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Contemporary label and Good Time Jazz label in Kobe jazz meeting(神戸ジャズ愛好会)

January 29.2018

Yesterday, I went to the jazz regular meeting in Kobe.

I heard many recordings by Contemporary label and Good Time Jazz label.

昨日出席しました神戸ジャズ愛好会の持寄テーマは『Contemporaryレコードの名演(Good Time Jazzレーベル含む)』でした。

トラッド愛好家のTさんがGood Time Jazzの録音をご紹介されました。



そんな訳でTさんが用意された演奏を自宅でゆっくり聞いてみました。モダンジャズファンへのサービスとしてSonny Rollinsを追加で1曲選曲されています。

「Good Time Jazzは12インチLPを60枚弱発売いたしましたが、Firehouse 5+2が12枚、Kid Oryが7枚、Lu Wattersのグループが14枚、Banjo Kingsのものが4枚等あり、特に Bunk Johnsonの1942年初吹き込みのJazz Manレーベルのものが含まれており一聴に値すると思います。又、EP盤、10インチ盤、12インチ盤と発売されたものに同じジャケットのデザインが採用されておりユニークに思われます。」

Sonny Rollins 含む合計6曲を添付しました。

Here is Bunk Johnson’s Original Superior Band play “Down by the riverside”.
Bunk Johnson (tp) Jim Robinson (tb) George Lewis (cl) Walter Decou (p) Lawrence Marrero (bj) Austin Young (b) Ernest Rogers (d)
Grunewald’s Music Store, New Orleans, June 11, 1942.(Jazz Man 8 ,MLB133)

Here is Bunk Johnson And The Yerba Buena Jazz Band play “Careless love”.
Bunk Johnson (tp,vcl) Turk Murphy (tb) Ellis Horne (cl) Burt Bales (p) Pat Patton (bj) Squire Girsback (b,tu) Clancy Hayes (d,vcl) Sister Lotta Peavey (vcl)
San Francisco, January/February 1944.(RM402 , Good Time Jazz 63)

Yerba Buena Jazz Band in the 1940s. L-R: Turk Murphy, Lu Watters, Bill Dart, Bob Scobey, Bob Helm, Wally Rose and Dick Lammi. Photo courtesy of the SF Trad Jazz Foundation.

Here is Lu Watters And The Yerba Buena Jazz Band play “At a Georgia camp meeting”.
Lu Watters (tp,dir) Bob Scobey (tp) Turk Murphy (tb) Ellis Horne (cl) Wally Rose (p) Clancy Hayes (bj,vcl) Russ Bennett (g,bj) Dick Lammi (tu,b) Bill Dart (d)
San Francisco, CA, December 19, 1941.(MLB106 Jazzman 3, Good Time Jazz 58)

Here is Firehouse Five Plus Two play “Firehouse stomp”.
Johnny Lucas (tp) Ward Kimball (tb) Clarke Mallory (cl) Frank Thomas (p) Harper Goff (bj) Ed Penner (b,bassax) Jim McDonald (d)
Los Angeles, May 13, 1949.(LK100-4 GTJ 1, L-12010)

Here is Kid Ory Creole Jazz Band play “Ory’s creole trombone”.
Mutt Carey (tp) Kid Ory (tb,vcl) Darnell Howard (cl) Bustor Wilson(p) Bud Scott (bj) Ed Garland (b) Minor Hall (d)
Los Angeles, November 3, 1945.(CRE1025 Crescent 6, Good Time Jazz L12022 )

Here is Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders play “In the chapel in the moonlight”.
Sonny Rollins (ts) Victor Feldman (vib-1) Hampton Hawes (p) Barney Kessel (g) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d)
Los Angeles, October 20, 21 & 22, 1958 Contemporary M3564(mono) = S7564(stereo).

Good Time Jazz Record(3)

May 17.2017

Good Time Jazz label was located at 707 North Irving Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The label produced new releases and reissues, including recordings by Jelly Roll Morton, Bunk Johnson, Kid Ory, George Lewis.


Photo above of Aaron Copland by Wikipedia

Photo above of Gail Kubik by Wikipedia

Lester Koenig started also a label for classical music, Society for Forgotten Music (SFM).

When he worked with the director Wyler,he made friends with many of the composers such as Aaron Copland and Gail Kubik.

So Lester released “contemporary” classical music written by these composers .

In addition Lester contracted with Jesse Fuller who was San Francisco’s most famous musician in those days.

RecentlyI found an interesting photographs.

When Kid Ory was 67 old years, he recorded with his Creole Jazz Band in 1953.

Photo above of William Claxton by Wikipedia

William Claxton made photographs during the second recording session which took place at Capitol Studios in Hollywood in 1953.

It is noteworthy that a recording sound quality was high on the list.

Then high quality in sound recording was Koenig’s trademark.

I would like to post about Roy DuNann on another occasion.

William Claxton’s image by soundfountain.com

Good Time Jazzはロサンゼルス(707 North Irving Boulevard)で設立された。
又、クラシック音楽を専門とする「Society fo Forgotten Music」 も立ち上げました。
戦争中、Wyler監督と仕事をしていた時にAaron CoplandやGail Kubikのような現代音楽作曲家と親交があったことから、現代音楽シリーズも製作しました。さらに当時サンフランシスコで最も有名なミュージシャンであったJesse Fullerとも契約しました。
著名な写真家William Claxtonが1953年のKid Ory’s Creole Jazz Bandを撮影しています。
Lester Koenigが製作したレコードで注目すべきことは音質が非常に良いということです。
Lester Koenigが製作したジャズシリーズはBlue Noteシリーズと共に独特のサウンドです。
録音技師のRoy DuNannについては別の機会に投稿したいと思います。

Here is Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band play “Royal Garden Blues”.
Kid Ory (tb),Alvin Alcorn (tp),George Probert(cl),
Barney Kessel(g),Don Ewell(p),Ed Garland(b),Minor Hall(ds)
November 30 & December 2, 1954 Hollywood.

Here is Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band play “Blues for Jimmie Noone”.
Kid Ory (tb), Teddy Buckner (tp), Joe Darensbourg (cl), Lloyd Glenn (p), Ed Garland (b), Minor Hall (ds)  May 5, 1951

Here is Jesse Fuller plays “San Francisco Bay Blues”.
This song was made cover by Bob Dylan, and then Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.