Other Places: Preservation Haul

Oregon Music News has a line on its masthead listing the categories the online publication covers:
CLASSICAL, JAZZ/BLUES, ROCK/ROOTS, ACOUSTIC, INDIE, DJ/ELECTRO, SOUL/HIP-HOP, MELTING POT, FAMILY, MUSICALS
I don’t spend much time with two-thirds of those genres and although I found it enlightening to rummage through the OMN sections about them, I doubt that I will be delving deeply into, say, DJ/Electro. I’m glad it’s there for those who need it. The current lead story in the jazz section is Jack Berry’s “Saga of the not-so-lost Oregon Jazz treasure trove (part 2).” Berry updates questions about the fate of a cache of reel-to-reel audio tapes and videos recorded over the years by the late sound man Bob Thompson.
Among the musicians Thompson captured were Art Pepper, Jim Pepper, David Friesen, Dave Frishberg, Floyd Standifer, Nancy King and a few dozen other musicians better known in the Pacific Northwest than they are nationally. The recordings now belong to the Jazz Institute of Los Angeles, where they are stored with no apparent plan for theirJim Pepper.jpg permanent preservation or eventual release. If there is other music of the quality of a clip of the late tenor saxophonist Jim Pepper, bassist David Friesen and drummer Ron Steen in a basement session, let’s hope that the institute has something in mind. To read Berry’s story and hear Friesen, Pepper and Steen play “My One and Only Love” (mistitled “Bolivar Blues”), click here.

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  1. Ken Dryden says

    It is a shame such sessions lay hidden with no intention of issue. I learned that KNPR donated all of the old Four Queens Jazz Night From Las Vegas broadcast to UNLV’s music library, where they sit…

  2. Jack Berry says

    Thanks. I didn’t intend to criticize Ken Poston. He’s keeping the faith under difficult circumstances. Am kind of sad that Portland musicians didn’t (or haven’t) weighed in on the importance of the collection. Should have included Earle Minor in the list of players Thompson recorded. He’s almost certainly there.