Saturday, April 1, 2017

Anthony Ortega & His Horns

A talented and advanced improviser, Anthony Ortega never received that much recognition and has been in obscurity for far too long. Ortega had his first major job with Earle Spencer's Orchestra in 1947. After serving in the Army, he was with Lionel Hampton's big band (1951-53) including for Hamp's ill-fated European tour. He played with Milt Buckner, led his own group in Los Angeles, visited Scandinavia in 1954 (which resulted in an Lp for Vantage) and then in 1955 relocated to New York. Ortega had stints with Nat Pierce (1956-58), Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Bley and the Quincy Jones Big Band (1960). From then on he often led his own group, moving back to Los Angeles by the mid-1960's and working with the big bands of Don Ellis and Gerald Wilson. As a leader, in addition to the Vantage album, Ortega has recorded sets for Bethlehem, Herald, Revelation (including a 1967 session that was reissued on CD by Hat Art) and Discovery (1978); the latter featured his wife Mona Orbeek Ortega on piano and vibes.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/anthony-ortega-p7264/biography

Anthony Ortega
A Man & his Horn

Tracks

1 Happy Day (Ortega)  4:21
2 Handful of Stars (Lawrence, Shapiro)  4:44
3 Titoro (Taylor)  4:21
4 Memories of Spring (Canover, Parker)  4:21
5 They All Laughed (Frankie, Lane, Carl, Fisher)  3:35
6 We'll Be Together Again (Taylor)  5:18
7 Birdwatcher (Taylor)  4:37
8 Strolling Through the Casbah (Ortega)  4:00
9 Serenade to Sonny (Ortega)  2:11
10 Laura (Raksin)  4:02
11 Cherokee (Noble)  3:16
12 Lady Bird (Dameron)  4:30
13 Body and Soul (Green)  4:09
14 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Pinkard, Casey)  3:01


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Personnel
[# 1-8]
Anthony Ortega - horns
Hank Jones - p
Addison Farmer - b
Edmond Thigpen - dr
Recorded in New York City ; 1961 
[# 9-14]
Anthony Ortega - horns
Einer Iversen - p
Ivar Borsom - b
Karl Otto Hoff - dr
Thorleif Østreng - announcer
Recorded in Oslo, Norway ; 1954

21 comments:

wouter said...

thank you very much for this welcome addition, mel!

itr said...

A little pearl, many thanks, Mel.

LaroSwing said...

Thank you for this one I didn't know...

neil said...

If you like this, check out his 'New Dance'. Thanks, mel...

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

jazztap said...

merci

ProfessorCalculus said...

merci, many times over

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

jazmen said...

Thank you, Mel!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Baron said...

Thanks Mel - in particular the Vantage session in Oslo.

Dirk Bill said...

Damn, the link is verplunkt. I have been collecting Tony Ortega since I found him in Zappa's band, and this is one I do not have. Can you possibly re-post this?

Melanchthon said...

http://www76.zippyshare.com/v/geIoQz2V/file.html
http://www105.zippyshare.com/v/BkDkGPRQ/file.html

Dirk Bill said...

Mel, really appreciate the new links but my antivirus ClamX quarantined the .dmg file "Your File Is Ready To Download" because it was a virus. Yikes! Subsequent efforts to download it only opened a Flash Player ad. But no file unfortunately. You might want to replace these files, or it could be on my end. I will do a scan and let you know.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Bill said...

thanks!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

Dirk Bill said...

The problem was on my end. Thank you again for the re-post!

Kovina Kris said...

Your blog is such Mel that I will try any and all jazz you post if I don't already have it. Thank you for another artist that is new to me.