Oscar Pettiford 1957 – 1960

 

57 The fifth year of the Down Beat critics poll. OP wins. S. below 570831.

5701 Milt Jackson Sextet. Milt Jackson vib, Lucky Thompson ts, Joe Newman tp, Horace Silver p, Oscar Pettiford b, Connie Kay d.

  • Sermonette
  • The Spirit Feel
  • Ignunt Oil
  • Blues At Twilight

Milt Jackson: Plenty Plenty Soul. LP Atlantic SD 8811, and on: Milt Jackson: Plenty Plenty Soul. LP Atlantic ATL 50299 (That’s Jazz Vol. 22).

570109-10, 570205 & 7 NYC. Ralph Sharon Sextet. Ralph Sharon p, Lucky Thompson ts, Eddie Costa vb, Joe Puma g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. – [Coover Gazdar 57030; has 570205 as the only recording date].

  • Tipperary Fairy
  • Strictly Occidental
  • Ask an Alaskan
  • Blue in Peru
  • Prettily Italy
  • Piccadilly Panic
  • Sorta Spanish
  • Parisienne Eyeful
  • Stateside Panic
  • Hassle in Havana
  • Gibraltar Rock
  • Just a Japanese Side-Man

“Around the World in Jazz”. Rama LP RLP 1001 (FSR-722); reissued as Fresh Sound FSR-CD 114. – These sessions communicated by Dennis Whitling.

570123 NYC. Nat Pierce Quintet. Nat Pierce p, Anthony Ortega fl, as, Dick Wetmore v, Oscar Pettiford b, Gus Johnson d.

  • Dicty
  • By The Way
  • Blues For Jean
  • If I’m Lucky

570124

  • Hi Fitz
  • Moten Swing (unissued)
  • Far East

570125

  • No Love No Nothing
  • Shake Down The Stars
  • Pizzicato Swing
  • Society Jump

Chamber Music For Moderns. Coral CRL57128. – From Burt Korall’s notes: “Blues for Jean was dedicated to drummer Osie Johnson’s wife who passed away the night before the recording date (…). Oscar’s chorus is exceedingly warm and well taken.”

570205 & 07 see 570109-10, 570205 & 7 NYC. Ralph Sharon Sextet.

570207 Chris Connor voc, Herbie Mann fl, Ralph Sharon p, Barry Galbraith g, Oscar Pettiford b, Ron Free d. [Coover Gazdar 57040]

  • 2334 I’ve Got Beginner’s Luck
  • 2335 Slap That Bass* (features OP)
  • 2336 For You, For Me, For Evermore*
  • 2337 Love Is Sweeping The Country

Chris Connor: Gershwin Almanac. Atlantic 2-601. – *also on: Chris Connor Sings Gershwin. Clarion 611. – Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings Gershwin. Collectibles COL-CD-6887.

570215 Marcy Lutes voc, Shorty Baker tp, Hal McKusick as, Al Cohn ts, Oscar Pettiford b, Paul Motian d, other unknown musicians. Gil Evans arr. – Only the following three titles of the LP have Gil Evans & OP. Rest w. orch. dir. by Marion Evans or Ralph Burns. [Coover Gazdar 56420 has 56 (with doubts), and Don Lamond instead of Paul Motian. Decca LP 5548. Paul Motian had the exact date in his files; he confirms that he is the drummer.]

  • Cheek To Cheek
  • Travelin’ Light
  • Aren’t You Glad You’re You

Marcy Lutes: Debut. Decca DL 8557. – Gil Evans. Priceless Jazz Collection 15. GRP Records GRD-9895.

570217 The Billboard. February 23, 1957. “TV Show Pegs Atlantic LP. New York– The Sunday inspirational CBS-TV show, “Wake Up and Live,” will provide the peg for at least one new Atlantic album this year. The show scheduled for last Sunday (17) actually was to be performed in the format of an Atlantic recording session. This show also carried the nation-wide debut of a new Atlantic artist, the blind pianist, David McCay, who led an all-star jazz group. Included were Bob Brookmeyer, Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Giuffre and Osi [sic] Johnson. Atlantic was considering taping the show, and also planned supplementary disk dates for the combo. The resultant album will carry the show title. Some tradesters may have been disappointed to see Atlantic’s Nesuhi Ertegun, himself a handsome, personable chap, portrayed by a professional actor.”

570222 Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble. Art Blakey d, Ray Bryant p, Oscar Pettiford b, Jo Jones d, Candido congas, Sabu Martinez bongos, Charles „Specs” Wright tympani. – Ray Bryant recalls: “On one of Oscar’s compositions on the Drum Suite, Candido was actually playing the bass. Oscar Pettiford was playing the cello.”

  • Cubano Chant
  • Oscalypso

Drum Suite. CBS 21067 = Columbia CL 1002.

570222-570320 at Birdland. Ralph Sharon p, Oscar Pettiford b, Paul Motian d; with the addition of singer Chris Conner 570301-06.

 

570225 NYC. Candido Camero perc, Ernie Royal, Charlie Shavers, Bernie Glow tp, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak, Tom Mitchell tb, Ed London fr-h, Jay McAllister tuba, Hank Jones p, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d, Ernie Wilkins arr, cond, Manny Albam arr*.

  • Tin Tin Deo
  • Take The A Train
  • The Lady In Red*

Candido: The Volcanic. Atlantic ABC 180 / ABC (E) 1182.

570225 NYC. Joe Puma g, Mat Mathews acc, Oscar Pettiford b, Shadow Wilson d.

Wild Kitten. Dawn DCD 109.

*Pete Bainbridge found an old music book called “Milt Meets Oscar” with transcriptions of “The Puritan” (560717/18) and “Wild Kitten”, along with “Not So Deep” (performed by Hinton). Following the link you will find a scan of the cover.

570226 Chris Connor voc, Ralph Sharon p, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

  • 2384 The Man I Love
  • 2385 S’Wonderful
  • 2386 A Foggy Day*
  • 2387 Summertime*
  • 2388 There’s A Boat Leaving Soon For New York
  • 2389 I Loves You Porgy*

Chris Connor: Gershwin Almanac. Atlantic 2-601. – *also on: Chris Connor Sings Gershwin. Clarion 611. – Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings Gershwin. Collectibles COL-CD-6887.

5703 NYC. Jack Nimitz – Bill Harris Group. As the CD gives the collective personnel only, we include the full info as given by Jim Harrod. Pete Bainbridge made me aware of Jim Harrod’s posting. Thank you again, Pete!

Jim Harrod writes:

It’s not every day that we are treated to a previously unreleased session from the 1950s, but a recent email from Bob Zieff informed me that Jack Nimitz has made arrangements with Fresh Sound to release the following ABC-Paramount session that has never been issued:

THE ABC-PARAMOUNT HARRIS – NIMITZ SESSIONS

All arrangements by Robert Zieff

First session: Jack Nimitz, baritone sax; Bill Harris, trombone; Gene Orloff, 1st violin; Dick Wetmore, 2nd violin; Lucien Schmidt, Seymour Barab, and Alan Shulman, cellos; Chuck Wayne, guitar; Russ Saunders (Savakus), bass; Teddy Sommer, drums.

Second session: Jack Nimitz, baritone sax; Bill Harris, trombone; Gene Orloff, 1st violin; Dick Wetmore, 2nd violin; Lucien Schmidt, Seymour Barab, and Alan Shulman, cellos; Jimmy Raney, guitar; Russ Saunders (Savakus), bass; Sol Gubin, drums.

Third session: Jack Nimitz, baritone sax; Bill Harris, trombone; Gene Orloff, 1st violin; Harry Lookofsky, 2nd violin; George Koutzen, Harvey Shapiro, and George Ricci, cellos; Kenny Burrell, guitar; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Don Lamond, drums.

  1. LEAN ON ME 3:58
  2. A HANDFUL OF STARS 2:20
  3. SHINE 3:41
  4. AUTUMN NOCTURNE 3:09
  5. LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY 3:57
  6. SOMEBODY LOVES ME 3:14
  7. THE LOVE NEST 5:30
  8. SOFTLY, AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE 3:58
  9. YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC 4:58

The session was most likely the victim of changing A&R heads at ABC Paramount. The session is mentioned in the August 8, 1957 issue of Down Beat on page 8 — “Bob Zieff scored all the tunes for a Jack Nimitz-Bill Harris set on ABC-Paramount with two violins, three cellos, Oscar Pettiford, Don Lamond, and guitarists Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Raney, and Kenny Burrell on the dates…”

I am a great fan of Zieff’s writing and wish that he had remained longer on the jazz scene, or perhaps it is the other way around, that the jazz scene that appreciated his writing had remained longer. Chet appreciated his writing and in particular recorded SAD WALK several times in his brief career.

Jim

Jack Nimitz and Friends… Yesterday and Today. Fresh Sound Records FSR 5047 CD. – Issued for the first time! My first impression in gray (to be verified). – More about Bob Zieff. – Chuck Nessa: The sessions were supposed to be issued by Uptown about 10 years ago. “Uptown was in the process of licensing it from Universal when their legal department stopped it because they had a label called Uptown. They said we’d have to change the name of the label. – I think there was a worthy bonus track too – not sure if it was an alt or another tune. – Nimitz had an acetate reference disc (and/or a cassette), but the master tapes are in the Universal vault. I hope FS had access to the tapes but I wouldn’t count on it.”

570301-06 Birdland. Chris Connor voc, Ralph Sharon p, Oscar Pettiford b, Paul Motian d; cf. 570222-570320.

570306-07 Sam Most & His Orch. Sam Most cl, Charles Harmon, Al Stewart, Don Stratton, Ed Reider III , Doug Mettome tp, Bill Elton, Jim Dahl, Frank Rehak tb, Ed Wassermann, Dick Meldonian, David Schildkraut, Marty Flax reeds, Bob Dorough p, arr, cond, Oscar Pettiford b, Paul Motian d. – [Coover Gazdar 57220 has 570603. Paul Motian had the exact dates in his files.]

  • Strictly Confidential
  • ‘Round Midnight
  • Serpent’s Tooth
  • Bluebird

Sam Most Pays Bird, Bud, Monk and Miles. Fresh Sound FSR 2039 (Bethlehem BCP 75).

5703-5704 NYC. Pat Moran Quartet. Pat Moran p, voc, John Doling b, voc, Johnny Whited d, voc, Bev Kelly voc. On* add: Burt Collins tp, Earl Swope tb, Sam Most fl, Dick Meldonian, Tony Ortega saxes, Oscar Pettiford b, Nat Pierce arr, cond.

  • Thou Swell*
  • Have You Met Miss Jones*
  • Lover Man
  • Jor-du
  • It Never Entered My Mind
  • Come Rain Or Come Shine*
  • I’ll Be Around*
  • Just Squeeze Me*
  • I Can’t Get Started
  • Lullaby Of The Leaves
  • I’ll Remember April
  • Mother Macree*
  • Well You Needn’t
  • The Lady Is A Tramp
  • Four

While at Birdland. The Pat Moran Quartet. Bethlehem BCP-6018. – The Pat Moran Quartet. 2-CD set. Bethlehem 20-50022. – Last three titles on CD only.

570312 & 15 NYC. Coleman Hawkins ts, Idrees Sulieman tp, J. J. Johnson tb, Hank Jones p, Oscar Pettiford b, Jo Jones d.

  • Chant
  • Juicy Fruit
  • Think Deep
  • Laura
  • Blue Lights
  • Sancticity

Coleman Hawkins: The Hawk Flies High. Riverside OJC20- 027-2, and on: Coleman Hawkins: The Hawk Flies. LP Milestone M-47015.

570321 For two weeks at Birdland, with his large group. – Nat Hentoff: An Oscar. Pettiford Makes Some Pungent Comments Concerning Men Like Ellington, Blanton, And Diz. In: Down Beat Vol. 24, No. 6. March 21, 1957.

570401 Herbie Mann Sextet. Herbie Mann fl, alto-fl, b-cl, arr*, Urbie Green tb, Jack Nimitz bs, b-cl, Joe Puma g, arr***, Oscar Pettiford b, Charlie Smith d. Nat Pierce arr**.

  • Let Me Tell You
  • When The Sun Comes Out*
  • Lazy Bones*
  • Sultry Serenade**
  • One Morning In May***

Herbie Mann: Let Me Tell You. Milestone M 47010. – And on: Herbie Mann: Sultry Serenade. OJCCD-927-2 (Riverside RLP-234). – Also on Riverside RS-3029 (Re-Recorded To Simulate Stereo), called: Moody Mann.

570408 NYC. Herbie Mann Quartet. Herbie Mann fl, alto-fl, b-cl, arr*, Joe Puma g, Oscar Pettiford b, Charlie Smith d.

  • Professor
  • Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day*
  • Swingin’ Till The Girls Come Home

Herbie Mann: Let Me Tell You. Milestone M 47010. – And on: Herbie Mann: Sultry Serenade. OJCCD-927-2 (Riverside RLP-234). – Also on Riverside RS-3029 (Re-Recorded To Simulate Stereo), called: Moody Mann.

570410 Joe Newman-Zoot Sims Quintet. Joe Newman tp, Zoot Sims ts, John Acea p, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

  • Corky
  • Mambo For Joe
  • Wolfafunt’s Lament
  • Midnite Fantasy
  • ‘Tater Pie
  • Oh Shay
  • Bassing Around
  • Oh Joe
  • Susette
  • Similar Souls

Joe Newman-Zoot Sims Quintet: Locking Horns. Fresh Sound FSR 657 (Rama RLP 1003). Roulette 52009, Roulette 128. Rama FSRCD 34.

570412 The New York Times. “Music Notes. Events today: … Oscar Pettiford and group, jazz concert, Public School 33, Ninth Avenue at Twenty-seventh Street, all at 8:30.”

570418 (?) NYC. Birdland. Oscar Pettiford Orch.

570418 NYC. Herbie Mann alto-fl, Anthony Ortega, Dave Kurtzer, Dick Hafer reeds, Hank Jones p, Joe Puma g, Oscar Pettiford b, Philly Joe Jones d, Gigi Gryce arr*, A. K. Salim arr**.

  • Little Niles*
  • Pretty Baby**
  • Song For Ruth*

Flute Mann. Columbia Jazz Odyssey PC 36972.

570423 NYC. NBC TV broadcast from the Hickory House. Duke Ellington Group. Duke Ellington p, Johnny Hodges as, Harry Carney bs, Oscar Pettiford b, Max Roach d.

  • Take The “A” Train (unissued)
  • Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (unissued)
  • Perdido (unissued)
  • Duke Ellington Interview with Ben Gross (unissued)

The show was called “Tonight! America After Dark”.

570429 NYC. Herbie Mann alto-fl, Bernie Glow, Joe Wilder, Don Stratton tp, Urbie Green, Chauncey Welsch tb, Anthony Ortega as, Dick Hafer ts, Sol Schlinger bs, Hank Jones p, Joe Puma g, Oscar Pettiford b, Gus Johnson d, A. K. Salim arr*.

  • When Lights Are Low*
  • Beautiful Love
  • A Ritual*

Herbie Mann fl, alto-fl, Joe Puma g, arr*, Oscar Pettiford b, arr**, Gus Johnson d.

  • Old Honky Tonk Piano Roll Blues
  • Hip Scotch*
  • Noga’s Nuggets**

Flute Mann. Columbia Jazz Odyssey PC 36972.

