タグ別アーカイブ: Peggy Lee

アニタ・オデイさんと一緒に「ブラインドフォールドテスト」

May 29,2020

先日、来日時のスポーツ新聞記事をご紹介しました。今回はアニタ・オデイがダウンビート誌の名物コーナー「The Blindfold Test」に登場した時の記事を添付しました。(1957年4月4日号)

今回もレナード・フェザーが出題した12曲について、アニタのコメント(英語)を翻訳ソフト向けに1曲ずつテキストに変換し添付しました。

1. Betty Roche. Something to Live For (Bethlehem).

I don’t know who the girl singer is, but I like the choice of tune. I’ve known about this tune since about 1941-in fact it was about the first tune I ever played on the piano … (hums)… It’s real pretty. I had never heard the verse before, and I did enjoy this girl on the verse. I didn’t care for the interpretation of the tune after she got into the chorus … I don’t care for that type of singing-it’s too choppy.I think it should be more smooth for this type of tune. I’d have lost the entire theme of the song unless I had known the tune, which fortunately I did. The accompaniment didn’t impress me one way or another. How do I rate it? If I hadn’t ever known the tune, I don’t think it would have done anything to me at all, so I’d classify it “z,” whatever that is. Would “z” be no stars? Okay, no stars.

2.Chris Connor. Something to Live For (Atlantic).

That was a nice version. I enjoyed that much better the smoothness of it … Chris’ flowing tones and the interruptions at the end of each word. Of course, it doesn’t come up to her Lush Life. That’s about the smoothest of the slow tunes she’s done. However, I like this. I think I would even buy this-like if we were on a panel”Would you buy this is it a hit or a miss, quote, Peter?” Not that it would be a hit, but I would buy this, I believe. Sort of category “m” … if the other was “z,” this would be “m.” Three stars.

3. Ella Fitzgerald. My Heart Stood Still(Verve).

Well, I guess if you are an Ella Fitzgerald fan, you would like this very much. However, this old versiondream up a story and sell it to Hollywood … Hollywood’ll buy anything. Who dreamed up Ella singing “and then my heart stood still”? It’s ridiculous. Here’s a girl who sings good swing music… She reads very well on this and she’s got the melody down. Dum, bum, bum, two-beat, ya, da da … boy! this is it for melody and everything, but classing Ella in this kind of a tune-I don’t know. All I can say is, sell it to Hollywood-and they did.The arrangement was pleasant, and Ella didn’t sing badly on it. I’m not saying it’s bad or good, but I think it’s kind of silly—the entire tune with Ella. So much talent and how they’ve used it! As far as buying the record-I’m hung again as to how to class this. It wasn’t so bad musically-it’s a nice record, whatever “nice” is.

4. Sarah Vaughan. My Heart Stood Still(Mercury).

Sarah always relaxes me, because when you hear that it’s Sarah, you know you can say to yourself right away like “this record is going to be played from beginning to end and it’s going to be done very well,” so you don’t have to worry too much about it.There are five placements that one can sing from: The upper front of the mouth; uh-uh; the back of the top of the roof of the mouth; the throat, down into the lower part of the … uh-uh. I don’t know the technical names for these … I did, because I studied it a long time ago, but I know there are five places you can sing from, and Sarah sings from all five of them, which makes her like the queen of singers. This is the lady, queen, princess, or whatever you want to say, but she’s a good girl singer, and I’m for girl singers. I would say this would be rated very good.

5. Rita Reyes with the Jazz Messengers.Taking a Chance on Love (Columbia).

I have no idea who the singer is, and I don’t think I really care to find out. I would say it’s a beginner’s style and really no connection to the music. She’s singing the story all right, but where’s the music? … Chopping the phrasing-I didn’t like it at all. The background of the choruses that followed … the music involved-I would say pretty good be-bopping there, if you’re going that way – not too bad at all, but frankly, if the record was given to me, I think I would give it back. I’d rate it “z.”

