Sunday, November 27, 2016

Jazz From America On Disques Vogue [Part. III]

At that time, a common feature of record shops (which were legion in the fifties) was the stacks of small advertising catalogues at the end of the counter. On such catalogue, with its elongated and colourful note encapsulating the name of "Vogue productions", was especially eye-catching. It showcased the label's new releases, and was a lifeline for jazz aficionados unsettled by the technological upheavals of the time.
Indeed, the French jazz-lovers' bible, Jazz Hot, had recently published the following notice at the end of its "Records" section :

Good news for the lucky owners of a multi-speed record player : the first 33-rpm microgroove long-playing jazz records have finally arrived in France. This daring innovation is brought to you by Jazz-Disques, which sells its prized vinylite disks in France sheathed in the label's characteristic sleeves.

Wave goodbye to the 78 rpm and its limited playing time, and say hello to long plays ! Hugues Panassié was nonetheless somewhat circumpsect as regards this revolution, warning readers of the October 1952 edition of Bulletin du Hot Club de France. "Beware the 33 rpm !". But this did little to diminish the enthusiasm of jazz fans for the wondrous new gift from Vogue, a branch of Jazz-Disques — a label that burst onto the record scene in January 1949 with Bechet/Spanier Big Four's Lazy River and That's a Plenty in its "Jazz Sélection" series.
The label's three trailblazer albums (Sidney Becht/Claude Luther, Dizzy Gillespie with Strings, Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) were released in June 1951, with a further twenty titles following suit just a few months later.
The vinyl disks were encased in stiff cardboard sleeves opening at the top, which did not go unnoticed :

Of all the French labels, it is unquestionably Jazz-Disques that has made the greatest efforts in this new field. The presentation of its records rivals the designs of the top American artists (no common feat), revealing in particular the talent of Pierre Merlin, already known to us as the cornet player in Luther's first band. There are some true gems, infused with plenty of humour, such as this drawing of Stan Getz playong the tenor sax whilst nonchalantly reclining on a daybed, as cool as could be.
                                                                                           [September 1951 edition of Jazz Hot]

As early as with LD 002, Dizzy Gillespie with Strings, the style became a trademark. The Vogue sleeves stood out on the French market thanks to their graphic designs. The label's main competitor, Blue Star, had initially contented themselves with simply adapting their 78 rpm packaging...
Alain Tercinet, from the booklet (translation by Pamela Barnby)

Jazz From America
On
Disques Vogue
[part. III]

Tracks

Cd. 11

1 Every Time I Feel The Spirit (Malone)  2:39
2 Sign Of The Judgment (Steele)  3:00
3 The World Prayer (Farber, Flora, Kanter)  3:02
4 Every Day And Every Hour (trad.)  4:04
5 I'll Go (Wells)  3:10
6 God's Got His Eyes On You (Bledsoe)  2:46
7 Jesus, Jesus (Bernard, Singer, Steele)  2:27
8 Calvary (Corbin)  3:02
9 The Day Is Passed And Gone (Malone)  3:03
10 On The Battlefield (Malone)  3:05
11 He Never Left Me Alone (Malone)  2:54
12 Blessed Are The Dead (Malone)  3:11
13 Lord Jesus [Pt. 1 & 2] (Carr)  6:47
14 Moaning Blues (Hooker)  3:00
15 Stomp Boogie (Hooker)  3:10

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[# 1-4] The Spirit of Memphis Quartet
Willmer Broadnax, Robert Reed - tnr
Jethroe Bledsoe, Silas Steele, James Darling - bar
Earl Malone - b
Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio ; May 5, 1951
[# 5-6]
Same as above, except
James Keele - b, replaces Malone
Recorded same place as above ; December 9, 1950
[# 7, 9-12]
Same as [# 1-4]
Recorded same place as above ; December 12, 1949
[# 8]
Same as above
Recorded same place as above ; May 10, 1950
[# 13]
Same as above, except
Fred Howard - bar, is added
Bledsoe & Darling are out
[# 14]
John Lee Hooker - vc & g
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan ; August 1949
[# 15] Texas Slim [John Lee Hooker]
John Lee Hooker - vc & g
Recorded same place as above ; December 1, 1948

