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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Warne Marsh - bundle #1

Still struggling to keep up and get out the links to all the shows that will be deleted in two weeks if not downloaded by then... so here's a new idea: I'll bundle some shows by artists of which I have multiple shows that I haven't posted yet.

For starters, how about some Warne Marsh?

Some live shows from various stages in his career (the 70s shows are among the earliest in circulation, I think), some in great sound, some more "historical", like the 1975 show.

If you're interested in more prime Marsh, may I recommend you buy "Ne Plus Ultra" (reissued by Hat Hut in their hatOLOGY series), as well as the Nessa Records release "All Music".

I know you might accuse me of double standards now, but may I please ask that you buy these instead of sharing them in the NSA list? I always feel bad when releases by struggling small labels releasing great music turn up in the blogosphere or wherever on the webs. It just feels wrong to me to steal the money from Werner Uehlinger or Chuck Nessa, as they are among the few folks still crazy enough to try and release a CD now and then, even though that's one of the least economically feasible things to do these days!

Ok, end of moral sermon...

Some comments on the music:

If you're new to Marsh, I urge you to check out at least the 1971 show with Gary Foster (same or similar band as on the hatOLOGY reissue), and the 1983 Voorburg show! These come in very good sound!

The duo with Red Mitchell sounds good, too, but it's a private recording from almost thirty years back, so...

The Chicago show with Jimmy Raney and Lou Levy isn't quite as fine as I would have expected, but hey, Raney, Marsh and Lou Levy... it won't get much more interesting, line-up wise!

The Oslo show features Marsh and frequent partner Susan Chen with a bunch of Norvegian musicians, and for a change with horns! That one was a lot of work, I hope you like the results!

Finally, the Voorburg session from 1983 is with Lou Levy again and this one's in perfectly good sound - a highly enjoyable session!
(This one, in fact, is a re-post, the only one of the bunch that was posted before.)

Sorry for this on-going overkill... I will likely post these again later on, on my blog, one by one, but right now this is just about keeping the links alive for a while, as most of these have had no downloads and where uploaded over half a year ago...

Warne Marsh Quintet
Mount Shasta, CA (USA), College Of The Siskiyous
November 16, 1975

Warne Marsh - tenor sax
Gary Foster - alto & soprano sax
Ron Hoopes - piano
Fred Atwood - bass
Jake Hanna - drums

Foster plays soprano only on #6
Marsh is the only horn on #7

1. Introduction by Warne Marsh (0:27)
2. You Stepped Out of a Dream (13:51)
3. Featherbed (8:08)
4. 317 East 32nd Street (12:22)
5. Lennie's Pennies (8:52)
6. All the Things You Are (10:40)
7. Lover Man (10:40)
8. Two Not One (6:32)
9. All About You (7:22)

TT: 78:59

Sound: B+
Source: private recording
No lineage
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

::ubu edits::
deleted gaps, fixed marks


Warne Marsh/Gary Foster Quintet
Pasadena, CA (USA), The Ice House
August 9, 1971

Warne Marsh - tenor sax
Gary Foster - alto & soprano sax
Dave Koonse - guitar
Frank De La Rosa - bass
John Tirabasso - drums

1. Featherbed (9:50)
2. If You Could See Me Now (9:39)
3. Round Midnight (6:56)
4. Fuzz Blues (8:15)
5. Subconscious Lee (8:00)
6. All About You (6:24) >
7. Lennie's Pennies (3:33) [inc]

TT: 52:42

Sound: A
Lineage: SBD? -> ? -> CDR -> EAC -> WAV -> FLAC
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Note: The discography in Safford Chamberlain's biography of Warne Marsh,
"An Unsung Cat - The Life and Music of Warne Marsh" lists the date for this session
as Aug. 8, 1971 and identifies different song titles for tracks 1, 6 and 7. The information
here is taken from the Jack Goodwin's discography that can be found at

