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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:

marionerly

And it’s definitely worth looking out for!

Enjoy!

R.I.P., Bobby Hutcherson

Posted in Bobby Hutcherson, clips, Dizzy Gillespie, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2016 by crownpropeller

This morning I received the sad news of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s passing on monday at the age of 75. Here is an obituary from the New York Times.

I never had the chance to see any of the great vibraphone players of the 20th century (Hampton, Jackson, Hutcherson, Dickerson) play live. But for youtube’s sake, we have the chance to see them all in action (not that it’s a comparable experience).

In 1989 Bobby Hutcherson was runnnig the european festival circuit with the band that was either announced as “The Phil Woods / Dizzy Gillespie All Stars” or as “The Dizzy Gillespie / Phil Woods  All Stars”, depending on whatever. It seems this band played every major and minor european festival that year, and fortunately most of the times some TV station was broadcasting at least parts of the proceedings.

In the VHS collection of my friend, the late swiss jazz researcher Otto Flückiger, I found a nearly 13 minute clip of the All Stars playing Gillespie’s composition “Tour De Force” at the Jazz Festival in Wiesen, Austria on Saturday, July 8, 1989 – which has never been on youtube before.

So here’s my tribute to the late great Bobby Hutcherson. The band consists of Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Phil Woods (as), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Steve Turre (tb), Cedar Walton (p), Rufus Reid (b) and Mickey Roker (dr). And Hutcherson has a nice solo in there.

 

Enjoy!

… and please excuse the TV noise in the background, I could not do anything against this.

Milt Buckner: KAKE acetate (195?)

Posted in 33 rpm, acetates, Milt Buckner with tags , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2016 by crownpropeller

Milt Buckner in the mid-sixties. Photographer, date and location unidentified.
From the Otto Flückiger collection.

Already a while ago I had uploaded “Milt’s Boogie” as well as “Flying Home” from the mysterious Milt Buckner acetate from Wichita KS Station KAKE. This 12” / 33rpm acetate is one of a series of five KAKE acetates. The other four contain a concert by Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra at the Forum in Wichita, dated 1953. The fifth  has five solo piano tracks by Buckner (four on one side, one on the other) and ends with two tracks from the Hampton concert again.

It’s unclear when these were recorded. I can not find a Wichita date in Milt Buckner’s agendas and he was not a member of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1953. I relistened to this music again today in the hope of coming somewhat closer to solving this riddle, but to no avail.

Anyway I thought Milt’s playing on tis acetate is interesting enough that it would justify to present it here in full. I know a good cleaning would probably help to get a better sound. But I will not try anything that might do any damage to the acetate, so you have to live with what there is.

So here is Milt playing “Old Man River”, “Hamp’s Boogie”, “How High the Moon”, “Laura” and then “Flying Home”.

 

Enjoy!

 

R.I.P. Sir Charles Thompson

Posted in Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, jazz, Leo Parker, Sir Charles Thompson with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by crownpropeller

Yesterday I received the sad news that pianist Sir Charles Thompson – a very important figure during the transition from Swing to Bop – passsed in Japan on June 16 at the proud age of 98.

 

As a tribute here are two pieces that Thompson recorded with different all star groups for Apollo records ion the mid-fourties. I took them from – warts and clicks included – this nice Vogue 10 inch LP, released in France in the mid-fifties:

sct-vogueFrom the Crown Propeller collection

 

First up is Thompson’s “The Street Beat”, originally released on Apollo 759. It was recorded on September 4, 1945, and the band consists of Buck Clayton (tp), Charlie Parker (as), Dexter Gordon (ts), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Danny Barker (g), Jimmy Butts (b) and J.C. Heard (dr).

And here is Thompson’s  “Mad Lad” titled thusly for featured baritone saxophonist Leo Parker. This was originally issued on Apollo 773. It was recorded in late summer 1947 and this the band consists of Joe Newman (tp), Bob Dorsey (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Freddie Green (g), John Simmons (b) and  Shadow Wilson (dr.)

Enjoy!

Anthony Braxton Quartet in Montreux 1975

Posted in Anthony Braxton, clips, jazz with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2016 by crownpropeller

hollandbraxDave Holland and Anthony Braxton in Montreux,
on July 20, 1975

Never before and never again did composer and multiinstrumentalist Anthony Braxton have such a high profile as in the mid-1970s when he was under contract with Arista. One could say that Braxton’s music was much more accessible than it is now, but of course this is only partly true. As you might know his time with Arista came to an end after the release of Braxton’s “For Four Orchestras” in a 4LP Box (Allmusic website gives it 1 1/2 stars today).

What people went for at the time were Braxton’s quartets with which he toured also through Europe at the time. This 2LP (and CD):

220px-The_Montreux_Berlin_Concertsdocuments two concerts. The first is from July 20, 1975 when the Braxton Quartet with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul played at the Jazz Festival Montreux. The other one is from November 4, 1976, when trombonist George Lewis had replaced Kenny Wheeler.

wheelerKenny Wheeler in Montreux, on July 20, 1975

Michael Cuscuna in his original liner notes writes about the two concerts:

 

Ironically, the fourth tune of each performance was eliminated from possible release by technical difficulties, and that  missing piece in both concerts was the stop time composition that first appeared on “Five Compositions, 1975.”

