Howie McGhee - Episode 1In the mid 1940’s he spent part of his career in Los Angeles recording with the great tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. McGhee’s playing is very similar to Gillespie’s because they were both influenced by many of the same swing era trumpet players. McGhee’s recordings from 1945 to 1950 are outstanding examples of classic bebop: fiery solos that often extend into the upper ranges of the instrument, fast technical runs, and the use of more sophisticated harmony.
|Heckler’s Hop||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||1937|
|Salt Peanuts||Dizzy Gillespie Quintet||1947|
|Bean Soup||Howie McGhee/Coleman Hawkins||1945|
|Bean Stalking||Howie McGhee/Coleman Hawkins||1945|
|Sportsman's Hop||Howie McGhee/Coleman Hawkins||1945|
|Mop Mop||Howie McGhee||1945|
|Trumpet at Tempo||Howie McGhee||1946|
Howie McGhee - Episode 2Most of the recordings featured here were recorded in New York and featured the finest young bop musicians in the genre. Howie had a beautiful sound and was also a great interpreter of ballads. Listen to the recording of Howie with Fats Navarro from 1948. You can hear the influence of Howie and Dizzy in Fats’ trumpet playing! The last recordings on the podcast are from a series referred to as the “Savoy Sessions” which took place between 1948 and 1952. Although Howie was actively playing through the late 1970’s, his best work comes from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.
|Double Talk||Fats Navarro/Howie McGhee||1948|
|Hackensack||Howard McGhee||ca. 1950|
|How High the Moon||Howard McGhee||ca. 1950|