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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Golden Men of Jazz / Chris Connor / Annie Ross - Roma 1987

Here's the only unreleased live recording of the late Chris Connor I've stumbled upon. If you know of others and have them, it would be most appreciated if you'd share them!

Marc Myers did an interview with Chris Connor, posted on jazzwax - I bet it's an interesting read!

The Golden Men of Jazz / Annie Ross / Chris Connor
Concerti Telecom Italia
Roma (Italia), Teatro Sistina
November 3, 1987


Johnny Griffin - tenor sax (out on #2)
Slide Hampton - trombone (out on #4)
Harry "Sweets" Edison - trumpet (#6 only)
Vince Benedetti - piano
Ben Brown - bass
Bobby Durham - drums

1. Lester Leaps In (8:00)
2. Estate (Bruno Martino) 6:31
3. Stage Announcer (0:18)
4. When We Were One (Johnny Griffin) 9:36
5. Stage Announcer (0:42)
6. A Night in Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie) 9:16

Annie Ross - vocals
Tardo Hammer - piano
Ben Brown - bass
Bobby Durham - drums

7. Intro > Bye Bye Blackbird (Dixon-Henderson) 6:05
8. Twisted (Gray-Ross) 3:04
9. To Hell With Love (4:01)
10. The Beginning of the End (2:52)
11. Goin' to Chicago Blues (6:16)
12. Announcement AR (0:24)
13. Jumpin' at the Woodside (6:39)


Chris Connor - vocals
Vince Benedetti - piano
prob. Ben Brown - bass
prob. Bobby Durham - drums

1. Summertime (G. & I. Gershwin) 3:22
2. Key Largo (Benny Carter) 2:23
3. Angel Eyes (Adair-Dennis) 3:09
4. Strike Up the Band (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:05
5. A Foggy Day (G. & I. Gershwin) 3:22
6. I Get a Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter) 3:00
7. Lover (2:36)

Harry "Sweets" Edison - trumpet
Slide Hampton - trombone (out on #9)
Johnny Griffin - tenor sax (out on #9)
Vince Benedetti - piano
Ben Brown - bass
Bobby Durham - drums
Annie Ross & Chris Connor - vocals (#11 only)

8. Stage Announcer > There Will Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) 6:18
9. Wave (A.C. Jobim) 8:51
10. 'S Wonderful (G. & I. Gershwin) 6:31
11. When the Saints Go Marchin' In (Trad.) 6:19

TT: 111:55

Sound: A-
Source: radio broadcast
No lineage given
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

::ubu's notes::
fixed marks
deleted some of the (stage & radio) annoucements

disc two is recorded at a much higher volume

date was given as: Febuary 26, 1980

r.i.p. Chris Connor

New has just been out that Chris Connor has died. She was one of my favourite songbirds, and a songbird that turned into a fine, emotional singer as time went by.

Some more, including news links.

Look for a post with some of Chris' singing. I've got a show up on my RS account - it's not that I was waiting for this sad news, it's also not a Chris Connor show but a concert by The Golden Men of Jazz, with sets by Chris and Annie Ross - the only live recordings of Chris' I've come across so far - that is, the only non-official live recordings, of course. For a masterly example of her art, check out this disc:

As well as any of her early albums on Bethlehem and Atlantic!

Charles Tolliver & NDR Big Band - Hamburg 1979

Here's a nice little show featuring Charles Tolliver with the NDR Big Band.

The NDR Big Band's full line-up for this show hasn't been determined, it seems (if you know more, please post a comment!), but it includes several late greats, including Herb Geller and Benny Bailey, whom I was lucky enough to catch live just in time. Wolfgang Dauner is on piano (check out the series of Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart shows posted here for some quite different Dauner).

The great Tolliver photos were shot by Karlheinz Klüter, the year is unknown.

