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Antonio Carlos Jobim - Boutique


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Claus Ogerman, "The Man Behind The Music" Boutique [Germany] #524.867-2 (2002) [4 CD boxed set].
(Boutique is a label subsidiary of Universal/Verve in Germany.)

Special Note: All the below material is included due to several references by Claus to Tom Jobim's own albums - several tracks of which are featured on this boxed set.

"The Man Behind the Music" Tracklist & Annotations by Claus Ogerman:

 

CD 1

 

01. Claus Ogerman - I Should Care

(Sammy Cahn/Axel Stordahl/Paul Weston) Dorsey Brothers Music Inc.

Previously unreleased private master - recorded for this boxed set.

 

02. Stan Getz - Moonlight In Vermont

(Karl Suessdorf/John Blackburn) Capitol Songs

Originally released on the LP "Reflections" .

A flawless reading of a most beautiful ballad, and a perfect track to open this set. I think that Stan Getz has not made a bad record in his whole career. It may not be known that he auditioned (on bassoon) for Arturo Toscanini when he was fourteen. Toscanini was most impressed, but wouldn't admit any "children" into the NBC Symphony Orchestra ...

 

03. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Dreamer (Vivo Sonhando)

(Antonio Carlos Jobim/Gene Lees) Corcovado Music

Originally released on the LP "The Composer Of Desafinado Plays"

This is from the "green" album, as we called it (its cover was green), my first collaboration with Antonio. When the album came out, it was a sensation with radio stations in California. Les Brown sent me a note saying how much he liked it, especially the "sparse" string writing. In the 50's I was already a big fan of Jimmy Cleveland, and I insisted having him on the dates.

 

04. Astrud Gilberto -Fly Me To The Moon

(Bart Howard) Hampshire House

Originally released on the LP "The Shadow Of Your Smile"

After the huge success of Astrud's and Stan Getz's "The Girl From Ipanema", it was only natural that Verve's Creed Taylor wanted to build-up Astrud's solo career. She began to record a series of excellent albums and I was also called to work with her. Many DJs and fans found "Fly Me To The Moon" strikingly simple and refreshing, possibly because her singing and the choice of songs were so much in contrast to the already on-going acceptance of Rock'n'Roll.

 

05. Cal Tjader - Sunset Boulevard

(Claus Ogerman) Glamorous Music

Originally released on the LP "Warm Wave"

It was one of Creed Taylor's typically unusual ideas to pair Latin Jazz genius Cal Tjader with a background sung by the French vocal-group Les Doubles Six Of Paris (who later evolved into the famous Swingle Singers). I had completely forgotten about this album until, in a recent compilation of Cal's recordings, vibraphone player Eddie Palmieri claimed "Sunset Boulevard" one of his favorite Tjader tracks ever.

 

06. Jimmy Smith - Wives And Lovers

(Burt Bacharach/Hal David) Famous Music

Originally released on the LP "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf"

The original version of this Bacharach/David composition, sung by Jack Jones, may well be the only jazz waltz that ever made it into the pop charts. This brassy instrumental version really shines because of Jimmy Smith's hair-raisingly brilliant organ solo.

 

07. Bill Evans - Granados

(Enrique Granados, adapt. Claus Ogerman) Glamorous Music

Originally released on the LP "Bill Evans With Symphony Orchestra"

I recall presenting the idea for this album to Bill Evans in a very noisy Howard Johnson coffee shop near the Loewe-MGM building at 1501 Broadway, where the Verve office was located. The beauty was, that the idea got no resistance from Verve's sophisticated Creed Taylor, who we saw afterwards.

 

08. Sammy Davis Jr. - Look At That Face

(Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse) Musical Comedy Productions

 

09. Sammy Davis Jr. - Sunrise, Sunset

(Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick) The Times Square Pub. Co./Jerry Bock Enterprises

Originally released on the LP "Sammy's Back On Broadway"

At the time of these recordings Sammy Davis appeared on Broadway in "Golden Boy". His L.A. producer Sonny Burke flew in to record him in New York. I have no idea who recommended me to do the arrangements and I've never asked. Curious, since I never had artistic management. Sammy seemed to work completely effortless, with a lot of fun, except after we listened to the first take of his moving rendition of "Sunrise, Sunset". He didn't say a word and kept silent for some 30 seconds until he broke the ice and went back to the studio to contuinue singing.

