Thursday, November 2, 2017

John Graas - Jazzmantics & Coup de Graas [The John Graas Project #5]

As part of Lone Hill Jazz's John Graas project, this CD reissues all of the music originally out on the LPs Jazzmantics and Coup de Graas, plus a leftover track from French Horn Jazz. Graas, one of the top jazz French horn players of the 1950s, was also a talented third stream arranger and composer. On these albums he is heard leading groups ranging from a quintet to a tentet, with Art Pepper often being well featured. The music ranges from swinging, cool-toned hard bop to adventurous selections that hint strongly at classical music. In addition to Pepper, key soloists include trumpeter Conte Candoli, tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper, and altoist Herb Geller with Red Callender having a prominent role on tuba. The formerly rare music from 1957 (with the French Horn Jazz selection dating from the previous year) is well-worth discovering for it was overshadowed and somewhat overlooked even when it was released a half-century ago.
Scott Yanow

Soure :

John Graas
[The John Graas Project #5]


1 Midnight Sun (Burke, Hampton)  4:12
2 Petite Poem (Moer)  2:41
3 Jazz Overture (Graas)  6:41
4 Jazz Chorale (Grove)  3:29
5 Will Success Spoil Rock N’ Roll ? (Graas)  3:03
6 You And The Night And The Music (Schwartz, Dietz)  2:26
7 Inch Worm (Loesser)  3:27
8 Flip-Tip (Burke)  2:57
9 I.D (Graas)  5:08
10 Let’s Fall In Love (Arlen, Koehler)  4:51
11 Van Nuys Indeed (Graas)  3:20
12 Development (Graas)  4:11
13 Land of Broken Toys (Graas)  2:57
14 Swing Nicely (Graas)  5:22
15 Walkin’ Shoes (Mulligan)  5:08
16 Blues Street (Graas)  5:51
17 Rogeresque (Graas)  2:26
18. Block Sounds (Graas)  5:18
19. Cordova (Graas)  3:32*


[# 1-5 & 9] John Graas Nonet - Jazzmantics
Conte Candoli - tp
John Graas - frhrn
Art Pepper - as
Buddy Collette - bs
Red Callender - tub
Paul Moer - p
Red Mitchell - b [# 1-3]
Buddy Clark - b [# 4-5 & 9]
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; July 22, 1957 [# 1-3] ; & August 13, 1957 [# 4-5 & 9]
[# 6-8 & 10] John Graas Septet - Jazzmantics
Same as above, except
Jack Sheldon - tp, replaces Candoli
Herb Geller - as, replaces Art Pepper
Jack Montrose - ts, replaces Bob Cooper

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; September 24, 1957 [# 6-8 & 10]
[# 11-14, 16 & 18] John Graas Nonet - Coup De Grass
Conte Candoli - tp [except # 14] or Pete Candoli [# 12 -13]
John Graas - frhrn
Art Pepper - ts & ob [# 13]
Buddy Collette - bs & fl [# 16]
Red Callender - tub
Paul Moer - p
Buddy Clark - b
Larry Bunker - dr, also xyl & timp [# 12-13]
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; August 15, 1957
[# 15 & 17] John Graas Quintet - Coup De Grass

Same as above, except
Candoli, Collette, Cooper & Callender are out
Same date as above
[# 19 * Bonus Track] French Horn Jazz
John Graas - frhrn
Gerald Wiggins - p
Buddy Clark - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; June 19, 1956

NB : others titles from the "French Horn Jazz" session can be found
Considered to be one of the pioneers of the French Horn, John Graas is one of the emblematic figures of the West Coast style and one of the representatives least known by current enthusiasts. Graas, who died at the age of 37, had a brief but intense jazz career, with recordings that have become unwithering examples of the jazz of the fifties. The John Graas Project is conceived as a homage-tribute to this great jazzman on the eightieth anniversary of his birth. It includes a collection of 13 LPs never previously re-edited on CD, among which stand out the 6 volumes of the famous series “Jazz Studio”, the LP “ College Goes To Jazz”, and the 6 records that he recorded under his own name: two “Jazz Lab” releases, “French Horn Jazz”, “Jazzmantics”, “Coup de Graas” and “International Premiere in Jazz”, where he lead groups featuring Art Pepper, Jimmy Giuffre, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, Herb Geller, Bud Shank, Charlie Mariano, Bob Cooper, André Previn, Marty Paich, Dave Pell, Russ Freeman, the Candoli brothers, Shelly Manne, Larry Bunker, Jack Sheldon, and many others.



blbs said...

Thank you Mel! Maybe some web-friend can help (us) with the corrupted track...

Melanchthon said...

That'll be good.

grumpy said...

Many thanks.

Bill said...

Thank you.

moxnix said...

Love John Graas, still play my Jazz Lab 1 lp often, thanks for these 2 titles!

Jazzzzman said...

For Baruch / Mel and all of you.
No PW. - 19 - Cordova.7z

Thank you Mel for all.

Some day I 'll post on your blog both Billy Bean & John Pisano's "Take Your Pick" and "Makin' It".

blbs said...

I knew ... the world is full of good people
Thank you Jazzzzman!

Baruch said...

Thank you, jazzzzman...

zero said...

Wonderful post! The Graas project is full of delights and this part is new to me.
Thank you, Baruch AND jazzzzman.

Foth said...

Thank-you for introducing me to Graas. What a very inventive musician he was...too bad he died so young.

musician3 said...

Great...........Thank You

cvllos said...

Thank you to Melanchthon & Jazzzzman; this weird instrument has a gorgeous tone; just remember Don Elliot, Julius Watkins and that duel on Two French Fries (Oscar Pettiford Big Band, 1956), between Watkins and David Amram!

zoot said...

many thanks for all graas and everything

Susan McKeever said...
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Susan McKeever said...

I'm sorry I deleted the two previous posts. John Graas was my uncle. I tried, but failed, to get some links in my comment. One is on the Encyclopedia of Dubuque website, an article about John Graas that I wrote. If you want more information about my uncle, you can contact me. Susan Graas McKeever

duck said...

what a wonderful addition to the John Graas legacy, greatly appreciated and the cut 19 as well.
Great work by everyone.

Philo said...

This is quite nice. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

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

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Axel.T. said...

Thank you

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks again

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon

Subhankar said...

Thanks for this wonderful music.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...