Carl Perkins (pianist)

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Carl Perkins
Born (1928-08-16)August 16, 1928
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Origin Los Angeles
Died March 17, 1958(1958-03-17) (aged 29)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz
Instruments Piano
Years active 1948–1958
Associated acts Curtis Counce

Carl Perkins (August 16, 1928, Indianapolis, Indiana – March 17, 1958, Los Angeles, California)[1][2] was an American jazz pianist.

Biography[edit]

Perkins was born in Indianapolis but worked mainly in Los Angeles. He is best known for his performances with the Curtis Counce Quintet, which also featured Harold Land, Jack Sheldon and drummer Frank Butler. He also performed with the Clifford BrownMax Roach group in 1954, and recorded with Frank Morgan in 1955. Perkins composed the standard "Grooveyard".[1][3]

His playing was influenced by his polio-affected left arm, which he held sideways over the keyboard.[4]

He died of a drug overdose at age 29,[2] having recorded one album, Introducing Carl Perkins, and a short series of singles under his own name. Authors Paul Tanner, Maurice Gerow, and David Megill cite Perkins as one of the best "funky," or hard bop, piano players, but his early death prevented him from leaving a legacy.[5]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Summertime & Lullaby in Rhythm (Savoy, 1949) Single, with Edwin Perkins (b), Herb Williams (d)
  • The Rosary & Ave Maria (Savoy, 1949) Single, with unknown bass and drums
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & I'll Never Smile Again (Savoy, 1949) Single, with unknown bass and drums
  • Introducing Carl Perkins (Dootoo, 1955–56) Perkins's only album as leader. With Leroy Vinnegar (b), Lawrence Marable (d)

Shared leadership[edit]

  • Jazz Pianists Galore (Pacific, 1957) Perkins plays on one track
  • Piano Playhouse (Mode, 1957) Perkins plays four solo tracks; others are by Jimmy Rowles, Lou Levy, Paul Smith, Gerald Wiggins

As sideman[edit]

With Pepper Adams

  • The Pepper Adams Quintet (VSOP, 1957)

With Chet Baker and Art Pepper

With Clifford Brown and Max Roach

  • The Best Of Max Roach And Clifford Brown In Concert! (GNP, 1954)

With Curtis Counce

  • The Curtis Counce Group, Vol. 1 - Landslide (Contemporary, 1956)
  • The Curtis Counce Group, Vol. 2 - Counceltation (Contemporary, 1957)
  • The Curtis Counce Group, Vol. 3 - Carl's Blues (Contemporary, 1957)

With Buddy DeFranco

  • Plays Benny Goodman (Verve, 1957)
  • Wholly Cats (Verve, 1957)
  • Closed Session (Verve, 1957)
  • I Hear Benny Goodman And Artie Shaw (Verve, 1957)

With Victor Feldman

  • With Mallets a Fore Thought (Interlude, 1957)

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Dexter Gordon

With Jim Hall

  • Jazz Guitar (Pacific, 1957)

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Collates (Clef, 1951)

With Richie Kamuca

  • Richie Kamuca Quartet (Mode, 1957)

With Harold Land

  • Harold In The Land Of Jazz (Contemporary, 1958)

With Oscar Moore

  • Oscar Moore (Skylark, 1954)

With Frank Morgan

  • Gene Norman Presents Frank Morgan (GNP, 1955)

With Art Pepper

  • The Complete Art Pepper Aladdin Recordings (Blue Note, 1957) The Perkins recordings were released long after recording

With Stuff Smith

  • Have Violin, Will Swing (Verve, 1957)

With Leroy Vinnegar

  • Leroy Walks! (Contemporary, 1957)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Carl Perkins at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Gambit Records liner notes (2006) indicate that Perkins died of a drug overdose on May (not March) 17, 1958.
  3. ^ Wynn, Ron (1994), Ron Wynn, ed., All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. 521, ISBN 0-87930-308-5 
  4. ^ Koenig, Lester (2006). "Original liner notes". Complete Studio Recordings (booklet). Curtis Counce. Andorra: Gambit Records. 69258. 
  5. ^ Tanner, Paul O. W.; Maurice Gerow; David W. Megill (1988) [1964]. "Hard Bop — Funky". Jazz (6th ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: William C. Brown, College Division. p. 116. ISBN 0-697-03663-4. 

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