Gordon Jenkins’ works(3) “P.S. I Love You”

November 09.2017

“P.S. I Love You” was written by Gordon Jenkins, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer in 1934.

The original hit version in the 1930s was recorded by Rudy Vallée and was revived in the 1950s by The Hilltoppers

Some famous recordings include Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby,Bette Midler.

Today I will not introduce these famous singing.

「P.S. I Love You」は作詞Johnny Mercer、作曲Gordon Jenkinsにより1934年に出版されました。

発売当初はRudyValléeのレコードが好評を博し、1950年代にThe Hilltoppersによってリバイバルヒットしました。

この曲においてはBillie Holiday、Frank Sinatra、MelTormé、Rosemary Clooney、Bing Crosby、Bette Midler等有名な録音が多くあります。

しかし、今日のブログにおいては上記の有名な歌唱はご紹介致しません。

Here is Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra play “P.S. I Love You”.

 

Photo above of Ruddy Vallee by Wikimedia

Here is Rudy Vallée and his Connecticut Yankees, with vocal by Rudy Vallée on 9 September 1934

 

Here is Woody Herman & his Orchestra play “P.S. I Love You”.
vo:Mary Ann McCall 1948.

 

Here is The Hilltoppers sings “P.S. I Love You”.

 

 

Here is Arnett Cobb with Red Garland Trio play “P.S. I Love You”.
Arnett Cobb(ts), Red Garland(p) George Duvivier(b) J.C.Herad(ds) Red Garland(p)
November 13.1960. N.J.

 

 

Here is Andre Previn plays “P.S. I Love You”.

 

 

Here is Joe Temperley play “P.S. I Love You”.
Joe Temperley (soprano & baritone sax), Andy Farber(as,ts), Ryan Kisor(tp), John Allred (tb), James Chirillo (g), Dan Nimmer (p), John Webber (b), Leroy Williams (ds) NY,2008.

Here is Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley Quintet “P.S. I Love You”.
Lee Morgan (tp),Hank Mobley (ts),Hank Jones (p),Doug Watkins (b),Art Taylor (ds)
5 November 1956.N.J.

Gordon Jenkins’ works(2) When a Woman Loves a Man

November 08.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins

“When a Woman Loves a Man” was composed in 1934 by Gordon Jenkins, Bernard Hanighen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

It is different from “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

「When a Woman Loves a Man」はGordon Jenkins, Bernard Hanighenによる共同の作曲となっています。(1934年作)

作詞は有名なJohnny Mercerでした。「When a Man Loves a Woman」とよく似た題名です。


Here is Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Billie Holiday sings “When a woman Loves a man”.

Here is Ella Fitzgerald sings “When a Woman Loves a Man”.

Here is Kay Starr sings “When a woman loves a man”.

Here is Peggy Lee sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Julia Lee and Kansas City’s First Lady Of The Blues sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Art Tatum plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo by Discogs

Here is Tony Bennett sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo above of Bobby Hackett

Here is Bobby Hackett plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is George Shearing plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo above of Joe Albany by courtesy of AllabutJazz

Here is Joe Albany plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Gordon Jenkins’ works (1) Blue Prelude

November 07.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins by courtesy of playisteve.com

Last month I posted that Gordon Jenkins had arranged for the Isham Jones band.

Gordon Jenkins was involved in “Blue Prelude.”

Please listen to the famous song “Blue Prelude”.

Photo from The Big Band by George T.Simon

Gordon Jenkins was hired by the Isham Jones Orchestra in 1932 as staff arranger.

In those days Saxophonist Joe Bishop had written a composition entitled “Blue Prelude”.

Also Joe Bishop and Woody Herman composed “Woodchopper’s Ball” .

The Casa Loma Orchestra first recorded “Blue Prelude” in early 1933.

Isham Jones was not happy that another band had found success with a tune written by one of his sidemen.

So Isham Jones quickly decided to record his own version and instructed Gordon Jenkins to supplement “Blue Prelude”.

Then “Blue Prelude” has become a standard piece of popular music.

