タグ別アーカイブ: Ira Gitler

The Great Compositions by Tadd Dameron(5)

January 20.2017

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Nat Hentoff died on on Jan. 7 at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.Go here

I will post about “Mating Call” from the consideration of Nat Hentoff.

I referred to JazzWax[August 21, 2007].

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Photo above of Nat Hentoff

He wrote a review about “Mating Call” in 1957.

“Why a trumpet wasn’t added remains a mystery”.

Hentoff wished there had been an extra horn on the date, and he mused “a gentler trumpet”.

This recording had been subject to discussion among critics as Ira Gitler points out in the liner notes.

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After the death of Clifford Brown in June 1956, Blue Note label was recording more aggressive sound with joining young superior trumpeters such as Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd.

Also Bob Weinstock produced Miles Davis for a marathon recording session at the end of November 1956.

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Photo of Miles Davis by Esmond Edwards/CTSImages.com

Producer Bob Weinstock had envisioned the date as a quintet session including trumpeter.

However Tadd Dameron had rejected Weinstock’s plan.

I guess Tadd wanted to record without trumpeter.

After all this session was recorded without a trumpet player.

Arranging with one horn alone was marvelous.

Here is Tadd Dameron With John Coltrane play “Mating Call”.

Here is Tadd Dameron With John Coltrane play “Soultrane”.

Here is Tadd Dameron With John Coltrane play “On A Misty Night”.

Here is Tadd Dameron and John Coltrane play “Gnid”.

Here is Tadd Dameron & John Coltrane play ”Super jet”.

Here is Tadd Dameron & John Coltrane play “Romas”.

Don Schlitten(2)

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Today, I will post about his achievements in Prestige Records.

By the mid-1950s, Prestige Records became a leading independent jazz label.

So Prestige founder Bob Weinstock set about recruiting an impressive group of young producers.

He employed several superb producers in addition to Weinstock: among them, Chris Albertson,

Ozzie Cadena, Esmond Edwards, Ira Gitler, Cal Lampley, Bob Porter, and Don Schlitten.

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Photo above of Ira Gitler

There is a famous story about his  work in Prestige label.

He produced Tony Fruscella’s recording in 1952.

Unfortunately this work was not released.

This precious recordings wound up on a shelf in Bob’s office where many years later.

But Don found unissued recordings dust on a neglected shelf.

Then he eventually issued them in 1981 for his own Xanadu label.

I want post about  Tony Fruscella’s recording at later date.

Also Don Schlitten had a talent for photography and visual art and created many of the labels cover designs.

He had done some design work that appeared on 10-inch and EP discs in the early 1950s.

Please refer to “Prestige Records,” The Birka Jazz Archive.

Here is Tony Fruscella Septet.

Tony Fruscella (tp), Herb Geller (as), Phil Urso (ts), Gene Allen (bs),Bill Triglia (p), Red Mitchell (b), Howie Mann (ds)       Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, February 16, 1952