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Lionel Hampton’s 1953 European Tour: The Recordings

Posted in Discography, Lionel Hampton, Mario Schneeberger, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by crownpropeller


hampton_53_10_reeds(Click to enlarge): The Lionel Hampton Orchestra in Basel or Zurich,
October 1953. Photographer unidentified

Some weeks ago this blog proudly presented the dates and facts jazz researcher and alto saxophonist Mario Schneeberger has collected about the 1953 European Tour of Lionel Hampton and his orchestra.

As you may know, some of this concerts have been recorded and (partly) released.  Now Mario – of course building on the work of others – has assembled a list of the known recordings from this tour full of footnotes, exclamations, annotations and explanations. Mario has published this list in Names and Numbers No, 64 (January 2013) but has since then found some new facts which he incorporated before allowing me to publish his findings on this here blog.

Notice that what you see here are jpgs (you can click on them to enlarge them). If you prefer to read the pdf, you can read (or download) it  here.

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The ominous Rashied Ali at the Boltax LP

Posted in documents, Photographs, Rashied Ali with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by crownpropeller

In this post, I presented documents of a concert by the Rashied Ali Quartet 1979  in N.Y.C. The gig was taped and photographed by my friend, the late jazz researcher Otto Flückiger. Among the things I presented is a 27 minute audio excerpt in so and so quality.

A few days ago, I noticed a sudden increase in people interested in that blog post, and wondered why this would be so. So while googling for “Rashied Ali” and “Boltax”, I found, that some *[&**!! has loaded down that mp3, as well as some of the photos from my blog post and made a “limited edition LP” of supposedly 45 pieces out of it. Some “nightshift” pressing maybe?

Now one of these found a buyer who was willing to pay over hundred dollars for it.

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I have to say that I find this a bit shabby. Of course one can argue that this blog here might be acting immoral as well. After all I have been presenting music here which I do not really have the rights to present. But I am never offering any music that is legally vailable, nor would I ever try to earn any money on a musician’s back. Up to now I only had positive responses from musicians or from relatives of deceased musicians to what I do.

SO THIS IS TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT NEITHER  I NOR THIS BLOG NOR LITTLE ROCKET RECORDS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS RECORD!

I know how attractive things like this are (limited! only 45 copies!), but I encourage anyone to think twice before bidding on this thing. You can have the music here for free. Of course: Rashied Ali’s estate does not profit from the music presented here. But if it does not, I think no-one should.

I am 99  percent sure that the mp3 from my old blog post is the source for this LP, but I have not yet seen a copy of the record. Does anyone own it and can confirm that it’s about 27 minutes long?

 

Thanks!

 

Sun Ra and the hot chicks!

Posted in documents, jazz, Sun Ra with tags , , , , on June 15, 2014 by crownpropeller


A while ago while searching for hot girlie magazines Sun Ra related items on ebay I was surprised that the March 1969 issue of Swank magazine showed up in my search.

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Sex and space music: “Swank”, March 1969

I have applied a little censorship to the mag’s front page here as this blog might be visited by minors. Also, the woman pictured on the cover might not be happy to see herself dressed that way again.

I bought the magazine because I was very much curious what space jazz master Sun Ra was doing in between the “Teen-Age Sex Queen Of Sweden” and “Love Potions And Aphrodisiacs!”.  Adding to my curiousity was the fact that being from March 1969 (the “Rolling Stone” with the Sun Ra cover shot of  was the April 1969 issue) this must be a quite early mention of Ra in an US-wide distributed non-specialist magazine. So what’s inside?

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Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Sardegna 1974

Posted in Art Ensemble Of Chicago, clips, Free Jazz with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by crownpropeller

Listening to a lot Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylot at home, I usually do not agree with people who say that Free Jazz is something only to be enjoyed at concerts because seeing the musicians helps you to understand what they are up to.  It was always different for me with the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Although I have a few records by the AEOC, they never touched me in a way nearly every Sun Ra album does. This is a band where in my regard the visual element is missing when you hear a recording.

It is hard too find much pre-1980 footage of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. So I am very lucky to have found over 46 minutes of Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors and Don Moye at a Jazz Festival in Sardegna in 1974 on one of Otto Flückiger’s old VHS-cassettes. which I am presenting you here.

