R.I.P. Master Trumpeter, Jazz Improvisor, Ellingtonian & Inspiring Educator CLARK TERRY (1920-2015)

Clark Terry & Thelonious Monk: "IN ORBIT" (1958)

Clark Terry & Thelonious Monk: “IN ORBIT” (1958)

This is a sad day for mankind because one of our greatest musical artists, and at the same time one of the kindest men on earth left the planet:

Mr. Clark Terry, * December 14, 1920, ✝ February 21, 2015.

He had the perfect trumpet approach, probably the best embouchure of all brass men.

He could play the fastest lines without showing any signs of effort, or that it was hard work what he did with the trumpet. And believe me: It was!

When I met him in Bonn, Germany, ’round 13 years ago, I brought along the pictured album, and he exclaimed: “Oh, they reissued it as a Monk record!” — It’s been actually a Terry record, Monk was only sideman, and therefore all originals but one are by Clark Terry (feel free to click on the pictured album): “Let’s Cool One”.

Clark Terry was cool, he was hip, and he was funny, all assets one would need to survive in this crazy world. — There are numerous videos at JazzTube, substantiating this claim:

Clark Terry Video Search (if anyone has problems with this link, please do it yourself ;)).

I don’t want to talk too much, because you will find everything else about Clark Terry on the mad, wild internet; there will be loads of obituaries at many jazz blogs, but none of them will post this playlist, featuring an accidental compilation with some of the greatest jazz trumpet sounds ever.

— As for Clark Terry’s position in the jazz league:

The man participated in more than 900 albums. ‘Nuff said, let’s play some music :)








— Please allow me an own quote: 

Dear Clark Terry — You gave us so much joy, and (not only trumpet) goals to go for. Without you, the world would be a very sad place.

You said something in one of Bret Primack’s documentaries which I will never forget. It has nothing to do with music. It’s a wise advice to all of us; and we would be inhuman fools, not to follow it:

“Be good to yourself, and try to be good to others. Particularly kids.”

Clark Terry - autograph



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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 2015

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 Men

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 (?)
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.

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


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 2015) 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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ROY ELDRIDGE & GENE KRUPA – “SAINT LOUIS BLUES” – Two exciting takes from December 1942


GeneKrupa_1942-1943_Fanfare_aYou don’t wanna know how those two tracks sounded before I laid my hands on them and erased the umpteen clicks, pops, blops, and last but not least before I corrected their pitches.

As far as I know – and believe me, I do! – the “SAINT LOUIS BLUES” is in G. In its initial form, as composer William Christopher Handy intended it to begin, this blues got a prefix in g-minor: A tango rhythm sets the mood.

Hear the original “SAINT LOUIS BLUES”, as recorded by its composer W. C. Handy & His Orchestra in 1923.

No tango *here*. Just two neckbreaking, super-speedy swing rides by the most exuberant, the most expressive, the most passionate trumpeter & vocalist of the swing era, by Mr. “Little Jazz” Roy Eldridge.

He invented this only-trumpet-bass ‘n’ drums thing, and named it “strolling”. Aha! I wonder how it was going for a car ride with Roy ;)

Once again: I wished I was there. You will too.

Enjoy it!

— Personnel, locations & dates:

Roy Eldridge (tp, vcl) Mickey Mangano, Norman Murphy, Al Beck (tp) Greg Phillips (tb) Tommy Pederson (tb, arr) Babe Wagner (tb) Wilbur Schwartz (cl, as) Ben Feman (as) Jimmy Migliori, Don Brassfield (ts) Rex Kittig (bar) Joe Springer (p) Teddy Walters (g) Ed Mihelich (b) Gene Krupa (d) Leroy Elton Hill (arr).

#1: Radio broadcast, “Hollywood Palladium”, Los Angeles, December 20, 1942 (on Fanfare LP44-144).

#2, filed under “I’D RATHER SLEEP IN A HOLLOW LOG”: Broadcast, “Spotlight Bands”, March Field, CA, December 25, 1942 (on Fanfare LP 10-110).

