月別アーカイブ: 2020年5月

アニタ・オデイさんと一緒に「ブラインドフォールドテスト」

May 29,2020

先日、来日時のスポーツ新聞記事をご紹介しました。今回はアニタ・オデイがダウンビート誌の名物コーナー「The Blindfold Test」に登場した時の記事を添付しました。(1957年4月4日号)

今回もレナード・フェザーが出題した12曲について、アニタのコメント(英語)を翻訳ソフト向けに1曲ずつテキストに変換し添付しました。

1. Betty Roche. Something to Live For (Bethlehem).

I don’t know who the girl singer is, but I like the choice of tune. I’ve known about this tune since about 1941-in fact it was about the first tune I ever played on the piano … (hums)… It’s real pretty. I had never heard the verse before, and I did enjoy this girl on the verse. I didn’t care for the interpretation of the tune after she got into the chorus … I don’t care for that type of singing-it’s too choppy.I think it should be more smooth for this type of tune. I’d have lost the entire theme of the song unless I had known the tune, which fortunately I did. The accompaniment didn’t impress me one way or another. How do I rate it? If I hadn’t ever known the tune, I don’t think it would have done anything to me at all, so I’d classify it “z,” whatever that is. Would “z” be no stars? Okay, no stars.

2.Chris Connor. Something to Live For (Atlantic).

That was a nice version. I enjoyed that much better the smoothness of it … Chris’ flowing tones and the interruptions at the end of each word. Of course, it doesn’t come up to her Lush Life. That’s about the smoothest of the slow tunes she’s done. However, I like this. I think I would even buy this-like if we were on a panel”Would you buy this is it a hit or a miss, quote, Peter?” Not that it would be a hit, but I would buy this, I believe. Sort of category “m” … if the other was “z,” this would be “m.” Three stars.

3. Ella Fitzgerald. My Heart Stood Still(Verve).

Well, I guess if you are an Ella Fitzgerald fan, you would like this very much. However, this old versiondream up a story and sell it to Hollywood … Hollywood’ll buy anything. Who dreamed up Ella singing “and then my heart stood still”? It’s ridiculous. Here’s a girl who sings good swing music… She reads very well on this and she’s got the melody down. Dum, bum, bum, two-beat, ya, da da … boy! this is it for melody and everything, but classing Ella in this kind of a tune-I don’t know. All I can say is, sell it to Hollywood-and they did.The arrangement was pleasant, and Ella didn’t sing badly on it. I’m not saying it’s bad or good, but I think it’s kind of silly—the entire tune with Ella. So much talent and how they’ve used it! As far as buying the record-I’m hung again as to how to class this. It wasn’t so bad musically-it’s a nice record, whatever “nice” is.

4. Sarah Vaughan. My Heart Stood Still(Mercury).

Sarah always relaxes me, because when you hear that it’s Sarah, you know you can say to yourself right away like “this record is going to be played from beginning to end and it’s going to be done very well,” so you don’t have to worry too much about it.There are five placements that one can sing from: The upper front of the mouth; uh-uh; the back of the top of the roof of the mouth; the throat, down into the lower part of the … uh-uh. I don’t know the technical names for these … I did, because I studied it a long time ago, but I know there are five places you can sing from, and Sarah sings from all five of them, which makes her like the queen of singers. This is the lady, queen, princess, or whatever you want to say, but she’s a good girl singer, and I’m for girl singers. I would say this would be rated very good.

5. Rita Reyes with the Jazz Messengers.Taking a Chance on Love (Columbia).

I have no idea who the singer is, and I don’t think I really care to find out. I would say it’s a beginner’s style and really no connection to the music. She’s singing the story all right, but where’s the music? … Chopping the phrasing-I didn’t like it at all. The background of the choruses that followed … the music involved-I would say pretty good be-bopping there, if you’re going that way – not too bad at all, but frankly, if the record was given to me, I think I would give it back. I’d rate it “z.”

Rita Reys (vcl) acc by Donald Byrd (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) New York, May 3, 1956

6. Patti Page w. Pete Rugolo Ork. Taking a Chance on Love (EmArcy).

There’s a line in the song, “and the act of hearts is high.” This gal gets my heart and aces high to boot! That’s the best record I’ve heard in a long time! I couldn’t tell you who’s singing or the background here. I could speculate, but I won’t. I enjoyed it much, much, very good, a-b-c-d-x-y-z, five stars, thank you, Mr. Feather!

