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Friday, November 22, 2222

Lester Young - Complete Unreleased Live Recordings

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jimmy Smith Jam Session - Jazz Fest Chicago 1981

Photo by Jan Persson

Jimmy Smith Jam Session 
Chicago Jazz Festival 
Chicago, IL (USA)
September 5, 1981 [Saturday]

Bill Hardman - trumpet
Lou Donaldson - alto sax
Junior Cook - tenor sax
Jimmy Smith - organ
Ray Crawford - guitar
Kenny Dixon - drums

1. unknown (blues improvisation) (18:48)
2. Organ Grinder Swing (7:40)
3. Summertime (10:19)
4. unknown (blues improvisation) (9:26) [inc, fade-out]

5. Ballad Medley: Laura [LD] > My Funny Valentine [BH] > Lover Man [JC] (11:02)
6. Satin Doll (12:41)
7. Lift Every Voice and Sing (3:51)
8. The Sermon (11:38)

TT: 85:25

No lineage information, dime-seed (radio, sounds like several generations of tape/K7)

:: ubu edits (2014-03-30) ::

Lineage: FM > ? > FLAC (dime) > TLH > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > TLH > FLAC (8,asb)

Edits in Cool Edit Pro:
- left channel +3dB
- all track marks adjusted (most were too late)
- fade-in at beginning of #3 (there's a rough cut at end of #2)
- fade-in at beginning of disc 2
- deleted silence at beginning and end of discs

:: ubu notes ::

Most tunes morph into the next one, setting track markers isn't that simple, but in almost all cases, the existing marks were clearly too late, into the first bar(s) of the following title.

There's a short radio voice-over around 3:40 into #7 that suggests this originates from a live broadcast - but all other radio announcements/intros/outros were deleted.

Track 4 is incomplete, slowly fades out.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet 1969/70

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Thanks go out to those who shared this stuff in 2005 and to prof. goody who fixed the Hamburg 1969-08 files and brought them back in the loop!

These are all FLAC files, except for some minor editing in the Stockholm set mentioned, it's the files I got, back in the day (and put onto back-up DVDs, from where I grabbed them again).

Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land Quintet
Juan-les-Pins Festival, Antibes (France)
July 26, 1969

Bobby Hutcherson - vibes
Harold Land - tenor sax
Stanley Cowell - piano
Reggie Johnson - bass
Joe Chambers - drums

1. Same Shame (Hutcherson) 14:14
2. The Peace-Maker (Land) 13:57
3. Spiral (Chambers) 15:21
4. Blues Mind Matter (Hutcherson) 16:29

TT: 60:02

Lineage (EZT/Dime): ??? > my CD-R copy > EAC > mkwACT > you [SHN]
ubu (2014-04-03): SHN > TLH > FLAC (8,asb)

Seeder's comment (from EZT, 2005):
Another amazing show from this group, this one just recently resurfaced. I posted the 7/28 show a few weeks ago and there was such good response I had to put this one up too. Just got this and have only listened to it a couple of times myself. Thought it was recorded from a radio broadcast but now I'm wondering if it's a soundboard. The quality is certainly an A and it's entirely possible that they could have recorded this intending to release it. Lord knows there were several Hutcherson albums from this period that weren't released until the 80s. Who knows? Anyway, it's an incredible show, check it out.

Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet
Stockholm (Sweden)
July 28, 1969

Harold Land - tenor sax
Bobby Hutcherson - vibes
Stanley Cowell - piano
Reggie Johnson - bass
Joe Chambers - drums

[FM intro (0:11)]
1. Total Eclipse (21:06)
2. Theme from "Blow Up" (17:11)
3. The Peacemaker (13:25)
4. Man on Mercury (7:02)

TT: 58:29

Sound: A-/B+
Source: FM (came as SBD)
Lineage unknown
Additional Lineage #1 & FM Intro: FLAC > WAV > CoolEditPro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Edit: separated fm intro from #1 (11sec)

