jueves, abril 30, 2009

Gente de Verano

Summer People

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Tony Martin
Indian Summer (1939)
Decca 2936B

Tony Martin (vcl) acc. by Ray Sinatra Orchestra. Undisclosed location and personnel.

miércoles, abril 29, 2009

Dibujo completo

Finished drawing

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Herman Chittison Trio
The song is ended (1944)
Musicraft 315

Herman Chittison (p) Jimmy Shirley (g) Cedric Wallace (b). New York, December 8, 1944

martes, abril 28, 2009

Dibujo incompleto

Unfinished drawing

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Mildred Bailey
I can read between the lines (1939)
Vocalion 4749

Mildred Bailey (vcl) acc. by Charlie Shavers (tp) Buster Bailey (cl) Russell Procope (as) Red Norvo (xyl) Billy Kyle (p) John Kirby (b) O'Neil Spencer (d). New York, February 28, 1939

lunes, abril 27, 2009


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Billie Holiday with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra
Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer (1949)
Decca 24947

Billie Holiday with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra: Billie Holiday (vcl) Lester "Shad" Collins, Buck Clayton, Bobby Williams (tp) George Stevenson, Henderson Chambers (tb) George Dorsey, Pete Clark (as) Budd Johnson, Freddie Williams (ts) Dave McRae (bar) Horace Henderson (p) Everett Barksdale (g) Joe Benjamin (b) Wallace Bishop (d) Sy Oliver (cond)
New York, September 8, 1949.

domingo, abril 26, 2009

Pluma Fuente

Fountain Pen

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Sarah Vaughan
De gas pipe she's leakin' Joe (1950)
Columbia 39124

Sarah Vaughan (vcl) acc by Bernie Privin, Yank Lawson, Carl Poole (tp) Will Bradley, Jack Satterfield, Bill Rauch (tb) Bill Versaci, Al Klink, Russ Banzer, Jim Abato, Bill Hitz (saxes) Jimmy Jones (p) Mundell Lowe (g) Frank Carroll (b) Bunny Shawker (d) Jose Mangual (bgo). New York, December 6, 1950

sábado, abril 25, 2009


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The Andrews Sisters
Joseph, Joseph (1938)
Decca 1691

The Andrews Sisters (vcl trio) acc. by Vic Schoen and his Orchestra: Johnny McGhee, Vic Schoen (tp) George Mazza (tb) Tony Zimmers (cl) Frank Froeba (p) Dave Barbour (g) Haig Stephens (b) Sam Weiss (d). New York, February 21, 1938.

viernes, abril 24, 2009


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Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
I got it bad (1941)
Victor 27531

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Rex Stewart (cnt) Ray Nance (tp,vcl) Wallace Jones (tp) Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown (tb) Barney Bigard (cl,ts) Johnny Hodges (as,sop) Otto Hardwick (as,bassax) Ben Webster (ts) Harry Carney (bar,as,cl) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Jimmy Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (d) Ivie Anderson (vcl). Hollywood, Ca., June 26, 1941

jueves, abril 23, 2009



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Champion Jack Dupree
Bad health blues (1941)
Okeh 06197

Champion Jack Dupree (vcl,p) acc. by Wilson Swain or Ransom Knowling (b). Chicago, Ill., January 23, 1941

miércoles, abril 22, 2009



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Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
I like the sunrise (1947)
(from the "Liberian Suite")
V-Disc 858

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Shelton Hemphill, Francis Williams, Harold Baker, Al Killian (tp) Ray Nance (tp,vln,vcl) Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones (tb) Tyree Glenn (tb,vib) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Johnny Hodges (as) Russell Procope (as,cl) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Oscar Pettiford, Junior Raglin (b) Sonny Greer (d). New York, December 24, 1947

martes, abril 21, 2009

You Talkin' To Me?