NDR Big Band feat. Charles Tolliver
Hamburg (Germany), Funkhaus des NDR
February 1979

Charles Tolliver - trumpet, arranger

NDR Big Band, incl:
Benny Bailey - trumpet, flugelhorn
Herb Geller - alto sax, flute
Wolfgang Schlüter - vibes
Wolfgang Dauner - piano
Lukas Lindholm - bass
Alvin Queen - drums

1. Impact (8:10)
2. Grand Max (6:15)
3. Linsome (7:13)
4. Rejoicing (7:44)
5. Ruthie's Heart (8:44)
6. Mother Wind (7:12)
7. Plight (5:30)

TT: 50:51

Source: FM
No lineage info

:: ubu edits ::

All applause was cut out and there were almost no gaps between titles.
I added bits of silence at the end of #1 and #2 and were necessary smoothed out the marks a bit.
Mark 5/6 was set too late - fixed

Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Von Freeman - Amsterdam 1977

This is the first a little series of posts dedicated to the music of the great Von Freeman. I shared these recordings on dime but most got a mere 35-45 downloads and some have already disappeared again. I got most of these in trade (thank you, jazzrita!), and some from dime, originally. I did some reworking where needed, sound isn't perfect but the music is smoking!

Vonski, as he's called, should be far, far better known. In my humble opinion, he's a giant, and one of the survivors still trodding these grounds. He spent all (or most of) his life in his hometown Chicago which is most likely the only reason why he's not much better known.
His son Chico Freeman is kind of a star around the blogosphere (ya know, all that spiritual jazz stuff...) but in my humble opinion, there's much more meat when Von is playing! Guitarist George Freeman who makes a spectacular appearance on a famous Charlie Parker live recording is Von's brother, as is drummer "Bruz" Freeman. If you ask me, that's one of the more intriguing dynasties in jazz, that's for sure!

If you feel like checking out some of Von's official recordings, I'd strongly recommmend the two albums recorded for Chuck Nessa's label, "Have No Fear" and "Serenade and Blues". Around the time these audience recordings were made, the same band was also taped by Steeplechase ("Never Let Me Go", "Lester Leaps In", "Dedicated to You"). More recently, Von released a few albums on the Premonition label, "The Improvisor", "The Great Divide" and a personal favourite, "Live at the Dakota".

The photos below was shot at a 2005 Amsterdam appearance with the late Andrew Hill that will be subject of a future post here, methinks... check out more great photos here.

Von Freeman Quartet
Amsterdam (NL), De Kroeg
August 15, 1977

Von Freeman - tenor sax
John Young - piano
David Shipp - bass
Charles Walton - drums

1. On Green Dolphin Street (24:10)
2. Everything Happens to Me (15:59)
3. Limehouse Blues (9:31)
4. Violet for Your Furs (8:14)
5. (18:26) [cut/gap @ 1:39-1:40]

TT: 76:22

Sound: A- (B+ on #5)
Source: audience recording
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR in trade (jazzrita) > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu edits ::

deleted glitches around marks
added fade-outs/fade-ins

#1 was mis-identified as "Autumn Leaves"
#2 is one I can't pin down - "You're My Everything"?
#5 is a blues

Von Freeman Quartet
Amsterdam (NL), De Kroeg
August 16, 1977

Von Freeman - tenor sax
John Young - piano
David Shipp - bass
Charles Walton - drums

1. (13:39)
2. (14:18)
3. On Green Dolphin Street (12:07) [omit VF]
4. (6:22)

1. (26:32)
2. I'll Remember April (12:05) [inc, cut]

TT: 85:17

Sound: A- (CD1#1 in mono)
Source: audience recording
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR in trade (jazzrita) > EAC (secure, log) > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu edits ::

split up Announcement VF to end of CD1#2 and beginning of CD1#3
split up Announcement VF to end of CD1#3 and beginning of CD1#4
added fade-out at end of CD1#4
deleted glitch, added fade-in at beginning of CD2#1
CD2#1: pasted the left channel into the right one, which was fading in slowly and got very hissy when the volume was boosted.

