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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.


ubu said...

If anyone can pin down #4, please do leave a comment!

FLAC (tagged) + info:

Festoonic said...

I miss him. And who knew about Brashear? I sure didn't. Thank you for offering this.

sasha said...

Hey!! Haven't been a-visiting for a while and I know you're always comin' thru with these gems..Many thanks to you for all your efforts.

Taylor said...

this is fantastic really looking forward to hearing this -- the material you guys share is so consistently unique and essential listening ubu thanks so much

Roland561 said...

thanks for this great show by Master Billy Higgins.