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Friday, April 02, 2010

Harry Carney Centennial Celebration (5/5)



Harry Carney – Centennial Celebration
Boston, Massachusets, April 1, 1910 – New York, October 14, 1974

For the fifth and final volume, we mostly stay with Johnny Hodges, starting out with some cuts from a session featuring Ray Nance, Jimmy Hamilton, Lawrence Brown, Billy Strayhorn, and the mid-50s ducal rhythm section of Jimmy Woode and Sam Woodyard. Then we go on with Hodges, Hamilton and the rhythm section but get Clark Terry, Quentin "Butter" Jackson and Ray Nance added for another pair of tunes. To end this off, there are Carney's features from a 1961 concert by a Johnny Hodges touring unit, again with Lawrence Brown and Ray Nance in the band.
In between, we get a short but sweet and intriguing rarity: an audio recording (how great would it be to have this on video!) by an Ellington all star formation including Hodges, Carney, Oscar Pettiford and... Max Roach! Yes indeed!

Happy listening - hope you'll enjoy the great music in this little series!

Harry Carney lives!

14 comments:

ubu said...

Get the FLACs here, here and here.

Get info/covers for the whole series here

ubu said...

Discography - CD5/52:32

January 11, 1956 – Johnny Hodges
Fine Sound, New York City – Norgran

Ray Nance (tp), Lawrence Brown (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (ts,cl), Johnny Hodges (as), Harry Carney (bari), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b), Sam Woodyard (d)

Hi'Ya (Billy Strayhorn-Johnny Hodges) 3:08
Snibor (Billy Strayhorn) 7:14
Texas Blues (Johnny Hodges) 11:45

September 1, 1956 – Johnny Hodges
Universal Studios, Chicago – Verve

Clark Terry (tp,flh), Ray Nance (tp,vln), Quentin Jackson (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Jimmy Hamilton (ts,cl), Harry Carney (bari), Billy Strayhorn (p), Jimmy Woode (b), Sam Woodyard (d)

Meet Mr. Rabbit (Johnny Hodges) 7:14
Take the "A" Train (Billy Strayhorn) 8:00

April 23, 1957 – Duke Ellington
Hickory House, New York City – Tonight Show Telecast (12:05 am, NBC-TV)

Johnny Hodges (as), Harry Carney (bari), Duke Ellington (p), Oscar
Pettiford (b), Max Roach (d)

Introduction by Leonard Feather/Take the "A" Train (Billy Strayhorn) 2:19
Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Mercer Ellington) 2:38
Perdido (Juan Tizol-H.J. Lengsfelder-Ervin Drake) 2:58

Note: commercially unreleased

March 1961 – Johnny Hodges at Sportpalast, Berlin
Live at Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany

Ray Nance (cor), Lawrence Brown (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Harry Carney (bari), Al Williams (p), Aaron Bell (b), Sam Woodyard (d)

I'll Get By (Roy Turk-Fred E. Ahlert) 2:50
I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart (Duke Ellington-Henry Nemo-Irving
Mills-John Redmond)
/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington-Bob Russell) 4:07

Barak said...

Florin, this is an AMAZING set, especially for Harry Carney fans like me. Can't thank you emough!
B

Brew said...

One of the most interesting tracks you will find on the reissue of the 1938-Carnegie Hall Concert. There is the complete (!) version of the jam session on "Honeysuckle Rose". What can you hear all of a sudden (it was not on the original LP issue)?

Mr. Carney with two splendid chorusses! Quite a rare thing to hear in the 30's.

I will post the track at my blog later on, because added to Harry Carney, you'll have the pleasure of another chorus with Buck Clayton, and a spontaneous rhythm guitar solo of Freddie Greene.

If you would like to purchase a good CD version of this album, don't buy the Columbia reissue, just take this here. It's perfectly remastered:

Benny Goodman & All Stars at Carnegie Hall, January 16, 1938 (Jasmine set)

Best,

Brew

ubu said...

Brew, that track is of course on the first part of my Carney Centennial compilation set!

It's indeed great to hear Carney! And the other track from the Goodman concert with Carney (and Hodges on soprano) is marvellous as well!

Oh, and it escapes me why they'd have edited Buck Clayton back then!

Brew said...

Yes, Our Majesty, they have left it off the LP issue.

When you listen very closely at the new CD you can hear some surging, then suddenly silenced applause, because Johnny Hodges stood up, and wanted to start his solo; but Buck hadn't finished his speech yet, and went for another spin until the Rabbit took over finally.

Brew said...

P.S.: It's been posted HERE. Hope you'll enjoy.

blbs said...

Impresionante tu proyecto King!!! Ni Mosaic Records lo ha hecho aún, creo...
Deberían contratarte.
Abrazo!

Rab Hines said...

Great series, my friend. Thank you.

I've been - coincidentally - listening to 'The Great Paris Concert' the last few days.

cbacas said...

These are beautiful records. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I haven't heard that alternate melody on A-Train before. Anyone heard it on other records? Wonder if Strayhorn's presence had anything to do with it.

Brew said...

Here's a quite comprehensive little article on Take The A Train.

Maybe that Strays has revised the often played tune, so that the participating soloists could improvise on some new material.

Pep said...

What is the year of edition, of this box?

ubu said...

2010, released exclusively on ubu roi and compiled by yours truly :-)

Peter said...

Ubu! You deserve a medal for services to humanity!

Pas du tout le parent cruel et absurde d'Alfred Jarry. ;o)