Early Bird – Carl Perkins
A medium swing head with a bluesy melody.
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- Recording: Richie Kamuca - The Richie Kamuca Quartet
- Recorded on: June, 1957
- Label: Mode (MOD LP 102)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Tenor Sax - Richie Kamuca
- Piano - Carl Perkins
- Bass - Leroy Vinegar
- Drums - Stan Levy
After the Kamuca recording, we know that Carl did a television broadcast with leader Herbie Mann (KABC-TV "Stars of Jazz" Show, LA) on July 8, 1957. Next, on July 12, Carl played on Pepper Adams' Mode session (Mode 112). Three days later, on July 15, Carl recorded on a Leroy Vinnegar session for Contemporary Records.
Carl's twenty-ninth birthday was on August 16. After doing a Curtis Counce session, also for Contemporary, on August 29, he was back in the studio for Mode in September, first as a sideman for Victor Feldman (Mode 120). Next came his own solo piano session on September 13, where he recorded four tracks for a Piano Playhouse project (Mode 128).
For more information about recordings of Carl Perkins, check out Noal Cohen's Jazz History website.
August 16, 1928 – March 18, 1958
Do not confuse this Carl Perkins with the rockabilly guitarist with the same name. This Carl Perkins was an exceptional pianist who developed a unique style of playing the piano with an inimitable left-hand technique. Not much is known about him, despite the fact that one of his compositions, Grooveyard, went on to become rather famous. Born in Indianapolis, IN, he worked with Tiny Bradshaw and Big Jay McNeely (1948-1949) there, then moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1949. He did his first recording session (his own date) that year in Los Angeles for Savoy Records. Read more...