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Mercury 40th Anniversary V.S.O.P. Album (日本フォノグラム 25PJ-58/61)

[Mercury 40th Anniversary V.S.O.P. Album]

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1984年,Mercury レーベルの40周年を記念して, 児山紀芳氏の手による発掘音源を 4枚組LP に編纂したこのボックスが 発売されました.Mercury,EmArcy,Limelight に残された Jazz の録音の 未発表曲,未発表テイクを 47曲収録したこのボックスには, 詳細なデータが記載され,当時のアーティストの未発表写真が掲載された ライナーノーツが付属しています.なかでも Leonard Feather 氏による前書きと Dan Morgenstern 氏の解説が秀逸です.

このボックスには,未発表に終わったのが信じられない程のクオリティの高い演奏が 数多く収録されています. Erroll Garner の Mercury に於ける第 1回セッション (1945年12月 5日) の未発表曲に始まり,Gene Ammons, Jay McShann, Arnett Cobb, Clark Terry など SP から LP への移行期の貴重な音源, EmArcy レーベルに名盤を数多く残した Dinah Washington や Paul Quinichette, Paul Bley, Clifford Brown, Herb Geller, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Cleveland, Cannonball Adderley などの音源,そして Mercury への Quincy Jones, Roland Kirk, Billy Taylor, Art Farmer - Benny Golson Jazztet, Bob James の著名なアルバムの未発表音源と続き, 最後は Limelight レーベルの「Charlie Parker Memorial Album」に収録された ライブ音源の Dizzie Gillespie の未発表演奏で締め括られています.

また,現在では CD ボックス 「Complete EmArcy Recordings」 等に収録されていますが,この V.S.O.P. アルバムにはボーナス EP として 当時世界初公開だった Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet の Mildama (Take 2 と Take 4) (1954年 8月 6日録音) が付属していました.

当然ながら,このボックスに収録されたどの盤も, 音質/プレス共に非常にクオリティが高く, 正直言ってオリジナル盤を凌ぐ品質と言えます. それだけオリジナル盤がリリースされた当時に比べて, カッティングマシンやプレスの品質が格段に向上したということでしょう. 残念ながら,Living Presence シリーズを除いては, Mercury や傍系レーベルのプレス品質は (平均すると) さほど良くはありませんでした (もちろん,中には素晴らしいプレスのものも一部ありますが). Blue Note レーベルに於ける Rudy Van Gelder 氏の様な存在が, クラシック音楽を除いたジャンルでは存在しなかったということも 関係あるのではないかと思っています.

とにもかくにも,素晴らしいボックスです.

Track Listing




DISC 1 SIDE-A (MONAURAL)
157 All The Things You Are Eroll Garner (p).
Recorded in N.Y., December 5, 1945.
161 My Heart Stood Still
11388 Sleep Eroll Garner (p).
Recorded in N.Y., March 14, 1955.
1393 Jay Jay Gene Ammons (ts) & His Orchestra:
Gail Brockman (tp), Ernest McDonald (as, bs),
Junior Mance (p), Gene Wright (b), Elis Bartee (ds).
Recorded in Chicago, December 10, 1947.
4617-1 You Didn't Tell Me Jay McShann (p) & His Orchestra:
Orville Minor (tp), Ben Webstar, Fats Dennis, Clifford Jenkins (ts),
Gene Griddins (g), Lloyd Anderson (b), Cooky Jackson (ds).
Recorded in Kansas City, October 27, 1951.
4619-2 The Duke And The Brute
4620-1 Reach

DISC 1 SIDE-B (MONAURAL)
9470-3 Operation (take 3) Arnett Cobb (ts) & His Orchestra:
Ed Lewis (tp), Dickie Harris (tb), Charlie Ferguson (ts, bs),
George Rhodes (p), Walter Buchanan (b), Al Walker (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., June 14, 1953.
9470-5 Operation (take 5)
9470-8 Operation (take 8)
10321-7 Money In The Bank (take 7) Clark Terry (tp) & His Orchestra:
Art Blakey (ds), others unknown.
Recorded in N.Y., February 1954.
10321-12 Money In The Bank (take 12)
10621-5 Blue Skies (complete version) Dinah Washington (vo) & The All-Stars:
Clark Terry (tp), Gus Chappel (tb), Ricky Henderson (as),
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (ts), Junior Mance (p),
Keter Betts (b), Ed Thigpen (ds), Candid Camero (perc).
Recorded in N.Y., June 15, 1954.