 

10. Wes Montgomery - Bumpin' On Sunset

(Wes Montgomery) Taggie Music

Originally released on the LP "Tequila"

Great artists are also great people. I have never met a more quiet and gentle genius than Wes Montgomery.

 

11. Stan Getz - Little Rio (Un Poco Rio)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

12. Stan Getz - I Didn't Know What Time It Was

(Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart) Chappell & Co.

Originally released on the LP "Voices"

The Creed Taylor concept for the "Voices" album, with a studio chorus to be used as a string-like background, was originally planned for Wes Montgomery, who left Verve shortly before the sessions. It was decided that Stan Getz would "stand in". My tune "Un poco rio" has been recorded often and there were some admirable renditions by Ray Anthony, Joe Harnell, Doc Severinsen or my own on RCA Records, but none can compare with Stan's reading. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" is possibly his ultimate ballad performance (together with his "I Never Entered My Mind", performed live at the Chicago Opera with Peterson, Ellis, Brown and Connie Kay). This is very moving stuff, words can not cover this.

 

13. Bill Evans & Jim Hall - Jazz Samba

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Originally released on the LP "Intermodulation"

I am of the opinion that only few pianists can play really convincingly in a Trio format. There are no doubts about Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Rowles and a handful others. Bill's "home territory" were all his great Trio formations. Sometimes he didn't even use a drummer, like on this album where he was accompanied only by Jim Hall's swinging guitar. Bill seemed to have a secure judgement for the ideal player on all of his projects.

 

14. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Bonita

(Antonio Carlos Jobim/Gene Lees/Ray Gilbert) Ipanema Music

Originally released on the LP "A Certain Mr. Jobim"

Antonio wrote over 400 songs, of which only some 5% became well known in the USA. One of the reasons for this was the fact, that he was overly critical of translations and adaptions of his songs into the English language, which he spoke fluently. He constantly got requests by famous singers for English lyrics of his songs. Tony Bennett kept asking for lyrics for "Ligia", "Ana Luiza" etc., but translations of these and many other songs were never done. Even Alan Jay Lerner and other high caliber lyricists, who had offered their collaboration, didn't convince Antonio. Maybe he was too close to the original Portugese words. I have tried to understand this by thinking: all translations of Schubert's "Winterreise" into other languages have failed, so maybe Antonio's reluctance was not too way-out.

 

15. Frank Sinatra - I Concentrate On You

(Cole Porter) Loew's

Originally released on the LP "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim"

This is from an album Sinatra wanted very much to do. He included two last-minute choices, the non-Jobim songs "Change Partners" by Irving Berlin and Cole Porter's "I Concentrate On You". In retrospect I must admit that at the time of the recordings in L.A. I didn't grasp their magnitude. At that time I was completely overworked, I remember catching a red-eye flight to New York right after we had finished the last Sinatra tune in order to be in RCA Studio the next morning to record with Johnny Desmond. "F.A. Sinatra & A.C. Jobim" seems to be one of Diana Krall's favorite records, since she wanted to study the score of "I Concentrate On You" and asked me for a copy of the music, which I gladly gave to her. The chord progressions I had used differ somewhat from Mr. Porter's intentions and I imagine they make interesting reading.

 

16. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Triste

(Antonio Carlos Jobim) Editora Brasileira De Autores Unidos

Originally released on the LP "Wave" (A&M SP-3002)

This was one of the first albums on Creed Taylor's new CTI (Creed Taylor International) label, which he founded when he left Verve Records. Many Verve artists followed Taylor and found a new home at CTI for a while, one of them was Jobim. In the late 60's Antonio and I had become close friends and joyful "after hours" companions. We have closed many New York bars after tired waiters told us politely that the sun was coming out.

 

17. Stan Getz - The Look Of Love

(Burt Bacharach/Hal David) Colgems Music

Originally released on the LP "What The World Needs Now"

I've heard that this is Austrian Chancellor Klestil's favorite record. (For outsiders: during his student years he played drums with Joe Zawinul). I've also always liked it, as all Getz recordings, only, I'm so much identified as a "string arranger", that one New York critic praised it for its "beautiful string sound". However, there is not one string player on it. I only used a brass formation, female voices and rhythm section, sorry ...

