Friday, July 28, 2017

John Mehegan - Casual Affair

Mehegan gigged around Massachusetts and in 1941 moved to New York. He recorded four songs as a leader for Savoy in 1945 and worked as a pianist, educator (teaching at Juilliard starting in 1947) and occasional writer throughout the 1950's. That decade was his most active period as a player ; he recorded four albums for Savoy during 1954-56 with a quartet, trio, as a piano soloist and in a trio with fellow pianist Eddie Costa and bassist Vinnie Burke. In 1959 he teamed up with trumpeter Kenny Dorham for a record date for the Request label. That year he toured South Africa (recording with a young Hugh Masekala for the obscure Gallo-Continental label) but ran into trouble with the authorities for "fraternizing" with black musicians. Mehegan's last recording took place in 1960 (a few titles with a trio) but he kept active as an educator during his last two decades. John Mehegan published many instructional books on jazz, wrote reviews for Downbeat and other magazines, and was a busy lecturer on jazz and improvisation.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/john-mehegan-mn0000811820/biography

John Mehegan
Casual Affair

Tracks

1 With a Song in My Heart (Hart, Rodgers)  4:18
2 Baubles, Bangles, And Beads (Forrest, Wright)  5:55
3 Once Again in Love (Mehegan, Taran)  5:03
4 Can't We Be Friends ( James, Swift)  6:17
5 Evelyn (Taran)  7:39
6 Young and Foolish (Hague, Horwitt)  3:19
7 Blues de Sad (Mehegan)  6:44

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Personnel
Kenny Dorham - tp
Chuck Wayne - g
John Mehegan - p
Ernie Furtado - b

Recorded in New York ;  May 28 & June 2, 1959

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dreadco said...

I only know of Chuck Wayne and Kenny Dorham. Chuck is truly one of a kind jazz guitarist and my favorite one. His voicing and chord progression is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

yewsta said...

Many thanks, melanchthon - this looks very interesting indeed.

Orbyt said...

Very beautiful, warm album with great playing throughout. Thank you Mel.

Daver88 said...

Thanks Mel - Nice album & good to get some more Chuck Wayne

rm said...

Thanks for this rare gem

Baron said...

Cheers Mel

neil said...

I'm sure I had this one time, but can't find it now; so many thanks for the re-up, mel...

TEO said...

Thanks very much Mel!!!
New to me but the presence of Kenny Dorham make the session very interesting!!!

Quibus said...

anything with Kinny is worth listening, so thank you very much for sharing this album

moha said...

Thank You Mel, beautiful!

rubberduck said...

many thanks, Mel

Mike said...

Looks like a real rarity. Thanks a lot!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes Mike, it's really a rarity!
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

helio58 said...

please, link?
merci...

josh said...

Hi Mel, can you please post a fresh link? thanks!

Melanchthon said...

http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/Ebyq1aHn/file.html

Jazz Padd said...

Thanks, good to hear some Chuck Wayne guitar work.

Grover Gardner said...

Thabks again for another fascinating rarity!

Tom Pouce said...

Wow, a rarity with Kenny Dorham. Thanks Melanchthon. Ploooomysunday is always a day by day Must. Tom Pouce.

Anonymous said...

"if not for you", dear MM, i wouldn't know Mr. Mehegan.

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Angel said...

Yeah Mel. special one

francisco santos said...

BIG THX1...

Kovina Kris said...

A bolt out of the blue as far as I'm concerned. Thank you Mel!