Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Rein De Graaff with Pete Christlieb and Ferdinand Povel

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TENOR MEETING: REIN DE GRAAFF meets PETE CHRISTLIEB and FERDINAND POVEL live in PORGY EN BESS
Sunday afternoon, the 2nd of November 2008, the Rein De Graaff Trio performed at the Porgy en Bess Jazz Club in Terneuzen, a small city in the south west part of The Netherlands, near the Belgian border. Rein brought two special guests - two of his most favorite tenor saxophone players: Pete Christlieb and Ferdinand Povel. The Rein De Graaff Trio features Rein De Graaff on the keys, Marius Beets on bass. ( He took the place of Koos Serierse years ago, the regular bass player for several decades) and Eric Ineke, the drummer - active since the trio was founded.
Rein De Graaff in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen (The Netherlands)(November 2008) ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)
This special quintet performed two sets for an enthusiastic audience, in which tunes where performed like Wabash, the fifty years old Cannonbal Adderley composition; All The Things You Are and the 1947 Milestones, recorded by Miles Davis and his All Stars featuring Charlie Parker on the tenor (!) saxophone. This version is less known compared to the other one, the 1958 Milestones Miles Davis recorded with his Quintet ( featuring Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane).
Pete Christlieb in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen (The Netherlands)(November 2008) ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)
Pete Christlieb, born in Los Angeles, February 1945, has a career of 45 years up to now and played with a lot of famous names, like Chet Baker and Woody Herman in the 1960s. Late 1960s he cooperated with Louie Bellson and became a sought after film and TV musician for several decades. He was a regular member of the Doc Severinsen Orchestra, which played at the Tonight Show. During his work as a studio musician he accompanied vocalists like Sarah Vaughan. In the 1980s he founded his own quartet.
Ferdinand Povel in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen (The Netherlands)(November 2008) ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)
During the concert we learned that he is a skilled ballad player, special in the tune Body and Soul, a tenor's man dillemma Rein De Graaff labeled this Coleman Hawkins classic. He showed us that he is a solid player in the more fast pieces. Rein De Graaff "discovered" Pete Christlieb fourty years ago thanks to a record he found and since that day they are close friends. Pete Christlieb toured with the Rein De Graaff Trio twenty years ago with Lew Tabackin and in 1995 he played together with David Fathead Newman and Toon Roos in a series of Tenor Meeting concerts.
Eric Ineke in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen (The Netherlands)(November 2008) ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)
Ferdinand Povel is a regular guest in Porgy en Bess jazz club and performed with Rein De Graaff in previous concerts, like a tour labeled as Jubilee Jazz Party with Bennie Bailey,
Ronnie Cuber and Herb Geller. He belongs to the best saxophone players in Holland and abroad. I remember him in a previous concert with the John Marshal-Ferdinand Povel European Quintet early this year in Porgy en Bess. Ferdinand Povel surprised with a great ballad I Fall In Love Too Easily.
Marius Beets in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen (The Netherlands)(November 2008) ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)
Rein De Graaff, one of the few pure bebop musicians left in this part of the world ( do you ever hear tunes played live like Tadd Dameron's Good Bait?). He is, with his band, a regular guest of Porgy en Bess and surprises the audience time after time with musicians who know the ropes. Thanks Rein .......... hope to see you next year!
Hans Koert - keepswinging@live.nl

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JUST RAMBLING ALONG - STAN LAUREL (1918)
Op 3 november 1918, negentig jaar geleden, werd de film Just Rambling Along met Stan Laurel in de hoofdrol gelanceerd. Stan Laurel, geboren in 1890 , werd, samen met zijn compagnon bekend door zijn vele korte films, twofers die ze in de jaren twintig en dertig maakten. Wie is er niet groot mee geworden? Toch zijn er maar weinigen die weten dat beide heren ook nog een carriere voor die komische Laurel & Hardy filmpjes hadden; dit stomme filmpje is er één uit de collectie van Stan Laurel. Deze stomme filmpjes echter zijn vaak van een slechte beeldkwaliteit en eigenlijk alleen leuk om te bekijken als je geinteresserd bent in de carriere van de hoofdpersoon.
In 1918 kreeg Stan Laurel een contract bij de Hal Roach studio voor twee jaar, omdat Armando Novello, die de rol van Toto, de clown zou spelen, het plotseling af liet weten. Deze eerste film was getiteld Just Rambling Along. Hij maakte vijf films in deze periode bij Hal Roach ( hij zou er later met Oliver Hardy terugkeren). De film heeft een paar aardige stukjes, maar het verhaal is flinterdun en de grappen flauw en voorspelbaar. Alleen als je goed oplet, ontdek je dat Stan toen al die fantastische timing had, die hem later beroemd zou maken. Het schijnt dat dit filmpje Just Rambling Along het oudste nog bstaande filmpje uit zijn oeuvre is. Kijken dus naar deze 90 jaar oude beelden ................


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