タグ別アーカイブ: Chris Connor

アニタ・オデイさんと一緒に「ブラインドフォールドテスト」

May 29,2020

先日、来日時のスポーツ新聞記事をご紹介しました。今回はアニタ・オデイがダウンビート誌の名物コーナー「The Blindfold Test」に登場した時の記事を添付しました。(1957年4月4日号)

今回もレナード・フェザーが出題した12曲について、アニタのコメント(英語)を翻訳ソフト向けに1曲ずつテキストに変換し添付しました。

1. Betty Roche. Something to Live For (Bethlehem).

I don’t know who the girl singer is, but I like the choice of tune. I’ve known about this tune since about 1941-in fact it was about the first tune I ever played on the piano … (hums)… It’s real pretty. I had never heard the verse before, and I did enjoy this girl on the verse. I didn’t care for the interpretation of the tune after she got into the chorus … I don’t care for that type of singing-it’s too choppy.I think it should be more smooth for this type of tune. I’d have lost the entire theme of the song unless I had known the tune, which fortunately I did. The accompaniment didn’t impress me one way or another. How do I rate it? If I hadn’t ever known the tune, I don’t think it would have done anything to me at all, so I’d classify it “z,” whatever that is. Would “z” be no stars? Okay, no stars.

2.Chris Connor. Something to Live For (Atlantic).

That was a nice version. I enjoyed that much better the smoothness of it … Chris’ flowing tones and the interruptions at the end of each word. Of course, it doesn’t come up to her Lush Life. That’s about the smoothest of the slow tunes she’s done. However, I like this. I think I would even buy this-like if we were on a panel”Would you buy this is it a hit or a miss, quote, Peter?” Not that it would be a hit, but I would buy this, I believe. Sort of category “m” … if the other was “z,” this would be “m.” Three stars.

3. Ella Fitzgerald. My Heart Stood Still(Verve).

Well, I guess if you are an Ella Fitzgerald fan, you would like this very much. However, this old versiondream up a story and sell it to Hollywood … Hollywood’ll buy anything. Who dreamed up Ella singing “and then my heart stood still”? It’s ridiculous. Here’s a girl who sings good swing music… She reads very well on this and she’s got the melody down. Dum, bum, bum, two-beat, ya, da da … boy! this is it for melody and everything, but classing Ella in this kind of a tune-I don’t know. All I can say is, sell it to Hollywood-and they did.The arrangement was pleasant, and Ella didn’t sing badly on it. I’m not saying it’s bad or good, but I think it’s kind of silly—the entire tune with Ella. So much talent and how they’ve used it! As far as buying the record-I’m hung again as to how to class this. It wasn’t so bad musically-it’s a nice record, whatever “nice” is.

4. Sarah Vaughan. My Heart Stood Still(Mercury).

Sarah always relaxes me, because when you hear that it’s Sarah, you know you can say to yourself right away like “this record is going to be played from beginning to end and it’s going to be done very well,” so you don’t have to worry too much about it.There are five placements that one can sing from: The upper front of the mouth; uh-uh; the back of the top of the roof of the mouth; the throat, down into the lower part of the … uh-uh. I don’t know the technical names for these … I did, because I studied it a long time ago, but I know there are five places you can sing from, and Sarah sings from all five of them, which makes her like the queen of singers. This is the lady, queen, princess, or whatever you want to say, but she’s a good girl singer, and I’m for girl singers. I would say this would be rated very good.

5. Rita Reyes with the Jazz Messengers.Taking a Chance on Love (Columbia).

I have no idea who the singer is, and I don’t think I really care to find out. I would say it’s a beginner’s style and really no connection to the music. She’s singing the story all right, but where’s the music? … Chopping the phrasing-I didn’t like it at all. The background of the choruses that followed … the music involved-I would say pretty good be-bopping there, if you’re going that way – not too bad at all, but frankly, if the record was given to me, I think I would give it back. I’d rate it “z.”