7. Jackie Paris. ‘Round Midnight (EmArcy).

My afternoon is complete. This is the lad-Jackie Paris, of course. And if I were a male-ha! ha! singer, that is, I would like to be Jackie Paris, male singer-that’s the lad. He was associated with Jeri Southern for a long time a long time ago, and that was when I first heard him. He was in New York in 1944 or ’45 when I was with Stan Kenton’s band, and that’s when I first heard Jackie. Then right after I left Stan’s band, I did a single at the Holiday inn in Newark, and Jackie Paris was on the bill. So I got to hear him in person.Why nothing’s happening with Jackie I’ll never know. I followed him in Hawaii about four months ago, and the club owners said business was terrible, but in Hawaii everything is terrible, except the sun, of course the musicians and everything else involved it’s pretty bad. What can you say about Jackie except “this is the male singer”-six stars!

Jackie Paris (vcl) acc by Eddie Shu (hca,ts) Dick Hyman (p) John Collins (g) Tommy Potter (b) Roy Haynes (d) New York, November 12, 1949

8. June Christy. ‘Round Midnight (Capitol).

Well, that should be a big recordbeautiful! Chris really sing’s this … that’s a good one for her. I like the tune much-I’m positive it’s Chris. I think both versions are good. I’ll have to give another six stars.

9. Helen Merrill. By Myselt (EmArcy). Gil Evans, arranger; Art Farmer, trumpet.

An enjoyable rendition of By Myself Alone. I presume that’s the title I’ve never heard the tune before. The girl singer-I could say, but I’m afraid to -Helen Merrill? I don’t know I’ve never heard her before. Her voice is smooth, I like it … small, intimate, but good intonation, without a shout, you know.It’s enjoyable. I thought the entire record was very good. I don’t know who arranged it, of course. I liked the trumpet-was that a progressive cat there? Ha! ha! Shall I speculate or not? Dizzy on a cool day? Very good, very good.

Helen Merrill (vcl) acc by Art Farmer, Louis Mucci (tp) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) John LaPorta (cl,as) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Joe Morello (d) + strings, Gil Evans (arr,cond) New York, July 29, 1956

10. Barbara Carroll. By Myself (Victor). Barbara Carroll, vocal, piano.

That was a smart, snappy version. I like the singer, but don’t know who it was. Sort of a happy, elated interpretation, and I enjoyed it. As far as rating-let’s see-good. How about the piano? What piano? Ha! ha!

11. Peggy Connelly. Travelin’ Light (Bethlehem). Russ Garcia, arranger and conductor.

Well, let’s see — that’s not Paul Whiteman. Ha! ha! His was the first version I heard, of that tune. It’s real nice—the right groove and the right tune. The right answers to that would be right good.

Peggy Connelly (vcl) acc by Pete Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp) Russ Cheever (sop) Charlie Mariano (as) Bill Holman (ts) Jimmy Giuffre (bar) Al Hendrickson (g) Max Bennett (b) Stan Levey (d) Russ Garcia (arr,cond)  Los Angeles, January 16, 17 & 18, 1956

12. Billie Holiday. Travelin’ Light (Clef).

That record reminds me of a perfect example. For instance, I do a recording session and there’s 17 to 24 men, and then a club in the east will hire me and they’ll have a fast trio to accompany me and people will say “Do that tune, How High the Moon or Bootwhip,” or something on which I had 17 men, and with a trio I’m supposed to make it-like-“sound,” and it’s not easy, but Billie does it real well.This is Miss Stylist of the World, and it’s always good. Traveling Light and traveling right with Billie Holiday. The full value of stars.

 

 

ズート・シムズさんと一緒に「ブラインドフォールドテスト」

May 23,2020

ズート・シムズ(Zoot Sims)がダウンビート誌の名物コーナー「TheBlindfold Test」に登場しました。(1956年9月5日号)

レナード・フェザーが出題した10曲について、ズートのコメント(英語)を翻訳ソフト向けに1曲ずつテキストに変換し添付しました。

1. Chico Hamilton. Buddy-Boo (PacificJazz)

Buddy Collette, composer, arranger, tenor, That record moved me it was very nice. I’ll give that four stars. It’s Chico Hamilton’s group. I like all the solos and the instrumentation. The tenor sax player is pretty good in his own style.

