Tag Archives: Kenny Clarke

Ralph Sharon(3)

September 27.2017

Ralph Sharon realized early on that he needed to immigrate to the United States if he really wanted to play jazz.

In 1953, he emigrated to the United States,where he was sharing a room with clarinetist Tony Scott.

In those days they were absorbed in bebop,and frequently went to Minton’s.

Tony Scott introduced Ralph to prominent jazz musicians in New York.

So he worked with famous musicians, recording albums with noted jazz musicians.

Ralph Sharon recorded for the US London label on May 27th, 1955.

Then he had transferd to Bethlehem Records, and recorded Ralph Sharon Trio album in 1956.

He also recorded with jazz vocalist Chris Connor on the Bethlehem label from 1955-1957.

Ralph Sharonは本物のジャズを演奏するのであるならばアメリカに移住する必要があるということを早くから認識していました。

1953年アメリカに移住しクラリネット奏者のTony Scottと同じ部屋で生活していました。

当時二人はビバップの虜になっており頻繁にMinton’s Playhouseに行きました。

Tony Scottはイギリスから来たRalph Sharonをニューヨークで有名なジャズミュージシャンに紹介しました。

そのお陰でRalph Sharonはジャズ仲間との共演も多くなりレコーデイングの機会を持つことになりました。

1955年5月27日、米国Londonレーベルに「Easy Jazz」というアルバムを録音しました。

その後Bethlehemレコードに移籍し「Ralph Sharonトリオ」(1956年)というアルバムを録音しました。

又、Chris ConnorのBethlehem盤(1955-1957年)の伴奏者としてジャズ史に名前を残すことになりました。

 Here is  Ralph Sharon Sextet play “Have You Met Miss Jones?”.
J.R.Monterose (ts), Teddy Charles (vib), Ralph Sharon (p), Joe Puma (g), Charles Mingus (b), Kenny Clarke (ds) 27 May,1955

Here is Chris Connor sings “I Concentrate On You”.
Chris Connor(vo),J.J.Johnson(tb),Kai Winding(tb),Herbie Mann(fl,ts),Ralph Sharon(p),Joe Puma(g),Milt Hinton(b),Osie Johnson(ds)


Bobby Jaspar(5)

August 13. 2017

Blossom Dearie and husband Bobby Jaspar by courtesy of Blossom Dearie HP Photo Gallery

Bobby Jaspar had many recordings in US and Eurrope.

From 1961 to 1962 he came back for one year to Europe giving many concerts in several countries, and making some of his last recordings.

Unfortunately he passed away by complications following an open-heart surgery operation.

He died in New York on Feb. 28, 1963, he was 37 years old.

Finally, I will  briefly introduce a few representative recordings of Bobby Jaspar.

Bobby Jasparはアメリカだけでなくヨーロッパでも多くのレコーディングを行なっています。



最後に、簡単にBobby Jasparの代表的なアルバムを紹介して今回の投稿を終わりたいと思います。

Here is Bobby Jaspar plays “There will never be another you”.
Martial Solal(p), Pierre Michelot(b),Kenny Clarke(ds),Sacha Distel(g), Bobby Jaspar(fl) (1957)

Here is Donald BYRD with Bobby Jaspar play ”Dear old Stockholm”.
Donald Byrd (tp),Bobby Jaspar (fl),Walter Davis Jr(p),Doug Watkins (b),Art Taylor (dr) October 22, 1958,

Here is Donald Byrd quintet Cannes 1958
Donald Byrd (tp),Bobby Jaspar (fl),Walter Davis Jr(p),Doug Watkins (b),Art Taylor(dr) Live in Cannes in 1958

Here is Blossom Dearie with Bobby Jaspar play “L’étang”.
Blossom Dearie(Vo, P),Kenny Burrell(g), Ray Brown(b), Ed Thigpen(ds) ,Bobby Jaspar(fl)   May 21-22, 1959

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。
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.





John LaPorta(1)

March 20.2017

Photo above of John LaPorta by offbeatpersistente.blogspot.

Recently one of favorite songs has been uploaded on YouTube.

Kenny Clarke and John LaPorta play “Play, Fiddle, Play”.

This week I would like to post about John LaPorta.

John LaPorta was born 13 April 1920. in Philadelphia.

LaPorta began studying clarinet at the age of nine.

Photo above of The Academy of Music from The Philadelphia Orchestra’s website.

He took lessons from Wilhelm Dietrich who was the first chair with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Unfortunately he had to stop the lessons when LaPorta’s father suffered an incapacitating stroke.

At the age of 12 he picked up music again seriously.

Eventually he enterd Settlement Music School.

As a teenager, LaPorta decided to take a shot at becoming a full-time professional musician.

He switched to Mastbaum High, which was noted for its music department.

While there he made a valuable friend in clarinetist Buddy DeFranco.

LaPorta became increasingly interested in playing jazz for a living,

In 1942 he had even played in a couple of jam sessions with Dizzy Gillespie in Philadelphia.

