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Mundell Lowe

Born: April 21, 1922    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Mundell Lowe

BORN IN LAUREL, Mississippi, Mundell left home at the age of thirteen. After working in Nashville, he found his way to Bourbon Street in New Orleans and the beginning of his jazz career. While serving in World War Il, he met the influential John Hammond, who introduced him to Ray McKinley. Mundell worked with McKinley’s band for a year and a half, developing his distinctive instrumental style, and then moved on to work in New York at Café Society and stints at the Village Vanguard and The Embers, among others. Mundell worked with Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Helen Humes and Charles Mingus, to name but a few. These gigs overlapped with an early morning TV show at NBC with Cy Coleman, “A Date in Manhattan,” and later “The Kate Smith Hour” with Stan Getz, Doc Severinsen, and Kai Winding....
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RIVERSIDE RECORDS
Guitar Moods, 1950
Mundell Lowe Conducts New Music of Wilder, 1952
A Grand Night for Swinging, 1952 Mundell Lowe Quintet, 1959

RCA RECORDS
Mundell Lowe Quintet, 1953
Porgy and Bess, 1954
TV Action Jazz, 1957
Midnight Food, 1960

CHARLIE PARKER RECORDS
Patter of Evil, 1961
The Original, 1961

WARNER BROS. RECORDS
Billy Jack (movie soundtrack), 1972

FAMOUS DOOR RECORDS
California Guitar, 1974

JAZZ RECORDS
Mundell Lowe, Guitar Player, 1976

DOBRE RECORDS
The Incomparable, 1978

PAUSA RECORDS
Mundell Lowe Presents Transit West, 1984

ARISTA RECORDS
Paradise Café (Barry Manilow), 1984

FRESH SOUNDS
Teté Montohu With Mundell Lowe, 1990
Mundell Lowe Teté Montohu, 1990

TELARC RECORDS (with the André Previn Trio)
Uptown, 1990
Old Friends, 1991

PHILLIPS RECORDS (André Previn Trio)
Kin Sidetracks (with Kin Te Kanawa), 1991

DUTCH GRAMOPHONE
Showboat (with André Previn), 1995

CONCORD RECORDS
The Return of the Great Guitars, 1996
Souvenirs, 1996

VERVE RECORDS
Jazz at the Musikverein (André Previn Trio), 1997

WESTSIDE RECORDS
Second Time Around (with Sal Salvador), 1998

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