Tag Archives: Ray Brown

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。



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

The legendary bassist Jimmy Blanton(5)

December 17. 2016


While on tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in late 1941, Blanton became seriously ill.

Unfortunately he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

In 1943 he moved to receive medical treatment Duarte Sanitarium, near Los Angeles.

He had no family there.

Jimmy Blanton passed away in Monrovia, California on July 30, 1942.

If he had not passed away in 1942, most musicians suppose that Blanton would have been at the forefront of the bebop movement.

I found an  invaluable photograph from a collected papers of Journal of Jazz Studies.


Journal of Jazz Studies (Winter 2014-2015) Of Icons and Iconography: Seeing Jimmie Blanton Matthias Heyman Blanton and Johnny Hodges, (photograph by Otto Hess, original appeared in Metronome, January 1941.Every effort has been made to identify and acknowledge the rightful owner of this photograph).

Here is Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra play “Jack The Bear”.

Ray Brown played the duo recordings such as reminiscent of Duke’s work with Jimmy Blanton three decades before.

Here is Duke Ellington and Ray Brown play “TRIBUTE TO JIMMY BLANTON ´72”.

Phineas Newborn Jr.(4)

October 21, 2016


I guess he might worry about his evaluation by critics.

Unfortunately he suffered a nervous breakdown and furthermore had been alcoholism.

As a result of his mental collapse, he spent time at Camarillo State Hospital.


By the way I want to introduce my favorite album.

Before Contemporary recording,he recorded two albums in Roulette label.

I am fond of “I Love a Piano” as individual.

He was relaxed and enjoyed his playing on recording.

In particular “The Midnight sun Never Sets “ was best.


He recorded this piece again at “Solo Piano” in 1974.

But I’m not pleased with his performance at Atlantic label.

We can confirm that his condition had been got worse from his performance.

Unexpectedly It’s a Grammy nominated album.

Photo of Teddy Reid

Photo of Teddy Reig


Incidentally “I Love a Piano” was recorded by the legend producer Teddy Reig.

Two months ago I posted about Teddy Reig. Go here, and here, and here, and here, and here 

Here is Phineas Newborn Jr. plays “The Midnight Sun Will Never Sets”(1969)

Please compare with the Roulette label.

 “The Midnight Sun Will Never Sets”(1974) at Atlantic label.Go here

Ray Brown



Ray Brown was born October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

His bass playing was influenced by Jimmy Blanton who was the bassist in the Duke Ellington band.

Arriving in New York in 1945, he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell.


He was hired by Gillespie for his small groups and his big band.

Dizzy Gillespie said:”Ray Brown, on bass, played the stongest, most fluid and imaginative bass lines in modern jazz at the time.”

After playing with Jazz at the Philharmonic, he married Ella Fitzgerald.


He recorded with early Modern Jazz Quartet , then he became a permanent member of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1951-1966).

After leaving Oscar Peterson’s group,he settled in Los Angeles.

Then he worked in the studios and continued recording with several jazz artists.

He was intimate friend with Milt Jackson.


He died on July 2, 2002 in Indianapolis.


Ichiro Suzuki hit ‘Two Bass Hit’

Ichiro Suzuki raised his hits total in the Japanese and North American major leagues to 4,257, passing Pete Rose’s record Major League Baseball total.Go here

There is a famous piece of music in jazz about ‘Hit’.

The name of piece is ‘Two Bass Hit’.

This piece was written by Dizzy Gillespie and John Lewis.

Also this piece originally was written for Ray Brown.

Next day l want post about Ray Brown.

The Play Boy Jazz All- Stars Records(5)

April 16.2015

I want to introduce the valuable recordings that are included only in these records.

Ray Brown had recording valuable two songs at the Playboy Records.

1.Ray Brown Trio   ‘Bass Ball’

Herb Ellis(g),Ray Brown(b),Stan Levey(ds) LA,July 31,1957

The Playboy Jazz All Stars, Vol.1 (Playboy PB-1957)

2.Ray Brown Trio   ‘Mighty Cool Penthouse’

Hank jones (p),Ray Brown(b),Ed Thigpen(ds) NYC,July 10,1959

The Playboy Jazz All Stars, Vol.3  (Playboy PB-1959)


These valuable recording has been reisseued by Fresh sound records.