CD1#3 was mis-identified as "Autumn Leaves"
Disc change was after the 26 minute track, originally (You're My Everything?)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Steve Swallow (re-up)

Seems one of the files has been reported, for whatever reason (I couldn't re-upload it where I usually do).

Check it out again here.

Rashied Ali - Lausanne 2008

Here's the first of two posts dedicated to the late great drummer Rashied Ali, who died on August 12, 2009.

To read more about him, I suggest the two obituaries printed in the NY Times and The Guardian.

Let me just add that even if Ali had recorded nothing but "Interstellar Space" with John Coltrane, he'd be one of the greats in my book!

Rashied Ali Quintet
Jazz Onze+
Lausanne (Switzerland), Casino de Montbenon
October 30, 2008

Josh Evans - trumpet
Lawrence Clark - tenor sax
Greg Murphy - piano
Joris Teepe - bass
Rashied Ali - drums

1. M.O. (31:40)
2. Multi Culti (11:06)
3. Take the Coltrane (10:12)
4. unknown (22:02)
5. You're Reading My Mind (6:09) [inc]

TT: 81:10

Sound: A
Source: RSI Rete Due, May 10 (#4-5) & May 17, 2009 (#1-3)
Lineage: DVB-S (256 kbps/ 48 khz) > Technotrend C-1400 DVB-S PCI card > harddisk.
Edits were made made with the mp3DirectCut software.

Note: There are a few drop-outs during the first seconds of track 3.

Sean Bergin & Friends - Amsterdam 2001 (feat. Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Louis Moholo, Ernst Reijseger a.m.o.)

Here's the next in the lose series of South African (and related) posts. Saxophonist Sean Bergin was born in Durban in 1948 and has found his musical home in Amsterdam. He's been active since the mid seventies, and has led and founded various bands and projects, including M.O.B. (My Own Band), which includes among others, Han Bennink, Tobias Delius, Eric Boeren, Wolter Wierbos, Tristan Honsinger, and Mary Oliver. M.O.B. is informed both by the infectuous grooves of Cape jazz as well as by Dutch improvised music.

In addition to M.O.B., you get to hear the Engelbewaarder Kwartet, a band that plays a weekly Sunday afternoon jam-session at café De Engelbewaarder (Kloveniersburgwal 59) in Amsterdam, whenever Bergin's in town.

Opening the party are a pair of duets with cellist Ernst Reijseger (ain't that a treat, having him AND Honsinger both in one package?).

In between, there is the JC Tans Orchestra feat. Boeren and Breuker alumnus Boy Raaymakers on trumpets, Wierbos, as well as Jan Cees Tans and Daniele d'Agaron on tenor sax.
Bergin takes a break here, but he's back with Louis Moholo's quartet, with Claude Deppa on trumpet, and George Wolfaardt on bass. (Moholo was featured here before in various settings, do a search!)
Then, we're treated to three duets by the great Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink!

And finally, the curtain opens for M.O.B., Bergin's terrific band! Just look at that line-up, can't be half-bad, can it?

VPRO Boy Edgar Prijs
Sean Bergin & Guests

with Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, my own band, Ernst Reijseger,
Engelbewaarder Kwartet, JC Tans Orchestra, Louis Moholo Kwartet

Amsterdam (NL), Bimhuis - January 23, 2001


Bergin/Reijseger Duo (11:18)
Sean Bergin (ts), Ernst Reijseger (vc)
1. unknown (6:15)
2. Ann > unknown (5:02)

Engelbewaarder Kwartet (24:05)
Paul Stocker (sax), Sean Bergin (sax), Jacko Schoonderwoerd (b), Victor de Boo (d)

3. (7:39)
4. (7:30)
5. (5:05)
6. (3:48)

JC Tans Orchestra (20:25)
Eric Boeren (t), Boy Raaymakers (t), Wolter Wierbos (tb), Jan Cees Tans (ts), Daniele D'Agaro (ts), Alex Maguire (p), Victor de Boo (d)