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Cd. 12

1 Bloodshot Eyes (Hensley, Hank)  2:42
2 Luscious Woman (Glover, Nathan)  2:51
3 Teardrops From My Eyes (Toombs)  2:48
4 Oh Babe ! (Kabak, Prima)  2:51
5 Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town (Glover, Nix)  3:00
6 Here Comes The Night (Glover)  2:35
7 Just Like Two Drops Of Water (Greene)  2:35
8 Good Rockin' Tonight (Brown)  2:47
9 Slim Gaillard S Boogie (Gaillard)  2:45
10 Voot Orenee (Gaillard)  3:05
11 I'm A Hi-Ballin Daddy (Bradshaw, Jones, Nathan)  1:59
12 Brad's Blues (Bradshaw, Robinson)  2:59
13 Ring-A-Ding-Doo (Thompson)  2:55
14 Ramblin Blues (Darnell, Otis)  2:32
15 That S What You Re Doing To Me (Marks, Ward)  2:24
16 Have Mercy Baby (Ward)  2:23
17 Flamingo (Anderson, Grouya)  2:41
18 Sleep (Burtnett, Liebig, Geibel)  3:10
19 I M Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman, Washington)  2:54
20 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  2:40
21 Ain't Misbehavin (Brooks, Razaf, Waller)  2:27
22 Linger Awhile (Owens, Rose, Whiteman)  3:07
23 Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg, Hammerstein II)  2:26
24 Seven Steps (Bostic)  2:38

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Featuring [collective personnel]
Little Esther, Al Casey, Donald Johnson, Ben Webster, Wilbur Campbell, Jimmy Cobb, Slim Gaillard, Wynonie Harris, Jimmy Robinson, Earl Warren, George Washington, Pete Lewis, Billy Ward, John Coltrane, Pinky Williams, Joe Lamont, Ike Isaacs, Specs Wright, Gene Redd, Joe Knight, Tiny Bradshaw, Earl Bostic, etc.

Recorded in different locations ; between October, 1945 & April 7, 1952

*


Cd. 13

1 Mamie's Blues (Morton)  2:46
2 Michigan Water Blues (Williams)  3:05
3 Buddy Bolden's Blues (Morton)  2:48
4 Winin' Boy Blues (Morton)  2:57
5 Don't You Leave Me Here (Morton)  2:52
6 Original Rag (Joplin)  2:50
7 The Naked Dance (Morton)  2:53
8 The Crave (Morton)  3:06
9 Mister Joe (Morton)  2:51
10 King Porter Stomp (Morton)  2:53
11 Sweet Substitute ()  2:54
12 Panama (Tyers)  2:31
13 Good Old New York (Morton)  2:45
14 Big Lip Blues (Morton)  3:12
15 Dirty, Dirty, Dirty (Morton)  2:52
16 Swinging The Elks (Morton)  2:53
17 Get The Bucket (Morton)  2:52
18 Shake It (Morton)  2:51
19 Mama's Got A Baby (Morton)  2:40
20 My Home Is In A Southern Town (Morton)  2:46
21 Why ? (Morton, Werac)  2:51
22 If You Knew (Morton, Werac)  2:51

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[# 1-10]
Jelly Roll Morton - p & vcl [# 1-5]
Recorded at Reves Studios, New York City ; December 14, 1939 [# 4, 6, 8 & 10] ; December 16, 1939 [# 1, 3, 5 & 7] ; & December 18, 1939 [# 2]
[# 11-14]
Henry "Red" Allen - ts
Joe Britton - tb
Albert Nicholas - cl
Eddie Williams - as
Jelly Roll Morton - p & vcl [# 11, 13 & 14]
Wellman Braud - b
Zutty Singleton - dr
Recorded same place as above ; January 4, 1940
[# 15, 16, 19 & 20]
Same as above, except
Claude John - tb, replaces Britton
Recorded same place as above ; January 30, 1940
[# 17, 18, 21 & 22]
Same as above, except
Claude John - tb, is out
Recorded same place as above ; January 23, 1940

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Cd. 14

1 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald)  3:20
2 Crazy Chris (Brubeck, Desmond)  3:22
3 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:09
4 Lyon's Busy (Brubeck)  3:15
5 Mam'selle (Gordo, Goulding)  2:50
6 Me And My Shadow (Dreyer, Jolson, Rose)  2:29
7 At A Perfume Counter (Burke, Leslie)  2:54
8 Frenesi (Dominguez, Whitcup)  2:36
9 This Can T Be Love (Hart, Rodgers)  4:08
10 Look For The Silver Lining (DeSylva, Kern)  3:44
11 My Romance (Hart, Rodgers)  2:38
12 Just One Of Those Things (Porter)  3:14
13 Star Dust (Carmichael, Parish)  3:03
14 Lulu's Back In Town (Dubin, Warren)  2:22
15 Alice In Wonderland (Hilliard, Fain)  3:36
16 All The Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  3:20
17 I May Be Wrong (Ruskin, Sullivan)  2:51
18 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  3:24
19 Let's Fall In Love (Hammerstein, Kern)  7:17

