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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cecil Taylor Unit - Berlin 1969

Here's a great one - a digital radio capture of Cecil Taylor's 1969 set at the Berlin. And opposed to what was long thought, it seems to be the full set, too! (Read the message from Lukas Lindenmaier below - you'll need to save that from here if you want it, it's not included in the DL!)
Most likely, this is the finest quality show we'll ever hear from Taylor's 1969 tour with Sam Rivers!

Cecil Taylor Unit
Berliner Jazztage
Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie
November 6, 1969

Jimmy Lyons - alto sax
Sam Rivers - tenor sax, flute
Cecil Taylor - piano
Andrew Cyrille - drums

1. Announcements by Dietrich Schulz-Köhn (1:50)
2. Fragments Of A Dedication to Duke Ellington (63:30)

TT: 64:47

Sound: A/A-
Source: RBB Kulturradio, June 19, 2009
Lineage: DVB-C (48 khz/ 256 kbps) > Nokia d-box 2 > harddisk
Edits were made with the mp3DirectCut software
Conversion: BeSweet/BeLight > TLH > FLAC (8,asb)


"...the 45:++ from radio broadcast is - most probably - the closing section of the performance. There is another radio broadcast 15:45 with something like the first section, and there seems to be a missing link between these broadcasted parts -some say the gap is but a few minutes, others say it might be more, up to 25:00 - I don't know, I only have the two broadcast fragments, and it seems most likely no private audience tape of this concert exists." --H. Lukas Lindenmaier 05.01.03

{Primary Source: Rick Lopez's Sam Rivers Online Discography, Tape, also documented by Ed Hazell in his unpublished C. T. discography (he has date as 69.11.10 and time length as 48')

:: note by Lukas Lindenmaier (2009-12-14) - not included in the DL! ::

after listening to the 1969-1106 recording again, I do believe the 63:30 version we have from the 2009-0619 broadcast (RBB Kulturradio) is the complete performance recorded. There is not cut/editing audible - not in my ears, at least - except for cutting short the final applause. Also, this version is of the best audio quality so far.
Longer versions of recordings from this same date result from - m.h.o - clumsy efforts combining (editing/pasting) fragments from earlier incomplete broadcasts (aired 1969, 1970, and later, by various German radio stations. All these pastiche versions (69 min, 75 min., some even longer) suffer from low audio quality, also harsh cuts and/or inexplicable fades, cross-fades, and overlappings. There is no private audience recording from this performance, as far as I know, documenting „a much longer performance“ as rumourously reported by few eye-/ear-witnesses.
(sidebar): reading from contemporary (1969) festival reviews, 1969-1106 was the opening night of Berliner Jazztage. Performing on this „Piano For Duke“ night were 1) Joe Turner solo or trio?, 2) Steve Kuhn solo?, 3) Joachim Kühn w. Barre Phillips, Stu Martin, Jacques Thollot, 4) Thelonious Monk solo, (then w. J.Turner, Hans Rettenbacher, S.Martin sitting in for the last tune, 5) Cecil Taylor Unit (Lyons, Rivers, Taylor, Cyrille). Not having heard recordings from the first 3 sets, but the complete Monk set, which runs for some 30 min. incl. applause, I guess the CT Unit started at about 2 and 1/2 hours after the beginning of the program - and I don‘t think they played more than the 63:30 on the recording, when „... three quarter parts of the audience derserted ... (quote from Hans Harzheim‘s review in: Jazz Magazine (France) #175 (Feb. 1970) p.11).

Best wishes,
H.Lukas Lindenmaier

Michel Camilo - Bern 2007

And finally, something more bread and butter... a piano trio!

Michel Camilo is a virtuoso piano player that has mostly lost me... I heard a solo set of his in the mid 90s that I enjoyed, but then all I heard sounded rather boring to my ears. I keep checking out some of his shows on dime though, and this one sounded pretty exciting, so I felt like offering it here, too!

If you enjoy some exuberant, playful and happy piano music, this will be right for you! And on this darkish wet and snowy day, it will help enlighten my place, that's for sure!

