DISCOGRAPHY  PART 4
 
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SUPRAPHON SV 9005

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SUPRAPHON SUK 35628
Echoes From The Prague Jazz Festival 1964 / Various Artists
recorded: October 1964 live in Prague, #B3,4 recorded at the Supraphon Studio
issues: 1964 SUPRAPHON ST 55633 (Czech) ; 1964 or `65 SUPRAPHON SUA 15633; 1965 LP SUPRAPHON SV 9005 (CSSR 1st stereo original, red/silver label, FLC)

also released as: Ozveny Jazzoveho Festivalu Praha 1964 SUPRAPHON DV 10166 ; Czechoslovakian Jazz / Various Artists SUPRAPHON SV 9005
#A1 & #B1 also on Baby Douglas And His Negro Jazz In Europe,
1965 EP SUPRAPHON SUK 35628 (CSSR) (mono)

DONALD "BABY" DOUGLAS (voc #A1, B3); "DR. BLUES" CANDY GREEN (voc #B1?,4; p); BENNY BAILEY (tp #B2); ZDENEK PULEC (tb #B4); LEO WRIGHT (as #A2, B4) or (as #A2, B1-4; fl #A2) ? ; KENNY DREW (p #A3); ANDRÉ CONDOUANT (g #A4); ROLAND HAYNES (b); FRED BRACEFUL (dr); PRAGUE DIXIELAND BAND /w K. KRAUTGARTNER (#B3,4); BABY DOUGLAS & THE BLACK JAZZ IN EUROPE (#A1-4,B1,2)


Side A
  1. Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So
  2. Dobbing The Red Fox
  3. Yesterdays
  4. Sonny Moon For Two

Side B
  1. My Blues
  2. I Can´t Get Started
  3. Ain´t Misbehavin´
  4. Blues For Festival

(Charles)
(Moody)
(Kern)
(Sonny Rollins)


(Green)
(Gershwin)
(Waller/Razaf)
(Camrda)

Note: Leo Wright is falsly noted as Leon Wrighte
Original liner notes    
Towards the end of October 1964, the first International Jazz Festival took place in Prague. A number of the foremost European ensembles and soloists participated. The United States, the cradle of Jazz, was represented by a group of Afro-American soloists who live at present in Europe and whom the singer Donald "Baby" Douglas organized into a group for the express purpose of participating at the Festival. Douglas, who is 27, comes from LA and is at present studying the piano and cello at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He is the vocalist of the well-known Swedish Jazz Orchestra headed by Putte Wickman, with whom he visited Czechoslovakia in 1963. It was then that he promised to revisit Prague in the company of a group of eminent Afro-American Jazz soloists, and he fulfilled that promise on the occasion of the Jazz Festival Praha 1964. Leo Wright, an alto-saxophonist and flutist who came to Prague from West-Berlin (where he played in a nightclub), was really the star of this ad hoc group and its virtual leader. Wright was born in Texas in 1933 and so far has played in several leading orchestras including those of Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie. His perfect phrasing and easy fluency of playing won him a multitude of admirers during his stay in Czechoslovakia. Wright is the soloist (flute) in James Moody´s composition 'Dobbing The Red Fox'. The second member of the melody section was Benny Bailey, the 40-year-old trumpeter from Cleveland/Ohio, who is at present a member of the Munich Radio Orchestra. Bailey has been a professional performer for 24 years and has been with such Jazz men as Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones and Harold Arnold in Sweden.   He proves his extraordinary art in Gershwin´s 'I Can´t Get Started'. Kenny Drew, one of the most distinguished personalities in contemporary Jazz, was the pianist of the group. He has played with Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and other soloists. Born in New York in 1928, he came to Prague from Copenhagen where he was playing at the time of the festival. Kenny Drew´s playing is not spectacular but his well-thought-out accompaniments are highly functional. He is heard as a soloist in Kern´s song 'Yesterdays'. Other members of the rhythm group included André Condouant (guitar) from Martinique [actually he is from Guadeloupe !], a former partner, in Paris, of the organist Lou Bennett, the young Parisian bassist Roland Haynes and Fred Braceful, the drummer, who lives in the German Federal Republic. Singers Baby Douglas and "Dr. Blues" Candy Green each contributed a song to the programme: Douglas sang Charlie´s foxtrot 'Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So' and Candy Green, who also plays the piano, 'Mr. Blues'. Since all the members of this ad hoc group live in different European cities and met in Prague for the first time just before the opening of the festival, they did not include in their programme any very complicated arrangements but concentrated instead on individual solo performances. Two pieces, however, were recorded by Baby Douglas and Leo Wright accompanied by the leading Prague amateur ensemble, the Prague Dixieland Band. These recordiings, made in the Supraphon studio, will certainly be a welcome addition to the record library of any lover of good Jazz.  
       
 
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Dr. Camrda and his Prague Dixieland Band
recorded: #B2,5 in October 1964 at the Supraphon Studio, Prague
issues: 1965 SUPRAPHON SUA 55649 (Czech)
#B2,5 from: Echoes From The Prague Jazz Festival 1964 SUPRAPHON ST 55633 ; 1964 or `65 SUPRAPHON SUA 15633

PRAGUE DIXIELAND BAND: ZDENEK CAMRDA (p, dir.); KERAL DANDA (cor); FRANTISEK KUNC (tb); ZDENEK MAYER (ss); LUDVIK SVAB (g); VLADIMIR SORM (b); MILAN MADER (dr); guests: ZDENEK PULEC (tb #B2); LEO WRIGHT (as #B2); DONALD "BABY" DOUGLAS (voc #B5)


Side A
  1. Bourbon Street Parade
  2. In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
  3. Sweet Georgia Brown
  4. Hesitating Blues
  5. Maple Leaf Rag
  6. If I Could Be With You

Side B
  1. Czech Music
  2. Blues For Festival
  3. Hiawatha
  4. Tin Roof Blues
  5. Ain´t Misbehavin'
  6. Radetzky March

(Traditional)
(Williams/van Alstyne)
(Bernie/Pinkard)
(Handy)
(Joplin)
(Johnson)


(Kmoch)
(Camrda)
(Traditional)
(Rappolo/Mares/Brunies)
(Waller/Razaf)
(Strauss)
Original liner notes:    
The Prague Jazz Doctors
Jazz has never been only music - it is also an attitude to life, it is a fate and a philosophy. Since its start in 1950 the Prague Dixieland Jazz Band has known both fet years and lean, but it has never given up the music it believes in, even when urged to do so. As if to prove that faithfulness will not unrewarded go, after ten years of its existence the doors of Europe were thrown open, and the "Prague Jazz Doctors" have been heard in both East and West Germany, in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Poland and Belgium. At home they have played in a number of stage shows, films on TV and radio programs, and they have made quite a number of records. I should say they don't play dixieland but rather the PRINCIPLE of dixieland. While almost a century ago the Creoles of New Orleans appropriated various European and American musical elements forging a new musical idiom out of them on the basis of an African tradition, the Prague Dixieland is in fact doing something very similar; adding swing reminiscences to the legacy of dixieland and ragtime, organically linking Negro rhythms with the sound of Czech brass bands. This has given rise to a highly individual jazz genre in which however one feels quite unmistakably the throbbing pulse of a music which has known how to cross not only the frontiers of genre but also the frontiers of continents, race and nations. The members of the band are all amateurs - four of them really are doctors: Zdenek Camrda is a stomatologist, a bandleader and composer, an expert
 
on Bohemian Baroque organ music, and a pianist whose accurate, crystallic playing is at times reminiscent of the sophisticated simplicity of Count Basie (Tin Roof Blues), at others of the barrelhouse piano tradition (Maple Leaf Rag); biologist Frantisek Kunc is a trombonist with a range from a strident dirty tone (Tin Roof Blues) to the velvet-like tones of the swing era (If I Could Be With You); guitarist Ludvik Svab is a psychiatrist by profession and an almost legendary figure in Czech jazz (during the war he published an illegal jazz magazine called O.K.); his dreamy solos have something of the quality of modern chamber music; bassist Vladimir Sorm is a doctor of law and one of Czechoslovakia's jazz veterans, yet his style of playing is extremely modern. The other members are Zdenek Mayer, especially admirable for his soprano sax, the sweet tone of which reminds of the atmosphere evoked by old Chicago records; drummer Milan Mader and, last but not lesst, Karel Danda, a graphic artist and highly accomplished cornet player, every inch a jazzman and the perfect leader of the melodious frontline; his clear and I might almost say thoughtful solos would do credit to any band. The Prague Dixieland is a band after my own heart. I´m convinced it will be equally appreciated by lovers of jazz everywhere in the worid. It doesn´t play for one country alone, for just one season, nor does it play for the professional musicologist. It plays for those whom jazz helps to live because it's great music and not just music.
 