5705 André Hodeir: Impressions de New-York (III). In: Jazz Hot N° 121, Mai 1957: “Au Birdland, outre l’ennuyeux Johnny Smith (…), j’ai entendu de nouveau Count Basie (…) et, pour sa première apparition en public le nouvel orchestre d’Oscar Pettiford, composé de deux trompettes (dont Art Farmer), de deux cors (dont Dave Amram), d’un trombone (Jimmy Cleveland), de 4 saxophones (dont Gigi Gryce et J. R. Monterose), d’une harpe et d’une section rhythmique où Dick Katz tient le piano et Osie Johnson la batterie. Oscar, près du micro, dirige l’orchestre et de temps à autre joue du violoncelle ou – plus rarement – de la basse. Les arrangements (de Quincy Jones, Gigi Gryce, Dave Amram, Lucky Thompson, etc.), sont malheureusement de valeur inégale. Il est possible que je n’aie pas entendu les meilleurs d’entre eux: aussi ne puis-je, là encore, formuler qu’une impression peut-être mal fondée.” – In the same issue: “Un Oscar pour Pettiford” by Nat Hentoff. French translation of: Nat Hentoff: An Oscar. Pettiford Makes Some Pungent Comments Concerning Men Like Ellington, Blanton, And Diz. In: Down Beat Vol. 24, No. 6. March 21, 1957.

About the arrangements cf. bobalong’s review. I agree that most of them are rudimentary. Had there been more time and money, the arrangements would have undoubtedly been developped in ways OP had learned in the Ellington orchestra. Cf. earlier recordings of Gigi Gryce’s arr. of Little Niles: lack-luster, all of them. Pettiford made it ring. The recording of Lucky Thompson’s arr. of The Gentle Art of Love is a marvel, due to the fine dynamics of the band and, of course, Thompson’s exquisite instrumentation. Lucky arranged Perdido, too. The potential was there. And if you do not listen to all the recordings in a row, but give yourself a chance – listen to another band, then get back to Pettiford – you will recognize the unique sonorities they had already achieved. As Joachim Berendt said: “Oscar war, wie wenige andere, ‘Kammer-Jazz-Musiker.’ Aber er hat auch sein ganzes Leben lang die Sehnsucht nach der Big Band gehabt. Es liegt liebenswürdige Ironie darin, wie Oscar immer wieder bemüht ist, in diese swingenden, massiven Big-Band-Klänge Kammermusik-Charakter hineinzubringen.” Or Ralph Gleason: “Now, Oscar has returned to the big band scene. This is in perfect keeping with pace setters and experimenters in all the arts. Today the big band is at its lowest ebb in a decade. And yet and yet…” (Read on: the liner notes to “OP Complete Big Band Studio Recordings”).

5705 NYC Hal & Peggy Serra With Oscar Pettiford. Hal Serra p, Peggy Serra voc, Oscar Pettiford b.

  • Lover Come Back To Me

Peggy Serra-Oscar Pettiford. Peggy Serra voc, Oscar Pettiford b.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’

Jazzville. Dawn DCD 114 (2 CD). – Dawn LP 1125.

Michael Fitzgerald sent a mail about this session:

“I have discovered that there are two additional selections by Peggy Serra on “New Voices” (Dawn DLP 1125). I have not confirmed that Pettiford is present, but it seems likely these are from the same session (listed as May 1957). Neither Bruyninckx nor Lord mentions these tracks and Jepsen has nothing at all on the session.

I believe this is a more complete session entry:

http://www.jazzdiscography.com/Leaders/SerraPeggy-ldr.php

Apparently the LP issue has a 1956 date – which may or may not indicate that the May 1957 recording date is incorrect. There is often confusion about the dating of Dawn sessions/issues.

It is possible that Pettiford plays cello (Bruyninckx says so), but I can’t confirm at this point. …

Mike

mike at jazzdiscography.com
www.jazzdiscography.com

Date: May 1957
Location: New York City
Label: Dawn

Peggy Serra (ldr), Hal Serra (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Peggy Serra (v)

a.     Lover, Come Back To Me – 3:06  (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
b.     Enchanted April – 3:30  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
c.     My Future Just Passed – 3:56  (George Marion, Jr., Richard Whiting)
d.     Ain’t Misbehavin’ – 2:40  (Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf)
All titles on:      Dawn LP 12″: DLP 1125 — New Voices   (1956)
Blue Moon CD: DCD 114 — Jazzville   (2004)

Hal Serra (p) on a-c.

570503-04 in Florida at Florida A & M University dance, and in Virginia. O.P. big band w. Paul Motian d. – Cf. David Amram’s “Vibrations” for a detailed description of the gig.

570506, 08, 10 Lurlean Hunter with Phil Moore and His Orchestra. Oscar Pettiford b (it is not known if OP plays on all dates; it is not certain that he plays on any date).

Orchestra with strings:

  • Steppin’ Out With My Baby
  • Kiss Me Again
  • Blues  In The Night
  • Under A Blanket Of Blue

Orchestra including bongo, flute, trumpet, bass clarinet, trombone, guitar:

  • Easy To Love
  • Old Devil Moon
  • Nobody’s Heart
  • Oh! Look At Me Now

Eight-piece jazz group:

  • I Feel So Smoochy
  • If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
  • You Do Something To Me
  • Some Other Time

Stepping Out. Vik LX-1116.

570521 NYC. Kenny Dorham tp, Sonny Rollins ts (except*), Hank Jones p, Oscar Pettiford b, Max Roach d, Betty Glamann harp (**).

  • I’ll Remember April#
  • Larue*, **
  • My Old Flame**
  • But Beautiful*,**

Jazz Contrasts. Riverside OJCCD-028-2, and: But Beautiful. Milestone M 47036 (except #).

570526 Oscar Pettiford & His Birdland Band. Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Ray Copeland, Donald Byrd tp, prob. Al Grey tb, Dave Amram, Ed London fr-h, Gigi Gryce as, arr, prob. Benny Golson or J. R. Monterose ts, Jerome Richardson ts, fl, prob. Sahib Shihab bs, Dick Katz p, Betty Glamann harp, probably Whitey Mitchell b, Shadow Wilson d.

  • The Gentle Art Of Love (Theme)
  • Nica’s Tempo
  • Seventh Heaven
  • Perdido
  • Two French Fries
  • He’s My Guy
  • Smoke Signals
  • The Gentle Art Of Love (Theme)

Jazz Off The Air Vol. 6. Oscar Pettiford & His Birdland Band. Spotlite (GB) SPJ 153. – Mitsuo Johfu sent a tape of this broadcast. It has a few seconds more in the beginning (Oscar can be heeard counting “one, two, three”) and at the end than the Spotlite LP, which fades out.

The photo was made by Bill Spilka. It does of course not show the personnel of 570526, but one of Oscar’s Birdland bands. Mitsuo Johfu identified Art Farmer tp, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Whitey Mitchell b, Osie Johnson d. In addition to that I believe I recognize Jerome Richardson and J. R. Monterose ts, Idrees Sulieman tp, Dick Katz p, Betty Glamann harp. Here is another photo – backstage. – In his book “Vibrations” David Amram recalls the last tour of this unique band.

570527 Kenny Dorham Quintet. Kenny Dorham tp, Sonny Rollins ts, Hank Jones p, Oscar Pettiford b, Max Roach d.

  • Falling In Love With Love
  • La Villa

Jazz Contrasts. Riverside OJCCD-028-2. – But Beautiful. Milestone M 47036.

570529 NYC. Teddy Charles Trio. Teddy Charles vib, Hall Overton p, Oscar Pettiford b.

  • 902 Sherman Shuffle
  • 903 The Mooche
  • 904 Main Stem
  • 905 Sophisticated Lady
  • 906 Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • 907 Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me

Teddy Charles, Oscar Pettiford, Hall Overton Play Duke Ellington. Josie JJM 3505/JJS 3505. – Teddy Charles Trio: Three For Duke. Jubilee JLP 1047/JGS 1047.

“As for Duke’s music,” Oscar concluded, “I haven’t heard anything bad by him yet. In terms of adapting some of his works for a trio, I did make some suggestions; because, having worked with Duke so long, I had a kind of insight on how he does things. So I sort of pulled their coats a little from time to time. Anyway, write whatever you want about the session; I just dig playing the music.” From Nat Hentoff’s liner notes (Jubilee). – “There was no drum used at all. It is a lasting tribute to the genius that was Oscar Pettiford that he was able to integrate his playing into everything that was going on and still keep the tempo going.” (Josie liner notes).

570531 Springfield, Mass. O.P. big band w. Paul Motian d. – Cf. David Amram’s “Vibrations” for a detailed description of the gig.

570606 NYC. RCA Victor Studio No. 3 / 570613 NYC. Webster Hall. Louis “Sabu” Martinez bongo, tympani, cond, Ray Barretto conga, Ray “Mosquito” Romero conga, Evelio Quintero conga, Steve Berrios timbales, Jack Hitchcock vib, tb, Cecil Payne bs, Gene Allen oboe, ts, Oscar Pettiford b.

  • Jeanette
  • Dawn
  • Ubas
  • Nadenga
  • Safari

Safari with Sabu. RCA VIK LX-1122. – A fine scan from Kees Hazevoet showing  the cover.

570611-23 Small’s Paradise in Harlem. O.P. Quintet.  Ray Copeland tp, Sahib Shihab bs, Dick Katz p, Oscar Pettiford b, Paul Motian or Osie Johnson d.

570623 Michael Fitzgerald sent a mail:

Attached is a photo that appeared in The New York Times Sunday magazine of June 23, 1957. It is credited as being from Birdland, but
no musicians are identified. Obviously we see OP on cello and it looks like Sahib Shihab on baritone.

Since the musicians are not on stage, this seems to be a posed photograph – and possibly even humorous (what is going on with the
bass?). The article mentions Herb Pomeroy and his 16-piece orchestra. Pomeroy at Birdland was advertised in the New York Amsterdam News of
May 4, 1957, but I have no idea if Pettiford was involved and because OP is wearing a different colored jacket, I would think this is from
one of his own gigs. It could be that the article was written and a somewhat unrelated photo was added. The photo is by the article’s
author, Gertrude Samuels. My understanding is that normally at Birdland, teenagers were only allowed to sit on bleachers (and this
is mentioned in the article), but here they are at normal tables. So I wonder if this photo might be from an afternoon matinee. No idea
whether this was a portion of the OP orchestra or just a small group. 

Also – in the Bill Spilka photo from Birdland on your site [s.a., 570526], I can just make out Julius Watkins playing horn. There is another horn
player (behind J.R. Monterose) on the right of the photo and I think it’s David Amram but I’m not positive.
Mike

mike at jazzdiscography.com
www.jazzdiscography.com

Very interesting, thank you. Maybe this is the group that played at Small’s Paradise in Harlem. The O.P. Quintet: Ray Copeland tp, Sahib Shahab bs, Dick Katz p, Oscar Pettiford b, Paul Motian d. Osie Johnson (probably subbing for Paul Motian that day) seems to be playing the bass, and Dick Katz is playing piano on its strings. I don’t know any photos of the venue, but I’d guess that this photo was made at Small’s Paradise.

570630 The New York Times announces that OP will appear at the Newport Festival on Friday and Sunday. It did not happen.

57 (second half) Pianist Hod O’Brien: “While still 21, O’Brien was asked by Red Rodney to take Bill Evans’ place in the Oscar Pettiford Quintet. The group alternated sets with Thelonious Monk at the famous Five Spot, among other appearances. After this stint with Pettiford, O’Brien joined up with tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose in a band which included Elvin Jones and Wilbur Ware.” – The Thelonious Monk Quartet (w. John Coltrane) appeared at the Five Spot 570718-1200.

57 (summer / autumn) Mercer Ellington, Duke Ellington In Person, p. 102: “… a new venture began in 1950 when Mercer Records was formed. … OP was our chief artist, and I was involved again with Al Hibbler. … The main push was coming via Birdland, where OP was playing with a band of eight to ten pieces. That was his home base. He’d go out and return. Guys like Symphony Sid helped promote his records, and I remember that Dave Amram was then in the band. … Mercer Records seemed to have more of a future, but OP got to drinking Moscow mules at Birdland and had a terrific argument with the bosses, who fired him. That was the end of the airtime with Symphony Sid, and we began to have troubles. Prior to that, after we had achieved a little success, Duke Ellington had begun to act like an armchair czar. …to tell us how to make a record hit: but we were the ones who really had our ears to the ground. …”

57 (summer / autumn) Oscar Pettiford & His Birdland Band. Prob. personnel: Oscar Pettiford b, cello, prob. Ray Copeland or Kenny Dorham tp, Art Farmer tp, prob. Al Grey tb, Dave Amram, Ed London fr-h, Gene Quill as, prob. Benny Golson ts, Jerome Richardson ts, fl, prob. Sahib Shihab bs, Dick Katz p, Betty Glamann harp, prob. Shadow Wilson or Gus Johnson d.

  • The Gentle Art Of Love (Theme)
  • Aw C’Mon
  • I Remember Clifford
  • Not So Sleepy (to fade)

Jazz Off The Air Vol. 6. Oscar Pettiford & His Birdland Band. Spotlite (GB) SPJ 153. – First three titles also on: Oscar Pettiford Complete Big Band Studio Recordings. CD Lonehilljazz LHJ 10168.

57 (late summer) NYC. Joe Puma Trio.  Joe Puma g, Eddie Costa vib, Oscar Pettiford b.

  • Ubas
  • Blues For Midge
  • Stablemates

Joe Puma: Jazz. Jubilee JLP 1070. – The Jazz Guitar of Joe Puma. FSR-CD 435.

570813 NYC. Silvia Pierce voc. Gene Roland tp, Paul Quinichette ts, Nat Pierce p, Doyle Salathiel g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. [Coover Gazdar 57250]

  • I Never Knew (T. Fiorito – G. Kahn)
  • You Leave Me Breathless (R. Reed – F. Hollander)
  • I’d Know You Anywhere (J. McHugh – J. Mercer)

Silvia Pierce: New Voices. Dawn DLP 1125. – Paul Quinichette: The Kid From Denver. Complete Dawn Recordings. Dawn DCD 106.

Paul Quinichette Sextet. Paul Quinichette ts, Gene Roland tp, Nat Pierce p, Doyle Salathiel g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. [Coover Gazdar 57261]

  • Big George (Harmony says: by F. Knox; Dawn says: by Gene Roland)

Modern Jazz Festival. Harmony HL 7196. – Paul Quinichette: The Kid From Denver. Complete Dawn Recordings. Dawn DCD 106. – Dawn claims Big George as previously unissued, but it is the same take as on Harmony.

Gene Roland Sextet. Gene Roland tp, Paul Quinichette ts, Nat Pierce p, Doyle Salathiel g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. [Coover Gazdar 57261]

  • The Creeper (N. Pierce – O. Pettiford)

Jazzville Vol. 4. Fresh Sound FSR 633 (Dawn DLP 1122). – Paul Quinichette: The Kid From Denver. Complete Dawn Recordings. Dawn DCD 106.

  • No Knox Blues

Oscar Pettiford: Discoveries. Savoy SJL 1172 (Liner notes by Phil Schaap). – Note by Coover Gazdar 570813: “While Sav. LP SJL 1172 claims No Knox Blues to be a discovery, it is in fact the same theme as The Creeper less 1.02 minutes edited out.” – Cf. Coover Gazdar 56412 and 56260, too.