Note on this seed:
this show was erroneously seeded as 07-26 Antibes (FR), but it seems to be identical with the show usually given as 07-28 Stockholm.
date/location were given as:
   Juan-les-Pins, Antibes (FR), July 26, 1969
setlist was given as:
   1. Same Shame (or Total Eclipse?) (21:06)
   2. The Peacemaker (17:11)
   3. Spiral (13:25)
   4. Blues Mind Matter (7:02)

Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land Quintet
Hamburg (Germany)
August 1969

Harold Land - tenor sax
Bobby Hutcherson - vibraphone
Stanley Cowell - piano
Reggie Johnson - bass
Joe Chambers - drums

3. Same Shame > Blow Up (Hutcherson) 35:58
4. Oleo (Rollins) 7:17 [inc]

TT: 65:53

Sound: A/A-
Source (#3-4, maybe also #1-2): NDR broadcast
Lineage: FM > ? > CD-R > EAC > Goldwave > FLAC

goody: dBpowerAMP (FLAC-WAV) > Cool Edit Pro (Pitch Bender -80) > TLH (FLAC, sigs)

Pitch of the '69 set tracks were approximately 80 cents sharp.  Fixed and reFLACed with TLH by goody - 10/26/05

-- omitted (see older version) --

Harold Land - tenor sax
Bobby Hutcherson - vibes
Hal Galper - piano
Reggie Johnson - bass
Joe Chambers - drums

May 29, 1970
1. Four (Rollins) 11:58
2. Oleo (Rollins) 10:39 [inc]

(these two sets were initially shared on EZT/Dime together, the 1970 were okay as far as speed was concerned)

Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land Quintet
Hamburg (Germany)
May 29, 1970 

Harold Land - tenor sax
Bobby Hutcherson - vibraphone
Hal Galper - piano
Reggie Johnson - bass
Joe Chambers - drums

1. Four (Rollins) 11:58
2. Oleo (Rollins) 10:39 [inc]

TT: 22:38

Sound: A/A-
Source (#3-4, maybe also #1-2): NDR broadcast
Lineage: FM > ? > CD-R > EAC > Goldwave > FLAC

ubu (2014-04-03): EAC (secure) > FLAC (8)

NOTE: omitted Aug 1969 - see speed-fix!

original info for that part:

August 1969
3. Same Shame > Blow Up (Hutcherson) 35:58
4. Oleo (Rollins) 7:17 [inc]

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Freddie Hubbard - Switzerland 1978-1991

Some bits of Freddie Hubbard ... it's been five years a few weeks back.

Montreux (Switzerland) - July 14, 1986
Freddie Hubbard (tp), Joe Henderson (ts), McCoy Tyner (p), John Scofield (g), Avery Sharpe (b), Louis Hayes (dr)
1. Byrdlike (15:52)

Cully (Switzerland) - March 15, 1991
Freddie Hubbard (tp), Don Braden (ts), Benny Green (p), Jeff Chambers (b), Louis Hayes (dr)
2. Bolivia (13:39)

Montreux (Switzerland) - July 21, 1978
Freddie Hubbard (tp), Hadley Caliman (ts), Billy Childs (p, keyb), Larry Klein (b), Carl Burnett (dr)
3. Take It to the Ozone (11:42)
4. To Her Ladyship (1:00) [inc]

TT: 42:13

lineage: DVB-S (256 kbps/ 48 khz) > Technotrend C-1400 DVB-S PCI card > harddisk.
Edits were made made with the mp3DirectCut software.

