月別アーカイブ: 2016年8月

Japanese Jazzmusician and Brazil(4)

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I will introduce my favorite pianist ’’Kunihiko Sugano’’.

Kunihiko Sugano was born October 13, 1936 in Tokyo.

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Kunihiko was recognized his talent by Tony Scott.

Around that time Tony was to stay in Japan for five years from 1959.

Tony was playing with Kunihiko Sugano and Isao Suzuki and George Otsuka.

[Photo above, from left, Kunihiro Sugano,Hidehiko Matsumoto,Isao Suzuki,George Otsuka]

[Photo above, from left, Kunihiko Sugano,Hidehiko Matsumoto,Isao Suzuki,George Otsuka]

Then Kunihiko Sugano was a member of legendary Hidehiko Matsumoto’s Quartet.

In those days their band was the pinnacle in Japan.

So he decided to end his performance temporarily.

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Kunihiko Sugano recorded ‘Opa Brazil’ in 1978.

He resided in Brazil for three years.

After returning home his rhythm became a cheerful.

Needless to say his timbre of piano is best in the world.

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In addition he has developed a new type of piano.

The piano was named future keyboard(未来 鍵盤).

All white keys and black keys are arranged same size on piano.Go here

He has held regular concerts at this piano in ‘Shimoda View Hotel’.

Please refer to his website.Go here

Here is Kunihiko Sugano trio July 18, 1976.

Japanese Jazzmusician and Brazil(3)

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Lisa Ono was Born was born July 29, 1962 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

She spent her childhood in Brazil until she became 10 years old.

She began singing and playing the guitar at age 15, and made her debut as a professional

Bossa Nova singer in 1989.

She has performed with many top musicians such as the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim.

In 2013 she was awarded to “RIO BRANCO”, which is one of the highest Medals presented

by the Brazilian Government.

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I want to introduce her favorite album.

In 2007, she chose jazz standards.”Look To The Rainbow -Jazz Standards from L.A.”

This album was made in America, and contains classic American songs and film music

from the 1940s–50s done with bossa nova arrangements.

I like her challenging spirit behind the good old and lovely melodies.

Here is Sadao Watanabe and Lisa Ono.

Japanese Jazzmusician and Brazil(2)

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In 1962, Sadao Watanabe was studying in the Boston City of Berklee College of Music.

While in school, he played with Chico Hamilton, Gary McFarland, Gabor Szabo and others.

He learned of the charm of the bossa nova through Gary McFarland.

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Photo above of Gary McFarland

I found an interesting article about Gary McFarland.Go here

In 1965 he returned to Japan.

Then he played with many domestic and foreign musicians.

While working as a leader of the Japanese jazz world, he contributed much to the diffusion of bossa nova.

IN those days Toshiro Ono had been running restaurant in Sao Paulo.

Mr.Ono was Lisa’s father, and she was still four years old.

When Sadao Watanabe participated in the Newport Jazz Festival in 1968,he visited first in Brasil.

At that time Mr. Ono proposed to return home via the Sao Paulo.

During his stay, he had session with many local musicians as every night in Ono’s restaurant.

He was completely hooked on Brazilian music.

Here is Sadao Watanabe  “SAMBA DE ORFEU”

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This week I want to post about Japanese Jazzmusician and Brazil.

In 2015 19 November, Sadao Watanabe was awarded the Order of Rio Branco, the knighthood.

The Order of Rio Branco is created in 1963 to formally recognize Brazilian and foreign

individuals who have significantly contributed to the promotion of Brazil’s international relations.

The Embassy suggested to Sadao Watanabe as the most important commendation.

Sadao Watanabe have contributed to the dissemination of music and Brazilian culture in Japan.

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He released his album with interpretations of Bossa Nova in 1967.

Then he had done collaborations with big names in Brazilian music, such as Elis Regina, Caetano Veloso, Toquinho and Olodum.

Also the singer Lisa Ono was honored with the same award in 2013.

About Lisa Ono,I will post at a later date.

Here is Sadao Watanabe and Lisa Ono.

 

 

 

 

The early Swedish Jazz(6)

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Lastly about Swedish Jazz, I will introduce two records.

First, ‘We’ll Be Together Again’ by Rolf Billberg.

Rolf Billberg was born 22 August 1930.

From 1954〜1955 he worked with Lars Gullin and made some recordings.

Unfortunately he became seriously ill and died on 17 August 1966.

He had been referred to as the Swedish Lee Konitz.

He picked up Lee Konitz tune “Palo Alto” and “Sound-Lee”.

Also he played ballad number ‘Darn That Dream’.

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Second,’’Sax Appeal’’ by Nils Lindberg.

About his achievment ,please refer to his official site.Go here

I’ve posted this album in the past.

Please refer to my past blog.Go here

Here is Rolf Billberg and Nils Lindberg in Stockholm 1962

The early Swedish Jazz(5)

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Today I want to post about my most favorite Swedish musician.

Swedish musicians were touring around the Europe in 1950s.

In 1954 Lars Gullin made great success in the audience.

Lars Gullin was born 4 May, 1928.

He first began playing the accordion as a young boy.

In 1947 he also learned to play the piano and clarinet.

He joined the Seymour Österwall’s band for playing alto saxophone.

At that time he was offered the position of baritonesax in the group.

As a matter of course when he started playing baritonesax , he was obviously influenced by Gerry Mulligan.

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Photo above: The Miles Davis Nonet

In 1949 he discovered two 78-records of the Miles Davis Nonet.

He was very impressed with Mulligan’s soft playing and laid back style.

Then his tone became richness and depth, warmth, light and shadow, like a cello.

He was noted in the American favorite polls.

Also he was the Down Beat Poll Winner of New Star for baritonesax.

On May 17, 1976, he died of a heart attack at 48 years old.

He left a legacy of more than 120 compositions and 450 recorded melodies.

In addition he left hundreds of hours of fabulous private and radio/TV recordings.

Here is Lars Gullin’s “DANNY’S DREAM”  in 1954.

Here is Lars Gullin’s All-Stars playing “Stella By Starlight” in 1962.

Here is Lars Gullin’s All-Stars playing “Milestones” in 1962.

 

 

 

 

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On to talk about the early Swedish Jazz,I must post Stan Hasselgard’s achievement.

Stan Hasselgard was an Swedish clarinetist who was the first musicians to play bop on the clarinet.

At 19 years old,he joined a small group called the Royal Swingers in Sweden.

Åke “Stan” Hasselgard was born October 4, 1922.epCapitol

He visited US in 1947 for studying a Bachelor of Arts.

But he wanted to hear Benny Goodman live performance.

Stan Hasselgard left New York in late August for California

Then he recorded four tracks in December 1947 for the Capitol Records with Red Norvo, Arnold Ross and Barney Kessel.

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In spring of 1948, Benny Goodman repeatedly invited Stan Hasselgard to his home in Los Angeles.

Then they began to play together informally.

So he joined Benny Goodman’s septet, alongside Wardell Gray, Mary Lou Williams and others.

He recorded last recordings in 18 November,1948.

A few days after this session,early in the November 23,he was killed in a car accident on his way to California.

Here is Benny Goodman Septett
Benny Goodman(cl), Stan Hasselgard(cl), Teddy Wilson(p), Wardell Gray(ts),
Billy Bauer(g), Arnold Fishkind(b), Mel Zelnick(ds)   Nov 18, 1948