The “Discoveries” and their sources:

Leader: Original title: New title by Phil Schaap:
56 Mat Mathews Straight Ahead 2:08 Jazztone J-1245 You’re Covered 1:46 Savoy SJL 1172
560822 Charlie Smith Have You Met Miss Jones 3:17 Dawn 1114 The Switch 2:10 Savoy SJL 1172
Blues For Sal 5:28 Dawn 1114 What Is It 5:31 Savoy SJL 1172
Air Mail Special 2:32 Dawn 1114 Out Is In 1:55 Savoy SJL 1172
570813 Gene Roland The Creeper 6:00 Dawn 1122 No Knox Blues 4:58 Savoy SJL 1172

 

570823 NYC. The Oscar Pettiford Orch. Ray Copeland, Art Farmer tp, Al Grey tb, Julius Watkins, David Amram fr-h, Gigi Gryce as, arr, Benny Golson ts, arr, Jerome Richardson ts, fl, Sahib Shihab bs, Dick Katz p, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Gus Johnson d, Betty Glamann harp*.

  • Now See How You Are
  • I Remember Clifford*
  • Aw! Come On

The Oscar Pettiford Orch. in Hi-Fi. / O.P.’s Jazz Men. Volume Two. ABC-Paramount ABC 227, and: The Oscar Pettiford Orch. in Hi-Fi. ABC-Paramount ABCS 227. – The Oscar Pettiford Orch.: Deep Passion. CD Impulse GRP 11432. – Oscar Pettiford Complete Big Band Studio Recordings. CD Lonehilljazz LHJ 10168. The sound is better than on GRP 11432.

From the liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason to ABC 227: “Listen to him,” said Dizzy. “There’s a lot of good bass players all over the country, but there’s only two geniuses of the bass – and Oscar is one.”

From the liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason to ABCS 227: “Listen to him,” said Dizzy. “There’s a lot of good bass players all over the country, but there’s only two geniuses of the bass – Charlie Mingus and Oscar Pettiford.”

570830 NYC. The Oscar Pettiford Orch. Ray Copeland, Art Farmer tp, Al Grey tb, Julius Watkins, David Amram fr-h, Gigi Gryce as, arr, Benny Golson ts, arr, Jerome Richardson ts, fl, Sahib Shihab bs, Dick Katz p, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Gus Johnson d, Betty Glamann harp*.

  • Somewhere
  • Laura*
  • Two Basses** – unissued

The Oscar Pettiford Orch. in Hi-Fi. / O.P.’s Jazz Men. Volume Two. ABC-Paramount ABC 227, and: The Oscar Pettiford Orch. in Hi-Fi. ABC-Paramount ABCS 227. – The Oscar Pettiford Orch.: Deep Passion. CD Impulse GRP 11432. – Oscar Pettiford Complete Big Band Studio Recordings. CD Lonehilljazz LHJ 10168. The sound is better than on GRP 11432.

570831 1957 Down Beat Critics Poll

5709 Jazz City, NYC. A new club on 52nd st. OP performs with a quintet. Idrees Sulieman tp, Sahib Shihab s, Dick Katz p, Oscar Pettiford b, unknown d. (See below, Marcel Romano 5710).

5709 NYC. Winner’s Circle. Art Farmer tp, Rolf Kühn cl, Eddie Costa p, vib, Kenny Burrell g, Oscar Pettiford b, Ed Thigpen d. Harry Tubbs arr. – [I am following the CD & Coover Gazdar 57280 in placing „She Didn’t Say Yes” and „At Home With The Blues” here, but there are doubts. Cf. discussion under Winner’s Circle 5710].

  • Lazy Afternoon
  • She Didn’t Say Yes
  • Seabreeze
  • At Home With The Blues

Winner’s Circle. Bethlehem/Sony (Jap) LP SOPL-280BH / Bethlehem BET 6027-2 (BCP-6024). – John Coltrane in the Winners Circle. Bethlehem BCP-6066. – The Down Beat poll winners/runners up for 1956.

5709 An article in Esquire, The Magazine for Men: AN OSCAR FOR OSCAR. The multiple talents of the best-known Pettiford. By Bruce Mitchell.

570906 NYC. The Oscar Pettiford Orch. Ray Copeland, Kenny Dorham tp, Al Grey tb, Julius Watkins, David Amram fr-h, Gigi Gryce as, arr, Benny Golson ts, arr, Jerome Richardson ts, fl, Sahib Shihab bs, Dick Katz p, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Gus Johnson d, Betty Glamann harp.

  • Little Niles*
  • Seabreeze
  • Bohemia After Dark** – unissued

The Oscar Pettiford Orch. in Hi-Fi. / O.P.’s Jazz Men. Volume Two. ABC-Paramount ABC 227, and: The Oscar Pettiford Orch. in Hi-Fi. ABC-Paramount ABCS 227. – The Oscar Pettiford Orch.: Deep Passion. CD Impulse GRP 11432. – Oscar Pettiford Complete Big Band Studio Recordings. CD Lonehilljazz LHJ 10168. The sound is better than on GRP 11432. – *also on: In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford. Philips B 08 657 2 (twen 21). – An article by Michael Steinman about The Complete Big Band Studio Recordings: Lone Hill Jazz (Sp) 10168.

570912 Ray Charles & Milt Jackson. Milt Jackson vib, p, g, Ray Charles p, as, Billy Mitchell ts, Skeeter Best g, Oscar Pettiford b, Connie Kay d.

  • 2726 How Long Blues
  • 2727 Cosmic Ray
  • 2728 The Genius After Hours
  • 2729 Charlesville
  • 2730 Bags Of Blues
  • 2731 If I Should Lose You (unissued)
  • 2732 ‘Deed I Do
  • 2733 Blue Funk
  • 2734 Soul Brothers
  • 2735 Bags’s Guitar Blues

Ray Charles & Milt Jackson: Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting. Atlantic Jazz 7567-81951-2.

571011 Friday night. Monk’s birthday party. OP emceed the event. Cf. Down Beat November 14, 1957. This seems to indicate somehow, that Monk and OP were NOT lifelong enemies after the Brilliant Corners  argument – after which, as Orrin Keepnews points out, the recording session went on as usual. In 1964 Monk explicitly “lamented the premature passing of Oscar Pettiford.” Cf. R. Kelley: Thelonious Monk. The Life and Times of an American Original. NY etc. 2009, p. 361.

5710 A three page article in JAZZ HOT, LA REVUE INTERNATIONALE DU JAZZ. No. 125, Octobre 1957, by Fred Appel Jr.: JAZZ A NEW-YORK CITY: LE GRAND ORCHESTRE D’OSCAR PETTIFORD. Page 15, page 16, page 17. The photo on page 16 was used by Spotlite (SPJ 153) for the LP Oscar Pettiford and his Birdland Band. The personnel shown on the photo: “AU BIRDLAND. L’orchestre Oscar Pettiford: Pettiford, leader, violoncelle et basse; Jerome Richardson, J.-R. Monterose, ts; Eugène Quill: as; Sahib Shihab: bs; Art Farmer, Reunald Jones Jr: tp; J. Cleveland: tb; Dave Amram, Julius Watkins: cors, Betty Glamann; harpe; Dick Katz: p; Whitey Mitchell: b; Osie Johnson: dm.”

In the same issue Marcel Romano writes about his sojourn in New York in September. He reports: “… nous [Romano and Stan Getz who needs a piano player] tournons dans la 52e rue où se trouve ‘Jazz City’ ouvert depuis un mois à peine … En sortant nous tombons juste nez à nez avec Oscar Pettiford. C’est une heureuse aubaine pour Stan. Oscar sort un petit calepin et lui donne un numéro de téléphone. D’après ce que je crois comprendre, Oscar est le véritable ‘requin’ et de nombreuses affaires dont il assure souvent la répartition passent tout d’abord entre ses mains. Il se produit actuellement en seconde partie du programme où figure déjà Kai Winding. Son quartette [sic] est composé de Sahib Shihab, Idrees Sulieman, Dick Katz et d’un batteur dont je ne me souviens plus le nom.”

5710 NYC. Winner’s Circle / Oscar Pettiford All Stars. Donald Byrd tp, Frank Rehak tb, John Coltrane ts, Al Cohn bs, Eddie Costa p, vib, Oscar Pettiford b, Ed Thigpen (except*), Philly Joe Jones d (on* only). Freddie Green g (on* only), Gene Quill as (on* only). Harry Tubbs arr. – [Cf. 5709].

  • Not So Sleepy*
  • Love And The Weather
  • If I’m Lucky (I’ll Be The One)**
  • Turtle Walk

Winner’s Circle. Bethlehem/Sony (Jap) LP SOPL-280BH / Bethlehem BET 6027-2 (BCP-6024). – John Coltrane in the Winners Circle. Bethlehem BCP-6066. – John Coltrane. The Bethlehem Years. Bethlehem D2K 37986. – **also on: Various Artists: Fifteen Star Saxphones. Bethlehem BCP-6035, and on: Various Artists: Golden Jazz Instrumentals. Bethlehem BCP-6065. – The Down Beat poll winners/runners up for 1956.

Winner’s Circle. Oscar Pettiford b, Eddie Costa g, Ed Thigpen d.

  • Taking A Chance On Love

Oscar Pettiford: Discoveries. Savoy SJL 1172 (Liner notes by Phil Schaap).

Oscar Pettiford’s All Stars. Donald Byrd tp, Frank Rehak tb, Gene Quill as, John Coltrane ts, Al Cohn bs, Oscar Pettiford b, Ed Thigpen d.

  • Strictly Intrumental

Modern Jazz Festival. Jazztone (Europe) J-1245.

571107 Hackensack, NJ. Sahib Shihab Sextet. Sahib Shihab bs, Phil Woods as, Bennie Golson ts, Bill Evans p, Oscar Pettiford b, Art Taylor d.

  • Blu-a-Round
  • Le’ Sneak
  • Ballad To The East
  • Ba-dat-du-dat*

All Star Sextets. Savoy/Arista SJL 2245 (US). – Sahib Shihab: Complete Sextet Sessions 1956-1957. FSR CD 487. – Except* also on: Sahib Shihab: Jazz Sahib. LP Savoy WL 70536 (Ger), and Savoy MGM 12124 (US).

571118 Joe Puma Quartet. Joe Puma g, Bill Evans p, Oscar Pettiford b, Paul Motian d.

  • I Got It Bad
  • Mother Of Earl
  • Indian Summer

Joe Puma: Jazz. Jubilee JLP 1070. – The Jazz Guitar of Joe Puma. FSR-CD 435.

571122 NYC. Red Rodney Quintet. Red Rodney tp, Ira Sullivan ts, tp, Tommy Flanagan p, Oscar Pettiford b, Philly Joe Jones d.

  • Star Eyes
  • You Better Go Now
  • Stella By Starlight

Fiery. Savoy 12148. – Savoy (Jap) SV-0148.

571124 NYC. Red Rodney Quintet. Red Rodney tp, Ira Sullivan ts, tp, Tommy Flanagan p, Oscar Pettiford b, Elvin Jones d.

  • Red Arrow
  • Box 2000
  • Ubas

Fiery. Savoy 12148. – Savoy (Jap) SV-0148.

571209 Duke Ellington & His Orch. D.E. p, Fats Ford, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Clark Terry, Ray Nance tp, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders tb, Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney reeds, Oscar Pettiford b, Sam Woodyard d, Jimmy Grissom voc.

  • Together

Duke 56/62 Vol. 3. LP CBS 26306. – The liner-notes say that Jimmy Woode was replaced by OP. Luciano Massagli (The New DESOR) found out that the recording report of Columbia does not confirm this claim. Cf. DEMS Bulletin 02/2 p. 26.

58 The sixth year of the Down Beat critics poll. Ray Brown wins.

580207 NYC. Dick Hyman / Leonard Feather All Stars. Harry “Sweets” Edison tp, Coleman Hawkins ts, Dick Hyman p,  Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. Marilyn Moore, Jackie Paris voc.

  • Femininity (vocal by Marilyn Moore)
  • All The Time (vocal by Jackie Paris)
  • Life Does A Girl A Favor (vocal by Marilyn Moore)

Oh Captain! MGM E3650.

580221 NYC. Helen Merrill voc, Bobby Jaspar fl, Bill Evans p, Barry Galbraith g, Oscar Pettiford b, Jo Jones d. – George Russell arranged all songs except Just Imagine. – Lord has George Russell g instead of Galbraith. Others have Russell George on guitar.

  • 16822 Let Me Love You
  • 16823 When the Sun Comes Out
  • 16824 All of You
  • 16825 The Nearness of You
  • 16826 Just Imagine (omit Jaspar)

Helen Merrill: The Nearness of You. EmArcy MG 36134 (US), EmArcy SFX 7430 (Jap), EmArcy EVER 1001-M (Jap), EmArcy SFX 10504-M (Jap), EmArcy EXPR 1018 (Jap).

580227 & 0307 Sonny Rollins ts, Oscar Pettiford b, Max Roach d. – Rollins drops out on There Will Never Be Another You.

  • The Freedom Suite
  • Someday I’ll Find You
  • Will You Still Be Mine
  • Till There Was You (take 1)°
  • Till There Was You (take 3)
  • Till There Was You (take 4)
  • Shadow Waltz
  • There Will Never Be Another You*

Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite. Keepnews Collection. Riverside 0888072305076. The first take of Till There Was You is issued here for the first time. – Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite. Riverside OJCCD-067-2 (except * and °). – * on: Max Roach: Deeds, Not Words. Riverside OJCCD-304-2. -Dick Hadlock: Sonny Rollins’ Freedom Suite (The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 4. May1959). – A transcription of O.P.’s solo on There’ll Never Be Another You 580227 or 0307.

5803 NYC. Mary Ann McCall voc, acc by Teddy Charles vib, Mal Waldron p, Jimmy Raney g, Oscar Pettiford b, Jerry Segal d, Mal Waldron, Teddy Charles, Bill Russo, Bob Brookmeyer arr.

  • Moonglow (bb arr)
  • East of the sun (bb,tc,mw,br arr)
  • Oh! You crazy moon (tc arr)
  • It’s only a paper moon (mw arr)
  • Blue moon (tc arr)
  • The moon was yellow (br arr)

Mary Ann McCall: Detour To The Moon. Fresh Sound FSR 584 (Jubilee JLP 1078).

Note: Jubilee JLP1078 = JGM1078 = (Jap)UPS5341 = Fresh Sound (Sp)FSR584.

580407 The Billboard, page 7 (reviews): “Night Club. – Pettiford Group at New Jazzspot. – New York’s newest Jazz Club, the Black Pearl, started off with a top jazz name in Oscar Pettiford and his quintet. … In this engagement the men with Oscar are Johnny Coles on trumpet, Sahib Shihab on bary, alto and flute, Buster Smith on drums and Hod O’Brien on piano. … Basically the group sounds best when it drives solidly on hard bop material… It is weakest on the softer, prettier material. Yet when Oscar, Shihab on flute, and intermission harpist Betty Glamann teamed up on “Willow Weep for Me” they evoked a mood that was tender and warm, and made the tune one of the high spots of the set on the night caught (1). Oscar is the rock of the group. His bass work is strong and solid and his solos are all high spots. He has the ability to move from a ballad to a driving rhythm tune with ease.” – Cf. Coover Gazdar p. 71; he located tapes of braodcasts from the Black Pearl (580315 & 580322), but wasn’t able to hear them.