       
  Jazz Goes Baroque 2 - The Music Of Italy / George Gruntz
recorded: 17 & 18 March, 1965 in Berlin/Germany
issued: 1964 LP PHILIPS P 48098 L ; 1964 PHILIPS 840 476 ;
1965 LP PHILIPS 843727 PY (Germany)

GEORGE GRUNTZ (harpsichord); flutes: LEO WRIGHT (solo A2,3,4,B2,4), SAHIB SHIHAB (solo A1,3,5,B4), RAYMOND GUIOT (solo B3,5), STEFAN VON DOBRZYNSKI (solo B5); PETER TRUNK (b); DANIEL HUMAIR (dr)


Side A
 1. Danza, Danza Fanciulla
 2. Allegro from 'Il Pastor Fido'
 3. Lamento D´Arianna
 4. Aria Detta 'La Frescobalda'
 5. Allegro from 'Sonata F-major Op.1'

Side B
 1. Allegro from 'Concerto San Marco'
 2. Aria De Polidoro from 'Flaminio'
 3. Sarabanda
 4. Aria
 5. Allegro from 'Cembalo-Suite No.10'

(Francesco Durante 1684-1755)
(Antonio Vivaldi 1678-1741)
(Claudio Monteverdi 1567-1643)
(Girolamo Frescobaldi 1583-1643)
(Benedetto Marcello 1686-1639)


(Tommaso Albinoni 1671-1750)
(Giovanni B. Pergolesi 1710-1736)
(Domenico Zipoli 1688-1726)
(Bernardo Pasqini 1637-1710)
(Domenico Scarlatti 1685-1757)
     


first DoLP-issue

For more about this recording please see >> andré condouant's disco 2
more about the program in the
>> press page

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Neuss Testament - Die Villon Show / Wolfgang Neuss
recorded: 1965 in Berlin/Germany
original issues: 1966, LP PREISER SPR 3118 (Austria) ; LP FONTANA 885246 TV
re-issue: May 1997 CD CONTRAER MUSIK CON 4306-2 (Indigo Distribution)

Staff on this album: WOLFGANG NEUSS (recitation of poems according to François Villon by Horst Tomayer, Thierry, Jens Gerlach, Gerd Delaveaux, Wofgang Neuss); musical accompaniment: FATTY GEORGE (cl); FRITZ PAUER (p); ANDRÉ CONDOUANT (g); HANS RETTENBACHER (b); HARTWIG BARTZ (dr)

Note: LEO WRIGHT isn´t heard on THIS recording, but maybe there´s unreleased issues with him. Neuss Testament´s first night was at the end of September 1965 at Theater am Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, it was also performed in 1966 at the small theater of the old Congress-Hall, by the same staff as above, plus LEO WRIGHT (as, fl), and JIMMY PRATT instead of HARTWIG BARTZ on drums. Parts of the program were recorded by Hessischer Rundfunk-TV (respectively RIAS).
     

POLYDOR SABA SB 15097 Music For 4 Soloists And Band No. 1 /
Friedrich Gulda Eurojazz Orchestra

recorded: September 13 &14, 1965 in Vienna
original issue: 1967 ?, SABA SB 15097 (Germany) stereo, tree label, gatefold cover
other issues: POLYDOR

FRIEDRICH GULDA (p); FREDDIE HUBBARD, STAN RODERICK (tp); KENNY WHEELER (tp, mellophone); ROBERT POLITZER (fl-h), J. J. JOHNSON, ERICH KLEINSCHUSTER (tb); HARRY ROCHE (v-tb), RUDOLF JOSL (b-tb); ALFIE REECE (b-tu), ROLF KÜHN (cl, ts); HERB GELLER, LEO WRIGHT (as); TUBBY HAYES (ts, fl); SAHIB SHIHAB (bs, fl); PIERRE CAVALLI (g); RON CARTER (b); MEL LEWIS (dr)


Side A
  1. Music For 4 Soloists And Band No.1
  2. 1st Movement
  3. 2nd Movement

Side B
  1. 3rd Movement
  2. Minuet
  3. Prelude And Fugue
     


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Carmell Jones In Europe 1965-66 / Carmell Jones
recorded: 1965 - 66
issued: 1969, PRESTIGE PRST-7669

#A2 & #B3  taken from At The 10th German Jazz Festival Frankfurt / Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter (SABA) ; other tracks from The Hip Walk / Nathan Davis (SABA)

CARMELL JONES (tp); NATHAN DAVIS (ts, ss A#1,3; B#1,2); LEO WRIGHT (A#2; B#3); PONY POINDEXTER (as A#2; B#3); FRANCY BOLAND (p A#1,3; B#1,2); FRITZ PAUER (p A#2; B#3); ANNIE ROSS (voc A#2; B#3); ANDRÉ CONDOUANT (g A#2; B#3); JIMMY WOODE (b); KENNY CLARKE (dr A#1,3; B#1,2); JOE NAY (dr A#2; B#3)


Side A
  1. Carmell's Black Forest Waltz
  2. Jumpin' At The Woodside
  (live)
  3. That Kaycee Thing

Side B
  1. B's Blues
  2. The Hip Walk
  3. Twisted
  (live)

(Carmell Jones)
(Count Basie / Hendricks)
(Nathan Davis)


(Nathan Davis)
(Nathan Davis)
(Wardell Gray / Annie Ross)

     





(the other 3 pix are from the MPS issue)


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At The 10th German Jazz Festival Frankfurt / Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter With The Berlin All Stars
featuring Carmell Jones and Leo Wright
recorded: May 1, 1966 live in Frankfurt/Germany
issues: SABA SB 15082 ; MPS 15082 ; BASF/MPS CRM 619 ; BASF/MPS 21 20619-1
re-issues: 1968, LP POLYDOR 583711 (UK) ;
October 27, 2003 CD MPS Records (Universal) (Most Perfect Sound Edition Series) #A2 also on Talkin’ Jazz - Themes From The Black Forest Vol. 1 (see next page) ; 1993, MPS521199-2 ; CD POLYDOR 521199-2 ; CD MPS 731452119926 ;
1994, CD/LP TALKIN' LOUD RECORDS 518 861 (UK)

ANNIE ROSS (voc #3-7); PONY POINDEXTER (as; ss, voc #2, 4); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); CARMELL JONES (tp); FRITZ PAUER (p); ANDRÉ CONDOUANT (g); JIMMY WOODE (b); JOE NAY (dr)


Side A
  1. Saturday Night Fish Fry
  2. All Blues
  3. Home Cookin'

Side B
  1. Jumpin' At The Woodside
  2. Moody's Mood For Love
  3. Goin' To Chicago
  4. Twisted

(Louis Jordan/Walsh; *)
(M. Davis/Oscar Brown Jr.; arr. P. Poindexter)
(Horace Silver/Jon Hendricks; *)


(Count Basie/Jon Hendricks; *)
(James Moody/Annie Ross; *)
(C. Basie/James Rushing/Jon Hendricks; *)
(Wardell Gray/Annie Ross; arr. by A. Ross)

* arranged by Leo Wright

Note: to read the liner notes from the POLYDOR issue please see >>
disco 2
Larger sized photos can be found on the musicians´ sites, the two band photos in the gallery as well.
     

