タグ別アーカイブ: June Christy

アニタ・オデイさんと一緒に「ブラインドフォールドテスト」

May 29,2020

先日、来日時のスポーツ新聞記事をご紹介しました。今回はアニタ・オデイがダウンビート誌の名物コーナー「The Blindfold Test」に登場した時の記事を添付しました。(1957年4月4日号)

今回もレナード・フェザーが出題した12曲について、アニタのコメント(英語)を翻訳ソフト向けに1曲ずつテキストに変換し添付しました。

1. Betty Roche. Something to Live For (Bethlehem).

I don’t know who the girl singer is, but I like the choice of tune. I’ve known about this tune since about 1941-in fact it was about the first tune I ever played on the piano … (hums)… It’s real pretty. I had never heard the verse before, and I did enjoy this girl on the verse. I didn’t care for the interpretation of the tune after she got into the chorus … I don’t care for that type of singing-it’s too choppy.I think it should be more smooth for this type of tune. I’d have lost the entire theme of the song unless I had known the tune, which fortunately I did. The accompaniment didn’t impress me one way or another. How do I rate it? If I hadn’t ever known the tune, I don’t think it would have done anything to me at all, so I’d classify it “z,” whatever that is. Would “z” be no stars? Okay, no stars.

2.Chris Connor. Something to Live For (Atlantic).

That was a nice version. I enjoyed that much better the smoothness of it … Chris’ flowing tones and the interruptions at the end of each word. Of course, it doesn’t come up to her Lush Life. That’s about the smoothest of the slow tunes she’s done. However, I like this. I think I would even buy this-like if we were on a panel”Would you buy this is it a hit or a miss, quote, Peter?” Not that it would be a hit, but I would buy this, I believe. Sort of category “m” … if the other was “z,” this would be “m.” Three stars.

3. Ella Fitzgerald. My Heart Stood Still(Verve).

Well, I guess if you are an Ella Fitzgerald fan, you would like this very much. However, this old versiondream up a story and sell it to Hollywood … Hollywood’ll buy anything. Who dreamed up Ella singing “and then my heart stood still”? It’s ridiculous. Here’s a girl who sings good swing music… She reads very well on this and she’s got the melody down. Dum, bum, bum, two-beat, ya, da da … boy! this is it for melody and everything, but classing Ella in this kind of a tune-I don’t know. All I can say is, sell it to Hollywood-and they did.The arrangement was pleasant, and Ella didn’t sing badly on it. I’m not saying it’s bad or good, but I think it’s kind of silly—the entire tune with Ella. So much talent and how they’ve used it! As far as buying the record-I’m hung again as to how to class this. It wasn’t so bad musically-it’s a nice record, whatever “nice” is.

4. Sarah Vaughan. My Heart Stood Still(Mercury).

Sarah always relaxes me, because when you hear that it’s Sarah, you know you can say to yourself right away like “this record is going to be played from beginning to end and it’s going to be done very well,” so you don’t have to worry too much about it.There are five placements that one can sing from: The upper front of the mouth; uh-uh; the back of the top of the roof of the mouth; the throat, down into the lower part of the … uh-uh. I don’t know the technical names for these … I did, because I studied it a long time ago, but I know there are five places you can sing from, and Sarah sings from all five of them, which makes her like the queen of singers. This is the lady, queen, princess, or whatever you want to say, but she’s a good girl singer, and I’m for girl singers. I would say this would be rated very good.

5. Rita Reyes with the Jazz Messengers.Taking a Chance on Love (Columbia).

I have no idea who the singer is, and I don’t think I really care to find out. I would say it’s a beginner’s style and really no connection to the music. She’s singing the story all right, but where’s the music? … Chopping the phrasing-I didn’t like it at all. The background of the choruses that followed … the music involved-I would say pretty good be-bopping there, if you’re going that way – not too bad at all, but frankly, if the record was given to me, I think I would give it back. I’d rate it “z.”

Rita Reys (vcl) acc by Donald Byrd (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) New York, May 3, 1956

6. Patti Page w. Pete Rugolo Ork. Taking a Chance on Love (EmArcy).

There’s a line in the song, “and the act of hearts is high.” This gal gets my heart and aces high to boot! That’s the best record I’ve heard in a long time! I couldn’t tell you who’s singing or the background here. I could speculate, but I won’t. I enjoyed it much, much, very good, a-b-c-d-x-y-z, five stars, thank you, Mr. Feather!

