It was Scott who recommended that Feldman emigrate to the U.S., which he did in 1957. Once there, his first steady work was with the Woody Herman Herd. From there he went on to join Buddy DeFranco. He recorded with many different jazz artists, including Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis, most notably on Davis' 1963 album Seven Steps to Heaven, the title tune being his own composition. Feldman was in great demand as a session musician, and branched out into rock music, working with artists such as Steely Dan in the 1970s and Tom Waits in the 1980s. Feldman caused a sensation as a musical prodigy when he was "discovered", aged seven.
His family were all musical and his father founded the Feldman Swing Club in London in 1942 to showcase his talented sons. Feldman's first professional appearance was playing drums at No. 1 Rhythm Club as a member of the Feldman Trio with brothers Robert on clarinet and Monty on piano accordion. He featured in the films King Arthur Was a Gentleman (1942) and Theatre Royal (1943).
In 1944 he was featured at a concert with Glenn Miller's AAAF band, as "Kid Krupa" (in reference to drummer Gene Krupa). His drums teacher Carlo Krahmer encouraged Feldman to play the vibraphone which he did first in the Ralph Sharon Sextet and later in the Roy Fox band. He worked in India in 1952 and 1953 in a band led by pianist Eddie Carroll. His vibraphone and conga drum playing were notable, but it was as a pianist that he became best known. Before leaving the U.K.
in 1955 to work in the U.S., Feldman recorded with Ronnie Scott's orchestra and quintet from 1954 to 1955, which also featured other important British jazz musicians such as Phil Seamen and Hank Shaw. It was Scott who recommended that Feldman emigrate to the U.S., which he did in 1957. Once there, his first steady work was with the Woody Herman Herd. From there he went on to join Buddy DeFranco.
In 1958, he had his own working band on the west coast, which included the innovative bassist Scott LaFaro. His 1958 Album The Arrival of Victor Feldman includes LaFaro and Stan Levey on drums. He recorded with many jazz artists, including Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis, most notably on Davis' 1963 album Seven Steps to Heaven, the title tune being his own composition. Davis invited Feldman to join his group full-time, but Feldman declined, preferring the stability of studio work to the career of a touring musician.
The 5-CD Shelly Manne Black Hawk set, originally released on LP in September, 1959, is a good representation of Feldman's unmistakable driving "comping" behind the soloists, helping to define the session as a valuable hard bop genre element. In 1957 Feldman settled in Los Angeles permanently and then specialized in lucrative session work for the US film and recording industry. He also branched out to work with a variety of musicians outside of jazz, working with artists such as Frank Zappa in 1967, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell in the 1970s and Tom Waits and Joe Walsh in the 1980s. Feldman died at his home, aged 53, following a heart attack. In 2009, Feldman was inducted in the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN. It is Victor Feldmans percussion work on Steely Dan's song Do It Again that gives the song it's latin groove. Discography As leader Suite Sixteen (Contemporary, 1955) Victor Feldman in London, with Pete Blannin, Dizzy Reece, Phil Seamen, Terry Shannon, 1956 With Mallets a Fore Thought, 1957 Victor Feldman on Vibes (Mode, 1957) The Arrival of Victor Feldman (Contemporary, 1958) The Music of Victor Feldman, solo, 1958 Latinsville, with Walter Benton, Willie Bobo, Conte Candoli, Vince Guaraldi, Scott LaFaro, Stan Levey, Armando Peraza, Frank Rosolino, Mongo Santamaría, 1959 Merry Olde Soul, with Louis Hayes, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Andy Simpkins, 1960 Vibes to the Power of Three, with Larry Bunker, Terry Gibbs, 1960 Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, with Larance Marable, Bobby Whitlock, 1963 Soviet Jazz Themes, solo, 1963 It's a Wonderful World, solo, 1964 Love Me with All Your Heart, solo, 1964 Venezuelan Joropo, solo, 1967 Victor Feldman Plays Everything In Sight, multitracked solo album, 1967 (You & Me/Sure As You're Born/Sunset/Do the Jake/Geronimo/This Door/Have a Heart/In the Mood/By Myself/Sunshine Superman) Smooth, solo, 1970 Your Smile, with Larance Marable, Bobby Whitlock, 1973 The Artful Dodger, with Colin Bailey, Monty Budwig, Chuck Domanico, Jack Sheldon, 1977 Rio Nights, with Chuck Domanico, Trevor Feldman, Eddie Karam, Hubert Laws, Harvey Mason, Sr., John Patitucci, Fred Tackett, 1977 In My Pocket, solo, 1977 Livin On The Fault Line The Doobie Brothers, 1977 Down Two Then Left Boz Scaggs, 1977 Together Again, with Monty Budwig, Shelly Manne, 1978 Soft Shoulder, with Generation Band, 1982, with Ernie Watts, Tom Scott (musician), Robben Ford, Dan Sawyer, Richard Gibbs, Nathan East, Jake Feldman, Trevor Feldman To Chopin with Love, with the Victor Feldman Trio, with John Patitucci, Trevor Feldman, Recorded May 7 & 8, 1982, Released 1983 Call of the Wild, with Generation Band, 1984 Fiesta, with Kevin Bassinson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Joseph Conlan, Chick Corea, Nathan East, Manny Fernandez, Michael G.
