タグ別アーカイブ: Grachan Moncur

Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats “with Bunny Berigan”

November 03.2017

Photo above of Red McKenzie and Bunny Berigan,Eddie Condon at the guiter, Joe Bushkin at the piano

Bunny Berigan participated in three recordings in December,1935.

Photo above of Eddie Condon and Bud Freeman of courtesy by Wall Street Journai

(1)Bud Freeman And His Windy City Five
  New York December 4, 1935.

(2)Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats: Mildred Bailey New York December 6, 1935.

(3)Bunny Berigan And His Blue Boys  New York December 13, 1935.

 

I am interested in the recordings of Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats.

So I want to post about the background of this recording.

John Hammond was contracted by Parlophone Records to produce a series of American jazz performances that were to be released in Great Britain.

Photo by courtesy of Frank Driggs Collection
Hammond at a recording session with Buck Clayton, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

Hammond assembled Teddy Wilson,Grachan Moncur, Johnny Hodges and Bunny Berigan for Mildred Bailey.

Berigan and Hodges had never performed together as front-line men before this session.

These four tracks-twit jazz standards and two blues.

“Downhearted Blues,” is a well-known tune that had been Bessie Smith’s first issued recording.

In 1941, the American Decca record company reissued them as part of a six record set entitled “Gems of Jazz.”

1935年12月Bunny Beriganは3つの異なったメンバーと重要な録音に参加しています。

(1)12月4日 Bud Freeman And His Windy City Five
 6曲

(2)12月6日 Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats    4曲

(3)12月13日 Bunny Berigan And His Blue Boys 4曲

上記においてMildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats の録音は異色の録音であると思いました。

以下、Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Catsの録音について調べてみました。

その当時John Hammondは英国市場向けのジャズレコード製作契約をParlophone Recordsと締結しました。

HammondはMildred Baileyの伴奏者としてTeddy WilsonとGrachan MoncurとJohnny Hodges並びにBunny Beriganを録音スタジオに招きました。

興味深いことにJohnny HodgesとBunny Beriganはこの日まで一緒に演奏したことはなかったそうです。

全4曲はジャズスタンダード2曲とブルース2曲で構成されています。

尚 「Downhearted Blues」はBessie Smithが録音したブルースの古典として有名な曲です。

1941年、アメリカDecca社はこの日の4曲を「Gems of Jazz(6枚組SPアルバム)」の一部として収録し再発売しました。

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Willow Tree”.
Mildred Bailey (vocal), Bunny Berigan (tp), Johnny Hodges (as), Teddy Wilson (p), Grachan Moncur (b)
60201 A New York December 6, 1935.

 

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Honeysuckle Rose”.
60202 A Members of the recording are the same as above.

 

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Squeeze Me”.
60203-A Members of the recording are the same as above.

 

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Hearted Blues”.
60203-A Members of the recording are the same as above.

 

Here is Bessie Smith sings “Down Hearted Blues”(1923)