Monthly Archives: April 2016

Roy Haynes(2)

April 29.2016

Roy Haynes went on to play drums for the likes of Lester Young (1947-49), Bud Powell and Miles Davis (1949), and Charlie Parker (1949-53).

JazzWax introduce a good example record in order to understand his exquisite touch at drumming

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A perfect illustration is Sonny Rollins’ The Sound of Sonny.

Focus only on what Roy is doing with his sticks and brushes throughout.

Possibly Sonny was playing with a tap dancer rather than a drummer.

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He said about ‘Bird’:
”Bird was unusual, that his approach was completely different than anything else you had    heard. And that sound, it was so confident. ”

He said the big difference between Roy and Max Roach behind Bird:

”I had and have a different type of cymbal beat, for one thing. Max’s cymbal beat was more on the one: dah-dah dom, dah-dah dom, dah-dah dom. Mine is more dom dah-dah, dom dah-dah, dom dah-dah. That’s as far as I’ll go with that.”

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Roy and Miles had the same hobby.Their hobby was fast automobiles and sharp clothes.

In the summer of 1950,they both bought convertible automobiles the exact same week.

Roy had a 1950 Oldsmobile 98.Miles had a Dodge convertible, which called the Blue Devil.

Roy said about encounter with his wife as follows:

”In fact, I met my wife when I was working with Miles in Brooklyn. It was Miles’ gig, and she had come to see him. The ladies loved Miles. I had some fans, too, but I wasn’t nearly as popular as Miles. He had just left Charlie Parker then and I had just left Lester Young. We were the coolest of the cool.”

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/royhaynesletterman.html

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Roy Haynes(1)

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Roy Haynes was born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts.

His age is 91 years old.

Between 1945 and 1960, he played with many legendary musicians.

He has played in a wide range of styles ranging from swing and bebop to jazz fusion and avant-garde jazz.

He continues to perform worldwide and was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1999.

He not only is one of the strongest drummers in modern jazz history, he’s also one of the art form’s most sensitive players.

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Photo above of Luis Russell

His first big gigs was in 1945 with Luis Russell, a legendary New Orleans pianist and bandleader.

About Luis Russell, please refer to this website.

http://www.redhotjazz.com/russell.html

Crowd Outside the Savoy, Harlem

 ‘Every Thursday a week where all ladies got in free’

Some of his earliest dates with Russell were at the Savoy Ballroom in New York.

In the mid-1940s,he played his first gig in New York.

In late 1947, he started a long run with Lester Young.

He was with  Lester Young for two years.

He talked about Lester Young as follows:
”He was a very humorous guy. He had his own way of talking.
It was like a foreign language and unless you understood it,what he said would make little sense to you.”

Billie Holiday’s last presentation [April 26]

April 27.2016

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In 1959 from April 20th to 26th, Billie was her last presentation in the Boston Storyville Club.

Billie Holiday(vo), Mal Waldron (p), Champ Jones (b), Roy Haynes (ds)

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Roy Haynes was in charge of the drum in her last performance.

Today I want to post his comments impressive.

He said:”We were playing there for a week. She was cool. I remember the club was crowded every night. A lot of my friends came in.

My wife was there for the whole weekend. She wanted to tape it, but I said, “No, Billie isn’t going to allow that.” Looking back, Billie probably wouldn’t have been aware of it. All in all, it was a beautiful week.”

The above quoted from JazzWax.[July 07, 2008]

From the next day I want to post a summary of his interview.

 

Quincy Jones(6)

April 26.2016

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Quincy Jones has left a lot of masterpiece as arranger.

In particular, I will introduce the very popular works in Japan.

He joined Mercury Records and has provided the arrangement in three works in history by female vocal and Clifford Brown.

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Dinah Jams (EmArcy 36000. 1954)

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (EmArcy 36004. 1955)

Helen Merrill (EmArcy 36006. 1955)

I quoted below interview from JazzWax[February 03, 2009].

Helen Merrill said about him:

“He lived in New York nearby with his former wife. He was an up and coming young man at the time. He didn’t have any money.

He lived in a basement apartment of a brownstone. Everyone loved him. What a wonderful mind he had and has.[…]

Quincy pulled together great songs. He always understood what he was doing.[…]

Quincy had a way of getting just the right people together.[…]

‘You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To’ continues to be a huge hit in Japan.”

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Quincy Jones(5)

April 25.2016

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I am most fond of his “This Is How I Feel About Jazz”.

It was the 1957 debut album by Quincy Jones.

The album was originally produced by Creed Taylor and released on ABC-Paramount.

In addition, this record became first big seller on ABC-Paramount.

Quincy Jones and Creed Tailor were already close friends when Quincy recorded the album.

They were the same age and had the same musical taste.

Also they were a trumpet player and had an unspoken empathetic relationship.

Quincy Jones played as arranger and conductor of three different recording sessions.

He convened superior musicians like Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lucky Thompson, Hank Jones, Paul Chambers, Milt Jackson.

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Photo of Quincy Jones and producer Creed Taylor

I posted in reference to JazzWax.[Interview:CreedTaylor]

 

 

 

 

My short trip(2) Riverside in Fukuoka

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I went to famous jazz spot ‘Riverside’ in Fukuoka.

The owner is Youichi Kogushi(小串洋一).

I have known him since when he was company employee.

I’ve summarized his past blog about his conviction.

It has passed 13 years from he owned ‘Riverside’.

Until he run this spot, live performance was less in this place.

But at present, he has been held live performance every day.

He was said many harsh opinion from the old regulars.

Some performers were bad amateur and immature musicians.

But he has not changed his management policy.

He loves realistic Jazz.

When he was in Tokyo, jazz live performance was held from morning at ‘ Pit In’.

The audience was a few, but the musicians had been playing hard.

He decided that it is important to produce a live performance.

In particular, he is holding aggressively free jazz ,namely avant-garde jazz.

Two years ago May 2,he held free jazz festival at most famous hall in Fukuoka.

It is scheduled to hold a free jazz festival on May 2, this year.

He is hoping to cause avant-garde jazz in Fukuoka.

http://jazz-riverside.jp/

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My short trip(1)

April 24.2016

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This week, I traveled for three days from Thursday.

When I was working in the company,I lived in three towns in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

This time, I visited company house that lived at that time.

Also, I went to the jazz spots that had gone well in that time.

About BOB in Ube city, please refer to my past blog.

https://wordpress.com/post/sugarfootstomp.wordpress.com/1439