タグ別アーカイブ: Glen Gray

Gordon Jenkins’ works (1) Blue Prelude

November 07.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins by courtesy of playisteve.com

Last month I posted that Gordon Jenkins had arranged for the Isham Jones band.

Gordon Jenkins was involved in “Blue Prelude.”

Please listen to the famous song “Blue Prelude”.

Photo from The Big Band by George T.Simon

Gordon Jenkins was hired by the Isham Jones Orchestra in 1932 as staff arranger.

In those days Saxophonist Joe Bishop had written a composition entitled “Blue Prelude”.

Also Joe Bishop and Woody Herman composed “Woodchopper’s Ball” .

The Casa Loma Orchestra first recorded “Blue Prelude” in early 1933.

Isham Jones was not happy that another band had found success with a tune written by one of his sidemen.

So Isham Jones quickly decided to record his own version and instructed Gordon Jenkins to supplement “Blue Prelude”.

Then “Blue Prelude” has become a standard piece of popular music.

先月Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones Bandで編曲者としての才能を開花したと投稿しました。

その当時Gordon Jenkinsは「Blue Prelude」という名曲に携わってました。

今日は名曲「Blue Prelude」の聴き比べをお楽しみ下さい。

Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones に雇われた1932年頃、バンドメンバーであった Joe Bishopが「Blue Prelude」を作曲しました。

補足ですが Joe BishopはWoody Herman と共に「Woodchopper’s Ball」を作曲しています。

1933年1月The Casa Loma Orchestraが録音した「Blue Prelude」が最初にヒットしました。

当然ながらIsham JonesはライバルであるThe Casa Loma Orchestraが自分のサイドマン(Joe Bishop)によって書かれた曲で成功を収めたことをよく思いませんでした。

それ故、Isham Jonesは競合作を録音するに際し、Gordon Jenkinsに「Blue Prelude」の決定版と言えるような構成(作詞を含め)をするよう指示したそうです。

その後「Blue Prelude」はポピュラー音楽界でもスタンダード曲となっています。


Here is Glen Gray and THE Casa Loma Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
Glen Gray(as, dir)Gene Gifford(bj, g, arr) New York, January 31, 1933.
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Here is Isham Jones and his Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
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Here is Woody Herman play “Blue Prelude”.
Woody Hermancl, as, vo, dir): Steady Nelson,(ts, vo),Bob Price, Clarence Willard(tp), Neal Reid, Toby Tyler(tb),Joe Bishop(fh,arr),Joe Denton, Ray Hopfner(as),Saxie Mansfield, Ronnie Perry(ts), Tommy Linehan(p), Hy White,(g),Walter Yoder(b),Frank Carlson(d),Elsa Harris(vo). New York, February 5, 1940. 67155

Here is Nina Simone sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Helen Humes sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Peggy Lee sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Monica Zetterlund sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Svend Asmussen with quartet play ”Blue Prelude”.
Svend Asmussen (violin) Derek Smith (p)Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Milt Hinton (b)
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Here is Linda Ronstadt sings “Blue Prelude”.

Bobby Hackett(3)

January 25.2017

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Photo above of Bobby Hackett and Eddie Condon

Fortunately he met  Eddie Condon in New York.

Hackett soon became a crucial member in Condon’s band and made numerous recordings in his studio bands.

In late 1942, Bobby took a studio job with NBC and became active in organizing the Condon Town Hall Concerts.

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Their performance was broadcasted and recorded by Milt Gabler (Commodore Records).

He also continued to play at Condon’s and other clubs in the New York area.

After a year at NBC, he joined Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra where he remained until 1946.

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Then he participated in numerous recording sessions with such as Jack Teagarden, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Condon, Vic Dickenson, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie.

As a remarkable achievement of this period,he played and directed for Louis Armstrong’s Town Hall Concert in May 1947.

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During 1949-51 he played with Red Allen and Lee Wiley in New Jersey.

Bobby Hackett and Joe Bushkin joined Lee Wiley’s famous recording “Night in Manhattan” in Columbia label.

Here is Bobby Hackett and his Boys play “At The Jazz and Ball”(1938).

Here is Eddie Condon and his All Stars play “The Lady/China Boy” at the Town Hall(1944).
Eddie Condon(g), Bobby Hackett(cor), Pee Wee Russell(cl)Ernie Caceres(bs), Bennie Morton(tb), Gene Schroeder (p), Sid Weiss(b),Gene Krupa(ds)

Here is Bobby Hackett plays his theme song “Embraceable You”. (1938)
Bobby Hackett (cor), Pee Wee Russell (cl), Bud Freeman (ts), Jack Teagarden (tb), Eddie Condon (g), Jess Stacy (p), Artie Shapiro (b), George Wettling (d)

Here is Lee Wiley sings “Street Of Dreams”.