Tag Archives: Bill Evans

Phil Woods plays “You Must Believe in Spring”

March 18.2017

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Michel Legrandによるこの作品はPhil Woodsにとって忘れられない曲となりました。Michel はこの作品をライブ演奏のハイライトとしてPhil Woodsを起用しました。当時、Phil WoodsはCharlie Chanとの離婚と再婚した妻の病気により経済的危機に直面していました。彼は「乾坤一擲」の気持で演奏しました。その結果、RCAと契約し妻の医療費を支払うことが出来たそうです。

Legendary producer Tommy LiPuma died on March 13.

JazzWax Marc Myers’ tribute is here.

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Tommy LiPuma with Barbra Streisand and Geroge Benson at the 1977 Grammy Awards ceremony by courtesy of Cleveland .com

In 1977 he produced Bill Evans’ album “You must Believe in Spring.”

I guess Tommy was fond of the piece, “You must Believe in Spring.”

Also this piece had became the significant work for Phil Woods.

I referred to JazzWax interview with Phil Woods(2009/2).

When Phil Woods divorced Charlie Chan Parker, he was a crisis in the financially.

In those days he had fallen in love with Jill, his current wife.

Unfortunately she was ill at the time.

So he had to earn good money for her medical expence.

Photo above of Michel Legrand

Phil was heading back into the New York club to record with Michel Legrand.

Michel Legrand featured this piece as a highlight of a live performance.

Phil played this piece with all his strength.

Consequently he contracted with RCA label and could pay a fee for medical treatment.

Here is Bill Evans plays “You Must Believe In Spring”.

Here is Michel Legrand and Phil Woods play “You Must Believe In Spring”.

The Jazz Workshop(4)

February 09.2017

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“Piano Workshop” was held in Berlin October 30, 1965.

This event was organised by Joachim Ernst Berendt.

He wanted to show the development of jazz piano.

So he did not choose Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner.

Photo above of Joachim Ernst Berendt

Photo above of Joachim Ernst Berendt

Earl Hines was the father of jazz piano improvisation.

Teddy Wilson was on hand to represent the swing piano style.

Lennie Tristano served as an exponent of modern exploratory piano playing.

It seems unnecessary to explain about Bill Evans and John Lewis.

Jaki Byard alternated free and stride passages on the same tune.

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Unfortunately Bud Powell could not participate because of sickness.

Also two pianists could not participate.

Thelonious Monk was touring Europe with his own band.

Photo above of Eroll Garner with Art Tatum from hipstersanctuary.com

Photo above of Eroll Garner with Art Tatum from hipstersanctuary.com

Art Tatum already had died in 1956.

The program began started from Earl Hines.

Then Teddy Wilson, John Lewis, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, and Jaki Byard appeared in order.

The piano players were supported by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson.

Here is Earl Hines plays “Memories of you”.

Here is Earl Hines & Teddy Wilson play “All Of Me”.

Here is John Lewis trio play “Django”.
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Here is Lennie Tristano Piano Solo plays “G Minor Complex”.

Here is Bill Evans trio play “Beautiful Love”.

Here is Jaki Byard plays “Free Improvisation”.

The Great Compositions by Tadd Dameron(2)

January 17.2017

Photo above of Charlie Rouse and Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro

Photo above of Charlie Rouse and Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro

Almost from the start of the bop movement, Dameron’s works had been favored by the new generation of jazz players.

Of course “Our Delight” had also become part of the standard jazz repertoire.

This piece was a moderately fast bebop song.

Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro recorded “Our Delight” along with Fats Navarro and Ernie Henry , Charlie Rouse , Nelson Boyd and Shadow Wilson in 1947.

Photo above of Tadd Dameron by BerkleeJazz.org

Photo above of Tadd Dameron by BerkleeJazz.org

In the opening of “Our Delight,” he made a distinctive arrangement like an echo of Dameron’s big-band days.