7. (1:47)
8. (4:12)
9. (6:14)
10. (5:39)
11. (2:33)

Louis Moholo Kwartet
Claude Deppa (t), Sean Bergin (sax), George Wolfaardt (b), Louis Moholo (d)

12. (16:36)


Bennink/Mengelberg Duo (28:50)
Misha Mengelberg (p), Han Bennink (d)

1. (2:49)
2. (15:24)
3. (10:35)

Sean Bergin's M.O.B. (My Own Band) (51:08)
Eric Boeren (cor), Wolter Wierbos (tb), Sean Bergin (ts), Daniele D'Agaro (ts), Jan Willem van der Ham (as,bsn), Mary Oliver (v), Tristan Honsinger (vc), Alex Maguire (p), Franky Douglas (g), Jacko Schoonderwoerd (b), Victor de Boo (d)

4. Tenbi's Visit (6:43)
5. (10:34)
6. (5:50)
7. (12:44)
8. (4:28) [encore 1]
9. (10:28) [encore 2]

TT: 152:22

Source: live broadcast
THIS IS MY MASTER [ubu: not quite sure anymore who actually recorded & shared this, but thanks a ton! Great show!]

Monday, August 24, 2009

Trio 3 - Zurich 2006 + Trio 3 & Irene Schweizer - Zurich 2007

Andrew Cyrille, Irène Schweizer, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman. Zürich, Rote Fabrik 2007. Photo: Francesca Pfeffer

:: first, here's a re-post ::

This is a companion piece to the Intakt CD recorded in Berne. The Zurich set was also recorded for possible release, but except for the duo by Schweizer and Reggie Workman, none of it ever saw the light of the day.

This of course is my own capture and far from CD quality, but in fact I think it's a pretty good recording.

Trio 3 is the collective group by saxophonist/flautist Oliver Lake, bass legend Reggie Workman and drum great Andrew Cyrille. They started working as Trio 3 in the nineties and have released several discs, including three on Intakt Records, my favourite hometown label. Andrew Cyrille has also recoded duos with Anthony Braxton and Irene Schweizer, all released on Intakt as well.

Reggie Workman of course is pure legend, having recorded with, among countless others, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Archie Shepp, Booker Ervin, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Booker Little, Cedar Walton, Charles Tolliver, Frank Wright, Roy Brooks, Alice Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Mal Waldron, David Murray... he was previously featured with a short solo set here. There's one of AAJ's "fireside chats" with Workman, to be read here.

As for Irene Schweizer, she's - alas! - still one of the best-kept secrets in improvised music, one of the finest piano players around. Intakt was originally founded for her to have a home, as no one seemed to really care and document her career. She recorded a series of duets with drummers such as Han Bennink, Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo and Günter Sommer, co-led Les Diaboliques with Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre and worked with many greats, among others Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake, Evan Parker, Rüdiger Carl, or early on in a trio with Peter Kowald and Pierre Favre (Favre "Santana", FMP 0630). Some of Schweizer's finest recordings though were and are made in solo, for instance "Piano Solo Vol. 1" and the great "Chicago Piano Solo", recorded in 2000 at the Empty Bottle.

Oliver Lake is a musician I've still not fully endorsed (not that it would matter, of course). He's a no bullshit player with a good sound both on alto and flute. Having started out in St. Louis' Black Artists Group (BAG), he went on to co-found the great World Saxophone Quartet with Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray. His discography looks rather impressive by now, including albums with the likes of Baikida Carroll, Anthony Braxton, Sunny Murray, James "Blood" Ulmer, Andrew Cyrille, Karl Berger, and Lou Reed, as well as turning up on the great Wildflowers Loft sessions and of course many albums under his own name, the WSQ and more recently Trio 3. In a previous post I shared what is so far my favourite concert appearance by Lake, with a fine local rhythm section.

