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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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I found a good news about Savoy records. Go here

 

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After leaving Savoy, Cadena worked for other labels, including Prestige, Blue Note, and Fantasy Records.

At Prestige he produced soul jazz and other records by artists including Red Holloway, Jack McDuff and Shirley Scott.

In 1974 he moved to Hermosa Beach in Southern California.

In 2000 he began organizing free concerts on the plaza in Hermosa Beach every Wednesday.

He died April 9, 2008.

Jazz writer Don Heckman said : “He obviously had an impact via his production work for Savoy. . . . But his biggest contribution was the love and support of jazz that impacted everyone who knew or had any contact with him.”

I found the lovely article of Gloria Cadena who was Mr.Ozzie’s widow.Go here

From 1991 the Savoy library is primarily controlled by Nippon Columbia.

However his achievements have not been evaluated in Japan.

Here is Red Holloway – Moonlight in Vermont : The Burner (1963)

Here is Shirley Scott with Stanley Turrentine – Secret Love (1963)

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From 1954 to 1962 all recordings at Savoy Records were controlled by Ozzie Cadena.

He instigated reissues on 12″ LP of major recordings of the 1940s.

This early Savoy LP didn’t have an official title.

Instead, two musicians’ names graced the cover.

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Also he worked closely with the drummer Kenny Clarke.

Kenny Clarke supported various groups of musicians for one-shot recording.

Ozzie Cadena had an ambitious vision and consistently pretty taste at Savoy.

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Moreover despite the innovator of bebop style of drumming, Kenny Clarke supported

proficient young musicians such as Milt Jacson ,Kenny Burrell,Cannonball Adderley and others.

I guess the encounter of Cadena and Clarke was due to the birth of  Modean Jazz Quartet.

This is Milt Jackson Quartet – Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (1952)

This is Milt Jackson Quintet – Opus de Funk (1955)

Frank Wess (fl), Milt Jackson (vib), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Jones (b), Kenny Clarke (ds)

This is Kenny Clark –Bohemia After Dark(1955)

Nat Adderley (cor), Donald Byrd (tp), Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (as), Jerome Richardson (ts,fl), Horace Silver (p), Paul Chambers (b), Kenny Clarke (ds)

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Photo:Ozzie Cadena

I posted about Teddy Reig last week.

This week I want to post about Ozzie Cadena who was A&R and producer in Savoy Records.

Savoy Records was established by Herman Lubinsky in Newark, New Jersey in 1943.

Photo: Herman Lubinsky

Photo: Herman Lubinsky

Cadena was hired as jazz record producer by Lubinsky when he was working with a jazz radio show in Newark.

He was born in Oklahoma City on September 26, 1924.

He produced Kenny Clarke, Gillespie, Davis, Fats Navarro and Charles Mingus.

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His first session as a producer for Savoy was with Kai Winding and J.J.Johnson.

He made a significant contribution to this recording.

Please refer to original 1947 LP liner notes.Go here

Also he recorded vocalists Little Jimmy Scott, Esther Phillips and John Lee Hooker.

Here is J.J.Johnson & Kai Winding Quintet

先週 はTeddy Reigに投稿致しました。
今週はSavoy RecordsのA&RでプロデューサーであったOzzie Cadenaについて投稿したいと思っています。
Savoy Recordsは、1943年ニュージャージー州ニューアークで設立されました。
Ozzie CadenaはNewarkのジャズラジオ番組で仕事をしていた時、創業者Lubinskyにジャズレコードプロデューサーとして雇われました。
Ozzie Cadenaは1924年9月26日にオクラホマシティで生まれました。
Kenny Clarke, Gillespie, Davis, Fats Navarro and Charles Mingusなどの作品を製作しています。
Kenny Clarke, Gillespie, Davis, Fats Navarro and Charles Mingus.
Savoyのプロデューサーとしての彼の最初の仕事はKai WindingとJ.J.Johnsonのレコーディングでした。
彼は二人の双頭バンドの誕生に貢献しています。
又、 Little Jimmy Scott, Esther Phillips and John Lee Hooker.などの作品にも携わっています。