The stop time composition Cuscuna is talking about is 23G, which is inded on this album:

220px-Five_Pieces_1975

But at least in Montreux the quartet played yet another piece that did not find it’s way onto the “Montreux/Berlin” album (also from the “Five Pieces, 1975” album): the fast Bebop abstraction Composition 40M.

And that is where an old VHS cassette from the collection of my friend, the late Otto Flückiger comes up and contains just that performance:

As you can see from the band preparing to leave the stage at the end that this must have been the last track (or the encore – if there was one). Personally I enjoy watching drummer Barry Altschul here: he looks like playing this music is a lot of fun.

altschulBarry Altschul in Montreux, on July 20, 1975

Enjoy!

Dexter Gordon: As Time Goes By

Posted in clips, Dexter Gordon, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2016 by crownpropeller

dex1Dexter Gordon at Jazzwoche Burghausen 1980.

At the end of one of the VHS cassettes from Otto Flückiger’s vast collection, I found something very nice: About ten minutes of the Dexter Gordon Quartet at the Jazzwoche Burghausen 1980 in Burghausen, Bavaria/Germany. Since I have nothing to say about Dexter Gordon that you would not know, here is “As Time Goes By”:

 

The personnel is: Dexter Gordon (ts), Kirk Lightsey (p), John Heard (b), Eddie Gladders (dr).

Enjoy!

Memories of a Jazz Festival: Hollabrunn 1985

Posted in clips, Fats Domino, jazz, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Tommy Flanagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2016 by crownpropeller

holla(Clockwise): Miles Davis, Fats Domino, Pharoah Sanders in
Hollabrunn, Austria, July 1985.

The 1985 Blue Danube Jazz Summit 1985 in Hollabrunn not far from Vienna seems to have been a one time only event. Which is a pity, since the line-up for those three days (July 5 to July 7, 1985 ) was truly stellar. I found the following list:

July 5:
Miles Davis Group / Modern Jazz Quartet /Astrud Gilberto Group / Shankar – Jan Garbarek Group / Jamalaadeen Tacuma Band /Mingus Dynasty / Charlie Mariano – Jasper van’t Hof Group / Albert Mair Group

July 6:
James Brown Revue /Woody Herman All Stars / Airto Moreira & Flora Purim Group / Astor Piazzolla Sextet / Cedar Walton Quartet / Jackie McLean Sextet / Tommy Flanagan Trio / Leon Thomas – Jimmy Witherspoon Band with Arnett Cobb / Pharoah Sanders Quartet / Lou Donaldson Quartet / Benny Wallace Trio / Steve Lacy solo / Wide Fields

July 7:
Fats Domino Rhythm & Blues Explosion / Joe Zawinul solo / Working Week / Stéphane Grappelli Trio / George Wein’s Newport All Stars(Donald Byrd, Woody Shaw, Johnny Griffin, Nathan Davis, Slide Hampton, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Woode) / Gilberto Gil Brazilian Band / Lounge Lizards / Bob Moses Group / Joanne Brackeen – Clint Houston Duo / Big Band Machine

Thankfully the austrian TV station was there to document parts of the festival. I do not know how much they filmed, but fortunately I found clips from four of the concerts on my late friend Otto Flückiger’s old VHS tapes, which I decided to present here.

Starting chronologically here is Miles Davis’ band from July 5. The lineup: Miles Davis (tp, keyb); Bob Berg (ts, ss); John Scofield (g); Robert Irving III (synth); Darryl Jones (elb); Vincent Wilburn Jr. (dr); Steve Thornton (perc).

They are playing “Pacific Express” and “Time After Time”. Note that according to the list on this page “Time After Time” was played way before “Pacific Express” (there are also a lot of great photos of the band in Hollabrunn on that page). In fact I had found the two tracks on two different VHS cassettes and made the segueing myself. After I discovered the real order of tunes, I was not in the mood to go into the editing process all over again.

The next clip comes from July 6 and presents the Tommy Flanagan Trio. Flanagan is accompagnied by bassist George Mraz and  drummer  Art Taylor. This was also on two different VHS cassettes. So after the Monk Medley there is a segueing (done by me) and then comes an unidentified ballad followed by Tadd Damerons “If You Could See Me Now”. For all I know true sequence of tracks could have been the other way around.

 

Next up – also from July 6 – is a rarety as it shows Pharoah Sanders with a group that did not appear on any official albums. Here Pharoah is accompagnied by pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Clinton Houston and drummer Victor Lewis. They are playing Brackeens composition “Haiti B”.

And to leave Hollabrunn we have Fats Domino with an unidentified band doing his 1960 hit “My Girl Josephine” on July 7.

Enjoy!