タグ別アーカイブ: Hal Mckusick

The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(4)

December 08. 2016

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In the early 1950s, Hal Schaefer was working at the 20th Century Fox studio in Hollywood as a musician, musical arranger and vocal coach.

He served as a vocal coach for such stars as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe.Jane Russell, Mitzi Gaynor and Susan Hayward,

He was romantically linked to Marilyn Monroe.

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Hal Schaefer and Marilyn Monroe(Photo by The New York Times)

Unfortunately he became embroiled in a Hollywood scandal involving three of the biggest celebrities of the time: Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra.

Three months before the Monroe-DiMaggio divorce, in July 1954, Schaefer tried to kill himself.

In 1955, he moved to New York, where he recorded “The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop”.

Hal Schaeferは1950年代初め、ハリウッドの20世紀フォックススタジオでミュージシャン、音楽アレンジャー、ボーカルコーチをしていました。ジュディ・ガーランド、マリリン・モンロー、ジェーン・ラッセル、ミッチ・ゲイナー、スーザン・ヘイワードのボーカルコーチを務めていました。彼はマリリン・モンローの恋人になりました。この結果、モンロー、ジョー・ディマッジョ、フランク・シナトラを含むハリウッドのスキャンダルに巻き込まれました。
1954年、彼は自殺未遂を起こした後、ニューヨークに移りこのレコードを録音しました。

Here is “HAL SCHAEFER IN HOLLYWOOD VIDEO SAMPLER”.

Here is Hal Schaefer band play “Dancing In The Dark”.

Hal McKusick, Sam Marowitz, Phil Woods (as) Hal Schaefer (p) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (dm)

New York City, November 28, 1955

Here is Hal Schaefer band play “Imagination”.

Here is HAL SCHAEFER OCTET play “A Song for You”.

Billy Byers, Urbie Green, Fred Ohms, Chauncey Welsh (tb) Tom Mitchell (b-tb) Hal Schaefer(p)

Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (dm)      New York City, November 9, 1955

Here is Hal Schaefer band play “This One’s For Jack”.

Here is “The Wrong Door Raid 1954” – Marilyn Monroe,Hal Schaefer,Joe Dimaggio,Frank Sinatra

The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(3)

December 07. 2016

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Photo above of Hal McKusick(photo from 27East.com)

“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。

original-jazzville/jojoのブログ Go here

2014年02月11日

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.

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(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”.

The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(2)

December 06. 2016

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Photo above of George Russell by news.allaboutjazz.com

I will post about the launch of RCA Jazz Workshop.

I referred to JazzWax [August 02, 2009].Go here

彼を紹介した日本のサイトです。演奏家の視点でジョージ.ラッセルを紹介されていて参考になりました。Go here

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Photo from Hal McKusick Discography at Discogs

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. “

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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)

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Also here’s joining Bill Evans “Concerto for Billy the Kid”.(1958)

The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(1)

December 05. 2016

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Photo from JazzWax

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.

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Photo above of The Miles Davis Nonet in ‘1949’ Photo by “All about Jazz”

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