::ubu's edits::
shortened gaps in between tracks
deleted gap between #6/7, moved mark +2,93sec


Warne Marsh / Red Mitchell
Stockholm (SE), Red Mitchell's Apartment
April 1980

Warne Marsh - tenor sax
Red Mitchell - bass

on #4 replace Mitchell (piano, vocal) for (bass)

1. It's You or No One (5:13)
2. You Stepped Out of a Dream (5:27)
3. These Foolish Things (8:10)
4. Hot Spots (3:04)
5. South American Way (4:23)
6. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (5:18)
7. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (5:38)
8. Ann > Embraceable You (7:11)
9. Ann [cuts in] > Lester Leaps In (4:03)
10. Walkin' (4:21) [fm voiceover at end]

TT: 52:53

Sound: A-/B+
Source: private recording
Lineage: cassette through trade > cdr > EAC > FLAC frontend level 8

::ubu's edits::
Additional lineage (#1,2,10): FLAC > WAV > CoolEditPro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
deleted FM Announcement preceeding #10 and half-second of voice at mark #1/2

::original notes::
This is a marvelous session, broadcast on Swedish radio. Most of the announcements have been edited. This is how I received my copy.


Warne Marsh / Jimmy Raney / Lou Levy - Quintet
Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL (USA), Grant Park
September 5, 1982

Warne Marsh - tenor sax
Lou Levy - piano
Jimmy Raney - guitar
John Whitfield - bass
Dick Borden - drums

1. Stage Intro (0:42)
2. My Shining Hour (6:28)
3. I'm Old Fashioned (7:40)
4. Announcement by Lou Levy (2:40)
5. 317 East 32nd Street (Lennie Tristano) 6:01
6. Subconscious-Lee (Lee Konitz) 5:12
7. Limehouse Blues (6:25)
8. Lunarcy (7:03)
9. Radio Outro (0:35)
10. Conversation with Lou Levy (3:13) [cut]

TT: 46:04

Sound: A-
Source: radio broadcast (Chicago Land Public Radio, 91.5 FM, WBEC)

:: ubu edits ::

deleted a tiny bit (1sec) of FM talk at beginning of #1
deleted 2 second gaps
fixed most marks
merged two parts of Ann #4 (2:17 / 0:23)
added fade-out and fade in around mark of #7/#8 - some applause and announcement missing there, it seems, likely because of a tape-flip?

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


Warne Marsh
Oslo (Norway), Norwegian Radio Studios
March 10, 1984

Warne Marsh - tenor sax
Susan Chen - piano

with Fast Fingers:
Peter Kateraas - trumpet
Guttorm Guttormsen, Johan Berglie - alto sax
Rune Nicolaysen, Petter Brambani - tenor sax
Nancy Sandvoll - baritone sax
Sture Janson - bass
Tom Olstad - drums

1. 317 East 32nd Street (6:07)
2. All About You (5:26)
3. Blue'n Boogie (7:06)
4. Loverman (7:50)
5. Everything You Could Be (All the Things You Are) 5:10
6. A Night in Tunisia (6:12)

TT: 37:55

Sound: A-
Source: radio broadcast (October 11, 1984)


Warne Marsh
Oslo (Norway)
November 25, 1984

Teaching and performing with Norwegian musicians
Comments during broadcast by Torgrim Sollid

Musicians include:
Torgrim Sollid - trumpet
Viglen Storras - piano
S.H. Solstad - guitar
D Trollaas - drums
and others

7. Rehearsal Segment, including:
317 East 32nd Street
What Is This Thing Called Love
High On You
All About You

TT: 73:06

Sound: A-/B+
Source: radio broadcast


both shows recorded at too loud volume
both with technical imperfections (hiss, glitches etc)

:: ubu edits ::
ran de-click filter
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > CoolEdit > FLAC (8,asb,verify)


Warne Marsh Quartet
De Tobbe, Voorburg (NL)
March 31, 1983

Warne Marsh - tenor sax
Lou Levy - piano
Jesper Lundgaard - bass
James Martin - drums

