タグ別アーカイブ: Charles Mingus

Ralph Sharon(3)

September 27.2017

Ralph Sharon realized early on that he needed to immigrate to the United States if he really wanted to play jazz.

In 1953, he emigrated to the United States,where he was sharing a room with clarinetist Tony Scott.

In those days they were absorbed in bebop,and frequently went to Minton’s.

Tony Scott introduced Ralph to prominent jazz musicians in New York.

So he worked with famous musicians, recording albums with noted jazz musicians.

Ralph Sharon recorded for the US London label on May 27th, 1955.

Then he had transferd to Bethlehem Records, and recorded Ralph Sharon Trio album in 1956.

He also recorded with jazz vocalist Chris Connor on the Bethlehem label from 1955-1957.

Ralph Sharonは本物のジャズを演奏するのであるならばアメリカに移住する必要があるということを早くから認識していました。

1953年アメリカに移住しクラリネット奏者のTony Scottと同じ部屋で生活していました。

当時二人はビバップの虜になっており頻繁にMinton’s Playhouseに行きました。

Tony Scottはイギリスから来たRalph Sharonをニューヨークで有名なジャズミュージシャンに紹介しました。

そのお陰でRalph Sharonはジャズ仲間との共演も多くなりレコーデイングの機会を持つことになりました。

1955年5月27日、米国Londonレーベルに「Easy Jazz」というアルバムを録音しました。

その後Bethlehemレコードに移籍し「Ralph Sharonトリオ」(1956年)というアルバムを録音しました。

又、Chris ConnorのBethlehem盤(1955-1957年)の伴奏者としてジャズ史に名前を残すことになりました。

 Here is  Ralph Sharon Sextet play “Have You Met Miss Jones?”.
J.R.Monterose (ts), Teddy Charles (vib), Ralph Sharon (p), Joe Puma (g), Charles Mingus (b), Kenny Clarke (ds) 27 May,1955

Here is Chris Connor sings “I Concentrate On You”.
Chris Connor(vo),J.J.Johnson(tb),Kai Winding(tb),Herbie Mann(fl,ts),Ralph Sharon(p),Joe Puma(g),Milt Hinton(b),Osie Johnson(ds)

Melba Liston(4)

June 16.2017

Photo above of Buck Clayton band with Melba Liston by courtesy of UMKC WordPress

Melba Liston had a particularly difficult time when she went on a Southern tour with Billie Holiday.

Southern racism was rife and the crowds were sparse.

After returning her home,she put her trombone down.

She took a desk job at the Los Angeles School Board and won some small movie roles.

She said of this experience:

“I had a long thing with Lana Turner and walked around behind her playing a harp in The Prodigal (1955) and was a member of the palace orchestra in The Ten Commandments. “

In 1956 Melba Liston returned to playing her trombone in Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra commissioned by the U.S. State Department as a musical ambassador of the U.S. in South America.

She wrote and arranged many of her most memorable tunes during her work with Dizzy’s ambassador orchestra including “Stella By Starlight,” “My Reverie,” and “The Gypsy.”

Photo above of Dizzy in South America: Official U.S. State Department Tour, 1956 by courtesy of AvaxHome

In 1958, Melba Liston recorded her only album as a leader, “Melba Liston and Her ‘Bones” – a true gem in jazz history.

At the end of the 1950s, Liston joined up with Quincy Jones’ big band as it headed over to Europe.

Liston played trombone, soloed, and contributed both charts and original compositions to Jones’ orchestra.

Also she arranged and conducted the bassist Charles Mingus 1962 Town Hall Concert.

Melba Listonが同行したBillie Holidayの南部への興行は困難を極めた。

「The Prodigal(1955制作)ではLana Turnerの後ろで歩き廻りながらハープを演奏したり、「十戒」では宮殿でのオーケストラのメンバーの一人として演奏していました。」

1956年、米国務省初の親善大使としてDizzy Gillespieが率いたオーケストラに加入しトロンボーンを演奏しました。
この時「Stella By Starlight」「My Reverie」「The Gypsy」など記憶に残る編曲をDizzy Gillespieオーケストラに提供しました。
1958年、彼女の唯一のリーダーアルバムになった「Melba Liston and Her ‘Bones」をレコーディングしています。
1950年代末、Quincy Jonesバンドに参加しヨーロッパ各地で演奏しました。
1962年、Charles Mingus Town Hall Concertでは編曲を提供しオーケストラの指揮者としても参加しています。

Here is Melba Liston and Her Bones play “Zagred This”.
Melba Liston, Frank Rehak(tb),Marty Flax(bs),
Walter Davis Jr(p),Nelson Boyd(b), Charlie Persip(ds)
June 1956

Here is Quincy Jones band with Melba Liston play “My Reverie”.

John LaPorta(3)

March 22.2017

Photo above of John LaPorta(courtesy by Civil Defense Music)

In 1953 John LaPorta joined the Jazz Composers Workshop.

The workshop was formed Teo Macero, Thad Jones, Teddy Charles,Charles Mingus and other forward-looking musicians.

Actually he was the musical director of the group.

Eventually playing with Mingus was a turning point for LaPorta.

LaPorta made his first album as a leader for Mingus’ Debut label in 1954.

He recorded three albums for Fantasy in the mid-50s and led his own group at the 1958 Newport festival.

He said about Mingus;

“The first time I played with him I felt like someone had taken the handcuffs off me.
[…]I never had a problem playing with Mingus; I felt like I was free at last.”In later years, he dedicated ”Remember Mingus” as for respect to Charlie Mingus.”

Here is Jazz Composers Workshop(1954) plays “Eulogy For Rudy Williams”.

Here is Ada Moore sings “You Came A Long Way From St Louis”.
The original album (Jazz Workshop, Vol. 3)
Oscar Pettiford(b),Tal Farlow(g),John La Porta(as),Ada Moore(Vo)
Charles Mingus(arr) NYC, June 27, 1954

Here is John LaPorta plays “Nightly Vigil”.(1956)

Here is Herb Pomeroy Orchestra play “Remember Mingus”.
Composed and arranged by John LaPorta

1953年、John LaPortaはTeo Macero, Thad Jones, Teddy Charles,Charles Mingus とThe Jazz Composers Workshopを結成しました。Mingusと出会ったことがLaPortaとって音楽上の転換点となった。彼はミンガスについて語っています。


Why he was named ‘Baron’~Charles Mingus ?

January 08.2016



Charles Mingus has recorded his first leader works before this record.
I like to listen to the first recording of a great master of jazz.
Why he was named ’Baron’ ?
I quote a passage from ’JazzWax June 03,2010’.
“The name was bestowed on him by War Perkins, a popular L.A. promoter and producer who owned a record store on Central Avenue. Perkins’ aim with the name was to provide Mingus with a touch of royalty, in the spirit of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. “
For more information about his works, please see the following article.