Boston Blow–Up!

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Boston Blow–Up!
Chaloff BostonBlowUp.jpg
Studio album by Serge Chaloff
Released 1955 (1955)
Recorded April 4–5, 1955
Capitol Studios
New York, NY, USA
Genre Jazz
Label Capitol
Producer Stan Kenton
Serge Chaloff chronology
Serge Chaloff and Boots Mussulli
Boston Blow–Up!
Blue Serge
Alternative cover
2004 Definitive Records re-release
2004 Definitive Records re-release

Boston Blow–Up! is an album by jazz baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff. Capitol Records released the album in 1955. It was recorded on April 4 and 5, 1955 at Capitol Studios in New York City. Stan Kenton produced the album as part of his "Kenton Presents" series.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All Music Guide to Jazz (favorable)[2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars
(Core Collection)[3]
(combined with Blue Serge) 3/5 stars[4]

David Szatmary, writing for the All Music Guide to Jazz, describes Boston Blow–Up! as a "swinging, boppish session from a musician who was once a mainstay of Woody Herman's band."[2]

Richard Cook and Brian Morton of The Penguin Guide to Jazz include the Definitive Records pairing of Blue Serge with Boston Blow–Up! as part of a suggested "Core Collection", and give the combined release a four-star rating (of a possible four).[3] The Penguin Guide notes that while Boston Blow-Up! is less exciting than Blue Serge, its rendition of "Body and Soul" is "scorching".[3]

Scott Yanow, writing for, describes Boston Blow–Up! as an "excellent session" on which Chaloff "is very much in prime form".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Boots Mussulli, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Bob the Robin" 2:36
2. "Yesterday's Gardenias" (Nelson Cogane, Sammy Mysels, Dick Robertson) 4:40
3. "Sergical" 3:12
4. "What's New?" (Burke, Haggart) 3:39
5. "Mar-Dros" 3:22
6. "J.R." 4:19
7. "Body and Soul" (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 3:50
8. "Kip" 3:20
9. "Diane's Melody" (Byard) 1:40
10. "Unison" 3:16
11. "Boomareemaroja" 3:44
12. "Herbs [Long Take]" (Pomeroy) 4:20
13. "Herbs" (Pomeroy) 3:30


Release history[edit]

Boston Blow-Up! was once available on CD only as part of a Mosaic Records box set.[4] In 2004, Definitive Records released Blue Serge and Boston Blow–Up! together on a single CD, which presented the tracks in reverse chronological order of recording.[5] In 2006, Capitol Jazz released Boston Blow–Up! with three extra tracks.[4]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1955[4] Capitol Records LP
United States Mosaic Records box set (CD and LP)
European Union 2004[5] Definitive Records single CD with Blue Serge and Boston Blow–Up! DRCD11261
United States 2006 Blue Note Records CD


  1. ^ May, Chris (May 15, 2006). "Boston Blow-Up!". All About Jazz. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Szatmary, David (1994), Ron Wynn, ed., All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. 144, ISBN 0-87930-308-5 
  3. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 239–240. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Yanow, Scott. "Boston Blow-Up!: Review". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Blue Serge/Boston Blow Up: Review". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved August 23, 2010.