Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five

The already popular quintet formation seems fond of naming itself as a "Five" of one sort or another — notes, chambers, Americans, guys named Moe, fakers, gravediggers, primaries, after hours and much more than five more. With all of that there is nonetheless only one distinct use of the Gramercy Five combo name. That was by famous swing bandleader and clarinetist Artie Shaw, who utilized the moniker to represent different small groupings through more than a dozen years of his career. Like everything Shaw was involved in including his career itself as well as his marriages, the existence of the group was strictly an off and on again thing. This resulted in many changes in lineup, but Shaw's considerable fame, status, and pocketbook meant that when he was ready to hire new members they would be comers.
Jazz buffs can drop some serious names in relationship to Shaw's sidemen in versions of the Gramercy Five. On electric guitar alone he managed to seat Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow and Joe Puma at various times. There are other reasons why the band is significant to the history of the genre, however. Shaw pioneered use of the small group as a band-within-a-band during big band programs, which like similar ventures by rival Benny Goodman, upped the spectacular ante of jazz, including the importance of exciting soloists. The Gramercy Five is also one of the few examples of the harpsichord being used in jazz. Pianist Johnny Guarnieri made this move in 1940 at work with the first version of the group to be recorded. The harpsichord was another of Shaw's generous references to classical music, also including use of a string quartet four years previously. By adding in electric guitar, Shaw can be seen as a visionary in art pop circles, providing they can get their eyes focused.
Trivia buffs may succeed in piling up further monumental evidence of the Gramercy Five's individuality. It is true that it represents one of the only examples of a group named after a New York telephone exchange. When presented as the Artie Shaw Gramercy Five, as it often is, it is also a rare example of the numerical representation of a band not actually including the leader. With Shaw out front blowing, the number of musicians actually featured was six, not five. The Dave Clark Five, on the other hand, featured leader Dave Clark as one of five guys onstage.
Gramercy Five sides such as "Concerto for Clarinet," "Summit Ridge Drive" and "Special Delivery Stomp" were extremely popular, extending well beyond the noses of trivia hounds. Subsequent reissue action involving the Shaw discography has also extended something, that being the life of the Gramercy Five itself. While never together as long as Goodman's similarly popular small combos, the Gramercy Five was held in such esteem that any of Shaw's small group recordings tend to be passed off as Gramercy Five performances whether then name was in play or not. Shaw did start-up a very short-lived new Gramercy Five in 1953, however, which he quickly abandoned to try dairy farming again in Skekomeko, NY.
Eugene Chadbourne

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/artie-shaw-his-gramercy-five-mn0001905729/biography

Artie Shaw
His Gramercy Five
Six Star Treats
The Complete Commercially Released Recordings


Cd. 1

1 Special Delivery Stomp (Shaw)  2:48
2 Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw)  3:26
3 Keepin' Myself for You (Youmans, Clare)  3:16
4 Cross Your Heart (Gensler, DeSylva)  2:39
5 Dr. Livingstone, I Presume (Shaw)  3:24
6 When the Quail Come Back to San Quentin (Shaw)  3:18
7 My Blue Heaven (Donaldson, Whiting)  2:52
8 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Kern, Harbach)  3:17
9 Dr. Livingstone, I Presume (Shaw)  4:00
10 The Grabtown Grapple (Shaw, Harding)  2:56
11 The Sad Sack (Shaw, Harding)  3:04
12 The Sad Sack (Shaw, Harding)  3:30
[broadcast, Philco Radio Hall of Fame]
 13 The Grabtown Grapple (Shaw, Harding)  2:45
[broadcast, Philco Radio Hall of Fame]
 14 I Was Doing All Right (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:43
[broadcast, Philco Radio Hall of Fame]
 15 You Took Advantage of Me (Rodgers, Hart)  2:58
[broadcast, Philco Radio Hall of Fame]
 16 Scuttlebutt (Shaw)  3:10
17 The Gentle Grifter (Shaw, Carleton)  2:49
18 Mysterioso (Shaw, Carleton)  3:00
19 Mysterioso (Shaw, Carleton)  3:00
20 Hop, Skip and Jump (Shaw, Carleton)  2:57
21 Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw)  3:03
[broadcast Coca Cola Spotlight Bands]
 22 Scuttlebutt (Shaw)  3:03
[broadcast Coca Cola Spotlight Bands]
23 Hop, Skip and Jump (Shaw, Carleton)  2:37
[broadcast Coca Cola Spotlight Bands]
24 The Sad Sack (Shaw, Harding)  3:09
[broadcast Coca Cola Spotlight Bands]
25 The Grabtown Grapple (Shaw, Harding)  3:12
[broadcast Coca Cola Spotlight Bands]


