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Eddie Heywood Collection 1940-59 (2CD)

Eddie Heywood Collection 1940-59 (2CD)

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Eddie Heywood was jazz pianist who was primarily active through the 1940s and ‘50s and who was not only highly regarded by his peers in the jazz world but also recorded mainstream middle-of the-road instrumental pop and had three significant hits during the 1950s, including a No. 2 with “California Sunset” with Hugo Winterhalter in 1956. This great-value 46-track 2-CD set comprises recordings from across two decades, released on the Vocalion, Okeh, Signature, Commodore, Decca, RCA-Victor, London, Columbia, MGM and Mercury labels during this era. They include performances as a member of bands led by Coleman Hawkins and Barney Bigard, as well as with vocal group The Quintones, and then both as a solo artist and with his own line-ups in trio, small group, big band and orchestral settings, and including recordings accompanying Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

Among the artists featured in the various bands are Buck Clayton, Benny Carter, Lester Young, Oscar Pettiford, Shelly Manne, Johnny Hodges, Doc Cheatham, Don Byas, Sidney Catlett and many more. The collection includes his No. 2 hit “California Sunset” as well as his other chart entries “Land Of Dreams”, also with Hugo Winterhalter, and “Soft Summer Breeze”. It’s a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining collection which provides a varied and fascinating showcase for his remarkable talent in being able to thrive across a spectrum of jazz and pop contexts.


"As the excellent (as usual) liner notes state, it would be very easy to dismiss Eddie Heywood as a jazz pianist who had a couple of hits in the 50s including Canadian Sunset, and for many that would be all that needed to said. However, that would be doing him a gross injustice and this two disc set with 46 tracks shows exactly why there was so much more to his career. While no one would claim that Heywood was in any way a pioneer or an innovator his contribution over many decades as a jazz pianist who worked with the very best is never in question, and this compilation is a timely reminder of a musician worthy of more than just a footnote in the history of popular music."  –  Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 343)

"...a good introduction into the music of Eddie Heywood, even for those not keen on the later material, as the early small swing group sides are very good." – Matthew Wright (Jazz Journal December 2020)

"Engaging, always tuneful and there are some real gems here." – Peter Vacher (Jazz Rag Issue 165)

"From the get-go this looked like a fabulous compilation to this reviewer and as soon as it hit the CD player it proved so. We are treated to 46 performances (over two CDs) by the cream of 1940s/50s  Jazz Giants, the majority of tunes are old favourites and/or ones that regularly appear in 'Great American Songbook' compilations, but don't be put off by this sweeping remark. It is a well thought out compilation. If your tastes lie in the music of the war years and after and you have a romantic bent you will love this set, available from the online behemoth for under a tenner, it is a bargain and one that will feature regularly on my play list! A word of praise too for Acrobat Music who continue to give us such superb recordings at a bargain price, long may they prosper."  –  Clive Fleckner (Jazzviews September 2020)

"This is an excellent value, 46-tack CD, double CD set, which comprises recordings from across two decades. A thoroughly absorbing and entertaining collection which provides a varied and fascinating showcase for his remarkable talent in being able to thrive across a spectrum of jazz and pop contexts." – Pete Lay (Just Jazz Issue 271)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Midnight Jamboree The Quintones
2 Let's Do It Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
3 Crazy Rhythm Coleman Hawkins' Swing Four
4 Step Steps Up Barney Bigard Trio 
5 Indiana Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
6 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
7 Begin The Beguine Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
8 I Cover The Waterfront Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
9 Just You, Just Me Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
10 I'll Get By Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
11 I'll Be Seeing You Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
12 On The Sunny Side Of The Street Billie Holiday With Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
13 How High The Moon Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
14 Them There Eyes Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
15 Flamingo Eddie Heywood Trio
16 Night And Day Eddie Heywood Trio
17 Blue Lou Eddie Heywood Trio
18 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone Eddie Heywood Quartet
19 Coquette Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
20 I Didn't Know About You Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
21 Who's Sorry Now? Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Heywood's Blues Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
2 Laura Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
3 Guilty Ella Fitzgerald Acc By Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
4 Heywood's Boogie Eddie Heywood Trio
5 Plymouth Rock Eddie Heywood Trio
6 Chillicothe, Ohio Eddie Heywood Trio
7 Trees Eddie Heywood
8 The Piccolino Eddie Heywood
9 The Carioca Eddie Heywood
10 All The Things You Are Eddie Heywood Trio
11 The Birth Of The Blues Eddie Heywood Trio
12 Cheek To Cheek Eddie Heywood Trio
13 Stompin' At The Savoy Eddie Heywood Trio
14 Stormy Weather Eddie Heywood Trio
15 The Moon Was Yellow Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
16 The Continental Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
17 Land Of Dreams Hugo Winterhalter & His Orch. with Eddie Heywood
18 Secret Love Eddie Heywood Trio
19 Young At Heart Eddie Heywood Trio
20 Soft Summer Breeze Eddie Heywood Trio
21 Canadian Sunset Hugo Winterhalter & His Orch. with Eddie Heywood
22 Summertime Eddie Heywood Trio
23 Just One Of Those Things Eddie Heywood Trio
24 Whispering Wind Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
25 With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra
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    July 2020
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