月別アーカイブ: 2016年12月

Adrian Rollini(1)

December 21. 2016

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上の写真は、最近購入したレコードです。40年以上前に 「Aspect in Jazz(油井正一解説)」でAdrian Rollini の名前を初めて聞きました。その日のテーマは「第17回スイング以前の白人コンボ」でした。最近、彼の名前を聞きません。
自分自身の勉強も兼ねて数回に分けて彼の業績について投稿したいと思います。

Recently I purchased an interesting record.

“Adrian Rollini his Quintet,his Trio featuring Bobby Hackett”(TAX m-8036)

I had heard first his name by radio program(FM大阪) over 40 years ago.

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Photo above of Shonichi Yui

Every week I was listening “Aspect in Jazz(アスペクトインジャズ)” by commentary of Shouichi Yui(油井正一) who was a best critic in Japan.

THE theme was “History of jazz”, and that day he commented “The 17th,Swing era previous White men combo”.

After that, Mr.Yui broadcasted a few recordings by Adrian Rollini.

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As you know,he was a passionate fan of Bix Beiderbecke and probably I guess Mr.Yui was favorite with Adrian Rollini.

In recent years, we will not hear the name of Adrian.

So I would like to post about his achievement in several times.

Here is Adrian Rollini Trio play “Loch Lomond”.

Here is Shouichi Yui talks “Aspect in Jazz”.

The Jazz Foundation of America helped Freddie Hubbard

December 20. 2016

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Recently I found an interesting clip of Freddie Hubbard by Jazz Profiles.

Here is Freddie Hubbard plays “Caravan”.Go here

Freddie Hubbard passed away on December 29, 2008.

Today I want to post about Freddie and the Jazz Foundation of America.

Despite his brilliant achievement,he did not have his health insurance.

For years he was covered by his wife’s health insurance plan.

In 2002 he suffered congestive heart failure.

Unfortunately after they lost their coverageshe lost,she lost her job.

Finally they spent all their savings on medical bills.

Freddie Hubbard came to the Jazz Foundation of America for help in 2002.

When he had congestive heart failure and couldn’t work, the Jazz Foundation paid his mortgage for several months and saved his home.

Also his funeral was solemnly held by the Jazz Foundation of America.

Here is Freddie Hubbard plays “Sky Dive”.

 

 

 

 

 

The living legend pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi(秋吉敏子)

December 18. 2016

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Last week I heard a radio program which featured two great pianist,Barry Harris and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Go here

Both pianists had one thing in common.

They developed their art under the influence of bebop great Bud Powell.

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I was very happy as a Japanese.

About Toshiko Akiyoshi, please refer to my past blog.

If you do not mind. Go here and here, here

Also I will introduce recently uploaded clips.

Here is her photograph.

Here is her interview by THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS(毎日新聞)

 

The legendary bassist Jimmy Blanton(5)

December 17. 2016

1941年後半、彼は結核と診断され、ロサンゼルスの近くで治療を受けていました。
しかし、1942年7月30日に死亡しました。
もし彼が生きていれば、ビバップ運動の最前線で活躍していたでしょう。

While on tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in late 1941, Blanton became seriously ill.

Unfortunately he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

In 1943 he moved to receive medical treatment Duarte Sanitarium, near Los Angeles.

He had no family there.

Jimmy Blanton passed away in Monrovia, California on July 30, 1942.

If he had not passed away in 1942, most musicians suppose that Blanton would have been at the forefront of the bebop movement.

I found an  invaluable photograph from a collected papers of Journal of Jazz Studies.

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Journal of Jazz Studies (Winter 2014-2015) Of Icons and Iconography: Seeing Jimmie Blanton Matthias Heyman Blanton and Johnny Hodges, (photograph by Otto Hess, original appeared in Metronome, January 1941.Every effort has been made to identify and acknowledge the rightful owner of this photograph).

Here is Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra play “Jack The Bear”.

Ray Brown played the duo recordings such as reminiscent of Duke’s work with Jimmy Blanton three decades before.

Here is Duke Ellington and Ray Brown play “TRIBUTE TO JIMMY BLANTON ´72”.

The legendary bassist Jimmy Blanton(4)

December 16. 2016

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Duke EllingtonとJimmy Blantonの歴史的な録音は6曲が残されています。

これら歴史的な録音は「インターネットアーカイブ」聞くことが出来ます。こちらをクリック

又、Spotify(無料配信)でも別テイクを含め聞けます。

Today I want to post about a historical duo recording of Duke Ellington and Jimmy Blanton.

Jimmy Blanton had developed a new bass technique of playing lines that sounded more like a horn.

He played the greatest performance with Duke Ellington at duo recording.

Also he showed his musical identity and superb skill to the full.

They had recorded only six tunes at duo in RCA and Colombia Records.

RCA Victor Records
“Mr.J.B.Blues”,”Body And Soul”,”Pitter Panther Patter”,”Sophisticated Lady”.

CBS Colombia Records
“Plucked Again”,”Blues”.

