Tuesday, October 31, 2017

John Graas - Jazz Studio 1/2 [The John Graas Project #1]

The Jazz Studio series recorded for Decca during the 1950s produced a lot of enjoyable sessions, though many of them were very hard to obtain until Lonehill Jazz began reissuing them in 2004. The first two tracks, first released as Jazz Studio, Vol. 1, are long workouts that featuring trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Bennie Green, tenor saxophonists Frank Foster and Paul Quinichette, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Johnny Smith (who appeared on the original album as Sir Jonathan Gasser, since he was under contract to Roost at the time), bassist Eddie Jones, and drummer Kenny Clarke. Smith sets up the 22-minute rendition of "Tenderly" with a beautiful unaccompanied solo, then the full rhythm section joins in as the individual reed and brass players take turns. The tempo picks up a good bit just prior to the midpoint, with the solos being much briefer as everyone gets a chance to blow. The second piece, "Let's Spilt," is a bluesy riff tune jointly composed by Hank Jones and Robert Shad that is also an extended performance ; it is easy to imagine this snappy tune being played in a 52nd Street nightclub during the 1940s or early '50s. The last six tracks on this compilation come from a recording originally issued as Jazz Studio, Vol. 2, with French horn player John Graas as the leader of this cool-oriented West Coast session, with trumpeter Don Fagerquist, trombonist Milt Bernhart, alto saxophonist Herb Geller, Jimmy Giuffre (who plays clarinet, tenor, and baritone saxes), pianist Marty Paich, guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Curtis Counce, and drummer Larry Bunker on hand. The mood is considerably more subdued than the bop material recorded by the East Coast musicians heard on Jazz Studio, Vol. 1, but the music has held up very well, with excellent solos and strong charts by Graas and Paich. Highlights include Graas' intricate "Here Come the Lions" and Paich's equally challenging "Paicheck" (note its equally witty title).
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gpfyxqusldke

John Graas
Jazz Studio, Vols. 1-2
[The John Graas Project #1]


1 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  22:27
2 Let's Split (Jones, Shad)  14:06
3 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  7:23
4 Here Come the Lions (Graas)  6:42
5 Paycheck (Paich)  6:13
6 Graas Point (Graas)  7:46
7 Darn That Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  6:30
8 Do It Again (Gershwin)  5:16


[# 1 & 2] Jazz Studio 1
Joe Newmann - tp
Bennie Green - tb
Frank Foster, Paul Quinichette - ts
Hank Jones - p
Johnny Smith - g
Eddie Jones - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded in New York ; October 10, 1953
[# 3-8] Jazz Studio 2
Don Fagerquist - tp
Milt Bernhart - tb
John Graas -
hHerb Geller - as 
Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs 
Marty Paich - p 
Howard Roberts - g 
Curtis Counce - b 
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; June 4, 1954


neil said...

Let me say a big thank you for this post featuring some great '50s artists!

yewsta said...

Thank you, mel.

johnp said...

Many thanks!

Flatulist said...

Thank you. I'm delighted to have a chance to hear this!

rowgatien said...

Ah, thank you for this post.

obelix said...

New to me. TY !

blbs said...

Thanks Mel for share this! Will come the grass proyect #2,#3,#4,#5 and #6??? Wow!

pedro said...

Thank you very much !!
Have fun


Melanchthon said...

Jazz Studio vol. 3/4 & 5/6 are available here :

(mp3 with complete covers)



dreadco said...

Thank you, especially for Hank Jones!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel - many thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

you had me at Tenderly


SwingB said...

Do you have Johnny Smith 'My Dear Little Sweetheart' and 'Guitar And Strings'?

jazzlover said...

Thank you Mel,you are great !

alusston said...

Many thanks,Mel!!!

LaroSwing said...

Encore merci!

blissedout said...

Gracias for the Gras:

Jazz Studio 1 & 2
Jazz Studio 3 & 4
Jazz Studio 5 & 6
Jazz-Lab 1 & 2

blissedout said...

Grateful, too, for these:
The John Graas Project # 5 - Jazzmantics
The John Graas Project #6- Complete College Goes to Jazz

Albertito Jazz said...

Mr. Melanchthon:
Thanks for today's beautiful sounds!!

luthier said...

Je viens tout juste de commencer à écouter cet album. Le magnifique solo de J. Smith sur Tenderly vient de terminer. Juste pour ça... wow! Merci beaucoup!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

rog said...

You've done REALLY beautiful music today Mel ! This Jazz Studio of John Graas is really something. Links to 3/4 and 5/6 are much appreciated. A BIG Thank You for all your handiwork !

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

jazzfan1 said...

Thanks for this.

The extended studio jam session, made possible by LP format, was not uncommon in the '50s. There are several fine sessions on Columbia led by Buck Clayton, head arrangements where each song takes up a full side of an LP -- they'd make a nice complement to the Newman-led session, Studio 1.

steve said...

I missed this one before Mel . . . looks like a real winner! Thanks for this listen.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a nice album.
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel I overlooked this before

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel, could you please re-up this? thanks

367 said...

Please Re-up this !!

afterbach said...

Hi!! Thanks for sharin!
This link is down. Please can you re-upload it?
Thanks in advance

DEEP said...

Please re-up

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel !

367 said...

many thanks !

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

GiancarloB said...

Thank you very much, but, if possible, can you re-upload vol %/6?
Thanks in advance

GiancarloB said...

vol 5/6 of course!

Kovina Kris said...

Great stuff!

Melanchthon said...


DEEP said...


Guitarradeplastico your favorite musician said...

Many thanks