Again, this needed some work, but of course again, many thanks to the seeder on dime!

Michel Camilo Trio
32nd International Jazzfestival Bern
Bern (CH), Marians Jazzroom
April 13, 2007

Michel Camilo - piano
Charles Flores - bass
Dafnis Prieto - drums

Set 1
1. applause & warm-up (0:45)
2. Coco Walk (Michel Camilo) 8:56
3. Announcement MC (1:19)
4. Two of a Kind (Michel Camilo) 7:20
5. Perdido (Juan Tizol) 8:31
6. unknown (9:58)
7. Tequila (7:14)

Set 2
8. unknown (3:09) [cuts in, beginning of broadcast]
9. Afro Blue (Mongo Santamaria) 11:17 [cuts in, 16 sec missing]
10. unknown (9:26)
11. unnown (8:45)

TT: 75:46

Sound: A/A- (hum at beginning of Set 1, disappears in #2)
Source: DRS 2 "Jazz Live" / 2007-04-13
Lineage: FM -> MD -> CD-R -> flac -> dime


This show has been directly emitted by Radio DRS 2 (Switzerland).
I changed the order of songs, because the radio emission started at 22.35 o' clock during the 2nd set. When the concert was over the 1st set has been aired.

This upload - and a piano solo concert of Stefano Bollani that will follow having seeded 100% - is dedicated to unclewolfi. What about Martial SOlal?

:: ubu edits ::
separated #1 from beginning of #2
fixed all marks
deleted applause and first 16 seconds of #9 because of dropouts (1:01 min in total)
added fade-out at end of #8
added fade-out at end of #11
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > CoolEditPro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Michel Godard - Offenburg 2004

And one more for the lovers of the tuba - a very fine AUD capture of Michel Godard's band "Cousins Germains" with the saxophones of Wolfgang Puschnig (Austrian of course) and Christof Lauer, Herbert Joos on trumpet, the devilish looks and guitars of Marc Ducret, and drummer Wolfgang Reisinger. A mighty fine band, that also has a CD out.

Godard has done many interesting projects, as I mentioned in the previous post. Among the finest are his own Castel del Monte discs, released on Enja. Medieval touches can be heard in this set as well, thanks to Godard's use of the serpent, a very old predecessor of the tuba.

This came as a crappily tracked 2CD set, I shortened it a bit here and there, retracked the whole show, and not the music can be enjoyed in all it's greatness!
Thanks a lot to the original seeder on dime, and thanks even more for dedicating this set to me, back then!

Michel Godard - Cousins Germains
Festival "Jazz d'or"
Offenburg (DE), Reithalle im Kulturforum
November 13, 2004

Herbert Joos - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michel Godard - tuba, serpent
Christof Lauer - soprano & tenor saxophone
Wolfgang Puschnig - alto saxophone, flute
Marc Ducret - guitar
Wolfgang Reisinger - drums

1. unknown (12:41)
2. unknown (12:04)
3. unknown (Lauer) > Ann MG (12:16)
4. unknown (Joos) > Ann (15:27)
5. La chanson des vieux amants (Jacques Brel) > Ann/Band Intros MG (6:52)
6. unknown (Puschnig) 17:19
7. unknown (4:04)

TT: 79:47

Sound: A-/B+
Lineage: cdr in trade--eac--flac level 8 --dime..

This is for UBU.

Here's a fantastic performance by the Maestro Godard in such a great company!
Ducret as good as always....Lauer in very fine form..
A great aud/recording...A quality IMHO..

I thanks in advance for any help with the setlist or artwork ...
More Ducret.....more Godard "tuba-tuba" performances !!!