7. Jackie Paris. ‘Round Midnight (EmArcy).

My afternoon is complete. This is the lad-Jackie Paris, of course. And if I were a male-ha! ha! singer, that is, I would like to be Jackie Paris, male singer-that’s the lad. He was associated with Jeri Southern for a long time a long time ago, and that was when I first heard him. He was in New York in 1944 or ’45 when I was with Stan Kenton’s band, and that’s when I first heard Jackie. Then right after I left Stan’s band, I did a single at the Holiday inn in Newark, and Jackie Paris was on the bill. So I got to hear him in person.Why nothing’s happening with Jackie I’ll never know. I followed him in Hawaii about four months ago, and the club owners said business was terrible, but in Hawaii everything is terrible, except the sun, of course the musicians and everything else involved it’s pretty bad. What can you say about Jackie except “this is the male singer”-six stars!

Jackie Paris (vcl) acc by Eddie Shu (hca,ts) Dick Hyman (p) John Collins (g) Tommy Potter (b) Roy Haynes (d) New York, November 12, 1949

8. June Christy. ‘Round Midnight (Capitol).

Well, that should be a big recordbeautiful! Chris really sing’s this … that’s a good one for her. I like the tune much-I’m positive it’s Chris. I think both versions are good. I’ll have to give another six stars.

9. Helen Merrill. By Myselt (EmArcy). Gil Evans, arranger; Art Farmer, trumpet.

An enjoyable rendition of By Myself Alone. I presume that’s the title I’ve never heard the tune before. The girl singer-I could say, but I’m afraid to -Helen Merrill? I don’t know I’ve never heard her before. Her voice is smooth, I like it … small, intimate, but good intonation, without a shout, you know.It’s enjoyable. I thought the entire record was very good. I don’t know who arranged it, of course. I liked the trumpet-was that a progressive cat there? Ha! ha! Shall I speculate or not? Dizzy on a cool day? Very good, very good.

Helen Merrill (vcl) acc by Art Farmer, Louis Mucci (tp) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) John LaPorta (cl,as) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Joe Morello (d) + strings, Gil Evans (arr,cond) New York, July 29, 1956

10. Barbara Carroll. By Myself (Victor). Barbara Carroll, vocal, piano.

That was a smart, snappy version. I like the singer, but don’t know who it was. Sort of a happy, elated interpretation, and I enjoyed it. As far as rating-let’s see-good. How about the piano? What piano? Ha! ha!

11. Peggy Connelly. Travelin’ Light (Bethlehem). Russ Garcia, arranger and conductor.

Well, let’s see — that’s not Paul Whiteman. Ha! ha! His was the first version I heard, of that tune. It’s real nice—the right groove and the right tune. The right answers to that would be right good.

Peggy Connelly (vcl) acc by Pete Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp) Russ Cheever (sop) Charlie Mariano (as) Bill Holman (ts) Jimmy Giuffre (bar) Al Hendrickson (g) Max Bennett (b) Stan Levey (d) Russ Garcia (arr,cond)  Los Angeles, January 16, 17 & 18, 1956

12. Billie Holiday. Travelin’ Light (Clef).

That record reminds me of a perfect example. For instance, I do a recording session and there’s 17 to 24 men, and then a club in the east will hire me and they’ll have a fast trio to accompany me and people will say “Do that tune, How High the Moon or Bootwhip,” or something on which I had 17 men, and with a trio I’m supposed to make it-like-“sound,” and it’s not easy, but Billie does it real well.This is Miss Stylist of the World, and it’s always good. Traveling Light and traveling right with Billie Holiday. The full value of stars.

 

 

神戸ジャズ愛好会5月例会(2019年)⑥特集「ジャズスタンダード名曲集~ジョージ・ガーシュウィン(4)」

May 31,2019

Photo by Pinterst

特集「ジャズスタンダード名曲集~ジョージ・ガーシュウィン」の最終回です。寺本世話人と平野の選曲を紹介します。

寺本氏
「I Got Rhythm」

Here is Dickie Wells and his Orchestra play “I Got Rhythm”.
Bill Coleman(tp) Dicky Wells(tb) Lester Young(ts) Ellis Larkins(p) Freddie Green(g) Al Hall(b) Jo Jones(ds) New York, December 21, 1943

「Nice Work if You Can Get It」

Here is Bud Powell Trio play “Nice Work if You Can Get It”.
Bud Powell(p),Curly Russell(b), Max Roach(ds) New York January 10, 1947

「How Long Has This Been Going On?」

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton sings “How Long Has This Been Going On?”.

