Sunday, August 13, 2017

Jazz From America On Disques Vogue [part. IV]

A former student at the French School of Fine Arts, where he had studied architecture, painting, engraving and decoration, Pierre Merlin was the most emblematic of the Vogue artists. However, as he confided to Francis Hofstein, his job was not an easy one :

I didn't usually have much to go on. I'd be given the title of the record, sometimes a few photos, sometimes the track listing. If I didn't know the band's style, I would try to imagine it or would ask to hear them. Sometimes I would just be told that he played in the style of so-and-so, and then I would try to come up with a graphic feature, like a play on words, for example. There was a record called "In the Groove", an expression that was translated in French back then as "être dans le bain" [in the bath], so I drew the musicians in a bathtub. I always tried to find a fun idea, because a record sleeve, just like a poster, has to grab your attention immediately. After, if people are interested, thet will look more closely.

A bird singing into a microphone represented Parker ; Charlie Christian was depicted playing inside a Minton's tin of sardines. Dizzy, Fats Navarro, Bird and Miles were framed by the Pantheon, in morning dress and carrying top hats. A traditional advertising column displaying a Chet Baker poster towered above the Parisian traffic and, on the Red Norvo Trio's album cover featuring the "Men at Work" sign, the "Swing" logo became a manhole cover lifted up by a worker in a San Francisco street. Hanging on a wall behind Jelly Roll Morton was a self-awarded diploma for the "Creator of Jazz". The list goes on ; Pierre Merlin was certainly never short of ideas. A line drawing in the style of David Stone Martin — an acknowledged influence —, cleverly placed coloured background plates, typography as an essential component of the composition... Pierre Merlin's artwork remains, to this day, unique. Sadly, his time with Vogue came to an end in 1953, colour photography having superceded graphic designers...
Alain Tercinet, from the booklet (translation by Pamela Barnby)

Jazz From America
On
Disques Vogue
[part. IV]

Tracks

Cd. 16

1 Little White Lies (Donaldson)  3:47
2 I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter)  2:24
3 I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)  2:27
4 Move (Best)  2:38
5 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  2:54
6 I'll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnston)  3:21
7 Zing ! Went the Strings of My Heart (Hanley)  3:28
8 September Song (Weill)  3:34
9 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers)  2:27
10 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro)  4:09
11 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  2:43
12 Time and Tide (Bilder)  2:34
13 Godchild (Wallington)  4:11
14 I'm Yours (Blair, Harbourg, Green, Robertson)  4:05
15 Night and Day (Porter)  4:08
16 Swedish Pastry (Kessel)  2:28
17 Moon over Miami (Burke, Leslie)  3:15
18 Midnight on Cloud 69 (Feather, Shearing)  3:11
19 Life with Feather (Feather, Shearing)  3:12
20 Cherokee (Noble)  2:46
21 Bebop's Fables (Feather)  3:05
22 Sorry Wrong Rhumba (Feather)  3:25
23 Cotton Top (Wayne)  2:50
24 Four Bars Short (Shearing)  2:25

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[# 1-8] Red Norvo Trio
Red Norvo - vb
Tal Farlow - g
Charlie Mingus - b
Recorded in Chicago ; October 13 & 16, 1950
[# 9-16] Red Norvo Trio
Same as above
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; May 3, 1950 [# 11, 11, 15 & 16] ; & April 13, 1951 [# 9, 10, 13 & 14]
[# 17-24] George Shearing Quintet
Marjorie Hyams - vb
George Shearing - p & acc [# 24]
Chuck Wayne - g
John Levy - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 31, 1949

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Cd. 17

1 Bernie's Tune (Leiber, Millard, Stoller)  2:53
2 Walking Shoes (Mulligan)  3:12
3 Nights at the Turntable (Mulligan)  2:53
4 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)  3:14
5 Utter Chaos #1 (Mulligan)  0:35
6 Frenesi (Dominguez, Withcup)  3:10
7 Freeway (Baker)  2:46
8 Soft Shoe (Mulligan)  2:40
9 Aren't You Glad You're You ? (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:52
10 Carson City Stage (Smith)  2:31
11 Cherry (Daniels, Gillespie)  2:57
12 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:28
13 Motel (Mulligan)  2:36
14 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  3:08
15 Sextet (Mulligan)  3:01
16 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  3:07
17 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:31
18 I May Be Wrong (Ruskin, Sullivan)  2:52
19 I'm Beginning to See the Light (Ellington, George, Hodges, James)  3:36
20 The Nearness of You (Washington, Hoagy Carmichael)  2:52
21 Tea for Two (Youmans, Caesar)  2:48
22 Love Me or Leave Me (Kahn, Donaldson)  2:43
23 Jeru (Mulligan)  2:30
24 Utter Chaos #2 (Mulligan)  0:33
25 Darn That Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  3:48
26 Swing House (Mulligan)  2:55

