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I listened to the mourning radio program of George Avakian(1)

December 05. 2017

By Courtesy of The New York Times,From left, Louis Armstrong, the songwriter W.C. Handy and George Avakian in the 1950s.

Last week I heard my favorite radio program “World Jazz Warehouse.”Christopher Knott (番組DJクリスさん) introduced some of the many great recordings by George Avakian for mourn his death.

So I would like to introduce my favorite songs according to the album introduced in the program.

About songs that were broadcast on the day, please see the radio program’s website.Go here

毎週日曜日の夜はいつもジャズ番組「World Jazz Warehouse(FMCOCOLO765)」を聞いています。

今回の放送でChristopher Knott(番組DJクリスさん)は先月98歳で亡くなった偉大なプロデューサーGeorge Avakianさんを追悼し、Avakianが遺した多くのレコーディングから数曲ご紹介されました。

そんな訳で番組で紹介されたアルバムに収録されている曲(私が好きな曲)を以下ブログで紹介したいと思っています。

尚、当日に放送された曲については、ラジオ番組のウェブサイトをご覧下さい。こちらをクリックして下さい。


Louis Armstrong “Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy”
Here is Louis Armstrong plays “Yellow Dog Blues”.
Louis Armstrong (tp), Trummy Young (tb), Barney Bigard (cl), Billy Kyle (p), Arvell Shaw (b), Barrett Deems (ds) July 12, 1954… New York


J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Octet “Jay & Kai +6”
Here is J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Octet play “You Don’t Know What Love Is”.
J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Bob Alexander, Eddie Bert, Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Tom Mitchell, Bart Varsalona (btb), Hank Jones (p), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (ds)
1956… New York

Here is J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Octet play “Night in Tunisia”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.
add Candido (cga)


George Avakian produced “Chicago Jazz Album”.
Here is Jimmy McPartland and his Orchestra play “Sugar”.
Jimmy McPartland(cor),Bud Jacobson(cl),Boyce Brown(as),Floyd Bean(p),Dick McPartland(g), Jim Lannigan(sb),Hank Isaacs(d) Chicago, October 11, 1939.

Here is Jimmy McPartland and his Orchestra play “China Boy”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.


George Wettling’s Chicago Rhythm Kings play “I’ve Found A New Baby”.
Charlie Teagarden(tp),Floyd O’Brien(tb),Danny Polo(cl),Joe Marsala(ts),Jess Stacy(p),Jack Bland(g),Artie Shapiro(sb,George Wettling(d) New York, January 16, 1940.

George Wettling’s Chicago Rhythm Kings play “Bugle call Rag”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Gordon Jenkins’ works(3) “P.S. I Love You”

November 09.2017

“P.S. I Love You” was written by Gordon Jenkins, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer in 1934.

The original hit version in the 1930s was recorded by Rudy Vallée and was revived in the 1950s by The Hilltoppers

Some famous recordings include Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby,Bette Midler.

Today I will not introduce these famous singing.

「P.S. I Love You」は作詞Johnny Mercer、作曲Gordon Jenkinsにより1934年に出版されました。

発売当初はRudyValléeのレコードが好評を博し、1950年代にThe Hilltoppersによってリバイバルヒットしました。

この曲においてはBillie Holiday、Frank Sinatra、MelTormé、Rosemary Clooney、Bing Crosby、Bette Midler等有名な録音が多くあります。

しかし、今日のブログにおいては上記の有名な歌唱はご紹介致しません。

Here is Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra play “P.S. I Love You”.

 

Photo above of Ruddy Vallee by Wikimedia

Here is Rudy Vallée and his Connecticut Yankees, with vocal by Rudy Vallée on 9 September 1934

 

Here is Woody Herman & his Orchestra play “P.S. I Love You”.
vo:Mary Ann McCall 1948.

 

Here is The Hilltoppers sings “P.S. I Love You”.