Cd. 2

5 titles for Thesaurus Transcriptions (EO MM603)

1 Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw)  3:32
2 The Grabtown Grapple (Shaw, Harding)  2:22
3 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Kern, Harbach)  2:50
4 The Pied Piper Theme (Shaw)  2:05
5 Cross Your Heart (Gensler, DeSylva)  2:25
6 There Must Be Somthing Better Than Love (Gould, Fields)  2:54
7 Nothin' from Nothin' (Gould, Fields)  3:00
8 Crumbum (Shaw)  2:44
9 The Shekomeko Shuffle (Shaw)  3:13
10 My Kinda Love (Alter, Trent)  2:52
11 Dancing on the Ceiling (Rodgers, Hart)  2:57
12 Where There's Smoke, There's Fire (Spina, Elliott)  3:09
13 My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue (Lehar, Spaeth)  3:08
14 Besame Mucho (Velasquez, Skylar)  2:57
15 That Old Feeling (Fain, Brown)  2:55
16 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  2:59
17 Stop and Go Mambo (Shaw)  2:56
18 The Sad Sack (Shaw, Harding)  6:07
19 Stop and Go Mambo (Shaw)  5:38
20 Sunny Side Up (Shaw)  6:40
21 Star Dust (Carmichael, Parish)  5:55



1 When the Quail Come Back to San Quentin (Shaw)  5:59
2 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:49
3 Besame Mucho (Velasquez, Skylar)  4:03
4 Love of My Life (Shaw, Mercer)  4:54
5 Lyric (Shaw)  6:21
6 The Chaser (Sequence in B Flat) (Shaw)  8:02
7 Autumn Leaves [take 5] (Kosma, Mercer)  3:36
8 Back Bay Shuffle (Shaw, McRae)  7:20
9 I've Got a Crush on You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:55
10 Begin the Beguine (Porter)  3:36
11 Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw)  6:09
12 Dancing in the Dark (Schwartz, Dietz)  4:38
13 Scuttlebutt (Shaw)  6:17
14 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  5:15


Cd. 4

1 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:18
2 The Pied Piper Theme (Shaw)  6:18
3 Don't Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  5:28
4 Cross Your Heart (Gensler, DeSylva)  8:00
5 How High the Moon (Lewis, Hamilton)  8:48
6 Frenesi (Dominguez)  8:24
7 The Chaser (Sequence in B Flat) [alt. version] (Shaw)  8:42
8 Rough Ridin' (Jones, Fitzgerald)  7:50
9 Dancing on the Ceiling (Rodgers, Hart)  7:13
10 Autumn Leaves [take 6] (Kosma, Mercer)  3:33
11 Crumbum [Mysterioso ?] (Shaw)  5:20


Cd. 5

1 Sunny Side Up [78 RPM Version] (Shaw)  2:54
2 Imagination [78 RPM Version] (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:03
3 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  4:45
4 Lugubrious (Shaw)  4:41
5 The Grabtown Grapple (Shaw, Harding)  10:09
6 That Old Feeling (Fain, Brown)  4:11
7 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Rodgers, Hart)  4:13
8 Rough Ridin' [alt. version] (Jones, Fitzgerald)  8:01
9 Dancing on the Ceiling* [alt. version] (Rodgers, Hart)  7:13
10 S'posin' (Denniker, Razaf)  5:34
11 September Song (Weill, Anderson)  4:09
12 Too Marvellous for Words (Whiting, Mercer)  5:47
13 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  5:31
14 Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach)  6:03