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LIBERTY LST 7586
Nero's Soul Party / Paul Nero (= Klaus Doldinger)
This record is dedicated to Otis Redding and The Bar-Keys
recorded: April 1968
issues: 1968 LIBERTY LBS 83100 (Canadian LONDON RECORDS pressing) ;
LP LIBERTY LST 7586 (USA)
1988 issued as Dusko Gojkovich And His Music - Easy Trumpet (+ 8 tracks) SELECTED SOUND CD 47-5047

DUSKO GOJKOVICH, BENNY BAILEY (tp); WILLY SCHMIDT (tb); KLAUS DOLDINGER, OLAF KÜBLER (ts); JAN KONOPAZCEK (bs); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); INGFRIED HOFMANN (org); SIEGFRIED SCHWAB, JOE QUICK (g); LOTHAR MEID (b); WOFGANG PAB (dr); PAUL NERO, KLAUS DOLDINGER (arr); SIGGI LOCH (prod)


Side A
  1. *This Is Soul - Soul Finger - Soul Man
         (P.Nero) (Jones/King/Conningham/Cauley/Caldwell/Alexander) (Hayes Porter)
  2. *Knock On Wood - I Was Made To Love Her - What Is Soul ?
      
(Floyd/Cropper)  (Cosby/Hardaway/Wonder/Moy)  (Gallo/King)
  3. *Fa-Fa-Fa - Mr. Pitful - Mustang Sally
       
(Redding/Cropper)  (Redding/Cropper) (Bonny Rice)
  4. *Good To Me - When A Man Loves A Man
      
(Redding/Green)  (Lewis/Wright)
  5. *Shake - Stagger Lee - Land Of 1000 Dances
       
(Sam Cooke)  (Logan/Price)  (Chris Kenner)

Side B
  1. *Tribute To Otis Redding - You Keep Me Running Away
         (P. Nero)  (Holland/Dozier/Holland)
  2. *Respect - You Keep Me Hangin' On - Keep Looking
      
(Otis Redding)  (Holland/Dozier/Holland)  (Burke/Burke/Burke)
  3. *Hold On I'm Coming - Soul Reaction - Tramp
       
(Hayes/Porter)  (Paul Nero)  (Fulson/McCracklin)
  4. *Satisfaction - Uptight - Give A Little Take A Little
      
(Jagger/Richards)  (Cosby/Moy/Wonder)  (V.Chambers)
  5. *Sweet Soul Music - Show Me - Let The Good Times Roll
      
(Redding/Conley)  (Joe Tex)  (L. Lee)

 * = Medley
     


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PA-USA PR7026

LP PRESTIGE PR-7684

MPS 15192 ST / click image to enlarge


POLYDOR 545108


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Alto Summit / Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods, Leo Wright
recorded: June 2/3, 1968 at MPS Tonstudio, Villingen/Black Forest (West Germany)
original release: 1968 MPS 15192 ST (Germany) ;
other issues: BASF MB20675 ; BASF CRM 67 ; POLYDOR 545108 ;
LP PRESTIGE PR-7684 (also MC) ; CD MPS 843 139-2 ; PA-USA PR7026 ;
(MPS) N. Columbia YS-2201 ; 1990 CD VERVE ; 1991 CD POLYGRAM

LEE KONITZ, PONY POINDEXTER, PHIL WOODS, LEO WRIGHT (as); STEVE KUHN (p); PALLE DANIELSSON (b); JON CHRISTENSEN (dr); produced by JOACHIM E. BERENDT


Side A
 1. Native Land   7tet: 1st alto Leo, 2nd Pony,
      3rd Phil, 4th Lee; Soli: Lee, Phil, Pony, Lee

 2. Ballad Medley
     -Skylark   Leo
     -Blue And Sentimental   Pony
     -Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You   Phil
     -Body And Soul   Lee
 3. Prompt   7tet: 1st alto Leo, 2nd Pony, 3rd Lee,
       4th Phil; Soli: Leo, Pony, Lee, Phil, Steve

Side B
 1. The Perils Of Poda  7tet section: 1st alto
       Phil, 2nd Lee, 3rd Pony, 4th Leo; Soli: Phil, Lee,
       Pony, Leo

 2. Good Booty  Pony-Phil-5tet; Soli: Steve,
       Lee; collective Lee/Leo, Leo

 3. Lee-o's Blues  Lee-Leo-5tet; Soli: Steve,
       Lee; collective Lee/Leo, Leo

 4. Lee's Tribute To Bach And Bird  7tet:
       1st alto Lee, 2nd Leo, 3rd Pony, 4th Phil; Soli:
       collective Lee/Phil, collective Pony/Leo

(Curtis Amy; arr. Leo Wright)


(Carmichael/Mercer)
(Basie/Davis/Livingston)
(Redman/Razaf)
(Green/Heyman/Sour/Eyton)
(Benny Bailey; arr. Leo Wright)



(Phil Woods)


(Pony Poindexter)

(Leo Wright/Lee Konitz)

(J.S. Bach/C. Parker; arr. L.Konitz)

#B4: "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" from A Gesaner´s 60 selected 4 part chorals and original Charlie Parker solo based on "Honeysuckle Rose".



Reviews: Great modal swinging European jazz originally recorded on the MPS label. For this brainchild of Joachim Berendt, four top altoists (Lee Konitz, Pony Poindexter, Phil Woods & Leo Wright) team up with a fine rhythm section (bassist Palle Danielsson, drummer Jon Christensen) led by pianist Steve Kuhn to explore a variety of
    challenging material, mostly originals. There are two quintets but otherwise all of the performances are by the full septet. A four-song ballad medley goes well until the ending when all of the saxophonists solo together quite chaotically to unintentionally hilarious effect. Much better is 'Lee's Tribute to Bach and Bird', which goes from a Bach piece to Charlie Parker's solo on 'Honeysuckle Rose', played by all four altoists. Native Land is a cracker. If you like German jazz you´ll love this.
                                --
There are four pieces for the full septet (incl. one that pays tribute to both Bach and Bird), a pair of quintet performances and a ballad medley that ends in a complete fiasco (it has to be heard to be believed). Despite the latter, everyone fares well on this summit meeting.
     

  Hötter-Zimmermann Studio-Group, Rettenbacher Studio-Orchester and Berlin Studio-Group
recorded: 1969?
issued: LP KUHN/TEUPEN SOUNDS No. 3, Radio-Television-Film-Backgrounds 25852 (stereo)

#A1-7 Hötter-Zimmermann Studio-Group: HANNE WILFERT (tp); OTTO BREDL (tb); JAMES TOWSEY (sax); ROBBY SCHMITZ (cl); INGFRIED HOFFMANN (synth., org, p); FRANCIS COPPIETERS (org, p); STEFAN DIETZ, TOM WOHLERT (g); KLAUS BRÜNGEL, ELMAR KAST (el-b); SPERIE KARAS, MATHIAS HOLTMANN (dr)
#B 1-5 Rettenbacher Studio-Orchester: SHAKE KEANE (tp); JIGGS WHIGHAM (tb); WILTON GAYNAIR (sax); JOHNNY TEUPEN (harp); JOHANNES A. RETTENBACHER (b, org, p); RONNY STEVENSON (dr)
#B 6,7 Berlin Studio-Orchester: LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); RAOUL SOON (org, p); JÜRGEN EHLERS (b); DAI BOWEN (dr)
sound engineer: Justus Liebich


Side A
  1. Powerplay
  2. Panorama-Boogie
  3. Dixie Paradox
  4. Charleston Charlie
  5. Work Out
  6. Interrogations - Vorspann
  7. Interrogations
Side B
  1. Opening
  2. Can You Answer My Question
  3. We Walk A Sunny Way
  4. Do You Want Me To Win
  5. Election
  6. Leo´s Right
  7. Jonny´s Waltz
     


Review: This 'live' concert from 1969 played a pivotal part in the late career of the great Stan Kenton. The reaction of the audience who were expecting a more avant-garde performance was to say the least disapointing and latterly caused Stan to create the new one.
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Stan Kenton Conducts The Berlin Dream Band
recorded: 11/07/1969 at Berliner Philharmonie
issues: Julv 19, 2011, CD SOUNDS OF YESTER YEAR 855