Fisher, Chuck Mangione, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, 1984 High Visibility, with Max Bennett, Joseph Conlan, Abe Laboriel, Dean Parks, Tom Scott, 1985 Secrets of the Andes, solo, with Hubert Laws, Harvey Mason, Lee Ritenour, Abraham Laboriel, Sr., Alex Acuña, Milt Holland, Trevor Feldman, recorded February 26, 1982, LP released 1982, CD released 1987 The Young Vic, solo, 1987 Seven Steps To Heaven, with Tom Scott, Candid Productions, 2009 As sideman With Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley and the Poll Winners (Riverside) With Curtis Amy Way Down (Pacific Jazz, 1962) With James Clay A Double Dose of Soul (Riverside, 1960) With Bob Cooper Coop! The Music of Bob Cooper (Contemporary, 1958) With Miles Davis Seven Steps to Heaven (Columbia, 1963) With Paul Horn Impressions of Cleopatra (Columbia, 1963) With Milt Jackson Memphis Jackson (Impulse!, 1969) With Sam Jones The Chant (Riverside, 1961) With Barney Kessel Let's Cook! (Contemporary, 1957 ) Carmen (Contemporary, 1958) With John Klemmer Waterfalls (Impulse!, 1972) Intensity (Impulse!, 1973) With Shelly Manne Shelly Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn (Contemporary, 1959) Son of Gunn!! (Contemporary, 1959) At the Black Hawk 1 (Contemporary, 1959) At the Black Hawk 2 (Contemporary, 1959) At the Black Hawk 3 (Contemporary, 1959) At the Black Hawk 4 (Contemporary, 1959) At the Black Hawk 5 (Contemporary, 1959 ) My Son the Jazz Drummer! (Contemporary, 1962) Daktari (Atlantic, 1967) With Carmen McRae Can't Hide Love (Blue Note, 1976) With Blue Mitchell Stablemates (Candid, 1977) With Oliver Nelson Zig Zag (Original Motion Picture Score) (MGM, 1970) With Lalo Schifrin Gone with the Wave (Colpix, 1964) The Cincinnati Kid (soundtrack) (MGM, 1965) With Bud Shank Girl in Love (World Pacific, 1966) Bud Shank Plays Music from Today's Movies (World Pacific, 1967) Magical Mystery (World Pacific, 1967) With James Taylor Gorilla (Warner Brothers, 1975) With Gino Vannelli Brother to Brother (A&M, 1978) With Harold Vick Commitment (Muse, 1967 ) With Leroy Vinnegar Leroy Walks! (Contemporary, 1958) Leroy Walks Again!!! (Contemporary, 1963) With Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine (Asylum, 1980) With Gerald Wilson Feelin' Kinda Blues (Pacific Jazz, 1965) On Stage (Pacific Jazz, 1965) The Golden Sword (Pacific Jazz, 1966) With Steely Dan Percussion on Do It Again Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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