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 Posted:   Oct 7, 2006 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

So far, my cd of the year, if I may say so. I don´t know if this one is a legit one, so please forgive me if not.

This is one of the most relaxed albums I have hear d in a long time. And Williams on piano is just stunning. VERY relaxing. Great stuff!

Philipp

np: "jazz beginnings" (john williams)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2006 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I already have the selections on this set on various CD-R's (mostly transfers from LP's), but I've ordered it nonetheless - as a completist, I need to have them in original form.

Of course, it's an album with excerpts from several of his jazzy pianist gigs, including the whole "The John Towner Touch" album, which has been elusive for many years. It even includes Williams' earliest recording of an original composition: "Hello".

Looking forward to getting it.

NP: SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET (Williams)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2006 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   Miguel Andrade   (Member)

And you may like to know that included the four Williams performed tracks from another 1957 album, "The Modern Jazz Gallery".

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2006 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

OK, finally got it.

In my opinion, this may very well be the most IMPORTANT Williams release in several years. It showcases a GREAT talent that we may have lost (but getting the world's greatest film composer in return ain't bad!). Most of these tracks were only available on obscure and hard-to-find LP's before, and although I already had several of them on various CD-R's, it was great to have them gathered here. Williams' rapid "flurries" were particularly stunning. So smooth!

It was also great to have the Johnny Desmond vocal bit at the end of disc 2, to break up the purely instrumental mode.

I was surprised to find not only the reflective "Hello", but two other original Williams compositions as well - "Aunt Orsavella" and "Caribe". Both of them energetic fun.

Incidentally, the first Williams recording EVER is his rendition of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", recorded October 3, 1956! Geezes, the kid was only in his early 20's!

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2006 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Thor,

you must be the biggest Williams admirer of the world! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2006 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thor,

you must be the biggest Williams admirer of the world! wink



He, he...I don't know about that. I know that there are people who have bigger collections than me (Miguel Andrade, for example, and I'm sure Jeff Eldridge as well), but we're probably just as "admiring". smile

NP: JOHN WILLIAMS (by the Denver Brass)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2006 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Miguel Andrade   (Member)

While I love to see this released, I wish they used the original albuns line up -- and original cover art, while at it.

But shouldn't complain, when we are so lucky :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2006 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

While I love to see this released, I wish they used the original albuns line up -- and original cover art, while at it.

But shouldn't complain, when we are so lucky :-)


But this is a compilation of SEVERAL albums. How would you solve that?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2006 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Miguel Andrade   (Member)

I would place them on the lp order. Lukas and Cª does that all the time with the reissues of LPs. And you use one cover on the front of the booklet and the other on the back.
But I'm fine with the way it is... In the end is just so great to have this on CD.
This as been a really great here so far :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2006 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I would place them on the lp order. Lukas and Cª does that all the time with the reissues of LPs. And you use one cover on the front of the booklet and the other on the back.
But I'm fine with the way it is... In the end is just so great to have this on CD.
This as been a really great here so far :-)


That would probably work if the tracks were pulled from only two LP's. But they're pulled from FIVE.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2006 - 4:15 AM   
 By:   Miguel Andrade   (Member)

Yes, I know. Still I think it could be done.
But I'm not really complaining -- had I any problem with the track order, I could fix it quickly by burning a CD-R with my prefered order, something I haven't done, and don't have plans on doing...
So here you go. I wonder if it would be nicer to have it done diferently, but in the end I'm just too happy with the release being here.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2006 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Absolutely.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2006 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Nils   (Member)

Thor, since you have the original albums of "The John Towner Touch" and "World on a String": Does the CD contain all the tracks from those LPs, or is it a selection? The tracks from those albums are about 35 minutes each on the CD, and I guess that was a pretty common LP length back then, but it would be nice to have it confirmed.

Cool CD! Easy-listening music with a lot of artistry.

And if "Hello" is, as you say, the first commercial recording ever of an original Williams composition, then next wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of that!

What's even more amazing is that, excellent as these recordings are, the man is, arguably, at the top of his game now.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2006 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

What's even more amazing is that, excellent as these recordings are, the man is, arguably, at the top of his game now.


Yeah, talk about a sustained "elite" level. No wonder he's considered an American musical institution in himself.

All the tracks from those two LP's are included, but they're obviously re-arranged to fit the particular ensemble he's playing with.

NP: THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX (Korngold)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2006 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   Nils   (Member)

Thanks, Thor!

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2006 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Does anyone know how John Williams' relationship to Jazz is today? Is it his chill out music, does he like to play/listen to it to relax from his big orchestral scores, or is it not playing that much of a role in his life anymore?

BTW, I love the "Jazz Beginnings" CD. Wonderful stuff and a nice surprise to see these early works released.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2006 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Does anyone know how John Williams' relationship to Jazz is today? Is it his chill out music, does he like to play/listen to it to relax from his big orchestral scores, or is it not playing that much of a role in his life anymore?

Well, it's only a few years since CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, which was pretty jazzy. I think he has a very good relationship to jazz these days, as it's very much a part of who he is and where he came from. He has performed jazz standards with the Boston Pops for years, for example.

But as for what he's listening to in his Beverly Hills home in the evening...I have no idea. smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2006 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Thanks, Thor.

I know about Catch me if you can, but wondered in this case whether it is just one of the musical styles he has in his repertoire as a composer. Far and Away doesn't make John Williams an Irishman, if you know what I mean...
But if he added Jazz standards to his concerts, this might be more of a hint regarding his personal preferences - not many people will expect him to play these in concert, as opposed to his film works.

Still, is there no interview snippet where he might have mentioned what he listens to for personal enjoyment? Or which musical style is closest to his heart?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2006 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I know about Catch me if you can, but wondered in this case whether it is just one of the musical styles he has in his repertoire as a composer.

No, I think it's more than that. Listen to the CATCH ME IF YOU CAN interview, for example, and how Williams considers it a regression to his previous self:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htg9PFg1MTk

Still, is there no interview snippet where he might have mentioned what he listens to for personal enjoyment? Or which musical style is closest to his heart?

Oh yes, there are several. Where he's sitting by the piano, playing old Harold Arlen classics, for example, or other jazzy tunes. I think a couple of the "Evening at Pops" programs are built around these interview segments. See, for example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8TnmBz1iCU

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2006 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Thanks again, Thor!
I will check these videos out as soon as I find the time.
G.

 
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