先月Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones Bandで編曲者としての才能を開花したと投稿しました。

その当時Gordon Jenkinsは「Blue Prelude」という名曲に携わってました。

今日は名曲「Blue Prelude」の聴き比べをお楽しみ下さい。

Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones に雇われた1932年頃、バンドメンバーであった Joe Bishopが「Blue Prelude」を作曲しました。

補足ですが Joe BishopはWoody Herman と共に「Woodchopper’s Ball」を作曲しています。

1933年1月The Casa Loma Orchestraが録音した「Blue Prelude」が最初にヒットしました。

当然ながらIsham JonesはライバルであるThe Casa Loma Orchestraが自分のサイドマン(Joe Bishop)によって書かれた曲で成功を収めたことをよく思いませんでした。

それ故、Isham Jonesは競合作を録音するに際し、Gordon Jenkinsに「Blue Prelude」の決定版と言えるような構成(作詞を含め)をするよう指示したそうです。

その後「Blue Prelude」はポピュラー音楽界でもスタンダード曲となっています。


Here is Glen Gray and THE Casa Loma Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
Glen Gray(as, dir)Gene Gifford(bj, g, arr) New York, January 31, 1933.
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Here is Isham Jones and his Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
Isham Jones (ts, dir),Joe Bishop(fh), Gordon Jenkins(arr)
New York, April 6, 1933. 75736-1 Vic 24298.


Here is Woody Herman play “Blue Prelude”.
Woody Hermancl, as, vo, dir): Steady Nelson,(ts, vo),Bob Price, Clarence Willard(tp), Neal Reid, Toby Tyler(tb),Joe Bishop(fh,arr),Joe Denton, Ray Hopfner(as),Saxie Mansfield, Ronnie Perry(ts), Tommy Linehan(p), Hy White,(g),Walter Yoder(b),Frank Carlson(d),Elsa Harris(vo). New York, February 5, 1940. 67155

Here is Nina Simone sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Helen Humes sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Peggy Lee sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Monica Zetterlund sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Svend Asmussen with quartet play ”Blue Prelude”.
Svend Asmussen (violin) Derek Smith (p)Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Milt Hinton (b)
Oliver Jackson Jr (ds) New York City August 1983


Here is Linda Ronstadt sings “Blue Prelude”.

Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats “with Bunny Berigan”

November 03.2017

Photo above of Red McKenzie and Bunny Berigan,Eddie Condon at the guiter, Joe Bushkin at the piano

Bunny Berigan participated in three recordings in December,1935.

Photo above of Eddie Condon and Bud Freeman of courtesy by Wall Street Journai

(1)Bud Freeman And His Windy City Five
  New York December 4, 1935.

(2)Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats: Mildred Bailey New York December 6, 1935.

(3)Bunny Berigan And His Blue Boys  New York December 13, 1935.

 

I am interested in the recordings of Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats.

So I want to post about the background of this recording.

John Hammond was contracted by Parlophone Records to produce a series of American jazz performances that were to be released in Great Britain.

Photo by courtesy of Frank Driggs Collection
Hammond at a recording session with Buck Clayton, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

Hammond assembled Teddy Wilson,Grachan Moncur, Johnny Hodges and Bunny Berigan for Mildred Bailey.

Berigan and Hodges had never performed together as front-line men before this session.

These four tracks-twit jazz standards and two blues.

“Downhearted Blues,” is a well-known tune that had been Bessie Smith’s first issued recording.

In 1941, the American Decca record company reissued them as part of a six record set entitled “Gems of Jazz.”

1935年12月Bunny Beriganは3つの異なったメンバーと重要な録音に参加しています。

(1)12月4日 Bud Freeman And His Windy City Five
 6曲

(2)12月6日 Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats    4曲

(3)12月13日 Bunny Berigan And His Blue Boys 4曲

上記においてMildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats の録音は異色の録音であると思いました。

以下、Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Catsの録音について調べてみました。

その当時John Hammondは英国市場向けのジャズレコード製作契約をParlophone Recordsと締結しました。

HammondはMildred Baileyの伴奏者としてTeddy WilsonとGrachan MoncurとJohnny Hodges並びにBunny Beriganを録音スタジオに招きました。

興味深いことにJohnny HodgesとBunny Beriganはこの日まで一緒に演奏したことはなかったそうです。

全4曲はジャズスタンダード2曲とブルース2曲で構成されています。

尚 「Downhearted Blues」はBessie Smithが録音したブルースの古典として有名な曲です。

1941年、アメリカDecca社はこの日の4曲を「Gems of Jazz(6枚組SPアルバム)」の一部として収録し再発売しました。

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Willow Tree”.
Mildred Bailey (vocal), Bunny Berigan (tp), Johnny Hodges (as), Teddy Wilson (p), Grachan Moncur (b)
60201 A New York December 6, 1935.

 

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Honeysuckle Rose”.
60202 A Members of the recording are the same as above.