580424 Duke Ellington & His Orch. D.E. p, Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Ray Nance tp, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders tb, Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney reeds, Oscar Pettiford b, Sam Woodyard or Jimmy Johnson d, Ozzie Bailey voc.

  • Co 60901-15 Duke’s Place

Duke 56/62 Vol. 3. LP CBS 26306.

Same; del. Ozzie Bailey. Sam Woodyard d, Billy Strayhorn arr.

  • Co 60902-2 Lullaby Of Birdland

Duke 56/62 Vol. 1. LP CBS 88653. – Duke Ellington: The Studio Series. Volume 6. 1930-1958. Up-To-Date 2007. “Note: Seven takes were recorded. Takes 1, 3, 4, & 5 were all breakdowns. Ours is from the first complete take, #2. The issue on Franklin Mint [FM-4001/02, called “The Collector’s Ellington”] is a spliced job using opening intro from #6 and the balance from #7.” Paul Benkimoun sent a tape of this issue.

580703 Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island, set 1. Rex Stewart and the Ellington Alumni All-Stars. Willis Conover as emcee. Rex Stewart co, Cootie Williams tp, Hilton Jefferson as, Tyree Glenn tb, Ben Webster ts, Billy Strayhorn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Sonny Greer d.

  • Speech by Senator Theodore Green
  • East St. Louis Toodle-oo
  • Rockin’ In Rhythm
  • New Concerto For Cootie
  • C Jam Blues
  • Boy Meets Horn
  • Chelsea Bridge
  • Legrand Romp
  • In A Sentimental Mood
  • Perdido

Tape in: Voice of America Music Library Collection (Library of Congress).

  • C Jam Blues*
  • New Concerto For Cootie
  • Rockin’ In Rhythm
  • Chelsea Bridge*
  • Legrand Romp

Disc-Ret LP 1974. – This is a private edition without any notes; photos of the cover and the label by Paul Benkimoun. – *also on: Newport Jazz Fest Live. Unreleased Highlights from 1956, 1958, 1963. 2 LP set. Columbia C2 38262.

  • Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (incomplete; unknown voc)

Soundtrack: Jazz On A Summer’s Day. A Bert Stern Movie.

Note: Lord and Library of Congress have 580704. – Library of Congress has Le grande romp, Lord Le grand romp, Disc-Ret LP Le Grand Rond for Legrand Romp. Robert S. Gold, Jazz Talk: “romp, according to jazzmen, current c.1917-c.1945, rare since. To play jazz or dance to jazz.” – Michel Legrand had just finished recording his arrangements of classics like Wild Man Blues, Jitterbug Waltz, Rosetta, In A Mist for his LP “Legrand Jazz” (580625, 580627, 580630); a romp through the history of jazz, indeed. Many of OP’s close associates were involved. Of the group above Ben Webster had been there (580627).  – Library of Congress, Disc-Ret LP and Lord have Concerto For Cootie instead of New Concerto For Cootie by Cootie Williams and Elwyn Frazer. MC Willis Conover clearly announces New Concerto For Cootie. Cootie brought Bill Stegmeyer’s arrangement with him. New Concerto For Cootie was first recorded 580305. The New DESOR says that New Concerto For Cootie is an alternate title of Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me, which is understandable as the imitation is so close to the original that one must speak of plagiarism (self-plagiarism, Cootie would say). It is a veiled robbery, though: the melodies are different. The key is F. The beginnings: Concerto / Do Nothin’: b-flat, g, g-sharp, a, c, b-flat, g-sharp, a (centers around the third). New Concerto: f, c, c-sharp, d, f, g, d, f  (centers around the tonic). So it is premature to say that  New Concerto For Cootie is in fact Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me. And why should anyone want to identify a remake, an ersatz Concerto, with the original? Cootie had it also with him in the very first recording session after his return to Duke Ellington’s orchestra (620913). Duke, of course, recorded it as New Concerto, not as Do Nothin’, and credited Williams/Frazer for the composition. He knew the difference and the story behind it. In concerts D.E. would then often play New Concerto and Do Nothin’, but never again Concerto.

Pete Bainbridge sent a tape of the complete concert. It confirms our results. Rex Stewart announces “a creation of this afternoon: Legrand Romp” as well as “Cootie Williams and his New Concerto For Cootie“.

Down Beat, August 7, 1958: “Despite Pettiford’s strong hand in the rhythm section, the group reflected the wages of years and economic pressures. Stewart’s unfortunate valve-flicking, Williams’ now-mild growl, Glenn’s often tasteless gyrations, and Greer’s inconsistency marred the groups’s performance.” – The New York Times, July 4, 1958, disagree: “The group … brilliantly recaptured the sound and feeling of the Ellington Band of the late Nineteen Thirties and early Forties, a peak in Mr. Ellington’s career as a band leader. … Mr. Webster and Mr. Williams have refined their styles somewhat since their Ellington days, but the leaner, more direct manner in which they now play is, if anything, even more expressive. This group rocked and rode and swung with a firm insistence that has rarely been heard on the Newport platform, propelled by the hard positive drumming of Mr. Greer and the strong propulsion of Mr. Pettiford’s bass, a pair who comprise a magnificent rhythm section.”

580718 Dogwood Hollow, Stony Brook, Long Island, NY. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Harold Baker, Cat Anderson, Clark Terry tp; Ray Nance tp, violin, voc, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders tb, Jimmy Hamilton cl, ts, Johnny Hodges as, Russell Procope as, cl, Paul Gonsalves ts, Hary Carney bs, Duke Ellington p, Oscar Pettiford b, Sam Woodyard d. Ozzie Bailey, Lil Greenwood voc.

Oscar Pettiford replaces Jimmy Woode. Oscar Pettiford’s last concert with Duke Ellington.

  • Introduction
  • Take The “A” Train
  • Black And Tan Fantasy into
  • Creole Love Call into
  • The Mooche
  • Newport Up
  • Tenderly
  • Perdido
  • Such Sweet Thunder
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Sonnet To Hank Cinq
  • What Else Can You Do With A Drum?
  • You Better Know It
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Take The “A” Train voc Ray Nance
  • Take The “A” Train
  • Such Sweet Thunder
  • Violet Blue (Multicolored Blue)
  • All Of Me
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Bill Bailey
  • Walkin’ And Singin’ The Blues
  • Hi Fi Fo Fum
  • Medley: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me, In A Sentimental Mood, Mood Indigo, I’m Beginning To See The Light, Sophisticated Lady, Caravan, I Got It Bad, Just Squeeze Me, It Don’t Mean A Thing.

AZURE CD 83: Oscar Pettiford. For DEMS Members Only. – Cf. The New DESOR DE5825. Sjef Hoefsmit of the DEMS sent a copy. Many thanks, Sjef!

580806 Tony Scott and the All Stars. Joe Thomas tp, J. C. Higginbotham, Wilbur DeParis tb, Tony Scott, Pee Wee Russell cl, Sonny White p, Oscar Pettiford b, Al Casey g, Denzil Best d.

  • Blues For “The Street”
  • Love Is Just Around The Corner

52nd Street Scene. Coral CRL 57239. – A transcription of Blues For “The Street” by Tony Scott appeared in 1959. Oscar’s solo is here: page 1, page 2. Bassists take the third line. Ignore the treble clef and the accidentals in brackets. – Bill Crow discusses Tony Scott and this recording in The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 5 (June 1959) p. 26.

580807 Tony Scott and the All Stars. Tony Scott cl, bs, Al Cohn ts, Red Rodney tp, Jimmy Knepper tb, George Wallington p, Oscar Pettiford b, Mundell Lowe g, Roy Haynes d.

  • 105433 Lover Man
  • 105434 Mop Mop
  • 105435 Woody ‘N’ You
  • 105436 ‘Round Midnight
  • 105437 Lester Leaps In

52nd Street Scene. Coral CRL 57239. – Bill Crow discusses Tony Scott and this recording in The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 5 (June 1959) p. 26. “Mop Mop allows each soloist one chorus of / Got Rhythm at a fast tempo, and hardly anyone gets going before his chorus is over. Red Rodney plays with just Oscar accompanying (except on the bridge), and his tone takes on an unusual richness because of Oscar’s resonant support. Knepper and Cohn both needed another chorus. Scott plays like a stunt rider on a tricycle. Roy Haynes’ excellent half chorus is upset by Pettiford, who puts a lead-in figure on the bridge in the wrong place. Everyone goes along with Oscar, so the ending is strong even though displaced a beat. Roy makes the adjustment nicely.” – Leonard Feather: “If you were on the scene when it was ripe [1942-1949] you don’t have to be told what a phenomenally fruitful era it was. If you weren’t around, this album will be the most eloquent way of providing the next-best thing.” The spirited and congenial playing is remarkable. Oscar Pettiford’s playing, if soloing or accompanying, is ahead of his time. His interpretation of ‘Round Midnight knocks me out. – Obviously the last sessions he recorded in the USA. Wilbur Ware got his bass when he went to Europe.

 

JAZZ FROM CARNEGIE HALL

Here is a fine scan of the printed program of Jazz From Carnegie Hall (courtesy Dottore Zanoni).

The seven sets of the “Jazz from Carnegie Hall” concerts, according to the Souvenir Programme.

The page from the program presenting OP and Kenny Clarke is here.

5809 „In September 1958, as part of a Norman Granz package billed as Jazz from Carnegie Hall, he toured Britain and the continent. In this concert troupe, which brought together Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke, Phineas (Newborn Jr.) had little to do since most of the piano chores were handled by Red Garland. … I caught the Carnegie Show in Birmingham on Friday, 19 September, 1958 … But, strangely, my main memory of that evening is of the problems Oscar Pettiford was experiencing with his cello amplifier which was overloud and distorting. O.P. spent the interval attempting to effect running affairs. Newborn and company completed their 15-day, 14-city, 31-concert tour in Britain on 21 September, bowing out with two shows at the Gatemouth State in London’s Kilburn. The following day they were in Sweden and that night Phineas Newborn and Oscar Pettiford, in the company of trumpeter Benny Bailey and other Swedish musicians, jammed for kicks into the early hours.” Mark Gardner, liner notes to „Stockholm Jam session” 580922. – In his notes to “Straight Ahead. Oscar Pettiford” 600705/06 Alun Morgan writes: “Although men who worked with him always respected his work and learned to live with his abrupt changes of mood, Oscar could be a volatile character. In September, 1958 he came to Europe as part of a package show called ‘Jazz From Carnegie Hall’ (…). Oscar lugged an enormous amplifier and speaker on stage to the annoyance of his fellow musicians. I attended a concert at which Lee Konitz came out to play a set accompanied only by bass and drums. As Konitz started to play, Oscar leaned over and opened up the volume on the amplifier to the point where it appeared that Lee was playing an obbligato to a continuous bass solo. Tempers frayed during the tour and at the last concert Oscar’s amplifier was out of commission; it was reported that someone had removed the valves.” – Max Jones, writing in the Melody Maker in 1960, recalled: “OP was not overcome with admiration for that package and expressed his views freely with vehemence.” Jones mentioned one of the concerts, where “a deal of off-the-cuff action over microphones took place between OP, Lee Konitz, and Zoot Sims. Feelings were aroused, and when the bass amplifier was silent for the final show, rumor had it that someone had removed Pettiford’s valves.” – Cf. MLW about Lee Konitz making deprecating remarks about Oscar in the early ’50s. In: Linda Dahl: Morning Glory. A Biography of Mary Lou Williams p. 221. – Lee Konitz inFifties Jazz Talk. An Oral Retrospective, by Gordon Jack, p. 125: “… I don’t have happy memories of that tour. Oscar, rest his soul, was a beautiful musician but a terrible drinker. He became very hostile when he drank, and I got some bad vibrations from him. Before the tour, he had asked me to play with a little band in New York, so we already had a relationship. In Europe, though, he became really mean, which intimidated me, and if I get uncomfortable I can’t play. Every night he and Kenny Clarke would be arguing back and forth, accusing each other of rushing the tempo, but eventually they would hug and kiss. Kenny of course was a lovely guy and a great drummer, and I used to sit behind the curtain, playing time with some sticks when he was on with Kay and Kai. Zoot didn’t have troble with anyone, as he was pretty stoned most of the time anyway.” – ho ever had the chance to hear the recordings from these concerts will agree that no trace of such hassles can be heard: Oscar’s support is impeccable. One of my favorites is Konitz’ Lover Man 580922, with Oscar’s thrilling accampaniment. – The history of the amplified bass ist quite interesting.

580906 New Victoria Theatre, London, GB. Two performances.

580908 Capitol Cinema, Cardiff, GB.

580909 City Hall, Sheffield, GB.

580910 Odeon Theatre, Nottingham, GB.

580911 Odeon Theatre, Leeds, GB.

580912 City Hall, Newcastle, GB.

580913 St. Andrews Hall, Glasgow, GB.

580914 Empire Theatre, Liverpool, GB.

580915 Colston Hall, Bristol, GB.

580916 Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, GB.

580917 Gaumont Theatre, Bournemouth, GB.

580918 Granada Cinema, London-Walthamstow, GB.

580919 Town Hall, Birmingham, GB.

580920 BBC radio broadcast. Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Jazz From Carnegie Hall. Collective personnel: J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Lee Konitz as, Zoot Sims ts, Phineas Newborn, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:

  • Dahoud

Lee Konitz as, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:

  • Star Eyes

Zoot Sims ts, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:

  • Sunday
  1. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:
  • This Can’t Be Love
  • Bags Groove
  1. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Lee Konitz as, Zoot Sims ts, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:
  • Our Delight

The titles above are on J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007). – Sunday also on Marshmallow Records MMEX-116-CD/LP called Zoot Sims 56 / 58.

Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:

  • Yardbird Suite
  • Bohemia After Dark

Oscar Pettiford: First Bass. IAJRC CD 1010.

580921 Gaumont State, London-Kilburn, GB.

580922 Swedish radio broadcast. Konserthuset, Stockholm. Jazz From Carnegie Hall. Collective personnel: J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Lee Konitz as, Zoot Sims ts, Phineas Newborn, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • C Jam Blues

Lee Konitz as, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Star Eyes
  • Lover Man

Zoot Sims ts, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Sunday
  • Willow Weep For Me

Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Laverne Walk
  • Stardust
  • All The Things You Are

Oscar Pettiford: First Bass. IAJRC CD 1010.

  1. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.
  • Mad About The Boy

All titles of 580922 on: J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007). – Sunday and Willow also on Marshmallow Records MMEX-116-CD/LP called Zoot Sims 56 / 58.

580922 – after hours – Phineas Newborn Quartet. Phineas Newborn p, Bennie Bailey tp, Oscar Pettiford b, Rune Carlsson d.

  • I’ll Remember April
  • Half Nelson (Lady Bird)
  • Undecided
  • All Of You
  • Woody ‘N’ You

Stockholm Jam Session Vol. 1. Steeplechase SCCD 36025.

  • Confirmation
  • Vierd Blues
  • My Ship
  • Walkin’
  • Celia
  • It’s You Or No One

Stockholm Jam Session Vol. 2. Steeplechase SCCD 36026.

580927, 20:00 Kurzaal, Den Haag, NL. Jazz From Carnegie Hall. Collective personnel: J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Lee Konitz as, Zoot Sims ts, Phineas Newborn p (1), Red Garland p (2), Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Back Home (1)
  • Makin’ Whoopee (2)
  • Yardbird Suite
  • Our Delight

Unreleased. Critical discussion of the concert in: Rhythme. Maandblad voor Jazz-, Dans- en Amusementsmuziek. Oct.-Nov. ’58.

