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Harry 'Sweets' Edison

In an archive interview from 1992, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, star trumpeter for Count Basie in the 1930s and 40s, joins Alyn Shipton to select his favourite recordings.

The star trumpeter with Count Basie in the 1930s and 40s, Harry Sweets Edison went on to become one of the most recorded trumpet soloists in jazz. In an interview recorded for Radio 3 in 1992 he joined Alyn Shipton to select his favourite recordings from that vast catalogue, including discs with Nat King Cole, Ben Webster and Billie Holiday.

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  • Harry “Sweets” Edison

    Blue Lou

    Composer: Sampson / Mills Performers: Harry Edison, Shorty Sharrock, t; Murray McEachern, tb; Gus Bivona, cl; Benny Carter, Willie Smith, as; Plas Johnson, Babe Russin, ts; Jimmy Rowles, p; Al Hendrickson, g; Mike Rubin, b; Irv Cottler, d. 2 Dec 1955.

    • Complete At Midnight / At Riverside Sessions.
    • Lonehill.
    • 10114.
  • Lucky Millinder with The Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    Rhythm Jam

    Composer: Willet Performers: Lucky Millinder dir; Charlie Shavers, Bama Warwick, Harry Edison, t; Sandy Watson, Wilbur DeParis, tb; Tab Smith, as; Eddie Williams, Ronald Haynes, Harold Arnold, ts; Billy Kyle, p; Danny Barker, g; John Williams, b; Lester Nichols, d. 11 Feb 1937

    • Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1936-37.
    • Classics.
    • 731.
  • Lucky Millinder with The Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    Camp Meeting Jamboree

    Composer: Willet Performers: Lucky Millinder dir; Charlie Shavers, Bama Warwick, Harry Edison, t; Alfred Cobb, Wilbur DeParis, tb; Tab Smith, as; Eddie Williams, Ben Williams, Harold Arnold, ts; Billy Kyle, p; Danny Barker, g; John Williams, b; Lester Nichols, d. 1 July 1937

    • Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1936-37.
    • Classics.
    • 731.
  • Count Basie & His Orchestra

    Every Tub

    Composer: Edison / Basie Performers: Ed Lewis, Buck Clayton, Karl George, t; Eddie Durham, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earle Warren, Herschel Evans, Lester Young, Jack Washington, reeds; Basie, piano; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 3 Jan 1938.

    • Count Basie Story.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 19.
  • Count Basie

    Bill's Mill

    Composer: Basie / Roland Performers: Ed Lewis, Snooky Young, Sweets Edison, Emmett Berry, t; Ted Donnelly, George Matthews, Eli Robinson, Bill Johnson, tb; Rudy Rutherford, Preston Love, Buddy Tate, Paul Gonsalves, Jack Washington, reeds, Count Basie, p; Freddie Green, g; Rodney Richardson, b; Shadow Wilson, d. 3 Jan 1947.

    • Count Basie Story.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 19.
  • Count Basie

    Just an Old Manuscript

    Composer: Don Redman Performers: Ed Lewis, Sweets Edison, Al Killian, Joe Newman t; Ted Donnelly, Louis Taylor, Eli Robinson, Dickie Wells, tb; Earle Warren, Jimmy Powell, Buddy Tate, Lucky Thompson, Rudy Rutherford, reeds, Count Basie, p; Freddie Green, g; Rodney Richardson, b; Shadow Wilson, d. 11 Jan 1945.

    • Circus in Rhythm.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.120820.
  • Coleman Hawkins

    Girl From Ipanema

    Composer: Jobim Performers: Harry Edison, t; Sir Charles Thompson, p; Jimmy Woode, b; Jo Jones, d. 1964.

    • Live in 62 and 64.
    • Naxos / Jazz Icons.
    • 2119020.
  • Harry Sweets Edison and Ben Webster

    Used to be Basie

    Composer: Edison Performers: Harry Edison, t; Ben Webster, ts; Jimmy Rowles, p; Barney Kessel, g; Joe Mondragon, b; Alvin Stoller, d. 4 Sept 1956

    • Complete Sextet Sessions.
    • Lonehill.
    • 10258.
  • Billie Holiday

    I Wished on the Moon

    Composer: Rainger / Parker Performers: Harry Edison, t; Ben Webster, ts; Jimmy Rowles, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Mitchell, b; Alvin Stoller, d. 3 Jan 1957.

    • The Ben Webster / Harry Edison Sessions.
    • Lonehill.
    • 10355.
  • Nat King Cole

    Route 66

    Composer: Bobby Troupe Performers: Harry Edison, t; Nat King Cole, v, p; John Collins, g; Charlie Harris, b; Lee Young, d. 15 Aug 1955.

    • After Midnight Sessions.
    • Essential Jazz Classics.
    • 55405.
  • Harry “Sweets” Edison

    Out of Nowhere

    Composer: Green / Heyman Performers: Harry Edison, t; Frank Wess, Buddy Tate, ts; Hugh Lawson, p; Ray Drummond, b; Bobby Durham, d. 27 April, 1990.

    • Swing Summit.
    • Candid.
    • 79050.
  • Art Tatum

    What Is This Thing Called Love

    Composer: Porter Performers: Harry Edison, t; Lionel Hampton, vib; Art Tatum, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callender, b; Buddy Rich, d. 7 Sept 1955.

    • Legendary Art Tatum Sextet 1955 Session.
    • Essential Jazz Classics.
    • 55409.

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