Trio 3 + Irene Schweizer
unerhört 2007
Zürich (Switzerland), Rote Fabrik
November 24, 2007

Oliver Lake - alto sax
Irene Schweizer - piano
Reggie Workman - bass
Andrew Cyrille - drums

1. (9:16) [quartet]
2. (7:28) [quartet]
3. (5:26) [piano/bass]
4. (6:28) [quartet]
5. (7:46) [quartet]
6. (4:55) [piano/drums]
7. (6:54) [trio]
8. (5:01) [piano/alto sax]
9. (6:54) [trio]
10. (5:52) [quartet - encore]

TT: 66:05

Sound: A- (mono)
Source: audience recording, front/centre
Lineage: crappy Sony mic > minidisc > analogue to HD > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Recorded, transferred & shared by ubu

Only the right channel of my recording turned out usable, recording level dropped to a very low level due to whatever unknown reason, so I had to boost the volume.

The line-up that night was:
Yves Reichmuth "Fractal"
Lucas Niggli "Zoom"
Oliver Lake-Reggie Workman-Andrew Cyrille (Trio 3) feat. Irene Schweizer

Second, here's the Trio's Zurich concert from 2006. It contains some beautiful moments and strong playing by all three and I think it turned out pretty nice as well.

Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman. New York 2005. Photo: Dominik Huber

Trio 3 - Lake/Workman/Cyrille
Rote Fabrik, Zürich (CH), Clubraum
November 8, 2006

Oliver Lake - alto sax (flute on #6)
Reggie Workman - bass (little instruments on #5)
Andrew Cyrille - drums

1. Ann RW (0:44)
2. Lope (Lake) 9:45
3. unknown (Cyrille?) > Ann OL (7:02)
4. November 1 (Workman) 13:13
5. Abade (sp?) (Cyrille) 8:28
6. Valley Sketch (Lake) 7:15
7. unknown (4:50)
8. [d-solo] (3:24)
9. [as solo] (3:36)
10. [b-solo] (5:39) >
11. unknown (6:01)
12. unknown [encore] 9:47

TT: 79:51

Sound: A-
Source: audience recording (front row, left of centre)
Lineage: crappy sony mic > minidisc > analogue to HD > GoldWave (recording) > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (some editing, tracking) > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Recorded & transferred by ubu
Shared on dimeadozen on March 24, 2009

*** productions ubu roi ***
***** never for sale! *****

Note: I sat slightly left, more or less in front of Lake and Workman, with Cyrille to the right - I figured I'd not get too much drums on my recording this way...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sonny Rollins - Stockholm 1974

Here's a show from Rollins' band with Rufus Harley on soprano and bagpipes and Masuo.

Only recently, thanks to a sale containing many Concord/Original Jazz Classics discs, I started picking up on Rollins' post-Impulse recording. I've had most of his early recordings, way up to "Alfie" and "East Broadway Rundown", but not much from later on, and while the later recordings aren't up to the early ones, there's plenty of terrific blowing by Rollins, and a lot of good music to be found. Here's a live show from early in his Milestone tenure for you to enjoy!

Sonny Rollins
Stockholm (Sweden), Konserthuset
October 27, 1974

Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
Rufus Harley - bagpipes and soprano saxophone
Yoshiaki Masuo - guitar
Gene Perla - electric bass
David Lee - drums

1. First Moves (Rollins) 13:42
2. Autumn Nocturne (Myrow) > Sonnymoon for Two (Rollins) 10:31
3. unknown (3:19)
4. Look for the Silver Lining (Kern-DeSylva) > band intros SR (14:10)
5. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Traditional) 14:08
6. Alfie's Theme (Rollins) 9:59
7. A House Is Not a Home (Bacharach) 8:56
8. Don't Stop the Carnival (Rollins) 5:08

TT: 79:53

Sound: A-
Source: Radio broadcast
Lineage: Broadcast > ? > Cassette > Nakamichi CR-5A > r8brain PRO > WAV (16 bit/44.1kHz) > FLAC (level 8)

