月別アーカイブ: 2016年2月

Leap year and Leap day

February 29.2016

Today is February 29, leap year and leap day.

I learned for the first time that this record was recorded in the leap day, 1960.

In addition, to my great delight,this album commentary was written by Martin Williams.


Photo above Martin Williams

I have a memories about Martin Williams who was an American jazz critic and writer.

He described liner notes of this album in 1960.

Shortly afterward, when he published ‘Jazz Changes’, he stated this recording in detail as a sub-chapter in his book.


Also I think his work ‘The Jazz Tradition’ is excellent.



In spite of my poor English,I’ve read ‘The Jazz Trandittion’.

Nowadays, we can read ‘Jazz Change’ by Google Books.
I must study English more.

Please see the attached blog

Hisamitsu Noguchi(野口久光)

February 28.2016


About the film and jazz, I want to introduce Hisamitsu Noguchi(野口久光).

Two years ago, I was viewing his exhibition in Kyoto.

He was a painter, graphic designer.

He painted a movie poster about one thousand during his lifetime.

He drew the masterpiece movie poster of postwar European cinema.

“The Third Man” 第三の男
“Les enfants du Paradis” 天井桟敷の人々
“Jeux interdits” 禁じられた遊び
“Les Quatre Cents Coups” 大人は判ってくれない

In addition he worked as a critic of jazz and review and musical from before the war.

He wrote commentary of many records.

Also he wrote many article for jazz magazine.

After his death his collection were donated to the ‘Jazz cafe Basie’ in Ichinoseki.

It was due to the offer of the bereaved his families.


Photo above Jazz cafe Basie


Shizuko Kasagi (笠置 シヅ子 ) on Screen

February 27.2016



Shizuko Kasagi (笠置 シヅ子 )was a popular Japanese jazz singer and actress.

She became a mega star singing songs influenced by American jazz and boogie woogie.

She appeared in the 1948 film ’Drunken Angel (酔いどれ天使)’directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Shizuko Kasagi sang “Jungle Boogie” in the movie.

This lyric was wrote by Kurosawa, and Ryoichi Hattori composed the piece.
At cabaret scene ,she was singing with the whole body endlessly.

This picture is a valuable material.

Jazz Daimyo(ジャズ大名)

February 26.2016


Jazz Daimyo was set in the end of the Tokugawa period
Protagonist of this movie was a feudal lord.

[the plot of the film]

Black slaves was drifting in the Edo period of a small clan.
He and the lord and others were playing endless jam session.


Photo above Yosuke Yamashita

The film score was composed,arranged by Yosuke Yamashita, who is Tsutsui’s friend.Yosuke Yamashita was also participating in the session in the movie.

The author Yasutaka Tsutsui is a Japanese novelist, science fiction author, and actor.



February 25.2016

Chinatown is a 1974 American mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski,

starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

Jerry Goldsmith composed and recorded the film’s music score in ten days.


Photo above Bunny Berigan

In addition, Bunny Berigen’s masterpieces ‘I Can’t Get Started’ on Victor (25728-A) had been used in this film.

Bunny Berigan (November 2, 1908 – June 2, 1942) was an American jazz trumpeter who rose to fame during the swing era.

I think this masterpiece is much better to listen to a movie theater than listen to at home.



Des Femmes Disparaissent(殺られる)

February 24.2016

‘Des Femmes Disparaissent’ was a 1959 film directed by Edouard Molinaro inFrance.

The scene of this story was in Marseille.

This was a film noir works depicting the cruel dark world.

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers was playing modern jazz.

Movie scene came to mind naturally by their sound.

Commentator of this record is Uekusa Jinnichi who is famous columnist.

He was active as a critic of the movie and modern jazz.

His more detailed explanation about film and music was the best.



Jammin’ the Blues

February 24.2016

Jammin’ The Blues is a 1944 American short film.
Famous jazz musicians got together for a rare filmed jam session.
Producer Gordon Hollingshead was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Short Subject, One-reel.
Approximately forty years ago,I saw this film at ‘Jazz Cafe Oasis’ along with veteran jazz fan in Osaka.
I cannot forget cigarette smoke from Lester Young’ hat.

[Participating musician]

Lester Young – Tenor saxophone
Red Callender – Bass
Harry “Sweets” Edison – Trumpet
Marlowe Morris – Piano
“Big” Sid Catlett – Drums (First two songs, and intro of third)
Jo Jones – Drums (for final song)
Barney Kessel – Guitar
John Simmons – Double bass
Illinois Jacquet – Tenor saxophone
Marie Bryant – Vocals & Female Dancer
Archie Savage – Male Dancer

About documentary film of Lester Young, please read at this web.

I Want to Live

February 22.2016


Susan Hayward receiving an Oscar for Best Actress in I Want to Live (1958)

I post about ‘jazz and film’, because Academy Award will announce next week.

‘I want to Live’ was a 1958 film directed by Robert Wise.

The film earned Susan Hayward a Best Actress Oscar at the 31st Academy Awards.

The film score was composed,arranged and conducted by Johnny Mandel,

the picture also featured jazz themes by Gerry Mulligan’s Combo.

I was impressed in the last scene.

Her execution was drawn as if ‘freak show’.

In addition,Johnny Mandel said JazzWax interview[October 23, 2008]:

“Susan Hayward was a huge Gerry Mulligan fan.

Robert and Susan wanted to get him in the film.

That was my first movie score.”



Hideo Shiraki

February 21.2016




Yesterday, I bought two records.

Hideo Shiraki is the drummer of the legendary.

Hideo Shiraki was cover songs of Yuzo Kayama who was a famous idol in Japan.

Terumasa Hino was playing a solo vigorous.

About Hideo Shiraki, recently great blog has been posted.

By all means, please read ‘JazzWax’.


Shotaro Moriyasu(6)

February 20.2016


Bibliography:’He Played Like a Breeze Through Our Lives’:The Life of the Genius Jazz Pianist Moriyasu Shotaro
The Author:Sakae Ueda

In those days , it is said that Jazzmusician was doing drugs at a considerable frequency.

Probraly Moriyasu also might have done drugs.

In his later years Moriyasu was a complete manic-depressive illness.

September 1956 , Moriyasu played at jazz cafe “Duet” in Shibuya.

At that night he made a dive suicide in the Yamanote Line Meguro Station.

The cause of his suicide was unknown forever.

If he was alive,what happened to Japan’s jazz scene?

It does not know anyone.

However,Japanese has a duty to convey the contribution of Moriyasu Shotaro.

The whole world jazz fan appreciated his playing on ‘YouTube’.

What a wonderful world!