Rita Reys (vcl) acc by Donald Byrd (tp) Hank Mobley (ts) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d) New York, May 3, 1956

6. Patti Page w. Pete Rugolo Ork. Taking a Chance on Love (EmArcy).

There’s a line in the song, “and the act of hearts is high.” This gal gets my heart and aces high to boot! That’s the best record I’ve heard in a long time! I couldn’t tell you who’s singing or the background here. I could speculate, but I won’t. I enjoyed it much, much, very good, a-b-c-d-x-y-z, five stars, thank you, Mr. Feather!

7. Jackie Paris. ‘Round Midnight (EmArcy).

My afternoon is complete. This is the lad-Jackie Paris, of course. And if I were a male-ha! ha! singer, that is, I would like to be Jackie Paris, male singer-that’s the lad. He was associated with Jeri Southern for a long time a long time ago, and that was when I first heard him. He was in New York in 1944 or ’45 when I was with Stan Kenton’s band, and that’s when I first heard Jackie. Then right after I left Stan’s band, I did a single at the Holiday inn in Newark, and Jackie Paris was on the bill. So I got to hear him in person.Why nothing’s happening with Jackie I’ll never know. I followed him in Hawaii about four months ago, and the club owners said business was terrible, but in Hawaii everything is terrible, except the sun, of course the musicians and everything else involved it’s pretty bad. What can you say about Jackie except “this is the male singer”-six stars!

Jackie Paris (vcl) acc by Eddie Shu (hca,ts) Dick Hyman (p) John Collins (g) Tommy Potter (b) Roy Haynes (d) New York, November 12, 1949

8. June Christy. ‘Round Midnight (Capitol).

Well, that should be a big recordbeautiful! Chris really sing’s this … that’s a good one for her. I like the tune much-I’m positive it’s Chris. I think both versions are good. I’ll have to give another six stars.

9. Helen Merrill. By Myselt (EmArcy). Gil Evans, arranger; Art Farmer, trumpet.

An enjoyable rendition of By Myself Alone. I presume that’s the title I’ve never heard the tune before. The girl singer-I could say, but I’m afraid to -Helen Merrill? I don’t know I’ve never heard her before. Her voice is smooth, I like it … small, intimate, but good intonation, without a shout, you know.It’s enjoyable. I thought the entire record was very good. I don’t know who arranged it, of course. I liked the trumpet-was that a progressive cat there? Ha! ha! Shall I speculate or not? Dizzy on a cool day? Very good, very good.

Helen Merrill (vcl) acc by Art Farmer, Louis Mucci (tp) Jimmy Cleveland (tb) John LaPorta (cl,as) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Joe Morello (d) + strings, Gil Evans (arr,cond) New York, July 29, 1956

10. Barbara Carroll. By Myself (Victor). Barbara Carroll, vocal, piano.

That was a smart, snappy version. I like the singer, but don’t know who it was. Sort of a happy, elated interpretation, and I enjoyed it. As far as rating-let’s see-good. How about the piano? What piano? Ha! ha!

11. Peggy Connelly. Travelin’ Light (Bethlehem). Russ Garcia, arranger and conductor.

Well, let’s see — that’s not Paul Whiteman. Ha! ha! His was the first version I heard, of that tune. It’s real nice—the right groove and the right tune. The right answers to that would be right good.

Peggy Connelly (vcl) acc by Pete Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp) Russ Cheever (sop) Charlie Mariano (as) Bill Holman (ts) Jimmy Giuffre (bar) Al Hendrickson (g) Max Bennett (b) Stan Levey (d) Russ Garcia (arr,cond)  Los Angeles, January 16, 17 & 18, 1956

12. Billie Holiday. Travelin’ Light (Clef).

That record reminds me of a perfect example. For instance, I do a recording session and there’s 17 to 24 men, and then a club in the east will hire me and they’ll have a fast trio to accompany me and people will say “Do that tune, How High the Moon or Bootwhip,” or something on which I had 17 men, and with a trio I’m supposed to make it-like-“sound,” and it’s not easy, but Billie does it real well.This is Miss Stylist of the World, and it’s always good. Traveling Light and traveling right with Billie Holiday. The full value of stars.