Kenny Clarke and John LaPorta による “Play,Fiddle,Play”.
今週はJohn LaPortaについて投稿します。
John LaPortaは1920年4月13日にフィラデルフィアで生まれました。
LaPortaは9歳でフィラデルフィア管弦楽団のヴィルヘルム・ディートリッヒからレッスンを受けました。その後、フィラデルフィアの音楽専門学校でBuddy DeFrancoと友人になりました。

Here is Kenny Clarke and John LaPorta play “Play,Fiddle,Play”.

Here is John LaPorta Quartet play “I Got It Bad and That ain’t Good”.

Fats Navarro on Savoy(3)

January 12.2017


Photo above of Fats Navarro

Fats Navarro recorded another session as a sideman in the company of the Brooklyn Beboppers February 18, 1947.

This recording was post most obscure studio session in Navarro ’s career.

Photo above of Any Kirk(left) and Ray Abrams(right)

Photo above of Andy Kirk(left) and Ray Abrams(right)

The leader was Ray Abrams who was born in New York.

Unfortunately I have not hear these recordings ever.

Then Navarro recorded a superb work in two companies by Tadd Dameron’s band.

Photo above of Fats Navarro and Todd Dameron

Photo above of Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron

They had the first session for Blue Note on 26 September, and the second for Savoy on October 28.

Tadd Dameron Quintet on Savoy.


“A Bop Carol”,”The Tadd Walk”,”Gone With The Wind”,”That Someone Must Be You”

Fats Navarro (tp) Ernie Henry (as) Tadd Dameron (p) Curly Russell (b) Kenny Clarke (ds) Kay Penton (vo)

Kay Penton sings “Gone With The Wind”,”That Someone Must Be You”.

If I had to choose one, needless to say I will prefer to the Blue Note recordings.

Because these recordings achieved their greatest studio performances for Blue Note.


Here is Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro Quintet play “A Bebop Carroll”.

Here is Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro Quintet play “The Tadd walk”.

Here is Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro Quintet play “Gone With The Wind”.

Here is Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro Quintet play “That Someone Must Be You” .

Here is Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro Sextet play “Our Delight (1947).”

Fats Navarro on Savoy(1)

January 09.2017


Last week I posted Stan Getz and Allen Eager on Savoy.

This week I want to post about Fats Navarro on Savoy.

After Fats left Billy Eckstine band ,he and Kenny Dorham joined small-group session under the leadership of Kenny Clarke.

Savoy producer Teddy Reig assembled the members for small group session in September 6 1946.


I found an interesting fact in discography.

Kenny Clarke and his 52nd Street Boys had recorded a historical performance on the previous day.(September 5 1946)

I have this recording as “Be Bop Era ” which was released as Japanese Vintage series on Victor.

Photo above of Gil Fuller with Dizzy Gillespie(1963)

Photo above of Gil Fuller with Dizzy Gillespie(1963)

Noteworthy Gil Fuller was included as arranger on both sessions.

Gil Fuller was best known for his work with the Dizzy Gillespie big band.

Four tunes were heard at greater length than an usual recording .

Because these were recorded at double length for release over two sides of a 78 rpm disc.

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Boppin’ A Riff”.

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Fat Boy”.

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Everything’s Cool”

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Webb City”.

Here is Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys play “Rue Chaptal(as Royal Roost)”.

Fats NavarroはBilly Eckstine のバンドを離れた後、彼とKenny Dorham はKenny Clarkeをリーダーとしたレコーディングに参加しました。プロデューサーはもちろんTeddy Reigでした。
録音日は1946年9月6日でしたが、前日にケニークラークは歴史的な録音をビクターにしていた。日本ではビクターのビンテージ・シリーズ「Be Bop Era」として発売されました。
注目すべきことは、Gil Fullerが両方のセッションでアレンジャーとして参加したことです。Gil Fullerは、Dizzy Gillespieのビッグバンドの編曲者として有名です。

Ozzie Cadena(4)


Legendary recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder died at 91.

He began recording in a room in parents’ house in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Recently I read an interest interview.

Thanks Steven Cerra.

Kenny Clarke and Rudy Van Gelder were a good friend at that time.

I will quote a portion of  terrific blog.

Rudy: It was. That’s right. Of course, the house was built, they built that, It was my father and mother, my parents, built that at the time, as their home. But, they were aware of my interest in the sound, and we had a little control room built right off the living room. This little glass window, overlooking the living room, with a small control room. And it’s nice…

Ben: And there was a place in the living room where you’d always put the drum kit, and …

Rudy: Most of it. Yeah. There was nothing rigid about it. But I remember this one place where I sent Kenny Clarke. Kenny Clarke would always go in that corner. We used to call it “Klook’s Corner.” That’s where he would always set up the drums.

Ben: There’s a song called “Klook’s Corner.”

Rudy: That’s right. That’s how it came about. Right.

Ben: Because he liked it there.

Rudy: That’s right. We got a good sound. It was a good size room, actually. Not huge, but acoustically it sounded nice. Had a nice-sounding room.

Rudy was also responsible for recording of Savoy Records.

Ozzie Cadena talks Rudy Van Gelder on May 26, 2001.


I found a good news about Savoy records. Go here