Milt Buckner Jam Session feat. Mario Schneeberger

Crown Propeller’s blog is proud to present rare memories of a jam session featuring Milt Buckner.

Pianist, organist and vibraphonist Milt Buckner (1915–1977) spent a large part of his later years in Europe, touring throughout the continent, often playing with local rhythm sections and happily allowing local players to sit in.

On one of his concerts which took place on January 4, 1977 at the Jazztone in Lörrach on the german side of the swiss-german border not far away from Basel, Buckner was joined by pianist Jules Plattner, bassist Rolf Winiger and drummer Georges Bernasconi– the last named having recorded with Buckner before. Joining the band for part of the evening was swiss alto saxophonist Mario Schneeberger.

milt-und-mario-5Rolf Winiger, Georges Bernasconi, Milt Buckner and Mario Schneeberger
at the Jazztone in Lörrach, January 4, 1977.
Otto Flückiger is sitting in the front row, turning his head.
Photographer unknown

Being a friend of Mario and a fan of Milt Buckner, the late swiss jazz researcher Otto Flückiger was at the Jazztone that night and recorded the event. Otto can be seen in the audience on some of the shots that were taken by an unidentified photographer. I am thankful to Mario for allowing me to publish tracks from that evening on which he himself is heard (excepting those which are of a not too good quality).
If you know who took the photographs in this post, please let me know, as I prefer to give proper credit. To enlarge the photographs, please click on them.

Before we get to the part with Mario Schneeberger joining the proceedings, here is Buckner’s opening announcement for the evening’s first set:

And here is Fine and Dandy, featuring solos by Buckner, Schneeberger, Winiger and Bernasconi:

milt-und-mario-4Georges Bernasconi, Mario Schneeberger and Milt Buckner
at the Jazztone in Lörrach, January 4, 1977.
Photographer unknown

The next track is Taking A Chance On Love, featuring solos by the same musicians as on Fine and Dandy. Note the little misunderstanding after the bass solo, but things get right again after a few seconds.

Next the band proceeded to play one of Buckner’s favourites, On The Sunny Side Of The Street. Buckner changes to vibraphone here, an instrument he had already played in his youth. Taking the piano chair on this track is Jules Plattner – who is also heard soloing in between Buckner’s two vibes solos.

 

milt-und-mario-3Rolf Winiger, Georges Bernasconi and Milt Buckner at the Jazztone
in Lörrach, January 4, 1977.  Photographer unknown

 

Here is I Got Rhythm:

 

Followed by another jam session war horse, Sweet Georgia Brown:

 

milt-und-mario-2 Georges Bernasconi, Mario Schneeberger and Milt Buckner
at the Jazztone in Lörrach, January 4, 1977.
Photographer unknown

 

And finally here is a beautiful version of Body and Soul: 

 

 

 

milt-und-mario-1Milt Buckner and Mario Schneeberger at the Jazztone
in Lörrach, January 4, 1977.  Recordist Otto Flückiger is
applauding in the first row. Photographer unknown

 

And here, as a sort of encore, is Buckner’s (almost?) closing announcement:

 

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Milt Buckner Jam Session feat. Mario Schneeberger”

  1. Ginny Sterling Says:

    Thank you for featuring Milt Buckner. The second annual Take Me To the Rivers Jazz Festival in honor of Milt Buckner and Wild Bill
    Davison will be held June 14, 2014 in Defiance, Ohio from 5-9 pm.
    Both of these great Jazz musicians called Defiance home.
    Look up the festival on Facebook to find out more.

  2. […] Crown Propeller's blog is proud to present rare memories of a jam session featuring Milt Buckner. Pianist, organist and vibraphonist Milt Buckner (1915–1977) spent a large part of his later years i…  […]

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