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William O. Smith on Contemporary

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Have these seen any kind of a reissue or any other packaging, legit or otherwise? Has anybody here ever heard either/both?

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Doesn't look like they were reissued. Sure looks interesting, considering he studied with Milhaud, among others. I only know his recordings with Brubeck and the Folk Jazz LP with Jim Hall, which is excellent. 

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not played by the composer....

again, not by the composer, but....just sayin'...

 

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A friend of mine played a multi-movement piece WOS wrote for jazz ensemble (like "All About Rosie"),for us before a session, which I enjoyed tremendously. Along the lines of pre-LCC George Russell.

My friend met and hung with Smith  in Europe when they both won the Prix de Rome in their respective fields, so the piece could have been a European production.

 

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There's a record on CRI of Orchestra USA playing one of his "Bill Smith" works that very much fits that description. Not released until a decade or do after the fact 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, JSngry said:

There's a record on CRI of Orchestra USA playing one of his "Bill Smith" works that very much fits that description. Not released until a decade or do after the fact 

 

 

 

That's probably it.

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This one:

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Jim,

Have you heard this LP?

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Bill Smith - Sonorities (Edipan, Italy)
Recorded in 1977 -- with Enrico Pieranunzi (p), Giovanni Tommaso (b), and Pepito Pignatelli (d)

I stumbled across it on discogs when I was digging into Pieranunzi's discography, but I've never heard it. 

Doesn't appear to be through-composed, "classical" music.

 

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Yeah, that's a  "Bill Smith"  record...might be interesting nonetheless.

Thinking back on that time that some Brubeck band toured with Perry Robertson abd thinking that it was an ..unexpected choice. Realizing now that, ok, there was THIS guy from a while back, they've been there before.

 

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15 hours ago, JSngry said:

This one:

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CRI was a great record label.I used to buy their vinyl every week at Tower's budget LP store in the city. I know they went to cassette tapes at one point, but did they ever go to CDs?

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14 hours ago, JSngry said:

Yeah, that's a  "Bill Smith"  record...might be interesting nonetheless.

Thinking back on that time that some Brubeck band toured with Perry Robertson abd thinking that it was an ..unexpected choice. Realizing now that, ok, there was THIS guy from a while back, they've been there before.

 

Perry R. studied withTony Scott and used the same embouchure that Scott used; no upper teeth on the mouthpiece, just lips. But Scott had a freak, enlarged diaphragm. Scott used to play lying on the floor and tell Perry to jump on his stomach while Scott was playing the clarinet. Scott didn't even feel it! Perry had a normal diaphragm, so he couldn't get the same sound as Scott, or play those long lines without a breath that Scott could play.

Scott was one of the first clarinetists to bring Bird to the clarinet, then he became one of the first to bring Trane to it; by virtue of his freak diaphragm.

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CRI does have CDs of archival material.

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