タグ別アーカイブ: Teddy Reig

Fats Navarro on Savoy(5)

January 14.2017

Photo above of Fats Navarro by Yeslk.Com

Photo above of Fats Navarro by Yeslk.Com

In December 22 1947, Fats Navarro cut a date under the leadership of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

Dexter Gordon recorded with Wardell Gray for Dial label as the famous sax battle “The Chase” in June.

Photo above of Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray

Photo above of Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray

Then on December Dexter was back in New York to record for Savoy label.

Savoy producer Teddy Reig assembled Tadd Dameron and Nelson Boyd and Art Madigan as “Dexter Gordon And His Boys.”

Navarro joined three of the four tunes they laid down.

Particulaly “Dextrose” and “Index’” were fine performance by his perfect technique and controlled creativity.


The recordings were done in great sound and have long been considered among performance at Savoy.

This recordings became the last recording by Fats navarro on Savoy.

I want to post on another occasion an other labels than Savoy label.

Here is Dexter Gordon and his Boys play “Dextrose”.

Here is Dexter Gordon and his Boys play “Index”.

Here is Bud Powell’s Modernists play “Wail”.(1949)
Fats Navarro(tp), Sonny Rollins(ts), Bud Powell(p)Tommy Potter(b), Roy Haynes(ds)

Fats Navarro on Savoy(2)

January 10.2017

Photo above of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Photo above of Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

Fats Navarro recorded eight tunes with Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis and His Beboppers in December 1946.

In those days Davis was a hard-blowing and steeped in the honking Harlem jump-band tradition.

It is unknown why Teddy Reig produced Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis as a leader.

Interestingly, Al Haig led a rhythm section.

Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro

Photo above of Tadd Dameron and Fats Navarro

All tunes are credited to Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, and seem to be primarily head arrangements.

I noticed that some titles named an medical terms.

Accoding to Teddy Reig the medical terms in some of the titles was Herman Lubinsky’s idea.

Herman Lubinsky was founder of Savoy Records.

Photo above of Herman Lubinsky

Photo above of Herman Lubinsky

In January 1947, Fats made his leader recording as Fats Navarro and His Thin Men.

At that time he had been beginning the partnerships with pianist and arranger Tadd Dameron.

The band also featured Leo Parker on baritone saxophone rather than alto saxophone or tenor.

Here is Eddie Davis And His Beboppers with Fats Navarro play “Calling Dr. Jazz”.

Here is Eddie Davis And His Beboppers with Fats Navarro play “Hollerin’ And Screamin”.

Here is Eddie Davis And His Beboppers with Fats Navarro play “Maternity”.

Here is Eddie Davis And His Beboppers with Fats Navarro play “Spinal”.

Here is Fats Navarro & His Thin Men play “Ice Freezes Red”(1947).

Here is Fats Navarro & His Thin Men play “Goin’ to Minton’s”(1947).

Fats Navarro on Savoy(1)

January 09.2017


Last week I posted Stan Getz and Allen Eager on Savoy.

This week I want to post about Fats Navarro on Savoy.

After Fats left Billy Eckstine band ,he and Kenny Dorham joined small-group session under the leadership of Kenny Clarke.

Savoy producer Teddy Reig assembled the members for small group session in September 6 1946.


I found an interesting fact in discography.

Kenny Clarke and his 52nd Street Boys had recorded a historical performance on the previous day.(September 5 1946)

I have this recording as “Be Bop Era ” which was released as Japanese Vintage series on Victor.

Photo above of Gil Fuller with Dizzy Gillespie(1963)

Photo above of Gil Fuller with Dizzy Gillespie(1963)

Noteworthy Gil Fuller was included as arranger on both sessions.

Gil Fuller was best known for his work with the Dizzy Gillespie big band.

Four tunes were heard at greater length than an usual recording .

Because these were recorded at double length for release over two sides of a 78 rpm disc.

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Boppin’ A Riff”.

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Fat Boy”.

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Everything’s Cool”

Here is The Bebop Boys play “Webb City”.

Here is Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys play “Rue Chaptal(as Royal Roost)”.

Fats NavarroはBilly Eckstine のバンドを離れた後、彼とKenny Dorham はKenny Clarkeをリーダーとしたレコーディングに参加しました。プロデューサーはもちろんTeddy Reigでした。
録音日は1946年9月6日でしたが、前日にケニークラークは歴史的な録音をビクターにしていた。日本ではビクターのビンテージ・シリーズ「Be Bop Era」として発売されました。
注目すべきことは、Gil Fullerが両方のセッションでアレンジャーとして参加したことです。Gil Fullerは、Dizzy Gillespieのビッグバンドの編曲者として有名です。

Stan Getz and Allen Eager on Savoy(5)

January 06.2017


Allen Eager remains one of the unheralded giants of the tenor sax in the 1940s.

He could swing in an eerily similar fashion to Lester Young

Also Wardell Gray was an equally early Lester Young exponent on the West Coast.


Last Year I had read an interesting interview about “Teddy Reig’s All Stars(1947)”

Marty Napoleon who was known as the pianist in Louis Armstrong’s All Stars talks with JazzWax.

June 02, 2011
Interview: Marty Napoleon (Part 2)
I got a call from Teddy Reig , the producer at Savoy. He asked me to play the session with Shelly Manne, Kai Winding, Allen and Eddie Safranski. Allen could play beautifully but he was a strange guy.
In the studio, he refused to play anything everyone suggested. He kept saying the stuff was too square. So we recorded four tracks that were based on the chord changes to other things. Like O-go-Mo was based on Idaho.



