In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Friday, December 7, 2012


AMIGA STEREO LP 8 55 215, DDR, 1965

En Belgique, on ne croit pas au Pere Noel … on a St Nicolas / In Belgium we do not believe in Santa Claus, we do have the real thing: St Nicolas”.  

Yesterday was the 6th December, a day (or rather a night) all kids await eagerly (probably less than they used to in the older days), because in the night between the 5th and 6th December, St Nicolas / Sinterklaas brings toys and sweets to all children who did behave well during the year. 

I’m no longer a kid but in my case St Nicolas appears in the shape of Paul D. (which means that he certainly did not enter thru’ the chimney :-) .  And what did I received? A whole load of rips of rare albums than I intend to share with you in the coming weeks.  Today’s threat is an album recorded in East German city of Dresden in 1965 by a bunch of visiting North American visitors lead by the great (bur much underrated) LEO WRIGHT.

On guitar, we have Andre Condouant, a native of the French West Indies who did quite a bit of work in Germany in the 60s.  If you’re a regular of this blog, you are already familiar with this gifted and inventive guitar player.

On piano, “Dr Blues” Candy Green. Probably not a household name, even among blues collectors.  Green was a native of Galveston, Texas, his musical career goes back to the late forties.  He moved to Scandinavia by the end of the Fifties, lived in Germany – he even recorded for Supraphon and eventually settled in UK in the Seventies (where he recorded a blues album on the JSP label). (source: Mike Leadbitter, Jazz Journal, July 1973). 

Leo Wright (December 14, 1933 in Wichita Falls, Texas - January 4, 1991 in Vienna) does not require introduction anymore.  A first-rate bop-oriented alto saxophonist, Wright was also one of the finest flutists jazz has known. 

He studied saxophone under the tutelage of his father. His first recording was made in 1958 with vibist Dave Pike; the next year, he played the Newport Festival with bassist Charles Mingus' group. Wright joined Dizzy Gillespie's band in 1959, remaining until 1962. In addition to his sideman work, Wright established himself as a leader in the early '60s, leading New York-based bands that included the likes of bassist Ron Carter, pianist Junior Mance, drummer Charlie Persip, and guitarist Kenny Burrell, among others. In 1960, he recorded the record for which he is perhaps best-known -- Blues Shout for the Atlantic label -- with a group consisting of himself, Mance, Persip, bassist Art Davis, and trumpeter Richard Williams

After leaving Gillespie's band, Wright went on to play and record with pianist/composer Lalo Schifrin and organist Jack McDuff; with the latter he recorded Screamin' for the Prestige label. He also worked with composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, trumpeter Johnny Coles, and singer Jimmy Witherspoon before moving to Europe later in the decade. There he worked with pianist/composer George Gruntz and he also played with saxophonist Lee Konitz in an all-star group called Alto Summit and with trumpeter Carmell Jones. Wright eventually moved to Berlin, where he played in a studio band and worked freelance. In May 1978, Wright co-led a studio session in New York City with pianist Red Garland for Muse Records. 
He essentially retired from music around 1979, before re-emerging in the mid-'80s. In 1986, Wright played gigs with the Paris Reunion Band, which also included trombonist Grachan Moncur III, cornetist Nat Adderley, and pianist Kenny Drew Sr. In the years before his death, Wright worked and recorded with his wife, singer Elly Wright. His autobiography, God Is My Booking Agent, was published posthumously by Bayou Press in the fall of 1991. His last recording was made with his wife on her CD Listen to My Plea. (source: AMG).
Andre Condouant
The rhythm section is made of two German musicians: bass player Wolfgang Kraesse and drummer, Hartwig Bartz who’s qualified as “un batteur de kermesse” by our friend Paul D. I must concur that his drumming is not over-exciting (or perhaps it is deserved by the recording technique?).

1. Worksong
2. Moonlight in Vermont
3. Bloody Blues
4. Going to Chicago
5. I’m getting sentimental over you
6. Soulville

Recorded in Dresden (DDR), March 10, 1965.

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  3. Scans:

    Don't forget to thank Paul D. for his hard work in rippping and cleaning this rare album.

  4. Excellent music and very good sound. Andre Condouant is a real discovery and I'm not easily convinced by guitar players at all - what has happened to him?

    To Hartwig Bartz I would like to add, that he was considered as one of the best European drummers during the end fifties/beginning of the sixties. But he wasn't a stable person and a drug addict. He finally served a more than twenty year sentence in an asylum after he had killed his wife. He never recovered from this and didn't play afterwards.
    He has played with a.o. Stan Getz (1958), Alex Schlippenbach, Albert Mangelsdorff, Don Cherry, Pony Poindexter, Oscar Pettiford. With Chet Baker he made a tour.
    In October 1959 he played at least two concerts with Joe Harriott, Chrt Baker and Peter Trunk. The couple Trunk and Bartz were during their existence the preferred rhythm double of Albert Mangelsdorff.
    But of course this doesn't help from weaker performances.
    Thank you Paul D and Boogieman!

    1. Hi onxidlib,
      thanks for the information on Hartwig Bartz. I had read that he had played with big names (Getz a.o.) but I did not know the overall context. Considering his fairly unconvincing performance on this album I even doubted his credentials but , put in perspective (the jazzman curse: dope), I can understand the ups and downs.

  5. Many thanks for this rarity.

    I think I have the Candy Green on JSP I'll try and find it.

    1. Hi Grumpy.
      if you have the Candy Green LP (ans provided it is not available on CD), I'd be interested in posting it. Let me know. Cheers

    2. As far as I know it's never made it to CD.
      It'll probably be after Christmas before I have a chance to rip it.
      I rip to flac with scans at 300dpi.
      I can send to you via onxidlib, if that's OK?

    3. That's fine for me. If you're already in touch with Onxidlib he can give you my e-mail address. Thanks in advance.

  6. Great ! thanks to Paul D. and to all of you for the details (onxidlib) and sharing.

  7. Beautiful quality rip Paul D - your efforts are much appreciated.

  8. thansk Paul D a wonderfull leo wright album i didn't hear yet

  9. Hi ! I sent my comment but I think it didn't get through, Did you receive it ?
    I tried to dwld this album but didn't manage to do so. Is it available ?
    Thank you !

  10. Now I see that my first comment wasn't published. What I said is that Leo Wright was a great musician and he could play with anyone and his music would always be exceptional,regardless of any drummer...
    Please receive my compliments coming from São Paulo,Brazil and I wish you and your readers a Happy New Year !

  11. I now managed to download it. Thank you again !

  12. RE-UP 2013
    side A:
    side B:

  13. Thank you one and all for the great Leo Wright recordings!

  14. Thanks for the wonderful post.
    Leo Wright is one of the most under-appreciated giants of jazz.
    Any chance for new link for the scans?

  15. Here are the scans:

  16. Many thanks for the scans.
    Greatly appreciated.