Willis Nelson and Dupree Bolton – a study by Mario Schneeberger

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

 pancho_driggs

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.

 

Desperately wanted: Big Bob Dougherty Acetate

Posted in acetates, Big Bob Dougherty with tags , on March 19, 2016 by crownpropeller

In January 2016 I unfortunately missed the ebay auction for this 45rpm acetate :

bbd_whalin

bbd_ready_ready_baby

 

As some of you might know I am interested in every little snippet of Leavenworth KS R’nB saxophonist Big Bob Dougherty, as i am still working on a biography/discography of Dougherty. Now I am desperately searching for the person who won the auction. If you are that person, or know who bought this record, it would be very nice if you contact me or ask the one person bought it to contact me. I would be ready to pay a nice sum for a digital copy. I also offer to buy that record for a lot more money  than the winner of the auction had to pay.

Or I can offer digital files of another very nice Big Bob Dougherty acetate, this one probably from 1944, way earlier than Big Bob Dougherty’s first commercial recording in exchange for digital copies of this acetate. Whatever it need to get this music to me …

There was a little snippet of music with this auction and from what I could hear, this acetate must be from around 1958 or 1959. What is called “Whalin'” here is the same tune Dougherty recorded in 1954 for his own label Cosmopolitan as “Whale” and in 1958 or 1959 for Golden Crest as “Wail”.

The flip, “Ready Ready Baby” is a nice jumpy tune with Big bob singing. Dougherty never recorded this one again.

So, who has this record?

And: Are there even more Big Bob Dougherty acetates around?

Art Blakey in the 1970s and 1980s

Posted in Art Blakey, Bennie Golson, clips, jazz, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2016 by crownpropeller

Bildschirmfoto 2016-01-10 um 12.19.31Art Blakey in Montreux on July 8, 1976

[UPDATE: Changed the 62 minutes Subway clip to a better version] In the 1970s and the 1980s Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers were regulars on the european jazz festival circuit. So it’s very strange that I never managed to see the band live. But then again at that time my mind was set on free jazz only and I must have thought of Blakey as old hat.

So I am fortunate that I found a lot of TV footage of Blakey among the VHS tapes of my late friend, the swiss jazz researcher Otto Flückiger. Some clips feature just one track, some are full length concerts.

 

Starting off with Blakey and the Messengers playing “Along Came Betty” on July 8, 1976 at the Jazz Festival Montreux. The band on this occasion: Art Blakey (dr), Bill Hardman (tp), David Schnitter (ts), Mickey Tucker (p), Christopher Amberger (b). According to this list, “Along Came Betty” was the third track of this concert.

On another cassette, I found another track from this concert: “Gipsy Folk Tales” (the seventh track of the concert). Unfortunately this suddenly stops around the nine minute mark in the midst of Mickey Tucker’s solo (what follows on the VHS tape is a Donna Summer show!)

If you came here for a glimpse of Wynton Marsalis, I have to disappoint you since the chronologically next clip I found is from the 1983 Umbria Jazz Festival. This festival took place from July 11-17, 1983. It’s not clear, on what day the Messengers played. Here the band consists of Blakey (dr), Terence Blanchard (tp), Donald Harrison (as), Jean Toussaint (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), and Lonnie Plaxico (b).

They are playing “Oh by the Way”, composed by Terence Blanchard (thanks, Saxophone Freddie!)

The next clip can be dated exactly: July 23, 1983 at the Jazz Festival Montreux. The band is the same as in Umbria with Johnny O’Neal replacing Mulgrew Miller (thanks, Saxophone Freddie!). I made a mistake editing this: I did not realize that the TV station had broadcasted the latter part of the show live ( an unidentified tune, the introduction of the musicians by Blakey, an unidentified old time tune, “Polka Dots and Moonbeams and “Blues March”. Then after a break comes an  excerpt from the first part of the concert featuring “Little Man” and a another unidentified tune. Again: If you can identify the untitled tunes, I’d be grateful.