 

 

Gordon Jenkins on Decca Records

September 14,2018

Photo of Gordon Jenkins

 

最近ネットラジオで「Dick Haymes: Sinatra’s Shadow」という放送を聴きました。この番組ではゴードン・ジェンキンス(Gordon Jenkins)についても語られていました。

上記ラジオ放送は  こちら 

Gordon Jenkinsはキャピタル時代のフランク・シナトラとの共演盤が有名ですが、デッカ時代にも有名歌手と多くの名曲を録音しています。

今回、デッカレコード専属時代のGordon Jenkinsが関わった録音からブログを作成しました。

最後に添付したThe Weavers(ピート・シーガーが参加)については門外漢でありますので余計なコメントは記載しておりません。

尚、Gordon Jenkinsについては1年前の拙ブログ(4回連載)も併せてご覧頂ければ嬉しいです。

1. https://wp.me/p6X2wH-3DJ

2. https://wp.me/p6X2wH-3Ex

3. https://wp.me/p6X2wH-3EM

4. https://wp.me/p6X2wH-3Fv

Photo above of Woody Herman by Wikipedia

Isham Jonesは歌手としてWoody Hermanを採用しました。
Here is Isham Jones Orchestra and Woody Herman sing “There is no greater love”.
Clarence Willard, Chelsea Qualey (tp) Wendell deLory, Russ Jenner (tb) Joe Bishop (tu,arr) Tommy Macey, Don Watt (cl,as) Woody Herman (cl,as,bar,vcl) Vic Hauprich, Saxie Mansfield (ts) Howard Smith (p,arr) George Wartner (g) Eddie Stone (vln,vcl,arr) Vince Allotta (vln) Nick Hupfer (vln,arr) Walt Yoder (b) Walter Lageson (d), Gordon Jenkins (arr) Isham Jones (dir) New York, February 3, 1936

 

下記の曲は大ヒットしました。シナトラの好敵手です。
Here is Dick Haymes (with Gordon Jenkins Orchestra) sings “Little White Lies”.
New York 1948

Peggy Leeのデッカ盤ではなくElla Fitzgerald による“Black coffee”です。
Here is Ella Fitzgerald sings (with Gordon Jenkins Orchestra) “Black coffee”.
Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) with Gordon Jenkins Orchestra, Gordon Jenkins (cond) New York, April 28, 1949

 

コロンビア盤のRay Ellis(楽団)の編曲と比べて下さい。
Here is Billie Holiday (with Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra) sings “You’re my thrill”.
Bobby Hackett (tp) Milt Yaner (cl,as) John Fulton (fl,cl,ts) Bernie Leighton (p) Tony Mottola (g) Jack Lesberg (b) Bunny Shawker (d) + five strings Billie Holiday (vcl) Gordon Jenkins (cond) New York, October 19, 1949

 

ディスコグラフィーを読んで二人の組み合わせを初めて知りました。
Here is Hoagy Carmichael (with Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra And Chorus) sings “Sacramento.
Hoagy Carmichael (vcl) acc by orchestra and chorus, Gordon Jenkins (dir)
Los Angeles, March 1, 1951

 

当時の看板スターはサッチモです。
Here is Louis Armstrong (with with studio orchestra and Gordon Jenkins(cond) )sings “Jeannine, I Dream Of Lilac Time”.
U.S. Royal Showcase: (Tv Show): NBC tv studio, New York City, June 8, 1952

 

この歌手を出さないと叱られます。
Here is Peggy Lee (with Gordon Jenkins (cond) sings “Sans souci”.
Los Angeles, July 31, 1952

 

下記文章は「Songwriters Hall of Fame」から引用しました。 HPは こちら

In 1938, he moved to California, where he worked for Paramount Pictures. In 1939 he became music director for NBC’s Hollywood based west coast division. From 1944 to 1948, he worked on Dick Haymes’ radio show. In 1945, he became a staff conductor for Decca Records. Jenkins soon became Decca’s musical director, and was responsible for bringing The Weavers (a group that included Pete Seeger among its members) to Decca.