STAN KENTON (p); LEO WRIGHT (as); KLAUS MARMULLA, ROLF ROEMER (ts); HELMUT BRANDT (bar-s, bs); JAN KONOPASEK (bar-s); CHARLES ORIEUX (bs); RON SIMMONDS, CARMELL JONES, HARRY STAMP, MILO PAVLOVIC, MANFRED STOPPACHER (tp); JIGGS WHIGHAM, AKE PERSSON, HENRY MASNICK, SIEGFRIED SCHMIDT (tb); FRITZ DORR (tu); DAI BOWEN (dr); HEINZ NIEMEYER (cga, bgo)


1. Opening Applause
2. Artistry In Rhythm *
3. Reuben's Blues
4. Stompin' At The Savoy *
5. Artemis And Apollo
6. Young Blood *
7. Stan Kenton Medley:
    Interlude / Intermission Riff / Opus In Pastels /
    Eager Beaver / Collaboration / The Peanut Vendor
8. To Duke
(Improvisations On "Take The 'A' Train")
9. Malaguena

*from different album
 

Liner notes by Michael Sparke
     



Review: Jean-Luc Ponty made a strong impression with his appearance at the `67 Monterey Jazz Festival. Just barely 26 at the time of this obscure but worthy album (his first to appear on an American label), Ponty is teamed with trumpeter Carmell Jones, altoist Leo Wright, pianist George Gruntz, drummer Daniel Humair and an unidentified bassist. In addition to five originals by either Ponty or Gruntz, they perform a pair of pop songs (including Miriam Makeba's 'Pata Pata') and the Beatles' 'With a Little Help From My Friends'. Already a very original player, Ponty's style at this early point was far beyond hard bop and looked a little toward both pop and John Coltrane.



2 LP´s on 1 CD
More Than Meets The Ear / Jean-Luc Ponty
recorded: November 1969
issues: LP LIBERTY 20134 ; WORLD PACIFIC 20134 ; CD ONE WAY RECORDS 17605 ; 1993 F 10271
re-issued on Jean-Luc Ponty: Portrait  >> see disco 4

JEAN-LUC PONTY (v); CARMELL JONES (tp); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); GEORGE GRUNTZ (p, arr.); DANIEL HUMAIR (dr)


Side A
1. With A Little Help From My Friends
2. 3 + 2 = 1
3. California
4. Gimme Little Sign

Side B
1. Pata Pata
2. Pebble Beach Walk
3. Pacific Drove
4. Fort Ord Canon

(Lennon/McCartney)
(George Gruntz)
(Jean-Luc Ponty)
(Alfred Smith/Joe Hooven/Jerry Winn)


(Miriam Makeba/Jerry Regavoy)
(George Gruntz)
(Jean-Luc Ponty)
(George Gruntz)

Liner notes by George Gruntz

It's rather remarkable that the violin should only now have gained unqualified recognition as a Jazz instrument. But at least it did so with a bang ! Yet, according to Johnny St. Cyr, even in the earliest days of Jazz the violin was often used to lend class to a band. Usually the leader played the violin himself, not unlike the fiddling maestros of the European café orchestras. But Jazz was to develop as a music of ‘incitive sounds’ and violin choruses soon, though often quite unjustly, came to be regarded as ‘Vaudeville’ numbers. Today ‘violin renaissance’ is largely attributed to the appearance on the Jazz scene of Jean-Luc Ponty, a young frenchman who was the first completely rid his instrument of its fatal music hall character, Ponty himself says: “I don´t especially want to be a violinist, but a Jazzman”. I first met him in 1961 and was greatly impressed by his performance as a member of a French group that took part in the annual Swiss Amateur Jazz Festival in Zurich. But only 3 years later, thanks to my old friend and compatriot Daniel Humair, were we able to embark open a series of joint ventures which are among the most rewarding experiences of my career. By then, Ponty had developed into what I consider to be a truely great artist - quiet and modest in character, yet always displaying unerring musical taste and outstanding musicianship. Down Beat described him in the following way, “Ponty ... at 24 ... one of the most gifted and important of the youn- ger generation of French jazzmen” (1966); “... at 25 one of the most promising European Jazz musicians” (1967); ”... the 26-year-old phenomenon” (1968). Ponty´s career and his professional recognition are indeed proof that real artistic merit will gain lasting success, a heart-warming thought for anyone who truely appreciates Jazz !
     

  Francy Boland Going Classic (Jazz Joint 1) / Francy Boland
recorded: April/May 1970 in Germany
original release: VOGUE LDVS 17242 (Germany), red/white label with black logo


Side A recorded April/May 1970 in Cologne/Germany
The Trio: FRANCY BOLAND (p, cond, arr); JIMMY WOODE (b); KENNY CLARKE (dr);

Side B recorded May 18/19, 1970 in Berlin/Germany
The Trio and strings: FRANCY BOLAND (p, cond, arr); JEAN WARLAND (b); TONY lNZALACO (dr) ; 24 strings led by HANS-GEORG ARLT; 4 woodwinds incl. LEO WRIGHT (fl)


Side A
  1. Nights In Warsaw
  2. I´m All Smiles
  3. Myriam Doll
  4. Loneley Girl
  5. Dierdre's Blues
  6. Night Lady
  7. Gamal Sady'n'em
  8. The Girl And The Turk
  9. Like Someone In Love
Side B
  1. I'm So Scared Of Girls When
      They're Good Looking
  2. Papillons Noirs
  3. When We Were One
  4. Clair Obscure
  5. 'Tween Dusk And Dawn
  6. Who'll Buy My Dream
  7. Girl Talk
  8. November Girl
  9. Mauve
     
International Jazz Festival 'Ljubljana 70'
recorded: June 4 & 6,1970 at the International Jazz Festival, Krizanke/Yugoslavia
issued: LP HELIDON 08-003

#A1 The RTV-Big Band Ljubljana: ANDREJ OSANA, MOJMIR SEPE, URBAN KODER,
PAVEL GRASIC, LADISLAV ZUPANCIC (tp); FRANC PUHAR, MISO TRTNIK, JOZE GJURA (tb); ALOJZ BEZGOVSEK (b-tb); LEO WRIGHT*, ATI SOS, VILKO OVSENIK (as); DUSAN VEBLE, ALBERT PODGORNIK (ts); ZORAN KOMAC (bar-s); SILVESTER STINGL (p); MILAN FERLEZ (g); LADO REBREK (b); FRANC JAGODIC (dr); JOZE PRIVSEK (cond)   *=solo
#A2  Flavio Ambrosetti All-Stars: FLAVIO AMBROSETTI (tp); GEORGE GRUNTZ (p); HENRI TEXIER (b); DANIEL HUMAIR (dr)
#A3  The Monty Sunshine Band & JO STAHL (voc)
#A4  Zagreb Jazz Quintet: OZREN DEPOLO (as); ART FARMER* (fl-h); BOSKO PETROVIC (vib, tarabuka); MILJENKO PROHASKA (b); SILVIJE GLOJNARIC (dr)   *=solo
#A5  Gustav Broom Band / Soloists: JOSEF BLAHA (ob); ZDENEK NOVAK (ts); a. o.
#B1  The RTV-Big Band Zagreb: MILJENKO PROHASKA (cond); FRANO KARLOVIC, LA- DISLAV FIDRI*, STANKO BRICHTA, MARIJAN DOMIC, STIPICA KALODJERA (tp); IVAN KE- LEMAN*, HRVOJE BRAJER, ANTE OPASIC, VLADIMIR SUCIC (tb); MARIJAN SCUKANEC, BOJAN HOHNJEC (as), OZREN DEPOLO (as*, ts), BORIS FRANCISKOVIC (ts); MAKS JOHAN (bar-s); ZLATKO DVORZAK (p); BOSKO PETROVIC (vib); DAMIR DICIC (g); KRESIMIR REMETA (b); SILVIJE GLOJNARIC (dr)     * = solo
#B2  The Swingle Singers
#B3  Sadao Watanabe Quartet: SADAO WATANABE (as); YOSHIAKI MASUO (g); YOSHIO SUZUKI (b); HIRO TSUNUDA (dr)
#B4  The Monty Sunshine Band & KEN BURTON (voc)
#B5  MLADI LEVI / Soloists: PETAR UGRIN (tp); JERNEJ PODBOJ (ts) and others
#B6  Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet: BOBBY HUTCHERSON (vib); HAROLD LAND (ts); HAL GALPER (p); REGINALD JOHNSON (b); JOE CHAMBERS (dr)