580927, 23:30 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, NL. Same personnel.

580929  SFB radio broadcast. Berlin. Jazz From Carnegie Hall. Collective personnel: J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Lee Konitz as, Zoot Sims ts, Phineas Newborn p, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:

  • Dahoud
  • Tenderly

Unique Jazz UJ 25.

  • Bohemia After Dark
  • Blue Lou
  1. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).

Lee Konitz as, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:

  • Star Eyes

Unique Jazz UJ 21

  • Lover Man
  1. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).

Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Makin’ Whoopee
  • C Jam Blues

Unique Jazz UJ 25.

Zoot Sims ts, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Sunday
  • Willow Weep For Me
  1. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).

Lee Konitz as, Zoot Sims ts, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Yardbird Suite

Unique Jazz UJ 25. – J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).

Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:

  • Laverne Walk
  • Stardust
  • All The Things You Are
  1. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).
  2. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.
  • This Can’t Be Love
  • Bag’s Groove

Unique Jazz UJ 25. – J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).

  1. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.
  • Mad About The Boy
  • Bernie’s Tune
  1. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Lee Konitz as, Zoot Sims ts, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d:
  • Our Delight
  1. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).

Unique Jazz UJ 21 titled: Lennie Tristano solo in Europe / Lee Konitz Quartet in Europe. – Unique Jazz UJ 25 titled: The All Stars “Live” European Concert

581001 Paris, France. – Finally there is a confirmation of the Paris concert. Paul Benkimoun found it on the internet at http://jazzmusic-halls.monsite.wanadoo.fr/page2.html. Paul writes: “There has been a ‘Jazz from Carnegie Hall’ concert on 581001 (1er octobre 1958) at the Olympia theatre with J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Lee Konitz, Phineas Newborn, Zoot Sims, Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke (Red Garland’s name is not quoted).

In a report published in the 7 november 1958 issue of the French review ‘Guide du concert’ (‘Guide of concert’) the well famed jazz critic Frank Ténot (who just died last year) wrote (my translation, P.B.): “This first concert of a very brilliant row (Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey are due before Christmas) was one of a very high level. Kenny Clarke and Oscar Pettiford provided all through the evening a support full of efficient swing and rare sharpness… Notably Pettiford demonstrated that he still is the master of the instrument whatever qualities his rivals may have.”

5810 Paris. Photo session.

581003 Munich, Germany.

  • Zoot’s Suite
  • Star Eyes
  • Blue Lou
  • This Can’t Be Love
  • Bags’ Groove
  • Mad About The Boy
  • Bernie’s Tune
  1. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007).

581005 Wiesbaden, Germany.

581005 (probably) Domicile du Jazz, Frankfurt, Germany. Zoot Sims ts, Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Blues Au Domicile Du Jazz
  • Star Eyes

Unissued. – Coover Gazdar had two tapes of “Blues” as well as of “Star Eyes”, with differing infos. “Blues” was once called “Blues Pour Domicile” (Coover Gazdar 58/11/0). It was said to come from Munich, from the club “Domicile”, as the title suggests. Another tape has the info “Frankfurt”, but no date. For “Star Eyes” (s. below) he had no info at all at first, then he found a tape that was apparently made in Frankfurt. I would opt for Frankfurt. (J. A. Bengel: “Proclivi scriptioni praestat ardua”).

The “Domicile du Jazz” was Carlo Bohlaender’s club in Frankfurt. It still exists under the name “Jazzkeller”. The “Jazz From Carnegie Hall” crew played in the neighbourhood, in Wiesbaden, on October 5. So we can assume that this is from an after hours session on the same date.

Note 1: In comparison with the buzy schedule of Sept. 6 to 22, the gaps between Sept. 22 and Oct. 5 are striking. Most probably there were more concerts. Locations in Germany that come to mind are Frankfurt or Baden-Baden. Joachim Berendt mentions a concert in Stuttgart, where he first met OP (Jazz Podium No 11/1958 confirms that there was a concert “in einer Riesenhalle auf dem Killesberg”).

Note 2: Coover Gazdar found more recordings from this tour. There is a Zoot Suite in his collection, and there are different versions of other titles: a C Jam Blues that is played by Phineas Newborn this time, one more version of Lover Man etc. – We have no information concerning dates and places. All these recordings are unreleased.

unknown ts, Zoot Sims ts, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Zoot Suite

This is what Coover Gazdar had at first. Then he found another tape. This time the info runs: Hans Koller, Barney Wilen ts, Phineas Newborn p, OP b, Kenny Clarke d. The location: Baden-Baden. To me it sounds like a “Jazz From Carnegie Hall” group with Hans Koller sitting in. So I would say that Hans Koller is the “unknown ts”. Barney Wilen and Phineas Newborn are not present.

[Lee Konitz as, Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Star Eyes (s. the discussion under 581005 Frankfurt!)]

Phineas Newborn p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Blue Lou
  • C Jam Blues

… and a complete set by the same trio, like in Stockholm:

  • Laverne Walk
  • Stardust
  • All The Things You Are

Lee Konitz as, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Star Eyes
  • Lover man
  1. J. Johnson, Kai Winding tb, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.
  • This Can’t Be Love
  • Bag’s Groove
  • Mad About The Boy
  • Bernie’s Tune
  1. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour. 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007) has all these titles except C Jam Blues and says that they belong to 581003 Munich, Germany (see above).

*****

581029 “Au Chat qui Pêche”, Paris. Donald Byrd Quartet. “Bobby Jaspar, featured player of the group, comes in now and then with his tenor sax and flute… Oscar Pettiford has also come into the room and chats with Byrd and Terry. They laugh and, like friends, are happy to see each other. Clark Terry wants Donald Byrd to play a score that he has with himself…” From Ezio Suardi’s liner notes to Donald Byrd Plays “Au Chat”. Jazz O.P. (Italy) OMS-7001/7002.

5811 OP on the cover of Jazz Podium. – An article “Konitz, Koller, Zoller and the new Blume Quintet” says that OP played recently with the Blume group (Karl Blume bs, Gerd Dudek ts, Armin Rusch p, Jürgen Ehlers b, Helmut Perschke d).

581114 Großer Sendesaal des Hamburger Funkhauses. Hamburg, Germany. NDR Jazz Workshop No. 2. Prod. by Hans Gertberg. – Jørgen Ryg tp, Gerd Dudek ts, Hans Koller ts,  Willie Sanner bs, Werner Giertz p, Attila Zoller g, Dave Moore b, Oscar Pettiford b, cello*, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Vienna Blues
  • Early Piece
  • Amusia
  • The Lady Is A Tramp
  • Bernie’s Tune
  • FGE Blues
  • The Box
  • Yesterdays
  • Willow Weep For Me°
  • Kenny’s Feeling
  • Cohn’s Limit
  • Yardbird Suite
  • Love Nest
  • Dark Glow
  • Stalag 414
  • Gertberg Walk*
  • The Gentle Art Of Love*
  • Willi, Der Bär

Unissued except°. – Willow Weep For Me on: Oscar Pettiford: First Bass. IAJRC CD 1010.

581202 Baden-Baden. Oscar Pettiford Septet. Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Hans Koller bs, Helmut Brandt bs, Rudi Flierl bs, Johnny Feigl bs, Hans Hammerschmid p, Kenny Clarke d. – Oscar liked Baden-Baden, so he had his family join him and lived there for nearly a year, till he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Low Idea
  • Big Hassle (unissued)
  • Atlantic (unissued)

Oscar Pettiford Quartet. Oscar Pettiford b, Hans Koller ts, Attila Zoller g, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Blues In The Closet
  • All The Things You Are (unissued)

Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Unreleased Radio Tapes. Jazzline JL 20827. – Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60. Jazz Selection 32918-5. – Oscar Pettiford. Sessions 1958-60. Jazzline Mono JL 20 827. Extended Version – Special Edition. (The material from Jazz Selection 32918-5 was extended over 4 sides for better sound). – Radio Tapes. Jazzline 11300. – Mitsuo Johfu sent a tape of the unissued All The Things You Are. Thanks, Mitsuo!

This is probably an unissued recording of the OP Quartet from Dec. 02, 1958.

581203 Karlsruhe, Germany. SWF broadcast. Hans Koller Quintet feat. Oscar Pettiford – Kenny Clarke. Hans Koller ts, Hans Hammerschmid p, Attila Zoller g, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. Art Blakey d added*.

  • Blues In The Closet
  • Yardbird Suite
  • I’ll Remember April
  • All The Things You Are
  • Low Idea
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • Stardust
  • Oscalypso*

Unissued. Cf. Michael Frohne’s Klook Discography. Pete Bainbridge found Another You and Stardust on a private tape. Thanks for the dub!

581222 Großer Sendesaal des Hamburger Funkhauses. Hamburg, Germany. NDR Jazz Workshop No. 3. Prod. by Hans Gertberg. Roger Guérin, Dusko Goykovic tp, Hans Koller as, ts, Michel Hausser vib, Attila Zoller g, Armin Rusch p, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Jimmy Pratt d.

  • Blues In My Mind
  • Long Ago And Far Away
  • Blues Around Joe
  • Yesterdays
  • I Like To Recognize
  • Back In Paradise
  • Are You Real?
  • Autumn Leaves
  • H. E. C. Blues
  • How About You
  • Moanin’
  • Tune Up
  • Minor Meeting
  • Sometimes I’m Happy
  • Happy Afternoon

How About You on CD accompanying the book Hans Koller by Klaus Schulz (Vienna 2007). Rest unissued.

Sendeprotokoll “50 Jahre NDR Jazzworkshop (T.2)” 14Sep2008: 581022 (instead of 581222) Hamburg, Germany. 3. NDR-Jazzworkshop. Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Oscar Pettiford, a.o.

  • Blues in My Mind (Hausser) 12:08
  • Long Ago And Far Away (Kern / Gershwin) 5:08
  • Blues Around Joe (Koller) 7:13
  • N.N. (Guérin) 3:37
  • Yesterdays (Kern / Harbach) 4:01

NDR-Produktion. Unissued.

58 late December (before Christmas): OP and Hans Koller are injured in a car crash. (Note: Manhattan 66131 C says: “Bei einer Fahrt nach Wien während der Weihnachtszeit 1958 verunglückte Oscar Pettiford zusammen mit Hans Koller bei einem Autounfall. Die vorliegenden Aufnahmen [590110] sind seit seiner Genesung die ersten.”)

59 The seventh year of the Down Beat critics poll. Ray Brown wins.

59 Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria. Four concerts called “Musik ohne Grenzen”. Ella Fitzgerald voc, Lou Levy p, the Johannes Fehring Orchestra and the Austrian All Stars. “Es spielen das Orchester Johannes Fehring mit den Austrian All Stars, Erich Kleinschuster, Robert Opratko, Fatty George, Hans Koller und Oscar Pettiford.”

5901 Fatty’s Saloon, Vienna. Oscar Pettiford b, Attila Zoller g. 

  • The Gentle Art Of Love.

Cool Vienna 1953-61. RST Records  RST-9032932. Broadcast by Austrian television (the “Black and White-Show”). The Hans Koller Group had been booked for Christmas. Because of the car crash the group was not complete until January 1959. The first nights Attila Zoller played solo or with Jimmy Pratt. – Lord has 590109! But this is not the studio recording (cf. below).

The Vienna sessions. Tom Lord P3456 & P3457 follows the dates given on Black Lion BLP 30185:

590109 Vienna. Oscar Pettiford Quartet. Oscar Pettiford b, cello*, Hans Koller ts, Attila Zoller g, b*, Jimmy Pratt d. [Cf. Tom Lord P3456]

  • Cohn’s Limit
  • The Gentle Art Of Love
  • All The Things You Are* (cf. 590110)
  • There Will Never Be Another You (cf. 590110)
  • Vienna Blues (cf. 590110)

Vienna Blues. The Complete Session. Black Lion BLCD 760104. (Says: 590109 &12). – Except There Will Never Be Another You also on: The Legendary Oscar Pettiford featuring Attila Zoller. Black Lion (E) BLP 30185 & Black Lion Intercord 28495-0. – Cohn’s Limit, The Gentle Art of Lovealso on: Pacific (F) LDP-A.309 (10″ 33 1/3 LP). Nice cover!

– Other releases have different dates:

590110 same.

  • Blues In The Closet
  • There Will Never Be Another You

Mr. Pettifords Convalescence. Manhattan 66131 C. – The front cover has “Mr. Pettifords Convalescene”, the back cover has “Mr. Pettifords Convalescence”. This was the first edition. – Ariola 66131 C has only the correct spelling “Mr. Pettifords Convalescence”. – Information and cover reproductions concerning 590110 came from Uwe Weiler.

  • All The Things You Are*
  • Vienna Blues

Manhattan 66121 C.

590112 same. [Cf. Tom Lord P3457]

  • Oscar’s Blues*
  • Stalag 414
  • Stardust
  • Blues In The Closet (cf. 590110)

Vienna Blues. The Complete Session. Black Lion BLCD 760104. (Says: 590109 &12). – Except Stalag 414 also on: The Legendary Oscar Pettiford featuring Attila Zoller. Black Lion (E) BLP 30185. – Except Blues In The Closet also on: Pacific (F) LDP-A.309 LP. Nice cover!

590122 Jet Magazine reports: “Oscar Pettiford, the bassist, plans to take up residence in France, and will form a small group in Paris.”

590129 Jet Magazine: “Bassist Oscar Pettiford Injured In Europe. … Friends at home abroad were reported rallying to his aid.”

5902 “Birdland” staged a benefit concert for Oscar Pettiford, seriously injured in a car crash. Among those present: Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Gigi Gryce, Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, Zoot Sims and Johnny Richards. Jet Magazine 590312: “… Staged especially for his benefit, the show was held at New York’s Birdland to help pay the injured musician’s $3,000 medical bill. Such stars as Hank Jones, Art Farmer, Mary Lou Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Duke Ellington and Martha Raye joined fans in paying tribute (at $2 a head) by dropping their donations at the door, then kept on to the stage to jam until the wee hours. The gig netted only $1,500, but Larry Douglass, Pettiford’s manager, said other donations will swell the fund. … Meanwhile, from Vienna, where he had been touring with his band, Pettiford wired his thanks to Birdland.”

5902 Jazz Podium Nr 2 / VIII. Jahrg., Februar 1959: Article “Hans Koller spielt wieder.” “Oscar Pettiford, der sich bei dem Unfall u.a. die Zunge durchgebissen hat, mußte sich einen längeren Krankenhausaufenthalt gefallen lassen. ‘Meine Zusammenarbeit mit Hans Koller ist nun so gefestigt worden’, sagte er mit einem einem Anflug von Galgenhumor, ‘daß man sie als unvergeßlich ansprechen kann.’ Inzwischen haben einige Freunde Oscar Pettiford’s in New York einen Fond gegründet, mit dessen Hilfe die Krankenhauskosten des verunglückten Bassisten bezahlt werden sollen.” – Jazz Podium Nr 4 / VIII. Jahrg., April 1959: “12 000 (!) Dollar für Pettiford. – Die Benefitveranstaltung für Oscar Pettiford im New Yorker Birdland, die Manager Larry Douglas veranlaßt hatte, brachte 1200 Dollar ein. Zahlreiche Musiker hatten sich zur Verfügung gestellt, um durch Verzicht auf Gage die Krankenhauskosten des im Dezember vorigen Jahres auf der Fahrt nach Wien verunglückten Bassisten mittragen zu helfen. So hörte man das großartige Orchester von Johnny Richards, das in besonders guter Form war, obwohl es ohne… Baß spielte. Es berührte peinlich, daß ausgerechnet Bassist Joe Benjamin fehlte, als es galt, zugunsten seines Kollegen Pettiford aufzutreten. Fernsehstar und Goodman-Darsteller Steve Allen spielte – außergewöhnlich für das Birdland – Boogie Woogie auf dem Klavier und Sal Salvador stellte seine Big band vor, die jedoch gegenüber dem Richard-Orchester merklich abfiel. Außerdem weirkten Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington und die Posaunistin Melba Liston mit einer recht guten ‘All Girl Group’ mit. Die durch dieses Wohltätigkeitskonzert eingespielte Summe wurde inzwischen an Pettiford überwiesen, der gesundheitlich wieder völlig hergestellt ist und weiterhin in Deutschland musiziert. In Stuttgart traf er mit Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver und deren Kollegen zusammen und jamte mit seinen alten Freunden im Jazzkeller Atlantik.”