Here is The Weavers (with Gordon Jenkins Orchestra) sing “Goodnight, Irene”.

大阪ジャズ同好会特集『1940年代のジャズ』(2016年12月例会)

August 06,2018

「1940年代のジャズ」2016年12月例会

解説 野瀬惟清氏

野瀬さん(神戸ジャズ愛好会のベテラン会員)が1940年代の名演を解説された特集(2016年12月例会)をブログに纏めました

尚、当日配付されたレジュメの録音年月日と異なった記載は、ブログ作成者が所有しているレコード並びにディスコグラフィー等に照らし合わせ修正したものです。

 Here is Johnny Hodges & Orchestra play “Squaty Roo”.
Johnny Hodges(as) Ray Nance(tp) Lawrence Brown(tb) Harry Carney(bs) Duke Ellington(p) Jimmy Blanton(b) Sonny Greer(ds)
Hollywood,July 3,1941

Here is Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra play “Day dream”.
Johnny Hodges(as)Cootie Williams (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Harry Carney (bar) Duke Ellington (p) Jimmy Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (ds)
Chicago, November 2, 1940
Day dream

Here is Rex Stewart & His Orchestra play “Linger While”.
Rex Stewart(tp) Lawrence Brown(tb) Ben Webster(ts) Harry Carney(bs) Billy Strayhorn(p) Jimmy Blanton(b) Sonny Greer(ds)
Chicago,November 2, 1940
Linger Awhile

Here is Rex Stewart & His Orchestra play “Mobile Bay”.
Rex Stewart(tp) Lawrence Brown(tb) Ben Webster(ts) Harry Carney(bs) Duke Ellington(p)Jimmy Blanton(b) Sonny Greer(ds)
Chicago,November 2, 1940
Mobile Bay

Here is Edmond Hall’s Celeste Quartet play “Jammin’ In Four”.
Edmond Hall(cl) Charlie Christian(g) Meade Lux Lewis(celeste) Israel Crosby(b)
NYC,February.5,1941

Here is Edmond Hall’s Celeste Quartet play “Profoundly Blue”.
Edmond Hall(cl) Charlie Christian(g) Meade Lux Lewis(celeste) Israel Crosby(b)
NYC,February.5,1941

Here is The Capitol Jazzmen play “Clambake in B Flat”.
Billy May(tp) Jack Teagarden(tb) Jimmie Noone(cl) Dave Matthews(ts) Joe Sullivan(p) Dave Barbour(g) Art Shapiro(b) Zutty Singleton(ds)
Los Angeles, November 16, 1943

Here is The Capitol Jazzmen play “Casanovas Lament “.
Jack Teagarden(tb,vo)Billy May(tp) Jimmie Noone(cl) Dave Matthews(ts) Joe Sullivan(p) Dave Barbour(g) Art Shapiro(b) Zutty Singleton(ds)
Los Angeles, November 16, 1943

Here is The Capitol Jazzmen with Peggy Lee play “That Old Feeling”.
Shorty Sherock(tp) Barney Bigard(cl) Les Robinson(as) Eddie Miller(ts) Stan Wrightman(p & celeste) Nappy Lamare(g) Hank Wayland(b) Nick Fatool(ds) Peggy Lee(vo)
LA,January 7, 1944
That Old Feeling

Photo above of Peggy Lee and Capitol Jazzmen by courtesy of UMKC Digital Special Collections

Here is Capitol International Jazzmen play “You Can Depend On Me”. 
Benny Carter(as) Coleman Hawkins(ts) Bill Coleman (2)(tp) Buster Bailey(cl) Nat King Cole(p) Oscar Moore(g) John Kirby(b) Max Roach(ds)
LA, March 30, 1945
You Can Depend On Me

Gordon Jenkins’ works(2) When a Woman Loves a Man

November 08.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins

“When a Woman Loves a Man” was composed in 1934 by Gordon Jenkins, Bernard Hanighen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

It is different from “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

「When a Woman Loves a Man」はGordon Jenkins, Bernard Hanighenによる共同の作曲となっています。(1934年作)

作詞は有名なJohnny Mercerでした。「When a Man Loves a Woman」とよく似た題名です。


Here is Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Billie Holiday sings “When a woman Loves a man”.

