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samedi 16 août 2014

BIG JOE TURNER/ The Pablo Sessions 1972-78



BIG JOE TURNER/ THE PABLO SESSIONS

          
  Quand Big Joe Turner (1911-85) enregistre pour Norman Granz, il est quelque peu oublié. Pionnier du blues de Kansas City, partie prenante de la folie du boogie woogie dans les années 30 auprès de Pete Johnson, chanteur ultra puissant archétype des Blues Shouters, Joe est le chanteur des grands orchestres de Benny Moten, Andy Kirk, Count Basie avant d'enregistrer en vedette du R&B une oeuvre copieuse pour de nombreux labels. Très avisé, superbe showman, Big Joe va savoir maintenir intacte sa popularité longtemps. Il est d'ailleurs un des rares artistes noirs du R&Blues capable de s'arrimer au courant du Rock n'Roll. Il signe sur le label Atlantic en 1951 qui l'entoure des meilleurs musiciens du moment, le produit intelligemment et distribue ses disques dans toute l'Amérique. Shake, rattle and roll; Flip, flop and fly et Teenage letter obtiennent autant de succès dans les Hit Parades "Rhythm & Blues" que "pop" et son nom est associé aux stars adolescentes du Rock'n'roll!, notamment dans plusieurs films.
            Mais dans les années 60, Big Joe apparaît largement comme une figure du passé. Il essaie de s'adapter aux goûts du blues revival mais, malgré la très grande qualité de ses disques (magnifique album Kent avec George Smith!), sa manière d'être et de chanter ne plaisent guère à ce nouveau public qui ne jure plus que par les bluesmen du Delta ou ceux du ghetto de Chicago.
            Big Joe s'installe alors en Californie et apparaît surtout dans des festivals de jazz et de façon irrégulière dans les clubs de Los Angeles. Lorsque le producteur de jazz Norman Granz, après une éclipse forcée, décide de relancer son label Pablo et de reprendre des tournées internationales de big bands, il pense en premier à Count Basie à qui il adjoint Big Joe Turner. Le succès de cette tournée au printemps 1972 est tel que Granz décide d'enregistrer live le concert parisien et de le sortir sur Pablo.
            Les dés sont lancés: Joe Turner revient à son rôle favori de blues shouter et, devenu très ami avec Granz, il va enregistrer pas moins de neuf autres albums pour Pablo entre 1972 et 78, entouré de certains des noms les plus prestigieux du jazz. Si l'album The Bosses (avec Count Basie mais en studio) recueille de bonnes critiques, les autres sont très fraîchement accueillis, notamment par les critiques de blues qui soulignent l'absence de nouveau répertoire, les solos très longs, les morceaux étirés, les disques enregistrés en très peu de temps. Joe n'est pas non plus toujours dans une grande forme. Sa santé se détériore beaucoup durant cette période et il ne se déplace plus que difficilement et à l'aide d'une canne.
            Malgré tout, ces disques prennent avec le temps une autre dimension: ils réunissent de grands musiciens qui ont marqué l'histoire et qui ont d'évidence du plaisir à se retrouver ensemble. Et finalement, ce long corpus permet à Big Joe Turner, un des plus grands noms de l'histoire du blues, d'ajouter - presque en fin de carrière - une nouvelle pierre solide à sa longue et riche oeuvre. Nous avons cependant exclu les deux derniers LPs enregistrés pour Pablo en 1984-85 (Kansas City here I come et Meets Jimmy Witherspoon) à l'extrême fin de sa vie et où il apparaît très diminué.
            La plupart de ces LPs sont aujourd'hui introuvables et nous remercions tous ceux qui ont permis de les rassembler ici: Marc (Fr), Hartmut Münnich, Kempen, Steve 626...
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT
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            When Big Joe Turner (1911-85) began his series of recordings for Norman Granz' rejuvenated Pablo label, he was a little bit forgotten. Pioneer of the Kansas City blues, linked with the boogie woogie craze of the 1930's, particularly with his fellow Pete Johnson, Joe is a consummate showman and an ultra-powerful blues shouter with the big bands of Andy Kirk, Benny Moten or Count Basie before launching a personal career as a major name of the R&B, heavily recording for numerous labels. Moreover, when signing with the Atlantic label in 1951, Joe became one of the few black R&B star to be able to crossover in the emerging Rock'n'roll field, singing before audience of teenagers, appearing in many R'n'R movies and placing records like Shake, rattle and roll; Flip, flop and fly or Teenage letter into the Tops 40 of R&B as well as Pop!
            But in the 60's, Big Joe seems to be a figure of the past. He tries to cope with the tastes of the new Blues Revival audiences, waxing excellent deep blues albums (one with George Smith) but he was not the Delta or the Chicago ghetto bluesman that this public wanted exclusively at that time.
            Big Joe comes to live in California and appears irregularly on jazz festivals and L.A. clubs. When in 1972 producer and former civic rights activist Norman Granz decided to launch a big band tour of Europe, he chose to reunite old Kansas City partners, Count Basie and his Orchestra with blues shouter Big Joe Turner. The tour proved to be so successful that Granz recorded live the Paris concert and issued it on his Pablo label. This started a new association between Turner and Granz that gave nine subsequent LP's until 1978! Joe is once again the blues shouter supreme surrounded by some of the biggest and most respected jazzmen still working then. But if The Bosses (with Count Basie) has some good reviews, the other albums are mildly welcomed, particularly by blues critics who point out the lack of new material, the overlong numbers and solos, the quickly recorded sessions and sometimes a lacking of rehearsal... Joe's health is also declining and it shows sometimes in his voice.
            Anyway, the passing years give those LPs a better significance: they brought together great musicians (and some of the greatest) who evidently enjoyed playing with each other and at last those late sessions are a welcomed addition to the recording works of one of the true giants of the blues. We have excluded from this post two Pablo albums (Kansas City here I come and Meets Jimmy Witherspoon) recorded in 1984-85 at the very end of Joe's life when Joe was in a very bad and painful shape.
            Most of those records are unavailable today, sometimes very hard to find and all those who have made possible this project must be thanked: Marc (Fr) particularly, Hartmut Münnich, Kempen, Steve 626..

