タグ別アーカイブ: Svend Asmussen

Alice Babs(2)

Octorber 01,2018

今回はアリス・バブス(Alice Babs)が出演した初期の映画含め1950年代後半に「The Swe-Danes」というグループに参加した時の映像を投稿致します。

尚、スウェーデン映画並びにThe Swe-Danesについては詳しくありません。添付した映像についてのコメントは差し控えさせて頂きました。

1940年に映画「Swing it, magistern!」に起用されています。


1941年「Magistrarna på sommarlov」 に出演しました。


1942年「Vårat gäng」 という映画に出演しています。


次の映像はThe Swe-Danesに参加する前の映像と推測します。



The Swe- Danes
スヴェンド・アスムッセン(Svend Asmussen)、ユーリク・ノイマン(Urlik Neumann)という芸達者な男性二人を従えたコーラス・トリオ(1958年結成し1961年に解散)


Photo by YouTube


The Swe-Danesの映像を2本ご覧下さい。



最後にDuke Ellington楽団と共演した映像を添付しました。


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”.

Svend Asmussen(RIP)

March 13.2017

Last November I posted some jazz violinists.

Please refer to my blog,(November 2016, from 15 to 23).

Jazz violinist(1) ~ Jazz violinist(8)

At that time I did’nt post about Svend Asmussen.

Svend Asmussen was born 28 February 1916 in Denmark.

Asmussen started performing professionally at the age of 17.

In 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Berlin.

Fortunately he survived.

As a result,he became a versatile entertainer and artist.

Svend Asmussen’s jazz violin style is truly unique and instantly recognizable.

His idols were Stuff Smith, Ray Nance and Stephane Grappelli.

He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level.

In the late 1950s, Asmussen formed the trio Swe-Danes with singer Alice Babs and guitarist Ulrik Neumann.

The group became very popular in Scandinavia for their music hall style entertainment and also toured the United States.

In 1963 Asmussen was invited by Ellington to play on his album ‘Duke Ellington’s Jazz Violin Session’, on which he can be heard playing alongside Stéphane Grappelli and Ray Nance.

In 1966 Asmussen appeared alongside Grappelli, Stuff Smith, and Jean-Luc Ponty in a jazz Violin Summit in Switzerland.

Also he had recording with Toots Thielemans, John Lewis and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Here is Svend Asmussen and Stephane Grappelli play “PARISIAN THOROUGHFARE” (1965).

Here is The Swe Danes with Alice Babs, Ulrik Neumann and Svend Asmussen(1958).

Here is Toots Thielemans and  Svend Asmussen.

Here is Svend Asmussen Quartet play “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.
Kenny Drew(p); Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen(b); Ed Thigpen(ds) at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen.

Jazz violinist(8)〜Jean-Luc Ponty

November 23. 2016


Jean-Luc Ponty’s accomplishments was evaluated one of key ambassadors of the violin.

He was born 29 September 1942 in Avranches, France.

When he was sixteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

After graduating two years later he was immediately hired by the major symphony orchestras Lamoureux.

One night after an orchestra concert he decided to become a jazz fiddler at local club.


Photo of his first album “Jazz Long Playing”

Then his notoriety grew by leaps and he released his debut solo album for Philips in 1964,”Jazz Long Playing”.

In 1966 he joined Violin Summit.

He played live in Basel, Switzerland on stage with such notable string players as Svend Asmussen, Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith.


Photo of Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty

In 1969 Frank Zappa composed the music for Jean-Luc’s solo album King Kong.

Frank Zappa wanted him to join their tour.

So he emigrated with his wife and two young daughters to the United States.

In 2011, he was invited by Chick Corea to join the group Return to ForeverIV’.


He had first recorded with Corea on his 1976 solo album My Spanish Heart.

Along with Stephane Grappeli, he is considered to be the most outstanding and influential person as an European jazz violinist.

Here is Jean-Luc Ponty plays “Autumn Leaves”.

Here is David Sanborn & Jean-Luc Ponty play “Ruby My Dear” (Live on Night Music 1989).

Here is Jean-Luc Ponty plays “Mirage” live at Montreal Jazz Festival(1982)

Here is Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty live at Australia(1973)