Claus Ogerman was a German arranger and composer best known for his work with Billie Holiday, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall. Born in Ratibor, Upper Silesia, Ogerman began his career with the piano, he was one of the most prolific 20th century arrangers and has worked in the Top 40, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Easy listening and Classical music fields. The exact number of recording artists for whom Ogerman has either arranged or conducted during his career has never been determined. In the 1950s, Ogerman worked in Germany as an arranger-pianist with Kurt Edelhagen, Max Greger, Delle Haensch. Claus worked as a part-time vocalist and recorded several 45 rpms under the pen name of "Tom Collins", duetting with Hannelore Cremer - and he recorded a solo vocal with the Delle Haensch Jump Combo as well. In 1959, he moved to the United States and joined the producer Creed Taylor at Verve Records, working on recordings with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Kai Winding and Cal Tjader - among countless others.
Verve was sold to MGM in 1963. Claus Ogerman, by his own admission in Gene Lees' Jazzletter publication, arranged some 60-70 albums for Verve under Creed Taylor's direction from 1963-67. During this time he arranged a large number of pop hits, e.g. in 1961 "Cry To Me" by Solomon Burke, including those of Lesley Gore, It's My Party, Judy's Turn to Cry, She's a Fool, Maybe I Know. In 1966 Ogerman conducted Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra. In 1967 he joined Creed Taylor on the A&M/CTi label. Ogerman charted under his own name in 1965; the RCA single. Ogerman arranged and conducted Diana Krall's 2001 album The Look of Love, conducted on her DVD "Live in Paris", he served as arranger and conductor for Krall's 2009 album Quiet Nights. Ogerman won the 2010 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist" for "Quiet Nights", he arranged and conducted the orchestra on George Benson's 1976 album, Breezin', as well as on two other Benson albums. Among Ogerman's most remarkable albums there are: Gate Of Dreams, from the music of the ballet Some Times.
All include original compositions centered on the juxtaposition of jazz instruments and rhythm sections with classical music orchestra. Ogerman devoted himself exclusively to composing since the 1970s, his commissions including a ballet score for the American Ballet Theatre, Some Times, a work for jazz piano and orchestra Symbiosis for Bill Evans, a work for saxophone and orchestra Cityscape, for Michael Brecker, a song cycle Tagore-Lieder after poems by Rabindranath Tagore, recorded by Judith Blegen and Brigitte Fassbaender, a Concerto for violin and orchestra, Lirico and a Sarabande-Fantasie for violin and orchestra recorded by Aaron Rosand, 10 Songs for Chorus A-Capella After Poems by Georg Heym, recorded by the Cologne Radio Chorus, a work for violin and orchestra Preludio and Chant recorded by Gidon Kremer, his works for violin and piano were recorded on a 2007 disc by the Chinese violinist Yue Deng and French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. In July 2008, Ogerman released an album of compositions with jazz pianist Danilo Perez entitled Across The Crystal Sea.
Ogerman's major influences as a composer remain Alexander Scriabin. He steadfastly maintained that he was not concerned with "modernism" per se stating that his goal was to evoke an emotional response in the listener. Ogerman arranged and conducted Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, the first of two recordings that Frank Sinatra made with Jobim. Ogerman arranged and conducted Jobim's The Composer of Desafinado, Plays, A Certain Mr. Jobim, Jobim and Terra Brasilis, on which he played the piano. On the Jobim and Urubu albums, Ogerman was the producer; the Old Forester House Weißer Holunder Eine verrückte Familie Liebe, wie die Frau sie wünscht I Was All His Die Unschuld vom Lande Die Prinzessin von St. Wolfgang Seine Hoheit war ein Mädchen Rivalen der Manege All the Sins of the Earth Love and Soldiers Mit Eva fing die Sünde an $100 a Night Girls for the Mambo-Bar A Summer You Will Never Forget The Bellboy and the Playgirls Looking for Love Music From The Roaring 20's Jeder Singt Mit! – as Klaus Ogermann Soul Searchin' Watusi Trumpets Saxes Mexicanos Latin Rock Gate of Dreams Aranjuez with Jan Akkerman Cityscape with Michael Brecker Preludio & Chant, Symphonic Dances with Gidon Kremer and the London Symphony Orchestra Claus Ogerman featuring Michael Brecker with Michael Brecker Symphonic Dances / Some Times with the New York Studio Symphony Orchestra Lyrical Works Two Concertos Works for Violin & Piano featuring Yue Deng and Jean-Yves Thibaudet The Man Behind The Music - 4CD featuring various artists List of music arrangers List of jazz arrangers Marc Myers: Claus Ogerman, JazzWax.