 

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Squeeze Me”.
60203-A Members of the recording are the same as above.

 

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Hearted Blues”.
60203-A Members of the recording are the same as above.

 

Here is Bessie Smith sings “Down Hearted Blues”(1923)

 

 

The Single Petal Of A Rose

October 30,2017

Last week I introduced my favorite piece “The Single Petal Of A Rose” by Nik Payton’s performance.

So I will return to origin and introduce some famous performances by piano.

『The Single Petal Of A Rose(ピアノ演奏に限定)』の聴き比べをお楽しみ下さい。

個人的にはAaron Diehlをよく聞いています。(youTube映像も添付しました)

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Here is Duke Ellington plays “The Single Petal Of A Rose”.(1959)

 

 

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Here is Junior Mance plays “The Single Petal of a Rose”.
Tronto september 14,1994

 

 

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Here is Jeremy Kahn Trio play “The Single Petal Of A Rose”.
Jeremy Kahn(p),Leon “Boots” Maleson(b),Tim Horner(ds)
New York, 1995

 

 

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Here is Marian McPartland ‎plays “The Single Petal Of A Rose”.
Recorded live at Maybeck Studio  2000

 

 

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Here is Aaron Diehl plays “The Single Petal Of A Rose”.
New York, 2013

Here’s Aaron Diehl plays “The Single Petal of a Rose” (Live at Dizzy’s)

Mentor and Disciple(Bob Wilber and Nik Payton)

October 28,2017

In September I posted that Bob Wilber was a disciple of Sidney Bechet.

Today I would like to introduce the Bob Wilber’s disciple.

Nik Payton was born in Birmingham, England in 1972.

He started studying piano at the age of 4, and went on to study classical saxophone at 14.

At the age of 15 he became one of the few students of Bob Wilber.

Nik is very proud to continue the legacy of Sidney Bechet and Bob Wilber.

Also He was Artistic Director of Jazz Festival Brasil from 2009-2015.

Photo by Wikipedia

9月のブログにてBob Wilber がSidney Bechetの弟子であると投稿しました。

今日はBob Wilberと弟子Nik Paytonとの共演盤を紹介したいと思います。

Nik Paytonは1972年に英国バーミンガムで生まれました。

4歳でピアノを学び14歳でクラシックサックスを始めています。

15歳の時にBob Wilber に師事することになりました。

Nik PaytonはSidney BechetとBob Wilberに繋がる系譜を継続することを誇りにしています。

Here is Nik Payton and Bob Wilber play “I believe in Miracles”.
Nik Payton,Bob Wilber(cl,ss) Richard Busiakiewicz (p), Dave Green (b), and Steve Brown (ds)  2008

Here is Nik Payton and Bob Wilber play “No More Blues”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Fortunately he has recorded my most favorite song.
Here is Nik Payton plays “The Single Petal Of A Rose”.

Here is Nil Payton on Jazz Festival Brasil

CLARINESCAPADE” Bobby Jaspar first leader work”

October 26,2017

In 1950, Bobby Jaspar moved to Paris, and became one of the center figures of Modern Jazz in Paris.

In those days he was briefly married to Blossom Dearie before moving to NYC.

In 1956 They settled in New York.

Blossom Dearie and husband Bobby Jaspar by courtesy of Blossom Dearie HP Photo Gallery

Fortunately he recorded a precious leader album in November 1956.

His composition “In a Little Provincial Town” is a song related to his home town “Liège”.

1950年Bobby Jasparはパリに移りモダンジャズの中心人物の1人になりました。
当時、ニューヨークから来ていたBlossom Dearieと結婚していました。
1956年に二人はニューヨークに移り住みました。
J.J.Johnsonに雇われる前後に貴重なリーダー作品を録音していました。
「In a Little Provincial Town」は彼の故郷「Liège」に因んだ曲です。
下記3曲はクラリネット・フルート・テナーでソロを演奏しています。

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quartet play “Clarinescapade”.
Bobby Jaspar(cl),Tommy Flanagan(p), Nabil Totah(b), Elvin Jones(ds)
November, 1956 NYC

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quintet play “In A Little Provincial Town”.
Bobby Jaspar(fl) Eddie Costa(p), Barry Galbraith(g), Milt Hinton(b), Osie Johnson(ds)
November, 1956 NYC

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quartet play “I Remember You”.
Bobby Jaspar(ts),Tommy Flanagan(p), Nabil Totah(b), Elvin Jones(ds)
November, 1956 NYC