Monday, July 16, 2018

Image and sound: Webster Hall, 1956

One satisfaction of researching jazz photography—for it is a lot of fun—is the rare occasion when the images can be married to sounds. The book The Sound I Saw (Phaidon Press, 2011) by Roy DeCarava (1919-2009) includes a beautiful collection of black and white images, many of jazz musicians, with no credit whatsoever. Checking faces, names and discographies like this one, there are two photographs which can be pinned down, taken at the magnificent Webster Hall, RCA's regular studio in NYC at the time. These:
Tony Scott and orchestra, Webster Hall, NYC,
Friday, December 14, 1956
Left to right: Frank Foster, Danny Bank (with back to the camera), Frank Wess, Sahib Shihab,
Gigi Gryce, Tony Scott; same date and location.

 From the first image, the brass,

Trumpets (back): Thad Jones, Jimmy Nottingham, Clark Terry, Johnny Carisi
Trombones (front): Benny Powell, Sonny Truitt, Henry Coker, Quentin Jackson
and the rhythm section

Milt Hinton and Freddie Green, with Bill Evans in the background.
Hinton looks to Osie Johnson, who's blocked by Scott

This band recorded the following tracks that day for the album The Complete Tony Scott

G2JB9821  A Blues Serenade - 2:26
          (Signorelli, Parish, Grande, Lytell) / arr: Sonny Truitt
G2JB9822  Just One of Those Things - 2:37

          (Porter) / arr: Nat Pierce
G2JB9823  Walkin' (Gravy) - 2:56

          (Mundy, Carpenter) / arr: Bill Evans

They can be heard on YouTube. Worth noting is "Walkin'" as arranged by Bill Evans.

PS: Three more images from the same book.

Freddie Green (Tony Scott in the background)

Left to right: poss. Gigi Gryce, Benny Powell, _?, Bill Evans, _?, _?, Sonny Truitt.

Tony Scott in the control room

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