I decided this week’s theme from my most favorite song.
My favorite song is ’The Midnight Sun Never Sets’.
When Quincy Jones was staying in Sweden in the early ’50s,he had written ‘The Midnight Sun Never Sets’.
The first performance was playing by Arne Domnerus who was alto sax player in Swedish.
He recorded several times with Quincy Jones in Sweden and was featured throughout ‘The Midnight Sun Never Sets’.
His playing in his early career was typical of the ‘cool’, sophisticated, technically accomplished and lyrical style of Swedish modern jazz of the 1950s.
This week, I want to post about Quincy Jones who is a composer of significant piece.
Hugh Hefner was also expanding into live performance from the production of records.
Playboy Jazz Festival was first held at the Chicago Stadium in 1959.
However, the second festival did not been held until 1979.
The event has been held every year at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
At Jazz festival we can listen to straight-ahead jazz by top-notch artists.
We can listen to Experimental (experimental avant-garde jazz), Latin jazz, Fusion and even more ethnic and world music, Blues, R & B, HIP HOP.
Recently many performance has been posted to YouTubu.
There is a big difference in two record sets I have owned.
In first set many photos of musicians were attached to liner note.
On the one hand, many illustrations of musicians were attached to liner note in second set.
These illustrations can be enjoyed even now.
Unfortunately I don’t know about the liner note in VOL.3.
This three set records had been used each three colors.
I will wait for information from the person who own the third set.
Photo by ‘popsike.com’
I want to introduce the valuable recordings that are included only in these records.
Ray Brown had recording valuable two songs at the Playboy Records.
1.Ray Brown Trio ‘Bass Ball’
Herb Ellis(g),Ray Brown(b),Stan Levey(ds) LA,July 31,1957
The Playboy Jazz All Stars, Vol.1 (Playboy PB-1957)
2.Ray Brown Trio ‘Mighty Cool Penthouse’
Hank jones (p),Ray Brown(b),Ed Thigpen(ds) NYC,July 10,1959
The Playboy Jazz All Stars, Vol.3 (Playboy PB-1959)
In 1959 Playboy produced a similar planning as VOL.3, it had been sold in a luxurious 3-Disc Box Set.
Unfortunatly I don’t have a luxurious 3-Disc Box Set.
Below,I transcribe the preface of liner notes in VOL.2.
”More than 25,000 PLAYBOY readers made the scene, picking their favorites in the second annual JAZZ POLL for a place with the this dream aggregation , readers proved themselves hip indeed;and comparing the winners with the results of last year’s poll confirmed that the champions wear their crowns snugly and it takes a mighty effort to upset them.”
Two record sets had been distinguished by the “Black” and “White”
First annual PLAYBOY JAZZ POLL was held in 1957.
The result of the vote had been sold in the black cover design.
The results of next year had been sold in the white cover design.
Below,I transcribe the preface of liner notes.
”All the cats joined in to make the first annual PlAYBOY JAZZ Poll the biggest,most successful popularity poll ever conducted in the field of jazz music.
The last of more than 20,000 ballots are in and the more than 430,000 individual votes have been counted.
The winners selected by readers, for the 1957 Playboy All-Stare Jazz Band,
are a real Who’s Who of jazzdom.”
Two record sets were put together on the basis of the jazz musicians popular vote by Playboy.
These records spotlighted a host of jazz legends from Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Erroll Garner to Jack Teagarden, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and more.
The chief executive of this project was Lynyrd Feather.
Norman Granz and George Avakian made valuable suggestions from its earliest stages.
Lester Koenig of Contemporary Records supervised the assembly of master tape material to assure the highest possible qualitu in the finished product.
Playboy is an American men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates.
Downbeat and Metronome magazines had been read by fans of both swing and modern jazz.
But the general public did not recognized such specialty publications.
Playboy planned a great jazz record for readers.
In 1957 and 1958, the company produced Volumes I & II (two record sets) of its Playboy Jazz All-Star series.
Probably Hugh Hefner wanted to provide fan appreciation record for general public.
This week I posted about the theme music of TV show.
On last day, I would like to post about this album.
When I began to listen jazz,my jazz’s freinds liked Art Pepper.
But I became to like Bud Shank than Art Pepper.
I began to collect his records.
This record is unusual, but do not have much popularity.
I suppose most jazz fans were not fond of their performance with a string ensemble.
Bud Shank and Bob Cooper had two of the most talented and imaginative practitioners of contemporary music.
The fundamentally original arrangements to be found in this album were the work of Bob Cooper.
Fortunately I was able to post my favorite record in my blog.
Finally, I will introduce a fun website.
Walt Disney had produced many television series since 1954.
He wanted to produce a television program in order to finance the development of the Disneyland amusement park.
For first sixty years, his show used the song “When You Wish Upon a Star” as its theme.
The following is a memory of my childhood.
Photo above of Rikidozan
In Japan, this show was provided by Mitsubishi Electric, which was entitled “Mitsubishi Diamond Hour”.
This program was broadcasted at 20 pm in Friday.
Incidentally, it was once broadcast in two weeks.
Because It was bi-weekly broadcast with Japan Pro Wrestling relay.
At that time ‘Rikidozan’ was the most famous professional wrestler in Japan.
I was looking forward to see Walt Disney and Rikidozan.