DISC 2 SIDE-A (MONAURAL)
11065 Plush Life (alternate take) Paul Quinichette (ts) All-Stars:
Sam Most (fl), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Jerome Darr (g),
Barry Galbraith (g), Paul Chambers (b), Harold Wing (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., November 4, 1954.
10381 Hot Springs Junior Mance (p) Trio:
unknown (b), unknown (ds).
Recorded circa March, 1954.
10383 111 East Ontario
10926 Willow Weep For Me Paul Bley (p) Trio:
Peter Ind (b), Alan Levitt (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., August 30, 1954.
10318 Glad To Be Unhappy Helen Merrill (vo)
with Orchestra conducted by Johnny Richards.
Recorded in N.Y., circa mid Feb, 1954.
10320-1 How's The World Treating You

DISC 2 SIDE-B (MONAURAL)
10885-6 Blues (Coronado) (reharsal take) Clifford Brown (tp) All-Stars:
Herb Geller (as), Joe Miani (as), Walter Benton (ts),
Kenny Drew (p), Curtis Counce (b), Max Roach (ds).
Recorded in L.A., August 11, 1954.
12243-6 Manteca (alternate take) John Williams (p) Trio:
Bill Anthony (b), Jack Edie (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., June 15, 1955.
11504-11 Cherokee Herb Geller (as) Quartet:
Lorraine Geller (p), Red Mitchell (b), Mel Lewis (ds).
Recorded in L.A., Aprio 20, 1955.
11518 Blues In The Night
11542 Suppertime Herb Geller (as) Quartet:
Lorraine Geller (p), Red Mitchell (b), Mel Lewis (ds).
Recorded in L.A., Aprio 26, 1955.



DISC 3 SIDE-A (MONAURAL)
12370-9 Roamin' Showman Maynard Ferguson (tp) & His Orchestra:
Buddy Childers (tp), Ray Linn (tp), Bob Burgess (tb),
Herb Geller (as), Georgie Auld (ts), Bill Holman (ts, arr),
Bud Shank (bs), Lorraine Geller (p), Ray Brown (b),
Alvin Stoller (ds).
Recorded in L.A., November 7, 1955.
12069 Taking A Chance On Love Maynard Ferguson (tp) & His Orchestra:
Herb Geller (as), others unknown.
Recorded in L.A., October 10, 1955.
11970-9 Our Love Is Here To Stay
(alternate take from different session)
Jimmy Cleveland (tb) & His All-Stars:
Ernie Royal (tp), Jerome Richardson (ts), Cecil Payne (bs),
Wade Legge (p), Barry Galbraith (g), Paul Chambers (b),
Joe Harris (ds), Quincy Jones (arr).
Recorded in N.Y., August 4, 1955.
13721 Hopping John (alternate take) Nat Adderley (cor) Quintet:
Cannonball Adderley (as), Junior Mance (p), Sam Jones (b),
Specs Wright (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., July 12, 1956.
13727 Yesterdays Nat Adderley (cor) Quintet:
Cannonball Adderley (as), Junior Mance (p), Sam Jones (b),
Specs Wright (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., July 18, 1956.
13728-2 Sam's Tune (alternate take) Nat Adderley (cor) Sextet:
Cannonball Adderley (as), Junior Mance (p), Al McKibbon (b),
Specs Wright (ds), Sam Jones (cello).
Recorded in N.Y., July 18, 1956.
17036-4 Fuller Bop Man (alternate take) Cannonball Adderley (as) Quintet:
Nat Adderley (cor), Junior Mance (p), Sam Jones (b),
Jimmy Cobb (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., March 6, 1958.