:: ubu edits ::
to make this shorter than 80:00 min:
- deleted 28 seconds of silence & gap at end of #1
- deleted 5 seconds of silence & gap at end of #2
- deleted 3 seconds of silence & gap at end of #3
- deleted 2 seconds of silence at beginning of #4
- deleted 3 seconds of silence & gap at end of #4
- moved Ann/Band Intros from beginning of #6 (which opened disc 2)
to end of #5, spliced applause (@ 5:51), deleted faded duplications
- deleted 2 second gap at end of #6
- deleted 4 seconds of silence at beginning of #7

Michel Godard & Dave Bargeron - Köln 2001

Tuba anyone? Two big horns for two big men... Dave Bargeron and Michel Godard are among the finest tuba players in today's jazz scene. Bargeron has been around for a while and has frequently turned up on the bass trombone chair of bigger bands, Godard has done all kinds of things, including a long stint in the fine band of oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil.

Here they are together, doing the flight of the bumble bee and other crazy stuff. An there's a squeezebox as well... but don't be scared, this is actually a very musical set, too! Kenwood Dennard keeps the beat funky in this all 'round fine show!

They also released a CD that can be found at, for instance:

Godard Michel/Dave Bargeron - Tuba Tuba
Nachtmusik im WDR
Köln (DE), WDR Funkhaus, Klaus von Bismarck-Saal
April 7, 2001

Michel Godard - tuba
Dave Bargeron - tuba
Joe Barbato - accordion
Kenwood Dennard - drums

1. Stage Intro by Ulrich Kurth (1:45)
2. To Be Tuba Or Not To Be Tuba (Bargeron?) 5:35
3. Announcement DB (0:45)
4. Valencia (Bargeron) 7:24
5. Announcement MG (1:08)
6. Poligny Montrachet (Godard) 4:34
7. Announcement DB (0:31)
8. Soji (Bargeron) 9:06
9. Announcement MG (1:13)
10. Giant Steps (John Coltrane) 3:55
11. Announcement DB (0:42)
12. The Night Is Still Young (Bargeron) 4:40 [omit acc/d]
13. Announcement DB (0:3)
14. What I See In Your Eyes (Bargeron) 6:09 [some dropouts]
15. Announcement DB (1:14)
16. Bass Bees (Godard) 2:18 [skips]
17. Announcement by Ulrich Kurth (1:41)
18. Announcement DB (0:33)
19. Tuba Tuba (Bargeron) 4:55
20. Announcement DB (1:46)
21. Indiana / Donna Lee (Charlie Parker) 7:25

TT: 67:39

Sound: A
Source: WDR broadcast (Nachtmusik im WDR)
Lineage: cdr in trade--eac--flac level 6--dime.

:: ubu edits ::
#13 was (0:42) but full of skips - I kept the two ok segments that happily make some kind of sense, too...
#17 was (2:07) but full of skips - I kept what was ok, omitting some talk by Kurth after the announcement of MG

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

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tackhead - Willisau 2004

As I'm at it already, and as I'm stretching borders... here's one more, the great group Tackhead with Adrian Sherwood at the mixing desk!

Pump it up and enjoy!

Tackhead w/Adrian Sherwood
Willisau (CH), Jazzfestival 2004
August 27, 2004

Bernard Fowler - vocals
Skip McDonald - guitar
Doug Wimbish - electric bass
Keith Le Blanc - drums
Adrian Sherwood - sound/mixing

1. Stormy Weather > Rapper's Delight (Good Times) > White Lines (14:14)
2. Terrorism (5:46)
3. No Release, No Surrender (5:25)
4. (Don't You Mind) People Grinning in Your Face > Hammerhead > d-solo (12:48)
5. Air Born Ranger (5:44) [tape-flip @ 1:54]

TT: 43:59

Sound: A/A-
Source: DRS 2 "Jazz Live" / 2004 or 2005
Lineage: FM > tape > minidisc > analogue to HD > GoldWave > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Taped, transferred & seeded by ubu

Note: this is from the second half of a long concert - to my knowledge, this is all that has been broadcast, alas.

Roscoe Mitchell / Anthony Braxton / Richard Teitelbaum / ROVA Sax Quartet - Nickelsdorf 1984

And finally one for the (even) more adventurous listeners... a compilation of partial sets from the 1984 edition of the Konfrontationen festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria.