 

18. Arthur Prysock - Since I Fell For You

(Buddy Johnson) Advanced Music

Originally released on the LP "I Must Be Doing Something Right"

Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie and other contemporaries loved Arthur's singing. I first only knew discs of his brother, the tenor player Red Prysock. Prior to my arranging for Arthur, I often went to the "Baby Grand" at 125th Street in Harlem, where he appeared over long periods. Considering his great artistry, I never understood why he failed to become a "big star". No appearances at the Waldorf, Vegas, etc. It's probably one of those things, maybe his management didn't realize what they had on their hands ...

 

19. Oscar Peterson - By The Time I Get To Phoenix

(Jim Webb) The EMP Company

 

20. Oscar Peterson - Wave

(Antonio Carlos Jobim) Editora Brasileira De Autores Unidos

Originally released on the LP "Motions & Emotions"

Oscar Peterson! It's like with Mr. Sinatra: what is there to say? I just sit down and listen ... Only, if you're working with Oscar you should be prepared for his flashlike, brilliant jokes ("arrows are flying"!). It's advisable to have some smart answers in store.

 

21. Paul Horn - Joy

(Paul Horn) Paul Horn Music

Originally released on the single "Joy"

Paul Horn came to New York because Paramount Records (a division of Paramount Pictures) urgently needed a single of the title tune from an upcoming Mexican movie called "El Topo". I don't know whether our recording of the "Theme From El Topo" had helped the promotion of the movie much, since it turned out that Paul's composition "Joy" on the B-side was considered much more exciting and got all the airplay.

 

22. David Clayton Thomas - She

(Graham Parsons/Chris Ethridge) Irving Music

Originally released on the LP "David Clayton Thomas"

I like this song for its mix of simplicity and classical influences. David Clayton Thomas (Blood Sweat & Tears' vocalist) does it perfectly. The record brings back memories of the always cheerful producer (and drummer of BS&T) Bobby Colomby, a friend throughout the years.

 

CD 2

 

01. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Waters of March (Aguas de Marco)

(Antonio Carlos Jobim) Elpa Editora

Originally released on the LP "Jobim"

Antonio's lyrics (he did the English translation for this song himself) are serious poetry. Here he uses basically a sequence of keywords in one's life. Antonio actually had in mind to write another, more tuneful melody to these lyrics, he considered the music we now have to be merely a "dummy", a rhythmic skeleton while he worked on the words, later to be replaced by a different composition. But he never got around to do it. This recording is the only time I ever suggested to him to overdub his voice in unison over his first vocal track. I felt that the twin-voice effect added to the "projection" of the song.

 

02. The Singers Unlimited - Look Around

(Claus Ogerman/Stanley J. Gelber) Glamorous Music

Originally released on the LP "Four Of Us"

I believe it was Oscar Peterson who brought Gene Puerling's Singers Unlimited to the attention of MPS Records' producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer. This group's singing and the arrangements by Puerling are unsurpassable. Actually this was Gene's second group, in the mid-50s he formed the legendary Hi-Lo's. During my first visit to New York it was a must to go to the "Starlight Roof" at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where the Hi-Lo's appeared together with the Count Basie Orchestra. For the Singers Unlimited Gene added the beautiful female voice of Bonnie Herman, who takes the lead in "Look Around".

 

03. New York Studio Symphony - Night Will Fall

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

04. New York Studio Symphony - A Sketch Of Eden

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Composed and recorded for the ballet "Some Times" by the American Ballet Theatre, New York

These two tracks are from "Some Times", a ballet score I composed for large Orchestra and Jazz group. The work was commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre, New York, its world premiere took place on July 14, 1972 at the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center, with choreography by Dennis Nahat. Since its premiere it has been performed by many other ballet companies such as the National Ballet of Canada and the Cleveland Ballet.

 

05. Urbie Green - Ana Luiza

(Antonio Carlos Jobim) Corcovado Music

Originally released on the LP "Urbie Green's Big Beautiful Band"

Urbie Green is one of New York's busiest and most brilliant studio musicians, he has played on countless sessions of mine. One day he suggested to me to do a Big Band arrangement of this song, which he had discovered on the MCA-album "Jobim". I do not know any trombone player in the States who doesn't look up to Urbie's exemplary artistry. He's, I believe, part Indian and a vegetarian. Vegetarian and that BIG tone?