At some time in February 1984 the Jazz Messengers played at the Jazz Festival Aarau in Switzerland. I was not able to find out the exact date (McCoy Tyner played there on February 24). Again the band consists of Blakey (dr), Terence Blanchard (tp), Donald Harrison (as), Jean Toussaint (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), and Lonnie Plaxico (b).  All in all there are more than 80 minutes from Aarau, but the source video gave me trouble. After the first 30 minutes or so, the video starts repeatedly to stall while the music goes on. That is why the first, second and fourth part have video to the audio, whereas for the third part I could not get video and audio synchroneous (i’d need weeks for that). So i just added some screenshots to the music.

Part 1 starts with Donald Harrison’s solo in an unidentified tune and commences with “On The Ginza”:

Part 2 again starts wirth an unidentified snippet of Donald Harrison which is soon followed by “Moanin'”.

Part 3 unfortunately has no footage, as I explained above. Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play “Oh By The Way” and “Tenderly”, a feature for Terence Blanchard:

Finally part 4 – again with footage – is another rendition of “Blues March”:

On March 23, 1984 the Jazz Messengers played at the 15. Internationale Jazzwoche in Burghausen (look here to see the poster, does anyone have footage from the Arkestra’s appearance on March 22?). Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Jean Toussaint, Mulgrew Miller and Lonnie Plaxico are on board with Blakey. In this clip (again all I have) they are playing “Duck Soup” (I guess named for it’s composer, Donald “Duck” Harrison”, falsely titled “Duck Soup” by the TV station) and Benny Golson’s “Blues March”. Note that “Duck Soup” has already been put up on youtube by someone, but “Blues March” has not.

The next clip features the Jazz Messengers (Art Blakey (dr), Terence Blanchard (tp), Donald Harrison (as), Jean Toussaint (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), Lonnie Plexico (b)) at the jazz club Subway in Cologne, probably on February 1, 1985. Again I could not identify the tune:

In fact there is a more than an hour of the Jazz Messengers at the Subway. I found a better version than the one I had shown here previously. Here it is:

Jumping forward four years, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers  appeared at the Jazz Festival Bern in April or early May 1989 .There the band consisted of Blakey, Brian Lynch, Donald Harrison, Terence Tony, Javon Jackson, Frank Lacy, Benny Green, and Essiet Essiet. I found over an hour of footage from this concert, for technical reasons I had to split this into three parts.

Part 1 features Wayne Shorter’s “Hammer Head” followed by J. J. Johnson’s “Lament”:

Part 2 features Walter Davis’ “Jodi” followed by an interview with Blakey (with italian voice-over) and Freddie Hubbard’s composition “The Core”.

For the last part of the show (or this broadcast?) the band was joined by veteran Messenger Bennie Golson for a rendition of Golson’s “Blues March”.

 And finally something rare and special: At the Estival Jazz Lugano in summer 1989 (exact date unknown) Art Blakey – who otherwise did not play there – was presented with an honory award for his life achievements. On that occasion he agreed to improvise a little with Guido Parini and Oliviero Giovannoni, two fine drummers from the italian speaking part of Switzerland. Blakey has to be pushed into this somewhat by the announcer, I have left this out to protect the living …

Enjoy!

Eddie Harris in Lugano 1989

Posted in clips, Eddie Harris, jazz, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2015 by crownpropeller

eddie_harrisEddie Harris in Lugano, Switzerland, 1989

The legendary tenor saxophonist, trumpeter, pianist, singer and pioneer-for-a-lot-of-things Eddie Harris is one musician I never saw live, although he sometimes appeared in places not really to far from me. But I was a free jazz only guy at that time and arrogant at that.

Happily in my late friend Otto Flückiger’s collection  I found TV footage from Harris’ appearance at the Estival Jazz Lugano in 1989, where he was accompagnied by Ronald Muldrow on guitar, bassist Ray Peterson and drummer Norman Fearrington.

So as my present for the end of the year to you all here is the Eddie Harris quartet in Lugano 1989 in two parts.

 

Enjoy!