P.S. — I’m not sure who was on tenor. It could as well have been Charlie Ventura (introduced by one announcer on several broadcasts as “Venturo”), but he officially joined the Gene Krupa Orchestra a few weeks later, ’round January 9, 1943.

Well, I’m certain it ain’t Caruso ;)Little-Jazz_Roy-Eldridge_1940-s

“Thanks a swingin’ load, Little Jazz!”

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More “Little Jazz” ROY ELDRIDGE with GENE KRUPA & HIS ORCHESTRA – “ROCKIN’ CHAIR” – Restored Air Check from October 1941

GeneKrupa_AirChecks_1938-1942_aNow, there are two complete ‘live’ renditions of Roy Eldridge’s famous trumpet flight on “ROCKIN’ CHAIR” on the, err, “market”.

The initial performance has been recorded off the air on June 7, 1941 and got subsequently released by the “Merritt Record Society”, then rereleased on the Swedish “PHONTASTIC” label.

This track however has been privately grabbed off the air by a jazz fan on October 3, 1941, a ‘live’ broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium, and there are two major skips and some other minor distortions on the original track, released on “Fanfare” (see pictured album).

— Blog owner’s sarcasm: Oh yeah, one of those “you’ll-never-know-how-it’s-gonna-sound” Fanfare LP’s, #10-110, entitled “Gene Krupa – Featuring Roy Eldridge & Anita O’Day – Air Checks 1938 through 1942”.

Since Roy played similar phrases at those particular spots, I simply had to insert the missing beats/ bars by copying & pasting them from the earlier performance.


P.S. — Roy’s breathtaking rendition of “SAINT LOUIS BLUES” from the very same album will follow soon. — And so: Stay tuned for more!RoyEldridge_Colorized

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“AN IDENTIFYING JOHNNY HODGES MEDLEY”, said the Duke of Ellington at Carnegie Hall, on December 27, 1947

DukeEllington_CarnegieHall_1947_aThe experts among you will immediately think: ‘Why, for heaven’s sake, did Brew take this medley as the first sound example from the very concert where the Duke and his men performed “LIBERIAN SUITE” for the very first time?’

Well, dear readers, I have three quite simple reasons, that’s why.

1st of all: Those seven minutes of beautiful altosaxophone “beyond categories” alone would justify the posting of this track.

2nd: The first title of this medley is “WANDERLUST” (initially recorded by a small group ’round Mr. Hodges in 1938, then performed on the soprano sax), which is originally German; it means something like “itchy feet”, “desire to wander”, or “the travel bug”.Johnny_Hodges_and_Al_Sears,_Aquarium,_New_York,,_ca._Nov._1946_(William_P._Gottlieb_04191)

And so, I’m quite proud that a black American jazz musician expressed his nostalgic emotions by borrowing a German word, and that only two years after the war.

The 3rd reason is, that this medley sounds still fresh today, and it must have inspired the Duke who shouted a 2nd of two clearly audible “Yeah’s!” after an especially tricky phrase by the master saxophonist Johnny “The Rabbit” Hodges.

As I said at JazzTube already: Go for the vinyl, and try to get as many of those wonderful mid-to-end-1940’s Carnegie Hall Concerts by Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra. They are loaded with outstanding Ellingtonian music, and the sound was – as you can hear – mostly pretty well recorded.

A Johnny Hodges Medley: “Wanderlust”/ “Junior Hop”/ “Jeep’s Blues”/ “Jeep’s Jumpin'”/ “Squatty Roo”/ “The Mood To Be Wooed” – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, featuring Johnny Hodges on altosax, Carnegie Hall, NYC, December 27, 1947.

