Paul Gonsalves

Master Musician 1920 - 1974

Mexican Bandit Meets Pittsburgh Pirate
Fantasy F-9646
Recorded 24th August 1973 - Chicago, USA
Paul Gonsalves - Tenor Saxophone
Roy Elrdridge - Trumpet
Cliff Smalls - Piano
Sam Jones - Bass
Eddie Locke - Drums
Track Listing
1. 5400 North (Eldridge)
2. I Cover the Waterfront (Green & Heyman)
3. C-Jam Blues (Ellington)
4. Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour & Eyton)
5. It's the Tlak of the Town (Symes, Neiburg, Livingston)
6. Someboy Loves Me (Gershwin, DeSylva, MacDonald & Valentine)
7. Satin Doll (Ellington & Strayhorn)


In January 1974, two of my favorite musicians, Paul Ouinichette and Sam Woodyard (the drummer), which had not been on the New York scene for years, were playing at ”Churchill’s”, a little club on the East Side. Duke Ellington was again in the hospital, fighting against the cancer which was to claim his life four months later. Consequently, his band was on an enforced vacation and our friend Paul Gonsalves had nothing but free time for a month. We took advantage of that to go and ”jam” as often as possible with Ouinichette and Woodyard, to listen to piles of old LP’s and, on the whole to tighten the bonds of a long and rewarding friendship. Since Gonsalves and Quinichette had a very good time playing together, I decided to arrange a recording session with them. It would be also the first time they would record together.

The recording took place on February 4, 1974

Gerard D‘ Pochonet