Recently I found their historical recordings in “Internet Archive”.

Duke Ellington The Jimmy Blanton Era (1939-1941). Go here

In addition Even Japan we can hear their duo recordings in a free Spotify jukebox .(including another takes)

Here is Duke Ellington and Jimmy Blanton play “Mr.J.B.Blues”.

Here is Duke Ellington and Jimmy Blanton play “Pitter Panther Patter”.

Here is Duke Ellington and Jimmy Blanton play “Plucked Again”.

The legendary bassist Jimmy Blanton(3)

December 14. 2016

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Today I want post about his distinguished performance.

Jimmy Blanton (1918-42) was a musical originator of modern jazz bass.

Blanton established the possibilities of using the bass as a melodic instrument.

Until then bass player had primarily engraved accurate rhythm.

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Photo above of Slam Stewart

In swing era Slam Stewart was the first bassist to make the bass a solo vehicle for improvisation.

Jimmy Blanton took the bass to a new level.

He played a horn-like solos in duets with Duke Ellington.

Blanton had developed a new bass technique of playing lines that sounded more like a horn than like a bass.

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I quoted from “The Swing Era by Gunther Schuller” (New York :Oxford. 1989)

“Most importantly, he was the first to develop the lone tone in pizzicato… Blanton maximized the natural resonance of the string by using as much of the fleshy length of the finger as possible—plucking the string with the finger parallel to the string”

When Duke Ellington first heard Blanton’s performance, Ellington was impressed with his advanced techniques.

Consequently an arrangement of Duke Ellington had been changed by his joining.

I think it is a case where an outstanding instrument player has evolved jazz.

ジミー・ブラントンは、モダンベースの開祖です。それまでベースプレイヤーは正確なリズムを刻む事が大切な任務でした。彼はベースをホーンのような楽器に進化させ、ベースソロ演奏を開発しました。
デューク・エリントンが初めてブラントンの演奏を聞いた時、エリントンは彼の先進的なテクニックに感銘を受けました。エリントン楽団は彼の加入によって革新的なアレンジを生み出しました。
傑出した楽器演奏家がジャズを進化させたケースだと思います。
以下、ガンサー・シュラーによる解説を引用します。
“最も重要なのは、彼はピッツァーコートで単独のトーンを開発した最初の人でした。指の太い部分を可能な限り使用することで、ベースの弦を最大限に共鳴させることを可能にしました。”

Here is Duke Ellington and his members play “C Jam Blues”(1942).
Duke Ellington (p),Barney Bigard(cl),Sonny Greer(ds),Ray Nance (violin),’Tricky Sam’ Nanton(Tb),Rex Stewart(tp),Ben Webster(ts),Jimmy Blanton(b)

Here is Jimmy Blanton plays “Sepia Panorama”(his rare bass solo)

Here is Duke Ellington & Jimmy Blanton play “Jive Rhapsody”.

 

The legendary bassist Jimmy Blanton(2)

December 13. 2016

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I will post about on the encounter between Jimmy Blanton and Duke Ellington.

I referred to “The Duke – Where and When”.

Jimmy Blanton was born  October 5, 1918 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

He originally learned to play the violin, but took up the bass while at Tennessee State University.

In 1939 he was working in Fate Marable’s band in St.Louis.

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Photo above of the Coronado Hotel(by Landmarks Association of St. Louis)

Fortunately he met Duke Ellington at  the session by chance.

Duke Ellington and his members were playing the Coronado Hotel in St.Louis.

He had playing with the band during Club Caprice between October 21 and November 2 in those days.

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St. Louis Coronado Hotel Club Caprice Postcard from amazon.com

Duke Ellington and members bands were playing the Coronado Hotel in St.Louis.

Naturally Duke went back to the hotel to sleep, and all the musicians went to an after-hours session.

After the gig one night, Billy Strayhorn and Ben Webster and other members landed up in a hot spot. They jammed with a young bass player – Jimmy Blanton.

At once they went back and woke up Duke Ellington, and brought him to the session.

Duke decided to hire Jimmy on the spot.

He sent a telegram to his mother, time stamped 11:23 p.m. November 2,telling her he was leaving [St. Louis] next morning to join Duke Ellington’s band.

今日は彼とデュークエリントンとの出会いについて投稿します。

1939年、St.LouisのCoronado Hotelで公演していたDuke Ellingtonと偶然出会うことになった。10月21日から11月2日まで、彼は「クラブカプリス」のバンドで演奏していました。バンドのメンバーは地元のジャズメンが演奏している「クラブカプリス」に行きました。そして、その場で演奏している若いベースプレイヤーにびっくりしました。彼らはすぐにホテルで眠っているDuke Ellingtonを起こし、親分を連れ出しました。Dukeは迷うことなく(ベースが二人になることを承知で)、その場でJimmy Blantonを雇うことを決定しました。

Here is Duke Ellington & His Orchestra with Jimmy Blanton play “In A Mellow Tone”.