Side A
1. Caravan / The RTV-Big Band Ljubljana
2. Summertime / Flavio Ambrosetti All-Stars
3. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis/
     Joe Stahl & The Monty Sunshine Band
4. Blue Bossa / Zagreb Jazz Quintet
5. Ararat / Gustav Broom Band

Side B
1. Ritmico / The RTV-Big Band Zagreb
2. I Got Plenty Of Nothing / The Swingle Singers
3. Isotope / Sadao Watanabe Quartet
4. Margie / Ken Burton & The M. Sunshine Band
5. Song / Mladi Levi
6. Mana Mercury / Hutcherson - Land Quintet

(Juan Tizol)
(George Gershwin)
(Brooks/Russell)

(Kenny Dorham/Art Farmer)
(Josef Blaha)


(M. Prohaska)
(George. Gershwin)
(Joe Henderson)
(Davis/Conrad/Young)
(J. Gregorc)
(Harold Land)
     

MPS/METRONOME Jazz Magazin Series
Stop! Watch! And Listen! / Knut Kiesewetter Train
recorded: July 2-3, 1970 at  MPS Tonstudio, Villingen/Germany
issues: 1970 MPS/BASF CRM 743 (Germany) ; 1970 MPS 15284 ;
LP MPS/BASF 21 20743-9 ; LP MPS/METRONOME Jazz Magazin Series 48020 (Germany)

KNUT KIESEWETTER (voc); ACK VAN ROOYEN (tp, fl-h); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); GERD DUDEK (ts); DIETER REITH (org); HEINZ KITSCHENBERG (g); EBERHARD WEBER (b); KENNY CLARE (dr); produced by Joachim Ernst Berendt


Side A
  1. Whisper Not
  2. Sometimes In Winter
  3. Roll On The Left Side
  4. Work Song

Side B
  1. Morning And Evening Blues
  2. Fool On The Hill
  3. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To
      Be Free
  4. Body And Soul

(Golson/Hendricks)
(Katz)
(Reith/O'Brian/Docker)
(Adderley/Brown)


(Kiesewetter)
(Lennon/McCartney)
(Taylor/Simone)
(Green/Heyman/Sour/Eyton)
     






Reviews: The best jazz orchestra recording ever. A virtual Who's Who of American and European players give life to an absolutely incredible sound portrait of Berlin in the Cold War. Soloists Carmell Jones (tp), Leo Wright and Klaus Marmulla (alto saxes), and Slide Hampton (!) (tb) sparkle in the setting of Nelson's composition. Nelson himself is transcendent as an alto sax soloist. Search out for this recording !
                             --
One of the more modernist efforts by Oliver Nelson, and proof that he could write and play with a shockingly sharp edge, despite all of the mainstream arrangements he was doing at the time. Nelson leads the Berlin Dreamband, which is made up of European players, and some of the best American

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expatriats of the time - like Carmell Jones, Leo Wright, and Slide Hampton. The album is divided into two long pieces - 'Berlin Dialogue For Orchestra' and 'Impressions Of Berlin' - and both have the feel of some of Francy Boland's more "serious" large pieces for the Clarke-Boland Big Band. (The cover has a promo cut.)
                             --
Mixing Nelson’s easily recognizable style with avantgarde flourishes and lyrical passages, this tribute to the city of Berlin is fascinating to hear, even on repeated listens. Outstanding players (feat. Carmell Jones, Slide Hampton and Leo Wright) and flawless performances bring Nelson’s two long-form jazz compositions to life.
Berlin Dialogue For Orchestra / Oliver Nelson And The
"Berlin Dreamband"

Dedicated to the City of Berlin. Commissioned by Berliner Jazztage.
recorded: November 5, 1970 at the Berliner Jazztage, Berlin/Germany
original release: 1971 FLYING DUTCHMAN FD-10134 ;
re-issues: FLYING DUTCHMAN (Jap) PG-113 ; PHILIPS (Eu) 6369 404 ; MPS 21 20915-6 ;
#B3 also on A Dream Deferred FLYING DUTCHMAN CYL2-1449

OLIVER NELSON (as); CARMELL JONES, MILO PAVLOVIC, RONNY SIMMONDS, HARRY STAMP, MANFRED STOPPACHER (tp); SLIDE HAMPTON, BARRY ROSS, ÅKE PERSSON, CHARLES ORIEUX, KURT MASNICK (tb); LEO WRIGHT, KLAUS MARMULLA (as); ADI FEUERSTEIN, ROLF RÖMER (ts); JAN KONÒPASEK (bar-s); FREDDY L´HOST (cl); KAI RAUTENBERG (p); HAJO LANGE (b); DAI BOWEN (dr); HEINZ NIEMEYER (perc)


Side A  Berlin Dialogue For Orchestra
  1. Confrontation
  2. Check Point Charlie
  3. Relative Calm
  4. Over The Wall

Side B  Impressions Of Berlin
  1. Ku-Damm
  2. Wannsee
  3. Heidi
  4. Berlin Bei Nacht
  5. Milestones
  6. Rockin' In Rhythm
  7. Black, Brown And Beautiful
  8. Down By The Riverside
  9. Self-Help Is Needed

#B5 - 9 are unissued; All composed, arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson.

Note: The Berlin Dream Band was composed of members from both Berlin big radio bands: SFB (Sender Freies Berlin = Radio Free Berlin) and RIAS (Radio in the American Sector).
"Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra" commissioned by Berlin Jazz Days and presented as part of Berlin Jazz Days '70.
     

Milestones
 
Self Help is Needed
 
Down By The Riverside
 


Basteln im Garten / Folge 1: Das Spalier
Basteln im Garten / Folge 2: Pfosten setzen – Der Sandkasten

recorded: 197?
issued: DECCA/TELDEC
TED-Bildplatte für den Telefunken Bildplattenspieler TP1005.

„Diese Serie über Basteln im Garten ist nicht nur für Bastler bestimmt, sondern auch für Gartenfreunde, die selbst ihren Garten gestalten möchten. Peter Oldale und seine Frau Adrienne aus England, dem Lande, dem wir zum Beispiel die Parole „Do it yourself“ zu verdanken haben, möchten Ihnen auf dieser Bildplatte zeigen, wie man seinen Garten verschönern kann. Peter Oldale hatte als Landschaftsgärtner gearbeitet, bevor er mit seiner Frau vor einigen Jahren das begann, was er selbst „Garten-Journalismus“ nennt. Jetzt veröffentlichen die Oldales jährlich mehrere Do-it-yourself-Bücher, beliefern Magazine und Zeitungen in 14 Ländern mit Bastelanleitungen. – Neu auf dem deutschen Markt, nun auch Bastelanleitungen auf Bildplatte.“ Direction: Eugen Hamacher; Script: Peter Oldale, Eugen Hamacher; Camera: Kurt Borkowski


Allegro aus „Il Pastor Fido"   (Antonio Vivaldi), solo: Leo Wright
     


MPS 2121437-0
21. International Jazz Festival Zurich
recorded: September 16, 1971 at  Jazz Festival Zurich/Switzerland
original release: MPS 3321277-7
re-issued: as From Europe With Jazz / International Festival All-Stars MPS (G) 21 21437-0

#1 ALL STAR TRUMPET WORKSHOP: FRANCO AMBROSETTI, BENNY BAILEY,
     DUSKO GOYKOVICH, ART FARMER (tp) + unknown...
#2 ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ALL-STARS: ART FARMER, BENNY BAILEY,
     DUSKO GOYKOVICH, FRANCO AMBROSETTI (tp); SLIDE HAMPTON, JIGGS
     WHIGHAM, ALBERT MANGELSDORFF, ÅKE PERSSON (tb); HERB GELLER (as,
     ob); LEO WRIGHT
, HEINZ BIEGLER (as); DEXTER GORDON, DON BYAS (ts);
     SAHIB SHIHAB (bsx); GEORGE GRUNTZ (p); ISLA ECKINGER (b); TONY
     INZALACO (dr)

 tracks include:

  1. Anthropology   (D. Gillespie/C. Parker)
  2. The Age Of Prominence   (Flavio Ambrosetti)
  3. Lonely Woman   (O. Coleman)
     