 

06. Barbra Streisand - Pieces Of Dreams

(Michel Legrand/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) EMI U Catalog

Originally released on the LP "The Way We Were"

Thanks goes to Tommy LiPuma, Jay Landers and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, for helping to get the permission to include this beautiful composition, incredibly sung by La Streisand, in this collection. This was done in New York at Columbia's great 30th Street church-like studio. Barbra looked very sharp, wearing a newspaper-boy cap on the date. I also recall the meetings prior to the recordings at her penthouse on Central Park West, which used to be Lorenz Hart's place. At the first meeting she put on Jobim's A&M-album "Wave" and asked "did you do this?". I said "yes". "So why isn't your name on it?", she replied. It was on it, on the front side of the cover, but in such small print and at an odd place, that one needed a magnifying glass to detect it ...

 

07. Bill Evans - Symbiosis (1st movement, excerpt)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Originally released on the LP "Symbiosis"

I have later re-used the opening theme and other parts of this composition in my "Concerto for Orchestra", orchestrated for Symphony Orchestra without room for jazz solos. Why? I feel that compositions that were introduced by a unique jazz artist with large orchestra, live and die with the initial recording. After Bill's death I have heard disappointing performances of "Symbiosis" by lesser improvisors with lesser rhythm sections. Hence, I orchestrated large portions of the piece for Symphony Orchestra, trying to preserve it, even at the cost of losing the jazz elements.

 

08. Bill Evans & Eddie Gomez - A Face Without A Name

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Originally released on the LP "Intuition"

This is from a duo-album Bill Evans recorded with the brilliant bass player Eddie Gomez. It's flattering when a musician of Bill's calibre interprets one's compositions. I was also touched when George Cleve (conductor and musical director of the San Jose Symphony) singled out "A Face Without A Name" in his liner notes to the LP: "Everyone will have a favorite tune on this album. As for me, I seem to return again and again to "A Face Without A Name", a haunting alternation of buoyant yet wistful virtuosity with interludes of some of the most harmonically rich and warm playing I've ever heard from Bill".

 

09. Hank Jones - Favors

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Originally released on the LP "Hanky Panky"

This is one of the three recordings Hank Jones did of my tune. He's simply a master pianist, supported here by Ron Carter and Grady Tate. I think this rendition is the definite one. I never had the chance to thank Hank for giving "Favors" all that attention, so I'm trying to do this here. Oddly, no record company ever approached us to do an album "Hank Jones & Strings". It could have been beautiful, like Phineas Newborn's "While My Lady Sleeps" with Dennis Farnon's charts.

 

10. George Benson - Breezin'

(Bobby Womack) SBK-Unart Catalog/ABKCO Music

Originally released on the LP "Breezin'"

Here's Tommy LiPuma's master stroke: to sign George Benson to Warners, select the tune and produce it so brilliantly with Al Schmitt putting it on tape. It's a classic that will never go away. I have read that by now it has accumulated more radio performances throughout the world than Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" ...

 

11. George Benson - Valdez In The Country

(Donny Hathaway) Kuumba Music Publ.

Originally released on the LP "In Flight"

This is pretty groovy and then: George's playing! Lately I have heard some live concerts of George on the air, where he really stretches out and I came to the simple conclusion: he's the Art Tatum of the guitar, period.

 

12. The Claus Ogerman Orchestra - Time Passed Autumn (Part I)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

13. The Claus Ogerman Orchestra - Time Passed Autumn (Part II)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

14. The Claus Ogerman Orchestra - Time Passed Autumn (Part III)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Originally released on the LP "Gate Of Dreams"

After the huge success of "Breezin'", Warner Bros. (with the ever helping Tommy LiPuma) was so generous to let us record a whole album of my music for the ballet "Some Times", re-named "Gate Of Dreams" for the LP. The solos by David Sanborn, George Benson, Michael Brecker and Joe Sample enhance the framework immensely.