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[# 1-9]
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Chet Baker - tp
Bob Whitlock - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded at Phil Turetsky's House, Los Angeles, California ; August 16, 1952 [# 1, 4 & 5] ; Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California ; October 15, 1952 [# 2, 3, 6-9]
[# 10-13]
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Chet Baker - tp
Carson Smith - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded same place as above ; February 24, 1953
[# 14 & 17]
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Chet Baker - tp
Lee Konitz - as
Joe Mondragon - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded at Phil Turetsky's House, Los Angeles, California ; Februay 1, 1953
[# 15 & 16]
Same as above, except
Carson Smith - b, replaces Mondragon
Recorded same place as above ; January 30, 1953 [# 15] ; The Haig, Los Angeles, California ; January 23, 1953
[# 18-26]
Same as [# 10-13]
Recorded at Radio Recorders Studios, Los Angeles, California ; January 23, 1953

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Cd. 18

1 Isn't It Romantic (Hart, Rodgers)  3:30
2 Maid in Mexico (Freeman)  2:53
3 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen)  3:00
4 This Time the Dream's on Me (Arlen, Mercer)  2:48
5 Winter Wonderland (Bernard, Smith)  3:19
6 Russ Job (Freeman)  2:52
7 Easy to Love (Porter)  3:14
8 Batter Up (Freeman)  2:54
9 The Lamp Is Low (DeRose, Parish, Ravel, Shefter)  2:30
10 No Ties (Freeman)  3:00
11 Band Aid (Freeman)  2:44
12 The Thrill Is Gone (Brown, Henderson)  2:45
13 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  2:55
14 Long Ago and Far Away (Gershwin, Kern)  2:17
15 Happy Little Sunbeam (Freeman)  2:45
16 Moon Love (Grossmith, Kern, Wodehouse)  3:18
17 Bea's Flat (Freeman)  3:01

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[# 1, 2, 4, 5 & 9]
Chet Baker - tp
Russ Freeman - p
Bob Whitlock - b
Bobby White - dr
Recorded at Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California ; December 15, 1952
[# 3, 6-8]
Same as above, except
Larry Bunker - dr, replaces White
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; April 17, 1953
[# 10-17]
Same as above
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; October 3,1953 [# 10-13, 15-17] ; & Los Angeles, California ; July 30, 1953 [# 14]

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Cd. 19

1 Rose of the Rio Grande (Gorman, Leslie, Warren)  4:14
2 All of Me (Marks, Simons)  4:08
3 Shine (Brown, Dabney, Mack)  4:56
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Pinkard, Casey)  4:02
5 Black and Blue (Brooks, Razaf, Waller)  3:37
6 Ding Dong Daddy (Baxter)  4:31
7 Original Dixieland One-Step (LaRocca)  4:16
8 Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me (McCarron, Morgan, Swanstone)  5:44
9 There'll Be Some Changes Made (Higgins, Overstreet)  3:59
10 That's a Plenty (Gilbert, Pollack)  4:16
11 Ballin' the Jack (Burris, Smith)  3:52
12 Avalon (DeSylva, Johnson, Rose)  4:56
13 Lazy River (Arodin, Carmichael)  4:06
14 That's a Plenty (Gilbert, Pollack)  3:28

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[# 1-6] Sidney Bechet & His Blue Note Jazzmen
Jonah Jones - tp
Jimmy Archey - tb
Sidney Bechet - ss
Buddy Weed - p
Walter Page - b
Johnny Blowers - dr
Recorded at Audio-Video Studios, New York City ; August 25, 1953
[# 7-12] Sidney Bechet & His Hot Six
Sidney De Paris - tp
Jimmy Archey - tb
Sidney Bechet - ss
Don Kirkpatrick - p
George "Pops" Foster - b
Manzie Johnson - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; November 5, 1951
[# 13-14] Bechet-Spanier Big Four
Muggsy Spanier - crnt
Sidney Bechet - ss & cl
Carmen Mastren - g
Wellman Braud - b
Recorded in New York City ; March 28, 1940 [# 13] ; & April 6, 1940 [# 14]

