Jazz does not need the classics any more than the classics need jazz". After moving to California in the early s, Rex Stewart contributed jazz reviews regularly to the Los Angeles Times. This one was published on November 12, and was part of a series of reports on the European jazz scene. Etiquetas: Rex Stewart. As an option, you can additionally get a CD containing an archive of the Tommy Ladnier recordings, in mp3 format.
Etiquetas: Fletcher Henderson , Tommy Ladnier. In my post from February 28 , I reported on an unknown pianist by the nickname of Jelly Roll Pete and his obscure recording on a label called Hilarity.
The identity of this pianist seemed to have been an unsolved mystery for years. Well, in fact this mystery was solved on August by Max Keenlyside from the very interesting and scholarly focused Yahoo group "Elite Syncopations". The pianist is a gentleman named Peter Fahrenholtz, who lives in Denmark. According to the experts from Elite Syncopations most of them reputed ragtime and oldtime jazz pianists , the playing style is identical, right down to the sustained final chord in each piece, an so are the tone of the piano and the audio quality.
Here's Peter Fahrenholtz's website and his page at youtube. As these advertisements in the Afro American from read, "America's only truly handmade saxophone" Etiquetas: sax ads.
Getting back to my series on old record advertisements from vintage jazz magazines , here's a new installment. Johnson's last rent party - reviewed. The James P. Olivet Cemetery. Some excerpts are reproduced here:. Johnson on a grand piano in a benefit concert to buy a headstone for his grave. Johnson died in fairly isolated after four years of illness, and his body lies in an unmarked grave in Maspeth, Queens. The day ended with five hours of solo piano — by 12 performers — and a little bit of four-hands playing.
Then he went off into his own updated, posteverything style, full of explicit dissonance, repetition and strange dynamics. A few different pianists worked in their own tunes as Johnson tributes; Mr. Ted Rosenthal and Dick Hyman closed the night. But complaining is pointless. Who else does that? This post opens a series of musical instruments ads published in different periodicals through the decades.
Let's start with jazz nobility The CD includes 30 tracks of which 15 tracks are previously unissued. Stephen has remastered the recordings himself. El propio Stephen ha remasterizado las grabaciones. Etiquetas: Fats Waller , Stephen Taylor. Jabbo Smith day in Milwaukee. We were amazed, because -for reasons to which I can find no logic- we assumed that Jabbo had long been dead.
In an era of stereo LPs, FM, jet aircraft, post-bop, and nuclear power, Jabbo's 78 rpm discs seemed downright historical, and he -though actually still in his fifties- was, in our minds, "legendary".
The truth was that Jabbo had worked and appeared as a sideman on relatively obscure recording sessions during the Thirties, and remained active into the Fifties. The tapes captured a "comeback" concert sponsored by the Milwaukee Jazz Society, but it failed to get Jabbo into the national spotlight. They were crudely recorded, but Jabbo's work was still impressive. Bil Grauer, the force behind Riverside, was delighted and wanted to see Jabbo continue his career on the label, but that project somehow fell through, so Jabbo Smith remained a local Wisconsin attraction for another 20 years, or so.
Being a Milwaukee resident for several decades, Jabbo Smith got quite a few hommages in his adoptive hometown. In June , he was honored as "a living jazz immortal" at the 4th annual Unlimited Jazz Ltd. Festival on the Memorial Center promenade. The music was provided by some local jazz musicians, and Jabbo refused to play. Etiquetas: Chris Albertson , Jabbo Smith. Those were the times! He's a man of deep wit and humor and, of course, he's extremely talented When I grow up I want to be just like Jabbo.
Cuando sea mayor, quiero ser como Jabbo. Etiquetas: Clark Terry , Jabbo Smith. The Hot Antic Jazz Band was born in , after a jam session in which five amateur musicians discovered that they had a common passion for the music of the legendary trumpet player Jabbo Smith.
They then decided to meet regularly in order to play his repertoire. Of course he was not the Jabbo of , but he was not the tired old man who he was said to be". Just after Smith returned to the United States, he suffered a second stroke which affected the motor control of his voice and some facial muscles. I will try to write in-depth on Jabbo Smith in the near future but, for the time being, let me bring my diligent readers two youtube.
Cladys 'Jabbo' Smith was one of the three members in the trumpet triumvirate of the late s Louis Armstrong -OKeh-, Henry 'Red' Allen -Victor- and himself -Brunswick- but, in the s, he moved to Milwaukee, which would be his home for many years, alternating with several returns to New York and the musical scene.
Back in Milwaukee in the last s, he married and raised two children while playing local gigs as a musician and working for Avis Rent-a-Car during the day. Smith successfully played with bands and shows in New York, New Orleans, Louisiana, London and France through the s and into the s. This group had previously recorded on December 12, , the album being issued as Jabbo!
Memories ME While, obviously, Jabbo is not at the height of his trumpet and vocal powers, he still can take the lead very solidly and play some real hot solos. James P. Johnson was admitted to Queens General Hospital on November 15, , after having suffered his eighth stroke at home and, on November 17, he died due to a final massive stroke.
All the major New York newspapers published his obituary, and he was identified not only as a pianist but also as a prolific composer but, according to Down Beat December 28, , fewer than 75 persons attended the funeral services at University Chapel in midtown Manhattan two days later.
