1959: Today at the 30th Street Studio

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  1. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 14 (Thursday) 2 & 3 of 3:

    The other two sessions today, from 2:30-5:30pm and 7-10pm, were Transcription sessions for Dancer Fitzpatrick & Sample.

    There is no other information for them.
     
  2. SixtiesGuy

    SixtiesGuy Ministry of Love

    There's almost always someone older than you. Unless you're really, really old. Then they may be dead.
     
  3. stereoguy

    stereoguy Its Gotta Be True Stereo!

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    You know what tho...it isnt the "being older".......its how it snuck up on me!
     
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  4. vanhooserd

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    I was listening recently to some 40s sides Osborne made with Colman Hawkins for RCA. Fine stuff.
     
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  5. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    May 15 (Friday) 1 of 3:

    The first session started early today and went from 9:30am-1pm. The citation in the Schedule and the primary in the Report is Manny Albam and His Orchestra, but someone overwrote the Report with Jazz All-Stars in pencil.

    Songs recorded were

    Night Crawlers
    Tin Roof Blues
    Blues
    (crossed out and overwritten in the same hand) For Amy
    St. Louis Blues


    Producer/A&R was Teo Macero.

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Manny Albam
    Piano:
    William John Evans
    Trumpets:
    Arthur S. Farmer (that's a pretty good article about Art)
    Saxophone:
    Philip W. Woods
    Alvin Gilbert Cohn
    Trombone:
    Frank James Rehak
    Vibes:
    Edwin James Costa
    Bass:
    Addison Farmer (Art's identical twin, who died suddenly in 1963)
    Drums:
    Ed. Shaughnessy

    compiler was ek

    This is a continuation of the recording process for the album "Something New, Something Blue", which we first looked at on April 30, third session. Bill Evans wasn't on that one, though.
     
  6. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 15 (Friday) 2 of 3:

    The second session in the Schedule was a Transcription session from 2-4pm, for "B and F", but was cancelled.
     
  7. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 15 (Friday) 3 of 3:

    The final session today was from 7-10:30pm, and was with The Coronados, who we met on March 19.

    Songs recorded were

    Little Moon
    Take My Hand


    Producer/A&R this time was Al Ham (last time it was Tony Piano).

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Michael Colicchio
    Contractor and Bass:
    Frank Carroll
    Guitars:
    John Pizzarelli
    Don Arnone
    Al Casamenti (sic)
    Robert Dominick
    Drums:
    David A. Francis
    Saxophone:
    Jerome Richardson

    compiler was ek. Wonder why she was so formal with names on one session and loose on the other?

    Take My Hand does not seem to have been released, but Little Moon came out

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    and I really like it!



    (The visuals for that video are entirely unrelated as near as I can tell.)

    The group is made up of three American Indian siblings from New Mexico, from what I can find, and this song (with a chorus) really sounds to me like the wind rushing through a canyon similar to this one they are singing in:

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    Edit: And here is a contract for the sale of this song from the songwriter to someone. I can't quite see the details. Can you?
     
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  8. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    May 16 (Saturday):

    No sessions today.
     
  9. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 17 (Sunday):

    Only one recording today, but divided up into three sessions: 10am-1pm; 2-5:30pm; and 6:30-10:30pm.

    This was the Original Broadway Cast Recording of "The Nervous Set", a beatnik-themed musical.

    Goddard was the Producer/A&R, and Fred Plaut was engineer.

    Musicians employed

    Leader and Piano:
    Thomas Wolf Jr.
    Contractor:
    Sol Gusikoff
    Piano:
    Gil Evans
    Lou Stein
    Guitars:
    Charles Wayne
    James E. Raney
    Bass:
    Joseph Benjamin
    Gordon Mitchell
    Drums:
    William Schneider
    Elvin Jones

    compiler was ag

    Yes, I believe that this was That Gil Evans and That Elvin Jones, but I'm guessing they were brought in to do something specific in the recording rather than being part of the pit orchestra.

    Tommy Wolf was an original writer of the music and onstage during the show with his quartet, which included Kenny Burrell (odd that he wasn't present for the recording), although that fascinating link from lyric writer and wife of play author Jay Landesman Fran Landesman's equally fascinating web page is the only place I've seen Kenny mentioned as being in the show.

    Also on Fran's page is an entire songbook of her later work with songwriter Simon Wallace which contains this great rehearsal picture from the Nervous Set

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    Location unknown, although I know where I want it to be.

    This is why I really want to know who all was in the studio, including songwriters and arrangers. These are really fascinating people, if you dig into the links I've posted. They were also friends with more fascinating people, including composer Alec Wilder, who pops up periodically in Goddard's life and work as well as other places.

    You can see a few more pictures of this session on the helpful and informative Masterworks Broadway website, including one with Fred Plaut. And it has links to the album cover, I think.

    Some more links:

    An exhaustive look into the musical (which closed after 28 performances due to being gutted by its director from the previously hugely popular -in St. Louis- previews), as well as into the Beat Culture and its evolution.