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Cd. 20

1 New Lester Leaps In (Young)  2:57
2 She's Funny That Way (Moret, Whiting)  3:20
3 Lester's Be Bop Boogie (Young)  3:13
4 You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson)  3:06
5 D.B. Blues (Breaks, Young)  3:00
6 Lester Blows Again (Young)  2:32
7 The Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)  2:31
8 Something to Remember You By (Dietz, Schwartz)  2:44
9 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  3:08
10 East of the Sun (Browman)  3:10
11 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  2:42
12 I m Confessin' (That I Love You) (Daughtery, Neuburg, Reynolds)  2:31
13 Movin with Lester (Young)  3:10
14 Easy Does It (Oliver, Young)  2:33
15 One O'Clock Jump (Basie)  2:38
16 Every Tub [Jumpin' at the Woodside] (Basie)  3:00
17 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  3:10
18 Jumpin' at Mesner's (Young)  2:44
19 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (Young)  3:11
20 No Eyes Blues (Young)  3:00
21 Lester Smooths It Out (Young)  2:54
22 Just Cooling (Young)  2:59
23 Sunday (Conn, Krueger, Miller, Styne)  2:24
24 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Field, McHugh)  2:59

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[# 1-4]
Lester Young - ts
Joe Albany - p
Irving Ashby - g
Red Callender - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; August 1946
[# 5-6]
Lester Young - ts
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Red Callender - b
Henry Tucker - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; December 20, 1945
[# 7-10]
Lester Young - ts
Gene Di Novi - p
Chuck Wayne - g
Curly Russell - b
Tiny Kahn - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 29, 1947
[# 11]
Lester Young - ts
Lee Wesley Jones - p
Curtis Counce - b
Johnny Otis - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; January 18, 1946
[# 12, 21 & 22]
Shorty McConnell - tp [# 21 & 22]
Lester Young - ts
Argonne Thornton - p
Nasir Barakaat - g
Rodney Richardson - b
Lyndell Marshall - dr
Recorded in New York ; April 2, 1947
[# 13-16]
Shorty McConnell - tp [# 13 & 15]
Lester Young - ts
Argonne Thornton - p
Fred Lacey - g
Rodney Richardson - b
Lyndell Marshall - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; February 18, 1947
[# 17 & 18]
Same as [# 5 & 6], except
Vic Dickenson - tb, is added [# 8]
Same place & date as [# 5 & 6]
[# 19-20, 23 & 24]
Same as [# 13-16]
Shorty McConnell - tp [# 20 & 23]
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois ; October 1946

24 comments:

Chesco said...

Thank you very much Mel. You're the best. Fantastic, wonderful, timeless music. Thanks from my heart.
This post is another gem that you give us more. Thanks for sharing Mel.
Greetings from Spain. Chesco.

francisco santos said...

all good things must end !....
BIG THX !....

bruger said...

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Melanchthon said...

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lucky5 said...

Many thanks, Mel!

moha said...

Thank you Mel for your great work. Fantastic collection

deGallo said...

Marvelous!!

jazzing said...

Bechet, Bechet, Bechet , , , Bechet.
Thanks Mel from Uruguay, South America
Jazzing

hepcat said...

Mel, many thanks for all four parts. Very enjoyable.

Steven said...

you are just tremendous.
very much appreciated.
thank you.

zero said...

Fantastic to hear all this fabulous music from the Vogue vantage point. Thank you very much.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot.

furnguy said...

thnks

Jose Braga said...

Many tks Mel

Greetings from Brazil.

Otis Foster said...

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bho wani said...

Mel ! You've accomplished a huge work ! Endless and warmest thanks to you !!

kristophermc28 said...

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Jazzsoulman said...

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jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for this great share, Mel!

GreyBeard47 said...

Hard to find — easy to enjoy.
Thanks, Mel. The oldies are always welcome here.

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jm said...

Melanchton, your generosity (and acuity) is so great that some days I spend more time enjoying your new gifts to me (and enjoying that I am not the only one to be receiving those gifts) than I do with my close-to-home friends! Thank you for the nth time, and, I hope and imagine, not the last time.

hcb said...

Brilliant! Thanks, as always, sir.

Kovina Kris said...

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