Quincy Jones : « Basie avait un don pour flairer les bons grooves. Un après-midi, Neal Hefti, arrangeur exceptionnel de dynamisme et d’assurance, a présenté un arrangement sue sa composition Li’l Darlin’. Il s’est planté devant l’orchestre, cigarette au bec, et a donné le tempo, un tempo rapide: “1, 2, 3, 4”, et les voilà partis à toute à l’allure.
Basie s’est aussitôt levé en agitant la main pour les arrêter. Stop les gars. Du calme. Je veux entendre les parties de cuivre mieux que ça, un gros son bien rond; Bon on repart comme ça, et on le met dans la boîte. Vous savez ce que je veux dire” a-t-il conclu avec un sourire typique.
Il a dédoublé le tempo en le marquant du pied : “Et 1, et 2, et 3, et 4”. Question tempo, la version de Ray Charles de Drown in My Own Tears sur le disque Live in Georgia est la seule qui s’en rapproche : si lent qu’on aurait pu largement se raser entre chaque temps. L’orchestre a repris et a créé le plus beau tableau imaginable, qui évoquait des volutes de nuages transparents ondulant dans un ciel bleu pur. Li’l Darlin’ est devenu un classique. Grâce à Basie. Il venait de faire une masterclass sur l’importance de trouver le tempo parfait. Une leçon que j’ai retenu toute ma vie. »

Quincy par Quincy Jones, traduction Mimi et Isabelle Perrin, Robert Laffont, 2003, p.112-113.

 

Voici donc ces deux morceaux si lents « qu’on aurait pu largement se raser entre chaque temps » évoqués par Quincy Jones, ainsi que six autres (to be continued…)

 


 

Count Basie – Li’l Darlin’ (arrangement Neal Hefti)

Count Basie And His Orchestra + Neal Hefti-BasieCount Basie And His Orchestra + Neal Hefti ‎- Basie
Roulette Records ‎- YW-7831-RO, 1978
Tracklist
A1 The Kid From Red Bank 2:38
A2 Duet 4:10
A3 After Supper 3:22
A4 Flight Of The Foo Birds 3:21
A5 Double -O 2:45
A6 Teddy The Toad 3:40
B1 Whirly-Bird 3:46
B2 Midnite Blue 4:25
B3 Splanky 3:35
B4 Fantail 3:50
B5 Lil’ Darlin’ 4:47
Credits
Alto Saxophone – Marshall Royal
Baritone Saxophone – Charles Fowlkes
Bass – Eddie Jones
Composed By, Arranged By – Neal Hefti
Drums – Sonny Payne
Guitar – Freddie Green
Liner Notes – Barry Ulanov
Photography By [Back Liner] – Arnold Meyers
Piano – Count Basie
Saxophone – Frank Wess
Supervised By [Recording] – Teddy Reig
Tenor Saxophone – Eddie « Lockjaw » Davis, Frank Foster
Trombone – Al Grey, Benny Powell, Henry Coker
Trumpet – Snooky Young , Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Wendell Culley
(parfois réédité sous le titre The Atomic Mr. Basie)

 

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Quincy, Basie & Sinatra


 

Ray Charles – Drown in My Own Tears

 

#anecdote : l’album “Ray Charles In Person” a été enregistré depuis le public, à l’aide d’un seul microphone, par le DJ de la station WAOK Zenas « Daddy » Sears.

