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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hank Mobley & Johnny Griffin - Cologne 1968

Coltrane, Griffin and Mobley (l.t.r.) at the recording session for "A Blowin' Session" (BLP 1559, 1957) - photo by Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images

A short but rare set ... Mobe and Griff reunited (alas, Coltrane was gone by that time, but would he have enjoyed joining them, had he been around?) for some blowing.

This was posted over on dime, and the good pervfesser helped me getting it as right as possible. Happy to bring this new set to the blog.

Hank Mobley / Johnny Griffin - Quintet
Jazz am Rhein 1968
Köln (DE), Rheinpark, Tanzbrunnen
September 1, 1968

Hank Mobley - tenor sax
Johnny Griffin - tenor sax
Bora Rokovic - piano
Jimmy Woode - bass
Kenny Clare - drums

1. Stage Announcer Intro (0:51)
2. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington) [JG]
> My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) [HM] (11:29)
3. Wee (Best-Gillespie) > Applause > Stage Announcer Outro [cut] (13:53)
4. Some Other Blues (Coltrane) 10:09 [italian voiceover 2:55-3:01]

TT: 36:25

Sound: A-
Source: radio broadcast

:: notes ::

This comes from two sources:
#1 and #2 up to 0:06 are from a less good-sounding source - originally 107 cents sharp
#2 0:06-end and #3 are from a better source - originally 49 cents sharp

#4 is unknown, the Italian radio announcer says it's Coltrane's "Bessie's Blues".

Date for the second source was given as September 10, 1969.
The Italian announcer suggest that this possibly comes from another concert, maybe even with a different rhythm section?

The outro of the stage announcer at the end of #3 calls the venue "Rheinpark", I got this with "Tanzbrunnen" as venue.
Further, the next - closing - act is announced, "Seventeen Men and Their..." [cut off]

goody on #4: Original was approximately 49 cents sharp, if playing in the key of F. The original, however, is in Eb. Perhaps it really isn't Bessie's Blues, even though it's announced so. That could explain this blues in the key of F. The head of this doesn't sound like Bessie's Blues either. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of this tune.

In comment #3310523 [on dime] rillenheini wrote something like this:

According to a concert review in Jazz Podium 10/1968 the venue definitely is "Rheinpark". Original broadcast by WDR I on September 8, 1968, 7:30 p.m.
The Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Big Band, announced as "Seventeen men and their music", played on the same day (September 1st) and their recordings were in the same radio broadcast.

:: ubu & goody edits ::

fixed marks
deleted gaps
fixed pitch
spliced #2 from two sources (splice @ 0:06)


#1-2: rb > ? > CDR in trade > EAC (secure) > GoldWave > FLAC (8,asb) > DVD
#2-4: CDR in trade > EAC (secure)
goody: Cool Edit Pro (Pitch Bender, Patch/combine Track 2 from 2 sources) >
ubu: FLAC (8,asb,verify,tagged)


ubu said...

RAR (FLAC + info)

Jazzjet said...

Many thanks for this rarity, ubu. A great find. It would be great to hear the Clarke Boland band broadcast too!

ubu said...

Can't help there ... I've got plenty of CBBB sets around and am in fact v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y preparing them for a friend - but this one isn't part of my CBBB collection, alas.

There's obviously a ton of great Griffin on all those CBBB sets!

agmosk said...

Thanks, ubu! This looks very good. And ANY CBBB sets you do get around to posting would be greatly appreciated!

Nick said...

Thank you.

JD said...

Cheers, ubu, this'll fit nicely on the end of the Hank triple CD when I burn it off! Hanks a lot!

chuchuni said...

Many thanks, Ubu!

ceb said...

Thanks for sharing this music. Can't ever say enough about Hank or Griffin.It really is great to see you back with your meticulous editing and clear enthusiasm for so many of our greatest artists.

GBML said...

Jesus i can't wait to listen to this live st. Thank you very+ much!