                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

JOE TURNER/ THE COMPLETE PABLO SESSIONS
Joe Turner with Count Basie - Flip flop and fly
Joe Turner, vcl; Count Basie, pno; Freddie Green, g; Pete Minger, tpt; Waymon Reed, tpt; Sonny Cohn, tpt; Mel Wanzo, tb; Al Grey, tb; Frank Cooks, tb; Bill Hughes, tb; Bobby Platter, a-sax; Curtis Beagler, a-sax; John Williams, b-sax; Eddie Lockjaw Davis, t-sax; Eric Dixon, t-sax; Jimmy Forrest, t-sax; Norman Keenan, bs; Sonny Payne, dms. Paris, Fr. avril 1972
01. Hide and seek
02. T.V. Momma
03. Corrine Corrina
04. Cherry Red
05. Shake, rattle and roll
06. Since I fell for you
07. Flip flop and fly
08. Everyday I have the blues
09. Good morning blues

Count Basie & Joe Turner - The Bosses
Joe Turner, vcl; Count Basie, pno/og; Harry Edison, tpt; J.J. Johnson, tb; Eddie Davis, t-sax; Zoot Sims, t-sax; Irving Ashby, g; Roy Brown, bs; Louis Bellson, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 11 décembre 1973
10. Honeydripper
11. Honey Hush
12. Cherry Red
13. Night time is the right time
14. Blues around the clock
15. Since I fell for you
16. Flip flop and fly
17. Wee baby blues
18. Good morning blues
19. Roll'em Pete

Joe Turner - Life Ain't Easy
Joe Turner, vcl; Roy Eldridge (trumpet) Al Grey (trombone) Lee Allen (tenor saxophone) Jimmy Robins (piano, organ) Thomas Gadson (guitar) Ray Brown (bass) Earl Palmer (drums) Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 1974
20. Life Ain't Easy
21. Plant Your Garden
22. So Long
23. For Growin' Up
24. (What's Your Story,) Morning Glory
25. Kick The Front Door In

The Trumpet Kings meet Joe Turner
Joe Turner, vcl; Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry (trumpet) Jimmy Robins (piano, organ) Pee Wee Crayton (guitar) Chuck Norris (bass) Washington Rucker (drums) Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 1974
26. Stormy Monday
27. Mornin' noon and night
28. I know you love me baby
29. T.V. mama
30. Tain't nobody's bizness if I do

Joe Turner - Everyday I have the blues
Joe Turner, vcl; Sonny Stitt, a-sax/t-sax; J.D. Nicholson, Pee Wee Crayton, g; Charles Norris, bs; Washington Rucker, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 3 mars 1975
31. Stormy monday
32. Piney Brown
33. Martin Luther King Southside
34. Everyday I have the blues
35. Shake rattle and roll
36. Lucille
Big Joe Turner Nobody in mind
Joe Turner, vcl; Roy Eldridge, tpt; J.D. Nicholson, pno; Milt Jackson, vb; Pee Wee Crayton, g; William Walker, bs; Charles Randall, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 27 août 1975
37. I want a little girl
38. Nobody in mind
39. The Chicken and the Hawk
40. I just didn't have the price
41. How long how long blues
42. Crawdad hole
43. Juke Joint blues
44. Red Sails in the sunset

