タグ別アーカイブ: George Avakian

I listened to the mourning radio program of George Avakian(3)

December 08. 2017

Photo by courtesy ©Burt Goldblatt/CTS Images George Avakian, Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins
Newport Jazz Festival, July 6, 1963

Mr.Chris selected “My Song by Keith Jarrett” as the last song of the program.

My Song is an album which was released on the ECM label in 1978.

George Avakian had also contributed to the success of Keith Jarrett ,because he introduced Keith Jarrett to Manfred Eicher.

Photo above of Manfred Eicher and Keith Jarrett by courtesy of Stereophile.com

About Manfred Eicher,please refer to ECM HP.Go here

In 1968 George Avakian produced ”Life Between the Exit Signs by ”Keith Jarrett”on Vortex label.

Interestingly George Avakian wrote the liner notes of “Life Between the Exit Signs.”

Also in the program Creed Taylor’s work was broadcast.

I guess Creed Taylor is a great jazz producer.

Finally, please listen to “Goodbye” by Keith Jarrett.

Photo by courtesy of JazzTimes

DJのクリスさんは番組の最後に「Keith JarrettのMy Song」から「Country」を選曲されました。

My Songは1978年にECMレーベルで発売され今でも人気のあるアルバムです。

George AvakianはKeith JarrettをManfred Eicherに紹介しKeithの成功にも貢献していました。

Manfred EicherについてはECMのHPを参照してください。こちらをクリックして下さい

1968年、George AvakianはVortexレコード (アトランティック系列会社)でKeith Jarrettをリーダとする「Life Between the Exit Signs」を制作しました。

「Life Between the Exit Signs」のライナーノートにおいてGeorge Avakian自らがKeith Jarrettについて紹介した文章は興味深いです。(ラーナーノートを写真として添付しました)

又、私にとって嬉しいことにCreed Taylorの作品も番組で放送されました。

Creed TaylorはGeorge Avakian亡き後、ジャズ界では最高のプロデューサーであると思います。George Avakianとは関係ありませんが私の好きな演奏( CTI録音)を添付しました。

最後にKeith Jarrettによる「Goodbye」をお聞き下さい。

Keith Jarrett Trio
Here is Keith Jarrett Trio play “Life Between The Exit Signs”.
Keith Jarrett(p),Charlie Haden(double-bass),Paul Motian(ds)
May 4, 1967 NYC

Here is Freddie Hubbard plays “Sky Dive”.
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn) Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown (trombone) Paul Faulise (bass trombone) Tony Price (tuba) Hubert Laws (flute, alto, bass flute) Phil Bodner (flute, alto, bass flute, bass clarinet, piccolo) Romeo Penque (flute, alto flute, clarinet, oboe, English horn) George Marge (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet) Wally Kane (bass clarinet, piccolo) Keith Jarrett (piano, electric piano) George Benson (guitar) Ron Carter (bass) Billy Cobham (drums) Airto, Ray Barretto (percussion) Don Sebesky (arranger, conductor) Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October, 1972

Photo by curtesy of ECM Records

Here is Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden play “Goodbye”.
Keith Jarrett(p),Charlie Haden(double-bass) NJ, March, 2007

Photo by Wikipedia

I listened to the mourning radio program of George Avakian(2)

December 06. 2017

Photo above of George Avakian by courtesy of JazzWax

Continuing from yesterday,I will post my favorite songs according to the album introduced in the program.

In 1956 Duke Ellington and his Orchestra appeared at Newport Jazz Festival.

Paul Gonsalves played an astounding 27 choruses of “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue.”

Because Duke told Gonsalves to blow as long as he wanted during the interlude.

Photo by courtesy of paulgonsalves.jazzgiants.net

Today many disney songs became jazz standard.

But back in the ’50s, no one in jazz took Disney movies or their soundtracks seriously.

Why did Dave bother recording an album of Disney songs?

Below I quated JazzWax interivew “Dave Brubeck Digs Disney”. (May 26, 2011)

Dave and his five children excited on the rides in Disneyland in California.