2. Duane Tatro. Backlash (Contemporary)

Well, I’ll give it three stars for the way it was played, but that kind of arrangement doesn’t move me too much. I guess it tells a story, but I didn’t get any message from it. It sounds something like Jack Montrose–sometimes he writes like that.
I think some of this atonal music has value, but this particular side was unemotional to me, although it was played well.

3. Sonny Stitt. Sonny’s Bunny (Roost)

Quincy Jones, arranger; Jimmy Nottingham, trumpet; Hank Jones, piano; Stitt, alto. The tone quality on that record seemed strange. I like the solos, but the arrangement was nothing spectacular. It sounded like Dizzy with Phil Woods on alto. The piano was excellent. I’ll rate that 3.12.

4. Stan Kenton. Lover (Capitol)

Vido Musso, tenor; Milt Bernhart, trombone. Mass hysteria! This would be good for a show opener, but I wouldn’t buy the record. It was played well, though. I heard one something like this, but I don’t know if it’s the same one. Was it Stan Kenton? At first it sounded like Vido Musso-the tone is like Vido’s, but he plays differently. Give that three stars.

5. Eddie Sho. Day by Day (Bethlehem)

Shu, tenor and alto; Bobby Scott,piano. I have no idea who that was. Anyway, I didn’t like it too much. They didn’t seem to mean it-you know, the way they played at the beginning and the end. The piano was all right and the rhythm okay, but I didn’t like the way the tenor and the alto saxophonist phrased the way they ended their notes with that little dip. It sounded too floozy. Two stars.

 

6. Dave Brubeck. A Fine Romance(Columbia)

Paul Desmond, alto. That’s a nice, listenable record-it grooves pretty nicely. Paul Desmond plays well on that, but I thought he could have come in a little bit stronger at the end. That’s a good Brubeck record-give it three stars.

7. Brew Moore. I Want a Little Girl(Fantasy)

Moore, tenor; Johnny Marabuto, piano. It sounds a little like Brew MooreI’m not sure, though. It’s pretty good, and I like the tune. The tenor is a little out of tune with the piano. This was played in quite good taste, I thought, but the tenor player could have moved a little bit more and played around the melody. Two-and-a-half stars.

8. Sam Price. Jonah Whales the Blues(Jazztone)

Jonah Jones, trumpet; Pete Brown, alto; Vic Dickenson,trombone; Price, piano. Well, I like the opening trumpet on this. I don’t know if it’s two different trumpet players or not, but with the plunger it sounded good. It’s not the greatest rhythm and blues record I’ve ever heard in my life. The trombone solo was good, but there was a bad backing on it – it was hard to distinguish it from the rigamarole behind it.
The piano made it all right-I don’t know who it was. There was a good, happy feeling on the record most of the way. Two-and-a-half stars … Oh, it was Pete Brown on alto. I used to listen to him a lot when I was younger, and it’s good to hear him again.

9. Jazz Giants ’56. Gigantic Blues(Norgran)

Lester Young, tenor; Teddy Wilson, piano; Vic Dickenson, trombone; Roy Eldridge, trumpet; Jo Jones, drums. That was a strange ending. I’ve heard much better Roy Eldridge than on this record. I like him when he plays simpler and doesn’t try to do so much. Pres sounded great at the beginning, but he seemed to get hung on some certain sound in the last chorus.
The piano killed me-sounded like Teddy Wilson. It was Jo Jones on drums-he always comes through. I’m not sure who it was on trombone-it didn’t sound like Vic Dickenson to me, but it could have been. He played very well. It was a swinging record-give it three stars.

10. Woody Herman. Mulligan  Tawny(Columbia)

Jerry Coker, Bill Perkins, Dick Hafer, terors; Dick Collins, trumpet; Bill Holman, arranger.Nice arrangement-I thought it was Shorty Rogers at first. The tenor solo was good, and I think it was Dick Collins on trumpet. He was very good -nice, tasty tone. It was a good, swinging tune by the old Woodchopper. I’ll give it 2.72 stars.