Rita Reys (vcl) acc by Donald Byrd (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) New York, May 3, 1956

6. Patti Page w. Pete Rugolo Ork. Taking a Chance on Love (EmArcy).

There’s a line in the song, “and the act of hearts is high.” This gal gets my heart and aces high to boot! That’s the best record I’ve heard in a long time! I couldn’t tell you who’s singing or the background here. I could speculate, but I won’t. I enjoyed it much, much, very good, a-b-c-d-x-y-z, five stars, thank you, Mr. Feather!

7. Jackie Paris. ‘Round Midnight (EmArcy).

My afternoon is complete. This is the lad-Jackie Paris, of course. And if I were a male-ha! ha! singer, that is, I would like to be Jackie Paris, male singer-that’s the lad. He was associated with Jeri Southern for a long time a long time ago, and that was when I first heard him. He was in New York in 1944 or ’45 when I was with Stan Kenton’s band, and that’s when I first heard Jackie. Then right after I left Stan’s band, I did a single at the Holiday inn in Newark, and Jackie Paris was on the bill. So I got to hear him in person.Why nothing’s happening with Jackie I’ll never know. I followed him in Hawaii about four months ago, and the club owners said business was terrible, but in Hawaii everything is terrible, except the sun, of course the musicians and everything else involved it’s pretty bad. What can you say about Jackie except “this is the male singer”-six stars!

Jackie Paris (vcl) acc by Eddie Shu (hca,ts) Dick Hyman (p) John Collins (g) Tommy Potter (b) Roy Haynes (d) New York, November 12, 1949

8. June Christy. ‘Round Midnight (Capitol).

Well, that should be a big recordbeautiful! Chris really sing’s this … that’s a good one for her. I like the tune much-I’m positive it’s Chris. I think both versions are good. I’ll have to give another six stars.

9. Helen Merrill. By Myselt (EmArcy). Gil Evans, arranger; Art Farmer, trumpet.

An enjoyable rendition of By Myself Alone. I presume that’s the title I’ve never heard the tune before. The girl singer-I could say, but I’m afraid to -Helen Merrill? I don’t know I’ve never heard her before. Her voice is smooth, I like it … small, intimate, but good intonation, without a shout, you know.It’s enjoyable. I thought the entire record was very good. I don’t know who arranged it, of course. I liked the trumpet-was that a progressive cat there? Ha! ha! Shall I speculate or not? Dizzy on a cool day? Very good, very good.

Helen Merrill (vcl) acc by Art Farmer, Louis Mucci (tp) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) John LaPorta (cl,as) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Joe Morello (d) + strings, Gil Evans (arr,cond) New York, July 29, 1956

10. Barbara Carroll. By Myself (Victor). Barbara Carroll, vocal, piano.

That was a smart, snappy version. I like the singer, but don’t know who it was. Sort of a happy, elated interpretation, and I enjoyed it. As far as rating-let’s see-good. How about the piano? What piano? Ha! ha!

11. Peggy Connelly. Travelin’ Light (Bethlehem). Russ Garcia, arranger and conductor.

Well, let’s see — that’s not Paul Whiteman. Ha! ha! His was the first version I heard, of that tune. It’s real nice—the right groove and the right tune. The right answers to that would be right good.

Peggy Connelly (vcl) acc by Pete Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp) Russ Cheever (sop) Charlie Mariano (as) Bill Holman (ts) Jimmy Giuffre (bar) Al Hendrickson (g) Max Bennett (b) Stan Levey (d) Russ Garcia (arr,cond)  Los Angeles, January 16, 17 & 18, 1956

12. Billie Holiday. Travelin’ Light (Clef).

That record reminds me of a perfect example. For instance, I do a recording session and there’s 17 to 24 men, and then a club in the east will hire me and they’ll have a fast trio to accompany me and people will say “Do that tune, How High the Moon or Bootwhip,” or something on which I had 17 men, and with a trio I’m supposed to make it-like-“sound,” and it’s not easy, but Billie does it real well.This is Miss Stylist of the World, and it’s always good. Traveling Light and traveling right with Billie Holiday. The full value of stars.