Joe Turner - In The Evening
Joe Turner, vcl; Bob Smith, a-sax; J.D. Nicholson, pno; Herman Bennett, g; Pee Wee Crayton, g; Winston McGregor, bs; Charles Randall, dms. Los Angeles, CA, 10 mars 1976
45. In The Evening
46. Summertime
47. Sweet Lorraine
48. Too Late, Too Late
49. I've Got The World On A String
50. Chains Of Love
51. Corrine, Corrina
52. J.T. Blues
53. Pennies From Heaven
54. Two Loves Have I

Joe Turner - The Midnight Special
Joe Turner, vcl; Jake Porter, tpt; Roy Brewster, b-sax; Curtis Peagler, t-sax; Curtis Kirk, hca; Sylvester Scott, pno; Cal Green, g; Bobby Haynes, bs; Washington Rucker, dms. Los Angeles, CA, 27 mai 1976
55. The Things That I Used To Do
56. The Midnight Special
57. You're Driving Me Crazy
58. So Long
59. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
60. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
61. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
62. After My Laughter Came Tears
63. Stoop Down Baby

Joe Turner - Things That I Used To Do 
Joe Turner, vcl; Blue Mitchell, tpt; Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, a-sax; Rashid Jamal Ali, t-sax; Wild Bill Moore, t-sax; Lloyd Glenn, pno; Gildo Mahones, og; Greg Beck, g; Gary Bell, g; Lawrence Gales, bs; Bruno Carr, dms. Los Angeles, CA, 8 février 1977
64. Time After Time
65. The Things That I Used To Do
66. S.K. Blues
67. Jelly Jelly Blues
68. Hey Little Girl
69. Shake It And Break It
70. St. Louis Blues
71. Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop
72. My Train Rolled Up In Texas

Have No Fear, Joe Turner Is Here
Joe Turner, vcl; Joe Banks, tpt; Bobby Smith, a-sax; Bill Clark, t-sax; Hollis Gilmore, t-sax; Lloyd Glenn, pno; Pee Wee Crayton, g; Evan Walker, g; Bill Walker, bs; Charles Randall, dms; Frederick Woods, perc. Hollywood, CA, 22 juin 1978
73. Rocks In My Bed
74. So Long
75. Howlin' Wind
76. Woman You Must Be Crazy
77. How Come My Dog Don't Bark
78. Long Way From Home
79. Somebody Loves Me
80. Love Is Like A Faucet

We have placed on the right chronological recording sessions some titles issued on another Pablo album (Stormy Monday).

32 commentaires:

  1. BJT The Complete Pablo Sessions:

    CD1: https://mega.co.nz/#!B4wiBDpQ!WQkcX-mfjNKUGCB0eZ574p1Eql6pwXFlRNfZRock4Fs

    CD2: https://mega.co.nz/#!xsoyHKSA!7TXKadEV9gYmnRYJAia8yHodxgtpGZ5YOIlBaKXj3tY

    CD3: https://mega.co.nz/#!g0hCyRRT!jDTPP8fbHDbwphyTYgqkZeMuPR2JbXtNZwuHQzjthhc

    CD4: https://mega.co.nz/#!N8pWhIRR!-Hf4cHEQxpiOEeT88AoL8WBGWORvdC3fe4enJ-JEBQY

    CD5: https://mega.co.nz/#!hoQX1SyJ!VKYKWMTpZdiqgF7Hu0-2qBp-WnU1hDZN5QWq_2dHEX0

    CD6 (+ disco): https://mega.co.nz/#!1oZXRAZD!QAPneU7rbbC6jfWgECQ5Wo2vA1MVGr7_5u8viVQ3Hak

    There won't be no zippy for this...

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    1. Sorry, Blues Reverend. see my answers to the same question below

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  2. Hello GERARD.
    My great thanks for this complete recordings! :-)
    Thank You, Thanks!
    Bluesercher

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  3. Excellent complete set, many thanks Gerard.

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  4. Gerard, on 'The Trumpet Kings Meet' are only four tracks. 'Stormy Monday' is not on the original lp.

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    1. You're right of course and I should have pointed out that I have gathered here all the tracks from Pablo sessions in strict chronological order (for the first time I guess) including those issued after the original LPs on different compilations

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    2. Hi Mr. Gerard.