 

15. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Saudade do Brasil

(Antonio Carlos Jobim) Corcovado Music

Originally released on the LP "Urubu"

For Antonio this was a most important composition. He worked long on it. He always expressed his deep attachment to his home country, his love of Villa-Lobos and Brazilian artists like Bidu Sayao, Guiomar Novaes, Laurindo Almeida etc. Although we occasionally went to New York Jazz Clubs (we caught Horace Silver at the Village Vanguard, Marian McPartland at the Carlyle Hotel, Teddy Wilson at Michael's Pub and so on), I tried to bring him closer to New York's concert and ballet scene. When he saw "Petroushka" for the first time, as performed by the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera, he broke out in tears right after the opening bars.

 

OGERMAN Tracklist & Comments CD 3

 

01. Stanley Turrentine - Walkin'

(Richard Carpenter) Richcar Music

Originally released on the LP "West Side Highway"

I didn't hear this cut in a long time. "Walkin'", of course, is one of the most famous jazz compositions, done here in the typical down-to-earth style of Stanley Turrentine. He is missed a lot.

 

02. Stanley Turrentine - If You Don't Believe

(June Williams/Fritz Baskett) Manuskript

Originally released on the LP "Nightwings"

This track had escaped me completely and I was surprised to rediscover what a convincing record this is. Turrentine had this emotional tone and phrased almost like a soul singer (David Sanborn's emotion and phrasing strikes me as similar). Players like him can "get to you", like the "preaching" trombone playing of Bill Harris.

 

03. Joao Gilberto - Estate

(Bruno Martino/Bruno Brighetti) Santa Cecilia Casa Musicale di a Rossi

Originally released on the LP "Amoroso"

Joao Gilberto lived in Rome for a while, where he heard this Italian ballad by Bruno Martino. Gladly, he memorized it and brought it to the Western Hemisphere. The song's melancholy reminds me of another great Italian standard, "Bon giorno tristessa", which unfortunately never made it to the States.

 

04. Joyce - Descompassadamente (Timelessly)

(Joyce Silveira/Mauricio Mendonca) Glamorous Music/Tres Pontas Edicoes Musicais

From an unreleased album

This track comes from an album session that unfortunately and for various reasons was never released. Brazilian composer, guitarist, and singer, Joyce is a young lady who can only be described as a genius. Her partner Mauricio Mendonça is equally talented. I once played this production to Jobim, who loved it and wrote most enthusiastic liner notes for it. The smooth playing of Nana Vasconcelos and Joyce's guitar make one forget that this composition is actually written in an intricate 7/4 time signature.

   

05. Michael Franks - Antonio's Song

(Michael Franks) Mississippi Mud Music

Originally released on the LP "Sleeping Gypsy"

While I worked at L.A.'s Beverly Hills Hotel on "Gate Of Dreams" and George Benson's "In Flight" album, Tommy LiPuma threw in some more work for me: Michael Franks' "Sleeping Gypsy" album. Delightful songs and performances.

 

06. Mark-Almond - Vivaldi's Song

(Michael Franks) Mississippi Mud Music

Originally released on the LP "Other People's Rooms"

Another excellent tune by Michael Franks. I especially like the two rubato verses, which seem to be the core of the song. This cut is again impeccably produced by Tommy LiPuma and recorded by Al Schmitt.

 

07. Jan Akkerman - Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez

(Joaquin Rodrigo) Schott's Söhne International

At first I was not very enthusiastic to do an arrangement of this overly exposed classical composition, but the record company (CBS Holland) insisted. Maybe they knew in advance that completely different harmonies would transfigure the beaten path. I'm inclined now to agree. Jan Akkerman and the London Orchestra are playing superbly.

 

08. Stephane Grappelli - Pages Of Life

(Ettore Stratta) Ettore Music

 

09. Stephane Grappelli - Uptown Dance

(Claus Ogerman) Glamorous Music

Originally released on the LP "Uptown Dance"

Producer Ettore Stratta and I went to Paris to meet Stephane Grappelli prior to the recording of this album in New York. As a kid I had 78's of the "Hot Club de France" and I admit that I always loved Jazz played on the violin (maybe it's the smoky bar-atmosphere). I was pre-sold on Stuff Smith, Ray Nance, and later Jean-Luc Ponty and Didier Lockwood. And now Stephane Grappelli in persona! At his high age he was in top playing form. He loved to have a shot of Scotch just before the tape started rolling.

