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” I Just Do Whatever Norman Tells Me To Do”.

“I just do whatever Norman tells me to do”. These are words uttered by Count Basie who completely trusted Norman Granz‘ intuition and judgment as a record producer. In 1960 Granz had sold his record company Verve to MGM for US$ 2.8 million. He stayed in business as impressario and manager. But by 1972 Granz was back in the recording business and founded Pablo Records, named after his  friend Pablo Picasso. At its core, Pablo was a showplace for those artists Granz managed nominally and without fees, Ellington and Basie, as well as those he represented exclusively: Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson and Ella  Fitzgerald. He also saw the label as a means of providing better venues for many jazz musicians who he felt, had not enough recording opportunities offered by the big companies. One of his first projects was bringing together Oscar Peterson and Count Basie in a small setting. It was Basie who came up with the album title “Satch and Josh. In below video a BBC recording of these two giants behind a grand piano, supported by Niels Pedersen on bass and Martin Drew on drums in Basie’s “Jumpin At The Woodside”

Source: Hershorn, Ted  – Norman Granz – The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice – University of California Press 2011 – ISBN 978-0-520-26782-4


Buddy Rich: Very Live At Buddy’s Place: Jumpin’ At The Woodside”

Op de reis in het spoor van Afro-Cuban Jazz die ik begon op 23 oktober met de Amsterdamse band Jungle By Night kwamen we terecht bij Mulatu Astatke, The Dromo Dance Ensemble, The Sacrifice en Night In Tunesia van Art Blakey & The JazzMessengers, Dizzy Gillespie en Chano Pozo met Manteca en TinTin Deo en uiteindelijk Buddy’s Place” in New York anno 1974. Buddy Rich is wat ze noemen een held van mij dus dat we daar uitkwamen is niet zo verwonderlijk. Te meer omdat op de CD “Very Live At Buddy’s Place mijn  all time favorite stuk staat van Buddy met kleine bezetting: Jumpin’ At The Woodside, de jazzklassieker van Count Basie. Ga er goed voor zitten en zet je schrap want het swingt de pan uit.

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