Ray Charles - Ray Charles In Person2Ray Charles ‎- Ray Charles In Person
Atlantic ‎- HAK 2284, 1960
Tracklist
A1 The Right Time – Vocals – Marjorie Hendricks – 3:43
A2 What’d I Say 4:01
A3 Yes Indeed! 2:23
A4 The Spirit-Feel 4:08
B1 Frenesi 4:58
B2 Drown In My Own Tears 6:12 Written by Henry B. Glover, 1956.
B3 Tell The Truth – Vocals – Marjorie Hendricks 3:08
Credits
Bass – Edgar Willis
Drums – Teagle Fleming
Engineer – Ivan Miles
Piano – Ray Charles
Producer – Zenas Harris
Saxophone [Baritone] – Bennie Crawford
Saxophone [Tenor] – David Newman
Trumpet – John Hunt, Marcus Belgrave
Vocals – Ray Charles (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
Vocals [Backing] – Raylettes, The (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
Recorded live at Herdon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, May 28, 1959

 

 

 

 


 

Sarah Vaughan – Over The Rainbow

Sarah Vaughan_Sassy Swings The TivoliSarah Vaughan ‎- Sassy Swings The Tivoli
Mercury ‎- 125 347 MCY, 1963
Tracklist
A1 Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey – Adapted By – Vaughan – 3:22
A2 Misty – Written-By – Garner , Burke – 5:51
A3 What Is This Thing Called Love – Written-By – Cole Porter – 2:00
A4 Lover Man – Written-By – Davis , Sherman , Ramirez – 5:52
A5 Sometimes I’m Happy – Written-By – Caesar , Youmans – 4:08
B1 I Feel Pretty – Written-By – Bernstein , Sondheim – 2:24
B2 Tenderly – Written-By – Lawrence , Gross – 2:28
B3 Sassy’s Blues – Written-By – Jones , Vaughan – 5:36
B4 Polka Dots And Moonbeams – Written-By – Van Heusen – Burke – 4:24
B5 I Cried For You – Written-By – Lyman , Freed , Arnheim – 2:17
Credits
Bass – Charles Williams
Cover [Design] – Okamoto
Drums – George Hughes
Piano – Kirk Stuart
Vocals – Sarah Vaughan
Notes
Recording date: July 18, 1963
‘Live’ recording at the Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

 


 

John Coltrane ‎- Naima

JohnColtraneGSJohn Coltrane ‎- Giant Steps
Atlantic ‎- 1311, Dec 1959
Tracklist
A1 Giant Steps 4:43
A2 Cousin Mary 5:45
A3 Countdown 2:21
A4 Spiral 5:56
B1 Syeeda’s Song Flute 7:00
B2 Naima 4:21
B3 Mr. P. C. 6:57
Credits
Bass – Paul Chambers
Drums – Art Taylor (tracks: A1 to B1, B3), Jimmy Cobb (tracks: B2)
Engineer [Recording] – Phil Iehle, Tom Dowd
Piano – Tommy Flanagan (tracks: A1 to B1, B3), Wynton Kelly (tracks: B2)
Supervised By – Nesuhi Ertegun
Written-By, Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane

 

 

 

 

 


Stan Kenton Orch. – Here’s That Rainy Day (Live at Redlands Univ.)

 

Stan Kenton And His Orchestra - Live At Redlands UniversityStan Kenton And His Orchestra ‎- Live At Redlands University
Creative World ‎- ST-1015, 1970
Credits
Bass – Gary Todd
Drums – John Von Ohlen
Liner Notes – Doug Neal
Mastered By – Jack Davis , Mack Emerman
Mixed By, Edited By – Larry Cox
Percussion [Latin] – Efrain Logreira
Photography By – Clifford Munkacsy, David Gonzales
Photography By [Redlands Memorial Chapel] – Art Miller
Producer – Dick Shearer
Recorded By – Wally Heider
Saxophone – Jim Timlin, Norm Smith , Quinn Davis , Richard Torres, Willie Maiden
Trombone – Fred Carter, Graham Ellis, Mike Jamieson, Tom Bridges
Trombone [Lead] – Dick Shearer
Trumpet – Dennis Noday, Jim Kartchner , Joe Ellis, Warren Gale
Trumpet [Lead] – Mike Vax
Notes
Recorded live at Redlands University, Redlands, California.

