Tag Archives: Lennie Tristano

Bob Wilber(4)

September 16.2017

Photo above of Sidney Bechet & Bob Wilber’s Wildcats by courtesy of Riverwalk Jazz-Stanford University Libraries

Photo by National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

On 28 April,1949, Bob Wilber and His Jazz Band recorded six tunes on Circle Records.

In Boston from 1948 to 1951, Bob Wilber led a group of veteran jazzmen at the Savoy Cafe.

Then he played at George Wein’s Storyville as a headliner with the De Paris brothers(Sidney De Paris and Wilbur de Paris) and Sid Catlett.

Photo above of Lennie Tristano

Photo above of Benny Goodman and Bob Wilber by courtesy of Hank O’Neal’s Jazz Portraits

In 1951 he studied with cool jazz, bebop and Avant-garde pianist Lennie Tristano.

From the late 1950s through the 60s, Bob Wilber played and recorded with Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden and Eddie Condon.

In 1968 he was an original member of the World’s Greatest Jazz Band(WGJB).

In 1975, Wilber formed Soprano Summit along with co-leader Kenny Davern.

After the Soprano Summit in 1979, Wilber formed the Bechet Legacy Band.

1949年4月28日Bob Wilber and His Jazz Bandの名義で Circle Recordsに6曲録音しました。

1948年から1951年までBob WilberはボストンのSavoy Cafeというジャズクラブで自己のバンドを率いて出演していました。

その後 ブログの第1回目に記述したGeorge Weinが開店した「Storyville」にDe Paris 兄弟(Sidney De ParisとWilbur de Paris)とドラマーSid Catlett 達と出演しました。

1951年クール派の代表で当時は前衛的なジャズを演じていたLennie Tristanoにも師事したこともありました。

1950年代後半から1960年代にはBobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon達と共演しレコーディングも多く残しました。

1968年The World’s Greatest Jazz Bandの創立メンバーとして活躍しました。

1975年Kenny DavernとSoprano Summitという双頭バンドを結成しました。

1979年Soprano Summitを解散後、Bechet Legacy Bandを結成しました。

Photo by courtesy of Jazz Photo Gallery: The World’s Greatest Jazz Band 1974, Hamburg, G (L to R: D.Wellstood, B.Wilber, B.Freeman, Y.Lawson, B.Butterfield, S. Russo, B.Morton)

Here is The World’s Greatest Jazzband play “South Rampart Street Parade”.
Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield (tp),Bob Wilber(cl),Bud Freeman (ts),Vic Dickenson ,Sonny Russo(tb),Dick Wellstood(p), Bob Haggart(b) Gus Johnson(ds) Rec 1975.

Here is  Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern Summit Reunion play “Limehouse Blues”.
Bob Wilber ss, cl),Kenny Davern(cl),Roberto Colombo(g),Aldo Zunino(b)Stefano Bagnoli(ds) live at Sori (Ge), 16 july 1996

Here is Bob Wilber plays “Rockin’ Chair”.
Bob Wilber(ss),David Ostwald(tuba),Jon-Erik Kellso(tp), Harvey Tibbs(tb) Ehud Asherie(p), Marion Felder(ds), September 1, 2010

神戸ジャズ愛好会(2017年7月)

July 11.2017

Photo by Discogs

昨日、神戸ジャズ愛好会に参加しました。
Harry James(1939年)からMiles Davis(Bitches Brew)まで幅広いジャズが楽しめました。お二人のベテラン会員の方がSidney Bechetの演奏を合計6曲も紹介されました。以下詳細を記載致します。

T氏の選曲
(1) Blackstick(American Rhythm)
(2)Mon Homme
Bill Coleman (tp); Sidney Bechet (ss) ;Big Boy Goodie (ts) ;Charlie Lewis (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (ds)
Paris, France, October 20, 1949
Sidney Bechet Dial LP 301 Blackstick With Sidney Bechet

