Chatter Jazz

Chatter Jazz subtitled The Talkative Horns of Rex Stewart and Dickie Wells, is an album by cornetist Rex Stewart and trombonist Dicky Wells which was recorded in 1959 and released on the RCA Victor label.[1]

Chatter Jazz
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Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 20, 21 & 22, 1959
StudioStudio B, RCA Victor Studios, NYC
LabelRCA Victor
LPM/LSP 2024
ProducerGeorge T. Simon
Rex Stewart chronology
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Dicky Wells chronology
Bones for the King
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Trombone Four-in-Hand


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]

Ken Dryden of AllMusic states, "the two horn players exchange ideas through a series of "conversations" utilizing various mutes, never going for very long without giving time to the other. These friendly studio dates are somewhat low-key but consistently swinging; the only drawback is that the tracks are rather brief, with only two of the 12 songs exceeding three minutes".[2] The Rough Guide to Jazz said "Both Dicky Wells and Stewart were masters of sound as well as possessing rich senses of musical humor, and this is what this album is about. They converse amicably and spiritedly on suitable selections ... A few tracks at a time may be the best way".[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Little Sir Echo" (John Sylvester Fearis, Laura Rountree Smith) – 2:30
  2. "Together" (Ray Henderson, Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown) – 2:11
  3. "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:20
  4. "Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?" (Maceo Pinkard, Roy Turk, Jack Smith) – 2:11
  5. "Show Me the Way to Go Home" (Irving King) – 3:04
  6. "Frankie and Johnny" (Traditional) – 2:17
  7. "Let's Do It" (Cole Porter) – 2:50
  8. "I May Be Wrong (but I Think You're Wonderful)" (Henry Sullivan, Harry Ruskin) – 3:07
  9. "Thou Swell" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:02
  10. "Side by Side" (Harry M. Woods) – 2:40
  11. "Ain't We Got Fun" (Richard A. Whiting, Raymond B. Egan, Gus Kahn) – 2:47
  12. "Jeepers Creepers" (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer) – 2:27



  1. ^ Discogs album entry. Retrieved July 6, 2017
  2. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. Chatter Jazz – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Fairweather, Digby (2004). The Rough Guiide to Jazz. London: Rough Guides Ltd. pp. 761. ISBN 1-84353-256-5.