 

 

Here is Arnett Cobb with Red Garland Trio play “P.S. I Love You”.
Arnett Cobb(ts), Red Garland(p) George Duvivier(b) J.C.Herad(ds) Red Garland(p)
November 13.1960. N.J.

 

 

Here is Andre Previn plays “P.S. I Love You”.

 

 

Here is Joe Temperley play “P.S. I Love You”.
Joe Temperley (soprano & baritone sax), Andy Farber(as,ts), Ryan Kisor(tp), John Allred (tb), James Chirillo (g), Dan Nimmer (p), John Webber (b), Leroy Williams (ds) NY,2008.

Here is Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley Quintet “P.S. I Love You”.
Lee Morgan (tp),Hank Mobley (ts),Hank Jones (p),Doug Watkins (b),Art Taylor (ds)
5 November 1956.N.J.

Bobby Jaspar(3)

August 10. 2017

In April 1956, Bobby Jaspar moved to the US.

Despite he recognized as a proficient saxophonist in Europe, he was practically unknown in US.

Fortunately J.J. Johnson engaged Bobby for his newly formed quintet.

The other members were Hank Jones and Percy Heath and Elvin Jones.

They recorded “J Is For Jazz” on Columbia label.

Next he joined Hank Jones Quartet at Savoy label, which was produced by Ozzie Cadena.

Photo above of Ozzie Cadena

Then he recorded two tracks “Barrys Tune” and  “Minor Drop” with  for the French Columbia,

and two tracks were released as 7-inch “Bobby Jaspar Quintet” (ESDF 1142).

He respected Lester Young, but always keeping his original creative talent for lyricism.

So he won Down Beats critics poll award in the New Star Tenor Sax category during the summer of 1956.

今日はBobby Jasparが渡米し「Dial J. J. 5」がレコーデングされるまでの3枚のアルバムについて調べてみました。
1956年4月、Bobby Jasparはアメリカで音楽活動を開始しました。
その当時サックス奏者としてヨーロッパでは自他共に認められていたにも拘らず、アメリカでは一部の演奏家以外は彼の名はほとんど知らなかったそうです。
運よくJ.J. Johnsonが新グループを結成した時にBobbyはJ.J. に雇われました。
彼以外のメンバーはHank Jones, Percy Heath, Elvin Jonesでした。
J.J. JohnsonはColumbiaレコードに「J Is For Jazz」をレコーディングしました。
次にOzzie Cadena率いるSavoyレコードが製作した「Hank Jones Quartet」に参加しました。
その後、フランスColumbiaの独自の企画として「Barrys Tune」と「Minor Drop」の2曲がレコーディングされました。この2曲は7インチ盤「Bobby Jaspar Quintet」(ESDF 1142)として発売されました。
彼はサックス奏者としてLester Youngを尊敬しつつ、彼独自のオリジナリティを意識した演奏を心がけていました。
そういった活躍が評価された結果、同年の「Down Beats批評家投票(テナーサックス部門)」で新人賞に選ばれています。

Here is J.J. Johnson Quintet play “Undecided”.

J.J. Johnson (tb), Bobby Jaspar (ts, fl), Hank Jones (p), Percy Heath (b), Elvin Jones (ds) NYC on July 24, 1956

Here is J.J Johnson Quintet play “Angel Eyes”.

Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Hank Jones Quartet  play Moonlight Becomes You”.

Bobby Jaspar (ts, fl), Hank Jones (p) ,Paul Chambers (b), Kenny Clarke (ds)

NYC, August 21, 1956

Here is Hank Jones Quartet  play “Relaxin’ At Camarillo”.

Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quintet “Barry’s Tune”.

Bobby Jaspar(ts,fl),Eddie Costa(p),Barry Galbraith(g),Milt Hinton(b),Osie Johnson(ds) New York, 1956

Here is Bobby Jaspar Quintet play “Minor Drop”.

Members of the recording are the same as above.