Impressions of the ICP Orchestra, Zürich 2015

Posted in Free Jazz, Han Bennink, jazz, Photographs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2015 by crownpropeller

DSC_4339(Click to enlarge) The ICP Orchestra at Rote Fabrik, Zurich,
Switzerland, October 17, 2015. Mary Oliver, Tristan
Honsinger, Ernst Glerum, Han Beninnk, Michael Moore,
Ab Baars, Wolter Wierbos (hidden), Tobias Delius (hidden) and
Thomas Heberer.  Photo by Armin Büttner

The ICP Orchestra, that famous european jazz institution founded in 1967 by drummer Han Bennink and pianist Misha Mengelberg, played in Zurich yesterday. Since I have a bad cold, I was not in the mood to fumble around with a video cam, but I took quite a few photos which turned out so nice, that I thought I’d present them here.

In it’s current incarnation – Misha Mengelberg is not able to appear on stage anymore – the ICP Orchestra consists of Han Bennink, trumpeter Thomas Heberer, trombonist Wolter Wierbos, Michael Moore (as, cl), Ab Baars (ts, cl), Tobias Delius (ts, cl), Mary Oliver (violin, viola), cellist Tristan Honsinger and bassist Ernst Glerum. The piano chair was manned by Misha Mengelbergs good friend Guss Janssen. They played a lot of  Mengelbergs compositions as well as his arrangements of pieces by Monk, Herbie Nichols and Duke Ellington, as well as pieces by band members. To make it short, it was a great evening and I was glad I went – I even had the feeling my cold had gotten better afterwards.

So here are some photos (you can always click to enlarge, they are quite big!):

DSC_4308Han Bennink at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4321Han Bennink, Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius at
Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4301Mary Oliver, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Glerum at Rote Fabrik.
Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4324Michael Moore and Ab Baars at Rote Fabrik.
Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4348Mary Oliver at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

After a twenty minute intermission the second part of the evening started with about twenty minutes with a special quartet. ICP-members Bennink, Glerum and Moore were joined by Zurich based pianist Irène Schweizer (they know each other for years and years, swiss label Intakt has just released a new Cd of Schweizer/Bennink duets).

Here are some photos from that part of the evening:

DSC_4373Irène Schweizer, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink and Michael
Moore at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4386Han Bennink and Michael
Moore at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4384Han Bennink at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4407Irène Schweizer at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

Then it was back to the ICP Orchestra again:

DSC_4428Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Wolter Wierbos and
Thomas Heberer at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4430Ernst Glerum, Mary Oliver, Han Bennink and Michael Moore
at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4453“And without further ado I present to you: absolutely nothing!”:
Tristan Honsinger at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4467Going down low: Tristan Honsinger and Wolter Wierbos at
Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4471And up: Tristan Honsinger in the air at Rote Fabrik.
Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4476Guss Janssen and Mary Oliver at Rote Fabrik.
Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4485Han Bennink and Ab Baars at Rote Fabrik.
Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4490Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Michael Moore and Tobias Delius
at Rote Fabrik. Photo by Armin Büttner

DSC_4502A quite hum for Misha Mengelberg: Han Bennink at Rote
Fabrik, Zurich, October 17, 2015.

Enjoy!

David Murray Infinity Quartet feat. Saul Williams, Zürich 2015

Posted in clips, David Murray, jazz, Photographs on October 14, 2015 by crownpropeller

DSC_4144(click to enlarge) David Murray, Jaribu Shahid (hidden), Saul
Willliams and Nasheet Waits at Rote Fabrik, Zürich,
October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

Last sunday one of my old favourites was in town. Tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist David Murray was appearing at the Rote Fabrik with his Infinity Quartet featuring Spoken Word artist Saul Williams.

Since I am not following the HipHop and Spoken Word scene that much, I was not acquainted with Williams’ work at all. Shame on me for it was a great evening.

I made a video featuring two tracks. Unfortunately from where I stood the view was not too good. As I did not want to appear to be filming, I put the camera on the table besides me for most of the time. Not wanting to cut the people’s heads, I had to zoom out quite a bit since the table was too low. But the video gets more interesting after a while when I finally picked the camera up to zoom in a little more. But there are still some bad shakes. Add to that that my camera passed out. So there are three seconds without footage in between – and just some photos with worse sound from another source at the end of “Children Of The Night”.

So this video is just to give you an idea.

The clip starts with the fourth track of the evening, a quartet rendition of Thelonious Monk’s “Wee See”. You won’t recognize it at first, the theme only comes up around 13:13 (It took me hours to find out which Monk tune that is). After that (starting at 16:00) comes “Children Of The Night”, a poem by Saul Williams, with Murray playing bass clarinet.

