Enjoying a Hard Bop Classic

There was, the other day, an odd confluence of events that is prompting me to post a piece of music on Jazz Collector. I was reading Rudolf’s comments about the Elmo Hope LP and his statement about it being an obligatory piece in any hard bop collection and I realized that I never actually thought of my collection as being hard bop, although, of course, that tends to be the predominant music. The thought was kind of roiling in my brain when I got in the car for a couple-hour ride to Boston and I plucked an old CD/playlist I had made a while ago and had simply labeled “Favorites.” And the first song that came on was this Hard Bop Classic and I smiled because I always smile when I hear this song because, to me, it just wonderfully captures that early stage of the hard bop era. So I thought I was play it for everyone, and put a smile on all of your faces, especially when you hear the wonderful, creative, brilliant trumpet solo. And I will imagine that most of you will know the song and the album and the musicians because, as Rudolf would say, it is also an obligatory piece in any hard bop collection. And, for those that don’t know it, enjoy it here and I’m sure one or more of our good loyal readers will tell you more about it.


  • Cliff and Max ? No enough time to dig into my records, but i think so…

  • Was it named after Gertrude Stein ?

  • Michel/Al: of course, Gertrude’s Bounce, a few bars are enough to give the answer. Beautifully arranged by Richie for Cliff and Max’ EmArcy 37070 (At Basin Street)

  • and this is the first recording of a young cat called Newk with Brown and Roach.

  • It was not named after Gertrude Stein. ‘Twas named after Gertrude Abercrombie. As quoted in the liner notes, she was an artist in Chicago who, according to Richie Powell, who wrote the tune, “walks just like the way the rhythm sounds in the introduction.”

  • Yeah Good one!
    Have had it CD form for quite some time 😉

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