mp3: Ralph Marterie – That Mellow Saxophone

Roy Montrell’s That Mellow Saxophone is arguably the most joyous jump-blues record that exists, so when I had the chance to own a copy of this great cover version, I jumped at it. Rather than being a horn blower, Montrell was actually a guitarist, but on the original version of today’s tune, released by Specialty Records in 1956, he also sang. Ralph Marterie was a trumpet player and band leader who had Larry Ragen sing on this rendition, released later the same year on Mercury. Whereas Lee Allen’s tenor sax inspires us to rip it, rock it, really bop it on Montrell’s version, I couldn’t figure out whose not-at-all-mellow saxophone is on this one. That minute factoid, however, certainly won’t stop this record becoming a regular spin for me over the next few months.