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[# 1-4]
Paul Desmond - as
Dave Brubeck - p
Fred Dutton - b & bssn [# 1 & 3]
Herb Barman - dr
Recorded in San Francisco, California ; August 1951
[# 5-8]
Same as above, except
Wyatt Ruther - b, replaces Dutton
Recorded same place as above ; November 1951
[# 9-10]
Same as above
Recorded at the Surf, Los Angeles, California ; October 1952
[# 11]
Dave Brubeck - p
Recorded in San Francisco, California ; September 1952
[# 12-17]
Same as [# 9-10], except
Lloyd Davis - dr, replaces Baman
Recorded same place as above ; September 1952
[# 18]
Dave Brubeck - p
Recorded at Bill Bates home studio, Los Angeles, California ; December 1953
[# 19]
Same as [# 12-17], except
Ron Crotty - b, replaces Ruther
Recorded at the Surf, Los Angeles, California ; February 153

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Cd. 15

1 Dear Old Stockholm (trad.)  4:13
2 Woody 'n' You (Gillespie)  3:25
3 Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach)  3:45
4 Chance It (Pettiford)  3:03
5 Donna (McLan)  3:14
6 How Deep Is The Ocean (Berlin)  4:41
7 Tempus Fugit (Powell)  3:50
8 Enigma (Johnson)  3:23
9 Ray's Idea (Fuller, Brown)  3:44
10 Kelo (Johnson)  3:18
11 I Waited For You (Fuller, Gillespie)  3:30
12 C.T.A (Heath)  3:33
13 Bouncing With Bud (Fuller, Powell)  3:03
14 Wail (Powell)  3:05
15 52nd Street Theme (Monk)  2:49
16 Dance Of The Infidels (Powell)  2:53
17 Humph (Monk)  2:54
18 Misterioso (Monk)  3:22
19 'Round Midnight (Hanigen, Monk, Williams)  3:12
20 Well, You Needn't (Monk)  2:59

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[# 1-6] Miles Davis Sextet
Miles Davis - tp
J.J. Johnson -tb
Jackie McLean - as
Gil Coggins - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; May 9, 1952
[# 7-12] Miles Davis Sextet
Miles Davis - tp
J.J. Johnson -tb
Jimmy Heath - ts
Gil Cogins - p
Percy Heath - b
Art Blakey - dr
Recorded same place as above ; April 20, 1953
[# 13-16] Bud Powell's Modernists
Fats Navarro - tp
Sonny Rollins - ts
Bud Powell - p
Tommy Potter - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded same place as above ; August 9, 1949
[# 17] Thelonious Monk Sextet
Idrees Sulieman - tp
Dany Quebec West - as
Billy Smith - ts
Thelonious Monk - p
Gene Ramey - b
Art Blakey - d
Recorded same place as above ; October 15, 1947
[# 18] Thelonious Monk Quartet
Milt Jackson - vb
Thelonious Monk - p
John Simmons - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded at Apex Studios, New York City ; Juky 2, 1948
[# 19] Thelonious Monk Quintet
Thelonious Monk - p
Sahib Shihab - as
George Taitt - tp
Bob Paige - b
Art Blakey - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; November 21, 1947
[# 20] Thelonious Monk Trio
Thelonious Monk - p
Gene Ramey - b
Art Blakey - dr
Recorded same place as above ; October 24, 1947

15 comments:

francisco santos said...

BIG THX !....

neil said...

A veritable Jazz Who's-Who; many thanks, mel...

george said...

Many thanks, again, Melanchthon!

lucky5 said...

Great Part III. Thank you!!

deGallo said...

Great post but zippy doesn't seem to want to cooperate with me. Thank you.

zero said...

Such a grand package of goodies. Continuing thanks for this series.

finvarra said...

What a treasure -- thanks so much!

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT.....................THANK YOU FOR ALL

drizzz said...

Thank you- the Jelly Roll Morton is intensely good!

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks again Mel!

A question; I seem to have files from this series that need to be opened with Adobe, but when I click on them they won't open. They're fairly big files, am I missing something by not being able to open them?
I'm guessing it's an issue on my end, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Andrey said...

Links for CDs 11 & 12 are dead. Looks like nobody was interested in the blues and gospel :(
Any chance for re-up please?

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 11
http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/SR4cWpmV/file.html
http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/0IEWcJU1/file.html
Cd. 12
http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/s1KpYG7J/file.html
http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/WCINJIjp/file.html
http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/GHcbuX8y/file.html
Cd. 13
http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/DmhrGUgk/file.html
http://www102.zippyshare.com/v/XSMQfUXt/file.html
Cd. 14
http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/9CVofkZK/file.html
http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/GnWostci/file.html
Cd. 15
http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/LQeY7ZhX/file.html
http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/jckqpPuU/file.html
http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/E77pbMEH/file.html

Olde Edo said...

Thank you, sir, for reupping discs 11 and 12!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx mel - I'll have to go back to see what else I missed.