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Jazz Mission to Moscow

July 18.2017

After Benny Goodman returned home and his members was dissolved ,Jack Lewis produced an album called Jazz Mission to Moscow.

Producer Jack Lewis had worked for Colpix, a new record label set up by Columbia Pictures.

Jack entrusted Al Cohn as arranger, and Al Cohn made this “ten-tette” sound like a true big band.

I think Al Cohn had done a terrific arrangements.

Interesting Al Cohn did’ t participate in the tour of Benny Goodman.

As one of reasons this recording is valuable,Eddie Costa had participated as pianist.

Photo above of Vinnie burke and Tal Farlow and Eddie Costa by courtesy of Pinterest.

Because Victor Feldman had flown home to California, and Teddy Wilson and John Bunch had stayed in Paris.

So producer Jack Lewis Costa called Eddie Costa on recording.

He played an engaging solo in “The Sochi Boatman”.

Unfortunately it was Eddie’s last recordings.

He died in a car accident two weeks later, in the early hours of July 28th, 1962.

I referred to the article by Fernando Ortiz de Urbina( June 27, 2011)

Photo by courtesy of Bill Crow
at the Jazz Mission to Moscow session

Benny Goodmanが帰国しバンドが解散された後に、Jack Lewisが「Jazz Mission to Moscow」というアルバムを製作しました。
Jack Lewisは映画会社のColumbia Picturesが設立したColpixレーベルでプロデューサーとして雇われていました。
アルバム制作に際しJack Lewisは編曲者としてAl Cohnを起用し、Al も10人編成ながらビッグバンドのような サウンドを作り上げ期待に応えました。
Al CohnはBenny Goodmanのツアーに参加しなかったにも拘らず、素晴らしい編曲を提供したと思います。
又、このレコーディングはEddie Costaの参加が価値を高めています。
何故ならVictor Feldman はCaliforniaの自宅に帰っておりTeddy WilsonとJohn BunchはParisで演奏していたからです。
そのためJack LewisはEddie Costaをピアニストに抜擢しレコーディングに臨みました。
Eddie Costaは「The Sochi Boatmanにおいて素晴らしいソロを披露しました。
残念なことですがこのレコーディングがEddie Costaにとって最後の演奏になりました。
彼は2週間後、1962年7月28日の早朝に自動車事故で死亡しました。
以上はFernando Ortiz de Urbina(2011年6月27日)の素晴らしい記事を一部引用しました。

Here is  The Sochi Boatman”.

Here is “Let’s Dance”.

Here is “Midnight In Moscow”.

  • Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Phil Woods
  • Alto Saxophone, Flute – Jerry Dodgion
  • Arranged By, Conductor – Al Cohn
  • Baritone Saxophone – Gene Allen
  • Bass – Bill Crow
  • Drums – Mel Lewis
  • Engineer – Ed Begley
  • Piano – Eddie Costa
  • Tenor Saxophone – Zoot Sims
  • Trombone – Willie Dennis
  • Trumpet – Jimmy Maxwell, Markie Markowitz
  • July 12, 1962 at Webster Hall, New York.

The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(3)

December 07. 2016

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Photo above of Hal McKusick(photo from 27East.com)

“The Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor LPM-1366)” について、大阪梅田の兎我野町にあったジャズ喫茶「JOJO」のマスターが連載されているブログの一部を引用します。日本のブログで私が最も参考にしているブログです。

original-jazzville/jojoのブログ Go here

2014年02月11日

A面1曲目”Tommy Hawk” アレンジはジョニー・マンデル。これに先立つ、1954年9月に録音されている、Chet Baker “Sextet” Pasific Jazz で、同じアレンジが使用されていた。
A面3曲目”Blues For Pablo”は、1957年5月のMiles Davis “Miles Ahead” で再演されておりマキュージック盤が前哨戦かの様だ。

Hal McKusick was born in Medford Massachusetts, June 1924.

He became a saxophone player in several big bands in the 1940s and and early 1950s in bands like Boyd Raeburn, Claude Thornhill and Elliot Lawrence.

Also his close colleagues were George Russell, Art Farmer, Bill Evans and Jimmy Guiffre.

In 1955 he formed his own quartet, featuring himself on the alto saxophone, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums.

He recorded four albums at his own quartet.

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(1)Hal McKusick Quartet (Bethlehem BCP-16 Feb.17,1955)

(2)In A Twentieth-Century Drawing Room (RCA Victor LPM-1164 Sep.13/14/29, 1955)

(3)The Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor LPM-1366 March 3,April 3/4,Dec.31,1956)

(4)Jazz On The Academy(Coral CRL-57116 Nov. 3, 1956)

These recordings were important because he experimented with a quartet without a piano.

Their sound was like Gerry Mulligan’s pianoless quartet.

In addition he adopted a proficient arrangers like Manny Albam or Al Cohn.

About his achievement I recomend reading JazzWax’s terrific intervew. Go here

Here is Hal McKusick Octet play “Tommyhawk”

Here is Chet Baker Sextet play “Tommyhawk”.

Here is Hal McKusick  plays “Blues for Pablo”.

Here is Miles with Gil Evance play “Blues For Pablo”.

The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(1)

December 05. 2016

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Photo from JazzWax

Yesterday I introduced jazz workshop by Gary Burton.

This week I will post about RCA Jazz Workshop recording series.

This series was most smartest and innovative recordings in the mid-1950s.

Jack Lewis who was RCA’s A&R man in California in the early ‘50s produced seven albums.

Most of the Jazz Workshop albums have been reissued by RCA Spain and are available via Fresh Sounds.

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Photo above of The Miles Davis Nonet in ‘1949’ Photo by “All about Jazz”

I guess this series originated from the “Birth of The Cool” by Miles Davis in the late 1940s.

There were seven Jazz Workshop albums recorded in all:

– Al Cohn (May 1955)
– Manny Albam (December 1955)
– Hal Schaefer (October 1955)
– Billy Byers (December 1955)
– Hal McKusick (March 1956)
– George Russell (March 1956)
– John Carisi (April 1956)

Here is Johnny Carisi’s Jazz Workshop plays “Israel”.

Johnny Carisi (tp), Urbie Green (tb), Ray Beckenstein (cl,as), Eddie Wasserman (ts), Danny Bank (bs), Barry Galbraith (g), Russ Saunders (b), Herb Wasserman (ds)
Recorded:New York City, April 21, 1956