 

 

大阪ジャズ同好会第36回例会(2019年4月14日) 概要②特集『春をテーマにしたジャズ』

April,16,2019

ジャズでも春の曲を取り上げている演奏が多くあります。春のシーズンにピッタリなスプリング・ジャズを紹介したいと思います。(解説 久保田和文氏)

当日配布されたレジュメの順にYouTube音源でお楽しみ下さい。

1.Here is Billie Holiday sings ”Some Other Spring”.

2.Here is Clifford Brown Quartet play “It Might As Well Be Spring”.

3.Here is Doris Day sings “April In Paris”.

4.Here is Pim Jacobs Trio play “Spring will a little late this year”.

5.Here is Chris Connor sings “Spring Is Here”.

6.Here is Gerry Mulligan Quartet play “Spring is Sprung”.

7.Here is Julie London sings “I’ll Remember April”.

8.Here is Blossom Dearie sings “They Say It’s Spring”.

9.Here is Ella Fitzgerald sings “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most”.

10.Here is Pat Metheny Quartet play “April Joy”.

特集担当 久保田氏談
今回の選曲に際し、Jazz Club OverSeas(大阪堺筋本町駅)」の寺井珠重さんのブログを参考にしました。
INTERLUDE by 寺井珠重(2014年1月24日)
「ビリー・ホリディを彩る二人のアイリーン(1):Irene Kitchings」

下記に添付させて頂きました。

Jazz Club OverSeasのHPも是非ご覧下さい。

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大阪ジャズ同好会10月例会(後半特集)『Stan Kenton楽団』

October 24,2017

Photo by courtesy of yestercenturypop.com

大阪ジャズ同好会の特集後半は『Stan Kenton楽団』をご紹介しました。
以下概略と選曲を掲載します。
Stan Kenton楽団は1941年に創設されました。それまでのスイング楽団から脱却し「Progressive Jazz」と呼ばれた進歩的なジャズを発表しました。
Pete RugoloやBill Holeman等の重厚な編曲とウエストコーストの腕達者を数多く起用し、贅沢な作品をキャピトルレコードに数多く録音しました。
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又、Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chris Connerなど優秀な専属歌手を擁しました。(Ann RichardsはStan Kentonの妻でした) 今回はボーカルとの演奏は選曲しておりません。
(1)Eager Beaver(3:10)
1943年10月19日録音 作曲・編曲はStan Kenton

(2)Artistry In Rhythm(3:23)
1944年1月19日録音  アーティストリーシリーズは大ヒットしました。

(3)Art Pepper(2:11)
1950年5月18日録音
50人編成のオーケストラをバックにソロ演奏しています。

(4) Invnetion For Guitar and Trumpet(2:55)
1952年9月15日録音  作曲・編曲 Bill Holeman
Sal Salvador(g), Maynard Ferguson(tp)

(5)Autumn In New York(2:34)

(6)You And The Night And The Music(2:38)
1953年7月8日録音

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)

The early Kai Winding(5)

July 13.2017

Photo by courtesy of Jazz Profiles “Lament”

Finally, I would like to write about forming a double-headed group with J.J.Johnson.

In early 1946, he began appearing on 52nd Street with the small circle of bebop innovators.

In June ’46, after several years of recording as a big band sideman, he made his first session as a leader.

Unfortunately he lost his cabaret card – the New York musician’s indispensable passport to employment.  The revocation of his card meant the loss of his ability to work in the city’s nightclubs.

Then he was invited by Miles Davis and Gil Evans to participate in the nonet sessions,”Birth of the Cool”.

By this time, Johnson had established his reputation as the preeminent trombonist in modern jazz.