 

10. Dr. John - City Lights

(Mac Rebennack/Doc Pomus) Skull Music/Stazybo Music

 

11. Dr. John - Rain

(Mac Rebennack) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing/Skull Music

Originally released on the LP "City Lights"

Dr. John is most unique as a songwriter, singer and pianist; he's possibly Hoagy Carmichael's crown successor in all three fields. I wanted these two songs to be included here for a change of pace and style.

 

12. Freddie Hubbard - The Love Connection

(Freddie Hubbard) Hub Tones Music

 

13. Freddie Hubbard - Lazy Afternoon

(John Latouche/Jerome Moross) Chappell & Co.

Originally released on the LP "The Love Connection"

It was only natural to arrange Freddie's "The Love Connection" for a Bigband. Such great L.A. players, Freddie's solo is simply perfect. There was a chain of events: when I worked in New York on Stephane Grappelli's album, I told Jimmy Rowles (who played on some of the tracks) that I was going to L.A. to do an album with Hubbard. Curiously, Jimmy asked me to remind Freddie to record "Lazy Afternoon". There must have been some link, maybe the two played the song together at one point. I always avoid to praise my own work. The excellent German composer Hans Pfitzner dwelled in self-praise of his own compositions. I have found this to be tacky. So, without being asked and at the risk of getting misunderstood, I say that the slow parts of "Lazy Afternoon" arranged for Freddie Hubbard are my best work and all I can do as an arranger. This chart and its recording alone was worth my coming to the United States.

CD 4

01. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Double Rainbow

(Antonio Carlos Jobim/Gene Lees) Famous Music/Ensign Music

Originally released on the LP "Terra Brasilis"

At the time of the recording of this album, I sensed that the "circle came to a closing" and that I should devote my remaining time to work on compositions of mine that were laying around un-orchestrated. "Terra Brasilis" was my last effort as an arranger of music by others. Maybe it was no accident that it was an album with Antonio. He kept calling for years and I had to use all kinds of excuses, like "do you know that Bing Crosby gave Frank Sinatra the advice never to stick to one arranger ...". During the twenty-two years since, I have fulfilled some of my goals and I think I used the years well. When in 2001 Decca agreed to release my "Piano Concerto" and "Concerto For Orchestra", and Tommy LiPuma at the same time asked me if I would arrange a new album for Diana Krall, my inner sense told me not to be afraid to go back in time and mingle with a youthful artist like Diana.

 

02. Claus Ogerman & Michael Brecker - In The Presence And Absence Of Each Other (Part 1)

(Claus Ogerman) Glamorous Music

Originally released on the LP "Cityscape"

Of course there is the framework, the invention of a chord structure, the great playing by the orchestra and rhythm section, but the excitement up to the remarkable climax comes from Michael Brecker. Michael, as a person, is so gentle an unassuming, does he really know how great he is?

 

03. Claus Ogerman & Michael Brecker - Corfu

(Claus Ogerman) Glamorous Music

Originally released on the LP "Claus Ogerman featuring Michael Brecker"

I had nothing to do with picking the players for this CD. Here's another aspect of Tommy LiPuma's unfailable judgement of whom to call for a project. I did not know Alan Pasqua and had never worked with Robben Ford, Dean Parks, Vinnie Colaiuta etc., but with Tommy you're always in good hands. To me he seems to be the last "light tower" in this business. What will happen after him? This is one of my favorite records, the Brecker Brothers, Marcus Miller, Robben Ford and all others are playing superbly.

 

04. The London Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Dances (Second movement, excerpt)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

05. The London Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Dances (Third movement, excerpt)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

06. The London Symphony Orchestra: Elegia

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

07. Gidon Kremer & the London Symphony Orchestra: Preludio and Chant (excerpt)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Originally released on the CD "Symphonic Dances"

"Symphonic Dances", composed 1971, is written within the Major-Minor principles. Twelvetone rows are used merely for coloration (as Bartók used them occasionally). I am trying to stir the listener´s emotions, therefore the choice of a technique is a secondary problem to me. Stravinsky made the point thus: "Theory in musical composition is hindsight. It doesn´t exist. There are compositions from which it is deduced. Or, if this isn´t quite true, it has a by-product existence that is powerless to create or even justify. Nevertheless, composition involves a deep intuition for theory." The adagio "Elegia" was originally recorded by Bill Evans on "Bill Evans with Symphony Orchestra " in 1965. I re-orchestrated the music in 1979 and dedicate this recording to Evans' memory. The piano solo here is performed by Robert Noble, a featured member of the London Symphony Orchestra. "Preludio and Chant" for violin and orchestra was written in 1979 and is dedicated to Manfred Gräter of Cologne, Germany. Gidon Kremer's playing can only be described as breathtaking. Herbert von Karajan called Kremer "the greatest violonist in the world", and he certainly was not in the habit of tossing around praises like this.