This features a large orchestra co-led by Roscoe Mitchell and Anthony Braxton, a special project by Mitchell including a string quartet, the duo of Braxton and synths player Richard Teitelbaum, as well as Braxton sitting in with the ROVA Saxophone Quartet.

I hope you're in for a ride!

Roscoe Mitchell / Anthony Braxton / Richard Teitelbaum / ROVA
Konfrontationen '84
Nickelsdorf (Austria), Jazzgalerie, Restaurant Falb (outside in the court yard)

*** June 30, 1984 ***

Roscoe Mitchell / Anthony Braxton Creative Orchestra

Roscoe Mitchell - reeds, co-leader
Anthony Braxton - reeds, co-leader
Anthony Holland - reeds
Faruq Z. Bey - reeds
Michael Mossmann - trumpet
Heinz Becker - trumpet
Conny Bauer - trombone
Johannes Bauer - trombone
Penguin Moschner - tuba
Spencer Barefield - guiter
Richard Teitelbaum - piano, synthesizer
Jaribu Shahid - bass
Tani Tabal - drums
Ponda O'Bryan - percussion

1. (9:00)
2. (12:31)

*** July 1, 1984 ***

Roscoe Mitchell Special Project

Roscoe Mitchell - reeds
Michael Mossmann - trumpet
Ponda O'Bryan - percussion
MHSK Stringquartet

3. (13:14)

Anthony Braxton / Richard Teitelbaum

Anthony Braxton - reeds
Richard Teitelbaum - moog synthesizer

4. (7:35)

Rova Saxophone Quartet with Anthony Braxton

John Raskin - baritone, alto & soprano sax, clarinet
Larry Ochs - tenor, soprano & alto sax
Andrew Voight - alto & soprano sax, flute
Bruce Ackley - soprano sax, clarinet
Anthony Braxton - alto sax

5. (6:06)
6. (2:12)
7. (4:13)

TT: 54:52

Sound: A-
Source/Lineage: FM > Cassette > HD > CD-R > WAV > FLAC

Max Nagl - Mainz 1999

Max Nagl is one of the more interesting characters around on the European jazz and music scene of the past years, composing for stage plays, dance and more.

Nagl, born 1960, has released a string of intriguing albums, the latest of them mostly on Hat Hut, including his fine project "Big Four" (with Steven Bernstein). Nagl has collaborated with novelist Franzobel, with Noel Akchoté (who's also a member of Big Four), Lol Coxhill, Austrian accordion derwish Otto Lechner, singer Julie Tippetts, and has dedicated albums to the music of Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman, as well as Robert Wyatt.

This post features his quartet with Josef Novotny at the piano, Anne Harvey on violin, and Patrice Héral on drums and percussion.

Max Nagl
11th Annual Akut Festival
Mainz (Germany)
January 23, 1999

Max Nagl - alto & baritone sax
Josef Novotny - piano
Anne Harvey - violin
Patrice Heral - drums, vocals

1. [Pommdeurs Falt?] > Melange à Trois > Ann MN (6:44)
2. Pot-Pourri (7:23)
3. Tranquillo > Ann MN (4:59)
4. Lump > Ann MN (6:44)
5. Nosferatu > Meantime > Ann MN (12:44)
6. Kirtag > Ann MN (5:36)
7. }Nachtblende > Ann MN (4:29)
8. Bonsoir (6:40)
9. band intros (1:09)
10. 96er > [Push Punnyend?] > Kur > Ann MN (9:28)
11. 's Vaserl (4:55) [encore]

All compositions by Max Nagl

TT: 70:57

Sound: A
Lineage: sbd > ? > cdr > eac (secure) > flac (level 6 w/ sector align)

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

The Unthanks - BBC 2010

The Unthanks and their album "Here's the Tender Coming" were one of my discoveries of the past few months. Beautiful voices, haunting tunes, great instrumental arrangements... how glad was I to see this short BBC recording on dime a few days ago!