 

 

Une note de Scott Yanow (allmusic.com) qui évoque le “college stage band movement” sur lequel Stan Kenton avait une profonde influence à l’époque. Il faudrait que je me penche un peu plus sur la question, mais ce mouvement est intriguant. Quelles étaient les motivations et les ambitions esthétiques de ces jeunes étudiants qui pratiquaient leurs instruments comme des fous (cf. le film Whiplash), mais qui n’avaient pour certains jamais entendu parler de Charlie Parker (où ai-je lu un témoignage à ce sujet ? peut-être sur http://dothemath.typepad.com ?)
Qu’écoutaient ces jeunes gens si ils ne connaissaient pas Chalie Parker? Pourquoi s’étaient-ils mis au jazz? Que voulaient ils faire dans la vie? de quoi se nourrissaient-ils? qui étaient leurs amis?

“By this point Stan Kenton had so influenced the college stage band movement (and was largely forced economically to use younger musicians) that his orchestra itself sounded like one of the faceless college orchestras. Still, these versions of « Artistry in Rhythm » and « Granada » make up in emotion for the general lack of creative spontaneity and should satisfy fans of those anonymous student big bands.” Scott Yanow, Live at Redlands University review, allmusic.com


 

Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Roberta Flack - First TakeRoberta Flack ‎- First Take
Atlantic ‎- SD 8230, 1969
Tracklist
B2 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Written-By – Ewan MacColl – 5:21
Credits
Arranged By [Horns, Strings] – William Fischer
Bass – Ron Carter
Cello – Charles McCracken, George Ricci
Conductor [Strings] – William Fischer
Design [Cover] – Stanislaw Zagorski
Drums – Ray Lucas
Engineer [Re-mix] – Bob Liftin
Engineer [Recording] – William Arlt
Guitar – John Pizzarelli
Liner Notes – Les McCann
Mastered By – GP
Photography By – Ken Heinen
Piano, Vocals – Roberta Flack
Producer – Joel Dorn
Viola – Alfred Brown, Selwart Clarke, Theodore Israel
Violin – Emanuel Green , Gene Orloff

 

 

 

 


 

Champion Jack Dupree & King Curtis -: Junker’s Blues (live in Montreux, 1971)

Champion Jack Dupree & King Curtis Blues at Montreux - LiveKing Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree ‎- Blues At Montreux
Atlantic ‎- ATL 40 434, 1973
Tracklist
A1 Junker’s Blues 8:04
A2 Sneaky Pete 6:15
A3 Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 5:26
B1 Get With It 3:31
B2 Poor Boy Blues 9:24
B3 I’m Having Fun 5:18
Credits
Arranged By – Champion Jack Dupree, King Curtis
Piano, Vocals – Champion Jack Dupree
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – King Curtis
Bass – Jerry Jemmott
Drums – Oliver Jackson
Guitar – Cornell Dupree
Liner Notes – Mike Hennessey
Mixed By, Edited By – Michael Cuscuna
Engineer [Mix] – Bob Liftin
Engineer [Recording] – Stephen Sulke
Executive-Producer – Nesuhi Ertegun
Design [Cover] – Ira Friedlander
Photography By – Tom Hanley, Yves & Georges Braunschweig
Producer – Joel Dorn, King Curtis
Notes
Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland on June 17, 1971.

 

 


 

Chet Baker and Paul Bley – If I Should Loose You

Chet Baker & Paul Bley - DianeChet Baker & Paul Bley ‎- Diane
SteepleChase ‎- SCS 1207, 1985
Tracklist
A1 If I Should Lose You 7:16
A2 You Go To My Head 7:03
A3 How Deep Is The Ocean 5:17
A4 Pent-Up House 3:55
B1 Everytime We Say Goodbye 7:52
B2 Diane 5:31
B3 Skidadidlin’ 4:16
B4 Little Girl Blue 5:27
Credits
Piano – Paul Bley
Trumpet – Chet Baker
Vocals – Chet Baker (tracks: 2)
Notes
Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, on February 28, 1985.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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