Tiempos Aciagos

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Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra
Please don't talk about me when I'm gone (1931)
Victor 22652

Bert Lown and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra: Frank Cush, Ed Farley (tp) Al Philburn (tb) Elmer Feldkamp (cl,as,vcl) Larry Tice (cl,as) Paul Mason (cl,ts) Adrian Rollini (bassax,vib) Mac Ceppos (vln) Chauncey Gray (p) Tommy Felline (bj,g) Merrill Kline (tu,b) Stan King (d) Bert Lown (dir). New York, March 5, 1931

lunes, abril 20, 2009

Desfile de bellezas


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Frank Guarente and his Orchestra
Sweethearts On Parade (1928)
Harmony 787-H

Frank Guarente and his Orchestra: Frank Guarente (tp) acc by unknown tb, cl/as, as, ts, p, tu & Robert Wood (vcl)(= Irving Kaufman. New York, November 22, 1928

domingo, abril 19, 2009


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Le Quintette du Hot Club de France
Japanese sandman (1939)
Decca (E)F7133

Le Quintette du Hot Club de France: Stéphane Grappelly (vln) Django Reinhardt (solo g) Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre Ferret (rhythm g) Emmanuel Soudieux (b). Paris, March 21, 1939

sábado, abril 18, 2009

Mala cara


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Poniendo mala cara

Edmond Hall Swing Sextet
Face (1944)
Circle CLP52

Edmond Hall Swing Sextet: Irving "Mouse" Randolph (tp) Henderson Chambers (tb) Edmond Hall (cl) Ellis Larkins (p) Johnny Williams (b) Art Trappier (d). Transcriptions, New York, December 4, 1944

viernes, abril 17, 2009

Ucieczka Gangstera

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Ben Selvin and his Orchestra
Why? (1929)
Columbia 2077-D

Ben Selvin and his Orchestra: Leo McConville, Mannie Klein (tp) Tommy Dorsey (tb) Andy Sannella (cl, as) Louis Martin (as) Hymie Wolfson (cl,ts) Ben Selvin (vln,ldr) prob Irving Brodsky (p) Tony Colucci (bj,g) prob Hank Stern (tu) Stan King (d) The Crooners (vcl). New York, December 9, 1929

jueves, abril 16, 2009


Taxi Driver

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La Marcha del Taximetrista
Taxi Driver's March

Buddy Jones
Taxicab Driver Blues (1940
Decca 5861

miércoles, abril 15, 2009



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The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
Pages of Radio Land – Part 1 (1931)
(Intro, Great Day/Same As We Used To Do/Without A Song/Sunny Days)
HMV B-3836

The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra: Bill Shakespeare, Max Goldberg (tp) Tony Thorpe (tb) George Smith (cl,ts) Harry Hines, Bob Wise (as,cl) Laurie Payne (bar,as) Eric Siday, Jean Pougnet, Reg Leopold (vln) Harry Jacobson (p) Bert Thomas (g) Jack Evetts (b) Bill Harty (d) Al Bowlly (vcl) Ray Noble (arr,ldr). Small Queen’s Hall, London, March 24, 1931

martes, abril 14, 2009


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Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra
Li'l dog (1947)
Decca 48076

Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra: Frank Royal, Andrew Wood, Willis Nelson, Calvin Strickland (tp) Steve Pulliam, Bernard Archer, William Harrison (tb) Joe O'Laughlin, Al Robinson (as,cl) David Van Dyke, Purvis Henson (ts) Teddy Conyers (bar) Buddy Johnson (p) Bernard McKay (g) Leon Spann (b) Emmanuel Simms (d). New York, October 30, 1947

lunes, abril 13, 2009


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Bing Crosby
Gay Love (1929)
(Sidney Clare-Oscar Levant)
Columbia 2001-D

Bing Crosby (vcl) acc. by Charles Margulis (tp) Chester Hazlett (cl) Matty Malneck (vln) Roy Bargy (p) plus other unidentified strings. New York, September 27, 1929

domingo, abril 12, 2009

Dibujo amistoso

Friendly picture

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Eddie Condon and his Footwarmers
Makin' friends (1928)
Okeh 41142