And now, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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LET’s START THE YEAR WITH SOME GREAT BIG JAZZ BY … ‘Little Jazz’ Roy Eldridge (1911-1989) — (Some Links added, 01-10-2015)

RoyEldridge_1937This is what I sent to a couple of friends and to my trumpet students: “Bruno’s New Year’s Compilation”, featuring ‘Little Jazz’ Roy Eldridge with Gene Krupa & His Orchestra, Anita O’Day, and some more obscure tracks with Roy as sideman from 1936 to 1950:

Roy ‘Little Jazz’ Eldridge with Gene Krupa – Studio & ‘Live’ Recordings – 1936-1942

Gene Krupa’s Swing Band:BennyGoodman_TheComplete_Vol_2

Gene Krupa (d) Roy Eldridge (tp) Benny Goodman (cl) Chu Berry (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Allen Reuss (g) Israel Crosby (b) Helen Ward (voc) – Chicago, February 29, 1936

01 I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music
02 Mutiny In The Parlor (Helen Ward, voc)
03 I’m Gonna Clap My Hands (Helen Ward, voc)
03 Swing Is Here


GeneKrupa_DrumminMan_CBS-Box_frontGene Krupa & His Orchestra:

04 Let Me Off Uptown (Anita O’Day & Roy Eldridge, voc; alternate)
05 Let Me Off Uptown (Anita O’Day & Roy Eldridge, voc; master) – New York, May 8, 1941
06 Kick It (Anita O’Day, voc; studio) – New York, June 5, 1941
07 Rockin’ Chair (‘Live’)RoyEldridge_TheKrupaYears_1941-1942_SIdeman-1940_a
08 Kick It (‘Live’) – June 7, 1941
09 Tunin’ Up (Studio; original shellack)
RoyEldridge_EarlyYears_CBS_a10 Rockin’ Chair (Studio; alternate)
11 Rockin’ Chair (Studio; master) – New York, July 2, 1941
12 Tunin’ Up (‘Live’)
13 Let Me Off Uptown (Anita O’Day & Roy Eldridge, voc; ‘live’) – September 17, 1941

14 Thanks For The Boogie Ride (Anita O’Day, voc) – January 17, 1942
15 12th Street Rag
16 One O’Clock Jump (‘Live’) – March 18, 1942Little-Jazz_Roy-Eldridge_1940-s
17 Embraceable You (Roy Eldridge, tp) – March 20, 1942
18 Drum Boogie (Anita O’Day, voc; spliced_’live’) – Part 1, unknown date; part 2, August 24, 1942

Roy ‘Little Jazz’ Eldridge – Miscellaneous Tracks – Sideman Years

FreddieRich_Bandleader_1898-1956Freddie Rich & His Orchestra

01 ‘Till We Meet Again
02 A House With A Little Red Barn (Rosemary Calvin, voc)
03 I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
04 How High The Moon (Rosemary Calvin, voc) – Benny Carter (as & arr); NYC, February 14, 1940


GeneKrupa_AnitaODay_1942Gene Krupa & His Orchestra:

05 Starburst (Theme) into Tunin’ Up
06 Alreet (Anita O’Day, voc)
07 Ball Of Fire (‘Live’) – NYC, Spring 1941
08 After You’ve Gone (Alternate)
09 After You’ve Gone (Master) – NYC, June 5, 1941

10 Gary Cooper Is Searching For Slang And Is Finding ‘The Drum- & The Match-Boogie’ Instead (Martha Tilton, voc; from the screwball comedy “Ball Of Fire”, 1941) – Hollywood, Autumn 1941

11 Skylark (Anita O’Day, voc)
12 Bolero At The Savoy (Anita O’Day, voc)
13 Thanks For The Boogie Ride (Anita O’Day, voc) – New York, November 25, 1941RoyEldridge_bw

14 Ball Of Fire (Alternate)
15 Ball Of Fire (Master) – New York, December 29, 1941

Boyd Raeburn & His Orchestra:

16 A Night In Tunisia (Roy Eldridge, tp; Tommy Pederson, tb) – Radio transcription “Hotel Lincoln”, New York, March 27 & April 3, 1944
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RoyEldridge_ReadsBenny Goodman & His Orchestra:

17 Darktown Strutter’s Ball (1944-version; ‘live’)

Gene Krupa & His Orchestra:

18 After You’ve Gone (‘Live’-1949) ->>>—> JazzTube-Link


King David & His Little Jazz:

Roy Eldridge (tp) Benny Vasseur (tb) Albert Ferreri (ts) William Boucaya (bars) Raymond Fol (p) Barney Spieler (b) Robert Barnet (d).