  Rock Candy / Jack MacDuff
recorded: January 25, 1960 - October 3, 1963
issued: 1972 DoLP PRESTIGE PRT 24013(-2) (US) (stereo) ;
1990 Do LP PRESTIGE P-24013 (USA)

track numbers relate to playlist on the right
Side 1 #3 & Side 2 #2 from Screamin' - Brother Jack McDuff PRESTIGE 7259 ;
Side 1 #1, Side 2 #1-3, Side 3 #1, Side 4 #1 also on
Brother Jack McDuff's Greatest Hits PRESTIGE 7481 ;
Side 4 #3 also on Brother Jack McDuff Plays for Beautiful People PRESTIGE 7596

JACK MC DUFF (org); LEO WRIGHT (as Side 1 #3, Side 2 #2); JIMMY FORREST, RED HOLLOWAY (ts); HAROLD VICK (ts, fl); LEM WINCHESTER (vib); GEORGE BENSON, GRANT GREEN, KENNY BURRELL, BILL JENNINGS (g); GENE AMMONS (b?); JOE DUKES (dr); RAY BARRETTO (cga)


1972 issue:

Side 1
 1. The Honeydripper
 2. Jive Samba
 3. Screamin´

Side 2
 1. Brother Jack
 2. Grease Monkey

Side 3
 1. Rock Candy   (Mc Duff)
 2. Buzzin´ Around   (Mc Duff/Edwards)
 3. Opus De Funk

Side 4
 1. Tough Duff   (Mc Duff)
 2. Mellow Gravy   (Mc Duff)
 3. The Breeze And I
1990 issue:

Side 1
 1. The Honeydripper
 2. Jive Samba
 3. Soulful Drums

Side 2
 1. Brother Jack
 2. Screamin´
 3. Grease Monkey

Side 3
 1. Rock Candy
 2. Buzzin´ Around
 3. Opus De Funk

Side 4
 1. Tough Duff
 2. Mellow Gravy
 3. The Breeze And I

     

Strange rare German Jazz LP, vocal groove , might be overlooked easily. Full Jazz Band with choir do a tribute to Peace ! Composer and Arranger Mladen (Bobby) Gutesha refers to Martin Luther King, Bob Dylan, Wolf Biermann. Musically it not really fits in any genre... Jazz, Folklore, Rock, Classical (that´s what the liner notes say)? Have a look at the line-up, some members of the Clarke Boland Big Band are involved. It´s an interesting record with some soundtrack like moves and effects, some groovy, bluesy, funky parts. The tracks are varied. Und ...
issued: 1972 EMI / HIS MASTERS VOICE 1C06-29070 (Germany) gatefold cover

JIMMY WOODY JR. (voc); MILO PAVLOVIC, RICK KIEFER (tp); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); JIGGS WIGHAM (tb); SIEGFRIED SCHWAB (guitar);  INGFRIED HOFFMANN (org); JEAN WARLAND (b); BRANISLAV KOVACEV (dr); TONI INZALACO (perc); composed & arranged by Mladen (Bobby) Gutesha


  1. I Have A Dream
  2. Schau dich um nach allen Seiten
  3. Schtil di Nacht is Ojssgeschternt
  4. Masters Of War
  5. Soldat
  6. Angelitos Negros

     



This is a strange one: A German mod does the Philly Soul - and he does it good! No wonder with the help of musicians like Leo Wright and Wilson de Oliveira. Full Panorama Sound !!! The man behind the pseudonym Alfie Khan is Joachim Heider. 3 compositions in Philly style are from the man himself. The best track in my opinion is his version of Norman


Whitfield's 'Law of the Land' (known by the famous Undisputed Truth) with cool hanclapping-alike early disco rhythm and excellent string work. Also nice: the famous theme of The Sound of Philadelphia. But -sorry- his rendition of Jorge Ben's Pais Tropical must be regarded as a complete failure.
Woman / Alfie Khan Sound Orchestra
issued: 1974 LP ATLANTIC (Germany)

JÜRGEN KNIEPER, PETER NENTWIG (keyb); PAUL CAMERON (fender b); MARTIN HARRISON, TOM HOLM (dr); THOMAS SCHIEDEL, SIEGFRIED STRAUSS (g); ADRIAN CICERO (vib, marimba); CHERRY BERTRAM (perc); WILSON DE OLIVEIRA (saxes, fl); LEO WRIGHT (as); CEES VAN SCHAIK (v); THE OPERA-STRINGS; ROSI ROHR, ANGELIKA METZGER, SUSANNE JAGE (choir)


  1. Mayflower
  2. If I Were A Carpenter
  3. T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
  4. Woman
  5. Law Of The Land
  6. Rock Your Baby
  7. Pais Tropical
  8. Love's Theme
  9. Under The Influence Of Love
10. Golden Island
(Joachim Heider)
(Hardin)
(Gamble/Huff)
(Joachim Heider)
(Norman Whitfield)
(Casey/Finch)
(Jorge Ben)
(Barry White)
(Barry White)
(Joachim Heider)
     

In addition, there are spoken introductions by Duke Ellington and by Dizzy himself. These are heard prior to the performance of 'Desafinado'.
also on VHS and DVD, see >> disco 8
  Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival 1975 / Dizzy Gillespie
recorded: September 23, 1961
original release: July 16, 1975 FANTASY/ORIGINAL JAZZ CLASSICS
re-issue: 1979 ALA ENTERPRISES ;
also released in 1984 as Monterey Jazz Festival 1961 - Dizzy Gillespie
LP VOGUE (KING) K23P-6744 (Japan)

DIZZY GILLESPIE (tp, prod); LEO WRIGHT (fl, as); LALO SCHIFRIN (p); JOE CARROLL (voc); BOB CUNNINGHAM (b); CHUCK LAMPKIN (dr)


  1. Duke's Intro And Dizzy's Rap
  2. Desafinado
  3. Lorraine
  4. Long Long Summer
  5. Oop-Pop-A-Da
  6. Pau De Arara
  7. Kush

(Jobim)
(Gillespie)
(Schifrin)
(Fuller/Gillespie)
(Traditional)
(Gillespie)

     




Aladar Pege, a brilliant virtuoso, is one of the top jazz musicians to emerge from Hungary. He did not start playing bass until he was 15 but Pege developed quickly. After studying classical music at Bela Bartok Musical Training College, he freelanced in jazz groups, often leading his own band. Pege attended the Franz Liszt Academy (where he taught after graduating in 1969) and was also a studio musician. Pege lived in Berlin from 1975-78 before returning to Hungary's studios. Among his more notable accomplishments have been virtuoso duet recordings with pianist Walter Norris.

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in 1978 & `80 and tours with Mingus Dynasty. As a leader, Pege has headed quite a few dates for European labels, starting in 1963, most notably for Qualiton, Hungaraton, Pepita, Krem and RST (including two unaccompanied bass sets in 1982 and 1984), although few of these recordings have ever been made available in the U.S.
Aladar Pege, the Paganini of bass, lives in Budapest, where he is a professor for contrabass since 1978. Charles Mingus' widow was so enthusiastic about Pege, that she gave one of her husbands basses to him.
Pege / Aladár Pege
with Leo Wright, Art Farmer & Benny Bailey
recorded: #A1 1976, #A2 1978 at Hungarian Jazz Workshop, #A4 1978 at Alba Regia Jazz Festival
issues: 1980 LP PEPITA SLPX 17596 (Hungary) ; PEPITA SLPX 12596 (Hungary)

ALADÁR PEGE (b); BENNY BAILEY (tp #A4); ART FARMER (cor #A2); LEO WRIGHT (as #A1); HANS SALOMON (sax #A4); JÁNOS NÉMETH (sax #B1); ANTAL LAKATOS (ts #B2, sax #B3); BELA SZAKCSI LAKATOS (p #B2), JENÖ BALOGH (fender p); ALEXANDER LAKATOS (viola); VILMOS JAVORY (dr #A1, Side B), CZESLAW BARTKOWSKI (dr #A2)


Side A
  1. No Overtaking
  2. Autumn Song
  3. Latod E Babam Azt A Szaraz Nyarfat
  4. Printer´s Devil

Side B
  1. The Peacock
  2. Every Day
  3. Green Wave
 

     




liner notes: On the occasion of the first record "Jazz live at Jazz at Freddys, Jazz-Freddy wrote the following:
"What we want to say with this record is: it's not important to know every musician, every song. It's important, that there are people – musicians – who (still) do something out of love for the music. And not thinking of big business.
Jazz comes from concert halls and clubs of this world. That 's its home, that's where it returns to and gets new impulses. When playing this record at home, please excuse the sound quality, which isn't as good as studio quality.

