Monday, May 1, 2017

Jazz Mission To Moscow - Top U S Jazzmen During The Cold War

Jazz, once outlawed in the Soviet Union, finally got official approval when the Benny Goodman Band spent a rapturously received six-week tour there in mid-1962. Back stateside, eight from the band, including Zoot Sims and Phil Woods, with guests Eddie Costa and Marky Markowitz, commemorated the tour by recording Jazz Mission to Moscow, an ebulliently swinging album of jazz standards and Russian popular songs arranged by Al Cohn.
It was soon followed by one with an even more pronounced Russian flavour. Vic Feldman, vibist on the Goodman small combo numbers during the tour, had enhanced his knowledge of Russian musical activity and, back on the West Coast, recorded Soviet Jazz Themes, an album of jazz compositions by local composers. His choice of players was vindicated by the work of Carmell Jones, Nat Adderley, Harold Land, Joe Zawinul, Herb Ellis, Bob Whitlock, Frank Butler and Feldman himself.
In December 1962, however, the soviets slammed the door on jazz again. Responding, Radio Liberty launched a half-hour weekly programme of US modern jazz in June 1963, broadcasted through Europe from its base in the beach of Pals (Spain). This series became a showcase for Soviet jazz composers when members of the Benny Goodman group recorded with other top musicians some jazz originals composed by their Soviet counterparts. Al Cohn was once again assigned to score the tunes, and Jazz at Liberty, featuring such luminaries as Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods and Zoot Sims was the impressive result.

Source :

Al Cohn
Victor Feldman
Bill Crow-Phil Woods
Jazz Mission To Moscow
Top U S Jazzmen During The Cold War


Cd. 1

1 Mission to Moscow (Powell)  4:19
2 The Song of the Volga Boatman
(Aka The Sochi Boatman) (Trad.)  5:16
3 Midnight in Moscow (Soloviev, Sedoy, Matusovsky)  5:58
4 Let’s Dance (Baldridge, Bonime, Stone)  4:32
5 Russian Lullaby (Berlin)  5:40
6 Dark Eyes (Aka Red, White and Blue Eyes) (Trad.)  4:54
7 Ritual (Towmosjan)  5:01
8 Blue Church Blues (Golstein)  7:08
9 Madrigal (Golstein)  6:20
10 Vic (Gachechiladze)  4:55
11 Polyushko Polye (Arr. Golstein)  3:53
12 Gennadi (Golstein)  5:17


Cd. 2

1 Believe (You May Believe - Or Not) (Unknown)  4:52
2 Madrigal (Golstein)  5:48
3 Madrigal New York (Golstein)  5:41
4 Nyet (You Will Say No) (Nosov)  3:06
5 Believe (You May Believe – Or Not) (Unknown) [take 1]  4:53
6 Madrigal New York (Golstein) [take 1]  5:45
7 Madrigal New York (Golstein) [take 2]  5:36
8 Nyet (You Will Say No) (Nosov)  3:03
9 Phil Woods interview & solo  1:00


[Cd. 1, # 1-6] from the album “Jazz Mission to Moscow” (Colpix SCP433)
Jimmy Maxwell, Markie Markowitz - tp
Willie Dennis - tb
Phil Woods - as & cl
Jerry Dodgion - as & fl
Zoot Sims - ts
Gene Allen - bs
Eddie Costa - p
Bill Crow - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Arranged and Conducted by Al Cohn
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York ; July 12, 1962
[Cd. 1, # 7-12] from the album “Soviet Jazz Themes” (Ava AS-19)
* [# 7-9] The Victor Feldman All Stars
Nat Adderley - crnt
Harold Land - ts
Victor Feldman - vb
Joe Zawinul - p
Bob Whitlock - b
Frank Butler - dr
Recorded at United Recording Studios, Hollywood ; October 26, 1962
* [# 10-12]
Carmell Jones - tp
Harold Land - ts
Victor Feldman - p & vb
Herb Ellis - g
Bob Whitlock - b
Frank Butler - dr
Recorded at United Recording Studios, Hollywood ; November 12, 1962
[Cd. 2, # 1-8] from the album “Jazz at Liberty: American Musicians Play Soviet Originals Over
Radio Liberty” (RKO 131542)
The Bill Crow-Phil Woods All Stars
Art Farmer - tp & flghrn
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Phil Woods - as
Zoot Sims - ts
Nick Brignola - bs
John Bunch - p
Bill Crow - b
Walter Perkins - dr
Recorded at RKO Sound Studios, New York City ; May 1963
[Cd. 2, # 9] Phil Woods interview and solo / Excerpt from a Phil Woods appearance on the Radio Liberty show “This Is Jazz” hosted by Boris Orshansky.


deGallo said...

I have an LP with part of this. Nice to have the CDs, though! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

I recently found a copy of the Goodman Moscow material, so this will be a nice follow up.

Thanks Mel.

headman said...

Beautiful... I was hoping this might turn up. Many thanks for sharing it, Mel.

hepcat said...

Many thanks, these ae greatly appreciated.

Luis said...

As deGallo says I also have a LP with six tracks. Thanks!

AmyBRAINS said...

YES!! This is really a great post.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks Mel !

Terry said...

Thanks Mel. Never heard of the Liberty disc & what an all-star cast.

Rodney said...

Thanks Mel

Tibau said...

Thank you Mel

glinka21 said...

Thank you, Mel!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for another fine compilation, Mel!

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel, impresionante.

Eric said...

As always, a very big thank you. I recently read Bill Crow's memories of the trip to Russia with Goodman. He had few kind words for the leader.

duck said...

Hi Mel, Another upgrade and bonus for this interesting set. It's nice to feel that Jazz contributed.
thanks agaun

Anonymous said...

Great lesson in music, and history, Thanks Mel.

MikeDW said...

Would it be possible to re-upload the files for this item please?
Many thanks.

Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

Great, thanks a lot!!!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much!!

Kovina Kris said...

Interesting album. I'm game. Thank you!

unterhosenspeck said...

Great stuff, thanks so much for this rip !!!

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