Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band – Handle With Care


Long Note Blues
Get Out Of Town
Speedy Reeds
Old Stuff
Om Mani Padme Hum
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Once upon a time, the thirteen-striped flagspelled out home land to all jazz musicians. Thingsaren?t that exclusive anymore. Now the honourhas to be shared with an entire collection ofnational pennants.
In this album, for instance, seven nations contributed talents to the gathering of jazz musiciansin Cologne, Germany where the recording wasmade. The largest delegation, six members, camefrom the United States, including the co-leader and drummer, Kenny "Klook" Clarke, and themagnificent saxophonist, Zoot Sims. Englandsent two representatives; France, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey and Austria each supplied oneparticipant to the happy occasion.
The thoroughly integrated sound that emerges from this band is convincing evidence that international boundaries have no meaning at all to the practicing jazz musician. Unless one is familiar with the individual playing styles, it would be impossible to identify the various nationalities of the musicians. The music they play is the kind of swinging jazz that can happen anywhere when the combination of musicians is right and the music is making it. The music was obviously making it when the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland band assembled in Cologne.
The efforts of three individuals are largely responsible for this album; a dedicated Italian record producer, Gigi Campi, the incredible drummer, Kenny Clarke, and the Belgian composer, arranger and pianist, Francy Boland. Howeverspontaneous the music may sound, it took a yearand a half of planning to get the dates in line tomake everything work out smoothly. FrancyBoland spent the time writing the material andcharting the arrangements. Gigi Campi maintained contact with everyone to be sure all wouldgo well when the recording date arrived. KennyClarke's preparations began a long time beforethe LP was ever conceived. When a group ofyoung jazz revolutionaries spearheaded the bop movement back in the 40's, Clarke was a majorfigure on the scene, showing the "new way" ofjazz drumming. "Klook" is still spearheading the jazz scene, and throughout this LP he is an imperturbable force providing a bedrock foundation for solo and ensemble.

Imagine the problems of getting the Clarke-Boland international band together:

It wasn't easy. Only the leader of a strictly-forkicks band knows how many excuses distinguished sidemen can find to miss a rehearsal. The first trembling eagerness to join the cadre can turn into cop-outs. Then the dependables get disgusted, and the leader spends more time on the phone than on the podium. "All right, if you've got a jingle date, crazy, but send a sub! There's twelveguys sitting here waiting!"

Check the labels on this bag:

You phone three numbers in Paris to reachKenny Clarke (U.S.A.), Roger Guerin (France),and Nat Peck (U.S.A.). Jimmy Deuchar (England) has to come from London. Sahib Shihab(U.S.A.) is in a Swedish orchestra. Jimmy Woode(U.S.A.) is touring Scandinavia. Ake Persson(Sweden) and Benny Bailey (U.S.A.) are working in different bands in West Berlin. Zoot Sims (U.S.A.) is as always, just passing through. OnlyFrancy Boland (Belgium), Ahmed MuvaffakFalay (Turkey), Derek Humble (England), andCarl Drevo (Austria) are in Cologne.

When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band went to London in 1919, they laid the foundation for a sori of musical Esperanto. Today the jazz language has become a lingua franca bypassing ascore of spoken tongues, not to mention sectionalprejudices and national passions. One of the happier aspects of this mission is the absence ofconscious proselytizing: jazz, by its very existence, drew the world to itself.

The presence in the Clarke-Boland band ofthirteen personalities from seven nations, playingin Germany for an Italian producer ? and, now, being released for Americana by a Turkish impresario ? is all the evidence anyone needs. As amatter of fact, I don't need the evidence; at theVoice of America, I have the making of the world'smost representative stamp collection.

In fact, the beat evidence anyone could wantis the swinging record inside this jacket. Listening to fit is like looking glumly in a mirror and seeing someone else, smiling.