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But to us spontaneity appeared more important than perfection. The recordings were made without any foregoing rehearsal or arrangement. You hear the cross-section of a live performance at a small jazz-club in Vienna.
Put the record on, get yourself comfortable – and let yourself get carried off into the honestly swinging atmosphere of a small jazz-club for half an hour.

Have lots of swinging fun – with jazz!"
Jazz Freddy
Vienna, November 1977
Jazz Bei Freddy
recorded: January 1977 at "Jazz at Freddys" in Vienna/Austria
issued: LP WUNDERTEAM 1 (Austria)

FRITZ PAUER (p); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); JIMMY WOODE (b); TONY INZALACO (dr)


Side A
  1. I'll Remember April
  2. Just Friends


Side B
  1. It Could Happen To You
  2. Blues For D. S., 'Don't Move'
 
     

I Left My Heart ... / Red Garland featuring Leo Wright
recorded: May 1978, live at Keystone Korner, San Francisco
issues: 1978 LP MUSE MR-5311 ; MUSE MC 5311
re-issues: Feb. 1999, CD 32. JAZZ RECORDS ; August 26, 2003 CD SAVOY JAZZ 17279

RED GARLAND (p); LEO WRIGHT (as on #4-6); CHRIS AMBERGER (b); EDDIE MOORE (dr)


  1. Will You Still Be Mine
  2. Please Send Me Someone To Love
  3. Bye Bye Blackbird
  4. Body & Soul
  5. Bag's Groove
  6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
(Adair/Dennis)
(Mayfield)
(Dixon/Henderson)
(Eaton/Heyman/Sour)
(Jackson)
(Cory/Cross)
  Review:    
This is a good place to talk about the Keystone Korner, where this set by Red Garland, master of the block chord, and a surprise guest was recorded during the former Miles Davis pianist's return to the jazz scene in the late 1970's. From 1972-1983, the Korner was to San Francisco what the Village Vanguard has been to New York for a much longer time. An ailing North Beach rock club when it was bought by musician and poet Todd Barkan for $12,500 and turned into a jazz emporium, the Korner, like the Vanguard, is noted for live recordings by the likes of Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Bill Evans. Musicians loved to play there: Barkan installed a good piano that was tuned two or three times a week, hired a professional soundman to work every night - and eventually went broke. Apparently he also kept a tape recorder rolling during a lot of the gigs, considering the wealth of material that has appeared on Japanese and American labels since the Korner closed and was converted into a Chinese restaurant, which is what the City by the Bay really needed (sarcasm intended). Barkan and the Keystone Korner also lured Garland out of semi-retirement in his   hometown of Dallas in 1974 (not 1977as the original liner notes state). If you're truely fortunate, you have the four CDs from that engagement which were released on the Atlas label out of Tokyo. If not, this 32 Jazz reissue of an ex-Muse album will have to do as evidence of his San Francisco visits. The story is that the pianist was rehearsing with a local bassist and drummer when the fine alto player Leo Wright, who was visiting family, dropped by and Garland invited him to share the stage. Wright was a mainstay of Dizzy Gillespie's big bop band from 1959-62 but faded from the limelight when he moved to Europe during the jazz drought of the Sixties. So it's a special treat to hear his horn on three tracks, especially 'Bag's Groove' where he digs in like a bulldozer for eight thrilling rounds before Red's solo, which starts calmly enough but builds to a crescendo. And that leaves three tasty trio performances, all tunes that Red had recorded for Prestige before bailing out of New York in 1962. It's fun but not essential to compare the different versions, since Garland's fans, this scribe included, will want both.  
       



Fantastic Jazz-Funk album from Bulgaria, featuring the amazing vocals of: Donna Hightower & Joy Fleming, also featuring Leo Wright on alto-sax. and Milo Pavlovic on trumpet. Goes from traditionnal Jazz (In The Mood) to more Jazz Funk stuff (Gringo Domingo) via standards (My Funny Valentine), hard to find !
Festival Orphee D'Or / Paul Kuhn & The SFB Big Band
recorded: 197? live in Sofia/Bulgaria
issued: 1979 LP BALKANTON BTA 1724 (Bulgaria)

DONNA HIGHTOWER (voc #A2-4), JOY FLEMING (voc #B2-4); SFB BIG BAND soloists: MILO PAVLOVIC (tp #B5); ANDRÉ PAQUINET (tb #B6); LEO WRIGHT (as #A5); HEINZ VON HERMANN (ts #A6); arranged & conducted by PAUL KUHN


Side A
 1. In The Mood
 2. Hoy Tan Bonita
 3. My Funny Valentine
 4. This World Today Is A Mess
 5. South Of The Border
 6. Gringo Domingo
Side B
 1. Tuxedo Junction
 2. Another Door Closing
 3. Regentag
 4. Half Breed
 5. When You Smile
 6. I'm Getting Sentimental
     Over You
 7. Travelling Saxes
     


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Big Band Berlin / Paul Kuhn Und Das SFB-Tanzorchester
recorded: 197?
issued: LP HÖRZU SHZE 322 ; MC HÖRZU 1 C 244 -29694
(special edition by EMI/ELECTROLA) (Germany)

MILO PAVLOVIC*, CARMELL JONES (tp); ÅKE PERSSON* (tb), ROLF ROEMER* (ts) ;
LEO WRIGHT* (as, fl); EUGEN CICERO* (p); PAUL KUHN (arr., cond.) ...   *=soloists


Side A
  1. Saturday Night
  2. Bye Bye Blues
  3. Caravan
  4. Schwarze Augen
(Dark Eyes)
  5. My One And Only Love
  6. Big Mama Cass

Side B
  1. Mademoiselle Ninette
  2. Memphis Underground
  3. Alone Together
  4. Strippin
  5. Windmills Of Your Mind
  6. Rush Hour

(Cahn/Styne/arr. Kuhn)
(Hamm/Bennett/Lown/Gray/arr. Kuhn)
(Ellington/Tizol/Mills/arr. Kuhn)
(Traditional/arr. Kuhn)
(Wood/Mellin/arr. Kuhn)
(Sebesky/arr. Simmonds)


(Hildebrandt/Winhauer/arr. Deuchar)
(Mann/arr. Simmonds)
(Schwartz/arr. Kuhn)
(Kuhn/arr. Kuhn)
(Legrand/Bergman/arr. Kuhn)
(Kuhn/arr. Kuhn)
     

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  Lady Champagne / Elly Wright And Friends featuring Leo Wright
recorded: 1986 at Soundborn Studio, Vienna/Austria
issued: GROOVE RECORDS (Austria) 8607

ELLY WRIGHT (voc); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); ALBERT MAIR (p); PETER MARINOFF (g); MILAN PILAR (b); KARL PROSENIK (dr); HAROLD SMITH (dr, voc)


  1. Nothing Like You
  2. Go To Hell
  3. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
  4. Dindi
  5. Flying Bird
     


Leo Wright´s last recorded notes are on this, his wife´s, CD. Listen To My Plea / Elly Wright
and The Sophisticated Ladies featuring Leo Wright and Richard Boone
recorded: 1990 in Vienna/Austria
issued: 1991 CD GROOVE RECORDS G 49039

ELLY WRIGHT (voc); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl); RICHARD BOONE (tb,voc); PETER MARINOFF (g); THE SOPHISTICATED LADIES: MARIE LOUISE SCHMIDT, HELLE MARSTRAND, BENITA HAASTRUP (voc)