Kai Winding (tb) Allen Eager (ts) Marty Napoleon (p) Eddie Safranski (b) Shelly Manne (ds) Teddy Reig (director) NYC, January 22, 1947
“O-Go-Mo”, “Mr. Dues”,”Oh, Kai (as Kai’s Day)”,”Saxon”

Even Japan we can hear four recordings on Spotify.Go here and here, and here and here


Please refer to “original-jazzville/jojo” about his all recordings.Go here

Allen Eagerについては大阪梅田の兎我野町にあったジャズ喫茶「JOJO」のマスターが連載されているブログが最も参考になります。こちらをクリック



Here is Allen Eager Quartet play “Rampage”.(1946)

Here is Allen Eager plays “Jane’s Bounce”(1947)

Stan Getz and Allen Eager on Savoy(4)

January 06.2017

Photo above of Kai Winding

Photo above of Kai Winding

When Stan Getz was 18 years old ,Savoy’s producer Teddy Reig first hired him as sideman of Kai Winding.

Today I want to post about the recording before his leader’s work in Savoy Records.

In December 12. and 14.1945 Teddy Reig produced Kai Winding’s leader work.

Kai named his band “Kai’s Crazy Cats” and The members were Stan Getz(ts) ,Shorty Allen (p), Iggy Shevack (b) ,Shelly Manne (ds).


They recorded four tunes ,”Sweet Miss”“Loaded”“Grab Your Axe, Max”“Always”.

Stan played superb performance at “Grab Your Axe, Max”.

Fortunately we can hear their recordings(including alternate takes) on YouTube.

Recently All recordings were uploaded to YouTube.

Here is Kai Winding Quartet and Stan Getz play “Sweet Miss”.

Here is “Sweet Miss (alternate take)”.

Here is Kai Winding Quartet and Stan Getz play “Loaded”.

Here is “Loaded (alternate take)”.

Here is Kai Winding Quartet and Stan Getz play “Grab Your Axe Max”.

Here is “Grab Your Axe Max (alternate take)”.

Here is Kai Winding Quartet and Stan Getz play “Always”.

Stan Getz and Allen Eager on Savoy(1)

January 03.2017


This week I want to post about the first recording of Stan Getz and Allen Eager.

I own their first recordings in Japanese LP record.

Last year Mosaic Records has assembled all of Savoy’s bebop sessions in a new box.


“Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49”

After Charlie Parker left for Los Angeles in 1945,Producer Teddy Reig found many new stars for Savoy Records.

Because Parker was recording mostly for Dial until mid-1947.

Teddy’s ears were amazing, especially for the new sound of bop that was coming out of the clubs in New York.

Teddy Reig produced their first sessions led by Dexter Gordon, Kai Winding, Allen Eager, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt and Kenny Dorham, Ray Brown, Fats Navarro, Ray Brown, Serge Chaloff, and Brew Moore.


Photo above of Teddy Reig

About Teddy Leig,please refer to my past blog. Go here(ここをクリックして下さい)

Here is Stan Getz plays “Opus De Bop”.

Here is Allen Eager plays “Rampage”.

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

Teddy Reig(5)


Photo:Edward Berger

Today I post about the book ‘Reminiscing in Tempo’ and the author Edward Berger.

The book was based on reminiscences recorded by Edger Berger in the final years of Reig’s life.

Edward Berger is Assistant Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers University and co-editor of Scarecrow’s Studies in Jazz Series.

He recently retired after three decades at the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) to pursue freelance writing and photography.

His photographs have appeared in many periodicals as well as on recordings by such artists as Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Frank Wess, Quincy Jones, and Ray Bryant. 

The following is his three works as author.

Benny Carter : A Life in American Music 

Here is Johnny Smith – Johnny Smith’s Kaleidoscope(Full Album).

Here is Count Basie plays Neal Hefti – Cute.

Teddy Reig(4)


Today I want to post about Paul Williams.

Paul Williams had been marketed by Teddy Reig.

Teddy Reig produced  Paul’s “The Hucklebuck”.

Soon after it entered Billboard’s R&B chart in February 1949, the strutting honky-tonk blues reached No. 1, and it remained on the charts for 32 weeks.


The Hucklebuck” was influenced by Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”.

Teddy Reig said:

“The Hucklebuck” was influenced by Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”.

“Hucklebuck” wasn’t just a rip-off of “Now’s the Time.”

“The one was jazz, the other was rock and roll, and we were hungry.”

About Paul Williams,please refer to his website. Go here and Here

Here‘s Paul Williams “The Hucklebuck”

Teddy Reig(3)


Birdland (New York jazz club)

Roost Records was acquired by Morris Levy in 1958 and incorporated into Roulette Records.

In addition Morris Levy was owner of the Birdland jazz club,and it was a jazz club started in

New York City on December 15, 1949.


Photo above, from left Joe Newman, Dick Katz, Teddy Reig and Count Basie

Teddy Reig produced the Count Basie orchestra through its most prolific and popular period.

He extensively recorded the Count Basie Orchestra and other jazz musicians and singers.

I found an interesting story about the relationship between Basie and Teddy.

Producer friend Bob Porter noted that “Reig was a real master with Basie. The Count Basie

band that Teddy produced on Roulette never sounded better anywhere, before or after.

Teddy really knew what that band was supposed to sound like and he always got it.”


Photo:Jazz Cafe ‘Basie’


Photo:Owner Mr.Sugawara

Last year, all Basie’s works of Roulette era has been re-released in Japan.Go Here 

This series was supervised by Shouji Sugawara ‘菅原正二’.

Mr.Sugawara is most famous jazz cafe ‘Basie’s owner.

I went to ‘Basie’ about three years ago in Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture.

I guess ‘Basie’ is a sacred place of jazz cafe in Japan.