:: ubu note ::
delete a lot of radio talk (some not even related to the music heard here!) & voiceovers

Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Billy Higgins - Perugia 1998

Here's another show by the band of a great drummer - smilin' Billy Higgins!
Higgins was the drummer on Ornette Coleman's first records and then went on to set the groove on countless classic Blue Note albums by the likes of Lee Morgan, Bobby Hutcherson, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, or Jackie McLean.
Higgins also recorded with such diverse artists as Thelonious Monk, Eddie Harris, David Murray, Sandy Bull, Jaki Byard, Teddy Edwards, Don Cherry, Johnny Hartman, Tete Montoliu, Art Pepper, Cedar Walton, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pat Metheny, Randy Weston, and countless others. The photo below shows him in August 2000, performing with Charles Lloyd's quartet (he's on several of Lloyd's ECM releases, including a lovely double disc duo release titled "Which Way Is East").

Photo by Brian O'Connor

Billy Higgins Quintet
Umbria Jazz Festival
Perugia (Italy), Teatro Pavone
July 14, 1998

Oscar Brashear - trumpet
Harold Land - tenor sax
William Henderson - piano
Richard Reid - bass
Billy Higgins - drums

1. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (18:02)
2. band intros BH (2:58)
3. Heartstrings (Oscar Brashear) 11:03
4. unknown (20:13) [tape-flip @ 12:58, short gap]

1. Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez) 10:12
2. Dolores (Wayne Shorter) 14:39
3. Ann BH (0:24)
4. Dark Mood (Harold Land) 19:22 [tape-flip @ 12:25, short gap]

TT: 96:58

Sound: A-
Source: radio broadcast (italian radio / 1998)
No lineage info
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu edits ::

moved marks (all were set too early)
spliced both tracks that came in two parts
separated BH announcements (they preceeded the following tracks)
spliced applause to end of CD2#4
deleted fm talk at end of CD1#4 and CD2#4, added fade-out
smoothened edges (fades)

note: both tape-flip gaps were about 5-6 seconds long, I assume about that much music is missing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Artie Shaw - Three Arrangers

Here's another contribution from Kent - thanks so much!

Artie Shaw & Hot Lips Page

There's a new Artie Shaw box-set just out on Mosaic Records, which reminded me that Kent sent me this long time ago.

Kent previously shared great compilations by Freddie Webster, Count Basie, and Tadd Dameron with us.

Artie Shaw
King of the Clarinet Meets Composers / Arrangers
William Grant Still, Ray Coniff & Paul Jordan

the main soloists are:
Artie Shaw - clarinet
Georgie Auld - tenor sax
Billy Butterfield, Oran 'Hot Lips' Page, 'Little Jazz' Roy Eldridge - trumpet
Jack Jenney - trombone
Johnny Guarneri, Dodo Marmarosa - piano

covers with tracklists

Grab the covers from here, they're not included in the DL-links!

From vinyl, mp3 @ 160, VBR-mono

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

McCoy Tyner - Stuttgart 1990 (with Freddie Hubbard)

This was shared on dime recently (also in DVD format, but that's too large to share via Rapidshare, sorry). It's a nice post script to my series of Freddie Hubbard posts.

Look here for much more!

Also, the Freddie Hubbard Boston 1972 show is back up!

McCoy Tyner Trio feat. Freddie Hubbard & Ralph Moore
Jazz Gipfel Stuttgart
Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle
July 13, 1990

McCoy Tyner - piano
Avery Sharpe - bass
Aaron Scott - drums

Freddie Hubbard - trumpet, flugelhorn, maracas (#1,3-5)
Ralph Moore - tenor & soprano sax (#1)

1. TV - Host (0:36)
2. Dear John (13:12)
3. Twilight Mist (8:58)
4. Embraceable You (9:21)
5. Interview w/Tyner & Hubbard (7:50)
6. One Of Another Kind (15:08)

TT: 55:06

Sound: A/A-
Lineage: TV-HiFi Video-Master>Acoustica Wave Editor>HD>CDWav>CDR (Audio) or CDR (FLAC)

:: notes ::

This is the program broadcast by SW3 on February 15, 1991.
There is one additional track from this concert, BLUES FOR BASIE (McCoy Tyner), which was broadcast by SW 3 on July 14, 1990 right after the concert.