I also took quite a few photographs, here are some:

DSC_4123(click to enlarge) David Murray at Rote Fabrik, Zürich,
October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4162(click to enlarge) David Murray and Saul Willliams at Rote
Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4173(click to enlarge) Nasheet Waits at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4202(click to enlarge) Jaribu Shahid at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4201(click to enlarge) Saul Williams at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4227(click to enlarge) David Murray and Saul Williams at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4249(click to enlarge) Orrin Evans and David Murray at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4170(click to enlarge) Saul Williams and Jaribu Shahid at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4226(click to enlarge) Saul Williams  at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4258(click to enlarge) David Murray and Saul Williams at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

If you have a chance to see this band – they are touring through Europe right now – go for it!

Enjoy!

Nestor Records (early John Coltrane musical content!)

Posted in 78 rpm, Discography, John Coltrane, R'n'B with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2015 by crownpropeller

nestor6aThis 1953 record from Philadelphia contains solos
by John Coltrane. From the Crown Propeller Collection

The John Coltrane Reference by Lewis Porter, Chris DeVito, David Wild, Yasuhiro Fujioka, Wolf Schmaler – a book you should own if you are a Coltrane fanatic – lists a probably 1953 session by Philadelphia drummer James “Coatesville” Harris that features Coltrane, done for the small Philadelphia label Nestor.

In their notes to that session the authors write: “This 78-rpm record was discovered by Swiss reserachers Otto Flückiger and Armin Büttner. (…) Coltrane is identified by aural evidence only, but we consider the evidence overwhelming. He plays throughout and solos on both tracks.”

What they write is not quite the truth though. It was not Otto Flückiger and me who made this discovery. Instead Otto and his friend the swiss jazz researcher and alto saxophonist Mario Schneeberger had thought that the saxophonist on Nestor 06 sounded very much like John Coltrane back in the 1960s when Otto won this record for a dollar or two in an auction. When Otto played the two tracks for me in the early 1990s, I was convinced that it’s Coltrane playing the tenor here from the first notes emanating from that horn, leading me to inform the Coltrane experts. But the claim for the discovery must go to Otto and Mario.

There is really not much known about the Nestor label which was owned by Herman “Piney” Gillespie, who at different points in time also ran the labels G&M, Piney and Teenage. Gillespie had his home base in Philadelphia, but at least Nestor moved to New York later.

The second Edition of Bob McGrath’s The R&B Indies (2006) lists nine issues on Nestor. And although I have been running a permanent ebay search for “Nestor 78rpm” since 2003, I only ever came up with one Nestor record at all (Nestor 10, incidentally not listed in the The R&B Indies).

In the hope of acquiring more information about the Nestor label (and maybe stumbling over even more Coltrane, not that I do have much hope), I decided to gather all the information that I have here, in the hope of delivering a somewhat complete list of its issues. Many thanks to Bob McGrath whose four volume work The R&B Indies is responsible for about 92 percent of this listing. Some composer credits were taken from 45rpm labels appearing on the internet. There is some music inside of this listing, some youtube clips – yes, and some Coltrane to listen to in an atomic age tenor solo!

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Nestor Records – a draft

NESTOR 1 to NESTOR 5: No information

NESTOR 6
COATESVILLE HARRIS ORCH. Vocal by Rodney Smith
Coatesville Harris (dr, ldr), Rodney Smith (voc), John Coltrane (ts), unidentified p, g, b, d

Philadelphia, probably 1953

JG-06A     Ham Hocks And Hominy (H. Gillespie)
JG-06B     Strange Things All The Range (H. Gillespie)

(Information from Fancourt – McGrath: “The Blues Discography 1943–1970” and a copy of Nestor 6 in the Crown Propeller Collection, this record is not mentioned in the 2006 edition of The R&B Indies). Only 78 rpm copies are known.

And here is Coatesville Harris’ band with singer Rodney Smith doing “Strange Things All The Rage”. Watch out for John Coltrane!