 

08. Aaron Rosand & the National Philharmonic Orchestra: Concerto Lirico (Third movement, Valse lente)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

Originally released on the CD "Works for Violin & Orchestra"

I was excited to have the chance record the four movements of my "Concerto Lirico" with Aaron Rosand, who is internationally acclaimed as one of the master violinists of our time and an artist of unique personal style. His premier performance of the "Violin Concerto" by Samuel Barber (with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic) contributed greatly to the success of that work. Mr. Rosand plays the Ex-Kochanski Guarnerius del Gesù dated 1741. In this recording he used the Maud Powell Tourte bow, also used by Fritz Kreisler for several years after Maud Powell's death.

 

09. The London Symphony Orchestra: Lyric Suite (Second movement)

(Claus Ogerman) Helios Music

 

10. Marilyn Schmiege & the London Symphony Orchestra: I Loved You

(Claus Ogerman/Alexander Pushkin) Glamorous Music

 

Originally released on the CD "Lyrical Works"

I composed the "Lyric Suite" in 1952, seven years before I made my first trip to the United States. This is my first orchestral work, written in Baden-Baden, Germany. The recording here is also the premier recording of the work. However, I occasionally incorporated thematic material from the four movements of the suite into some compositions which I wrote between 1952 and 1990, among them "Cityscape", "In The Presence And Absence Of Each Other" and "Lyricosmos". "I Loved You" is after a poem by Alexander Pushkin. By combining brightness and melancholy in the music, I intended to catch the gist of the poem: Love lost or impossible can actually be redeemed through hope that the beloved may find fulfillment in another's love equal in intensity to that of the poet. The performance heard here is by the Boston-born and American trained mezzo-soprano Marilyn Schmiege with the London Symphony Orchestra.

 

11. Gidon Kremer: Smile

(Charles Chaplin, adapt. Claus Ogerman) United Artists Music

Originally released on the CD "Le Cinema"

Violinist Gidon Kremer recorded this theme from Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" in his 1998 tribute to the magic of the classic cinema. I can only agree with what James Goodfriend wrote about Kremer in the magazine Stereo Review: "Kremer is unquestionably unique. He doesn't play like anybody else today. The final fascination of Kremer is that he is in himself - unconsciously so and in the best sense of the term - 'Theater', he is not only a great violinist, but the symbol of a great violinist, an 'Urfigur'".

 

12. Diana Krall - I Should Care

(Sammy Cahn/Axel Stordahl/Paul Weston) Dorsey Brothers Music

Previously unreleased recording from the album session for "The Look of Love"

In 2000 I had a delightful five-hour dinner with Diana Krall in a classy restaurant. After that I don't think any arranger/conductor could have resisted to work with this multi-talented and charming lady. "I Should Care" was recorded for the "Look Of Love" album, but did not end in the final track selection, probably because it was a bit too somber. I had told Diana in advance that harmonically the first chorus would be kind of "friendly", but that for the second chorus I had darker progressions in mind, underlining the dismay of the words. As I had hoped for, Diana had no objection and the song was recorded as intended. A masterful rendition on Diana's part, vocally and on piano.

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[Some of the annotations listed above may be abbreviated from the full version in the boxed set]



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Various Artists, "Bossa Nova:  Sound of Ipanema", Boutique [Germany] #_________ (2007).[CD Compilation]

This album includes Jobim's "Chega de Saudade" performed by Jobim.  It also includes these other Jobim compositions:
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Various Artists, "The Very Best of Smooth Jazz", Boutique [Germany] #_________ (2008).[2-CD Compilation Set]

Includes Jobim's "The Girl From Ipanema" composition.



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