 

神戸ジャズ愛好会2017年5月例会概要『Verveレーベルの名演』

May 19,2020

2017年5月28日に開催された神戸ジャズ愛好会5月例会概要を作成しました。

・Y瀬氏

「私のVerveはピーターソン」
①ノーマン・グランツとオスカー・ピーターソンの関わりは1949年以降、Clet, Norgran, Verve を通じて長く続いたのはご存じの通りですが、まずエラと共に引き抜いてきた旦那のレイ・ブラ ウン(b)とデュオを組ませ、そこにギターのバーニー・ケッセルを加えて最初のトリオを結成したのは1951年です。
②翌1953年にギターがハーブ・エリスに交代。5年続いたこのトリオは、ドラムス(バディ・リッ チ、アルヴィンストーラー)を加えたカルテットでも演奏を残しております。
③1958年のエリス退団を機にドラマーとの新トリオ結成を決断して選んだのがエド・シグペン。作曲家単位の「ソングブック」シリーズがヒットし、不動の「ザ・トリオ」の座に。

①Here is Oscar Peterson Trio play “The man I Love”.
Oscar Peterson(p),Ray Brown(b),Barney Kessel(g) November 25, 1951

 

Here is Oscar Peterson Trio play “9:20 special”.
Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (d)
LA, December 27, 1955

Here is Oscar Peterson Trio play “Summertime”.
Oscar Peterson((p),Ray Brown(b),Ed Thigpen(ds) October 12,1959

・I氏

Here is Jimmy Smith play “Cat”.
Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Snooky Young, Jimmy Maxwell, Marky Markowitz, Thad Jones (tp) Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Billy Byers (tb) Tony Studd (b-tb) Ray Alonge, Earl Chapin, Jimmy Buffington, Bill Correa (fhr) Don Butterfield (tu) Jimmy Smith (org) Kenny Burrell (g) George Duvivier (b) Grady Tate (d) Phil Kraus (perc) Lalo Schifrin (arr,dir) New York, April 27, 1964

Here is Herbie Hancock play “Scarborough Fair”.
Michael Brecker (ts,sop) Herbie Hancock (p,arr) John Scofield (g,el-g) Dave Holland (b) Jack DeJohnette (d,el-perc) Don Alias (perc) Bob Belden (arr) with: Lester Lovitt, Oscar Brashear (tp-1,flhrn-1) Maurice Spears (b-tb-1) Suzette Moriarty (frh-1) Sam Riney, William E. Green (fl-1,alto-fl-1) Gene Cipriano (oboe-1,eng-hrn-1) Gary Herbig (b-cl-1,fl-1) Lili R. Haydn, Margaret R. Wootn, Richard S. Greene (vln-2) Cameron L. Stone (cello-2) New York & West Hollywood, CA, 1995

・M渡氏


「The Interpretations Of Tal Farlow: Tal Farlow Quartet」より4曲

Here is Tal Farlow Quartet play  “These foolish things”.
Claude Williamson (p) Tal Farlow (g) Red Mitchell (b) Stan Levey (d)
Los Angeles, January 17, 1955

Here is Tal Farlow Quartet play “Manhattan”.

Here is Tal Farlow Quartet play “It’s You or No one”.

Here is Tal Farlow Quartet play “Just one of those things”.

・T川氏

Here is Lu Watters plays “Irish Black Bottom”.
Lu Watters(tp) Warren Smith(tb) Bob Helm(cl) Wally Rose(p) Pat Patton(bj)
Clancy Hayes(g) Dick Lammi(b) Bill Dart(ds)(June or July,1950

Here is Kid Ory play “Song Of The Wanderer”.
Kid Ory(tb) Marty Marsale(tp) Darnell Howard(cl) Cedric Haywood(p)
Frank Haggerty(g) Charles Cden(b) Earl Watkins(ds)  Aug 25,1957

Here is Lester Young Quartet play “All Of Me”.
Lester Young(ts) Teddy Wilson(p) Gene Ramey(b) Jo Jones(ds) Jan 13,1956

