タグ別アーカイブ: Johnny Pate

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June 11.2017

In the early 1960s,Johnny Pate successfully ventured into the rhythm and blues field.

He was hired by OKeh Records producer/A&R director Carl Davis.

The first recording was  “Monkey Time” by Major Lance.

Photo above of Curtis Mayfield by Wikipedia

The composer of the song, Curtis Mayfield, was the leader of the R&B group the Impressions.

Curtis Mayfield made many hits by Johnny’s arrangements in  ABC-Paramount recording session.

Also Johnny’s success in the R&B field was followed by film and television scoring projects in the ‘70s.

He orchestrated and arranged the music for “Shaft in Africa” and also made the scores for ”the Shaft” television series.

In 1980s he continued to arrange for Peabo Bryson and Natalie Cole.

In 1993 he produced a second album for Jimmy Smith, “Sum Serious Blues.”

This recordings featured the vocal work of Marlena Shaw.

Pate’s son is well known bassist, Don Pate.

Photo above of Don Pate

1960年代の前半、Johnny PateはR&Bの世界で成功を収めました。
OKeh RecordsのCarl Davisは彼に新しい音楽を製作するよう要請しました。
最初のレコーディングはMajor Lanceの “Monkey Time”でした。
このヒット作の作曲家、Curtis MayfieldはR&BグループのImpressionsのリーダーでした。
Curtis MayfieldはJohnnyの編曲によりABCから多くのヒットを出した。
映画「Shaft in Africa」並びにTVシリーズ「Shaft」の音楽を担当しました。
1980年、Peabo BrysonとNatalie Coleの曲を製作しヒットさせました。
1993年、Jimmy Smithの2枚目のアルバム「Sum Serious Blues」でMarlena Shawを起用するしたレコーディングも印象的です。
Johnny Pateの息子はDon Pateというベーシストとして活躍しています。

Here is Johnnie Pate Trio play “Midnight Sun”.
Johnnie Pate (b),Ronnell Bright (p),Charles Walton (ds)

Here is Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson sing “What you won’t do for love”.

Here is Jimmy Smith and Marlena Shaw play “I’d rather Drink Muddy Water”.

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June 09.2017

Johnny Pate had recorded as a bassist with his own trio on the Federal, King, Gig, Salem, and MGM labels.

There is a wonderful HP that introduced about the early recordings of Johnny Pate.Go here

In 1958 he played bass was James Moody’s album “Last Train from Overbrook.” at Argo Records.

This album was one of his last works as a bassist.

His music career had gradually changed as a producer and an arranger from playing a musical instrument.

In the 1960s he produced or arranged some famous albums.

He produced “B.B. King Live at the Regal” in 1964.

This recording is considered by many to be one of the definitive blues albums.

Photo above courtesy of OKMusic

In 1964 he received a significant work from Creed Taylor.

Creed Taylor selected him as the arranger and conductor for Wes Montgomery’s album “Movin’ Wes”.

This album was Montgomery’s debut album on the Verve label and sold more than 100,000 copies initially.

Photo above of Creed Taylor and Wes Montgomery by courtesy of Pinterest

Same year he produced and arranged Shirley Horn’s album at ABC-Paramount Records ,”Travlin’ Light” .

In 1969 he produced a large jazz orchestra’s recordings in Verve.

The album was “Round Trip “by Phil Woods.

Johnny Pateは『 Federal, King, Gig, Salem, MGM』といったレコード会社に自己の名義で録音しています。Johnny Pateの初期の録音について紹介した素晴らしいHPがあります。こちらをクリックして下さい。
1958年、Argo社の James Moody「 Last Train from Overbrook」でベースを弾いています。
1964年「 B.B. King Live at the Regal」を制作しました。
1965年に Creed Taylorから重要な仕事を引受ました。
Creed Taylor(私は名伯楽であると思います)はWes Montgomery「Movin ‘Wes」の編曲者と指揮者として彼を抜擢しました。
このアルバムはVerveにおけるWes Montgomeryのデビューアルバムで、当初10万枚以上売れたそうです。
同年、ABC Records社でShirley Horn「Travlin ‘Light」を製作しました。
1969年、Verveで大編成によるPhil Woods “Round Trip”を制作しました。

Here is James Moody Plays “Last Train From Overbrook”.
James Moody(ts.as.fl),Flip Ricard, Earl Turner, Sonny Cohn(tp),John Avant(tb),Bill Atkins, Lenny Druss(as),Vito Price, Sandy Mosse, Eddie Johnson(ts),Pat Patrick(bs),Junior Mance(p),Johnny Pate(b),John Gray(g),Red Holt(ds) September , 1958 Chicago

Here is B.B. King sings “Every Day I Have The Blues”.
November 21, 1964(Live At The Regal)

Here is Wes Montgomery plays “Movin Wes”.

Here is Shirley Horn play “I Could Have Told You”.

Here is Phil Woods plays “Love Song For A Dead Che”.

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June 08.2017

While performing with South, Johnny Pate furthered his musical training by studying at Chicago’s Midwestern Conservatory from 1951 to 1953.

In those days Johnny Pate also played with the Red Allen – J.C. Higginbotham Combo.

Photo above of Mills Blue Rhythm Band. From left to right: George Washington, J. C. Higginbotham, Henry “Red” Allen, Wardell Jones and Shelton Hemphill from Wikipedia

In addition during this same time period, he worked for the Club De Lisa as the arranger of its shows’ production numbers.