      Please give me ansver, what it is with this two albums Of BJ Turner, titled "Kansas City Here I Come" ( Pablo 2310-904 / OJC-743) and with "Stormy Monday" (Pablo 2310-943 / PACD-2310-943-2).
      Maybe this is identical like your answer to HM?? Right?
      But again, great thanks for this collection...:-)
      Bluesercher.

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    3. For "Kansas City here I come", you're right... Big Joe recorded it late in his life on February 14 1984 when he had only a few months to live. And he's such in a bad shape that it is sometimes painful to hear him sing. Si I decided to stop this Turner/Pablo post in 1978 when he was still a great performer. By the way he recorded also an album issued on Pablo (Joe Turner meets Jimmy Witherspoon) with Witherspoon on april 1985 with four titles that is also very painful to hear. The "Stormy Monday" CD you mention puts together scattered hitherto unissued titles (at the time the album was issued) from different Pablo sessions. I have put the titles from this album into the proper sessiondates.

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  5. Gerard, thanks for this and all the other compilations you produce. I realise Joe's last albums may be painful to listen to, but I for one would like you to make them available to complete his career. And if you think his last recordings are painful, have you ever heard country singer George Jones' last recordings - now they ARE painful.

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  6. Thank you Gerard. This is very much appreciated and your time of course.

    Marineband

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  7. Gerard, thanks for collecting these together and posting. Rob F.

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  8. Great to have them all now and in chronological order !
    Thank you Gerard , i hope you realize how much your great work is appreciated here .
    marc(fr)

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    1. Thank you, Marc (Fr)... And cheers should go also to you for you have provided several of those Big Joe's LPs.

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  9. Thank you Gerard and to all those who contributed their music for this wonderful collection of Big joe Turner. Look fore ward to hearing the sessions with Pee Wee Crayton.

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  10. Gerard

    I'll add my thanks to all the other posters. I was wondering how you were going to approach Joe's Pablo recordings and this looks like a great way to listen to this music. I'm a fan of Joe's later recordings, but have purged the really painful late recordings from my collection. (I did the same thing with later Jimmy Witherspoon recordings.) I think you made a wise decision to end this comp at 1978. Great appreciation for your efforts

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  11. Hi Gerard,

    I've been thinking about this collection and agree with howstean that it'd be better to have the omitted BJT albums made available for the sake of completeness.

    So if it's not too much trouble for you some of us would appreciate it if you could post those omitted tracks so we can have the "complete" BJT Pablo Sessions.

    Many thanks,
    Bob

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    1. By now I can't do that but I will think about it

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  12. Thank you very much for this collection! I know it may be asking a lot, but would it be possible to obtain the front and back covers for each of the individual albums?

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    1. Sorry but I generally don't scan the covers of the records on this blog. I just gather the music for to me this is what it counts . Moreover as I hava said for this post, the tracks are given in chronological order and don't follow what was made by the producers when issuing the albums. I've alsso added some extra tracks that were not on the original albums but were cut on each sessions...I guess you could find the covers of the LPs on the net

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    2. I understand. Your time and effort in putting this together is really appreciated.

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  13. Merci Mr Herzaft;Je vous suis très reconnaissant pour tout ce travail.Vous me permettez d'enrichir ma collection,n'ayant pu acquerir à l'époque les enregistrements de ces artistes pour differentes raisons....
    Encore merci;et vive le blues.
    JP Verger

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  14. What a wonderful contribution to the preservation of this music. Merci, merci, et merci!

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  15. __Merci par votre travail.

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  16. All Mega links are dead now

    Anyway, thank you very much for your efforts to keep the blues alive :)

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    1. Sorry for that but it's beyond my reach... If Mega (contrarily to zyppy) has removed all the links, this is certainly because of "legal" problems, that means that someone somewhere has the rights of those recordings and don't want nobody to issue them in any form. Although I doubt very much they will issue it legally in any future! But I can't do no more after that it would jeopardize the blog. It must be said that more than a thousand of blues fans have dloaded those, so if you want any of my entries, grab it more quickly...

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  17. Thank you.
    I just learned about your blog.
    Please keep on doing the good work :)

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  18. Gerard,

    I missed this posting. Do you know anywhere else I can get these recordings? On peut repondre par e-mail.

    Merci,

    Sam

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    1. Sorry, Sam. But as I wrote already, those links have been deleted by Mega after probably a copyright problem. I unfortunately can't do anything... I must say more and more problems of this kind are occuring and, with a lack of real support, right now, I'm not sure to be able to keep up this blog in the future...

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