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Gil Fuller(2)

October 19,2017

Photo above of Gil Fuller by courtesy of Official Website 2015

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

Then Fats Navarro and Kenny Dorham recorded a historical performance on September 5 1946 on Victor label.

They were named Kenny Clarke and his 52nd Street Boys.

Next day(September 6) they recorded on Savoy label as The Be Bop Boys.

Also The Be Bop Boys was named Gil Fuller’s Modernists.

Common members of two days were Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke.

Noteworthy, Gil Fuller was included as arranger on both sessions.

Also Savoy label instructed a long recording time.

Four tunes cut a greater length than an usual recording.

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

In 1949 Gil Fuller recorded his leader recordings on Discovery label.

Unfortunately after that, he has not produced his own album until 1965.

Kenny Clarkeはレコーディンググループを結成するためにBilly Eckstine楽団を脱退したFats NavarroとKenny Dorham を参加させました。
Kenny Clarke and his 52nd Street Boys と名付けられたグループは1946年9月5日にビクター社に歴史的な演奏を録音しました。
翌日(9月6日)、Kenny ClarkeはSavoy社にThe Be Bop Boysと名付けられたグループ名で録音しています。別名 Gil Fuller’s Modernistsと名付けられました。
二日間に共通しているのはKenny Dorham, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell という錚々たるメンバーでした。
注目すべきはGil Fullerが両日のレコーディングで編曲者として参加していたことです。
この日Savoy社は一曲の録音時間を長くするよう指示しました。
その結果、録音された4曲は通常の時間よりも長めにレコーディングされています。
何故なら78rpm(3分仕様)の両面で1曲として発売する意図で2倍の時間でレコーディングされたからです。
1949年、Gil FullerはDiscovery社からリーダーアルバムをレコーディングしています。
残念なことにその後1965年まで自分のアルバムを制作していません。

Here is Kenny Clarke and His 52nd Street Boys play “Rue Chaptal (as Royal Roost)”.
McKinlay Dorham (Kenny Dorham), Fats Navarro (tp), Sonny Stitt (as), Ray Abrams (ts), Eddie DeVerteuil (bs), Bud Powell (p), John Collins (g), Al Hall (b), Kenny Clarke (ds),  Gil Fuller (arr)
NYC, September 5, 1946

Here is  Gil Fuller’s Modernists play “Boppin’ A Riff”.
Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro (tp) Sonny Stitt (as) Morris Lane (ts) Eddie DeVerteuil (bs) Bud Powell (p) Al Hall (b) Kenny Clarke (ds) Gil Fuller (arr) NYC, September 6, 1946

Here is Gil Fuller and His Orchestra play “Tropicana”.
Dave Burns, Mustapha Daleel, Bill Massey, Abdul Salaam (tp) Charlie Johnson, Haleen Rasheed, Clarence Ross, Rip Tarrant (tb) Jimmy Heath, Sahib Shihab (as) Pritchard Cheesman, Billy Mitchell (ts) Cecil Payne (ba) Milt Jackson (vib, p) Percy Heath (b) Art Blakey (ds) Gil Fuller (arranger, conductor, vocals) NYC, June 11, 1949
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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。

1961年から1962年ヨーロッパ各国で行なったコンサートが彼の最後レコーデイングになっています。

帰国後、心臓発作後の心臓バイパス手術時(1963年2月28日)の合併症で容態が悪化し、1963年3月4日、享年37歳で早逝しました。

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。
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.

 

 

 

 

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.

最近私のお気に入りの曲がYouTubeにアップされました。
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

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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.

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“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.

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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

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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.

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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。
録音された4曲は78rpm(SP)の両面で再生するために2倍の長さで記録された。