タグ別アーカイブ: Masaaki Awamura

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”.

Masaaki Awamura (2)粟村政昭

March 13, 2016

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My mother’s parents had managed a wholesaling medicine in Osaka.

They had deal with Awamura clinic at Asashiobashi in Osaka.

My mother’s young brother was the sales staff of his clinic.

Some years ago, I asked to my uncle about Doctor Awamura.

My uncle said:”he was in quiet doctor,and he always read a foreign book.”

Awamura clinic was closed ,then my uncle had not met with the doctor.

When I was high school, I have heard his voice from late-night jazz program in FM Osaka.

I rememberd Mr.Awamura’s voice was small, but I can not remember the content of the program.

Because I was a jazz beginner, I could not understand content of the program.

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His record commentary statement has been supported from the avid jazz fan even now.

He had a strict opinion on jazz record of Japan.

Below, please enjoy the ’Awamura tune’ [粟村節].
“I can not praise the value of this work,because I do not interest the work of jazzman of Japan.

If we discusse a Jazz on a global level,I admire only Toshiko Akiyoshi.

From a long time ago and even now,’she is a woman with guts ‘.”

“Even at the point in time in 1972,the author is stubborn jazz fan.

Accordingly,I can not evaluate jazz record of Japan.

I listened Joe Bushukin and Buck Clayton for the first time in a long time.

I increasingly the decision to stick to hold my opinions.”

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Masaaki Awamura (1)粟村政昭

March 12.2016

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Photo from “Swing Journal” in Japan.

In 1933 he was born in Osaka,and graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine.

 

He was a member of the Modern Jazz Institute of Kyoto University.

From the early 1960s to 1981, he continued the critic activities around the magazine “Swing Journal” .

Sadly,He died about three years ago.

But although after his death, his article and commentary of album are popular in Japanese jazz record collectors.

Maybe,he looked over jazz historical point, and evaluated frankly musicians performance.

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About Keynote records,he was edited about 35 years ago than Mr. Koyama.

He reissued 15 sheets from Keynote master tapes, and I purchased all 15 sheets.

Illustrated by Munehiro Uchimichi,Cover designed by Heyq

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Significant recording had been released in this series, ‘Press on Keynote’ .

About this record, please refer to my post ‘Harry Lim (2)’.Go here

I had been became fond of so called ‘neutral jazz’ from listenning Keynote recording.

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Keynote Records and Two Japanese

March 07.2016

Fresh Sound Records released 11 CD-discs called The Keynote Jazz Collection, 1941-47.

Before the release of this CD, Japanese had a great job about Keynote Records.

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40 years ago,Masaaki Awamura compiled Keynote Records.

He released 15-LP records.

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In 1986, Kiyoshi Koyama compiled again Keynote Records.

These were made up of 21-LP records.

The hometown of Mr.Awamura and Mr.Koyama is Osaka  in Japan.

I also birthplace is Osaka.

This week, I post about Keynote Records and their accomplishments.