  1. Twee Dee Tweet Blues
  2. Beautiful Love
  3. Gentle Rain
  4. Miss Elly
  5. Ill Wind
  6. Little Willie Leaps
  7. Darn That Dream
  8. My Guy, My Gal
  9. Sunset Eyes
10. Say Cheese
11. Suzla's Delight
12. Just In Time
13. Listen To My Plea
(E. Wright)
(V. Young)
(L. Bonfá)
(L. Wright)
(H. Arlen)
(M. Davis)
(V. Heusen)
(E. Wright)
(T. Edwards)
(T. Wolf)
(L. Wright)
(B. Comden/A. Green)
(E. Wright)
     

  JAZZ-WORKSHOPS  
Workshops, Workshop-TV and
Radio Concerts by the NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk)


The famous Avantgarde composer Rolf Liebermann and Hans Gertberg started this series in 1958 and tried an new setting as: several days rehearsals for new arrangements of the musicans who take part and a final concert for radio and/ or TV. The invited more or less famous jazz musicans were brought together with top rhythm groups from Europe. Special events like the 'Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen' or the 'Funk- und Fernseh-Ausstellung' in Berlin and Frankfurt gave the opportunity for the public to get to know something about work inside radio. For seven years Vienna born tenorist Hans Koller was the promoter for nowadays legendary meetings and after the death of Hans Gertberg the series was produced by pianist Michael Naura. Later single performances like concerts or festival appearance were also included in the numbering of the workshops.
  NDR-Workshop No. 38
recorded: January 29, 1965 at Studio 10, NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg/Germany

RICHARD KUBERNAT, JAROMIR HNLICKA (tp); IDREES SULIEMAN (tp, as); LEO WRIGHT (fl, as); MICHAL URBANIAK (ss, ts); ROLF KÜHN (cl, ts); RONNIE ROSS (bs); ANDRZEJ TRZASKOWSKI (p); ROMAN DYLAG (b); RUNE CARLSSON(dr)


  1. Five Degrees East - Five Degrees West
  2. Bluebeard
  3. Sub Basement Blues
  4. Taking Johnny For A Ride
  [5169]
  5. Beneath The Surface   [5170]
  6. The Hip Blues   [5171]
  7. Major Touch   [5178]
  8. Sonnymoon For Two   [5179]
  9. The Camel   [5180]
10. Bus Romance   [5181]
11. Exhibition   [5182]
12. Sie Gleicht Wohl Einem Rosenstock   [5183]

Note: pers. #3: cl, bs, p, b, dr ; #8: tps out ; #11: reeds, p, b, dr
     

  NDR Jazz Workshop `65
recorded: 1965 at NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg/Germany
issued: LP NDR 629851 (Germany), mono (no stereo existing)

#A1,3  (#3 from Ost-West-Workshop), WES MONTGOMERY (g, arr. #1 only); MARTIAL SOLAL (p), MICHEL GAUDRY (b), RONNIE STEPHENSON (dr); #A2  (from Ost-West-Workshop & NDR-Workshop No. 38), JOACHIM Kühn (cl, arr.), ROLF KÜHN (cl, ts) & BIG BAND, see above; #A4  (from Ost-West-Workshop), LEO WRIGHT (as), solo: ANDRZEJ TRZASKOWSKI (p); #A5  MARTIAL SOLAL (arr.), solos: JOHNNY GRIFFIN, HANS KOLLER (ts), RONNIE ROSS (bar-s); #B1  (from Free Form-Workshop), CARLA BLEY, solos: PAUL BLEY (p), ATTILA ZOLLER (g); #B2  (from Workshop Jazz sur Seine), YVAN JULLIEN (tp), solo: JEAN-LOUIS CHAUTEMPS (as) ; #B3  (from Free Form-Workshop), PAUL BLEY (p), KENT CARTER (b), BARRY ALTSCHUL (dr); #B4  (from Ruhrfestspiel-Workshop 1965), HANS KOLLER (ts), RONNIE ROSS (bar-s), MICHEL HAUSSER (vib), INTERNATIONAL BIG BAND of 20 from seven countries


Side A
  1. Here Is That Rainy Day
  2. Sie Gleicht Wohl Einem Rosenstock  (folksong from 15th century)
  3. No Smokin'
  4. Midnight In Berlin
  5. Stella By Starlight

Side B
  1. Floater
  2. Un Cannard Sentimental
  3. Touching
  4. Music For Pablo


Note: #2 also performed by Rolf & Joachim Kühn Quintet on SOLARIUS AMIGA LP
     


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Jazz Workshop Ost-West Bochum 1965
recorded: January 30, 1965 at Ruhrlandhalle in Bochum/Germany
issued: LP COLUMBIA SMC 83875 (stereo) (Germany)

IDREES SULIEMAN JAROMIR HNLICKA, RICHARD KUBERNAT (tp); ROLF KÜHN (cl); LEO WRIGHT (#6 as), MICHAL URBANIAK (ts, ss); RONNIE ROSS (bar-s); ANDRZEJ TRZASKOWSKI (#6 p); ROMAN DYLAG (b); RUNE CARLSSON (dr)


Side A
  1. Five Degrees East
  2. Five Degrees West
  3. Bluebeard
  4. Sub Basement Blues
  5. Majo Taj

Side B
  1. Beneath The Surface   (Hniicka)
  2. Midnight In Berlin   (Wright)
  3. The Hip Blues   (Kühn)
     

    40. Jazz Workshop Band - Recklinghausen `65
recorded: July 2, 1965 at Vestlandhalle in Recklinghausen/Germany
issued: LP SABA 15057 ; #4-6,10-12,14,15,17 also on SABA SB-15 057ST

BENNY BAILEY, IVAN JULIEN, RICK KIEFER, MAURICE THOMAS (tp); ROGER GUERIN (tp, fl-h); KEITH CHRISTIE, ERICH KLEINSCHUSTER, ÅKE PERSSON (tb); EMILE VILAIN (tb, b-tb); ROLF KÜHN (cl, ts); LEO WRIGHT (as, fl except #10); JOHNNY SCOTT (fl, cl, as); JACQUES NOUREDDINE (b-cl, as); HANS KOLLER (as, ts); TUBBY HAYES (ts, fl); RONNIE ROSS (bs, b-cl); MICHEL HAUSSER (vib); GEORGE GRUNTZ (p, cembalo); STUFF SMITH (v); JIMMY WOODE (b); RONNIE STEPHENSON (dr)


  1. Any Minute Now
  2. Große Liegende Nr. 5
  3. My Blue Heaven
  4. Jazz Essay
  (omit Scott)
  5. The Freedom
  6. The Band Goes Churchy
  7. Timmie's Blues
  8. Ruts, Grooves, Graves And Dimensions
  9. Trumpet Upchart
10. Music For Pablo II
  (omit Kühn, Wright, Scott, Noureddine, Hayes)
11. Stephenson's Rocket
12. 100% Proof
13. Take The A Train
14. Gemini Waltz
15. Ode To A Blossom
  (omit Koller, Scott)
16. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
17. Now's The Time
  (omit Koller)

 #2 only Guerin, Hayes, Scott, Wright, Kühn, Ross, Gruntz, Woode, Stephenson
     

    Jazz Workshop East-West 74
recorded: May 2-5, 1974

Americans in Europe: Dizzy Reece, Leo Wright, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Woode, Allen Blairman; Stivin-Dasek Tandem; Jan Wroblewski Big Band; Albert Mangelsdorff Quartett; Dollar Brand African Space Programme; Hans Koller Free Sound; Mal Waldron Quintett; Volker Kriegel Spectrum; Schlippenbach/Kowald Quartett; Hans Reichel; Marizikosch; Ken Rhodes Trio; Brötzmann/ van Hove/ Bennink Namyslowski/ Karolak/ Bartkowski Voices; Bela Lakatos Quartett; Cellula Quintett; Bobby Jones Trio; Rudolf Tomsits Quartett; Bosko Petrovic Nonconvertible All Stars; Ex Ovo Pro
     

    Workshop  ?
recorded:1978 at "Onkel Pö" in Hamburg/Germany

DIZZY GILLESPIE (tp, voc); LEO WRIGHT (as); RODNEY JONES (g); BENJAMIN BROWN (b); MICKEY ROKER (dr)

  1. Blues

Note: TV & Radio broadcast
     

 




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