columbia)|
|# 7||Bill Evans||Portrait in Jazz||When I Fall in Love||(OJC)|
|# 8||Red Garland||Milestones (Miles Davis Sextet)||Billy Boy||(Columbia)|
|Book||The Encyclopaedia Britannica|
|Luxury Item||A piano and a case of Merlot|
Ron E. Beck