    A couple of songs:



    The Nervous Set - Fun Life

    Clearly, I found this session fascinating...
     
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  10. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 18 (Monday) 1&2 of 4:

    Today's first two sessions, from 10am-1pm and 2:30-5:30pm, were Transcriptions for Dancer Fitzgerald & Sample.

    Any ideas what they were?

    And we might as well look at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample (no "and" in that Wikipedia entry).

    As W. B. pointed out earlier in the thread and Wikipedia says, DFS bought a Mexican animation studio in 1959 (!) which they used to produce television cartoons for Jay Ward Productions, so it's not a huge stretch to imagine that some of this work was for Rocky and Bullwinkle and Dudley Dooright and Professor Peabody and Sherman.

    This is inspiring.
     
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  11. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    May 18 (Monday) 3 of 4:

    The 7-10pm Singles session for Johnny Desmond, with Mitch Miller producing, was cancelled.
     
  12. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 18 (Monday) 4 of 4:

    The final (tracking) session of the day was from 11:30pm-2:30am for Lester Lanin, but no Report was found in the Archives. Jim Foglesong was Producer/A&R.

    So much for Monday.
     
  13. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 19 (Tuesday) 1 of 2:

    A late-starting day today: The first session was from 7-10pm, with Johnny Desmond doing singles. Songs recorded were

    Hey Little Dolly
    Dancin' Man


    Producer/A&R was Mitch Miller.

    Musicians employed were

    Leader:
    Jimmy Carroll
    Contractor:
    Frank Carroll
    Guitar:
    Danny Perri
    Howard C. Collins
    Carmen Mastren
    Joseph J. Puma
    Drums:
    David A. Francis
    Herbert E. Lovelle
    Bass:
    Arnold Fishkin

    compiler was ek

    Another session where Frank contracted but someone else was the bassist.

    Here is a well-loved 45, with what seems like unambiguous Bridgeport printing

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    Here's a curiosity on Youtube:



    For some reason, they've slowed the Dancin' Man song down so that it's lost all it's swing, followed by the original swingin' version.

    Before listening to the comparison I thought of the Kind of Blue tape speed issue, but am not sure this is the same thing. What do you think?

    There are two other versions on Youtube, one is the original speed and one is the slower one.

    Original:

    johnny desmond dancin'man

    Slower:

    JOHNNY DESMOND - DANCIN' MAN - EP HITS FROM USA 5 - PHILIPS 429 694 BE

    Odd.
     
  14. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 19 (Tuesday) 2 of 2:

    The second session today was another that just barely fit into "today".

    From 11:30pm-2:30am in the Schedule and named "All Jazz Group", but from 11:30pm-4am in reality as shown in the Report and named "International Jam Session, Orchestra conducted by Leonard Feather", recorded songs were

    Misty
    International Blues
    Cottontail
    Nuages
    In A Mellowtone
    Blues


    A&R/Producer was Nat Shapiro.

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Leonard Feather
    Trumpet:
    Clark Terry
    Saxophone:
    Ben Webster
    Trombone:
    J.J. Johnson
    Piano:
    Hank Jones
    Guitar:
    Kenny Burrell
    Bass:
    George Duvivier
    Drums:
    Jo Jones

    compiler was ek

    Not sure what the "International" refers to here. Aren't these all New York session players?

    I guess the British-born American resident music journalist Leonard Feather provided the "International" for this session. The rest of the players are all top-notch, to say the least.

    At this time Feather could certainly have had any players he wanted for his group, so you'd have to think they were all hand-picked. Note that there's no Contractor.

    Would this have been Philly Jo Jones or the other Jo Jones?

    I'm not able to quickly find that these songs by these players were ever released.
     
  15. jtaylor

    jtaylor Forum Resident

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    I would think it’s the elder Jones (Jo).

    Various - One World Jazz
     
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  16. FillmoreGuy

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  17. FillmoreGuy

    FillmoreGuy Forum Resident

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    Was The Nervous Set soundtrack ever released?
     
  18. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    It was ish'd in the States on Columbia's "Adventures In Sound" imprint as One World Jazz (mono: WL 162; stereo: WS 314). Those were the U.S. players. They also had a contingent from other countries on that LP:
    Stockholm - Trombone: Ake Persson
    Paris - Violin: Stephane Grapelly(sic?), Piano: Martial Solal, Trumpet: Roger Guerin, Tenor Saxophone: Bob Garcia
    London - Trombone: George Chisholm, Alto Saxophone: Roy East, Baritone Saxophone: Ronnie Ross
    It was from those eight among three foreign "hubs" that the "international" emanated.

    Mr. Webster was listed on that album cover as Tenor Sax. And indeed it would have been Jo Jones on drums.
     
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  19. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    Yes. On Columbia Masterworks OL 5430 / OS 2018. Actually, it was an original cast album. The front cover and Side 1 label of the stereo ish' below:
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    Richard Hayes was already known to some degree by that point; Larry Hagman would go on to the proverbial "bigger and better things," namely on TV . . .
     