(3)Nelly Gray
(4)Old Grey Bonnet
(5)Apex Blues
Marcel Bornstein (cor); Jean-Louis Durand (tb) ;Andre Reweliotty (cl); Sidney Bechet (ss); Yannick Singery (p); Zozo D’Halluin (b); Michel Pacout (ds-5),Wallace Bishop(ds-3.4) September 7, 1951. Paris
Sidney Bechet Dial 302 Sidney Bechet With Wally Bishop’s Orchestra

N氏の選曲
(6)Blues Final
Aime Barelli, Miles Davis, Hot Lips Page, Kenny Dorham, Bill Coleman (tp); Russell Moore, Big Chief(tb); Hubert Rostaing (cl); Sidney Bechet (ss)Pierre Braslavsky(ss); Charlie Parker (as); Don Byas ,James Moody (ts); Hazy Osterwald (vib); Toots Thielemans (g); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (ds)
May 15, 1949 .Paris

映像コーナーで下記ビデオが上映されました。
Here is Jam Session from the Timex All-Star Jazz Show(1959)
Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Vic Dickenson, Jo Jones, Duke Ellington, George Shearing,Shelly Manne, among others.
January 7, 1959.

最後になりましたが、小生は「1940年代のジャズ」というテーマに沿って下記のレコードをご紹介しました。再生時にはオーディオパークのCDで聞いて頂きました。

(1)Opening~stopmpin’ at The Savoy(1:25)
(2)Swedish Pastry(3:47)
Benny Goodman, Stan Hasselgard (cl); Wardell Gray (ts); Red Rodney(tp);Wardell gray(ts);Mary Lou Williams (p); Billy Bauer (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Mel Zelnick (ds); Glen Adams (mc).
Broadcast, WNEW “The Benny Goodman Show” broadcast,
NYC, June 26, July 3,1948

(3)Fat Girl (2:19)
Fats Navarro(tp); Leo Parker(bs);Tadd Dameron(p); Gene Ramey(b); Denzil Best(ds)
NYC January 29, 1947

(4)Progression(3:02)
Lennie Tristano(p);Lee Konitz(a) ;Billy Bauer(g); Arnold Fishkin(b); Shelly Manne(ds)
NYC, January 11, 1949

The relationship between Chubby Jackson and Lennie Tristano

June 04.2017

Photo by courtesy of All About Jazz

Last week I’ve posted about Chubby Jackson last week.

I want to write an additional interesting story about Chubby Jackson.

Last year I have read the biography of Lennie Tristano.

There is an interesting description about Cubby Jackson in this book.

I will quote “His Life in Music (27p)” by the author ;Eunmi Shim.

“Lennie and Judy Tristano arrived in Freeport, Long Island, in the summer of 1946,’
where theystayed with Chubby Jackson and his mother before moving to New York City later that year.
Freeport,Jackson’s hometown, was populated by many vaudevillians, and Jackson retainedhis interest in vaudeville throughout his career as a jazz musician.
He described thecir cumstances of Tristano’s arrival:
“Freeport was the home of all vaudevillians. Many yearsago, my mother was
in vaudeville for forty-two years. . . . I brought him [Tristano] out there and Mom played piano. . . .
There was a piano in her living room and naturally Lennie went to the piano before he went to the bathroom. . . .”

Chubby had taken care of Lennie Tristano in his home in Freeport.N.Y.

Also I realized Freeport was populated by many vaudevillians and his mother was in vaudeville for forty-two years.

I understood that there was ”vaudeville” in Chubby’s musical background.

In 1946 Lennie Tristano decided to move his music school from Chicago to NY.

I guess Chubby had evaluated the talent of Lennie Tristano.

Probably Chubby wanted to take care of the blind man at his home.

The relationship between Cubby Jackson and Lennie Tristano whose character is completely different musically is very interesting for me.

Photo above of The Sigmond Opera House
It was originally a vaudeville theater and later a cinema.

In addition I found a valuable fact by Wikipedia.

Guy Lombardo lived in Freeport during the latter portion of his life.

So the street he lived was later named Guy Lombardo Avenue.

