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Serge Chaloff

One of Woody Herman's original 'Four Brothers', Serge Chaloff (1923-57) brought bebop virtuosity to the baritone sax while battling a lifelong addiction to drugs. Geoffrey Smith surveys his tumultuous career and fiery music.
Seen here, on the left, playing with the Metronome Jazz All-Stars.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 11 Jun 2017 00:00

Music Played

  • Serge Chaloff

    Blue Serge

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch.
    • Proper Box.
    • 1.
  • Woody Herman’s Woodchoppers

    Woodchopper's Holiday

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch.
    • Proper Box.
    • 5.
  • The Serge Chaloff All Stars

    Pumpernickel

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch.
    • Proper Box.
    • 14.
  • The Serge Chaloff All Stars

    Gabardine And Serge

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch.
    • Proper Box.
    • 16.
  • Woody Herman

    Four Brothers

    • The Woody Herman Story.
    • 5.
  • Woody Herman

    The Goof And I

    • The Woody Herman Story.
    • Proper.
    • 3.
  • Serge Chaloff

    Easy Street

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - The Goof and I.
    • Proper.
    • 12.
  • Serge Chaloff

    Love Is Just Around The Corner

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - The Goof and I.
    • 11.
  • The Serge Chaloff Orchestra

    The Fable Of Mable

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - The Goof and I.
    • Proper.
    • 16.
  • Serge Chaloff Sextet

    Body And Soul

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Body and Soul.
    • Proper.
    • 11.
  • Serge Chaloff Quartet

    I'Ve Got The World On A String

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory.
    • Proper.
    • 1.
  • Serge Chaloff Quartet

    The Goof And I

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory.
    • Proper.
    • 4.
  • Serge Chaloff Quartet

    Thanks For The Memory

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory.
    • Proper.
    • 2.
  • The Four Brothers

    Aged In Wood

    • Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory.
    • Proper.
    • 16.

Performers and music details



BLUE SERGE      


Performers:        Serge Chaloff    

Composers:        Serge Chaloff,  Ralph Burns        

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch            

Label:                  Proper Box         Catalogue No:   P1729   

Duration:             2:59       

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Ralph Burns, piano; Chuck Wayne, guitar; Artie Bernstein, bass; Don Lamond, drums.

 

 


WOODCHOPPERS’S HOLIDAY   

  

Performers:        Woody Hermans Woodchoppers             

Composer:          Sonny Berman 

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch            

Label:                  Proper Box         Catalogue No:   P1729   

Duration:             2:53

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Sonny Berman, trumpet; Bill Harris, trombone; Flip Phillips, tenor sax, Ralph Burns, piano; Chuck Wayne, guitar; Artie Bernstein, bass; Don Lamond, drums.

               


PUMPERNICKEL 

              

Performers:        The Serge Chaloff All Stars          

Composers:        Serge Chaloff, Tiny Kahn              

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch            

Label:                  Proper Box         Catalogue No:   P1729   

Duration:             2:30

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Red Rodney, trumpet; Earl Swope, trombone, George Wallington, piano; Curley Russell, bass; Tiny Kahn, drums.

               


GABARDINE AND SERGE             


Performers:        The Serge Chaloff All Stars          

Composer:          Tiny Kahn           

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Bopscotch            

Label:                  Proper Box         Catalogue No:   P1729   

Duration:             2:31       

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Red Rodney, trumpet; Earl Swope, trombone; George Wallington, piano; Curley Russell, bass; Tiny Kahn, drums.

 


FOUR BROTHERS

              

Performers:        Woody Herman’s Second Herd 

Composers:        Jimmy Guiffre  

Album Title:        The Woody Herman Story           

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   Proper-1160      

Duration:             3:18

Performers:         Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Zoot Sims, tenor sax; Herbie Steward, tenor sax; Stan Getz, tenor sax; Don Lamond, drums.

 


THE GOOF AND I

              

Performers:        Woody Herman and his Orchestra

Composers:        Al Cohn               

Album Title:        The Woody Herman Story           

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   Proper-1160      

Duration:             2:52

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Ernie Royal, trumpet; Bernie Glow, trumpet; Stan Fishelson, trumpet; Shorty Rogers, trumpet; Marky Markowitz, trumpet; Woody Herman, clarinet/alto sax; Earl Swope, trombone;  Ollie Wilson, trombone; Bob Swift, trombone;  Sam Marowitz, also sax; Herbie Stewart, alto & tenor sax; Stan Getz, tenor sax; Zoot Sims, tenor sax; Fred Otis, piano, Gene Sargent, guitar; Walt Yoder, bass; Don Lamond, drums.

 


EASY STREET  

    

Performers:        Serge Chaloff    

Composers:        Jones, Carlton    

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - The Goof and I   

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   P1730   

Duration:             3:24

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone Sax; Boots Mussulli, alto sax; Russ Freeman, piano; Jimmy Woode, bass; Buzzy Drootin, drums.

 

 

LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

        

Performers:        Serge Chaloff    

Composers:        Robin, Gensler  

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - The Goof and I   

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   P1730   

Duration:             2:56       

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone Sax; Boots Mussulli, alto sax; Russ Freeman, piano; Jimmy Woode, bass; Buzzy Drootin, drums.

 

 

THE FABLE OF MABLE 

   

Performers:        The Serge Chaloff Orchestra      

Composer:          Dick Twardzik    

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - The Goof and I   

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   P1730   

Duration:             4:20

Performers:        Herb Pomeroy, trumpet; Nick Capazutto, trumpet; Gene Di Stachio, trombone; Charlie Mariano, alto sax; Varty Haritounian, tenor sax; Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Dick Twardzik, piano; Ray Oliveri, bass; Jimmy Zitano, drums.

               

 

BODY AND SOUL   

          

Performers:         Serge Chaloff Sextet     

Composers:        Green/Heyman/Sour/Eyton      

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Body and Soul    

Label:                   Proper  Catalogue No:   P1731   

Duration:             3:48       

Performers:        Herb Pomeroy, trumpet; Boots Mussulli, alto sax; Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Ray Santisi, piano; Everett Evans, bass, Jimmy Zitano, drums.

 

 

I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING

         

Performers:        Serge Chaloff Quartet   

Composers:        Arlen, Koehler                  

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory               

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   P1732   

Duration:             6:42       

Performers:        Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Sonny Clark, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums.

 

 

 

 

THE GOOF AND I    

         

Performers:        Serge Chaloff Quartet   

Composers:        Al Cohn    

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory               

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   P1732   

Duration:             4:42       

Performers:         Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Sonny Clark, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums.

 

 

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY

         

Performers:        Serge Chaloff Quartet   

Composers:        LEO ROBIN & RALPH RAINGER, N/A        

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory               

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   P1732   

Duration:             3:45

Performers:         Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Sonny Clark, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums.

 

 

AGED IN WOOD

              

Performers:        The Four Brothers  

Composers:        Al Cohn               

Album Title:        Serge Chaloff - Boss Baritone - Thanks For The Memory               

Label:                  Proper  Catalogue No:   P1732   

Duration:             2:52

Performers:        Al Cohn, tenor sax; Zoot Sims, tenor sax; Herbie Steward, tenor sax; Serge Chaloff, baritone sax; Charlie O’Kane, baritone sax; Elliot Lawrence, piano; Buddy Jones, bass; Don Lamond, drums.

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