So Dave thought an album of Disney movie songs would be a great idea.

The Disney theme was Dave’s idea, and I was amazed when he called and told me what he wanted to do.

Then Bill Evans and Miles Davis recorded “Disney Songs” .

Also John Coltrane played “My Favorite Things” and ”Chim Chim Cher-ee.””


1956年、Duke Ellington楽団はNewport Jazz Festivalに出演しました。

そして「Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue」でPaul Gonsalvesは27コーラスにも及ぶ長いソロ演奏を行いました。



では何故Dave Brubeckはアルバム制作においてディズニーの曲を選んだのでしょうか?

以下JazzWaxのインタビュー “Dave Brubeck Digs DisneyMay 26、2011″を引用しました。

George Avakianは次のように話しています。

ディズニーの音楽をテーマとしてレコーディングするのはDave の考えでした。彼がそのことを電話した時にはびっくりしました。



その後、Bill Evans や Miles Davisは「ディズニーソング」を録音しています。

又、John Coltraneも「My Favorite Things」「Chim Chim Cher-ee」を演奏しました。

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 「Ellington at Newport」
Here is Duke Ellington & His Orchestra play “ Black and Tan Fantasy ”.
Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (cl, as), James Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs), Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Willis Nance, John Cook (tp), Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson (tb), Duke Ellington (p), James Woode (b), Sam Woodyard (ds)
July 7, 1956… live at Newport Jazz Festival, Newport


Here is Duke Ellington & His Orchestra play  “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue.”
Members of the recording are the same as above.


Miles Davis 「Miles Ahead」
Here is Miles Davis and Gil Evans play “Miles Ahead 1959” on YouTube.
Miles Davis, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Luis Mucci, Taft Jordan, John Carisi (tp), Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland, Joe Bennet (tb), Tom Mitchell (btb), Willie Ruff, Tony Miranda, Jimmy Buffington (frh), Bill Barber (tu), Lee Konitz (as), Romeo Penque, Sid Cooper (fl, cl), Danny Bank (bcl), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (ds), Gil Evans (arr, cond) November 1957… New York


Photo by courtesy of French Lick, IN Aug 17, 1958

Dave Brubeck Quartet「Dave Digs Disney」
Here is Dave Brubeck Quartet play “Alice in Wonderland”.(Mono Version)
Dave Brubeck (p), Paul Desmond (as), Norman Bates (b), Joe Morello (ds)
August 29, 1957… New York


Here is Dave Brubeck Quartet play “Some Day My Prince Will Come ”.(Mono Version)
Members of the recording are the same as above.

I listened to the mourning radio program of George Avakian(1)

December 05. 2017

By Courtesy of The New York Times,From left, Louis Armstrong, the songwriter W.C. Handy and George Avakian in the 1950s.

Last week I heard my favorite radio program “World Jazz Warehouse.”Christopher Knott (番組DJクリスさん) introduced some of the many great recordings by George Avakian for mourn his death.

So I would like to introduce my favorite songs according to the album introduced in the program.

About songs that were broadcast on the day, please see the radio program’s website.Go here

毎週日曜日の夜はいつもジャズ番組「World Jazz Warehouse(FMCOCOLO765)」を聞いています。

今回の放送でChristopher Knott(番組DJクリスさん)は先月98歳で亡くなった偉大なプロデューサーGeorge Avakianさんを追悼し、Avakianが遺した多くのレコーディングから数曲ご紹介されました。



Louis Armstrong “Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy”
Here is Louis Armstrong plays “Yellow Dog Blues”.
Louis Armstrong (tp), Trummy Young (tb), Barney Bigard (cl), Billy Kyle (p), Arvell Shaw (b), Barrett Deems (ds) July 12, 1954… New York

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Octet “Jay & Kai +6”
Here is J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Octet play “You Don’t Know What Love Is”.
J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Bob Alexander, Eddie Bert, Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Tom Mitchell, Bart Varsalona (btb), Hank Jones (p), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (ds)
1956… New York

Here is J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Octet play “Night in Tunisia”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.
add Candido (cga)

George Avakian produced “Chicago Jazz Album”.
Here is Jimmy McPartland and his Orchestra play “Sugar”.
Jimmy McPartland(cor),Bud Jacobson(cl),Boyce Brown(as),Floyd Bean(p),Dick McPartland(g), Jim Lannigan(sb),Hank Isaacs(d) Chicago, October 11, 1939.

