Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rita Reys - Jazz Pictures at an Exhibition/Marriage in Modern Jazz

Kenny Clarkes presence in Paris round the middle of October 1961 was too good a chance for Pim Jacobs and Rita Reys to miss. Pim, with his brother Ruud on bass and Wim Overgaauw on guitar, were one of the smoothest functioning jazz combos in Europe, so when he phoned the great drummer to fix a date Clarke jumped at the offer. The result was a joyously grooving, relaxed concert recorded at the Singer Concerthall at Laren in Holland on October 12.
As a pair, Rita and Pim were an artistic marriage made in heaven from their first meeting, a fact mirrored in their real-life marriage. Serendipitously, the second album included here was the first record on which Rita Reys was heard at length with her soon-to-be husbands trio. It was recorded in Hilversum on June 23, 1960, the same summer they were awarded first prize in the international competition at the 1er Festival Europeen du Jazz in Antibes-Juan-les-Pins in July 1960 ; this last performance included here as a bonus.
She was already considered a top jazz vocalist with her own swinging style Europes First Lady of Jazz. In Kenny Clarkes own words, shes just great, shes just... well she is RITA !

Source :

Rita Reys
Jazz Pictures at an Exhibition
Marriage in Modern Jazz


1 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Young, Ahlert)  2:28
2 Autumn Leaves (Kosma, Prévert, Mercer)  3:39
3 Cherokee (Noble)  3:25
4 Poor Butterfly (Golden, Hubbell)  3:31
5 Can't We Be Friends? (James, Swift)  3:20
6 I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)  3:22
7 I Remember Clifford (Golson)  2:47
8 Tangerine (Mercer, Schertzinger)  2:37
9 Speak Low (Weill, Nash)  3:50
10 What's New ? (Haggart, Burke)  2:55
11 Summertime (Gershwin, Heyward)  3:24
12 Broadway (Henderson, DeSylva, Brown)  3:04
13 Ive Got the World on a String (Arlen, Koehler)  3:21
14 No Moon at All (Evans, Mann)  3:12
15 How Deep Is the Ocean (Berlin)  3:10
16 Have You Met Miss Jones (Rodgers, Hart)  1:37
17 Too Close for Comfort (Bock, Weiss)  2:22
18 Like Someone In Love (Burke, Van Heusen)  2:48
19 Im Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman, Washington)  2:35
20 Thou Swell (Rodgers, Hart)  2:57
21 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  4:44
22 But Not for Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:20
23 Thou Swell (Rodgers, Hart)  3:12
24 Im Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman, Washington)  2:09
25 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 4:44


[# 1-10] from the Philips 1961 "Jazz Pictures at an Exhibition" (P 08062 L)
Rita Reys - vcl
Pim Jacobs - p
Wim Overgaauw - g
Ruud Jacobs - b
Kenny Clarke - dr [only # 1-10]
Recorded at the Singer Concerthall, Laren, Holland ; October 21, 1961
[# 11-22] from the Philips 1960 album "Marriage in Modern Jazz" (P 08052 L)
Same as above
Recorded in Hilversum, Holland ; June 23, 1960
[# 23-25]
Same as above
Recorded at Jazz Festival Antibes/Juan-les-Pins, France ; July 13, 1960


Melanchthon said...

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

monkey21 said...

Many thanks

ProfessorCalculus said...

Fantastic, Thanks Mel

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Very very nice!!
Thank you Mel

Otis Foster said...

Great melanchthon - thnx

blbs said...

Muchísimas gracias, Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

I've been gone for a few days and see may new surprises posted. Thank you very much for this one. One new/one upgrade.

Fred Archtop said...

Will try that one. That's a lot Mel.