MODERN JAZZ STUDIO NO.4 - LEO WRIGHT COMBO
AMIGA STEREO LP 8 55 215, DDR, 1965
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?).
Recorded in Dresden (DDR), March 10, 1965.
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).
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3. Bloody Blues
4. Going to Chicago
5. I’m getting sentimental over you
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