Here is Jimmy McPartland and his Orchestra play “China Boy”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

George Wettling’s Chicago Rhythm Kings play “I’ve Found A New Baby”.
Charlie Teagarden(tp),Floyd O’Brien(tb),Danny Polo(cl),Joe Marsala(ts),Jess Stacy(p),Jack Bland(g),Artie Shapiro(sb,George Wettling(d) New York, January 16, 1940.

George Wettling’s Chicago Rhythm Kings play “Bugle call Rag”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

George Avakian produced “New Vibe Man In Town”.

November 23.2017

Photo above of Miles Davis and George Avakian by courtesy of JazzTimes

RIP jazz record producer George Avakian.

Stan Kenton founded Stan Kenton Band Clinics as summer jazz programs in 1959.

Gary Burton was allowed to participate in the  jazz program at the age of 16.

Photo above of Stan Kenton and Jazz Clinic Students by courtesy of UNT Digital Library

Then Gary Burton recorded  his first album “New Vibe Man In Town”in RCA Records at the age of 18.

“New Vibe Man In Town” was produced by George Avakian.

It is possible to see some valuable photos of George Avakian at “DIGITAL COLLECTION” (New York Public Library).Go here

1959年、Stan Kentonは毎年夏に行うジャズ教育(育成)プログラムとしてStan Kenton Band Clinicsを設立しました。

当時16歳であったGary Burtonはジャズ教育育成プログラムに参加することができました。

その後(2年後)、18歳になったGary BurtonはRCA Recordsでファーストアルバム「New Vibe Man In Town」を録音しています。

「New Vibe Man In Town」はGeorge Avakianによって制作されています。

故George Avakianの貴重な写真や手紙が「DEGITAL COLLECTION」(ニューヨーク公立図書館所蔵)として公開されています。こちらをクリックして下さい。

Here is Gary Burton Trio play “Like Someone In Love”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC July 6, 1961 RCA Victor LPM-2420


Here is Gary Burton Trio play “Joy Spring”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC, July 6, 1961


Here is Gary Burton Trio play “So Many Things”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC, July 7, 1961


Here is Gary Burton Trio play “Minor Blues”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC, July 7, 1961

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In 1958 he left Columbia to start Warner Brothers Records.

Then he moved to RCA Records in 1960.

He produced Sonny Rollins, Benny Goodman, Paul Desmond, and Gary Burton, among others.



Also he accompanied Goodman on his tour of the Soviet Union in 1962.

It was the first tour of the country by an American jazz band, and produced the first jazz album ever recorded there, a live concert.


In early 1960s, Avakian began to independently produce and manage artists such as saxophonist Charles Lloyd.

He met Keith Jarrett who was Charles Lloyd group’s pianist.

Then he began managing Jarrett, launching his performance and recording career on the Columbia, Atlantic, Impulse, and ECM labels.


He is a founding officer of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (presenters of the Grammy Awards).

A Grammy Award is awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).




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Columbia Records introduced the LP in the spring of 1948.

He helped to establish the long playing record.

He planned the first 100 10-inch pop LPs released in the wake of the microgroove introduction.

In 1951, Avakian expanded these albums to the LP format to create the famous four-volume Louis Armstrong Story and other LPs.


In addition his greatest achievement in Columbia Records was the agreement with Miles Davis.

When he heard Miles at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955,he was convinced that his

ballad playing would appeal to the public on a very large scale.

He was Speaking about Miles Davis.