The Unthanks - BBC World Routes
London (UK), Maida Vale Studio
January 23, 2010

Rachel Unthank - vocals
Becky Unthank - vocals, feet
Niopha Keegan - vocals, second violin
Adrian McNally - piano, autoharp
Chris Price - electric bass, drums, ukelele, chord organ
Dean Ravera - drums, double bass
Lizzie Jones - vocals, trumpet
Hannah Peel - first violin, trombone
Becca Spencer - viola
Jo Silverstein - cello, accordion

1. Intro (0:31)
2. The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw (4:01)
3. Interview 1 (0:40)
4. Interview 2 (1:11)
5. Nobody Knew She Was There (6:32)
6. Interview 3 (4:39)
7. Sad February (4:31)
8. Interview 4 (3:54)
9. Felton Lonnin (5:21)

TT: 31:23

Sound: A
Source: BBC Radio 3 FM World Routes / 2010-01-23

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cedar Walton (with Eddie Harris) - Ancona 1984

Here's another one... Pianist Cedar Walton and his fine trio with David Williams and Idris Muhammad, playing with the late great Eddie Harris!

They were both born in 1934 - Eddie left this place far too early! He's one of the big unsung greats, not taken nearly as serious as a bad-ass jazz artist than he should have been. But that's too late now!

This needed quite some work, and it's far from perfect, but it's great hearing Eddie in such a fine band!

Cedar Walton Quartet
Ancona (Italy), Strabacco Jazz Club
May 25, 1984

Eddie Harris - tenor sax
Cedar Walton - piano
David Williams - bass
Idris Muhammad - drums

1. Stage Intro > Cedar's Blues (8:49)
2. Close Enough for Love (10:38)
3. Satin Doll (9:25)
4. Another Star (8:23)
5. On the Trail (14:46)
6. Freedom Jazz Dance (9:22)
7. Bolivia (12:25)

1. Everything Happens to Me (5:38)
2. Blue Monk / Rhythm-A-Ning / Over the Rainbow (21:22)
3. St. Thomas (7:22)
4. Holy Land (11:24)
5. Theme for Red (2:38)

TT: 122:12

Sound: A-/B+
Source/Lineage: Aud recording-> ? -> CD-r-> wav-> Flac 6
Additional: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu's edits ::
gap removal in EAC wouldn't work as there were tiny bits of the next track at the end (after the gaps!) of the tracks, hence I removed them manually with Cool Edit
I also fixed a couple of rough spots (most notably a glitch at the opening of "Bolivia" - there are others later on which I didn't think I could handle properly - small portions are duplicated, it seems)
Finally, the track marks were corrected

John Zorn / Tim Berne - Frankfurt 1988

Here's a set by John Zorn and Tim Berne, doing some Ornette tunes with the twin drums of Joey Baron and Michael Vatcher, and Mark Dresser on bass. This is the "Spy vs. Spy" band a few months before recording that album. Not sure why it was dubbed "W.R.U." at the concert, of if I mixed anything up... anyway, the music is great!

John Zorn / Tim Berne - W.R.U.
Deutsches Jazz Festival
Frankfurt (Germany)
March 11, 1988

John Zorn - alto sax
Tim Berne - alto sax
Mark Dresser - bass
Michael Vatcher - drums
Joey Baron - drums

1. Stage Intro (0:53)
2. Peace Warriors (3:25)
3. C & D (5:03)
4. Beauty Is a Rare Thing (7:32)
5. Space Church (6:51)
6. The Disguise (6:13)
7. Blues Connotation (9:49)
8. W.R.U. (4:12) [inc]

All Compositions by Ornette Coleman

TT: 44:04

Sound: A
Lineage: cdr in trade--eac flac level 6--dime.

:: ubu edits ::

centred files
fixed track marks
merged applause/band intros with end of #7
deleted radio talk (following #4,6,7)
added fade-outs (at end of #4,6,7)
added fade-ins (at beginning of #5,7,8)
deleted silence at end of #8

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

Note: this came as: John Zorn plays Ornette Coleman "Spy vs Spy"

John Surman & Pierre Favre - Leipzig 2003

Here's another beautiful show by John Surman, this time in duo with Swiss drum magician Pierre Favre.