先週、Chubby Jacksonについて投稿しましたが、もう一つだけ興味深い話があるのでお付き合い下さい。
昨年、Lennie Tristanoの伝記の一部を読みましたが、その記述の中でCubby Jacksonが登場します。

以下、”His Life in Music “作者 Eunmi Shimの27ページを要約します。

「1946年の夏、Lennie Tristanoと妻Judyは、Long IslandのFreeportに到着し、Chubby Jacksonと彼の母親の自宅に短期間一緒に暮らしました。

FreeportはChubbyの故郷であり、多くのvaudevillianが住んでいました。

Chubby自身も母親が40年近くvaudevilleをしていたことから、vaudevilleの影響を受けたそうです。

Lennie は毎夜入浴する前にChubbyの母のリビングにあるピアノを弾いたそうです」

Lennie TristanoがNYに移る途中にChubbyの自宅に立ち寄った時の記述です。

ChubbyがFreeportの自宅でLennie Tristanoの世話をしたことを知りました。

彼の育ったFreeportがvaudevilleの街で、彼の母がvaudevillianであったことも興味深い事実であると思いました。

Chubbyの音楽的背景に「vaudeville」が根付いているのでしょう。

又、Chubbyは目が不自由であってもLennie Tristanoの才能を高く評価しNYまでの途中に立ち寄ったLennieの世話したかったのでしょう。

音楽的には正反対であったCubby JacksonとLennie Tristanoの関係が私にとっては興味深いものです。

さらに、WikipediaからFreeportの街について貴重な事実を発見しました。

Guy Lombardoが晩年をFreeportで過ごしていました。彼が住んでいた通りは後に「Guy Lombardo Avenue」という名前になったそうです。

Here is Chubby Jackson and Big Band play “Lemon Drop”(1949)
Al Porcino, Norman Faye, Charlie Walp(tp), Bob Swope, Mario Doane(tb) Frank Socollow (as). Al Young, Ray Turner (ts), Marty Flax (bs), Gene DeNovi (p), Curley Russell (b),Tiny Kahn(ds), Paula Castle (vo) Teddy Charles (vib) Joe Harris (perc), Chubby Jackson (cond)

Here is Lennie Tristano plays “Lullaby of the Leaves” (Copenhagen 1965)

Bud Freeman(5)

March 31.2017

Photo above of Bud Freeman with Summa Cum Laude Orchestra by courtesy of Stanford University Libraries

Today I would like to post about Bud Freeman speaking.

I will quote an interesting passage from ”A History of Jazz by Syouichi Yui(ジャズの歴史物語ー油井正一)” .

「ジャズの歴史物語」からBud Freemanの言葉を引用します。
ベニー・グッドマンが黄金時代の時、バード・フリーマンだけがベニー・グッドマンを批判した。又、彼は自分の演奏に自信を失った時、Lennie Triestanoにスケールを学んだ。

When Benny Goodman was golden era ,only Bud Freeman criticized Benny Goodman.

He can be considered a great jazz player, but he needed a star player to support him.Because he was not creative.If there was not a superior side musician,I guess he had not succeeded that much.

彼はまあ偉大な吹奏家といえるが、脇役にスターが必要だったよ。彼自身クリエイティブでないからだ。すばらしいサイドメンがいなかったら、あれだけの成功を収めたとは思わないね。(93ページ引用)

Photo above of Lennie Tristano

When he lost confidence in his saxophone method, he studied the music scale by Triestano.

I think he is worthy of respect at all, but I did not receive any impact from Lennie Tristano
I want to be faithful to my play and myself. ”

全く尊敬に値する人だとは思うが、影響はまったく受けなかった。
私は自分のプレイと私自身に忠実でありたい。 (228ページ引用)

Finally I want to introduce Mr. Awamura ‘s evaluation.(故粟村政昭氏の評価)

Bud Freeman had survived in the world of metabolic fierce jazz.Because his playstyle was as if Australian rare beasts separated from evolution.