Enjoy!

Stan Getz in Lugano 1989

Posted in clips, jazz, Stan Getz with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by crownpropeller

stanStan Getz in Lugano, 1989

 

Sometimes you just have to give up. Already a while ago I found in Ottos Flückiger’s collection a VHS cassette featuring about 45 minutes of Stan Getz’ appeareance at the Estival Jazz Lugano in 1989. Unfortunately picture and sound were absolutely out of synch. When I fixed the start of the sound to the start of the movie, it sounded quite right at first. But this went along well only for the first ten minutes. After that the pictures move slower than the sound, then suddenly they run faster again. Fixing this would just be too much work for me.

In the fine ten minute portion I could restore, you’ll hear and see Stan accompagnied by Kenny Barron (p), Yasuhito Mori (b) and Ben Riley (dr) playing Kenny Barron’s “Feijoada” (Thanks, Ehsan!). A Feijoada by the way is a very tasty thing, just ask any Brazilian.  I once had the pleasure to be invited to a Feijoada dinner – lots of stuff with a hearty taste! Unfortunately the theme reprise for this Feijoada here is missing, the sound goes totally out of synch before the tunes comes to its end, so I cut it off.

 

Enjoy!

 

Nina Simone at Jazzgipfel Stuttgart 1989

Posted in clips, Dizzy Gillespie, jazz, Nina Simone with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by crownpropeller

ninaNina Simone in Stuttgart, 1989

Back in the late eighties I was working as a humper. Humpers are the people that carry equipment around before a gig. You might think that these people are called roadies, but then you are wrong. Roadies are the people that tell the humpers where to put the heavy things they are carrying around! The company I was working for did mostly rock concerts, but also some different festivals and shows.

In some summer in the late eighties we were doing some sort of city festival in Cologne and I was glad to see Nina Simone on the programme. But alas, Nina was in a very bad mood that day – and for a reason. They had relegated the great singer and pianist to a side stage. In fact she had to play on an upright piano placed on a truck! In front of nearly no-one! I remember her as being quite aggressive and stopping the concert after 20 minutes, she was really pissed. I understood that well, but I thought it was a pity just the same because the people that were there, were there for her.

Luckily I found some footage of Nina in a good mood on VHS cassettes in Otto Flückiger’s collection. The two clips I am presenting here come from the Jazzgipfel Stuttgart in 1989, so they might be from the same tour that the Cologne city Festival was part of.

 

Here is part 1:

Nina’s band members are on guitar Al Schackman, on bass Chris White and on drums Paul Robinson (thanks to Gerrit de Bruin for information!).

And here’s part 2. Watch Dizzy Gillespie give Nina some flowers at the end!

Enjoy!

Milt Buckner Jam Session feat. Mario Schneeberger

Posted in jazz, Mario Schneeberger, Milt Buckner, Photographs with tags , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2014 by crownpropeller

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.

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Eddie Chamblee / Willene Barton / Dayton Selby

Posted in 33 rpm, Eddie Chamblee, jazz with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2014 by crownpropeller

A while ago I asked in this post whether someone could identify the two people standing next to Eddie Chamblee (left) on this photo:

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Now identified: Eddie Chamblee, Dayton Selby, Alford “Al” Griffin,
probably early 1960s. Photographer still unidentified

But I got no responses. Now last friday I went to one of my favourite record shops in town to buy the May 2014 issue of british magazine Blues and Rhythm which carries the story of tenor saxophonist Willene Barton, written by R’n’B researcher Dan Kochakian.

barton_there_she_blows_lpOn alto for the cover: Gateway LP 15 from the collection of Armin Büttner.