Surman recorded a beautiful ECM disc in duet with drummer Jack DeJohnette, but this setting here is much different. Pierre Favre has long been a mainstay of creative music in Switzerland - a longtime collaborator of pianist Irene Schweizer, occasional sideman on ECM and elsewhere, and occasional leader, as well, he has been performing as a solo musician for a long time.

He has done it all, recording with big bands (Giorgio Azzolini), all star groups (George Gruntz, Lars Gullin, Flavio Ambrosetti), with many of ECM's stalwarts (Surman, Barre Phillips, the Hilliard Ensemble, Dino Saluzzi), the crop of Europe's free music (Manfred Schoof, Barry Guy, Irene Schweizer, Albert Mangelsdorff), as well as with regular jazz formations (the Mal Waldron trio). Quite a discography has grown over the years!

So he's a perfect match for John Surman, as you can listen for yourselves now!

John Surman / Pierre Favre
Leipziger Jazztage 2003
Leipzig (DE), Oper
October 9, 2003

John Surman - soprano & baritone sax, bass clarinet, flute, electronics
Pierre Favre - drums, percussion

1. Improvisation 1 (9:09)
2. Improvisation 2 (7:00)
3. Improvisation 3 (8:25)
4. Improvisation 4 (20:34)
5. Improvisation 5 (9:00)
6. Improvisation 6 (11:42)
7. Improvisation 7 (9:36)
8. Improvisation 8 (3:40) [cuts in]

TT: 79:10

Sound: A/A-
Source: DLF ("Jazz Live") + more

:: ubu edits ::

fixed marks
deleted fm talk at beginning of #1
added fade-out at end of #5
deleted noise at beginning of #6
deleted fm talk and added fade-out at end of #7
added fade-out at end of #8

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

This also may have been broadcast on TV. So video may exist.

This should have been a Surman/Mangelsdorff concert. Favre jumped in since Mangelsdorff was (already too?) sick to play.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

John Surman / Jean-Paul Celea / Daniel Humair - Nevers 2005

Here's a beautiful trio set by the great John Surman, accompanied by Jean-Paul Celea and Daniel Humair.

Humair is a favourite in this house, and he's not only been heard on this just posted Mariano/Haurand/Humair show, but also previously on a Yosuke Yamashita Trio set, with his own trio featuring Tony Malaby and Joachim Kühn, and with Tryptich, the collective trio of Celea, Humair and pianist François Couturier. And the good news is, all these shows can still be downloaded!

While John Surman usually is more of an impressionist and lyricist, in this setting here, he's blowing hard and I love it at least as much as his more impressionist playing for ECM etc.

This wonderful show needed quite some work to present the music with as little radio talk interrupting it as possible!

John Surman / Jean-Paul Celea / Daniel Humair 
Rencontres Internationales de Jazz de Nevers
Nevers (France)
November 11, 2005

John Surman - baritone & soprano sax, flute
Jean-Paul Celea - bass
Daniel Humair - drums

1. No Finesse (Surman) 19:21
2. Canticle (Surman) 8:31
3. VladaVe (Humair) 13:14 [a few seconds missing at beginning]
4. Round Trip (Ornette Coleman) 9:50 [a few seconds missing at beginning]
5. Falling (Surman) 7:05 [a few seconds missing at beginning]
6. Westminster (Humair) 8:43
7. Revised Edition (Surman) 5:44
8. Sweet Lady (Celea) 6:24

TT: 78:35

Sound: A
Lineage: FM > WAV (Wavelab) > FLAC (frontend level 8)
Source: France Musique "Jazz Club" / 2005-11-11
Seeder: Cosmikd

:: ubu edits ::

deleted as much fm talk as possible
added fade-outs and fade-ins

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Don Ellis - Monterey 1967 & Antibes 1977

Here are two short bits by the great Don Ellis!

