Tony Scott & Horst Jankowski Trio – In Concert 1957 (1991)

FrontCover1This completely unknown recording (which is not even listed in discographies) from the Dutch Jazz Life label contains some brilliant music.  Clarinetist Tony Scott and pianist Horst Jankowski match together very well, and the rhythm section ( which is otherwise unidentified ) is perfectly supportive of the lead voices.  Recorded live in Ljubljana ( former Yugoslavia ), the music ( three standards and four basic group originals ) finds Scott in particularly inspired form.  He romps through the uptempo pieces, and his tone is often at its coolest during the more thoughtful numbers.  Although this 1990 CD is quite obscure and there are no significant liner notes, the music is quite rewarding and frequently exciting. (by Scott Yanow)

Tony Scott´s  first one year odyssey out of the States began in 1957 through Europe to South Africa.

In Sweden he was the magnet for the best musicians in concerts and recordings.
In Stockholm he performed with the Harry Arnold Radio Studio Orchestra making the arrangement of Lullaby of Birdland(in the style of Bach fugue) for the February 19th Swedish Radio concert.
Scott formed in Sweden a quartet with Rune Offerman(p), Gunner Johnson(b) Egil Johnson(d), and recorded the four fantastic virtuoso 45 eps which included Swingin in Sweden, Night in Tunisia, Blues for Ava; I can’t Get Started; Moonlight In Vermont; All The Things You Are and I’ll Remember April.

“Tony Scott gave a real vitamin injection to the Swedish jazz scene.” (Orkester Journalen)

The tour went on to Denmark, Finland, Holland, Germany, France, and Yugoslavia, where, in Ljubljana, he did a live-recording with the Horst Jankowski Trio: In Concert. It was there that he performed his first improvised dedication to Charlie Parker: Blues for Charlie Parker. It was transmitted throughout the world on The Voice of America conducted by Willis Conover. From that moment on the song became the most requested and applauded in all his concerts.” (taken from the Tony Scott website)

Horst Jankowski (piano)
Herman Mutschler (drums)
Tony Scott (clarinet, saxophone)
Peter Witte (bass)

Alternate frontcover

01. The Swinging Ljubijana (Jankowski) 5.48
02. Yesterdays (Harbach/Kern/Youmans) 5.01
03. I’ll Remeber April (Raye/de Paul/Johnston) 6.05
04. Lullaby Of Birdland (Shearing) 7.27
05. I’ll Remeber Ljubjana (Scott) 8.08
06. Blues For Charlie (Scott) 8.24
07. Tam Na Gorenjskem Je Lepo (Adamic) 2.45