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  20. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 20 (Wednesday) 1 of 2:

    Both sessions today were with Jerry Vale. The first was from 2:30-5:30pm. Songs recorded were

    This Is The Night
    Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl
    Moonglow
    No Moon At All


    Definitely a nighttime theme for this session. Producer/A&R was Mitch Miller.

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Abe Osser
    Contractor:
    Arnold Eidus
    Violins:
    Max Cahn
    Gene Orloff
    Harry Lookofsky
    Leo Kahn
    Ralph Silverman
    Tosha Samaroff
    Anthony Di Girolano
    Sol Shapiro
    David Montagu
    Julius Held
    Leonard Posner
    Harp:
    Margaret Ross
    Trombone:
    Robert Byrne
    William Byers
    Urban Green
    Charles Small
    Viola:
    Isadore Zir
    David Mankovitz
    Archie Levin
    Calmen Fleisig
    Cello:
    George Ricci
    Ray Schweitzer
    Bass:
    Felix Giobbe
    Guitar:
    Al Casamenti
    Piano:
    Gene Kutch
    Drums:
    Ted Sommer

    compiled by ag

    Please find the album these songs (and the next session) were on. TIA.
     
  21. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 20 (Wednesday) 2 of 2:

    7-10pm was the other Jerry Vale session. Songs about the moon that were recorded are

    In The Chapel In The Moonlight
    Magic Is The Moonlight
    The Moon Is My Pillow
    A Strawberry Moon


    I guess the album cover picture must have been Jerry Vale mooning everyone?

    A&R/Producer was again Mitch Miller. I wonder if Frank Laico or Fred Plaut was the engineer?

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Abe Osser
    Contractor:
    Arnold Eidus
    Violins:
    Max Cahn
    Gene Orloff
    Harry Lookofsky
    Leo Kahn
    Ralph Silverman
    Tosha Samaroff
    Anthony Di Girolano
    Sol Shapiro
    David Montagu
    Julius Held
    [Leonard Posner] replaced by Mac Ceppos
    Harp:
    Margaret Ross
    Trombone:
    Robert Byrne
    William Byers
    [Urban Green] William Rauch
    Charles Small
    Viola:
    Isadore Zir
    David Mankovitz
    Archie Levin
    Calmen Fleisig
    Cello:
    George Ricci
    Ray Schweitzer
    Bass:
    [Felix Giobbe] Frank Carroll
    Guitar:
    Al Casamenti
    Piano:
    Gene Kutch
    Drums:
    Ted Sommer

    compiler was ag
     
  22. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    I see that same 11/4/2 string ratio that was on those Mathis sessions for Heavenly. But the LP those tracks were for, was The Same Old Moon (CL 1380 / CS 8175; repackaged in 1965 as Moonlight Becomes You, CL 2371 / CS 9171).
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  23. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 21 (Thursday) 1 of 3:

    Jerry Vale was mooning again from 10am-1pm. Songs recorded were

    Moonlight Becomes You
    The Same Old Moon
    Heaven Drops Her Curtain Down
    How High The Moon

    Mitch Miller was again A&R/Producer.

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Abe Osser
    Contractor:
    Arnold Eidus
    Violins:
    Max Cahn
    Jack Zayde
    Leo Kahn
    Ralph Silverman
    Anthony Di Girolamo (misspelled by me earlier)
    David Montagu
    Julius Held
    Ben Steinberg
    Harry Katzman
    Emanuel Green
    Julius Schachter
    Harp:
    Margaret Ross
    Trombone:
    Robert Ascher
    Urban Green
    Charles Small
    R. William Rauch
    Viola:
    Isadore Zir
    David Mankovitz
    Archie Levin
    Harold Coletta
    Cello:
    Morris Stonzek
    Harvey Shapiro
    Bass:
    Sandy Block (different bassists in every session)
    Guitar:
    Al Casamenti
    Piano:
    Gene Kutch
    Drums:
    Ted Sommer

    Thanks, W.B., for finding the album covers.
     
  24. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    New York, NY, USA
    You're welcome. But as to the first cover - you get the feeling the woman had an almost "rolling eyes" look to her face as Mr. Vale was trying to serenade her? Also, what are the odds one album would have two sets of catalogue numbers (never mind different covers) with no change in what was on the LP?
     
  25. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    May 21 (Thursday) 2 of 3:

    The second session was from 2:30-5:30pm. Leon Fleisher recorded

    Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K. 485

    It was a Masterworks session, so no producer listed.

    Leon was the only musician.

    He has had a very distinguished career, but will forever be known for losing the ability to play with his right hand in 1964 and only performing left handed pieces until his right hand facility was restored in the late '90's/early 0o's.

    This was the only picture I could find of the album

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    And here it is:



    FWIW the piano at Town Hall in Seattle has his signature in it, on the harp in Sharpie.
     
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