1. All About You (Lennie Tristano) 7:23
2. If You Could See Me Now (Tadd Dameron) 8:25
3. Switchboard Joe (5:54)
4. Limehouse Blues (7:10)
5. Emily (5:58) >
6. Sax of a Kind (6:37)
7. Lunarcy (8:22)
8. Speak Low (Weill-Nash) 7:40

1. Star Eyes (8:07) >
2. I'm Old Fashioned (8:29)
3. 317 East 32nd street (7:20)
4. The Dolphin (4:38)
5. Easy Living (5:42)
6. Devannah (8:18)
7. Background Music (6:02)

TT: 106:04

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

Edits: deleted fm talk, fixed marks/deleted gaps, move mark CD1#2/3 (-0.5sec)
Note: most applause was cut out, at the end of some tracks I cut out some tiny bits to omit all of it, when no music would be hurt by that.


ubu said...

A whole bunch of links... I hope all the files are tagged. If not, all the folders will contain an info-file!

Preslives said...


Thank you, thank you, thank you for this early Christmas present! By all means, bring on part 2!


ubu said...

Parts 2 and 3 will be by Andrew Hill and Von Freeman, not by Marsh - sorry for that possible confusion!

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Amazing post man, Warne Marsh is such an under-rated player.

roberto t. said...

I still remember how difficult it was to find some Marsh in the eighties. I still remember the happiness when some of the records arrived by post (the only way, some Wave, one Nessa) and they filled weeks or months of my time with their beauty. Now things go much faster and the dedication of people like you (and Moha, who has a lot of rare Marsh on his blog) give us an always greater picture of this great "unsung cat". You are right about the small labels, I hope your voice will be heard. Infinite thanks for your great work!!!

Miklos said...

Thanks a lot for these posts, in particular the Stockholm and Chicago tapes. Couldn't agree more with you about the need to preserve the small labels. Thanks again for the music!

Lexman said...

Only the Oslo stuff is new to me but hey all Marsh is delightfull, i agree on your remark concerning the Chicago concert of which we would have expcected more but always a delight to hear Levy and Marsh together....

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

I don't know this blog by Moha, any chance of a link or more info? Thanks.

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Ok. Found Mohas' blog. Cheers!

wightdj said...

Thanks for dusting these off. Good stuff.

moha said...

You wrote about Your Marsh recordings earlier so I have waited for Your coming out for some month, but now the time has come!

hulaboy said...

Ubu, this is such a treat. Warne Marsh is one of my primary musical passions, and I don't know a few of these recordings. Your generosity is much appreciated. Thank you!

idipietro said...

When I found this blog I couldn't believe how many great music it contains!!
Thanks so much UBU.

cba said...

I am all morning long listen to this stuff, it is simples great Thanks UBU

Two little thinks:
1- you states the Apartment session of Mitchel as private tape & as broadcast (what seens to be) at once, but for one we needed a says Sony tape recorder and for the other a says a Revox radio reciver. Or do you means you got a tape of a RBC from a privat person.
No, no, i'm not complain believe me.

cba said...

The 2nd Think is

Here it is the Poster of Chicago Festival'82 just for your wall for only $ 400.- what means peanatus :-) or
as a folder for i-tunes user of your great blog.

cba said...

P/S i did never "explore" your blog until now where i realise that many of my Revox tapes are (in opposit of the cassets) after 20+ years demaged.

So i must explore your universe now :-)

cba said...

sorry here the poster:

for 400$

ubu said...

cba, my guess is that the Marsh/Mitchell show was privately recorded (AUD) and then that tape was later on broadcast on the radio... that would make sense, wouldn't it?

It's just the info I have, along with that fine show!

cba said...

Uhmm Red let tape it then sould it to the Radio...yes it would make sence


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Håkon said...


Could you please re-up the Oslo-files? Desperately want it!

Kind regards