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A Note From Gene Perla

 

Gene Perla's Personal Recorded Archive

I began collecting recordings in the late 1960s using a Uher tape machine. Many captures resulted from jam sessions at my two New York City lofts and on the road with multiple artists.

It was a simple setup: 2 microphones, 2 microphone stands, 2 microphone cables, the Uher 4400 Stereo Report reel-to-reel recorder with power supply, several 5" magnetic tape reels, and 1 AC extension cord. The Uher is capable of recording speeds of 7.5 ips, 3.75 ips, 1.875 ips, and 0.9375 ips. I used mostly the 3.75 and 1.875 speeds. Gratefully, even at the slower speeds, it did a good job. It was helpful because our jam sessions would often last non-stop for 2 hours or more. The Uher is a fabulous machine in that it was, for that time, light, portable, and easy of operate. Later, I'd transfer the Uher tapes to my Revox A77 reel-to-reel machine on either 7.5" or 15" reels. That gave me the opportunity to edit the original recordings to eliminate non-musical data. On the other hand, I've thought that being able to listen to our conversations in between playing would yield some interesting anecdotes.

I'm very gratified that some of my archive will see the light of day and would be most pleased to hear any comments or questions.

Thank you,

Gene Perla

21 Oct 2015

A Note From The JHDB Founder/Director

 

On behalf of the jazz history database I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Gene Perla for his generous contribution. These unique, never-before-released recordings offer a wealth of new material and insights into the creative workings of many internationally acclaimed artists.

Jazz researchers, historians, and fans should visit this collection often, as additional recordings will be made available over the next few months. Every effort has been made to remove copyright protected materials from the Gene Perla collection.

Please read and agree to the Terms of Use. Researchers, historians, and educators seeking unedited versions of specific recordings may contact me directly at: rfalco@wpi.edu

Prof. Rich Falco


For their generous support we would like to thank the WPI Humanities and Arts Department, the WPI Shannon Fund, and most especially THE RUDGE FAMILY FOUNDATION.

Ensemble Name Recording Date Location Engineer Composition Composer(s) Musicians
Stone Alliance October 26, 1979 Jazz Festival
Zurich, Switzerland
Unknown 1 Kimmy And Donnie
(8:18)
Don Alias Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone)
Kenny Kirkland (keyboards)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (conga drums)
Stone Alliance October 26, 1979 Jazz Festival
Zurich, Switzerland
Unknown 2 Uncle Jemima
(5:52)
Don Alias Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone)
Kenny Kirkland (keyboards)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (trap drums)
Stone Alliance October 26, 1979 Jazz Festival
Zurich, Switzerland
Unknown 3 Taurus People
(5:49)
Farouq Dawud Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone)
Kenny Kirkland (keyboards)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (trap drums)
Jeremy Steig Quintet December 01, 1971 Electric Lady Studios
New York, NY
Eddie Kramer 4 Sister Andrea
(7:47)
Jeremy Steig Jeremy Steig (flute)
Tommy Bolin (guitar)
Jan Hammer (keyboard)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Billy Cobham (drums)
Jeremy Steig Quintet December 01, 1971 Electric Lady Studios
New York, NY
Eddie Kramer 5 Destiny
(6:33)
Gene Perla Jeremy Steig (flute)
Tommy Bolin (guitar)
Jan Hammer (keyboard)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Billy Cobham (drums)
Steve Grossman Trio August 17, 1973 Richards Lounge
New Jersey
Gene Perla 6 Pressure Point
(9:21)
Steve Grossman Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Billy Higgins (drums)
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 7 Announcement
(0:27)
Vernon Welsh
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 8 Simone
(17:33)
Frank Foster Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (tenor saxophone)
Hank Jones (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 9 Soultrane
(8:25)
Tadd Dameron Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Hank Jones (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 10 Yesterdays
(8:53)
Jerome Kern Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (soprano saxophone)
Hank Jones (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 11 Three Card Molly
(15:43)
Elvin Jones Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (soprano saxophone)
Hank Jones (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 12 Fancy Free
(26:20)
Donald Byrd Steve Grossman (soprano saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (tenor saxophone)
Hank Jones (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 13 In A Sentimental Mood
(8:11)
Duke Ellington Azar Lawrence (tenor saxophone)
Hank Jones (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quintet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 14 The Children, Save The Children
(5:40)
Don Garcia Steve Grossman (soprano saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (tenor saxophone)
Hank Jones (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 15 For All The Other Times
(12:35)
Gene Perla Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 16 New Moon
(21:11)
Steve Grossman Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (soprano saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet April 01, 1973 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 17 Keiko’s Birthday March
(9:10)
Elvin Jones Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Azar Lawrence (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 18 Announcement
(0:22)
Vernon Welsh
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 19 Simone
(32:30)
Frank Foster Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 20 Here’s That Rainy Day
(15:25)
Jimmy Van Huesen Joe Farrell (piano)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 21 Shinjitu
(38:03)
Keiko Jones Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone, piano & clarinet)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 22 Fancy Free
(29:45)
Donald Byrd Joe Farrell (flute & piano)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 23 My Ship
(7:36)
Kurt Weill Joe Farrell (tenor saxophonea)
Frank Foster (piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 24 A Circle In The Square
(15:49)
(unknown) Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 25 Raunchy Rita
(18:29)
Frank Foster Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Elvin Jones Quartet March 28, 1971 Famous Ballroom
Baltimore, MD
Vernon Welsh 26 For All The Other Times
(17:29)
Gene Perla Joe Farrell (tenor saxophone & piano)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone, clarinet & piano)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Elvin Jones (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 27 Announcement
(0:27)
Don Alias
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 28 Samba De Negro
(6:08)
Don Alias Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 29 Risa
(5:01)
Don Alias Steve Grossman (soprano saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 30 Miss T
(4:29)
Gene Perla Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 31 Katonah
(6:57)
Steve Grossman Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 32 In It
(5:52)
Don Alias Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 33 Kimmy & Donnie
(18:10)
Don Alias Steve Grossman (soprano saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (congas)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 34 Taurus People
(4:59)
Farouq Dawud Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 35 Zulu Stomp
(9:52)
Don Alias Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 36 Vaya Mullato
(11:46)
Don Alias Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)
Stone Alliance October 02, 1977 Paris, France (unknown) 37 Willoughby Place
(2:53)
Steve Grossman Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone)
Gene Perla (electric bass)
Don Alias (drums)