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Johnny Griffin in Warsaw (“Jazz Greats” Series)

Posted in jazz, Johnny Griffin with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by crownpropeller

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In the collection of my late friend, swiss jazz researcher Otto Flückiger, I recently found four MCs containing Johnny Griffin’s concerts at the Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw Poland in 1973 and 1977. They are obviously from a larger series of bootleg tapes that probably someone from Poland manufactured. The Griffin concerts are parts 1 and 2 each of “Jazz Greats 10″ (the 1973 concert) and “Jazz Greats 22″ (the 1977 concert).

On October 26, 1973 Griffin was accompagnied by pianist Kenny Drew, danish bassist Mads Vinding and drummer Art Taylor.

Here – directly from the MC – is Griffin’s own “Soft and Furry”. A beautiful rendition, I think, and sound quality – most probably from a radio broadcast – is fine enough.

 

 

Four years later, on October 24, 1977, Art Taylor was still the drummer, but now Mark Johnson played bass and the pianist was Pat Coil.
As I am just in a ballad mood, here’s one from that concert: 18 minutes of “Body and Soul” – no further words necessary:

Has anyone seen any other MCs from the “Jazz Greats” Series? I would sure like to know what’s on them!

 

 

Hammerveld Jazz 1975: Mingus, Carter, Terry, Griffin, Davis

Posted in Benny Carter, Charles Mingus, Clark Terry, clips, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Horace Parlan, Johnny Griffin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2013 by crownpropeller

The small town of Roermond in the Netherlands (around 55’000 inhabitants today) from 1966 to 1981 hosted an interesting Jazz festival, called “Hammerveld Jazz” which presented jazz from mainstream to the classic avantgarde. There is a page (in dutch) about the festival. You can go to the links in the left column there to see who played there for each year.

In my friend Otto Flückiger’s collection I recently found some TV footage from the 1975 Hammerveld Jazz Festival.  To admit it right away: Picture and sound quality are rather bad, but I hope the rarity of it all will make up for this.

There is now more footage of Charles Mingus on the internet than could be hoped for say ten years ago. Still I am sure that any newly discovered footage of this man and his gorgeous bands is very much welcome. So here we have Charles Mingus (b, ldr), Jack Walrath (tp), Don Pullen (p), George Adams (ts), Dannie Richmond (dr) playing “Free Cell Block F (’tis Nazi U.S.A)”. in Roermond, August 1st, 1975. The piece is interrupted during Pullen’s solo – and fades in again after that.

This is the only footage I have from August 1st. Also playing at that day in Roermond were  the Mike Carr Trio with Carr (org), Dick Morrissi (ts) and Bobby Gien (dr) as well as Blues singer/pianist Cousin Joe.

Saturday’s program at Hammerveld Jazz 1975 was quite mixed.  Unfortunately I have no footage of the appearances of the Ochtendchloor Dixieland Band, the Cecil Taylor Trio (with Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille!), and Babs Gonzales (!!!) featured with the Clark Terry Quartet. Maybe Gonzales was announced but did not appear? There is footage from the Clark Terry Quartet without Gonzales though.  On “Squeeze Me” Terry, who also sings a little, is accompagnied by Freddy Rottier (dr), Roger Vanhaverbeke (b) and Rein de Graaff (p):

From the same day come two tracks by the Griffin/Davis band with Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (ts), Bruno Castaluzzi (dr), Horace Parlan (p) and Henk Haverhoek (b). They are playing the old Ammons/Stitt warhorse “Blues Up And Down” and  “Funky Fluke” (spelled wrongly on the video), a piece they first recorded together in 1960. The original sequence of these two tracks is not known. It could have been the other way around.

Also playing on Saturday, August 1st 1975 was the Benny Carter Quartet with Carter (as), as well as Bruno Castalucci (dr), Horace Parlan (USA) (p) and Henk Haverhoek (b) again. Here they are playing “Undecided” followed by “Honeysuckle Rose”.

Unfortunately there is no footage from the final point in Saturday’s program, a saxophone battle with Carter, Griffin and Davis. And I also found nothing from Sunday.  Maybe someone will come up with more (and hopefully better) footage?

For the sake of completeness, here is Sunday’s program from the 1975 Hammerveld Jazz Festival: Dutch Swing College Band;  New Sadi Quartet; Shirley Scott Trio with Harold Vick; Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans with Rob Franken (p) and Rob Langereis (b) McCoy Tyner Quartet feat. Azar Lawrence (ts).

Enjoy!

The Paris Reunion Band in Burghausen (1986)

Posted in clips, jazz, Johnny Griffin, Woody Shaw with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by crownpropeller

In late 1984 tenor and soprano saxophonist Nathan Davis (born 1937) formed the Paris Reunion Band to pay tribute to drummer Kenny Clarke (who passed in January 1985) and to evoke the spirit of Paris in the late fifties and early sixties when it was home to many american jazz musicians.

For four or five years the Paris Reunion Band was making the European festival circuit each year. Of course the logistics to gather musicians which have their home in different parts of the planet were enormous and so besides core members Nathan Davis and Woody Shaw the members of the band kept changing.

On March 16, 1986 the Paris Reunion Band played in the Stadtsaal in Burghausen, a small town in the Bavarian part of Germany, during the Jazzwoche Burghausen. At that concert the band consisted of Woody Shaw and Benny Bailey(tp), Glenn Ferris (tb), Nathan Davis (ss, ts), Johnny Griffin (ts), Kenny Drew sr. (p), Jimmy Woode (p) and Alvin Queen (dr).  Bavarian TV station BR3 was filming the festival, and I found four tracks on one of Otto Flückiger’s old VHS cassettes – which I am offering you here. I have decided to present the footage in two parts.

Part one consists of the band playing Woody Shaw’s Sweet Love of Mine (solos by Shaw, Griffin, Bailey, Drew) and Slide Hampton’s The Waltz (solos by Davis, Ferris, Davis, Drew).

Part two opens with Johnny Griffin’s feature on Sophisticated Lady, which is followed by the Griffin composition Callitwhachawanna (solos by Drew, Davis, Bailey, Griffin, Ferris, Woode).

Enjoy!

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