Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mary Osborne - A Girl and Her Guitar '59

Mary Osborne (1921-1992) began her musical career in Minot, North Dakota before she was 11 years old. In a few years she was doing radio work and soon was playing with some of the big bands then playing in the upper Midwest. She met Charlie Christian in North Dakota and she was heavily influenced by his style. But, like most of the great players she also developed her own unique approach and sound.
In the late 1930’s she moved east to Pittsburgh and later to New York. There her talents as a jazz player caught the ear of some of the jazz greats like Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Tatum all of whom used her as rhythm and solo guitarist in their bands. In the period of 1945 – 1947 she made a number of recordings with several important jazz figures; Mercer Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Stuff Smith and Meryl Booker.
During that same period she formed her own group, The Mary Osborne Trio in which she also supplied the vocal interest. Her trio made a series of successful public performances and recordings that were originally released on 78 RPM records. She later gave up the trio format to perform on her own at clubs and on TV where she played on the Arthur Godfrey and Ted Steele shows.
In the 1950’s she recorded with Tyree Glenn and produced a long playing record under her own name, A Girl and Her Guitar.
In 1968 Mary Osborne moved to Bakersfield, California where she operated the Osborne Guitar Company and performed in local venues. In 1977 she made a recording with Marian McPartland entitled Now’s The Time with a lineup of some of the best women jazz musicians of the day. In 1982 Stash records released Now And Then which included new material and material from A Girl and Her Guitar.
Mary Osborne died in Bakersfield, California in 1992.

Source : http://classicjazzguitar.com/artists/artists_page.jsp?artist=21

Mary Osborne
A Girl and Her Guitar
(1959)

Tracks

1 I Love Paris (Porter)  2:45
2 I Let A Song Go out of My Heart (Ellington, Nemo, Mills, Redmond)  2:47
3 How High The Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  2:50
4 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  3:45
5 Mary's Goodbye Blues (Osborne)  4:35
6 I Found A New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  3:04
7 Sophisticated lady (Ellington, Parish, Mills)  4:14
8 I'm Beginning To See The Light (James, George, Ellington Hodges)  2:29
9 Body And Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  2:50
10 I Surrender Dear (Barris, Clifford)  2:54
11 These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) (Link, Strachey, Marvell)  3:08

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Personnel
Mary Osborne - g
Daniel Barker - g
Tommy Flanagan - p
Tommy Potter - b
Jo Jones - dr

Recorded 1959



See also : http://www.vintageguitar.com/8559/mary-osborne/

40 comments:

Danneau said...

Many thanks for Mary Osborne. A whole different vein...

Blue Eyes said...

A very nice recording, a classic! great post Mel and thanks for the link at vintageguitar by the way!

nlrp said...

merci; du nouveau pour moi. ...looking forward to listen.

Jeffinprov said...

Thanks! This is something I've wanted for a long time.

LaroSwing said...

Great post! Thank you Melanchthon for all the good work!

deGallo said...

Thank you for Mary Osborne. Many years ago I worked in a luthier shop building jazz guitars...Barker Guitars owned by Bill Barker (no relation to the Danny Barker on this album). Mary was good friends with Bill Barker and he built her the archtop jazz guitar that can be seen on the covers of her other albums "Now And Then" and "Now's The Time".

Melanchthon said...

Thank you, deGallo, for this comment...

Orbyt said...

Another exceptional post Mel, thank you so much!

@deGallo, how interesting, thank you.

Radiodada said...

After a long search for this sweet lady and her guitar i ended up (again!) to your blog. Many many thanks for this gem. Much appreciated!
Keep up the good work
Radiodada

stringbender said...

Another beautiful post of a very rare and very cool album. Merci beaucoup!

Kovina Kris said...

I'm very happy to get this special album. Thank you Mel!

Axel.T. said...

Thanks Mel for this one. Her daughter has been in charge of the music in one of our local churches for years.
Best Regards,
Axel

Davidscott789 said...

Wow. never knew she was so good. thanks for the education, as always. peace, D

Unknown said...

Greetings from Vermont USA... thank you for posting this beautiful music. But, I can not decipher the password process. Could you help me out? THank you MB

Melanchthon said...

The pass is "melanchthon"

Unknown said...

Thank you for your prompt/generous reply...but, I still can not access the files using the PW you forwarded to me.

Perhaps if I DL a fresh copy of the file again...they have become corrupted. MB

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!!!
An interesting and rare title!!!!!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thank you.

Bart Grooms said...

Merci, Mel! This great player should have been much better known, and this album should be in print.

bho wani said...

Thanks for this upgrade for me.

brian said...

nice jazz! thanks!

Doug said...

Thanks for the upgrade.Excellent album.Very much appreciated!

Unknown said...

Got it ! thank you very much...

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Fred Archtop said...

thank you Mel !

Otis Foster said...

obligado, melanchthon. Didn't have this one.

grubbmichael said...

So good! Thank you! Does anyone have links for the Vi Redd albums Bird Call and Soul Lady? I was tuned on to her by the album Mary Osborne did with Marian McPartland in 1977. Have been looking ever since.
Thank you again for this one, and the many other blessings you have shared.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

grumpy said...

Another I missed! Thanks Mel.

Scraps said...

Thank you so much, again!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

http://www105.zippyshare.com/v/ZaAzGTQx/file.html
http://www105.zippyshare.com/v/WaY9Zw4e/file.html

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

WOODY said...

Thanks for Re-Upload, very much appreciated!

DEEP said...

CLASP

Jazz Padd said...

Cool, many thanks for the re-share!

Starchild said...

I'm not familiar with the artist but the backing band is very nice. Looking forward to listening to it. Many thanks Mel.

peskypesky said...

Thank you for turning me on to Mary Osborne! I'd never heard of her before.

Axel.T. said...

Thanks again for the re-up of this terrific album.
Best to you and all here.
sincerely,
Axel