Here is Stan Getz Quartet play “The Way You Look Tonight”.
Stan Getz(ts) Duke Jordan(p) Jimmy Raney(g) Bill Crow(b) Frank Isola(ds) Dec 12,1952

・N瀬氏

Here is  Dizzy Gillespie/Sonny Stitt/Sonny Rollins play “The Eternal Triangle”.
Dizzy Gillespie (tp,vcl) Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Tommy Bryant (b) Charlie Persip (d)  New York, December 19, 1957

・K氏

Here is Gerry Mulligan And The Concert Jazz Band play “Comerain or Come Shine”.
Don Ferrara, Clark Terry, Nick Travis(tp),  Willie Dennis(tb),  Alan Raph(btb), Bob Brookmeyer(vtb),Bob Donovan(as), Gene Quill(as,cl),  Jim Reider(ts), Gene Allen, Gerry Mulligan(bs,p),Bill Crow(b), Mel Lewis(ds)
“Village Vanguard”, NYC, December 11, 1960

Here is J.J.Johnson Quartet play “My favorite things”.
J.J. Johnson (tb) Hank Jones (p) Richard Davis (b) Walter Perkins (d)
New York, April 6, 1963

“Basic Record Library of Jazz” by Swhwann Record & Tape Guide

May 15,2020

「シュワンのカタログ」て何ですか?
昔、輸入レコード店には必ずありましたよね!

1974年、Swhwann Record & Tape Guide が出版した「Basic Record Library of Jazz」を写真で添付します。

 

(疑問点)

・1940年代にDexter Gordonのブルーノート盤が…

・1950年代に「Inside Betty Carter」(1964年録音)が…

「Basic Record Library of Jazz」(1930年代)2020年5月11日添付資料

 

1.「グランド・テラス・バンド/アール・ハインズ」
Here is Earl Hines And His Orchestra play ”G. T. Stomp”.
Earl Hines And His Orchestra:Walter Fuller (tp,vcl) Milton Fletcher, Ed Sims (tp) George Dixon (tp,as,bar) Ed Burke, John Ewing, Joe McLewis (tb) Omer Simeon (cl,as) Leroy Harris (as) Budd Johnson (as,ts,arr) Robert Crowder (ts) Earl Hines (p) Claude Roberts (g) Quinn Wilson (b,arr) Alvin Burroughs (ds) Horace Henderson, Jimmy Mundy, Skippy Williams (arr) NYC, July 12, 1939

1928年シカゴのクラブ「グランド・テラス」で旗挙げされ、以後19年にわたって彼がひきいていたすばらしいビッグ・バンドの演奏だ。
1928年末―正確にはハインズの誕生日にあたる12月28日 に、シカゴのサウス・サイドに開店した「グランド・テラス」 は中央にダンス・フロアー、周囲にテーブル、入口の反対側にはるかはなれてバンド・スタンドが配置され、フロアー・ショウもよび物のひとつになっていた。このクラブの主たる株主は、夜の大統領アル・カポネが所有していたといわれる。1929年はシカゴ・ギャングの跳梁が絶頂に達した年で、「聖ヴ アレンタイン・デイの虐殺」が行われた年でもあった。ハインズのバンドはこのクラブを牙城とし、幾多の俊英を世に送りだしたが、このアルバムに収録されているのは、ス イング時代の絶頂期、1939年7月から40年6月にかけての一 年間に吹きこまれた名演16曲である。

2.「ボディ・アンド・ソウル/コールマン・ホーキンス」
Here is is Coleman Hawkins plays ”Body and Soul”.
Tommy Lindsay, Joe Guy (tp) Earl Hardy (tb) Jackie Fields, Eustis Moore (as) Coleman Hawkins (ts,arr) Gene Rodgers (p,arr) Oscar Smith (b) Arthur Herbert (ds) Thelma Carpenter (vcl) Hazel Scott (arr) NYC, October 11, 1939

ジャズの歴史上最も有名なレコーディングのひとつである。しかしホーキンス自身はこのレコードの伝説的なヒットに首をかしげ、「私はいつもこのように吹いていた。どうしてこのレコードだけが圧倒的にうけたのかがわからない」といっている。ヨーロッパに渡って5年間をすごしたホーキンスの帰国第一作であり、ヨーロッパでのレコーディングはアメリカでも発売されていたというが、つねに「オーバーなほどセンチでテクニック過剰だ」としてミュージシャンと批評家から過少評価をうけていたーときくと、このレコードがうけた原因も解明できそうだ。しかし立派な作品であることにはかわりない。

