Monday, October 27, 2008

Lester Young Trio: The Giants 3

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LESTER YOUNG TRIO: THE GIANTS 3

I found a copy of this record The Lester Young Trio with Nat "King" Cole and Buddy Rich in the series The Verve Collection. ( Verve 559 659 ). This CD contains recordings from March 1946 by three bebop musicians, that were brought together in a Norman Granz production. Although this trio is labeled as Lester Young Trio, I found it in the discographies as Nat "King" Cole/Lester Young/Buddy Rich - Giants 3 or short : The Giants 3.

The album contains 14 tracks, but, and that is a shame I think, the discographical information is rather poor. It was released as VSP-30 on a 12-inch LP in the VSP-series by Verve. The official discography reads:

Lester Young (ts) Nat "King" Cole (p) Buddy Rich (d)

Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA, March-April, 1946
348-1 Back To The Land (edited ver.)
349-2 I Cover The Waterfront
350-2 Somebody Loves Me
351-1 I've Found A New Baby
352-1 The Man I Love
354-1 62VK226 I Want To Be Happy
355-1 62VK471 Mean To Me

The copy I have has some extra tracks, most alternative takes, but also an unreleased track titled Peg O'My Heart, I'll discuss later. The four last tracks are played by the Dexter Gordon Quintet featuring Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp) Dexter Gordon (ts) Nat "King" Cole (p) possibly Red Callender or Johnny Miller (b) and Clifford "Juicy" Owens (d). It is Dexter Gordon's first recording made late 1943 or July 1944 ( it isn't known exactly) session under his own name. As only Nat KIng Cole is present on this sessions it is strange to find it here: I've Found a New Baby - Rosetta - Sweet Lorraine and Blowed and Gone.
The tunes, recorded on this Norman Granz recording session now belong to the classics in jazz, well worth to have in your collection. Nat King Cole was already a very popular piano player who had several hits, like Straighten Up and Fly Right. Buddy Rich was one of the most sought after drummers from the 1940s and he played in the Count Basie Orchestra. When these recordings were made he had his own big band at the west coast, so he could easily sit in during these 1946 Hollywood recordings. For those who love the use of brushes, like me, know that Buddy used these in all tunes. He isn't present on the Peg O'My Heart tune: He is absent entirely, having gone to get something to eat, Lester explained later. This track was not on the original album. For Lester Young these recordings were one of the first recording sessions after he had left the army. These 14 month in the army had been a tragedy for Lester. Being an alcoholist, his dependence on drugs and his weak health made it a traumatic experience. One of the first tunes he recorded after his discharged of the army was a tune titled D.B. Blues ( = Detention Barracks Blues)
We all remember Lester Young wearing a pork pie hat and the way he holds his instrument, due to the fact that he twisted his mouthpiece of his saxophone. Just before he was forced to join the army he became the major figure in a short film titled Jammin' The Blues, I love to introduce to you later. I post it here just to introduce you to his sound.

As I told above, I will later make a blog about this great Gjon Mili film which includes a lot of more known jazz musicians from that period except Lester Young.


Hans Koert - keepswinging@live.nl

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Nederlands ( To the English section with a contribution about a 1946 Norman Granz recording session with Lester Young, Nat King Cole and Buddy rich: The Giants 3 )

REIN DE GRAAFF TRIO met PETE CHRISTLIEB en FERDINAND POVEL in PORGY EN BESS.
Op zondag 2 november 2008 treedt het Rein de Graaff Trio op in Porgy en Bess, de huiskamer van de jazz in Terneuzen. Dit trio, dat al vele jaren samen optreedt bestaat uit Rein de Graaff aan de toetsen, Marius Beets op bas en Erik Ineke op slagwerk.

Rein de Graaff, die al heel wat schitterende concerten in Porgy en Bess op zijn naam heeft staan, komt deze keer met twee giganten op de tenorsax: Ferdinand Povel en Pete Christlieb.
Pete Christlieb is voor Rein een oude bekende; hj kent hem al vanaf de jaren zestig, toen hij richting New York vloog en daar speelde met de grootten van de jazz. Hij haalde hem ook verschillende keren naar Nederland, zoals in 1989 met Lew Tabackin en eind 1995 met David Fathead Newman. Bij die laatste gelegenheid speelde ook de Nederlandse tenorsxophonist Toon Roos mee. Ferdinand Povel stond onlangs nog in Porgy en Bess samen met John Marshall en hun spel maakte toen grote indruk op me. Dat Rein de Graaff het rustiger aandoet ( in plaats van vier series concerten, nu maar twee meer per jaar), is weinig te merken als je weet dat hij ook zijn herinneringen met de Giants of Jazz te boek heeft gesteld. Ik hoop zijn boek over Lee Morgan snel eens te kunnen lezen. Het concert van het Rein de Graafff Trio met als gasten Pete Christlieb en Ferdinand Povel vindt plaats in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen op zondag 2 november 2008 om 16.00 uur.
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