DISC 3 SIDE-B (STEREO)
Moanin' (alternate take) Quincy Jones (arr, cond) & His Orchestra:
Harry Edison (tp), Ernie Royal (tp), Joe Wilder (tp), Clark Terry (tp),
Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Urbie Green (tb), Questin Jackson (tb),
Melba Liston (tb), Jilius Watkins (frh), Phil Woods (as),
Frank Wess (as), Benny Golson (ts), Zoot Sims (ts), Danny Bank (bs),
Patti Bown (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Milt Hinton (b), Charlie Persip (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., May 26, 1959.
Close Your Eyes Quincy Jones (arr, cond) & His Orchestra:
Lonnie Johnson (tp), Benny Bailey (tp), Clark Terry (tp),
Floyd Standifer (tp), Jimmy Cleveland (tb), Åke Persson (tb),
Melba Liston (tb), Questin Jackson (tb), Julius Watkins (frh),
Porter Kilbert (as), Phil Woods (as), Jerome Richardson (ts),
Budd Johnson (ts), Sahib Shihab (bs), Patti Bown (p),
Les Spann (g, fl), Buddy Catlett (b), Joe Harris (ds).
Recorded in Paris, France, Februrary, 1960.
Blues From Free And Easy
Ghana Quincy Jones (cond) & His Orchestra:
Jimmy Maxwell (tp), Jimmy Nottingham (tp), Joe Newman (tp),
John Bello (tp), Curtis Fuller (tb), Britt Woodman (tb),
Melba Liston (tb), Paul Faulise (tb), Julius Watkins (frh),
Joe Lopez (as), Phil Woods (as), Jerome Richardson (ts, fl),
Eric Dixon (ts, fl), Pat Patrick (bs), Patti Bown (p),
Les Spann (g, gl), Art Davis (b), Stu Martin (ds),
Ernie Wilkins (arr).
Recorded live at Newport Jazz Festival, July 3, 1961.
Blues For Alice (alternate take) Roland Kirk (ts, strich, manzello, fl, siren) Quartet:
Richard Wyands (p), Art Davis (b), Charlie Persip (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., August 16, 1961.
Domino (alternate take) Roland Kirk (ts, strich, manzello, fl, siren) Quartet:
Wynton Kelly Herbie Hancock (p), Vernon Martin (b), Roy Haynes (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., April 18, 1962.
NOTE: on VSOP album's liner notes, Wynton Kelly was creditted as a pianist,
but the latest research points out the correct pianist was Herbie Hancock.
This information is from the liner notes of recent CD reissue of “Domino”



DISC 4 SIDE-A (STEREO)
PB7327 (24635) At La Carrousel Billy Taylor (p) Quartet:
Jim Hall (g), Bob Cranshow (b), Walter Booker (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., circa April, 1962.
PB7326 (24634) Paraphrase
- Tonk
(alternate take for unreleased single issue)
Art Farmer - Benny Golson Jazztet:
Art Farmer (flh), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Benny Golson (ts),
Harold Mabern (p), Herbie Lewis (b), Roy McCurdy (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., March 2, 1962.
- Sonny's Back
(alternate take for unreleased single issue)
25545 Another Git Together
(alternate take for unreleased single issue)
Art Farmer - Benny Golson Jazztet:
Art Farmer (flh), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Benny Golson (ts),
Harold Mabern (p), Herbie Lewis (b), Roy McCurdy (ds).
Recorded in N.Y., June 21, 1962.
NOTE: I have confirmed the existence of (at least) the promo copy
of the 45rpm 72029.
Also, the Ruppli book mentions the date as May 28, 1962.
22119 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Bob James (p) Trio:
Ron Brooks (b), Bob Pozar (ds).
Recorded in Chicago, August 14, 1962.
22120 Ghost Riders In The Sky

DISC 4 SIDE-B (STEREO)
2-35145 Blues (from Gillespiana) Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Quintet:
James Moody (fl, as), Kenny Barron (p), Chris White (b), Rudy Collins (ds).
Recorded live at the 10th Charlie Parker Memorial Conert,
Carnegie Hall, N.Y., March 27, 1965.
2-35146 My Funny Valentine
2-35147 A Night In Tunisia



[Bonus EP for V.S.O.P Album]
BONUS 45RPM SINGLE DISC (MONAURAL)
10878-2 Mildama (take 2) Clifford Brown = Max Roach Quintet:
Clifford Brown (tp), Harold Land (ts), Richie Powell (p),
George Morrow (b), Max Roach (ds),
Recorded in August 6, 1954.
10878-4 Mildama (take 4)



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