Since (almost!) absolutely nothing will change, a re-re-re-repost: FOR SOME REASON MOSTLY ALL BUT *NOT* IN THE KEY OF ‘C’ a.k.a. COLOGNE CARNIVAL 2017

Oh yeah! — That’s all (as last year!) still very, very, I mean: Absolutely kinda like super-duuper-funny.

It’s actually just laughably-ridiculously deeelightful. …LOLL.

And so: Enjoy once again!

CARNIVALESQUE BLUES & JAZZ FOLKS

1. While We Danced At The Mardi GrasDick Robertson & His Orchestra (1937)
2. Carnival In CarolineJerry Kruger with Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters (1938)
3. At The Clambake CarnivalCab Calloway & His Orchestra (1938)
4. Carnival Of VeniceHorace Heidt’s Musical Knights (1939)
5. Mardi Gras MadnessBarney Bigard, Rex Stewart, Jimmy Blanton & The Duke Of Ellington (1940)
6. Mardi Gras BoogieJoe Turner (1949)
7. CarnivalArtie Shaw & His Orchestra (1942)
8. The Carnival Of VeniceHarry James & His Orchestra (1941)

I have substituted the crappy commercial mp3 of Mardi Gras Madness withHarryJames_Circle_LP_1941_a the much better sounding digitalized LP-track from my collection; and there is now a #8 on that playlist, namely Harry James’s The Carnival Of Venice from 1941, which is in my humble opinion definitely the best of all Venetian Carnivals he ever recorded, be it ‘live’ or in the studio. – Blog owner’s update: Since I updated all links and couldn’t find this particular version, I’ve posted the well known commercial recording.

I once had it on an old LP with a lot of reverb added. — Now, you have the chance to listen once again to this ultra-rare rendition, freshly transferred last night for your listening pleasure,

By yours truly,
Brewnival Lightissimus

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Jerry Kruger, 1938

Folks, that’s Cootie with the Duke (*not* on that picture! – That’s Rex Stewart), and the wonderful Jerry Kruger who are celebrating their happy Carnival In C. Harry Carney blows it deeply too 😉

Okay, there are also some MG’s, namely the various Mardi Gras happenings, dancing, boogieing, and clambakeing for all our listening pleasure.

Barney Bigard, Rex Stewart, Jimmy Blanton & The Duke of Ellington (who are all jumpin’ in Mardi Gras Madness) have been extra purchased again by yours truly for this glorious occasion (it’s in the key of D-flat by the Dukish way!).

‘Hot Lips’ Page is plunging Artie’s carnival party in a kind that the syrupy strings are quickly forgotten, aren’t they?

Cheers, will say: Kölle (still in 2017) am Arsch!

The below is the Bruno-Leicht-quadruple-feature, meaning:

I’m (forever!) all 4 U, 4 da bloose, 4 da blue, 4 da bloozy-boozy-brewzy blues 😉

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Bruno Leicht spielt: Wassermusik – Darm-Alarm & Miss K.-ATTYA, My Dearest – Cologne, September 18, 2016

Bruno Leicht spielt eine “Freeprovisation” in drei Teilen:

— I. WASSERMUSIK
— II. DARM-ALARM
— III. MISS K.-ATTYA, MY DEAREST

Ort & Zeit: Darmmodell der Felix-Burda-Stiftung vor dem Kölner Schokoladenmuseum am 18. September 2016.

Idee & Konzeption: Cornel Wachter, Köln.
Rohmaterial von Videoproduktion: Lennart Kremser, Köln.
Trompete: Bruno Leicht, Bay-In-Valley.

Cornel Wachter
Lennart Kremser
Lennart Kremser @YouTube
Bruno Leicht – Webpage

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BREW BAKER’s HOLIDAY THREE – ‘Live’ @Nunk Music – June 4, 2016

Here’s to you, KD, my love B0C

Cheers!

“THE TRANSLUCENT BLOOZE OF THE RUSSIAN MUSE” by Bruno Leicht (trumpet & composition) & Band:

“MISS K.-ATTYA, MY DEAREST” by Bruno Leicht (trumpet & composition) & Band:

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Belated Happy 100th Birthday, Harry James!

You’re a great inspiration, nevertheless, you made many of us trumpeters sound like amateurs. There was never, and there will never be another you.

Although your label Columbia treated your enormous and hit-loaded recorded output between 1938 & 1954 like shit when they subsequently reissued only a handful of your works (electronic echo included!), you just went straight to Capitol, did a whole lot of fantastic albums and made them CBS-folks cry.

They didn’t deserve anything else, the poor sods.

Harry James: You were unique, one of a kind, a hell of a trumpeter.

Long live your great sounds!

Thanks for your wonderful jazz, and your lovely schmaltz too.