進化と切り離されたオーストラリアの珍獣達のような格好で、フリーマンは新陳代謝の激しいジャズの世界に生き残ってきたのであった。(76ページ引用)

Here is Bud Freeman’s Famous Chicagoans play “Shim-me-sha-wabble”.
Bud Freeman(ts); Max Kaminsky(cor); Pee Wee Russell(cl); Jack Teagarden, (tb); Eddie Condon(g); Dave Bowman(p);Mort Stuhlmaker(b); Dave Tough(ds)
Recorded July 24, 1940, New York City

Here is Bunny Berigan and Bud Freeman with His Windy City Five plays “The Buzzard”.

John LaPorta(2)

March 21.2017

In 1942 John LaPorta joined Woody Herman’s First Herd and remained for two years.

In those days Woody Herman made a request to Igor Stravinsky “Ebony Concerto”.

Also LaPorta began to interested in modern classical composition.

Then LaPorta moved to New York City in 1946 and was hired by pianist Lennie Tristano who was an incarnation of the cool-jazz movement.

LaPorta said about Tristano;

“When I first met Lennie, he had brought in a piece of music for Woody’s band to play.[…]
‘Who’s the third alto player? I’d like to meet him’-because he knew I was reading his music. ”

“He would tell me so many negative criticisms about my playing that I found it demoralizing.
Warne Marsh left for the same reason. Lennie treated him terribly. It was much like a cult”.

Photo above of Lennie Tristano

So LaPorta decided to leave Lennie in 1948.

Fortunately LaPorta had been participating the historic recording with Lennie.

Barry Ulanov organized several concerts of bop stars for WOR radio in 1947.

LaPorta joined All-Star Modern Jazz Musicians as clarinet player.

Recently Mr. Seya(瀬谷徹氏) introduced a couple of clips on Facebook.

Go here and here  (ここをクリックして下さい)

Here is John LaPorta plays “Concertina for Clarinet”.

Here is Barry Ulanov’s All-Star Modern Jazz Musicians at WOR Studios play “Koko and Hot House”.

1946年にニューヨークに移り、Lennie Tristanoに出会った。
John LaPortaはLennie Tristanoについて「彼は私のプレーに対して厳しい批判をしました。又、Warne Marshに対しても教団での教育のように厳しく指導しました。」
しかし、LaPorta はLennieと歴史的なレコーディングに参加していました。
Barry UlanovはAll-Star Modern Jazz Musiciansのクラリネット・プレイヤーとしてLaPortaを起用しました。
先日、瀬谷徹氏がFacebookにLennie TristanoとJohn LaPorta が共演した貴重なSP音源を紹介されました。

The Jazz Workshop(4)

February 09.2017

various-pianoworkshopberlin1965

“Piano Workshop” was held in Berlin October 30, 1965.

This event was organised by Joachim Ernst Berendt.

He wanted to show the development of jazz piano.

So he did not choose Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner.

Photo above of Joachim Ernst Berendt

Photo above of Joachim Ernst Berendt

Earl Hines was the father of jazz piano improvisation.

Teddy Wilson was on hand to represent the swing piano style.

Lennie Tristano served as an exponent of modern exploratory piano playing.

It seems unnecessary to explain about Bill Evans and John Lewis.

Jaki Byard alternated free and stride passages on the same tune.

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Unfortunately Bud Powell could not participate because of sickness.

Also two pianists could not participate.

Thelonious Monk was touring Europe with his own band.

Photo above of Eroll Garner with Art Tatum from hipstersanctuary.com

Photo above of Eroll Garner with Art Tatum from hipstersanctuary.com

Art Tatum already had died in 1956.

The program began started from Earl Hines.

Then Teddy Wilson, John Lewis, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, and Jaki Byard appeared in order.

The piano players were supported by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson.

Here is Earl Hines plays “Memories of you”.

Here is Earl Hines & Teddy Wilson play “All Of Me”.

Here is John Lewis trio play “Django”.
NHØP(b);Connie Kay(ds)

Here is Lennie Tristano Piano Solo plays “G Minor Complex”.

Here is Bill Evans trio play “Beautiful Love”.

Here is Jaki Byard plays “Free Improvisation”.