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The Mario Schneeberger Discography

Posted in Benny Bailey, Mario Schneeberger with tags , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2016 by crownpropeller

mario_ds81_bailey KopieMario Schneeberger and Benny Bailey, 1976.
Photo: Foto Hug

Swiss alto saxophonist and dear fellow jazz researcher Mario Schneeberger has send me a pdf containing a discography of his own recordings. This discography is basically extracted from Arild Widerøe’s Swiss Jazz Disko, but Mario has added a few things. You can find the discography here.

Mario, though he could never live from making music alone, is surely Switzerland’s finest bop altoist and has been that for more than fifty years now. Besides leading his own quintet for about twenty years and being part of several swiss band projects  he also often had the chance to jam with luminaries from the US scene like Benny Bailey, Bross Townsend, Richard Williams, Milt Buckner … All of these and more mentioned in the discography.

And here is some music to go along wit the dry data:

First here’s the Mario Schneeberger Quintett featuring Benny Bailey playing Horace Silver’s “Strollin'” live at the Schützenhaus in Glarus on November 27, 1976. Besides Schneeberger and trumpeter Bailey the band consists of Tutilo Odermatt at the piano, bassist Peter Frei and drummer Kurt Schaufelberger. Bailey has the first solo, Mario comes after that.

“Strollin'” comes from Mario’s rare self produced LP DS 81, “Chasin The Bird”, which was released in 1981 – thus it’s number.

mario_ds81From the Crown Propeller collection

As a second example of Mario Schneeberger’s art, here is a wonderful rendition of “Body and Soul” in a trio recording with Mario Schneeberger on alto sax, pianist Joachim Stein and bassist Charles Sammons.  This was recorded at the Restaurant Nerly in Erfurt Germany on June 20, 2008.

This beautiful track was released in 2015 on “Cheer Ears” as DS 15, a “Very Limited Edition” 2CD set, that Mario burned on CD-Rs to give away to his relatives and friends.

In Erfurt, where Mario can often be seen these days, he is regularly invited as guest soloist by the Nerly Bigband which since its formation is the resident band of the club. In 2015 the Nerly Bigband released “That’s Earl, Brother”, a CD that features Mario in front of the band on all tracks. Unfortunately you can only get this CD at different places in Erfurt, you might want to try the band’s homepage though.  What you are looking for looks like this:

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And it’s definitely worth looking out for!

Enjoy!

Willis Nelson and Dupree Bolton – a study by Mario Schneeberger

Posted in Mario Schneeberger with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2016 by crownpropeller

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Willis Nelson (bottom left) in Pancho Diggs Orchestra, 1940.
From Barbara J. Kukla’s book Swing City: Newark Nightlife, 1925-50″.

Swiss alto saxophonist and jazz researcher Mario Schneeberger has allowed me to publish his new study. This study is about the two early bop trumpet players Dupree Bolton (1929–1993) and Willis Nelson and their work when they were playing in Buddy Johnson’s band  in the mid 1940s. From October 1944 to November 1945 both men were part of Johnson’s Orchestra and both were featured in solos.

Mario did a lot of listening and comparing to come closer to the truth in answering the question who is playing which solo, based on the two Buddy Johnson tracks where it is  commonly accepted among specialists that one is played by Bolton ( “Walk ‘Em”) and the other by Nelson (“Pullamo”).

To give you an idea, how Nelson and Bolton sound, here is the Buddy Johnson Orchestra playing “Traffic Jam” at the Savoy Ballroom in NYC on October 9, 1945

Featured soloists are: Dave Van Dyke (ts), Jimmy Stanford (ts), Buddy Johnson (p), Willis Nelson (tp), Dupree Bolton (tp).

Mario has also checked whether any trumpet solos during Dupree Bolton’s time (mid december 1945 to early 1946) with Benny Carter’s orchestra following his tenure with Johnson  can be attributed to Bolton.

Click here to go directly to Mario’s study on Willis Nelson and Dupree Bolton or click here to see all of Mario’s research pages.

 

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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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

Elmer Gill and Mario Schneeberger

Posted in clips, Elmer Gill, jazz, Mario Schneeberger with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by crownpropeller

Two weeks ago I spend an evening at the monday meeting of the Jazz Circle Zurich, where Mario Schneeberger was giving avery interesting lecture on the 1953 Lionel Hampton Tour and playing a lot of commercially unissued tracks from that tour. As some may know, Mario is not only a fine jazz researcher (he contributed a lot to the 1946 Don Redman tour page), but also a very fine alto saxophonist (Mario used to be called “Little Bird” by his friends).

Mario was a close friend of deceased jazz researcher Otto Flückiger, who always took his camera with him when Mario was playing somewhere close. And Otto also had befriended  Elmer Gill (1924–2004) who, born in Indianapolis, later settled in Seattle and Vancouver. Gill – who is mostly known for having played with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra in 1952 and 1953 – in the 1980s and 1990s could often be heard in switzerland. And on some of this occasions Mario Schneeberger took the opportunity, to sit in with the band.

As I had promised in this post to bring some more about Elmer Gill, i have just put up two clips with Mario and Elmer filmed by Otto on different occasions.

First here is Mario sitting in with the Seattle Reunion Quintet at the “Birdland” (in fact the Restaurant Fasan) in Emmen, Switzerland on May 5, 1992. The Seattle Reunion band consisted of veterans Elmer Gill (p, vib), Jabbo Ware (ts), Floyd Standifer (tp), Buddy Catlett (b), and Patty Padden (d). On “Cherokee”, which I am presenting you here, Jabbo Ware does not play.

The second clip was filmed five years later at the Ortsmuseum (Local Museum) in Zollikon, Switzerland on January 12, 1997. Otto had curated an exhibition about the history of jazz at the museum and this concert was part of the program. Here Mario is playing “Perdido” with Elmer Gill’s trio which consists of Elmer (on a Roland piano), swiss bassist Vince Kummer and (Elmer Gill’s son) Donald Gill on drums.

Enjoy!