NESTOR 7 to NESTOR 9: No information

NESTOR 10
THE STAN MOORE QUARTET

JG-10A     The Little Black Sheep (Moore)
JG-10B     My Dream (Moore)

(Not listed in The R&B Indies, information from a 78rpm copy in the Crown Propeller Collection), Here is the music (warning: no jazz or r’n’b content!) I cannot find the 78rpm right now, so I might add a picture later.

The Little Black Sheep:

My Dream

NESTOR 11: No information

NESTOR 12
MICHELLE & HIS ORGAN (v. Jimmy Milner)

N-12A     Love Is Such A Funny Thing
N-12B     Now That You’re Gone

(Information from “The R&B Indies”)

NESTOR 13
MAE PARRISH
Mae Parrish with unidentified tp, tb, ts, g, p, b, d, vocal ensemble on “Function …”

Philadelphia, probably late 1955 or early 1956

N-13A     Function On Broadway
N-13B     Let’s Make Love Tonight

Information from The R&B Indies, and Fancourt – McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943–1970. Fancourt/McGrath give 1953/1954 as the recording date, but this was probably later. The  New York Age of  February 11, 1956 noted: “Mae Parrish, sensational blues singer, getting good response from her recent recording of “Function On Broadway” on Nester (sic!) label.”

Here is “Function On Broadway”:

NESTOR 14
FREDDIE CLARK
Freddie Clark (voc), unknown tp, as, p, b, d

N-14A     Begging Papa Blues
N-13B     Got The Blues

Information from The R&B Indies and Fancourt – McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943–1970 and a 78rpm copy of Nestor 14 in the Otto Flückiger Collection. When I go down to the archive again, I will take  pictures of the label. There were 45rpm copies as well. Here’s one from Youtube user stompingsevens:

And if you’d like to hear the flip side too, here’s “Got The Blues” from Otto’s collection.

NESTOR 15
MONTEREYS (Dean Barlow)

N-15A     Someone Like You (White-Epps)
N-15B     Train Whistle Blues

Basic information from The R&B Indies. Composer credits from 45rpm label shots found on the internet. Nestor 15 was also released as Teenage 1001.

NESTOR 16
TREBELAIRES

N-16A     There Goes That Train (R. McGill)
N-16B     I Gotta (B. Smith)

Basic information from The R&B Indies. Composer credits from 78 and 45rpm label shots  found on the internet.

NESTOR 17
DICKY HOWARD’S QUINTETTE
Ray Edwards (voc), Dicky Howard, rest unknown

N-17A     Rolling Down The Highway
N-17B     Going Down The River (H. Gillespie – R. Jefferson)

Information from The R&B Indies and Classic Urban Harmony website.

NESTOR 18
MATTHEW CHILDS & HIS CHILLUN

N-18X45  119    Rosa Lee (M. Childs)
N-18X45 120   No Love (M. Childs)

Basic information from The R&B Indies. Composer credits from  45rpm label shots  found on the internet. Here is a vid of “Rosa Lee” from youtube user jdkays:

NESTOR 19 to NESTOR 25: No information

NESTOR 26
BABE BLANCHARD

N-26A     One More Time (Ollie Blanchard)
N-26B     Sugarfoot Sam

Information from The R&B Indies, composer credit for N-26A from a copy on ebay. This is the first known Nestor with a N.Y.C. adress on the label.

NESTOR 27

THE FOUR FELLOWS

N-27A     Remember (G. Payne)
N-17B     That Kiss You Gave Me (G. Payne)

Information from The R&B Indies and label shots from the internet.

NESTOR (number unknown)

LLOYD “FAT MAN” SMITH

unknown titles

Information about singer Lloyd “Fat Man” Smith recording for Nestor can be found in the Billboard of April 13, 1957 (dates in brackets added by me):

“Lloyd, the ‘Fat Man’, r.&b. singer and ork leader who has recorded on Peacock (1951/52), Gotham (1950), Nestor (??), Checker (??) and Epic (really Okeh, 1956), has been signed as a disk jockey on WHAT, Philadelphia.”

Some information about Lloyd “Fat Man” Smith can be found here.

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If you have information about the unlisted Nestor records or can provide label scans or audio files of records from the list, please contact me via a comment.

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