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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:

chamblee_and_others_blog
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!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 6: finale)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2014 by crownpropeller

flyerwbd(from the collection of Thomas Schicker)

Those that have waited patiently can now finally rejoice, because here is the sixth (and final part) of the 120 minute private video from a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland in 1986.  The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

Again: If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here is the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing “Heaven” by Duke Ellington, “Bottom’s Up” – and a Basie-style “April In Paris” coda.

Enjoy!

P.S.: If You want to see the whole concert, go to my archive pages for Wild Bill Davis.

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 5)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by crownpropeller

A few days ago I was contacted by Thomas Schicker, who had been at the Wild Bill Davis concert 1986 in Rheinfelden, of which I have already shown four parts on this blog. Thomas, who is a jazzfan and collector, was so nice as to send me the flyer for this concert, which as you can see took place in the afternoon:

flyerwbd(from the collection of Thomas Schicker)

Thomas also still has the advertisement for this concert which appeared in a local newspaper. And he was so nice as to allow me to publish it here as well:

magazinewbd(from the collection of Thomas Schicker)

So here is part 5 (actually the next to last part) of the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland in 1986. The flyer and the add above make clear that it was definitely on April, 13. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. The VHS cassette this is from is in the Otto Flückiger collection, but Otto cannot have filmed it himself, because he can be seen standing to the left of Wild Bill Davis from time to time (for example around 12:00). If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here is the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing

- “This Is All I Ask” (Gordon Jenkins)

- “Street Of Dreams” (Lewis/Young)

- “Jitterbug Waltz” (Fats Waller)

Until the sixth and last part comes up here:

Enjoy!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 4)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by crownpropeller

Not much has been happening on this blog here for quite a while, I know. I have been through a period of very bad luck starting when I broke my nose and elbow while stumbling over a piece of wire after a DJ gig. Right after that the bad news from people very near and dear to me did not stop coming in.

So I am only now finding my way back to matters jazz and blues again.  I thought I’d start softly with part 4 of the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland on (probably) April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here you get – after some talking – the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing

- “Honeysuckle Rose” which featrures Dickie Thompson

- Neil Hefti’s “Cute”

- “Satin Doll”

There will be still more to come from this concert – if nobody objects.

Until then:Enjoy!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 3)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2013 by crownpropeller

My last weeks have been very unjazzy, so that is why not much happened on this here blog. And the stress will not let up for a while ..

But here for your entertainment comes part 3of  the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland on (probably) April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here you get – after some talking – the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing Nat Adderley’s Jive Samba followed by Wild Bill Davis’ Stolen Sweets.

There will be more to come from this concert – if nobody objects.

Until then:Enjoy!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 2)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by crownpropeller

As promised in this post, I am putting up more footage from the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland on (probably) April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here you get the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing Stardust followed by Ray Bryant’s Cubano Chant. Then a little  April in Paris coda à la mode de Basie concludes this (the first?) set.

There will be more from this concert – if nobody objects.

Until then:Enjoy!

Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986)

Posted in clips, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by crownpropeller

While digitizing more of Otto Flückiger’s old VHS cassettes, I found a more than 120 minutes long private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland. The date seems to be April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas. At first I thought that Otto himself filmed this. But this is untrue, as Otto can be seen standing next to the stage for a while at some point. For a private video I would say that the quality is surprisingly good, especially in regard to the sound.

It sure would be great to present the whole concert here but I think it would not be right without having the permission of the person who filmed it. So I am presenting you the start of the concert, in hope that someone will step forward and give me the go ahead for the rest.

So here you get the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing All The Things You Are followed by Indian Summer (thanks to Fernando and Jeff for the title of the second tune!).

Enjoy!

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