590219 Hans Koller ts, Oscar Pettiford b, Attila Zoller g, Jimmy Pratt d.

  • Blues In A Closet
  • Chordless (All The Things You Are)
  • Stalag
  • The Gentle Art Of Love

Hans Koller Exklusiv. Saba ST SB 15024.

  • My Little Cello

In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford. Philips B 08 657 2 (twen 21).

590302 (date or the broadcast, not of the recording). Joachim Ernst Berendt’s TV production “Jazz – heard and seen” 590302 w. OP’s trio. Oscar Pettiford b, Attila Zoller g, Jimmy Pratt d. Cf.  Jazzletter from Darmstadt, April 2007.

590331 Gürzenich, Cologne, Germany. Konzert für die Jugend. Kurt Edelhagen All Star Band, guest Oscar Pettiford b, cello. –

Kurt Edelhagen Orch.; including Jimmy Deuchar, Rob Pronk tp, Raymond Droz, Kenny Wray, Christoph Kellens tb; Derek Humble as, Heinz Kretzschmar as,ts,cl, Karl Drewo, Jean-Louis Chautemps ts, Bubi Aderhold bs, Francis Coppieters p, Johnny Fischer b, Stuff Combe d, Kurt Edelhagen ld, cond. Dietrich Schulz-Köhn mc. Oscar Pettiford b, cello.

  • Stardust (OP b, with p, b, d)
  • My Little Cello (orch., OP b, cello)

Unissued. Pete Bainbridge found a private tape of the complete broadcast and sent a copy.

590418 Grugahalle, Essen. Essener Jazztage 1959. Martial Solal Trio. Martial Solal p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. Dietrich Schulz-Köhn mc.

  • Special Club
  • Lover Man
  • The Squirrel

Martial Solal Trio w. Lucky Thompson. Same; Lucky Thompson ts*, ss. Dietrich Schulz-Köhn mc. – Solal drops out on Tricotism.

  • The World Awakes
  • Yesterdays
  • Tricotism*

Unissued. Pete Bainbridge found a private tape and sent a copy. Cf. Noal Cohen’s Lucky Thompson Discography. Cf. Michael Frohne’s Klook Discography. – A photo of Lucky Thompson w. OP and Kenny Clarke from Jazz Podium Nr. 6 – VIII. Jahrg., June 1959.

590419 Grugahalle, Essen. Essener Jazztage 1959. Rolf Kühn Trio. Rolf Kühn cl, ld, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • A Smooth One
  • Poor Butterfly
  • Laura

Unissued. Pete Bainbridge found a private tape and sent a copy. – Cf. Michael Frohne’s Klook Discography.

Bud Powell Trio. Bud Powell p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Unissued.

Joachim Ernst Berendt in: Essener Jazztage 1960; program: “… kaum ein Kritiker zweifelte daran, daß die Rhythmusgruppe mit Oscar Pettiford am Baß und Kenny Clarke am Schlagzeug der eigentliche Höhepunkt der Essener Jazz-Tage 1959 gewesen ist.” (… hardly did a critic question that the rhythm section w. OP on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums were the real highlight of the Essener Jazz-Tage 1959).

5905 Jazz Podium Nr. 5 – VIII. Jahrg., Mai 1959: “Rund 13 000 Jazzfreunde besuchten die Konzerte in der Gruga-Halle. Die erste Veranstaltung, die vorwiegend modern ausgerichtet war (mit JATP), hatte dabei den stärkeren Zustrom zu verzeichnen als das Sonntagskonzert, bei dem mehr Dixieland-Jazz geboten wurde.” – From Jazz Podium Nr. 6 – VIII. Jahrg., June 1959: first page of the article about the “Jazz-Tage” (“Welch ein Bassist! Selbst Ray Brown kam da nicht ganz mit.”) – And a photo of Lucky Thompson w. OP and Kenny Clarke.

590509 24:00 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, NL. “Jazz for the DSC” (DSC = Dutch Swing College Band, which also performed). The other participants (collectively listed): Lucky Thompson, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, Pim Jacobs (a Dutch pianist), Oscar Pettiford, Ruud Jacobs (a Dutch bassist), Kenny Clarke, Wally Bishop (American drummer, long time resident in the Netherlands).

590510 20:00 Gebouw voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen, Den Haag, NL. “Jazz for the DSC”, same personnel.

590614 Baden-Baden. Oscar Pettiford Trio. Oscar Pettiford b, Rolf Kühn cl, Jimmy Pratt d.

Oscar Pettiford Quartet. Oscar Pettiford b, Rolf Kühn cl, Hans Koller ts, Jimmy Pratt d.

  • O.P.

Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Unreleased Radio Tapes. Jazzline JL 20827. – Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60. Jazz Selection 32918-5. – Oscar Pettiford. Sessions 1958-60. Jazzline Mono JL 20 827. Extended Version – Special Edition. (The material from Jazz Selection 32918-5 was extended over 4 sides for better sound). – Radio Tapes. Jazzline 11300. – A transcription of Poor Butterfly by Marco Panascia. There is a sound file so that you read the transcription while listening to the recording.

590715 Baden-Baden. Oscar Pettiford b, Dusko Goykovic tp.

  • But Not For Me*

Oscar Pettiford Quartet. Oscar Pettiford b, Lucky Thompson ss, Hans Hammerschmid p, Hartwig Bartz d.

  • Sophisticated Lady

Oscar Pettiford Quintet. Oscar Pettiford b, Dusko Goykovic tp, Lucky Thompson ss, Hans Hammerschmid p, Hartwig Bartz d.

  • Treffpunkt Blues
  • Stuffy

Oscar Pettiford Trio With Monika Zetterlund. Oscar Pettiford b, Lucky Thompson ss, Hartwig Bartz d, Monika Zetterlund voc.

  • Summertime

Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Unreleased Radio Tapes. Jazzline JL 20827. – Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60. Jazz Selection 32918-5. – Oscar Pettiford. Sessions 1958-60. Jazzline Mono JL 20 827. Extended Version – Special Edition. (The material from Jazz Selection 32918-5 was extended over 4 sides for better sound). – Radio Tapes. Jazzline 11300. – *also on: Dusko Goykovich: Portrait. A 70th Birthday Celebration. Enja ENJ-9427-2. – Oscar Pettiford. Session in Germany. Norma/Premium (Jap) WOLP2503.

Oscar Pettiford Sextet With Monika Zetterlund. Oscar Pettiford cello, Dusko Goykovic tp, Lucky Thompson ss, Hans Hammerschmid p, Fred Dutton b, Hartwig Bartz d, Monika Zetterlund voc.

  • Love For Sale (previously unissued)

Dusko Goykovich: Portrait. A 70th Birthday Celebration. Enja ENJ-9427-2. – Date given: 590615 – probably wrong.

  • What’s New?

Unissued. Pete Bainbridge found it on tape and sent a copy!

59 (second half) DR2 TV broadcast 1976. Montmartre Club, Copenhagen. Oscar Pettiford cello, Jan Johansson p, Dan Jordan b, Willie Schiøpffe d.

  • Now See How You Are (incomplete)

Pete Bainbridge found this broadcast and sent a copy. Thanks, Pete!

590819 Montmartre Club, Copenhagen. – Oscar Pettiford cello, Luis Hjulmand vibes, Jan Johansson p, Dan Jordan b, Willie Schiøpffe d.

  • Take the A Train
  • Now See How You Are
  • Montmartre Blues

Unissued. A tape is in the Coover Gazdar Collection. Pete Bainbridge sent a copy. Many thanks!

590822 Copenhagen. Trio. Louis Hjulmand vib, Oscar Pettiford b, Jan Johansson p. – [Tom Lord P3461. Coover Gazdar 59070.]

Debut (DK) DEP-47. – Also on: The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet. Debut OJCCD-1926-2. – And on: Fantasy 6010 (Mono), Fantasy (US) 86010 (e-stereo), both titled: My Little Cello.

  • DB 59 Blue Brothers (Blue Bros) (Louis Hjulmand)
  • DB 60 There’ll Never Be Another You (Gordon – Warren)

Debut (DK) DEP-48. – Also on: Oscar Pettiford: Blue Brothers. LP Black Lion Stereo 30135. And on: Oscar Pettiford: Montmartre Blues. Black Lion BLCD 760124. – From the liner notes by Erik Wiedemann: “Louis Hjulmand is a 27 year old vibraphone player from Aarhus, a city which will be known even to foreign jazz connoisseurs as the birth-place of trombonist Kai Winding. … In August, Hjulmand spent a week as a guest soloist at the Copenhagen Birdland, Café Montmartre, and at the end of that very successful engagement the enclosed recordings were made. … Throughout the recording session it was evident that during the preceding week the three musicians had become thoroughly familiar with each other’s way of playing. And even though Pettiford is accustomed to recording with leading American musicians, he was obviously very much absorbed by this task. To such a degree that, although he was only expected to play on two selections, he finally wanted to make all four. … The temptation to which Hjulmand succumbed was to expand what was originally a twelve bar blues, into a 32 bar chorus with release. … Fru Brüel is Mrs. Birgit Brüel, vocalist-wife of baritone saxophonist Max Brüel. This number is dedicated to her in appreciation of her appreciation of Hjulmand’s first record, and the title is inspired by a composition by bass player Erik Moseholm, which is entitled Fru Holm. … There’ll Never Be Another You was the only standard recorded at this session and it was completed in just one take. … In its original form, Blue Bros is an extended work, lasting for about fifteen minutes. However, just before leaving for Copenhagen, Hjulmand lost the sheet-music, and consequently this version, which is a duet for vibraphone and bass, only retains the first of the original themes and emphasizes improvisation. Though the chorus is twelve bars long, this is not a blues. Instead, Hjulmand has tried to capture the spirit of the Danish mediaeval ballad in this minor tune, of which the last four bars suggest the call and response of the leading singer and the dancers – the former in a two bar phrase played by the bass, the latter in the subsequent two bar phrase played by bass and vibraphone. By the way, the blue brothers referred to, were two childhood friends of Hjulmand who acquired this name because they used to be dressed in blue.” – Erik Wiedemann died 70 years old in 2001. His article about OP (in his jazz lexicon, co-written with John Jörgensen and published in the sixties) is much more explicit and better than that in Barry Kernfeld’s New Encyclopedia of Jazz. The few quotes above show how Erik Wiedemann strove for clarity and exactness.

Blue Brothers also on: Louis Hjulmand & Allan Botschinsky: Blue Bros. Debut (DK) DEB-135. Here it it called Blue Bros I, and is followed by Blue Bros II-III-IV. Parts II to IV were recorded 610220, after OP’s death. Jørn Birkeholm plays bass. This seems to be the first complete recording of Louis Hjulmand’s suite. Cf. Erik Wiedemann’s remarks (above). OP’s Now See How You Are is performed, too.

590905 Randers Jam Club, Copenhagen. – Luis Hjulmand vibes, Jan Johansson p, OP b, Willie Schiøpffe d.

  • Introductions/Laverne Walk
  • Doodlin’
  • Daahoud
  • Lou’s New Blues
  • Oleo
  • I Succumb to Temptation
  • Blue Brothers
  • All the Things You Are
  • Willow Weep for Me
  • How High the Moon.

Unissued. A tape of this date (together with 590819) is in the Coover Gazdar Collection. Thank you, Pete Bainbridge, for sending a copy! Coover Gazdar’s information concerning the dates does not seem to be reliable.  The sound of the recordings suggests that Oleo to Moon belong to 590819, whereas Lou’s New Blues might stem from a different (unknown) date.

5909 or 10 When Jimmy Woode was about to leave Duke Ellington, the Duke offered the job to OP. OP declined. In 6004 Aaron Bell succeeded Jimmy Woode on bass. Jimmy Woode went to Europe. He was to become a key member of the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band that started in 1961.

590929 Berlin, Germany. All Star Group (German) Stu Hamer, Benny Bailey, George Ernzst tp, Albert Mangelsdorff tb, Götz Wendland tu, Hans Koller, Joki Freund ts, Rudi Flierl bs, Horst Jankowski p, Günther Leimstoll g, Oscar Pettiford b, Joe Harris d. – Music by Ernst Simon for the filmUnd noch frech dazu (s. below). OP out on*; Götz Wendland plays bass.

  • Trick 17
  • Tootsie’s Blues*
  • Dash*

Ariola (G) EP65122.

591009 Danish film premiered: Soldaterkammerater rykker ud. The Stan Getz Quartet: Stan Getz ts, Jan Johansson p, Oscar Pettiford b, Joe Harris d, plays live:

  • Ack Värmland du sköna (Dear Old Stockholm)

Unissued. A copy on tape is in Coover Gazdar’s collection.

591025 Copenhagen, Denmark. Stan Getz Quartet. Stan Getz ts, Jan Johansson p, Oscar Pettiford b, Joe Harris d.

  • Stuffy
  • I Remember Clifford
  • Laverne Walk

Stan Getz Live In Europe. Jazz World JWD 102.304. – Stan Getz: Scandinavian Days. Fresh Sound FSCD 1009 (889355).

A fine photograph showing the Stan Getz Quartet in Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen 1959. From the left: Jan Johansson, Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz and Joe Harris. – And this is Oscar Pettifords vej (OP’s way) in Copenhagen.

5911-12 ? (Premiered 600106) German music film production: “Und noch frech dazu” (International English title: “And Saucy at That”) directed by Rolf von Sydow. Benny Bailey, Oscar Pettiford and Joe Harris act and play (the music for the soundtrack had been recorded before, s. 590929). The musicians: Bennie Bailey tp, Hans Koller ts, Albert Mangelsdorff tb, Joki Freund p, ts, Günther Leimstoll g, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Joe Harris d. – The drummer on My Little Cello is an amateur who is encouraged to sit in.

  • Stardust (g, b)
  • My Little Cello (g, b, cello, d)

Unissued. – Pete Bainbridge sent copies of Coover Gazdar’s tapes.

591221 Paris. Photo session.

591221 The Billboard p. 10: “Larry Douglas, the writer and publisher, sails from New York for Paris next week to set up offices there. Douglas now managing Oscar Pettiford, as well as a number of American arrangers including Ernie Wilkins and Fred Norman, will set up recording dates for European companies with American arrangers.”

POLL RESULTS 1959 FOR BASS. Figures indicate number of votes cast unless otherwise indicated.