I had acquired Barton’s LP “There She Blows” a while ago. I knew nothing about Barton then and bought the record purely for the cover. And there is not much about Barton on the Internet, so I was glad to see her featured in one of my favourite magazines. Dan Kochakian is well known for finding out a lot about obscure musicians from the past and if you are interested in Willene Barton, I’d suggest you get the new Blues and Rhythm. Dan’s story features a lot of unknown photographs of Willene Barton and tells a lot about how hard it was in the 1950s for a woman to be recognized as a fine saxophone player. What really got my heart beating faster though was that the picture at the top of this blog post was shown in the article with a caption telling, who these people are. The reason for this photo accompanying Dan’s article is that the man in the middle is organist Dayton Selby, in whose band Barton was playing for some time in the 1950s. On the right is drummer Alford “Al” Griffin who used to play with Milt Buckner for some time in the 1950s (see photo below).

trio_58_klein1Milt Buckner, Danny Turner and Alford Griffin, probably 1956
in Cleveland Ohio. From the Otto Flückiger Collection

 

Dan dated the photo of Chamblee, Selby and Griffin to “late 1950s”, but this is to be doubted, since exactly this “Dayton Selby Trio”, as Dan calls it, recorded the LP The Rockin’ Tenor Sax of Eddie Chamblee under Chamblee’s name on February 27, 1964. And I do not think that the band had been together for five years then. John D. Monroe in his liner notes to Prestige LP7321 calls this “Eddie’s new group”.

eddie_chamblee_lpPrestige LP7321 from the collection of Armin Büttner

 

So here is some music for your pleasure: First Willene Barton featured with the Dayton Selby Trio playing Barton’s Blues, recorded 1956 in Cincinnati and originally released on Gateway LP15 There She Blows:

 

Gateway was a budget label “selling to the masses”. So unfortunately the band never gets to stretch out and you can not really hear what Barton was able to do since everything runs under three minutes here and has the obligatory back beat (people say she was able to do a lot).

 

And here is the Chamblee/Selby/Griffin Trio playing George Gershwin’s Skang! in February 1964 as released on Prestige LP7321.

 

Since Prestige was a hardcore jazz label, everything is a little wilder here. And Chamblee is someone who should  be known among more people. If you ever heard three or four Chamblee solos in a row, you will recognize his sound forever: definitively out of Ben Webster, but highly individual, rooted in the blues but not afraid of modernism – and always with a touch of humor in his playing. If you are into mainstream jazz with an edge, you should try to get hold of his two LPs for Emarcy/Mercury.

Enjoy!

Lionel Hampton’s 1953 European Tour: dates and facts

Posted in Lionel Hampton, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2014 by crownpropeller

My friend alto saxophonist and jazz researcher Mario Schneeberger has for a long time been (and still is) collecting data relating to Lionel Hampton’s European tour in 1953. This tour features prominently in the memories of an certain generation of european jazz fans because Hamp brought a bunch of new members with him  – Gigi Gryce, Clifford Brown, Art Farmer and Quincy Jones among these – whose abilities until that tour were mostly rumours in  european jazz expert circles. Mario has published the facts he found in the January 2014 issue of Names and Numbers. This led to Björn Englund sending some additions and corrections to Mario which allowed Mario to revise his listings. I am very proud that Mario allows me to publish the revised version on this blog.

So here are Mario’s files for the band routes for Lionel Hampton’s European Tour. Enjoy! If you have corrections/additions, please use the comment section to this post, I will forward your information to Mario.
If you want to download these bandroutes in a printable pdf format, they are here (click right to download, then open in your pdf-viewer and print from there): lionel-hampton-bandroutes-europe-1953

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Meeting Mr. Andrew McGhee

Posted in Andy McGhee, jazz, Lionel Hampton, Mario Schneeberger with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2014 by crownpropeller

DSC_5552(Click to enlarge):Andy McGhee (ts) and Claude Diallo (p) at Schloss
Wartegg, Rorschacherberg, January 26, 2014. Photo: Armin Büttner

Two weeks ago alto saxophonist and jazz researcher Mario Schneeberger, his wife Christel and me went to the Schloss Wartegg in Rorschacherberg for a CD release party by swiss born pianist Claude Diallo who is a Boston resident now. This afternoon concert was a bonus event to a mini-tour of switzerland that Claude Diallo had organized for legendary tenor saxophonist Andrew “Andy” Mc Ghee (born in 1927). McGhee was a member of Lionel Hamptons’ orchestra from 1958 to 1964. He then played with Woody Herman until 1966 when he joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music, where he still is listed as Professor Emeritus. Continue reading

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