2017-10-17. Barbara J. Major: The Work of Claus Ogerman, 2014-2016. Claus Ogerman discography at Discogs Klaus Ogermann on IMDb
Lullabies of Birdland
Lullabies of Birdland is a 1956 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, issued on the Decca Records label. The album features tracks recorded during the late 1940s and early 1950s, issued on 78rpm single. MCA Records re-issued the complete album in 1998, together with the 1955 album Sweet and Hot. Side one: "Lullaby of Birdland" – 2:51 "Rough Ridin'" – 3:14 "Angel Eyes" – 2:54 "Smooth Sailing" – 3:06 "Oh, Lady Be Good!" – 3:08 "Later" – 2:32Side two: "Ella Hums the Blues" – 5:13 "How High the Moon" – 3:15 "Basin Street Blues" – 3:07 "Air Mail Special" – 3:02 "Flying Home" – 2:27 Ella Fitzgerald - vocals Sy Oliver and His Orchestra - Tracks 1,3,4,6 and 9. Ray Brown and His Trio - Tracks 2 and 10. Bob Haggart and His Orchestra - Track 5. Don Abney, Joe Mondragon, Larry Bunker - Track 7. Ray Brown, Leonard "Idrees Sulieman" Graham - Track 8. Vic Schoen and His Orchestra - Track 11
Antônio Carlos Jobim
Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim known as Tom Jobim, was a Brazilian composer, songwriter and singer. Considered as one of the great exponents of Brazilian music, Jobim is the artist who internationalized bossa nova and, with the help of important American artists, merged it with jazz in the 1960s to create a new sound with remarkable popular success, he was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally. In 1965 his album Getz/Gilberto was the first jazz album to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, it won for Best Jazz Instrumental Album – Individual or Group and for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The album's single "Garota de Ipanema", one of the most recorded songs of all time, won the Record of the Year. Jobim has left a large number of songs that are now included in pop standard repertoires; the song "Garota de Ipanema" has been recorded over 240 times by other artists.
His 1967 album with Frank Sinatra, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim, was nominated for Album of the Year in 1968. Antônio Carlos Jobim was born in the middle-class district of Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, his father, Jorge de Oliveira Jobim, was a writer, diplomat and journalist. He came from a prominent family, being the great nephew of José Martins da Cruz Jobim, privy councillor and physician of Emperor Dom Pedro II. While studying medicine in Europe, José Martins added Jobim to his last name, paying homage to the village where his family came from in Portugal, the parish of Santa Cruz de Jovim, Porto; when Antônio was still an infant, his parents separated and his mother, Nilza Brasileiro de Almeida, moved with her children to Ipanema, the beachside neighborhood the composer would celebrate in his songs. In 1935, when the elder Jobim died, Nilza married Celso da Frota Pessoa, who would encourage his stepson's career, he was the one. As a young man of limited means, Jobim earned his living by playing in nightclubs and bars and as an arranger for a recording label, before starting to achieve success as a composer.
Jobim's musical roots were planted in the work of Pixinguinha, the legendary musician and composer who began modern Brazilian music in the 1930s. Among his teachers were Lúcia Branco and, from 1941 on, Hans-Joachim Koellreutter. Jobim was influenced by the French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, by the Brazilian composers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Ary Barroso; the Bossa Nova guitar style, such as Antonio Carlos Jobim's guitar, has become entrenched in the jazz culture. Among many themes, his lyrics talked about love, self-discovery, betrayal and about the birds and natural wonders of Brazil, like the "Mata Atlântica" forest, characters of Brazilian folklore and his home city of Rio de Janeiro. Jobim became prominent in Brazil when he teamed up with poet and diplomat Vinicius de Moraes to write the music for the play Orfeu da Conceição; the most popular song from the show was "Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Você". When the play was turned into a film, producer Sacha Gordine did not want to use any of the existing music from the play.
Gordine asked de Jobim for a new score for the film Orfeu Negro, or Black Orpheus. Moraes was at the time away in Montevideo, working for the Itamaraty and so he and Jobim were only able to write three songs over the telephone; this collaboration proved successful, de Moraes went on to pen the lyrics to some of Jobim's most popular songs. A key event in making Jobim's music known in the English-speaking world was his collaboration with the American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, the Brazilian singer João Gilberto, Gilberto's wife at the time, Astrud Gilberto, which resulted in two albums, Getz/Gilberto and Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2. The release of Getz/Gilberto created a bossa nova craze in the United States and subsequently internationally. Getz had recorded Jazz Samba with Charlie Byrd, Jazz Samba Encore! with Luiz Bonfá. Jobim wrote many of the songs on Getz/Gilberto, which became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, turned Astrud Gilberto, who sang on "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado", into an international sensation.