[Cd. 1, # 1-9]
Artie Shaw - cl
Billy Butterfield - tp
Johnny Guarnieri - hrpchrd & p [# 9]
Al Hendrickson - g
Jud DeNaut - b
Nick Fatool- dr
Recorded in Hollywood Palladium*, California ; September 3 [# 1-4] ; December 5, 1940 [# 5-8] ; & January 22, 1941
[Cd. 1, # 10-25]
Artie Shaw - cl
Roy Eldridge - tp [except #14 & 22]
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Barney Kessel - g
Morris Rayman - b
Louis Fromm - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 9-18, 1945 [# 10 & 11] ; March 4, 1945 [# 12 & 13] ; Hollywood, March 15, 1945 [# 14 & 15] ; July 31, 1945 [#16] ; August 2, 1945 [#17-20] ; Naval Hospital, San Diego ; September 12, 1945 [# 21] ; Ford Ord, California ; September 19, 1945 [# 22] ; San Luis Obispo, California ; September 26, 1945 [# 23] ; Santa Ana A.A.F. Base ; October 3, 1945 [# 24] ; & Huff Hospital, Santa Barbara ; October 10, 1945
[Cd. 2, # 1-7]
Artie Shaw - cl
Don Fagerquist - tp
Gil Barrios - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Dick Niveson - b
Irv Kluger - dr
Mary Ann McCall - vc [# 6-7]
Recorded in New York ; early January 1950 [# 1-5] ; January 6, 1950 [# 6 & 7]
[Cd. 2, # 8 & 9]
Artie Shaw - cl
Lee Castle - tp
Don Lanphere - ts
Gil Barrios - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Dave Williams - dr
Recorded in New York ; April 7 & 8 [# 9], 1950
[Cd. 2, # 10 & 11]
Artie Shaw - cl
Stan Freeman - p
Don Perry - g
Bob Haggart - b
Bunny Shawker - dr
Jane Hutton - vc
Recorded in New York ; January 30, 1951
[Cd. 2, # 12 & 13]
Artie Shaw - cl
Bob Kitsis - p
George Barnes - g
Trigger Alpert - b
Buddy Schutz - dr
Connee Boswell - vc
Recorded in New York ; August 1, 1952
[Cd. 2, # 14-21 ; Cd. 3 & Cd. 4, # 1-7]
Artie Shaw - cl
Joe Roland - vb
Hank Jones - p
Tal Farlow - g
Tommy Potter - b
Irv Kluger - dr
Recorded in New York ; December 1953
[Cd. 4, # 8 & 9]
Artie Shaw - cl
Hank Jones - p
Joe Puma - g
Tommy Potter - b
Irv Kluger - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; June 1954
[Cd. 4, # 10 & 11 & Cd. 5, # 1-6]
Same as Cd. 3 ; Fine Sound Studios, New York ; February/March, 1954
[Cd. 5, # 7-14]
Artie Shaw - cl
Hank Jones - p
Joe Puma - g
Tommy Potter - b
Irv Kluger - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; June 1954


deGallo said...

Thank you.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Adrian said...

Absolutely fabulous collection.
It stands in front of everything I've heard before with Artie.
Thanks a lot.

tiritiuk said...

I was just listening these in youtube a couple of days ago. This guy is superb!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. It's a dramatic reminder of how many modernists passed through Shaw's various groups. A great share.

Luis said...

Thanks, a great thanks! A Jasmine set like this is a real gift.

flyingfinger said...

Most excellent to see this here - mega-"thank yous"!!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a GREAT POST!!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

FrankDell said...

Whoa! I can't wait to dive in. Thank you so very much, Mel.

Toad said...

Really a great post, I hope in Artie Shaw Orchestra with Billie Holiday (only one exceptional song "Any Old Time"). Many thanks!

X75a said...

Thanks Mel. Nice post.

adakun said...

Música fantástica. Gracias Mel

keep boppin´ marcel said...

thanks a lot, melanchthon. for years i was looking for the whole grammercy five, especially with dodo marmarosa (one of my favourite pianists)!

any Chance to hear someday the two tracks from the gladys Hampton session from late 1945 on "hamp-tone" with dodo, herbie fields?

Keep boppin´

keep boppin´ marcel said...

thanks again!

Kneigh said...

A great treat, Melanchthon!! Many thanx for all the work you've put into this one, and my ears are certainly enjoying it!!

jamzo said...

thank you melanchthon!

jamzo said...

thank you melanchthon!

neil said...

Only one word, mel" WOW!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Many thanks Mel.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

santos curser said...

gracias hombre.

santos curser said...

gracias hombre.

Terry said...

Thanks for this wonderful CD. Of course, I had the LP of Artie Shaw & His Gramercy 5 but the bonus takes are amazing.

Lambros Zafeiropoulos said...

Can someone plz tell me the password?

furnguy said...

thnx...and happy new year.

david said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you !

royblue said...

Thanks for being there, great set.

jazzcat1228 said...

Some really good music here. Thank you for sharing, Mel!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1
Cd. 2
Cd. 3
Cd. 4
Cd. 5

musician3 said...


bho wani said...

thank you

mister_tmg said...

Great, but what's the password please? I only want one track...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great upload.