 

(再編集版)神戸ジャズ愛好会例会概要(2018年5月) 特集「私が好きなジャズのヒーロー」

May 02,2020

Photo above of Johnny Dodds by NOLA Jazz Museum

神戸ジャズ愛好会例会概要(2018年5月)を再編集致しました。

特集「私が好きなジャズのヒーロー」

・T川氏(トラッド愛好家)

ご紹介内容については当日配付されたレジュメに詳しく記載されています。

Here is New Orleans Wanderers play “Perdido Street blues”.
George Mitchell (cnt) Kid Ory (tb) Johnny Dodds (cl) Joe Clark (as) Lil Armstrong (p) Johnny St. Cyr (bj)  Chicago, July 13, 1926
_Perdido Street blues

Here is Johnny Dodds’ Washboard Band play “Bull fiddle blues”.
Natty Dominique (cnt) Honore Dutrey (tb) Johnny Dodds (cl) Charlie Alexander (p) Bill Johnson (b) Baby Dodds (wbd)  Chicago, July 6, 1928
Bull fiddle blues

Here is Johnny Dodds Trio play  “Clarinet wobble”.
Johnny Dodds (cl) Lil Armstrong (p) Bud Scott (g)  Chicago, April 21, 1927
Clarinet wobble

Here is New Orleans Bootblacks play “I can’t say”.
George Mitchell (cnt) Kid Ory (tb) Johnny Dodds (cl) Joe Clark (as) Lil Armstrong (p) Johnny St. Cyr (bj)  Chicago, July 14, 1926
I can’t say

Here is Johnny Dodds And His Orchestra play “Red onion blues”.
Natty Dominique (cnt) Preston Jackson (tb) Johnny Dodds (cl) Richard M. Jones (p) Lonnie Johnson (g) John Lindsay (b) Baby Dodds (d)  Chicago, June 5, 1940
Red onion blues

・Y瀬氏(大阪ジャズ同好会でも素敵な選曲をされています)

Here is Dave Brubeck (solo) plays Lili Marleen.

ウォルター・クロンカイト(Walter Cronkite)が進行役を務めた「The Jazz of Dave Brubeck」(テレビ番組)をご覧下さい。1961年12月31日放送

Here is The Jazz of Dave Brubeck by Walter Cronkite.

ウォルター・クロンカイトについては、Wikipediaを参照しました。こちらをクリック

・K田氏(大阪ジャズ同好会にも西明石から参加されています)

「レイブラウントリオが加古川にやってきた」
1988年11月27日、加古川プラザホテルでの公演を語られました。

当日持参された1992年の加古川公演パンフレット

上記、加古川公演と同じメンバーでの映像です。

Here is Ray Brown Trio play “If I Loved You.

Ray Brown(b), Gene Harris(p), Jeff Hamilton(ds)

富士通コンコードジャズ・フェスティバル 1988.12.11

・寺本氏(世話人)

1946年のJATPご紹介されました。(寺本氏のメールアドレスからもパーカー好きが理解できます)

Here is Jazz At The Philharmonic play “Oh,Lady Be Good”.(1946)

Al Killan, Howard McGhee (tp) Charlie Parker, Willie Smith (as) Lester Young (ts) Arnold Ross (p) Billy Hadnott (b) Lee Young (d) “Philharmonic Auditorium”, Los Angeles, CA, January 28, 1946

・平野

上記の書籍は「なか見検索(amazon)」ができます。こちらをクリック

昨年発売されたTBMの本を持参し、若い時のお恥ずかしい話を一席させて頂きました。

『40年以上前、TBM大阪営業所(大阪市同心町)に訪問し「学内で日本ジャズメンを特集したコンサートを企画したのでレコード貸してもらえませんか」とアポ無し訪問。事務所にあったかなりの数のレコードを貸して頂きましたが、今考えると礼儀をわきまえない行動でお恥ずかしい話です。』

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