Cecil Payne on Decca: Hippy Dippy
Cecil Payne (dec 14, 1922 – nov 27, 2007) broke through with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band (1946–1949, see photo above). In the fifties he became one of the best known baritone saxophonists of the hard bop movement. Not nearly as famous as his work with Gillespie and his later efforts – for example with Randy Weston – are the eight sides of jazzy r’n’b Payne recorded with a septet in june and november 1949.
Here’s one of them: “Hippy Dippy” from Decca 48114 recorded june 21, 1949.
The band consists of: Cecil Payne (bars), Bruce Hinkson (ts), Irvin Stokes (t), Billy Kyle (p), Franklin Skeete (b), Heyward Jackson (dr).
This is what Billboard had to say (sept. 24, 1949):
“One of those tenor-bary sax groan-and-moan deals with a big beat and some fresh themes.”
It may be “one of those”, but I like it. Enjoy!