At the Grammy Awards of 1965 Getz/Gilberto won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group and the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. "The Girl from Ipanema" won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Jobim was married to Thereza Otero Hermanny on October 15, 1949 and had two children with her: Paulo Jobim, an architect and musician and father of Daniel Jobim and Dora Jobim. Jobim and Thereza divorced in 1978. On April 30, 1986 he married 29-year-old photographer Ana Beatriz Lontra, with whom he had two more children: João Francisco Jobim and Maria Luiza Helena Jobim. Daniel, Paulo's son, followed his grandfather to become a pianist and composer, performed "The Girl from Ipanema" during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In early 1994, after finishing his album Antonio Brasileiro, Jobim complained to his do
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is a 1960 album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, recorded in the summer of 1960, with a studio orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol. It is Fitzgerald's only Verve complete album of Christmas tunes. Verve had issued a 7" 45rpm single in 1959, featuring "The Christmas Song" with "The Secret of Christmas" on the b-side, both were recorded with Russ Garcia and His Orchestra in September 1959; the album has been reissued several times and there have been variations to the sleeve's artwork. For the 1960 Verve LP release. – 3:32 "Sleigh Ride" – 2:56 "The Christmas Song" – 3:00Side Two: "Good Morning Blues" – 3:15 "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" – 2:43 "Winter Wonderland" – 2:16 "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" – 2:51 "Frosty the Snowman" – 2:12 "White Christmas" – 3:02Bonus Tracks.
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book is a 1957 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, focusing on Ellington's songs. Part of Fitzgerald's "Song Book" series, it is the only one where the composer is featured as a performer and the first occasion Fitzgerald recorded with Ellington, it is the entry in the Song Book series that provided her with the most opportunities to exhibit her skill at scat singing. The greater part of disc three is devoted to two original compositions by Strayhorn, inspired by Fitzgerald's life and artistry. Fitzgerald's performance on this album won her the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance, Individual, at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards; the album was released in two volumes: The first volume comprised Fitzgerald with the Ellington orchestra, the second of Fitzgerald with a small group setting. This album marked the start of a fruitful artistic relationship for Ellington; the 1960s would see them perform on the Côte d'Azur for the album Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur, in Sweden for The Stockholm Concert, 1966.
Their only other studio album is Ella at Duke's Place. For the 1957 Verve 4-LP set: Verve MGV 4010-4 Disc one "Rockin' in Rhythm" – 5:17 "Drop Me Off in Harlem" – 3:48 "Day Dream" – 3:56 "Caravan" – 3:51 "Take the "A" Train" – 6:37 "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" – 4:39 "Clementine" – 2:37 "I Didn't Know About You" – 4:10 "I'm Beginning to See the Light" – 3:24 "Lost in Meditation" – 3:24 "Perdido" – 6:10 "Cotton Tail" – 3:23 "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" – 7:38 "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" – 3:30 " Solitude" – 2:04 "Rocks in My Bed" – 3:56 "Satin Doll" – 3:26 "Sophisticated Lady" – 5:18Disc two "Just Squeeze Me" – 4:13 "It Don't Mean a Thing" – 4:12 "Azure" – 2:18 "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" – 4:08 "In a Sentimental Mood" – 2:44 "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" – 4:59 "Prelude to a Kiss" – 5:26 "Mood Indigo" – 3:24 "In a Mellow Tone" – 5:07 "Love You Madly" – 4:37 "Lush Life" – 3:37 "Squatty Roo" – 3:38 "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So" – 4:12 "All Too Soon" – 4:22 "Everything But You" – 2:53 "I Got it Bad" – 6:11 "Bli-Blip" – 3:01Disc three "Chelsea Bridge" – 3:20 "Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald" – 16:10 First Movement: "Royal Ancestry" Second Movement: "All Heart" Third Movement: "Beyond Category" Fourth Movement: "Total Jazz" "The E and D Blues" – 4:48Bonus Tracks.
Ella Fitzgerald – vocals William "Cat" Anderson, Clark Terry, Willie Cook – trumpet Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet on "Take the "A" Train" Frank Foster – tenor saxophone Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster – saxophone Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone Russell Procope – clarinet, alto saxophone Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone Harry Carney – clarinet, bass clarinet John Sanders, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson – trombone Ray Nance – trumpet, violin Stuff Smith – violin Oscar Peterson, Paul Smith – piano Ray Brown, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Woode – double bass Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel – guitar Sam Woodyard, Alvin Stoller – drums Billy Strayhorn – piano, narrator Duke Ellington – piano, arranger, conductor
Hello, Love is a 1960 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, recorded over two sessions in 1957 and 1959. The album focuses on well known songs not included in Ella's epic Songbooks project, several of the songs are tunes that she had recorded in duet with Louis Armstrong. For the 1960 Verve LP release.