Johnson, the father of stride piano, composer of The Charleston and The Carolina Shout and one of the founders of modern jazz piano lies, shockingly, in an unmarked grave in Maspeth, Queens, Mt.
The afternoon will begin with a symposium by musicologist and Johnson scholar Scott Brown on the life and work of James P. Johnson, followed by Mark Borowsky from the James P. Johnson Foundation and, around will then be a steady stream of pianists to play solo piano in tribute to James P. Johnson Foundation. I personally found a mint Toshiba 80s?
Primitive stereo presentation? I have Cape Verdean-which I find fabulous, but my stereo press seems very biased toward one channel for saxophone in particular…Just scored a apparently NM mono ear copy, so am intrigued and wonder whether I should try for more monos….. It means the house engineer of the day had a crack at the mastering. Couple of others are same: no RVG no good. As regards early Blue Note stereo, I generally prefer mono.
Riverside for same reason. The instrument placement is often extreme: lead horn far left, second horn far right, piano bass and drums a mix of far right or centre. Often find myself walking up to speakers to check there are no loose wires. I guess I was brought up on modern stereo: I expect the lead instrument to be centre of attention. With Columbia and Contemporary, I tend to prefer stereo. Fred Plaut and Roy Du Nann made a better stereo mix. It is quartets and quintets when things go awry. It is from the first run of original Japanese pressings, pressed between and by Toshiba.
Thank you for this great site. I enjoy reading your thoughts on collecting jazz records a lot. The label cheat sheets in particular are pure gold. One thing that bugs me, though… I think you should really credit the main source for your Japan Blue Note listing pages.
It would only be fair in my opinion. Absolutely right, his documentation of the many Japanese releases of Blue Note is legendary, I would not wish to take any credit for his work. What do you know about a promo white label sample copy of a king pressing LP?? Thanks Sam. Hi — I have added a short note and picture 1. Photo is from Ebay where I found these fairly readily available. From the one copy I have, they are much like other Japanese pressings — silent vinyl, usually in immaculate condition, better sonically than many other Blue Note reissues eg Blue Label UA, but lack the punch of original plastylite.
I would expect a promo to be early in the pressing run, so have the edge over the general issue, but thats conjecture on my part and base on no first hand evidence. Very helpful analysis, thank you! Quick question regarding the modern replicas, specifically the Ateliers Sawano ones. There is one currently in eBay, identified as such, but pretty convincing! The photo here of the back of the jacket shows a paper fold shadow-line — looks like it might be a thick card cover, though whether they could pull off the laminated front cover art work remains to be seen, but it looks pretty convincing.
You will only know by buying it. The acid test is what it sounds like. From what I have listened to it is virtually impossible to replicate the sound of a Plastylite Blue Note. Did they have access to original tape in the Blue Note Vaults? I doubt. I have no idea. Its more than twice the cost of the usual audiophile gm reissue, but the sleeve looks like it might justify some of the extra cost.
I might be tempted, for the experience. It really comes down to whether you crave the real thing, in which case you might do better to tough it out on ebay for a proper copy. Hei, thank you very much from Norway for this informative site! I have learned quite a bit about my favourit record label! The BNJ-series from 84 is also great sounding and compete-able with King record. It is the best sounding album I have. I also own some King replica 15 including the one of Hancock.
That said, I love my Kings. Though they are a bit harsh at times and I find the same album from Music Matters preferable. Thanx again and keep up that enthusiasm! Best regards, Frederic. I have a head to head test in mind when I can get around to it: I have just one record where I have both the Toshiba and King : Mobley — no surprise, sadly not the original Blue Note ;- I wonder which will sound better?
Hei LJC, sorry for my english—I have been a bit tired last night. As for king record, my impression is that their intention was to replicate as exactly as possible the originals. I think their philosophy is why to many ears including mine sometimes the king sound a bit harsher.
A last comparison: The clifford brown album is in my collection both as replica 15 king AND as lexington original—my only one! I still have the link saved.
I am quite impressed with the sound but I have nothing to compare with. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. The reissue transfer quality is outstanding on the few I have.
Example of title found only in Japanese editions. Note addition of not one but two guitarists to the ensemble. Musical jazz fusion waves. Full listing below Full listing 62 titles — source: Discogs entries These are believed to have been sold only in Japan, and are very sought after because unlike their US counterparts Music Matters etc these are mono instead of stereo. Monterose J. Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading Sorry, no personal experience of these issues.. Many thanks. I too am fasinated by the period obviously!
OK a little hyperbole Happy Listening in mono or stereo. Any and all discussion welcome. And this from the londonjazzcollector website: But upon delving further into the issue, I discovered that the topic was more complicated than it first seemed.
It would be helpful to get clarification on the matter. Hi bashmodern, I would like to commend you on cutting directly to the heart of this issue! Rich, Thanks so much for your response. I promise, no more questions. Hi, Is this series of releases what you refer to in number 6, from Ateliers Tokyo?
Ever seen these before? We have found a Japanese Blue Note label which we have never seen before. Can you shed any light on this? Thanks for any help you can offer! If you do decide to go for it, I would love to hear your opinion on it.
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