Here is Ella Fitzgerald sings “When a Woman Loves a Man”.

Here is Kay Starr sings “When a woman loves a man”.

Here is Peggy Lee sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Julia Lee and Kansas City’s First Lady Of The Blues sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Art Tatum plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo by Discogs

Here is Tony Bennett sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo above of Bobby Hackett

Here is Bobby Hackett plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is George Shearing plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo above of Joe Albany by courtesy of AllabutJazz

Here is Joe Albany plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Gordon Jenkins’ works (1) Blue Prelude

November 07.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins by courtesy of playisteve.com

Last month I posted that Gordon Jenkins had arranged for the Isham Jones band.

Gordon Jenkins was involved in “Blue Prelude.”

Please listen to the famous song “Blue Prelude”.

Photo from The Big Band by George T.Simon

Gordon Jenkins was hired by the Isham Jones Orchestra in 1932 as staff arranger.

In those days Saxophonist Joe Bishop had written a composition entitled “Blue Prelude”.

Also Joe Bishop and Woody Herman composed “Woodchopper’s Ball” .

The Casa Loma Orchestra first recorded “Blue Prelude” in early 1933.

Isham Jones was not happy that another band had found success with a tune written by one of his sidemen.

So Isham Jones quickly decided to record his own version and instructed Gordon Jenkins to supplement “Blue Prelude”.

Then “Blue Prelude” has become a standard piece of popular music.

先月Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones Bandで編曲者としての才能を開花したと投稿しました。

その当時Gordon Jenkinsは「Blue Prelude」という名曲に携わってました。

今日は名曲「Blue Prelude」の聴き比べをお楽しみ下さい。

Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones に雇われた1932年頃、バンドメンバーであった Joe Bishopが「Blue Prelude」を作曲しました。

補足ですが Joe BishopはWoody Herman と共に「Woodchopper’s Ball」を作曲しています。

1933年1月The Casa Loma Orchestraが録音した「Blue Prelude」が最初にヒットしました。

当然ながらIsham JonesはライバルであるThe Casa Loma Orchestraが自分のサイドマン(Joe Bishop)によって書かれた曲で成功を収めたことをよく思いませんでした。

それ故、Isham Jonesは競合作を録音するに際し、Gordon Jenkinsに「Blue Prelude」の決定版と言えるような構成(作詞を含め)をするよう指示したそうです。

その後「Blue Prelude」はポピュラー音楽界でもスタンダード曲となっています。


Here is Glen Gray and THE Casa Loma Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
Glen Gray(as, dir)Gene Gifford(bj, g, arr) New York, January 31, 1933.
B-13000A Br 6513,


Here is Isham Jones and his Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
Isham Jones (ts, dir),Joe Bishop(fh), Gordon Jenkins(arr)
New York, April 6, 1933. 75736-1 Vic 24298.


Here is Woody Herman play “Blue Prelude”.
Woody Hermancl, as, vo, dir): Steady Nelson,(ts, vo),Bob Price, Clarence Willard(tp), Neal Reid, Toby Tyler(tb),Joe Bishop(fh,arr),Joe Denton, Ray Hopfner(as),Saxie Mansfield, Ronnie Perry(ts), Tommy Linehan(p), Hy White,(g),Walter Yoder(b),Frank Carlson(d),Elsa Harris(vo). New York, February 5, 1940. 67155

Here is Nina Simone sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Helen Humes sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Peggy Lee sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Monica Zetterlund sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Svend Asmussen with quartet play ”Blue Prelude”.
Svend Asmussen (violin) Derek Smith (p)Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Milt Hinton (b)
Oliver Jackson Jr (ds) New York City August 1983


Here is Linda Ronstadt sings “Blue Prelude”.