Also Kai Winding was always to an extent overshadowed by J.J. Johnson

In those days the trombone was considered an unusual instrument to lead a combo.

In 1954, producer Ozzie Cadena proposed the marriage of two trombones “ .

Photo above of Ozzie Cadena

The session of Winding and Johnson was Cadena’s first session as a producer for Savoy.

I posted about Ozzie Cadena last year.Go here 

So the two leaders became a hugely popular club attraction and critical favorite.

ブログの最後としてJ.J.Johnsonと双頭バンドを結成した経由を書きたいと思います。
1946年初め頃、J.J.Johnsonはビバップ革命の中心地であったNYの52番街に登場してきました。
BigBandのメンバーとしてレコーデングに参加した後に、46年6月最初のリーダー作を録音しています。
残念なことに軽犯罪の罪によりニューヨークのジャズクラブで働くために必要なキャバレーカードを取り消されてしまいます。即ちニューヨークのジャズクラブで働けなくなった時期もありました。
その後、Miles DavisとGil Evansによる「クールの誕生」の演奏陣として参加しています。
1949年時点ではJ.J.Johnsonはモダンジャズトロンボーン奏者における第一人者としての地位を確立していました。
一方Kai Windingは常にJ.J.Johnsonsの後塵を拝すことになりました。
当時、一般的にはモダンジャズコンボの編成においてトロンボーンはリード楽器としては珍しい存在と考えられていました。
1954年、プロデューサーのOzzie Cadenaは2人のトロンボーンによる合奏を提案しました。
Kai WindingとJ.J.Johnsonによる双頭バンドのレコーディングは、Ozzie CadenaのSavoyでの最初の仕事になりました
昨年、Ozzie Cadenaについて投稿しています。
時間があればこちらをクリックして下さい。
その後、2人の双頭バンドはジャズクラブで人気を博し、「J&K」として今日でもジャズファンには親しまれています。

Here is J J Johnson & Kai Winding Quintet play “Lament”.(1954)
J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Charles Mingus (b), Kenny Clarke (ds)

Here is Chris Connor sings “I Concentrate On You”.
Chris Connor(vo)J.J.Johnson,Kai Winding(tb)Herbie Mann(fl,ts)
Ralph Sharon(p)Joe Puma(g)Milt Hinton(b)Osie Johnson(ds)
April,1955

Lorenz Hart(4) 〜 Spring Is Here

May 05.2016

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Bernice Claire and Alexander Gray in Spring Is Here

‘Spring Is Here’ was the title of a 1929 Broadway show (filmed the following year).

Some of the great jazz vocalists recorded ‘Spring Is Here’.
Ella Fitzgerald, Monica Zetterlund, Tony Bennett, and Chris Connor

Also the famous pianists Bill Evans and Kenny Drew recorded this song.

Fortunately this song was played at about twice or three times faster than the original ballad speed.

As a result, the classic tune became a completely new, hard bop tune.

John Coltrane recorded it in July 1958.

In addition contemporary artists such as Michael Brecker,Charlie Haden and Bobby Hutcherson played this piece.

Spring is Here

March 01.2016

Today is the first day of spring.

Spring is a great season to celebrate rebirth and new life.

I will post my favorite spring song.

The first is ‘spring is here’.

First of all, Chris Connor.

Millie Vernon work was less singer.
In 1956,Her first album “introducer Sing Millie Vernon” was recorded in Storyville Records.

Ruby’s album is also very nice, and the cover is also good.

Ruby played a accompaniment for her.

This work from Ruby Braff and George Barnes is like vintage wine.

For Ruby Braff, please see the following articles:

http://jazztimes.com/articles/20113-ruby-braff-bold-brash-brass

Ahmad Jamal’s piano playing is excellent.

He has been working as a active pianistFor ahmad jamal, please visit his HP.

http://www.ahmadjamal.com