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The early recordings by Dexter Gordon(4)

September 9.2017

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Photo by courtesy of Wardell Gray Photo Gallery

Dexter Gordon worked with Louis Armstrong‘s orchestra in 1944

In those days Louis Armstrong band recorded with actress Dorothy Dandridge.

I found an interesting movie,”Atlantic City (1944 film)”.

Photo from YouTube by Atlantic City (film)

Photo from YouTube by Atlantic City (film)

Although it is regrettable that the video is not clear,I think the saxophonist is Dexter Gordon.

Then he had become a member of singer Billy Eckstine’s group.

Eckstine’s big band was the finishing school for adventurous young musicians who would shape the future of jazz.

Included in this group were Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, and Fats Navarro, as well as vocalist Sarah Vaughan.

Photo by courtesy of Maxine Gordon’s Blog(Unfortunately Dexter Gordon is not shown.)
残念ながらDexter Gordonは写っていませんがBilly Eckstine楽団の貴重な写真をご覧下さい。 Charles “Teenie” Harris, 1908–1998, Billy Eckstine orchestra performing on stage, seen from above, including Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Lucky Thompson, Charlie Parker, Bob “Junior” Williams, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Dizzy Gillespie, Marion “Boonie” Hazel, Howard McGhee, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine, Taswell Baird, Linton Garner, Art Blakey, and Connie Wainwright, in Aragon Ballroom, August 1944

1944年、Dexter GordonはLouis Armstrongに雇われました。

その当時Louis Armstrong orchestraは女優のDorothy Dandridge(ドロシー・ダンドリッジ)と映画で共演しています。

今回、サッチモとDorothyが共演した「Atlantic City(1944年製作)」という映画のワンシーンを見ました。

YouTube映像が不鮮明ではっきりしませんが、Dexter Gordonによく似たサックス奏者がサッチモの後ろで演奏しています。(間違っていたらご指摘下さい)

Louis Armstrong楽団を退団した後、Billy Eckstine楽団に加入しました。

Billy Eckstine楽団は下記に記載したように冒険的な若い演奏家が多く在籍していました。

Dizzy Gillespie、Dexter Gordon、Miles Davis、Art Blakey、Charlie Parker、Fats Navarro、Sarah Vaughan等が在籍していました。

Here is Louis Armstrong orchestra with Dorothy Dandridge play “Ain’t Misbehavin’”and  “Harlem On Parade” from Atlantic City (film) May, 1944.

Here is Billy Eckstine band with Dexter Gordon play “Lonesome Lover Blues”.

Fats Navarro on Savoy(4)

January 13.2017

Photo above of Charlie Rouse and Todd Dameron and Fats Navarro

Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron cut a second session under his own name for Savoy later in 1947.

They assembled Charlie Rouse and Nelson Boyd and Art Blakey.

Fats made first session with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse who was one of the earliest recordings of the future Monk sideman.

Fats Navarro played a fine performance of his style at a more deliberate tempo.

The four originals were all credited to Navarro alone.

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Particularly “Nostalgia” was his most superb performance.

It was built on the chord progression of ‘Out Of Nowhere’.

He played sweetly lyrical solos using a muted horn.

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In later years, Lee Morgan was recording “Nostalgia” on Savoy album ”introducing”.

Please compare to hear the difference between two legend trumpeter’s performance.

Here is Fats Navarro Quintet play “Nostalgia”.

Here is Lee Morgan & Hank Mobley play “Nostalgia”1956

Here is Fats Navarro Quintet play “Be Bop Romp”

Here is Fats Navarro Quintet play “Fats blows”

Here is Fats Navarro Quintet play “Barry’s Bop”

Art Blakey live at Iwakuni

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May 27 President Barack Obama visited Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni after the Ise-Shima Group of Seven Summit meeting.

The following is a story of an an enthusiastic jazz fan in Iwakuni.

This week, I posted about Art Blakey.

When an enthusiastic jazz fan plan Art Blakey’s  concert, Art played even a small town in Japan with pleasure.

In 1983 his concert was held in Iwakuni.

The organizer of this concert was the jazz club’s owner.

Also the owner played drum in his club.

Members of his band was almost rookie.

All members neatly had dressed himself in the suit.

The front line was 3 people.

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Bill Pierce (ts),Donald Harrison (as),Terence Blanchard (tp)

They were playing with a tense atmosphere.

After they blew a solo they bowed low to their leader.

Their performance was an original style to interpret traditional repertoire.

Unfortunately the concert was a big deficit.

However, the organizer were satisfied with producing Art Blakey’s concert in Iwakuni.

The organizer had been no regret.

 

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Currently, this organizer has run a jazz club in Hiroshima.

Please look at his Facebook. Go here

I posted about a jazz club’s owner with reference to my old freind’s blog.Go here

Art Blakey in Japan

When Art Blakey first visited to Japan,he was asked a commemorative photo from enthusiast.

He said “l am African American. Do you want to take a picture with me?”

The man was fit to willingly photo with him.

In those days or even nowdays Japanese jazz enthusiast respect African American.

They were told their live performance will be broadcast on radio station in Tokyo.

He and his members were greatly rouse.

Before returning home, He said:

“I’ve been traveling all world until now, In Japan I felt most deep impression in my mind.

They were listening to the eager to our performance.

Japanese jazz enthusiasts best for me.

Except African,they had been welcomed us as human beings.

After that, he repeated Japan tour until his verge of death.

He loved Japanese sake.

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He married to a Japanese woman and named “Taro” to his son.

He played drum battle with Japanese drummer Hideo Shiraki.

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About Hideo Shiraki,please refer to my past blog.

https://sugarfootstomp.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/hideo-shiraki/

Art Blakey’s ‘Ugetsu(雨月)’

May 24.2016

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Photo above of Martin Scorsese

Now In the 69th Cannes International Film Festival has been held.

The prize work of Kenji Mizoguch has been exhibited in the classic department.

“Tales of Moonlight and Rain(雨月物語)” was restored to 4K digital by Martin Scorsese.

 

Today, I post about Art Blakey’s ‘Ugetsu(雨月)’.

This record was a live jazz album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers released on

Riverside Records in October 1963.

The Jazz Messengers’ tour in Japan had ended a few months before this live performance.

Then Art Blakey decided to play two tracks “Ugetsu” and “On the Ginza” as a homage to Japan.

Why he took up ’Ugetsu’

I guess that he watched “Tales of Moonlight and Rain”.

He felt Japan’s hallucination and daydream by screen image.

Probably he wanted to play the Japanese thema(even only title).

Fortunately at that time he was knowing “Fantasy In D”,which was written by Cedar Walton.

He changed the song title.

Art Blakey said the title before their playing: “Japanese Fantasy” .

Why he became a pro-Japanese person?

Tomorrow I want post about his unknown story.