The biographies of “Bass clarinet” heroes(2)

April 28.2017

Photo above of (from left),Quentin Jackson, Harry Carney and Britt Woodman
courtesy by Pinterst

Yesterday I posted about Omer Simeon.

Today I would like to introduce Harry Carney.

As another historical side note, Harry Carney also played bass clarinet with Duke Ellington.

Harry Carney was born April 1, 1910 in Boston, Massachusetts.

His virtuosity on the baritone saxophone influenced generations of subsequent players.

He also performed on clarinet and bass clarinet, as well as alto saxophone in the early years of his career.

When he began to play alto saxophone His idle was Johnny Hodges.

Also he was influenced by Buster Bailey and Don Murray and Coleman Hawkins and Adrian Rollini.

Photo above of Don Murray by courtesy of The Pop of Yestercentury

About his idles, I quoted his speaking from HARRY CARNEY’S ADMIRATION SOCIETY

My first influences [on clarinet] were Buster Bailey with Fletcher Henderson, and Don Murray with Jean Goldkette. As a brash kid, I always wanted to play faster than anyone on clarinet, and both Buster and Don Murray were great technicians. Too bad I didn’t stick with them! Perhaps I’d be a clarinetist today. Buster has always sounded to me like a perfect man for the symphony, and on those up-tempo numbers with Fletcher Henderson he always showed what a well-schooled musician he was.

After playing a variety of gigs in New York City at the age of 17, Carney joined Ellington in Boston in 1927.

Harry Carney focused mainly on the baritone saxophone for the remainder of his career, doubling bass clarinet, and less frequently clarinet.

Barney Bigard was the featured clarinetist with Ellington from 1928-1942.

Occasionally he took a solo on clarinet.

Photo courtesy by Visual discography of Billie Holiday

In addition he played clarinet with Teddy Wilson’s Brunswick sessions with Billie Holiday.

So Harry Carney performed a rare bass clarinet solo with Duke Ellington in 1934.

“Saddest Tale” was a rare recording of Duke’s voice, along with Harry’s bass clarinet.

Photo above of Harry Carney

今日はHarry Carneyを紹介したいと思います。Harry CarneyはDuke Ellington楽団でbass clarinetを吹いた録音を残しています。彼のclarinet演奏に影響を与えた先輩については下記に引用します。

「私の最初の影響は、Buster Bailey と Jean Goldkette楽団でのDon Murray でした。私はいつもクラリネットを誰よりも速く吹きたいと思っていました。
Buster Bailey は常に完璧で Fletcher Henderson楽団でのアップテンポ・ナンバーはミュージシャンにはとても参考になる演奏です。」

1928-1942年、Ellington楽団のクラリネット奏者はBarney Bigardでした。
しかし、Harry Carneyも時にはクラリネットソロを演奏していました。
特筆すべき録音としてBillie HolidayとのTeddy WilsonのBrunswickセッションでクラリネットで参加しています。
又、Ellington楽団 で録音された“ Saddest Tale” はDukeの朗読とHarryのbass clarinetが貴重です。
この録音は3枚組セットで聞いていました。この時代の日本のレコード会社は凄い。

the commentary by Stanley Dance,Japanese translation by 野口久光

Here is Duke Ellington with Harry Carney play “Saddest Tale”.

Here is It’s Teddy Wilson with Billie Holiday play “It’s like reaching for the Moon”.(1936)
Jonah jones(tp), Harry Carney(clarinet), Lawrence Lucie(g), John Kirby(b),Cozy Cole (ds)

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