Barry Altschul - Nancy 1977

Barry Altschul Quartet
Nancy (France), Jazzpulsations
October 12, 1977

George Lewis - trombone
Byard Lancaster - soprano & alto sax, flute
Dave Holland - bass, cello
Barry Altschul - drums

2. You Can't Name Your Own Tune (34:11)

Sound: A-
Source/Lineage: FM - Copy from master - Maxell XLII 90 – Denon CDR 1000 –flac –dime

(companion to the Kalaparusha set also re-upped recently)

Von & Chico Freeman w/Hank Jones Trio - Den Haag 1990

Von & Chico Freeman with the Hank Jones Trio
North Sea Jazz Festival
Den Haag (The Netherlands), Van Gogh Zaal
July 14, 199)0 (Saturday)

Von Freeman - tenor sax
Chico Freeman - tenor sax
Hank Jones - piano
Mads Vinding - bass
Keith Copeland - drums

1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (12:54)
2. Little Sun Flower (16:44)
3. Poinciana (10:08)
4. On Green Dolphin Street (5:53) [trio]
5. Oleo (Sonny Rollins) 7:22

TT: 53:05

Sound: A
Source: radio broadcast

:: ubu notes & edits ::

came as just two tracks (34:14, 24:53)
#2 wouldn't extract with TLH and gave errors with Foobar as well

boosted volume + 6dB
separated tracks
deleted talk before and after all tracks
deleted overlap between #2 and #3

Additional lineage: FLAC in trade > TLH/Foobar > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > TLH > FLAC (8,SBE fixed)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Yusef Lateef - Montreux 1970

Took me a while, sorry - but here's finally the re-post of the late, great and dearly beloved Yusef Lateef's concert at Montreux Jazz Festival 1970.

Yusef Lateef - Hamburg 1971

Yusef Lateef
Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux (Switzerland), Casino
July 20, 1970

Yusef Lateef - tenor sax, flute, oboe
Barry Harris - piano
Bob Cunningham - bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath - drums

1. Yusef's Mood (Yusef Lateef) 9:54
2. These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) 8:57
3. Soul Flute (6:11)
4. The Road Back (Yusef Lateef) 7:00
5. Stone Henge (Yusef Lateef) 11:50
6. Off Minor (Thelonious Monk) 5:49
7. (blues) (14:26)
8. Vibration (Yusef Lateef) 8:52

TT: 73:04

Sound: A/A-
Lineage: FM? > ? > CDR > EAC > FLAC

Friday, December 27, 2013

Yusef Lateef - Bremen 1971

Yusef Lateef has been a favourite nearly forever since I started listening to jazz ... I discovered the sounds of Miles, Bill Evans, Coltrane, Jimmy Smith and some others when I was about thirteen. Then I was hipped to Cannonball Adderley by a friend of my parents - and fell in love with Lateef's playing on "Nippon Soul" and even more so on "Cannonball in Europe!" where Lateef gets an amazing feature on "Trouble in Mind", the Adderley Brothers taking a break.

A friend helped me out later with the early Savoy sides, and I acquired whatever I could. Any of his albums from his 1956 debut up to the final ones on Impulse (several of which are still not widely available - what a royal drag!) are must haves in my house! The early Savoys ("Jazz Mood", "Jazz for the Thinker"), the live recordings from Pep's (Impulse - with Richard Willimas and Mike Nock) and "Eastern Sounds" (Prestige) are particular favourites, but it seems unfair to point out any of that long stretch of excellent albums also including "Before Dawn" (Verve), "Prayer to the East", "Jazz and the Sounds of Nature", "The Dreamer", "Fabric of Jazz" (all Savoy), "At Cranbrook" (Argo), "The Sounds of Yusef Lateef", "Other Sounds", "Cry! - Tender", "Into Something" (all Prestige), "The Centaur and the Phoenix", "Three Faces of Yusef Lateef" (both Riverside), "The Golden Flute", "Psychicemotus", "1984" (all Impulse) and several others. His tenure at Atlantic started off pretty well, too, with albums such as "The Blue Yusef Lateef", "Yusef Lateet's Detroit" or "The Gentle Giant", which stars the amazing portrait shot by Giuseppe Pino I borrowed to open this post.

Lateef's tenor playing is deeply grounded in the old tradition of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, but also sports a melodic sense that can be traced back to Lester Young. Swing-to-bop giant Don Byas certainly was another influence.