LIFE GOES TO A PARTY – Harry James, Buck Clayton (tp) Eddie Durham (tb) Earl Warren (as) Jack Washington (as, bar) Herschel Evans (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) – 1937

SING, SING, SING – Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Gordon Griffin (tp) Red Ballard, Vernon Brown (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig (as) Arthur Rollini, Babe Russin (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Allen Reuss (g) Harry Goodman (b) Gene Krupa (d) – Carnegie Hall, NYC, January 16, 1938

ROLL ‘EM PETE – Harry James And The Boogie Woogie Trio: Harry James (tp) Pete Johnson (p) Johnny Williams (b) Eddie Dougherty (d) – December 30, 1938

To be continued … got some teaching to do in a minute 😉

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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS with Judy, Whitney & Ol’ Blue Eyes, with Nat, Bird & Bill & with Long Tall Dexter

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BREW LITE’s 4 BLUE YULE-ITES — A SWINGIN’ CHRISTMAS @THE RECORD STORE

Kommet zuhauf!

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— Before that, get inspired by the Gene Ammons/ Tom Archia Quintet and their ultimate Christmas tenorsax battle on “SWINGIN’ FOR XMAS” a.k.a. “JAMMIN’ FOR SANTA”.

Gene Ammons, Tom Archia (ts) Christine Chatman (p) Leroy Jackson (b) Wesley Landers (d) – October 12, 1948

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Bebop trumpeter HOWARD McGHEE: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”

Trumpeter Howard McGhee, among young jazz adepts unjustly almost forgotten today, was a reliable man if you’re following his steadily flowing recorded output between 1942 & 1948, which were the heydays of the bebop era.

And ‘Maggie’, so his nickname in musicians’ circles, was in the middle of it all.

He was not phrasing as “mathematically” like his great successor and friend Theodore ‘Fats’ Navarro, or the next in the line, Clifford Brown, affectionately called ‘Brownie’ by his friends and fans, but he could express his ideas as fast, and as eloquently as the two other trumpet geniuses. For me, he is the stylistic link between Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie, rooting deeper in the swing tradition than Fats & Brownie who were straight ahead boppers quasi from the start.

Here is one of his earliest solo features, and since he was also a distinguished composer, he is performing his own tune “McGhee Special” with Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy, recorded in NYC on July 14, 1942. — This is a brilliant ride, starting in F, then modulating to D-flat for even more furiously swingin’ trumpet fireworks:

This very modulation is the same like at Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump” and its rip-off “Two O’Clock Jump” by Harry James, and it may be that the latter’s artistic trumpet acrobatics made a big impact on young Howard McGhee who has the same vibrato like Harry when he finishes his phrases.

As for the title of this short entry (you will find quite a lot of information about ‘Maggie’ on the internet), it’s important to know that the trumpeter was one of the first who had a regular gig in a white big band, namely that of Charlie Barnet.

As far as I know are there no recordings, featuring the boppin’ bugler with Barnet, but this story I’ve found by chance, should tell you enough about the problems, that brave black American brass men like ‘Little Jazz’ Roy Eldridge (Gene Krupa & Artie Shaw), Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page (Artie Shaw), Charlie Shavers (Tommy Dorsey) & Herbert Lee “Peanuts” Holland (‘Maggie’s’ predecessor in Charlie Barnet’s orchestra) had to face when it came to hotel reservations, entering ballrooms via the main entrance, or being served in restaurants:

Trumpeter Howard McGhee’s Endless Journey into the Worcester Night by Chet Williamson.

‘Maggie’ participated in two legendary recording sessions with Charlie Parker, one with a disastrous interlude (and a triumphant finish for McGhee), and the other, featuring some of the most concentrated and creative works I’ve ever heard by any jazz group.

Most of you may know the tragic version of “Lover Man”, performed by Charlie Parker when he was in very bad shape, but not many are aware of the two outstanding numbers, recorded by Howard McGhee on the same date with the same band, after Bird was gone: “Trumpet At Tempo” (“Indiana”) & “Thermodynamics” (a.k.a. “Trumpet In Spades” by Duke Ellington). This happened in Hollywood, on July 29, 1946.

The outcome of the 2nd date on February 26, 1947 was more than just satisfactory, it was an absolute highlight in the careers of all participants: Charlie Parker (who contributed two brand new compositions, the utterly complicated blues in C-major, “Relaxin’ At Camarillo”, and the lesser known, easier blues in E-flat, “Carvin’ The Bird”), Wardell Gray, alongside Dexter Gordon the first boppin’ tenor man, Howard McGhee, who penned “Cheers” and “Stupendous”, pianist Dodo Marmarosa, who comprovised the ultra-modern intro to “Relaxin’ At Camarillo” on the spot (it sounds actually 10 years ahead of its time), the imaginative Barney Kessel on guitar, bassist Red Callender & Don Lamond on drums.

Here come the master takes of “Relaxin’ At Camarillo”, “Cheers”, “Carvin’ The Bird” & “Stupendous”, and a couple of more tracks in a row:

Our today’s hero, Mr. Howard McGhee, may have the last word. The track stems from one of his later recordings, “Maggie’s Back In Town”, a through and through lovely LP, containing solid, slightly modalized bebop sounds by a wiser Howard McGhee in his best years.

Howard McGhee (tp) Phineas Newborn, Jr. (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d) – Contemporary Records, Los Angeles, CA June 26, 1961.

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