I quoted from JazzWax [March 17, 2010] ” I viewed him as a much bigger figure, a pop-jazz star, if you will. But there was a problem. A few years earlier, when he was hung up on junk, I was astounded to find that he had worked live in front of the public only four to five weeks out of the year. No one wanted to hire him. He was too irresponsible and his habit was ruining him. He’d cancel out at the last minute, so club owners saw him as absolute poison.”

There was a famous story about the contract with Miles Davis.


Miles Davis was under contract to Bob Weinstock at Prestige Records.

At that Time Miles must record four Prestige albums.

Bob Weinstock knew that Miles was going to sign with Columbia Records.


The quintet’s first Columbia session was October 1955.

When Columbia’s first album came out,Prestige could release each one of four albums next every year.

Miles Davis recorded four albums for Prestige in just two sessions.

May 11, 1956 (14 tracks) and October 26, 1956 (12 tracks)

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Marshall Stearns was writing his “Collector’s Corner” columns for Tempomagazine.

Then George Avakian took “Collector’s Corner” over from Marshall.

When he took on the column, he was just a sophomore.


Mr.Wallerstein found his talent and entrusted Columbia’s reissue series.

Ted Wallerstein was president of Columbia Records.

George Avakian produced four albums at a time and some singles for special releases.

Then he graduated from Yale in 1941 and was drafted into the Army.

He was discharged in February 1946.

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Billy Berg’s souvenir photo from 1946. | Courtesy of the Quincy Inara Collection

He went to Los Angeles, and heard Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker at Billy Berg’s club.

He had heard already their performance at Minton’s in Harlem.

At the club, there were never more than 12 people in the audience.

Yet Parker and Gillespie played with enormous fervor.

Then he had returned to New York.

He was reunited with Mr.Wallerstein and joined to officially Columbia Records.

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Today I want to post about two person who influenced George Avakian.

The first person was Lester Koenig.


Contemporary Records was founded by Lester Koenig in 1951 in Los Angeles.

Also Good Time Jazz Records was founded in 1949 by Lester Koenig.

I quoted Lester’s speaking from JazzWax[March 15,2010]

Lester said, “If you studied French at Horace Mann, then you must know enough to do this: Send an $8 money order to La Volta Music at 75 Boulevard Raspail in Paris and request two books.”

About two books,please refer to my past blog.Go here

The second person was Marshall Stearns.


George Avakian was enrolled in Yale.

Coincidentally, Marshall Stearns was studying literature at Yale.

Marshall Stearns invited him to come over to listen to jazz records every Friday.

Marshall Stearns was the founder of the Institute of Jazz Studies.

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“Miles Ahead” Opened in last month (June 16th) in Australia, Denmark, and Poland!

In Japan ,this film will be released in December.


‘Miles Ahead’ by Miles Davis was released in 1957 by Columbia Records.

The record producer was George Avakian.

This week I want to post about George Avakian.

He was born in Armavir, Russia,March 15, 1919 (age 97).

He has produced legend recordings by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Erroll Garner, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, among others.

He introduced the LP record format created by Columbia engineers and produced the industry’s first long-playing discs .

He also produced the first live LP—Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.
He produced the first jazz album in 1940 (for Decca).


Fortunately I have his first record as jazz producer.

Please refer to his interview. Go here

Charles Delaunay(2)

March 25.2016


Photo above of Charles Delaunay and Thelonious Monk

Charles Delaunay is probably the father of discographical format.

He noticed the importance of master numbers.

He was listing each artist’s work in chronological or matrix number order.

The first United States edition of Delaunay’s book was published with the help of Commodore Record Shop.

This book became my favorite discography.

I have put this discography within reach even now.


Photo above of George Avakian

George Avakian said to JazzWax about this discography:

“Charles Delaunay’s Hot Discography and Hugues Panassie’s Le Jazz Hot, a definitive guide to jazz musicians that explained why they were great.

There was a summary at the end of each chapter telling you which records to buy. Of course, the records recommended were the European releases, but the book gave me a head start.”

JazzWax:March 15, 2010

Interview: George Avakian (Part 1)