Pat Moran Quartet – While At Birdland (1957/2014) [PrestoClassical FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Pat Moran Quartet – While At Birdland (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:45 minutes | 435 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

While At Birdland, recorded in 1957, was only one of two albums Pat Moran made for Bethlehem. The session features a large ensemble with a front line accompanying Beverly Kelly and the rhythm section members on vocals. Pat Moran leads the rhythm section on piano and backing vocals with John Doling on bass and vocals and Johnny Whited on drums and vocals. Oscar Pettiford plays bass on some of the tracks here.

Pat Moran led an unusual quartet for a time in the 1950s, consisting of three instrumentalists. They only made two records for Bethlehem (as well as adding backing vocals to Mel Tormé’s Songs for Any Taste) before disbanding. This album was originally issued as The Pat Moran Quartet, the group varies their routine, interspersing instrumentals with tightly arranged group vocals or Kelly as the sole singer, never failing to swing and showcasing the leader’s strong chops on the keyboard. Though some of the group vocal arrangements seem like a throwback to groups of a decade earlier, the harmonies are always right on the mark and enjoyable.

01 – A Connecticut Yankee: Thou Swell
02 – I’d Rather Be Right: Have You Met Miss Jones
03 – Lover Man
04 – Jordu: Jor-Du
05 – Higher and Higher: It Never Entered My Mind
06 – St. Louis Woman: Come Rain Or Come Shine
07 – I’ll be around: I’ll Be Around
08 – Just Squeeze Me
09 – I Can’t Get Started
10 – Lullaby of the Leaves: Lullaby Of The Leaves
11 – I’ll Remember April
12 – Mother Macree

Remastered in 2014.

Pat Moran – piano
Beverly Kelly – vocals
John Doling – double bass, vocals
John Whited – drums, vocals
Sam Most – flute
Earl Swope – trombone
Burt Collins – trumpet
Tony Ortega – alto saxophone
Dick Meldonian – alto saxophone
Oscar Pettiford – double bass