19 I Remember Harlem – Paris, October 28, 1950RoyEldridge_TheManyFacesOfJazz-Vol-9_a

Now, why did I compile all those recordings in this manner? The nucleus, so to speak, is this one LP: “Roy Eldridge – The Krupa Years 1941-42 – Sideman 1940”. I always loved it, but I – as you meanwhile know me – hated it at the same time.

It’s because its careless structure: A wild mix of dates, many tunes are off-pitch, and the last four tracks seem to serve as a filler to make the LP a bit longer.

The first thing was to bring the Eldridge-Krupa tracks in chronological order. Then I corrected the pitches and smoothened the spliced tunes a little (no cuts of course, but correcting pitch-changes in between them).Tunin' Up

Then I added the wonderful session with the 1936-tracks, and the studio versions (they are on the great twofer “Drummin’ Man”), together with alternates from another CBS twofer (Roy Eldridge – The Early Years), and voilà:

— The 1st album was complete :)

BennyCarter_1940The 2nd album starts with the four 1940-studio tracks by the Freddie Rich Orchestra, the girl-vocalist, Miss Rosemary Calvin (she sang with Vaughn Monroe), a quite restrained sounding Roy, and Benny Carter who penned some of the arrangements. This was obviously just a routine gig for the two, and they are strictly improvising, err, by the book.


Roy & Gene %22Tunin' Up%22The next three tracks are with the Krupa Gang, with Anita, and a weirdly (loaded?) sounding “Little Jazz” (if he was soloing at “Fire Ball” at all?). — Then some of the great hits, and a couple of tracks with Roy, messing up both, the 1944-Goodman-aggregation, and the 1949-Krupa bop-band.

The most obscure track is the probably first recorded version of “A Night In Tunisia” while Roy was meeting Raeburn.

— By the way: The scene from “Fire Ball”, when Miss Stanwyck is entering the stage for the 2nd time, and Roy’s missing in the trumpet section, has been described as a racial thing. — I think it’s not that easy to tell.


If you’d listen closely at “Match-Boogie”, you will hear guitar, bass & a muted trumpet … guess who’s *NOT* missing? — I think, Roy either went to the toilet, or he just was directed towards the table for preparing the “Match-Boogie” scene. — OK, we don’t see him; but he’s audible. — The “official” reason why we don’t see him? They told him he was too tall, and so he had to stay in the background … Aha! And Mr. Cooper (6′ 3″/ 1,91 m) was obviously too small ;)

It’s a pity that there are not too many live-recordings with the 1941-42 Krupa band; but the few tracks are full of joy, swing, and jazzy creativity: A very explosive bandleader and his top brass man at their peaks. — Wow!GeneKrupa_bw

The last track on the 2nd album, “I REMEMBER HARLEM”, is telling us the tale of a little black jazz trumpeter who made it big time, but who was struggling for justice during his whole life.

We all know the stories about a crying Roy Eldridge in Gene’s brass section after racist hotel managers had told him to use the backstage door for getting on the band stand, despite his protest that he would be on the poster at the main entrance.

— Hey, that’s all over, he made it anyway, and that victoriously!


P.S. — Although this is mainly a text-post, I will nevertheless add some links to music & videos later on. — Stay tuned!
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BREW wishes ALL of YOU a HAPPY JIVE into & through TWO-ZERO-ONE-FIVE !!!

P.S. — Here’s the original “WALLER JIVE”/ “HALLELUJAH” medley by Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, and without any brassy, err, “enhancements” by yours truly:

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