Eddie Condon and his Footwarmers: Jimmy McPartland (cnt) Jack Teagarden (tb,vcl) Mezz Mezzrow (cl) Joe Sullivan (p) Eddie Condon (bj,vcl) Art Miller (b) Johnny Powell (d). New York, October 30, 1928

sábado, abril 11, 2009

Gun Molls

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Dick Jacobs and his Chorus and Orchestra
Main Title from "Man with the Golden Arm" and "Molly-O" (1956)
(Elmer Bernstein-Sylvia Fine)
Coral 61606

viernes, abril 10, 2009



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Tempo King and his Kings of Tempo
Organ grinder's swing (1936)
Bluebird B6533

Tempo King and his Kings of Tempo: Marty Marsala (tp) Joe Marsala (cl) Queenie Ada Rubin (p) Eddie Condon (g) Mort Stuhlmaker (b) Stan King (d) Tempo King (vcl,ldr). New York, August 21, 1936

jueves, abril 09, 2009

Summer Storm

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Skymen of the 718th AAF Band
Summer Holiday

V-Disc 338 B1

Skymen of the 718th AAF Band: Undisclosed personnel of military band recorded circa 1944-45 in USA

miércoles, abril 08, 2009



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Erskine Hawkins and his 'Bama State Collegians
Let the punishment fit the crime (1939)
Bluebird B10224

Erskine Hawkins and his 'Bama State Collegians: Erskine Hawkins, Wilbur Bascomb, Marcellus Green (tp) Sam Lowe (tp,arr) Edward Sims, Robert Range (tb) William Johnson (as,arr) Jimmy Mitchelle (as,vcl) Julian Dash (ts) Haywood Henry (bar) Avery Parrish (p) William McLemore (g) Leemie Stanfield (b) James Morrison (d) Jimmy Mitchelle (vcl). New York, April 8, 1939

Isla desierta

Desert island

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Muerte en una isla desierta / Death in a desert island

Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Sleepy lagoon (1942)
RCA PD89810

Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra: Ziggy Elman, Jimmy Blake, Mannie Klein, Chuck Peterson (tp) Tommy Dorsey (tb,arr) George Arus, Dave Jacobs, Jimmy Skiles (tb) Heinie Beau (cl,as,arr) Fred Stulce (as, arr) Mannie Gershman (as) Don Lodice, Bruce Snyder (ts) Milt Raskin (p) Clark Yocum (g) Phil Stevens (b) Buddy Rich (d). Joe Bushkin, Sy Oliver, Axel Stordahl, Bill Finegan (arr). Hollywood, Ca., March 9, 1942

martes, abril 07, 2009



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Fats Waller and his Rhythm
Headlines in the news (1941)
Bluebird B11188

Fats Waller and his Rhythm: John Hamilton (tp) Gene Sedric (cl,ts) Fats Waller (vcl,p) Al Casey (g) Cedric Wallace (b) Slick Jones (d). New York, May 13, 1941

lunes, abril 06, 2009



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Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
(Duke Ellington)
New York City blues (1947)
Columbia 38236

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Harold Baker, Al Killian (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl) Johnny Hodges (as) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (bar) Duke Ellington (p) Junior Raglin (b) Sonny Greer (d). New York, December 30, 1947

domingo, abril 05, 2009

Instrumento de cuerda

String instrument

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Richard Himber and his Orchestra
Zing went the strings of my heart (1935)
Victor 24868

sábado, abril 04, 2009

Cuerpos celestes

Heavenly body

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Es Kay Davis la cantante?... Si es así, la fecha debiera ser 1945. [*]
Is the singer Kay Davis?... If she is, the date should be 1945.

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Body and soul (1952)
CBS 66607

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Clark Terry, Willie Cook, John Carroll, John Hunt Jr., Ray Nance (tp) Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, Fred Johnson (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Russell Procope (cl,as) Porter Kilbert (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Louie Bellson (d) Betty Roché (vcl). New York, November 8, 1952.

