Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dodo Marmarosa's Back

One of the finest pianists of the bop era, Dodo Marmarosa's career was cut short by mental illness. He playeed locally at first and then made strong contributions to the orchestras of Gene Krupa (1942-1943), Tommy Dorsey (1944), Charlie Barnet (taking the opening piano solo on the hit "Skyliner"), and Artie Shaw (playing with his Gramercy Five). Marmarosa was often teamed with Barney Kessel (with whom he had been with Barnet and Shaw) and both settled in Los Angeles by 1946. Marmarosa recorded with Boyd Raeburn and Lester Young, became the house pianist for the Atomic label, made an important session with Charlie Parker in 1947 (which resulted in "Relaxin' in Camarillo"), and worked with his trio. But after a Savoy date in 1950, nothing was heard from him for a decade. Mamarosa resurfaced in Chicago during 1961-1962 to record two trio outings and a session with Gene Ammons (for Argo and Prestige) but then he disappeared, permanently retiring in Pittsburgh. Dodo Marmarosa's 1946-1947 recordings have been partially reissued by Onyx and Dial, while live dates surfaced on Jazz Showcase, Swing House, and Phoenix.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/dodos-back-r143269

Dodo Marmarosa
Dodo's Back!

Tracks

1 Mellow Mood (Marmarosa)  3:58
2 Cottage for Sale (Conley, Robison)  4:58
3 April Played the Fiddle (Burke, Monaco)  4:08
4 Everything Happens to Me (Carmichael, Mercer)  4:41
5 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington)  3:17
6 Why Do I Love You ? (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:23
7 I Thought About You (Mercer, VanHeusen)  5:31
8 Me and My Shadow (Dreyer, Jolson, Rose)  4:06
9 Tracy's Blues (Marmarosa)  3:39
10 You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) (Columbo, Conrad, DuBois, Gregory)  3:56

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Personnel
Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa - p
Richard Evans - b
Marshall Thompson - dr

Recorded at Ter Mar Recording Studios, Chicago ; May 9 & 10, 1961

40 comments:

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!

cooljazz said...

Thank you for this legendary musician.

Anonymous said...

The links are mixed with Mary Lou Williams I believe.

flat5 said...

yep. wrong links

Gepetto said...

Wonderful !
Thanks a lot

brian said...

Wonderful, but please! fix it!

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Melanchthon,

Je viens de decouvrir votre blog par hasard, en faisant des recherche sur Bobby Jaspart, musicien que j'apprecie bcps.C'est enorme la somme de music que vous avez pu réunir ici, une vrai caverne d'ali bab !
Je viens de charger un 1er zip mais je n'arrive pas à trouver le Password... que dois-je faire pour l'obtenir ?

Merci pour tout et à bientôt,

Sylvain from Paris

swingingduck said...

Thank you very much.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

flat5 said...

All is forgiven :-)

Thanks for all the fish...I mean music.

Otis Foster said...

Wonderful - rare stuff. This is a big sound upgrade.

There are endless stories about Dodo, most of them revolving around his thing for horses. If he disappeared, Artie Shaw's minder could usually find Dodo at the track, hanging around the stables.

One day, he wasn't there. Following a series of tips, the minder finally traced Dodo to a Chinese laundry. The owner denied ever having seen Dodo. The minder was about to leave, when he heard whistling behind a curtain separating the front from the rear of the shop. He pulled it aside, and found Dodo there, blissfully ironing shirts.

The owner didn't want to let Dodo go, said he was the best helper he ever had. It cost $50 (a lot of money back then) to convince him to give Dodo up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, mel.

theblueamos said...

thank you very much from jerusalem

Davidscott789 said...

gracias!

Frank Dell said...

merci mucho Monsieur Melanchthon

birin said...

Muchisimas gracias Melanchthon.
Un disco realmente lindisimo del primer tema hasta el ultimo. Y todavia mas precioso por la discografia limitada que este gran pianista tiene su nombre.

moha said...

Thanks for the lossless upgrade

wouter said...

thanks a lot, Mel!

Philo said...

Dodo Marmarosa - Dodo's Back! (1961)

Wow! This is a real gem. Wonderful stuff.

Thanks.

duck said...

G'Day Mel, More great music! Thanks as always.

sudzy said...

Thank you!

Eric said...

Thank you for your shares. This album has eluded me for years but anything with Dodo is welcome into my collection.

Anonymous said...

Please, what is password for archives?

Sam said...

Thank you very much for the post. This is an excellent record. I have it on vinyl, but I am currently separated from it. Dodo rules, and this is one of his best recordings in his meager discography.

jazztap said...

merci

deGallo said...

Very appreciated upgrade. Thank you.

CrunchyFrog said...

dynamite post Mel! this is a really entertaining recording... thanks!

rog said...

Thank You Mel !

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

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Historicus said...

Great, a big THANKS!

marty123 said...

Thanks alot.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

Historicus said...

Lots of records that appear here like this, after a few days are posted on israbox copying the entire album notes. Now's the turn of Mr. "SuniR", an alias of Melanchthon or an apocryphal emulator?

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a wonderful album.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon

Geoviki said...

Thanks so much, Mel!

Axel.T. said...

Thank you. Great Piano player!

Fred Archtop said...

Great. Thanks Mel.

Carlos Tibau said...

Um dos meus pianistas favoritos
Hugs
Thanks

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You