Recently I have interest in Dave Bass who is an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and lyricist.
Because his background is very interesting.
He has released two albums: Gone (2010) and NYC Sessions (2015).
This week I want to post Dave Bass and his fellows.
Dave Bass was born June 21, 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dave Bass began piano lessons at age seven, and shortly after graduating high school he was accepted into Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
Then he took lessons from the legendary Madame Margaret Chaloff who was the mother of Serge Chaloff.
Madame Margaret educated other young, immensely talented jazz artists as Keith Jarrett, Steve Kuhn.
While in Boston, he also studied composition with George Russell.
Also he had toured as Brenda Lee’s pianist.
In 1974 they landed Caribbean, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Then he relocated to San Francisco.
Here is Dave Bass with Phil Woods & Conrad Herwig
play “BALTIC BOLERO”.
Here is DAVE BASS and Karrin Allyson (vo) play “Endless Waltz” (Live at Kitano – NYC)
Here is Brenda Lee sings “Lover, Come Back to Me”.
December 07. 2016
“The Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor LPM-1366)” について、大阪梅田の兎我野町にあったジャズ喫茶「JOJO」のマスターが連載されているブログの一部を引用します。日本のブログで私が最も参考にしているブログです。
A面1曲目”Tommy Hawk” アレンジはジョニー・マンデル。これに先立つ、１９５４年9月に録音されている、Chet Baker “Sextet” Pasific Jazz で、同じアレンジが使用されていた。
A面3曲目”Blues For Pablo”は、１９５７年５月のMiles Davis “Miles Ahead” で再演されておりマキュージック盤が前哨戦かの様だ。
Hal McKusick was born in Medford Massachusetts, June 1924.
He became a saxophone player in several big bands in the 1940s and and early 1950s in bands like Boyd Raeburn, Claude Thornhill and Elliot Lawrence.
Also his close colleagues were George Russell, Art Farmer, Bill Evans and Jimmy Guiffre.
In 1955 he formed his own quartet, featuring himself on the alto saxophone, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums.
He recorded four albums at his own quartet.
(1)Hal McKusick Quartet (Bethlehem BCP-16 Feb.17,1955)
(2)In A Twentieth-Century Drawing Room (RCA Victor LPM-1164 Sep.13/14/29, 1955)
(3)The Jazz Workshop (RCA Victor LPM-1366 March 3,April 3/4,Dec.31,1956)
(4)Jazz On The Academy(Coral CRL-57116 Nov. 3, 1956)
These recordings were important because he experimented with a quartet without a piano.
Their sound was like Gerry Mulligan’s pianoless quartet.
In addition he adopted a proficient arrangers like Manny Albam or Al Cohn.
About his achievement I recomend reading JazzWax’s terrific intervew. Go here
Here is Hal McKusick Octet play “Tommyhawk”
Here is Chet Baker Sextet play “Tommyhawk”.
Here is Hal McKusick plays “Blues for Pablo”.
Here is Miles with Gil Evance play “Blues For Pablo”.
December 06. 2016
I will post about the launch of RCA Jazz Workshop.
I referred to JazzWax [August 02, 2009].Go here
George Russell and Hal McKusick played an important role in progressive 1950s jazz.
In 1940s late George Russell provided his arrangements to Dizzy Gillespie’s big band and Buddy DeFranco band.
George Russell also wrote “Ezz-thetic”, which was first recorded by Lee Konitz in 1951.
In 1953 he wrote jazz music theory book” the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. “
Russell’s theory has had far reaching effect especially in the realm of modal jazz.
Unfortunately he was not appreciated in those days.
So he earned money by working in a Greenwich Village drugstore in the very early 1950s.
One day he met Hal McKusick at the drugstore.
Then he explained his the Lydian Theory to Hal and Barry Galbraith.
Consequently he told Jack Lewis, who was RCA’s A&R man, about George’s music
After hearing their performance,Jack soon produced The Jazz Workshop for RCA.
Here is George Russell & his Smalltet play “Concerto for Billy the Kid”. (1958)
Also here’s joining Bill Evans “Concerto for Billy the Kid”.(1958)
December 05. 2016
Yesterday I introduced jazz workshop by Gary Burton.
This week I will post about RCA Jazz Workshop recording series.
This series was most smartest and innovative recordings in the mid-1950s.
Jack Lewis who was RCA’s A&R man in California in the early ‘50s produced seven albums.
Most of the Jazz Workshop albums have been reissued by RCA Spain and are available via Fresh Sounds.
I guess this series originated from the “Birth of The Cool” by Miles Davis in the late 1940s.
There were seven Jazz Workshop albums recorded in all:
– Al Cohn (May 1955)
– Manny Albam (December 1955)
– Hal Schaefer (October 1955)
– Billy Byers (December 1955)
– Hal McKusick (March 1956)
– George Russell (March 1956)
– John Carisi (April 1956)
Here is Johnny Carisi’s Jazz Workshop plays “Israel”.
Johnny Carisi (tp), Urbie Green (tb), Ray Beckenstein (cl,as), Eddie Wasserman (ts), Danny Bank (bs), Barry Galbraith (g), Russ Saunders (b), Herb Wasserman (ds)
Recorded：New York City, April 21, 1956