1-CD with 28-page booklet, 23 single titles. Playing time approx. 79 minutes.
This is Bill Ramsey - live! We begin with three recordings made in Holland in July 1957, five recordings from the Polish Jazz Festival in July 1957 and four tracks recorded during the Prague Festival in 1966 and finally a concert from the'Unterhaus' in Mainz 1980, including eternal Ramsey favourites like The Late Late Show, The Outskirts Of Town and Caldonia.
BILL RAMSEY : CALDONIA AND MORE ...
Saturday, July 13, 1957: In the morning we picked up our visas from the Polish military mission, in the afternoon we took off, all our luggage including double bass and complete drums under the arms, from Zoo station towards the central station (former Silesian station), closely controlled by harassing and threatening (stupid) GDR-Vopos. Finally we went with the Reichsbahn - the windows not only closed but to make matters worse - past several invisible stops to Frankfurt an der Oder.
We were the Joki Freund Quintet - Joki Freund (tenor sax), Albert Mangelsdorff (trombone), Emil Mangelsdorff (alto sax), Rudi Sehring (drums) and Al King (bass) - plus star guest Albert Nicholas (clarinet) and Ata Berk, the drummer of the'Two Beat Stompers' from Frankfurt, plus my then wife manager Nancy and I plus three companions from the German Jazz Federation, namely President Olaf Hudtwalcker, secretary Wolfgang 'Bart' Böhm and Poland speaker Werner Wunderlich.
A little anecdote in between: The famous clarinettist Albert Nicholas from New Orleans, respectively Paris was a guest star. Of course, he, poor Albert, who only spoke English and French, had not noticed that the friendly officers of the GDR had forbidden us to get out somewhere on the way or to pull up the roller shutters, even if only to admire the landscape. So he got off at some station on the way to get some fresh air, The next thing we saw was Albert wriggling between two big vopos and shouting again and again: "Hey man, I'm an american, what are you doin', man..." Fortunately, however, his namesake Albert Mangelsdorff somehow managed to free him. The frightened Nicholas growled angrily afterwards: "Hey man, you know I think those guys are communists!"
By the way - Albert Nicholas' first statement about Poland sounded like this: "Yeah man, that's where they drink vodka before breakfast."
|Caldonia And More... 1|
|2:||The Outskirt Of Town|
|3:||Goin' To Chicago|
|4:||Frankie und Johnny|
|5:||St. James Infirmary|
|7:||Big Fat Mama|
|8:||When The Saints Go Marchin' In|
|9:||The Late, Late Show|
|10:||The More I See You|
|11:||Where Or When|
|14:||I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself...|
|15:||Ellington Medley: I'm Beginning To See The|
|16:||Light/Sophisticated Lady/Satin Doll|
|20:||Ornithology/How High The Moon|
|21:||The Girl From Ipanema|
|22:||There Will Never Be Another You|
|24:||The Shadow Of Your Smile|