タグ別アーカイブ: George Benson

Talmage Farlow(1)

January 7.2018

Recently, I watched “Talmage Farlow” by website.

“Talmage Farlow” was produced by Lorenzo DeStefano as a documentary on jazz guitarist Tal Farlow in 1981.

Photo above of Lorenzo DeStefano(left) by courtesy of the portland Press Herald

下記映像は5分ごとにCMが挿入されます。後半30分以降が楽しめると思います。

This film is featuring Tal’s footages and interviews of Lenny Breau, George Benson, Tommy Flanagan, Red Mitchell, Red Norvo, and Jimmy Lyon.

Last year I learned an interesting fact about this film.

”Initially, we considered Emily Remler here ,but she wasn’t available,and then Tal suggested Lenny Breau.”
(Lorenzo DeStefano ,conversation with Jean-Luc Katchoura,August 2011.from p184)

 

年初で時間がありましたので、 ネットで公開されているTal Farlowのドキュメンタリー映画を観ました。

「Talmage Farlow」は映像作家Lorenzo DeStefanoによって1980年に制作されました。

この作品の中ではGeorge Benson、Red Norvo、Jimmy Lyonがインタビューゲストとして登場しています。

又、Lenny Breauとのクラブでの共演、Tommy Flanagan並びにRed Mitchellとのコンサートの模様が記録されています。

昨年購入した書籍(上記写真)からこの作品について興味深い事実を知りました。

「当初、Tal FarlowはEmily Remlerと共演したかったそうです。しかし、彼女とは共演できずLenny Breauを指名したそうです。」

余談ですが、40年以上前にジャズ喫茶オアシス(大阪千里丘)での例会で、毎週「樽春雄」さんがギター関連のレコード解説をされていました。個人的には樽さん(小林氏)にこの映像を解説して頂きたいと思っています。

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次回はLenny Breauとの共演盤「Chance Meeting」を全曲ご紹介します。

Photo above of Emily Remler by courtesy of Brian McMillen

Here is Emily Remler Quartet play “Softly, as in a morning sunrise”.
Hank Jones (p) Emily Remler (g) Buster Williams (b) Marvin “Smitty” Smith (d)
New York, May, 1988

 

 


Here is Emily Remler Quartet play “In a sentimental mood”.
Hank Jones (p) Emily Remler (g) Bob Maize (b) Jake Hanna (d)
San Francisco, CA, April, 1981

Aurex Jazz Festival in Japan(2)

The concert program was terrific in those days.

A luxurious four bands had been organized by George Wein.

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The leader Benny Goodman :”King of Swing”

The leader Benny Carter: “Gentlemen of Swing”

The leader Dizzy Gillespie:”Battle of The Horns”

The leader Freddie Hubbard:”Jazz of The 80’s”

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Incidentally George Benson Group was scheduled to visit Japan.

However, he was not able to visit Japan.

So ‘Gentlemen Of swing’ had been organized by Benny Carter.

Expo’70 Commemorative Park, Osaka, Sep.6, 1980.
Benny Goodman(cl), Teddy Wilson(p), Tony Terran(tp), Dick Nash(tb), Eddie Duran(g), Al Obidinski(b), John Markham(ds)

Aurex Jazz Fest ’80, Yokohama Stadium, Japan, Sept. 7, 1980
Freddie Hubbard (tp),Joe Henderson (ts),George Duke (keyboards),Alphonso Johnson (b)
Peter Erskine (ds)

Creed Taylor(7) CTI Records(1970-78)

January 24.2016

In the late 1960s,Creed was changing in the music industry and jazz marketplace.Between 1969 and 1978, he paved the way for revolutionized LP packaging with photographer Pete Turner.  Pete created a more sophisticated and upscale image for jazz and jazz artists.

When jazz budgets were being slashed at major labels,Creed produced significant jazz albums using massive orchestras.
The concept of CTI was smart, like Stan Getz. It was going to be beautifully orchestrated, like Gil Evans’ arrangements for Claude Thornhill’s band.
And finally the sound was arranged by Don Sebesky.

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 In 1970, he produced Freddie Hubbard’s classic Red Clay.
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In 1972,he produced Deodato’s Prelude(2001), launching the electronic orchestral-jazz movement.
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In 1975,Jim Hall’s Concierto was arranged by Don Sebesky.

[side men] Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Roland Hanna, Ron Carter and Steve Gadd

About this recording,he said,”As always, he was fantastic. Chet and Paul hadn’t worked together before. But each one could stand on his own. They fit together like peas in a pod.”

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[The beginning of failure]
In 1975, Warner Bros. came by our offices again to propose a deal.

They suggested that CTI and Warner Bros. alternate albums with George Benson.
The plan was George would record an album for Warner Bros, then the next one would be for CTI, and then back to Warner, and so George recorded Breezin’ in January 1976, which included ‘This Masquerade‘.The song was a massive hit. So we’d get the next album with George.But he did not recorded in CTI, though he belonged to CTI at that time.
Because Warner Bros. prevented him from recording with CTI as a solo act.