Born William Emanuel Huddleston in Chattanooga, TN (the middle name is sometimes spelt with to m's) in 1920, his family moved to Detroit when Lateef was five. One of his classmates was Milt Jackson, soon he also befriended tenor players Billy Mitchell and Lucky Thompson, both later to be at home in a similarly deeply rooted yet modern playing style.

After starting to play around his hometown, Lateef played with several name bands including Hot Lips Page's and Roy Eldridge's, recorded his first solos on RCA sides of Dizzy Gillespie's great big band of the late forties. Then he returned to Detroit and continued to study, adding flute to his array. He turned into one of jazz' finest flautists, later mastering the oboe and turning that most classical of all wind instruments into a supreme blues instrument. He also started exploring scales and rhythms used in other musical traditions such as Indian or Arab ones, adding further instruments like the argol and the shenai. His bass players were to use the rebab as well, whilst the drummers turned into percussionists, using finger cymbals, gongs etc.

Lateef's early band featured Curtis Fuller on trombone and later Wilbur Harden on trumpet and Hugh Lawson on piano. He also recorded a pair of albums with Bernard McKinney (later known as Kiane Zawadi) on euphonium and the great Detroit piano player Terry Pollard. On "Eastern Sounds" he had Barry Harris on piano - the epitome of pure bebop and one of Detroit's most renowned musicians. In the mid sixties his music - that had long turned into what can be called "world music" - got more adventurous as can be witnessed on the live recordings made by Impulse at Pep's in Philadelphia. He also recorded a fine album with Georges Arvanitas on piano ("Psychicemotus") that was luckily reissued on CD a few years back.

What makes Lateef so special and his music so dear to me is his control of sound, no matter on which of his axes, but most impressive on tenor, where he seems to be fully in charge of each microtone he inserts in his slurs and trills. His sound simply has to be one of the best ever on the instrument. His solos waste no notes, his ballad playing is masterful (check out "Love Is Eternal" on his sole Verve album for a prime example).

I've never gotten around to really explore his career after around 1970 in a thorough way, but he continued to record some fine albums, founded his own YAL label, on which he released - among many others - four albums of encounters with other tenor saxophonists (all titled "Tenors"): Archie Shepp, Von Freeman, René McLean and Ricky Ford. In the mid noughties, he collaborated with french Belmondo Brothers to record a wonderful double album titled "Influnce" (Bee Jazz, 2005). A scaled-down version of that band played a fantastic concert at Cully Jazz Festival the following year that was luckily captured by radio (I missed it and I'm still hating myself for that). I finally managed to catch Lateef live in late 2012 when he appeared at Enjoy Jazz in Ludwigshafen with Archie Shepp. Frankly, the best of the night was a great rhythm section headed by the late Mulgrew Miller and also conaining Reggie Workman and Hamid Drake. Shepp and Lateef were both there, but not bothering to actually play together all that much. Shepp did some pretty lacklustre blues singing (killing Ellington's "Don't Get 'round Much Any More" along the way) and some of his typically raunchy blowing, still with a gorgeous tone but without much of the old bravura and control, while Lateef just played short snippets and threw in some sounds along the way. When he played the theme to "In a Sentimental Mood" on oboe, without adding even a bar of blowing after that, it was still the finest moment of the whole night, earning the largest applause. A weird night, but I'm so glad I have been there.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Here is a concert from Lateef's well-documented 1971 tour, with a fine band and the leader in fine shape. If you can help identifying any of the tunes, please to leave a comment.

