quarta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2011

William P. Gottlieb "after hours at Minton’s"

Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, ca. September 1947
Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill,
Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947

Gillespie with John Lewis, Cecil Payne, Miles Davis, and Ray Brown, between 1946 and 1948.
Photographs by William P. Gottlieb

Minton’s Days (1940-45)

This revolutionary period of music, a round-up of jazz giants in New York City’s Minton’s Café, later known as ‘bebop’ movement, was a doomed one, too. Due to strike of ‘American Federation of Musicians’, there isn’t any official recording from that time and there are only a few low quality private recordings that have opened their way into collector’s archives.
Monk’s role in those sessions was probably more than anybody else; after all he was the house pianist and arranger of the new materials that was coming from everywhere. It was his harmonic variations that fueled the bop revolution. All cats, from Coleman Hawkins to Don Byas, were there. Charlie Christian on guitar was a min force. The drummer of the sessions was Kenny ‘Klook’ Clarke. After hours, when the whole town was asleep, Roy Eldridge, Hot ‘Lips’ Page and Dizzy Gilespie, with their fiery trumpets and free from commercial gigs were the regular guests of the café.

The only record left from Minton’s, under the Monk’s own name is After Hours at Minton’s, recorded in 1943 and issued by obscure “DefinitiveClassics” label. The line up consists of Eldridge (tp), page (tp), Herbie Fields (ts), Al Sears (ts), Christian (g), Nick Fenton (b), and Clarke (d).
Only for completation of this period, there are four tracks from Monk in Coleman Hawkins’ Bean and the Boys (Prestige PR 7824) recorded October 19, 1944 in New York City and a live recording with Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra in Spotlite club,1946, issued under the title, Dizzy Gillespie '46 Live At The Spotlite

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