The feature male singer in the show was a young man by the name of Joe Williams.

Please refer to an interesting blog about Joe Williams and the Club De Lisa.Go here

Then Johnny Pate and Joe Williams became life-long friends.

In the end of the 50’s, he led his own group that served as the house band at Chicago’s Blue Note.

There he worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Duke Ellington.

Also he recorded “Johnny Pate at the Blue Note” (1956).

Photo above of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald by courtesy of Pinterst

Johnny Pateは1951年から1953年までシカゴの Midwestern Conservatoryで音楽理論を徹底的に学びました。
又、同時期にはHenry Red Allen とJ.C. Higginbotham が双頭リーダーであったバンドにも参加していました。
更にシカゴでも有名なナイトクラブ「The Club De Lisa」で音楽ステージの編曲者として雇われました。
当時「The Club De Lisa」で歌っていたボーカリストはJoe Williamsでした。
Joe Williamsと「The Club De Lisa」に関しては添付のブログを参照してください。ここをクリックして下さい。
「シカゴBlueNote」ではElla FitzgeraldやSarah Vaughan そして Duke Ellingtonバンドと共演しました。
又、 “Johnny Pate at the Blue Note” (1956)というレコードも製作販売されました。(実況ライブではありません)

Here is Johnny Pate at the Blue Note play “What a Difference a Day Made”, “It Might as Well be Spring”,”I Surrender Dear”.
Johnny Pate(b), Floyd Morris(p),Wilbur Wynne(g)
Chicago, probably July 3-10,1956

Here is Count Basie with Joe Williams and Jimmy Rushing play “Going To Chicago”.

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June 07.2017

In 1946 Johnny Pate was discharged and moved to New York City.

Oscar Pettiford helped him get started in NYC.

Johnny Pate played with Coleridge Davis’ big band from 1947 to 1949.

Photo above of Coleridge Davis & his Hardy Brothers Washingtonians

Although Coleridge Davis’ big band was not famous in those days, I found an interesting talking by Count Basie.

Count Basie’s band and Coleridge Davis & his Hardy Brothers Washingtonians seem to have been rivalry over the appearance at Atlantic City.

Then he worked with the innovative pre-bop jazz violinist Stuff Smith.

Please refer to my previous post about Stuff Smith.Go here

1946年、Johnny Pateは軍隊を退役しニューヨークに移りました。
ニューヨークではOscar Pettifordが彼の仕事の面倒を見てくれました。
1947年から1949年の間、Coleridge Davisのバンドに加入しました。
Coleridge Davisバンドについては詳しい資料は見当たりませんが、Count Basieによる興味深い話を一つ見つけました。
Count BasieバンドとColeridge Davis & his Hardy Brothers Washingtonians はAtlantic Cityの出演を競ったライバル関係だったそうです。
その後、ジャズバイオリニストのStuff Smithと仕事をしました。
Stuff Smithに関しては、過去の投稿を参照して下さい。

Here is Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys play “Here comes the man with the jive” (1936).

Here is Oscar Pettiford and Attila Zoller play “The Gentle Art of Love”.
June 15, 1959( Austrian TV )

Here is Johnny Pate Trio play “Huff’s Bluff.
Willie Huff(p),Johnny Pate(b),Walter Grant(ds)
Chicago, October 16, 17, 1958

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June 06.2017

Photo above of Johnny Pate by courtesy of petesplace.net

Photo above of Curtis Mayfield by Wikipedia

Johnny Pate arranged a Curtis Mayfield song, “Monkey Time”.

It was a big hit for Major Lance in 1963.

Pate’s collaboration with Curtis Mayfield produced most of the well-known Impressions tracks including “Amen,” “We’re A Winner” .

Also he produced B.B. King: Live at the Regal.

Unfortunately I am not familiar with Curtis Mayfield and B.B. King.

Also he scored soundtracks for films including “Shaft in Africa (1973).”

But I am very interested in Johnny Pate as jazz bassist and rhythm and blues arranger.

This week I would like to focus on Johnny Pate who was the producer of their works.

Johnny Pate was born December 5, 1923 in Chicago.

He learned to play piano and tuba as a child.

Then Johnny Pate is a self-taught bassist and arranger in the Army during World War II.

So he had learned these skills while serving Army Band.


1963年、Johnny PateはCurtis Mayfieldによるヒット作品「Monkey Time」の編曲に携わりました。
その後、Curtis MayfieldはThe Impressionsというグループで ”Amen”や “We’re A Winner”などの名曲をヒットさせました。
又、B.B.Kingのライブ名盤『Live at the Regal』もPateが製作しました。
更にPateは「Shaft in Africa(1973)」などの映画音楽でも成功しています。
私はCurtis MayfieldやB.B. Kingについてあまり詳しくありません。
しかし、ジャズ界におけるJohnny Pateの活躍には大いに興味があります。

今週はJohnny Pateについて調べてみたいと思います。
Johnny Pateは1923年12月5日にシカゴで生まれました。
子供の頃にピアノ と チューバを演奏したそうです。

Here is  The Impressions play “Amen”.
(Curtis Mayfield , Sam Gooden , Fred Cash)

Here is Johnny Pate Plays “Shaft in Africa”.