「 I’ve got a crush on you」

当日はLaurie Holloway(p)と共演した上記アルバム「That Old Feeling(1983年)」からのご紹介でしたが、YouTube映像(画質の悪さについてはご了承願います)を添付しました。

Here is Cleo Laine sings “ I’ve got a crush on you.”

平野
「Embraceable You」だけに限定しました。
1930年のミュージカル「Girl Crazy」の挿入曲として「But Not for Me」「I Got Rhythm」と共に名曲となりました。
手元の資料では896曲(2014年まで)録音されています。最初の録音(1930年10月23日)はRed Nichols(The Captivators)が録音しています。

【追悼】Doris Day

Here is Doris Day sings “Embraceable You” (1944)

「Bobby Hackett」

当日はSavoryコレクションから選曲しましたが、ブログでは別の録音を添付します。

Here is Bobby Hackett And His Orchestra play “Embraceable you”.
Bobby Hackett (cnt,arr) Sterling Bose, Jack Thompson (tp) Brad Gowans (v-tb,arr) George Troup (tb) Pee Wee Russell (cl) Louis Colombo (as) Bernie Billings (ts) Ernie Caceres (bar) Dave Bowman (p) Eddie Condon (g) Sid Jacobs (b) Don Carter (ds) Buck Ram (arr) New York, April 13, 1939

「Charlie Parker」

二つのテイクを聴き比べ(ダイヤルセッション)して頂きました。
Miles Davis(tp) Charlie Parker(as) Duke Jordan(p) Tommy Potter(b) Max Roach(ds)
New York, October 28, 1947

(D 1106-A)

(D-1106-B)

Photo above of Charlie Parker and Ross Russell by courtesy of Jazz Riffing on a Lost Worcester: Dial in the Birdie

 

June Christy with Stan Kenton Orchestra in Michigan

November 22.2017

Stan Kenton orchestra and June Christy at the Palladium. 1946. Photographer: Gene Lester.

In 20 February 1948,Stan Kenton and June Christy had a concert at Masonic Temple.

In 8 May1948,Stan Kenton and June Christy had a concert at Broadway Capitol Theater.

At That time The Nat King Cole Trio was participating as a special guest.

1948年2月20日、Stan KentonはJune ChristyをボーカリストとしてMasonic Templeででコンサートを開いています。

又、5月8日にもStan KentonとJune ChristyはBroadway Capitol Theatreでコンサートを開催しました。

その時のコンサートには特別ゲストとしてNat King Cole Trioが参加していました。

当時の演奏をお聞き下さい。

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “I’d Be Lost Without You”.
19 July 1946

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Willow Weep For Me”.
25 July 1946

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Don’t Want That Man Around”.
13 February 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Please Be Kind”.
1 April 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “I Got it Bad”.
1 April 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Curiosity”.
25 September 1947

 

Here is Stan Kenton and His Orchestra feat. June Christy sings “Tampico”.

大阪ジャズ同好会10月例会(後半特集)『Stan Kenton楽団』

October 24,2017

Photo by courtesy of yestercenturypop.com

大阪ジャズ同好会の特集後半は『Stan Kenton楽団』をご紹介しました。
以下概略と選曲を掲載します。
Stan Kenton楽団は1941年に創設されました。それまでのスイング楽団から脱却し「Progressive Jazz」と呼ばれた進歩的なジャズを発表しました。
Pete RugoloやBill Holeman等の重厚な編曲とウエストコーストの腕達者を数多く起用し、贅沢な作品をキャピトルレコードに数多く録音しました。
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又、Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chris Connerなど優秀な専属歌手を擁しました。(Ann RichardsはStan Kentonの妻でした) 今回はボーカルとの演奏は選曲しておりません。
(1)Eager Beaver(3:10)
1943年10月19日録音 作曲・編曲はStan Kenton

(2)Artistry In Rhythm(3:23)
1944年1月19日録音  アーティストリーシリーズは大ヒットしました。

(3)Art Pepper(2:11)
1950年5月18日録音
50人編成のオーケストラをバックにソロ演奏しています。

(4) Invnetion For Guitar and Trumpet(2:55)
1952年9月15日録音  作曲・編曲 Bill Holeman
Sal Salvador(g), Maynard Ferguson(tp)

(5)Autumn In New York(2:34)

(6)You And The Night And The Music(2:38)
1953年7月8日録音