Thanks to the kind person who shared this over on dime, several years back.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Yusef Lateef Quartet
Bremen (Germany), Lila Eule
October 20, 1971

Yusef Lateef - tenor sax, flute, oboe
Kenny Barron - piano
Bob Cunningham - bass
Albert 'Tootie' Heath - drums

CD1#2 is a duo by Albert Heath (reed flute) & Bob Cunningham

1. See See Rider (Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey-Lena Arrant) 14:02
2. Lowland Lullaby (Albert Heath) 3:20
3. unknown (16:03)
4. unknown (2:09)
5. unknown (18:41)

1. Straighten Up and Fly Right (Nat King Cole-Irving Mills) 13:37
2. Habibi (Kenny Barron) 8:41 [inc, fade-out]
3. unknown [12:55] > Barbados (Charlie Parker) 21:44
4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Ned Washington, George Bassman) 10:38

TT: 108:58

Sound: A- (low hum, some hiss)
Source: radio broadcast
Lineage: CDR trade > EAC > WAV > TLH > FLAC

:: ubu edits ::

retracked whole set (most were too late)
moved announcements to end of preceeding tracks (CD1#1/2, CD2#1/2)
deleted (mostly) a short bit of radio talk at end of CD2#3
boosted volume +6dB

the original fade out/in around the mark of #5/#6 was a crossfade, hence I decided to have the disk break there

the fade-out at the end of #7 was there already

Additional Lineage: TLH > WAV > Cool Edit > TLH > FLAC (8,asb)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Carla Bley - Carla's Christmas Carols (Berlin 2008)

Okay, it's this time of the year again, where most people seem to be in even worse mood than usual, have a rush, no time for a casual appointment because they have some stuff going on almost nightly ... and on top of it all, they start playing weird music all over the place ... I've been told though that some people actually do like that stuff ... hard to believe as it is, here is again one of the perennial favourites of this blog, posted before at least twice - and surely some of the most thought-provoking and left-field christmas music you're ever going to hear.

Carla Bley Plays Christmas Carols
Berlin (Germany), Passionskirche
December 4, 2008 (MP2)

Carla Bley - piano, arrangements, leader
Steve Swallow - bass
Tobias Weidinger - trumpet, Glockenspiel
Axel Schlosser - trumpet
Christine Chapman - french horn
Adrian Mears - trombone
Ed Partyka - bass trombone, tuba

1. O Tannenbaum (2:23)
2. Silent Night And Day (8:35)
3. Jingle Bells (3:22)
4. The Christmas Song (5:25)
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (5:35)
6. O Holy Night - Joy To The World (8:29)
7. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (9:46)
8. O Come To Bethlehem, All Ye Faithful (5:53)

TT: 49:28

Sound: A
Source: DVB-S@320, 48kHz > raw data > ProjextX > mp3DirectCut > mp2
(lossy recording seeded in its original broadcast codec)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre - Nancy 1977

Here's a re-post, dedicated to Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (1936-2013)

Anyone who doesn't know him is encouraged to watch Danilo Parra's poignant film here.

And anyone who wants to check out more of his music should get his Delmark release Humility in the Light of Creator. Kalaparusha was also present on the very first AACM release, Delmark's Sound by Roscoe Mitchell, which is a glorious record - and indeed, "sound" is what it's about ... check out Kalaparusha's sound, it's deep!

Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre Quartet
Nancy (France), Jazzpulsations
October 11, 1977

Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre - tenor sax
Ahmed Abdullah - trumpet
Brian Smith - bass
Charlie Persip - drums

1. Morning Prayer (19:18)

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sonny Rollins - Arnhem 1967

A quick re-post (MP3 only, sorry).

This is one for the upcoming book "1000 Bootlegs You Must Hear Before You Can Peacefully Lay Your Head" ;-)

Seriously, it's Sonny Rollins on May 3, 1967 in Arnhem, in trio with Ruud Jacobs and Han Bennink. Check out all details here.

(Borrowing the newspaper snippet from a blog that borrowed the FLAC version of this - thx.)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Albums that shook my world - excluding jazz, that is ...


kind of fun to do this ... a trip through childhood, adolescence (mostly) and some stuff that came to my attention in more recent years, too .... some of it is no longer on top of the stuff I like, lots of it does not get played very often, but still, kind of a musical biography sans Coltrane, Miles, Mingus