Melody Maker Readers % Melody Maker Critics Down Beat Critics Down Beat Critics New Down Beat Readers
Brown 28.0 Brown 43 Brown 37 La Faro 18 Brown 994
Heath 24.4 Hinton 19 Pettiford 22 Chambers 08 Chambers 679
Pettiford 09.7 Chambers 17 Hinton 14 Watkins 07 R. Mitchell 351

60 The eighth year of the Down Beat critics poll. Ray Brown wins. Mingus is second, OP third.

6001 An article by Joachim E. Berendt about OP in “Schlagzeug. Jazz in Wort und Bild”, January 1960.

600204 Jet Magazine: “He was surprised: Playing a date in Paris, famous Jazz bassist-cellist Oscar Pettiford (l.) was unaware that his Danish wife, Jackie, had presented him with twins, Celine and Celeste, in Copenhagen. (…)”

6002 Copenhagen, Danish Radio. Oscar Pettiford Trio. Oscar Pettiford b, Bent Axen p, Finn Fredriksen d.

  • Interview / The Nearness Of You

Oscar Pettiford: First Bass. IAJRC CD 1010.

600221 5. Festival del Jazz di S. Remo (Italy). Barney Wilen with Oscar Pettiford Trio. Barney Wilen ts, ss*, Oscar Pettiford b, Bud Powell p, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Night In Tunisia
  • ‘Round Midnight*

Oscar Pettiford Trio. Oscar Pettiford b, Bud Powell p, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Salt Peanuts
  • Willow Weep For Me (unaccompanied bass solo)
  • 52nd Street Theme

OP got raving reviews. Cf. “jazz di ieri e di oggi”, March 3, 1960, p. 22: “Devo fare un discorso assai diverso per il bassista Oscar Pettiford che ha preso due assoli di gran classe, segnatamente quello su Willow Weep For Me, che ne fanno decisamente uno dei migliori improvvisatori del Festival e forse il miglior contrabassista di jazz che abbiamo mai ascoltato in Italia”. (Livio Cerri). – P. 24: “A questo punto capitò il fantastico a solo di Oscar Pettiford, ed il pubblico capì di trovarsi di fronte a qualcosa di veramente speciale: si sarebbe sentito cadere uno spillo e l’esplosione del pubblico alla fine, du forse l’applauso più entusiastico di tutto if festival.” (Francis Thorne).

Bud Powell Trio. Bud Powell p, Oscar Pettiford or Pierre Michelot* b, Kenny Clarke d. As announced in Jazz Hot 152. March 1960. It is certain that Michelot is the bassist on 600312; it is also certain that OP plays on 600320 (Berlin; cf. 600320 OP Trio);  it is not certain that OP plays on other dates.

  • 600307 Nizza
  • 600308 Marseille
  • 600312 Paris*
  • 600315 Lyon
  • 600317 Basel
  • 600318 Zürich
  • 600319 Lausanne
  • 600320 Berlin
  • 600321 Nantes
  • 600322 Angers

600308 Beethovensaal, Liederhalle, Stuttgart. Jam session after radio broadcast on SDR (Süddeutscher Rundfunk). “Treffpunkt Jazz” series. The concert presented Chet Baker with the Erwin Lehn Orchestra and Chet Baker with the Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet. The Final Jam Session: Chet Baker tp, Albert Mangesldorff tb, Bent Jädig ts, Horst Jankowski p, Oscar Pettiford b, Hermann Mutschler d, plus unknown members of the Erwin Lehn Orchestra. All tunes unknown. – So I assume that OP is not the bassist of the Bud Powell Trio (above) with the exception of Berlin, where he also played the following date:

600320 Auditorium Maximum, Freie Universität Berlin. SFB-Veranstaltung “Jazz im deutschen Aether”. Oscar Pettiford Trio. Oscar Pettiford b, cello*, Don Byas ts, Kenny Clarke d. – Don Byas does not play on Cello For Cello Twins.

  • Blues It
  • Indiana
  • Cello For Cello Twins*

Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Unreleased Radio Tapes. Jazzline JL 20827. – Oscar Pettiford. Sessions 1958-60. Jazzline Mono JL 20 827. – Radio Tapes. Jazzline 11300. – Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Oscar Pettiford Sessions 1958-60. Jazz Selection 32918-5.

Helen Merrill – Oscar Pettiford. Helen Merrill voc, Oscar Pettiford b.

  • Yesterdays

Add Kenny Clarke d.

  • S’ Wonderful (unissued)

Don Byas Quartet. Don Byas ts, Hans Koller ts*, Hans Hammerschmid p*, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. Helen Merrill voc**.

  • Blues In The Closet*
  • There’ll Never Be Another You (unissued)
  • Don’t Explain** (unissued)

Hello Baden-Baden. Jazzline JL 20828. – Hello Baden-Baden. Delta 11 095. – Radio Tapes. Jazzline 11300. – Jazz Legacy Baden-Baden. Hello Baden-Baden. Sessions 1955-60. Jazz Selection 32935-9.

600402 Grugahalle, Essen. Essener Jazztage 1960. Helen Merrill. Helen Merrill voc; Hans Hammerschmid Trio. Hans Hammerschmid p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Blues In My Heart (unissued)
  • The Thrill Is Gone
  • ‘S’Wonderful
  • Lover Man (unissued)

I Giganti del Jazz. Europa Jazz (I) EJ-1051. – CD: LRC (G) CDC9008. – Michael Griffes sent copies of the two issued titles; he also made me aware of the Helen Merrill Discography, compiled by Bob Weir.

600402 Grugahalle, Essen. Essener Jazztage 1960. Oscar Pettiford Trio / Oscar Pettiford Trio w. Coleman Hawkins. Coleman Hawkins ts*, Bud Powell p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Intro by Joachim E. Berendt
  • Shaw Nuff
  • Blues In The Closet
  • Willow Weep For Me
  • John’s Abbey
  • Salt Peanuts
  • Intro by Joachim E. Berendt
  • All The Things You Are*
  • Yesterdays*
  • Stuffy*
  • Just You, Just Me* (not on Debut SDEB-131)

The Essen Jazz Festival All Stars. Debut SDEB-131. – Coleman Hawkins / Bud Powell: Hawk in Germany. LP Black Lion Stereo 30125; omits Berendt’s introductions. – Blues In The Closet also on: In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford. Philips B 08 657 2 (twen 21). – There’s a fine photograph on thecover of the Fontana issue of this concert.

600402: the local newspapers about the Essen Jazz Festival 1960. WAZ April 04, 1960, and NRZ April 04, 1960.

600403 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, NL. Coleman Hawkins ts, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. – The Dutch promoter had experienced previous problems with Powell, so the group worked in Amsterdam as a trio. Paul Benkimoun found this info in John Chilton’s book “The Song of the Hawk” (p. 321). A photo of the trio, taken by Hans Buter, is in the book “One Night Stand – Jazzconcerten in Nederland 1947-1967” by Jaap van de Klomp (1999, Uitgeverij Windroos, Amsterdam). Thanks, Kees Hazevoet, for the hint!

600414 The Expatriate Life of Stan Getz. Article in Down about Stan Getz’ life in Copenhagen. “Getz’ constant companion and best friend in Copenhagen has been bassist Oscar Pettiford, with whom he often works.” – “He and Pettiford do considerable radio work, mostly with the intelligent planning of Borge Roger-Henrichson, a jazz pianist who is in charge of jazz programming for the Danish state radio. And there is recording work. Pettiford does some recordings with small European groups for Dyrup, the Montmartre proprietor, who also owns a record firm and distributes in Denmark American labels such as World Pacific, Savoy, and Roulette. Getz said that he plans to join Pettiford when his contract with Verve runs out.” – “Getz and Pettiford usually play four nights a week at Montmartre. During the weekends, they either play to one of the hundreds of jazz societies that have sprouted up all over this little country in recent years or they hop a flight to some other European city for a weekend gig.”

600414 Jet Magazine: “Pettiford, Clarke, Powell Set For U. S. Concerts. – Musicians Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and Oscar Pettiford, a mighty triumvirate in modern jazz now working abroad, plan to return to the U. S. for concerts.”

6007/08 Copenhagen. Gitte & Oscar Pettiford. Details unknown. – [Tom Lord P3468. Not in Coover Gazdar.]

  • 7XCS-300-A It Might As Well Be Spring (Hammerstein – Rodgers, arr. Oscar Pettiford)

His Master’s Voice (DK) 45-X 8439. – Reverse of this single has Stormy Weather; Gitte with a band led by Johs Rasmussen. – Both titles are on: Gitte: Ich will ‘nen Cowboy als Mann. Bear Family BCD 15997 AH. – Gitte Haenning: “Zu dieser Zeit besuchte auch häufig der Bassist Oscar Pettiford die Familie und machte mit Otto Hænning zusammen den Titel ‘I’ve got a song’.” (At that time bassist Oscar Pettiford used to see the family. He and Otto Haenning – Gitte’s father – made ‘I’ve Got A Song’.) This song is on BCD 15997, too. Gitte recorded it again live in Frankfurt 1997 (CD: “SONGS FOR MY FATHER”).

600705/06 Copenhagen. Oscar Pettiford and his Jazz Groups. Allan Botschinsky tp, Erik Nordström ts, Louis Hjulmand vib, Jan Johansson p, Oscar Pettiford b, Jørn Elniff d. – [Coover Gazdar 60050 has 600705 as the only date; Tom Lord P3465 & 3466]. – The original recording has:

  • Montmartre Blues Out (by Oscar Pettiford)
  • Laverne Walk (by Oscar Pettiford)
  • Two Little Pearls (by Oscar Pettiford)
  • Straight Ahaid (by Erik Nordström & Jan Johansson)
  • Why Not? That’s What! (by Oscar Pettiford)
  • Back In Paradise (by Hans Hammerschmidt)
  • My Little Cello (by Oscar Pettiford)
  • Willow Weep For Me (by Ann Ronell)
  • Montmartre Blues Encore (by Oscar Pettiford)

“My Little Cello”. Debut (DK) DEB-132. – From the liner notes by Erik Wiedemann: “Montmartre Blues Out was used as a signature tune by the groups at the “Café Montmartre”. It was called Montmartre Blues then, and the added adverb expresses a regret that the place has not yet reopened. The main theme (the two first and the two last chorusses) was developed from Benny Golson’s Blues It … Enveloping the solos … is a secondary theme by Pettiford. – Laverne Walk … was composed shortly before Pettiford left the States, and he played it as a bass solo then. It was named for Laverne Stone, a school-teacher in Washington, D.C. and the wife of one of Pettiford’s friends, All-American football player Avatus Stone. – Two Little Pearls, a ballad, was composed for a concert at Pasadena in 1953 and was played as a cello feature by Pettiford on that occasion. However, it remained untitled until the birth of Pettiford’s twin daughters (appropriately named Cellina and Celeste) in late 1959. – … Pettiford answers Miles Davis’s depreciatory So What? with an affirmative Why Not? That’s What! As Pettiford says, “the title contains a message for Miles on behalf of Paul Chambers and myself.” And it certainly has something to do with opinions on bass playing. – … As a final vignette, the first part of Montmartre Blues Out is repeated in the manner of a signature theme.” – It must be added that So What is derived from Oscar’s Bohemia After Dark. – InOscar Pettiford’s and Erik Moseholm’s “Jazz Bass Facing” Laverne Walk is “dedicated to the dancer Laverne who walked so nicely” (p. 47). – All titles also on: Oscar Pettiford: Straight Ahead. Polydor (G) 2310059. Notes by Alun Morgan.

600705 same.

  • Why Not, That’s What

Oscar Pettiford: First Bass. IAJRC CD 1010.

  • Montmartre Blues
  • Why Not That’s What
  • Two Little Pearls
  • Laverne Walk

Oscar Pettiford: Montmartre Blues. Black Lion BLCD 760124.

  • Montmartre Blues
  • Two Little Pearls
  • Laverne Walk

Also on: Oscar Pettiford: Blue Brothers. LP Black Lion Stereo 30135.

600706 Copenhagen. Oscar Pettiford and his Jazz Groups. Oscar Pettiford ld, b, Allan Botschinsky tp, Erik Nordström ts, Louis Hjulmand vib, Jan Johansson p, Jørn Elniff d. – [Coover Gazdar 60050 has 600705; Tom Lord P3466]

  • DB 71 My Little Cello (Oscar Pettiford)
  • DB 72 Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell)

Debut (DK) D45-3.

  • Back In Paradise
  • My Little Cello
  • Willow Weep For Me*
  • Straight Ahead

Oscar Pettiford: Blue Brothers. Black Lion Stereo 30135. – Oscar Pettiford: Montmartre Blues. Black Lion BLCD 760124. – *also on: In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford. Philips B 08 657 2 (twen 21).

600708 Copenhagen. Oscar Pettiford and his Scandinavian Five + Grethe Kemp (vocalist). Oscar Pettiford ld, b, voc, Allan Botschinsky tp, Erik Nordström ts, Lars Blach g, Jan Johansson p, Jørn Elniff d. – [Tom Lord P3467. Coover Gazdar 60060.]

  • 7XCC-165-2-A Talkin’ Bout “Hey Now” (Oscar Pettiford co, arr, voc)
  • Talkin’ Bout “Hey Now” (alt.; unissued. A tape is in Coover Gazdar’s collection.)
  • 7XCC-166-2-A I Get The Message (By Grethe Kemp & Oscar Pettiford; Oscar Pettiford arr.)
  • I Get The Message (alt.; unissued. A tape is in Coover Gazdar’s collection.)

Columbia (DK) 45-DD 717. – Pete Bainbridge sent copies of the alternate takes. Many thanks, Pete!

600829 Copenhagen. Oscar Pettiford, Lee Gaines, Grethe Kemp. Allan Botschinsky tp, Uffe Karskov as, Anders Lindskog ts, Bent Nielsen bs, Erik Nordström ts, Lars Blach g, Jan Johansson p, Oscar Pettiford b, Jørn Elniff d, Lee Gaines, Grethe Kemp voc. – [Tom Lord P3469-70. Coover Gazdar 60070.]

  • 7TCC-246-A Moanin’ (Hendricks – Timmons)
  • 7TCC-247-A Just A-Sittin’ And A-Rockin’ (Lee Gaines – Duke Ellington, arr. Oscar Pettiford)

600830 Bent Axen p replaces Jan Johansson.

  • 7TCC-247-A Why Not That’s What (Oscar Pettiford – Lee Gaines, arr. Oscar Pettiford)
  • 7TCC-246-A Just Squeeze Me (Lee Gaines – Duke Ellington, arr. Oscar Pettiford & Jan Johansson)

Columbia (DK) SEGK 1068. – From the liner notes by Lee Gaines: “BASS SOUNDS. … I kept asking to have one of his solos worked into a couple of the arrangements, but he was adamant that his beat remain the rock for the rest of us to build on. Oscar had plenty of soul ad loved to inspire others. He loved friendly people and had many friends. The people in Copenhagen would say everybody loves Oscar, you can always tell when he is in the room by his hearty laughter and his friendly HELLO, HEY NOW, DID YOU GET THE MESSAGE greeting, which developed into two titles recorded by Miss Grethe Kemp, the girl who sings along with us on WHY NOT. Oscar taught this pretty blonde to sing like a grown woman. I know that I, myself, grew as a singer from making bass sounds with the greatest bass player of them all. I think we all like to believe like our friend Don Byas, when told of Oscar’s passing, said: “I’m not going to believe it, not Oscar” – …

Copenhagen sessions, discographical data and reproductions of the original covers communicated by Uwe Weiler. Click on the links for his fine scans!

