(2008) Pittsburgh, 1958

Dodo Marmarosa

... read moreAll of the music on this 1997 CD was previously unissued, and it is a major find. The legendary but troubled bop pianist Dodo Marmarosa recorded very little after the late 1940s (other than a few dates in the early 1960s), and he has a relatively slim discography for a player of his stature. The...

01:12′:32″ 19 Songs

1
Dodo Marmarosa
Introduction By Dodo Marmaroso
0:41
2
Dodo Marmarosa
Moose The Mooche
3:45
3
Dodo Marmarosa
Always
3:16
4
Dodo Marmarosa
Cheek To Cheek
3:30
5
Dodo Marmarosa
Robbin's Nest
4:31
6
Dodo Marmarosa
Topsy
3:13
7
Dodo Marmarosa
Cherokee/ Sweet Miss Theme
5:44
8
Dodo Marmarosa
A Fine Romance
3:39
9
Dodo Marmarosa
Body & Soul Fragment
1:24
10
Dodo Marmarosa
Billie's Bounce
5:14
11
Dodo Marmarosa
Cheers Fragment
0:59
12
Dodo Marmarosa
This Can't Be Love
3:58
13
Dodo Marmarosa
Sweet Miss Theme
0:39
14
Dodo Marmarosa
Horoscope Virgo Movement
6:59
15
Dodo Marmarosa
Oblivion
5:59
16
Dodo Marmarosa
Dodo's Blues
4:07
17
Dodo Marmarosa
I've Never Been In Love Before
3:34
18
Dodo Marmarosa
You're My Thrill
5:12
19
Dodo Marmarosa
Dodo's Blues
6:08
Released 04 January 2008, ℗ UPTOWN JAZZ

Review

All of the music on this 1997 CD was previously unissued, and it is a major find. The legendary but troubled bop pianist Dodo Marmarosa recorded very little after the late 1940s (other than a few dates in the early 1960s), and he has a relatively slim discography for a player of his stature. The bulk of the release is taken from a 1958 live trio date in which Marmorosa is joined by a couple of local Pittsburgh musicians, bassist Danny Matri and drummer Henry Sciullo. The pianist shows plenty of brilliance on the boppish standards, including "Moose the Mooche," "Always," "Cherokee" and "Billie's Bounce." Also on this CD are three numbers from a 1962 radio show (probably Dodo's last recordings) in which Marmarosa interacts with a quintet on some fairly modern tunes, along with a trio number from 1956 and two selections with a quintet in 1957. Overall, the recording quality is decent, while the playing is quite special. An extra bonus are the extensive liner notes, which include a 1995 interview with Marmarosa, plus the decision to lead off the CD with a brief excerpt from the talk. Highly recommended to bop collectors. ~ Scott Yanow