Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Graas's Jazz Studio 5/6 [The John Graas Project #3]

Although Lonehill Jazz issued this CD reissue compilation of Jazz Studio, Vol. 5 and Jazz Studio, Vol. 6 as the third volume of their John Graas series, be aware that the late French horn player does not appear on either of these sessions. The first five tracks feature an orchestra led and arranged by pianist Ralph Burns. Unlike some dates in the series which feature long blowing sessions, Burns puts a lot more emphasis on ensemble work, though there is time allocated for solos. The leader's "Cool Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is not overly complex but swings nicely, while the richly textured treatment of "I'll Be Around" features trumpeter Joe Newman. His unusual scoring of "Royal Garden Blues" updates the old warhorse into a bop setting and has an unusual exchange between Herbie Mann (on piccolo) and Bill Barber (tuba). The remainder of the disc comes from Jazz Studio, Vol. 6, a series of sessions jointly led by French horn player David Amram (who doubles on tuba and piano) and tenor saxophonist George Barrow, with bassist Arthur Phipps and drummer Al Harewood rounding out the quartet. The blend of tenor sax and French horn make for a lush introduction to "Darn That Dream," with Amram immediately switching to piano afterward. Amram's adaptation of the old folk song "Shenandoah" is another memorable track, while the bassist contributed the snappy bop vehicle "Phipps Quipps." Both of these Decca albums were unavailable for decades, but this CD compilation is well worth acquiring.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/jazz-studio-vols-5-6-complete-sessions-mw0000187369

Ralph Burns 
David Amram 
Jazz Studio
vols. 5-6
[The John Graas Project #3]


1 Cool Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Burns)  5:13
2 What Am I Here For ? (Ellington)  5:55
3 Jazz Club U.S.A. (Feather)  5:18
4 I'll Be Around (Wilder)  4:28
5 Royal Garden Blues (Williams, Williams)  7:21
6 Nocturne (Burns)  3:21
7 South Gonzales Street Parade (Burns)  5:31
8 The Best Thing for You (Berlin)  3:07
9 Darn That Dream (VanHeusen, DeLange)  3:40
10 Someday Morning Will Come (Amram, Karper)  3:40
11 I Let a Song Go out of My Heart (Mills, Ellington, Nemo, Redmond)  3:16
12 City Talk (Amram)  2:58
13 Lobo Nocho (Amram)  3:53
14 Shenandoah (Amram)  3:49
15 I Love You (Amram)  2:59
16 Somewhere Along the Way (Adams, Gallop)  2:48
17 Phipps Quipps (Phipps)  2:48


[#1 & 7] Ralph Burns & His Orchestra - Jazz Studio 5 (DL 8235)

Joe Newman - tp
Billy Byers - tb
Jim Buffington - frhrn
Bill Barber - tb
Dave Schildkraut - as
Herbie Mann - ts, fl, alt fl & pic
Danny Bank - bs & cl
Ralph Burns - p
Milt Hinton - b
Osie Johnson - dr

Recorded in New York ; September 29, [# 1-3] ; & October 6, [# 4-7] 1955.
[#8-17] The Amram-Barrow Quartet - Jazz Studio 6 "The Eastern Scene"
David Amram - frhrn, tb & p
George Barrow - ts
Arthur Phipps - b
Al Harewood - dr
Recorded in New York ; January 16 [# 9-11 & 13] ; january 21 [# 8, 12 & 17] ; & January 30, [# 14-16] 1957.


Orbyt said...

Love your John Graas posts. Big thanks, Mel.

BTW, there's a good review of Jazz Studio 1/2 at AllAboutJazz.com here.

Kneigh said...

So many thanx for finally getting my Graas in order, Melanchthon!! I've had parts of his collections, but it seems they were in total disarray. Now, thanx to you, all is correct, and the sound is great!!

Melanchthon said...

[booklet 5]

Melanchthon said...

Thank you Orbit...

Otis Foster said...

Fills some gaps in my library. TAA melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks again and again.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, manuy thanks, Melanchthon.

Newlyner said...

Many thanks Mel. Great post.

grumpy said...

Many thanks Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Anonymous said...

Ralph Burns lives!

GiancarloB said...

many many thanks, great music

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks Nel !

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel. Estas sesiones de John Graas Project son fantásticas.

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Kovina Kris said...

These Jazz Studio posts are great!

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Olde Edo said...

Where else on the Net can one find this esoteric but tasty stuff! Thank you Mel!

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