Later years Tommy Flanagan said about Dameron’s work :
”It is very easy to play because the elements of an orchestra are built in.”

Photo Above of Tommy Flanagan

Photo Above of Tommy Flanagan

Here is Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro Sextet play “Our Delight”.

Here is Roy Haynes, Paul Chambers and Phineas Newborn Jr. trio play “Our Delight”.

Here is Shelly Manne & His Men At The Black Hawk play “Our Delight”.

Here is Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones play “Our Delight”.

Here is Bill Evans trio play “Our Delight”.

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

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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”.

Sir Charles Thompson and Jeremy Steig(5)

October 15, 2016

Cover Photo of THE FRUTE ON LINE(VOL.130) by ALSO PUBLISHING Co.Ltd

Cover Photo of THE FRUTE ON LINE by ALSO PUBLISHING Co.Ltd

I found his interview article in a musical instrument magazine of Japan. Go here

I quoted his speaking.

「ジャズフルートを学んでいる学生にメッセージを」と聞くと、「ジャズをお金のためにやっていると考えているなら、今すぐやめたほうが良い。それだけだ」

He was asked  a message to student who are learning the jazz flute.

”If you are considered to be doing jazz for money, it is better to quit right now. That’s it. ”

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Although departing from his life, his father was the creator of “Shrek.”

William Steig was Prolific New Yorker cartoonist and children’s writer.

About William Steig, please prefer to Wikipedia.Go here

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In 1969, his typical work “What’s New” with Bill Evans was released.

Jeremy Steig (fl) Bill Evans (p) Eddie Gómez (bs) Marty Morrell (dr)

When I was jazz beginner I learned his name “Jeremy Steig” at this record.

The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(8)

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I confirmed his recording after Bill’s legend live recordings at Village Vanguard in 1961.

Jazz Discography Project
NYC,June 25, 1961
Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside RLP 376)
Waltz For Debby (Riverside RLP 399)

NYC, October 16,1961
Mark Murphy – Rah (Riverside RLP 395)
Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry (tp),Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston (tb),Bill Evans(p),
Sam Herman(g),Wendell Marshall(b),Jimmy Cobb(ds),Ray Barretto(conga),Mark Murphy (vo)
Ernie Wilkins (arr)

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Photo of Orrin Keepnews

Scott LaFaro died in a car accident after the Vanguard performance.

Bill Evans did not record or perform in public again for several months.

He was persuaded to return to music activities by Orrin Keepnews.

In those days Helen Keane had acted as a manager for Mark Murphy.

Bill Evans reappeared on the musical scene with an album with Mark Murphy.

I guess Helen Keane wanted to lighten the burden on him.

Many musicians for vocal accompaniment were gathered in Riverside Records studio.

Probably, he was encouraged from fellow.

Photo of Joao Gilberto

Photo of Joao Gilberto

Photo of Paquito D'Rivera

Photo of Paquito D’Rivera

In addition she had acted as a manager for Joao Gilberto and Paquito D’Rivera.

She died in 1996 in New York at the age of 73 because of breast cancer.

This is Mark Murphy sings “My Favorite Things”.

The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(7)

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As Bill’s manager,Ms.Helen was present at all of the recording sessions.

Creed Taylor produced for Bill at MGM/Verve labels.

Also Creed Taylor recognized her competence as a producer.

Then she produced some thirty of Evans’ records over a period of 15 years on the Verve, Warner, Columbia, CTI, Fantasy labels.

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Fortunately “Bill Evans Trio in Tokyo” was produced by Helen Keane.

This recording is most valuable record for Japanese jazz fan.

At that time she and Bill had been eliminated the contract to Columbia Records.

So she decided to have the copyright about this live recording in United States.

Then 1974 July they were moved to Fantasy Records and as transfers first work,it was named “The Tokyo Concert”.

This is Bill Evans Trio in Tokyo –  January 20, 1973.

Bill Evans (p), Eddie Gomez (b), Marty Morell (ds)

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