Interview directed by German talkmaster Reinhold Beckmann.

jazzzrita's setlist also contains:

McCoy's Blues (7:50) (between Embraceable You and One of Another Kind)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hank Mobley - Copenhagen 1968

Not much posting activity of late - sorry. I just don't feel like posting more often, and there were plenty of spam comments to delete as well...

Here's something really special to make up for the lack of new music for a while - one of the two Hank Mobley live recordings that have found their way to my place (the other one, a short radio recording with Johnny Griffin, was posted over on dime a few months ago, I'll bring it over here as well later).

Here's what Simon Spillet had to say:

Of Mobley's European recordings these are by far the most revealing, not least as rare examples of Hank really stretching out. As on his engagement in London, he opted for playing mostly his own themes, each of which receives a lengthy exploration, sometimes three times as long as their audio originals. There is a revisit to 'Workout', initially heard on the eponymously titled album from 1961 (Blue Note BST 84080) and which was all but a feature number for Philly Joe Jones. The Monmartre version finds the less well regarded Heath in the prescribed role and carrying it off with aplomb. 'Third Time Around', with its unique stop-start melody, was first recorded in February 1965 (a version that went unreleased until 1986) but was ultimately included on Mobley's 1966 LP 'A Caddy For Daddy' (Blue Note BST 84230). There is also an attractive look at a then recent Mobley theme 'Up, Over and Out' from the 'Reach Out!' album.

The tapes, it has to be admitted, are fairly low-fi, but Mobley's committed playing shines through nevertheless, as do his intermittent verbal reproofs to his accompanists on 'Third Time Around', who seem tethered by the alternating rhythmns rather than inspired by them. Also heard are Mobley's covers of Kenny Dorham's 'Blue Bossa', Sonny Rollins 'Airegin', Monk's 'Rhythmn-a-Ning' and 'Blue Monk' and, as the solitary ballad, a gorgeous return to the standard 'Alone Together', which Mobley had described as one of his favourite themes when he recorded it on the Jazz Messengers Cafe Bohemia session in November 1955 (Blue Note BLP 1507). As the Monmartre had its own recording facilities (albums by Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Don Byas are just some of those taped at the club during this period) one can imagine that somewhere better quality source tapes of these Mobley sets exist and that one day they will be remastered and issued. They are certainly worthy of issue, containing as they do prime examples of the new directions that Hank pursued late in his career.

Read the whole article here.

Hank Mobley Quartet
Copenhagen (Denmark), Monmartre Jazzhus
March 1968

Hank Mobley - tenor saxophone
Kenny Drew - piano
NHOP - bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath - drums

1. Rhythm-a-Ning (Thelonious Monk) 3:16
2. The Vamp (Hank Mobley) 20:36
3. Alone Together (Schwartz-Dietz) 6:58
4. Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham) 16:15
5. Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk) / The Theme (Miles Davis) 8:09
6. If I Were a Bell (Frank Loesser) 12:24

1. Workout (Hank Mobley) 18:13
2. Up Over and Out (Hank Mobley) 26:59
3. Third Time Around (Hank Mobley) 16:16

1. unknown (blues) (5:01) [inc]
2. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyward) 17:22
3. Airegin (Sonny Rollins) / The Theme (Miles Davis) 15:00

TT: 167:33

Sound: B+
Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBD > reel > ? > DAT > .wav via S/PDIF and Midiman Dio 2448
digital soundcard > CoolEdit Pro 2.0 > CD Wave > CDR

Notes: Sound quality varies from good to very good, possibly indicating
compilation from different sources and performances.