It took me a while and several emails with two friends to figure out all the details. Hope I got it all right, in the end!

Read more about Ellis here:
Wikipedia Entry
1968 Interviews, with Ron Simmonds and Les Tomkins
(there are a few more links there!)
Jeff Sultanoff's Remembering Don Ellis from pt. 1 & pt. 2

And by all means, do look for some of Ellis' official releases! The early small group albums are excellent (I think I'd recommend Essence first, it has been brought out on CD at last by Mighty Quinn), and his two Pacific Jazz albums with the orchestra - Live at Monterey and Live in 3 2/3 /4 Time - are among the most exciting big band jazz you'll ever hear! Then, there's Electric Bath, recorded for Columbia, and the great 1971 album for Atlantic, Tears of Joy (CD reissue by Wounded Bird). Several other albums were reissued by Wounded Bird, and Soaring, one of Ellis' MPS albums, was recently reissued by Universal Europe in their cheapo "Jazz Club" series.

The first of these two tracks, New Horizons, comes from shortly before Ellis took the band to the studio to record his Electric Bath album.

The second track comes from fairly late in the game and is incomplete, alas, but it provides another worthwhile glimpse of Ellis at work.

Don Ellis - Big Band
Monterey, CA (USA)
September 1967

Don Ellis, Glenn Stuart, Alan Weight, Ed Warren, Bob Harmon - trumpet
Ron Myers, Dave Sanchez - trombone
Terry Woodson - bass trombone
Ruben Leon, Joe Roccisano - alto sax, flute, soprano sax
Ira Schulman - tenor sax, flute, piccolo, clarinet
Ron Starr - tenor sax, flute, clarinet
John Magruder - baritone sax, flute, bass clarinet
Mike Lang - piano, clavinet
Ray Neapolitan - bass, sitar
Dave Parlato - bass
Steve Bohannon - drums
Chino Valdes - congas, bongos
Mark Stevens - timbales, vibes, misc. percussion
Alan Estes - misc. percussion

1. New Horizons (Don Ellis) 12:03

Sound: A-/B+
Source: tv broadcast
Lineage: tv > ? > CDR in trade (jazzrita) > EAC (secure, log) > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu note ::

This came as from Monterey, CA (USA), Jazz Festival, dated as August 13, 1968.
This actually comes from the 1967 Monterey Jazz festival.

Personnel taken from the "Electric Bath" album which was recorded shortly after the MJF took place (Sept 19 & 20, 1967).

Don Ellis - Big Band
Antibes/Juan-les-Pins (France), Jazz Festival
July 17, 1977

Don Ellis, Glenn Stuart, Gilman Rathel, Jack Coan - trumpet
Alan Kaplan, Richard Bullock - trombone
Sidney Muldrow - french horn
Jim Self - tuba
Ann Patterson - alto & soprano sax, oboe, flute, piccolo
Ted Nash - alto sax, flute, clarinet
James Coile - tenor sax, flute, clarinet
James Snodgrass - baritone sax, piccolo, flute, oboe, bass clarinet
Randy Kerber - piano ,electric piano, clavinet, synthesizer
Darrell Clayborn - bass
Dave Crigger, Mike Englander - drums
Chino Valdes, Ruth Ritchie - percussion
Pam Tompkins, Laurie Badessa - violin
Jimbo Ross - viola
Paula Hochhalter - violoncello

1. Niner Two (Don Ellis) 16:41 [inc, fade-out]

Sound: A-
Source: radio broadcast (ORTF)
Lineage: rb > ? > CDR in trade (jazzrita) > EAC (secure, log) > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu note ::

#7 came as "Minor Two" and the year as 1970.
This was broadcast in 1977 by ORTF, the personnel also reflects the year.
Lean Gaer - electric bass, synthesizer was also listed, but he did not make the 1977 European tour.
His playing was added to the Montreux album under the supervision of Don Ellis in the editing/re-mastering process.

Hit and Run

Several posts are endangered at this point, by my chosen file host's new policy of deleting inactive files after a mere two months (that is, if you host more than so and so many GB there - I host a lot more than that, of course).