600831 & 600901 Ray Brown. Arr. by Russ Garcia. (No OP here, but of historical interest).

Ray Brown: Jazz Cello. Verve MV 2692. Verve 065 395-2. – What critics say: “The Jazz Cello instrument is the creation of Ray Brown. It was modified so that it was easier to tune and its finger board easier to play.” – “[Brown] developed a jazz cello.” – Cf. 5306: Oscar Pettiford, Harry Babasin.

[6009 (?) Stan Getz Quartet. Stan Getz ts, Sam Dockery p, Oscar Pettiford b, Art Blakey d.

  • Broadway
  • We’ll Be Together Again (unissued)

Stan Getz Special Vol. 1. Raretone 5010 FC. – Says 600917, which is obviously wrong. – Cf. 560917!]

600904 “Pettiford played for the last time on Sunday, September 4, at a concert staged in connection with a Copenhagen Art Exhibition. The next day he was taken to hospital and was then paralysed and in a coma. He leaves a widow and three young children.” Melody Maker Sept. 17, 1960.

OP died September 8, 1960. Down Beat Oct. 13, 1960: „OP died Sept. 8 in Copenhagen’s Fiedfrederiksberg hospital, where he had been taken four days previously after playing a performance at an art exhibit. … Pettiford was hospitalized late in 1958, in Vienna, following an automobile accident. … Danish doctors refused to give the cause of death. In New York, there were rumors that violence was involved – the rumors perhaps proceeding out of the lack of information about the cause of death. …”

Communication by Uwe Weiler April 10, 2002: “Soweit ich mich erinnere, gab es zur Todesursache von O.P. eine klärende Bemerkung von Gitte (der Schlagersängerin) anlässlich eines NDR Rundfunk-Interviews mit Michael Naura vor einigen Jahren. In dieser Sendung berichtete sie, dass O.P. in Kopenhagen im betrunkenen Zustand Fahrrad fuhr, in einem unachtsamen Moment vom Fahrrad fiel und mit dem Kopf auf den Kantstein aufschlug. Dabei zog er sich eine schwere Kopfverletzung zu, die schließlich seinen Tod einige Tage später verursachte. Sie berichtete auch, dass sein Tod nicht in Zusammenhang gebracht werden sollte mit dem Autounfall 2 Jahre zuvor. So wie sie das sah, war er vollständig geheilt.” [In an interview, broadcast by NDR, Gitte Haenning told M. Naura that OP fell from his bicycle. A severe head injury led to his death a few days later. The car crash two years before had nothing to with it.]

Hal McKusick confirms this. “It was so sad how he died. He loved riding his bike, and one day in 1960 he was riding stoned and hit a curb in Copenhagen. He went over the handlebars and never recovered.” Cf. 450117.

The chapter about OP in Frederick J. Spencer’s book Jazz and Death: Profiles of Jazz Greats, Univ. of Mississippi Press 2002, is called “Viral Disease”. From p. 244: “A handwritten letter from Oscar Pettiford’s wife to George Hoefer contains what is probably the correct diagnosis of the illness that killed her husband: “In the first place, it is beyond me how anyone can be giving the cause for Oscar’s death, when the Specialized Doctors who cared for Oscar in the Hospital are still trying to determine the reason… But so much can be said now, that it must have been a polio like (not polio) virus infection, high up in the spinal cord. The infection gave him almost complete paralysis, inclusive respiratory paralysis, and finally a pneumonia ended his life… But the Doctors have said it is nothing at all related to any accidents on bicycles or otherwise, and had absolutely nothing at all to do with Oscar’s ‘way of life.’ “

601001 Oscar Pettiford Memorial Concert. Falkonercentret, Frederiksberg, Denmark. Stan Getz Quartet. Stan Getz ts, Bengt Hallberg p, Gunnar Johnson b, William Schiöpffe d.

  • Nobody’s Sweetheart (unissued)
  • Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
  • Get Happy
  • Without A Song

Stan Getz Special Vol. 1. Raretone 5010 FC. – Moon (It) MCD040 gives date as 610901.

601014 Oscar Pettiford Memorial Concert. Paris, Theatre des Champs-Elysees. – Cf. JAZZ ON A RAINY EVENING IN PARIS IN 1960. As related by H.K. Jones.

Bud Powell Trio. Bud Powell p, Pierre Michelot b, Kenny Clarke d.

  • Buttercup
  • John’s Abbey
  • Sweet And Lovely
  • Crossin’ The Channel

Bud Powell Trio: Memorial Oscar Pettiford. Concert Théatre des Champs Élysées. Vol. 4. Vogue EPL 7942. – From the cover: “In order to create a fund for Oscar Pettiford’s children, a benefit concert was held at the théâtre des Champs-Élysées in which featured most of the best U.S. musicians presently in Europe such as Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke as well as the top continental artists such as Pierre Michelot. The best of that concert has been selected here.”

Bud Powell Trio / Lucky Thompson Trio: Memorial Oscar Pettiford. Concert Théatre des Champs Élysées. Vogue LD. 523-50. – Bud In Paris. LP Xanadu 102. – Bud Powell Trios: The Best Years. 2 LP Roulette 421010. – Duke Jordan, New York. Bud Powell, Paris. Original Vogue Masters 74321-45727-2.

Lucky Thompson Trio. Lucky Thompson ss, ts*, Peter Trunk b, Daniel Humair d.

  • The World Awakes (Thompson; duet ss & b)
  • Lover Man (Ramirez – David)
  • Strike Up The Band (Gershwin)*

Bud Powell Trio / Lucky Thompson Trio: Memorial Oscar Pettiford. Concert Théatre des Champs Élysées. Vogue LD. 523-50. – Lucky Thompson: The Complete Vogue Recordings Vol. 2. Original Vogue Masters 74321559502. –

The strong playing of Peter Trunk, another bassist who “got the message”, is particularly prominent in the duet. Peter Trunk, born in 1936, was killed in New York in 1973. Cf. Joachim E. Berendt: In memoriam Peter Trunk. In: Berendt: Ein Fenster aus Jazz. Frankfurt, Fischer 1980.

601027 Jet Magazine: “Danish Concert Raises $4,350 For Pettiford Family. – In Copenhagen, a capacity crowd of nearly 2,200 Danes packed Tre Falke Theatre to pay tribute to the memory of the late Oscar Pettiford and raise about 30,000 kroner (about $4,350) for the U. S. bassist’s memorial fund, to be used to educate his three children. His last wish was that his wife, Jacqueline, remain in “color-blind” Denmark with the children, Cello, 2, and six-month-old twins, Seleste and Celina.”

601103 Jet Magazine: “Oscar Pettiford’s Estate Starts Transatlantic Battle.” – “… And as the jazz world lost a major figure that Sept. 3, the two white women who were the loves of his life inherited a fight for the small remains of the man who gave so much…” “In New York, Oscar’s legal wife, Harriett, and mother of his 15-yera-old son, Oscar Jr., was named administratix of his estate, and state law allows the wife to receive one-third of the estate and the child two-thirds. Most of the estate will consist of untotaled tecord royalties, and the Orpheus Publishing Co., of which Harriett is an officer. But Larry Douglas, Oscar’s manager and godfather of Pettiford’s three children by Jacqueline (son Cello, 23-months-old, twins Cellina and Celeste, 8 months) charges that “two weeks before Oscar died, he had asked me if anything happened to him for me to watch out for his three babies and Jacqueline. So I go on record, as informing all record companies and BMI, to hold all of Oscar’s royalties and not pay any to Harriett, because litigation is being started to protect the three babies (by law) of Oscar Pettiford and his wife Jacqueline…” Harriett told JET that personal letters from Oscar gave instructions on handling of their business; insists that she was about to join Oscar in Europe until he was injured in a 1958 auto crash in Vienna…”

60 or 61 Hans Hammerschmid

  • In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford (Hans Koller)

In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford. Philips B 08 657 2 (twen 21).

62 In 1962 “Jazz Bass Facing” was issued in Copenhagen, Denmark. Authors: Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm. Front, back, foreword.

630103 Stadthalle, Koblenz, Germany. Americans in Europe. A.o. Benny Bailey, Lou Bennett, Don Byas, Bob Carter, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Criss, Nathan Davis, Kenny Drew, Herb Geller, Jimmy Gourley, Joe Harris, Bud Powell, Sahib Shihab, Bill Smith, Idrees Sulieman, Jimmy Woode. – Jerry van Rooyen arr. Eli “Lucky” Thompson didn’t show up, so Benny Bailey proposed Nathan Davis. – The Traditional Americans in Europe. A.o. Champion Jack Dupree, Kansas Fields, Peanuts Holland, Earle Howard, Albert Nicholas, Nelson Williams, Jimmy Woode.

Joachim E. Berendt: “It was Oscar Pettiford’s idea to gather the many ‘Americans in Europe’ in a single great concert. Oscar died in 1960, and in the months prior to his passing frequently gave voice to this idea. ‘Promise me,’ he said while living in Baden-Baden, Germany, ‘that you will do it some day.’ It took two years before the great meeting of the ‘Americans in Europe’ could take place. It was one of the costliest jazz concerts ever staged in Europe. The Southwest German Radio Network and the City of Koblenz were the joint sponsors. The 25 musicians who participated are the real stars of jazz in Europe.”

670224 Hamburg, Germany. NDR Jazz Workshop at studio 10 “Remember Oscar Pettiford”.  Dusko Goykovic tp,flh,arr,ld, Milo Pavlovic tp, Ake Persson tb, Eric van Lier btb, tu, Eddie Busnello as, Johnny Griffin, Hans Koller ts, Mal Waldron p, Eddie de Haas b, Karl-Theodor Geier cello, b, Albert Heath dr.

  • 1. Blues In The Closet (arr. DG) 6:10
  • 2. Laverne Walk (arr. DG) 5:10
  • 3. The Gentle Art Of Love(arr. DG) 6:30
  • 4. Tricrotism (arr. DG) 4:30
  • 5. Remember O.P.(comp. DG) 5:10
  • 6. Swingin’ Till The Girls Come Home (arr. DG) 6:00
  • 7. Leave Me Alone Blues (comp. Griffin) 5:10
  • 8. Blues For Blanton (arr. Waldron) 3:50
  • 9. Perdido (arr. DG) 7:50
  • 10. My Little Cello (arr. DG) 3:45
  • 11. Don’t Forget Him, Oscar (comp. Koller) 6:25
  • 12. Keep The Fort (comp. DG) 4:15
  • 13. Bohemia After Dark (arr. DG) 7:30
  • 14. Torino (comp. Waldron) 10:05
  • 15. Blues In The Closet 2 (arr. DG) 7:05
  • 16. Blues In The Closet (reprise) 2:40

Unissued.

8109 Die DDR-Zeitschrift “Musik und Rhythmus” Heft 9 / 1981, S. 20, stellt in der 100. Folge der Reihe “Jazz. Swingende Stationen zwischen Baumwollfeld und Phon-Ekstase” Oscar Pettiford vor.

890505 The New York Times. Sounds Around Town. By Peter Watrous. “The Oscar Pettiford Project, the Knitting Factory, 47 East Houston Street (219-3055). Led by John Zorn, the composer and saxophonist, the Oscar Pettiford Project delves into the repertory of the great jazz cellist and bassist for whom the group is named. Mr. Zorn, who has attacked Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and various hard-bop composers, has always found a way to anger mainstream jazz critics with his interpretations, which never let the sanctified stay that way. Shows tonight through Sunday are at 9 and 11; tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.”

  1. The New York Times. Goldsby Quintet in a Tribute. By John S. Wilson. “The music of Oscar Pettiford, a jazz bassist who brought an innovative approach to the bass in a be-bop context with a group that he led jointly with Dizzy Gillespie in the early 1940’s, was celebrated on Tuesday in a free concert at Greenwich House by the John Goldsby Quintet. Mr. Goldsby’s program included compositions by Mr. Pettiford, who died in 1960 at the age of 37; ballads that he was fond of playing (“Stardust,” “Willow Weep for Me”), and excerpts from Sonny Rollins’s recording of “Freedom Suite,” on which Mr. Pettiford played a prominent role. … The concert, a very effective reminder of the rewards to be found in the work of Mr. Pettiford, will be repeated at Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street, on Tuesday, again free.”

910426 The New York Times. Remembering Ellington. By John S. Wilson. “Tribute to Duke Ellington,” Jaki Byard and the Apollo Stompers, St. Peter’s Church, 54th Street at Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, (212) 935-2200. The Duke Ellington Society of New York’s annual celebration of Ellington’s birthday (he was born April 29, 1899) will be held one day early this year, on Sunday, and will feature the pianist Jaki Byard’s 17-piece band, the Apollo Stompers. During Ellington’s periods of illness in the year before his death in 1974, Mr. Byard frequently replaced him at the piano. And even when the Duke was able to return, he insisted that Mr. Byard remain with the band to play duets with him. Mr. Byard, who has maintained the Apollo Stompers on an occasional basis for almost 20 years, will not only feature Ellington compositions in his program, but will pay tribute to one of the great Ellington bassists, Oscar Pettiford, as well. He will also play compositions by another bassist who was briefly in the Ellington band, Charles Mingus, who was strongly influenced as a composer by Ellington’s works. Tickets for the concert, which starts promptly at 7 P.M. on Sunday, are $10 and are available only at the door.”

In 1992 Oscar Pettiford is inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

050708 The New York Times, July 8, 2005 announces “ERIK FRIEDLANDER AND THE BROKEN ARM (Tuesday) This new project, a tribute to Oscar Pettiford and Herbie Nichols, features Mr. Friedlander’s pizzicato cello playing against a backdrop of vibraphone, bass and drums. A preceding set, at 8 p.m., will consist of his brilliantly expansive solo cello playing. 9 p.m., Knitting Factory Old Office, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212)219-3132; cover, $10 (Chinen)”

060526 The New York Times, May 26, 2006, announces “ERIK FRIEDLANDER’S BROKEN ARM (Tonight) This tribute to the bassist Oscar Pettiford and the pianist Herbie Nichols features Mr. Friedlander’s pizzicato cello playing against a simple rhythm backdrop of bass (Kermit Driscoll) and drums (Mike Sarin). The name is an oblique reference to Pettiford; both Mr. Friedlander’s arms are fine. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; cover, $8. (Chinen)”

060609 The New York Times, June 9, 2006. The Listings: June 9 – June 15. LOST JAZZ SHRINES: CAFÉ BOHEMIA (Tonight) This elegy for a bygone nightspot features the repertory of the bassist Oscar Pettiford, who died in 1960. Among the musicians enlisted for the task are the saxophonists Antonio Hart and Don Braden, the trombonist Robin Eubanks, the bassist Ron Carter and the pianist Eric Gould, who is musical director. At 7 p.m.; TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, (212) 220-1460; $25. (Chinen)

060630 The New York Times, June 30, 2006, announces “ERIK FRIEDLANDER’S BROKEN ARM (Thursday) This tribute to the bassist Oscar Pettiford and the pianist Herbie Nichols features Mr. Friedlander’s pizzicato cello playing against a simple rhythm backdrop of bass (Kermit Driscoll) and drums (Mike Sarin). The name is an oblique reference to Mr. Pettiford; both Mr. Friedlander’s arms are fine. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; cover, $8. (Chinen)” – An interview.

 

 

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