[*] Según la discografía del belga Walter Bruyninckx, que es bastante completa, Ellington solo tiene una grabación con cantante femenina -la que detallé más arriba-. Y realmente la orquesta, en este registro, suena más de los 50 que los 40. Los datos que tiene jazz-on-line.com y que vos enviaste, tenían matrícula y sello discográfico que corresponden a una grabación de Body and soul de 1940, pero en dúo del Duke con Jimmy Blanton en contrabajo, evidentemente un error.
Aparentemente entonces, ésta es la única grabación de Body and soul con cantante femenina, en este caso la para mi desconocida y grata sorpresa Betty Roché, a quien, dicho sea de paso con total seguridad ha escuchado la actual Dianne Reeves "alquilándole" algunos tricks que yo creía originales de ésta última.
el editor

viernes, abril 03, 2009

Paseando al perro

Walking the dog

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Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra
Walkin' the dog (1938)
(Shelton Brooks)
Victor 26123

Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra: Bunny Berigan, Irving Goodman (tp) Ray Conniff (tb) Murray Williams, Gus Bivona (cl,as) Georgie Auld (ts) Joe Lippman (p,arr) Hank Wayland (b) Buddy Rich (d). New York, November 30, 1938

jueves, abril 02, 2009

Bird´s tales

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Hoy desayuné escuchando a Mozart en radio 3. Mientras tanto leí en los periódicos sobre el hombre asesinado de una piña por ser acusado erróneamente de saltarse la cola en un supermercado, sobre la "acción" de la policía de Londres contra los manifestantes que dejaron a un hombre muerto, sobre los desacuerdos entre los líderes del G2 de como "salvar al mundo", la inminente "falla" de Argentina a la deuda internacional, ahora que el precio de petróleo está bajo y Chávez no puede comprar más bonos de deudas, un artículo por Bank Ki Moon que teme el inmediato colapso global, etc.
De repente la suavidad de Mozart dejó de tener sentido. Tuve que oír algo más algo calmante pero aún viril. Yo sabía que tenia que oír a Charlie Parker. Lo puse y el mundo volvió a tener sentido.
¡Gracias, "Bird" esta te le debo!

El dibujo que envío fue hecho para el amigo Max Aguirre. Fue publicado en el blog "Historietas reales". Max necesitó tomarse un respiro y nos pidió mí y a otra gente ayudarlo con algunas contribuciones. Dibujé cuatro. Esta fue la que publicaron esta semana.

Today I had breakfast listening to Mozart on BBC radio three. Meanwhile I read in the papers about the man killed for being wrongly accused of jumping the queue in a supermarket, about the London police action against the demonstrators that left a man dead, about the disagreements between the G2 leaders in "how to save the world", the imminent default by Argentina to the international debt now that the oil price is down and Chavez can't buy any more debt bonuses, an article by Ban Ki Moon fearing global collapse, etc. Suddenly the gentleness of Mozart stopped making sense. I needed to hear something else something soothing and yet virile. I knew I needed to hear Charlie Parker. I put it on and the world started to make sense again.
Thanks, "Bird" I owe you!

This drawing was done for my pal Max Aguirre. It got published in "Historietas reales". Max needed a respite and asked me and other people to help him with some contributions. I've drew four. This is the one published this week.

Charlie Parker All Stars
Bird gets the worm (1947)
Savoy 45-309

Charlie Parker All Stars: Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Duke Jordan (p) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach(d). Detroit, December 21, 1947

miércoles, abril 01, 2009

Sport Kids

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Lamentablemente ésta fue la última hoja de papel de diario en blanco que me quedaba. Había comprado el "block" en Nueva York hace mas de quince años. Era maravilloso dibujar en esta superficie. ¡Adios, papel amigo!

Sadly this was the last sheet of newsprint paper I had left. I bought a block in New York more than fifteen years ago. It was marvellous to draw in it. Fare thy well, friendly paper!

Jess Stacy and his Orchestra
It's only a paper moon (1945)
V-Disc 539

Jess Stacy and his Orchestra: Billy Butterfield, Pee Wee Erwin, Anthony Natoli (tp) Will Bradley, Jack Satterfield (tb) Sal Franzella (cl) Hank Ross, Hymie Schertzer (as) Larry Binyon, Julius Bradley (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Frank Worrell (g) Bob Haggart (b) Mario Toscarelli (d) Lee Wiley (vcl). New York, June 29, 1945