Professor Longhair - 1977 double feature (w/Dr. John)
Jimmy Heath - Stockholm 1959
Rafael Schilt - Zürich 2009
Ikue Mori & Zeena Parkins - Zürich 2005
Frank Gratkowski - Zürich 2004

I am unable to re-up all the links that get deleted!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Charlie Mariano & Cholet-Känzig-Papaux - Fribourg 2003

Sorry for the delay... here's the promised second Mariano session, teaming him up with the Swiss trio of Jean-Christophe Cholet (piano), Heiri Känzig (bass) and Marcel Papaux (drums).
They have been working together as a trio since 2002, and in 2003 began their collaboration with Charlie Mariano, which also resulted in a CD, "Silver Blue" (Enja).

As usual, this came from dime (thanks to the seeder, I think jazzrita!), and I cut out the radio talk and all - maximum listening pleasure, he he he...

Charlie Mariano + Chokapa
Fribourg (Switzerland), La Spirale
December 19, 2003

Charlie Mariano - alto & soprano sax
Jean-Christophe Chollet - piano
Heiri Känzig - bass
Marcel Papaux - drums

1. My Foolish Heart (Washington-Young) 10:05
2. For You (Heiri Känzig) 9:12
3. Golf Smog (Cholet) 9:00
4. Autumn Circle (Cholet) 12:02
5. Children Song (Känzig) 8:39
6. Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk) 10:24

TT: 59:25

Sound: A
Lineage: RSR Espace2 (MPEG1 Layer 2 / 256 kbps, 48kH) > received with satellite > tracked
with wavelab > flac > dime


:: ubu edits ::

deleted fm talk at end of all tracks except #4
added fade-ins and fade-outs
moved mark #4/5

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

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Charlie Mariano / Ali Haurand / Daniel Humair - Genève 1999

Charlie Mariano was one of the sad losses of the past year. He seemed to go on forever though, and I'm grateful for all the music he left us! Among his finest later efforts was a great Enja released titled "Deep in a Dream" - recommended!

Recently, Enja reissued Eberhard Weber's Colours albums, with Charlie, Rainer Brüninghaus, and drummers John Marshall and Jon Christensen (one at the time).

To read more, here are some links:
Guardian obituary
Boston Globe obituary
Charlie Mariano on AAJ

I shared a 2002 concert with his electric backing band and some guests from all over the world last year, and I have two more shows ready. Here's the first of them, a stellar trio with one of my favourite drummers, Daniel Humair, and Ali Haurand on bass. It comes from a dime download (thanks to jazzrita who shared it there!), and it was fine enough for me to edit it in order to get rid of all the disturbing radio chatter between the songs.

Charlie Mariano / Ali Haurand / Daniel Humair
Festival de l'AMR 1999
Geneve (Switzerland), Alhambra
March 13, 1999

Charlie Mariano - alto sax
Ali Haurand - bass
Daniel Humair - drums

1. Round Trip (Ornette Coleman) 7:00
2. Everything Happens To Me (9:52)
3. Yagapriya (Charlie Mariano) 12:01
4. Plum Island (Charlie Mariano) 11:04
5. Yehudi Menuhin (Charlie Mariano) 6:35
6. No More Chains (Ali Haurand) 6:.36 [inc]

TT: 53:09

Sound: A
Lineage: RSR Espace2 (MPEG1 Layer 2 / 256 kbps, 48kH) > received with satellite > tracked with wavelab > flac > dime


:: ubu edits ::

removed fm announcements at end of #1, #3 and #4
added fade-ins/fade-outs
fixed mark #5/6

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

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year!

I wish you all the best in 2010 - many great and happy moments, much success in whatever it is you want to be successful in!

And I thanks a lot to the upright seven for commenting now and then and trying to maintain a bit of discussion!

Of course, more feedback would be very welcome (about the music, not about my "achievement" with this blog, which is close to nil)!
So there'd be a new years resolution for y'all... :-)