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Tony Scott - Germany 1957/Asia 1962 Lost Tapes - Jazz Haus


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“Tony Scott's position as a master of his instrument has never been in question, but it was that instrument's own status which bebop and after was disputing, and [his many] excellent records … have been comparatively lost as a result. ...

In 1959 Tony Scott turned his back on America, wounded by the death of several friends (Hot Lips Page, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Lester Young) and by what he considered the 'death' of the clarinet in jazz terms. Since then he has been a wanderer, exploring the culture and music of the East, trading in the sometimes aggressive assertions of bebop for a meditative approach to harmony that at its best is deeply moving, at its least disciplined a weak ambient decoration.

Influenced primarily by Ben Webster, he seems to condense and process an enormous acreage of jazz history in his enticingly miniaturist structures.

Scott enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship with Bill Evans, and perhaps his best recorded work is the session of 16 November 1957 with the Evans trio and guests, tackling a copious roster of originals and well-worn standards…. . Evans's light touch and immense harmonic sophistication suited his approach ideally. Scott was at the top of his professional tree and enjoyed great critical acclaim. More recent years have found him a relatively forgotten figure. But he is unmistakably an original.” Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6th Ed.

The recent arrival of the Tony Scott - The Lost Tapes: Germany 1957/Asia 1962 JazzHaus CD [#101 743] sparked a number of flashbacks in my mind to a time when Tony along with Buddy DeFranco were two of the hipper clarinetists on the modern Jazz scene.

Unfortunately for Tony and Buddy and a few other “licorice stick” players who spoke the language of bebop, their recognition for this achievement would be short-lived as interest in the instrument waned by the end of the 1950’s.

Once the equivalent of the Rock guitar during The Swing Era when clarinet players like Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Artie Shaw headed-up some of the most popular big bands, the clarinet fell out of favor in the modern Jazz era which began around 1945 when small combos featuring trumpet and saxophone front lines became the predominant sound of the music.

Here are the details on Tony Scott - The Lost Tapes: Germany 1957/Asia 1962 JazzHaus CD [#101 743] and Fabian Grob’s insert notes to the disc.

Studio Recording Villa Berg, SDR Stuttgart April 24,1957 Live Recording Liederhalle Stuttgart, April 23,1957 Live Recording City Hall, Hong Kong, spring 1962 Live Recording Singapore, unknown venue, 1962

Tony Scott (cl) / Horst Jankowski (p) / Peter Witte (b) / Hermann Mutschler (dr) / Conny Jackel (tp) / Gerald Weinkopf (ts) / Helmut Brandt (bs) /Werner Baumgart (bs) / Mario Costalonga (tp) / Colin Stuart (tp) / Frankie Van Seca (g) / Giancarlo Barigozzi (ts)

For the Singapore recording: (probably) Silvano Salviati (p) / Sandra Paganucci (b) /Alfredo Bendini (dr)

Moonlight In Vermont (Stuttgart) The Man I Love Lover, Come Back To Me You Go To My Head Blues A Night In Tunisia There Will Never Be Another You Blues For Charlie Parker Hongkong Jazzclub Blues All The Things You Are Moonlight In Vermont (Singapore)

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