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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kenny Werner - Monterey 1998

Pianist Kenny Werner was born in 1951 and has been on the scene for over three decades now. In the 80s, he had a longer stint with Mel Lewis' Orchestra and he has played in the groups of Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Eddie Gomez and others.
Werner also composed big band charts for orchestras such as the UMO Jazz Orchestra, the WDR Big Band and the Danish Radio Big Band.
He has been leading various piano trios ever since the late 70s, featuring musicians such as Tom Rainey, Johannes Weidenmüller or Ari Hoenig. On this 1998 set, he is accompanied by Dave Carpenter on bass and the great Peter Erskine on drums

Kenny Werner Trio
Monterey Jazz Festival 1998
Monterey Coffee House Gallery, Nonterey, CA (USA)
September 28, 1998

Kenny Werner - piano
Dave Carpenter - bass
Peter Erskine - drums

1. In Your Own Sweet Way / On Green Dolphin Street / Naima / Poincinia (10:45)
2. Announcement KW (0:29)
3. Melodies of 1997 (12:39)
4. Falling Grace (Steve Swallow) 10:12
5. Announcement KW (0:53)
6. A-Monk-St (Kenny Werner) 9:37
7. Announcement KW (0:27)
8. Work Song (Nat Adderley) 7:10
9. Announcement KW (0:49)
10. Lorraine (7:35)
11. Announcement KW (0:33)
12. Ivronics (8:46)

TT: 69:57

Sound: A/A-
Source: KCSM San Mateo FM 91.1 ("Sunday Night Sweets", host: Bud Spangler)

This is two of Bud's shows on one disc, not sure if it's two complete sets though. Any help with the first title is appreciated.

:: ubu edits ::
fixed marks
added fades
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > CoolEditPro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Paul Bley - Amsterdam 2009

Here's a recent solo set by Paul Bley (check out the preceeding post for more).
This was up on dime a few months ago, perfectly presented, but @ 48 kHz. Nero seems to fix this automatically, but the software I use won't, so I changed the FLAC files to 44.1 kHz, in order to be able to burn them... hope you'll enjoy this one as well!

Paul Bley - Solo
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Bimhuis
May 13, 2009

Paul Bley - piano

1. Startled (Paul Bley) 13:40
2. How Long Has This Been Going On (George Gerhswin) 9:13
3. Please (Paul Bley) 8:30
4. Told You So (Paul Bley) 11:20
5. Love Ya (Paul Bley) 5:41
6. Staccato (Paul Bley) 2:35
7. Right to Sing (Paul Bley) 6:54
8. Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins - dedicated to Jimmy Giuffre) 4:04
9. Coleman (Paul Bley) 3:06

TT: 65:02 - complete!

Sound: A
Source: NL Radio6 > DVB-S (48 khz/256kbps) > EDIROL-R09 > Audacity > flac

This came in FLAC @ 48 kHz
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > BeLight/BeSweet > WAV @ 44.1 kHz > FLAC (8,asb,verif

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Paul Bley feat. John Surman - Paris 1994

Here's a short set by Paul Bley's group featuring John Surman. Thanks to jazzrita for trading it to me!

A pair or earlier uploads with Bley are here and here.

Paul Bley Group featuring John Surman
Festival Banlieues Bleues
Drancy (France)
March 27, 1994

John Surman - soprano sax, bass clarinet, wood-flute
Paul Bley - piano
Furio di Castri - bass
Tony Oxley - drums, percussion

1. Combination (5:42) [JS,fl/TO,d]
2. Sevemph(?) (di Castri) 6:57 [quartet]
3. Flame (Bley) 5:10 [PB,p]
4. unknown (6:33) [quartet]
5. Ostinato (6:12) [PB,p]

TT: 30:34

Sound: A-
Source: FM (trade from jazzrita)
Lineage: FM > ? > CDR > EAC (secure, log) > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu edits ::
fixed marks
deleted fm talk
deleted duplication around mark of #3/#4

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Phil Woods - poss. Avignon 1970

Here's one more, back to the regular FLAC format for this one...

A smoking hot set by Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine, performing the "Executive Suite" at a concert that might be from Avignon 1970. If you know more about this or can help pinning it down, please post a comment!

This needed quite some work to be done, but it's well worth it! Woods was one of the best around this time, and one who kept the jazz flame burning... and still does!

Phil Woods & European Rhythm Machine
Avignon (France), Cloître des Céléstins
July 24, 1970

Phil Woods - alto sax
Gordon Beck - piano
Henri Texier - bass
Daniel Humair - drums

1. warm-up (0:12)
2. Executive Suite - Part 1 (Gordon Beck) 17:35 [spliced @ 14:39] >
3. And When We Are Young (?) (5:20) [b-feature] >
4. Executive Suite - Part 2 (Gordon Beck) 21:35
5. André Francis Outro (0:16) [inc]

TT: 45:00

Sound: A-/B+
Source: radio broadcast (ORTF, André Francis)

:: ubu edits ::

boosted bass
cut volume of most of what was part 2 (6:05 to end or original tracking), there is a volume boost in the bass solo [now around 3:03 in the bass feature], I did a partial fade to flatten it and then lowered the volume of the following parts arccordingly (-6dB)
spliced two parts of first segment (Executive Suite)
deleted drop-out (@ 0:58 in #3)
removed various glitches (as good as possible) in bass-feature

kept André Francis outro (was incomplete only, repeated band and gave "Executive Suite" as title)

Lineage: radio broadcast (ORFT) > ? > dime > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

came as: Montreux (Switzerland), Jazz Festival
date was given as: June 19, 1969 - see comments
but if this is from Montreux, July 11, 1970 would be the more likely date

WDR Big Band feat. Bill Holman, Al Cohn, Sal Nistico & Mel Lewis - Cologne 1987

And one more... luckily, a few German radio stations still maintain their big bands, and while they have to play for (some) bread in between, plenty of fascinating and often mighty fine projects result from their collaborations with various soloists, composers and arrangers.

This post features the the WDR Big Band, which goes back to 1946. From 1957 to 1972 it was led by Kurt Edelhagen, later directors included Jerry van Rooyen and Bill Dobbins. Their recent discography includes projects with Abdullah Ibrahim, Joe Lovano, Hiram Bullock, Maceo Parker, Joe Zawinul, Gianluigi Trovesi, Eddie Harris and Pacquito d'Rivera. They also did projects dedicated to the music of Erik Satie, Kurt Weill, worked with George Gruntz and many others.

Here, you hear them with frequent collaborator Mel Lewis on drums and a great trio of tenor sax players: Al Cohn, Sal Nistico and arranger/leader Bill Holman! Hidden in the band, you'll find a few more interesting names, such as Jon Eardley. Also note Heiner Wiberny's fine soprano solo - these guys can play great jazz when it's called for, and I guess that's where there heart is anyway!

WDR Big Band & Bill Holman: Tenor Reunion
Köln (Germany), Stadtgarten
June 12, 1987 (MP2)

Bill Holman - tenor sax, leader, arranger
Al Cohn - tenor sax
Sal Nistico - tenor sax
Mel Lewis - drums

WDR Big Band, incl.
Klaus Osterloh, Jon Eardley, Rick Kiefer - trumpet
Dave Horler, Henning Berg - trombone
Heiner Wiberny - alto & soprano sax
Harald Rosenstein - alto sax
Rolf Römer, Olivier Peters - tenor sax
Paul Peucker - baritone sax
Bora Rokovic - piano
Jean Warland - bass

1. Pilgrim's Pride (Bill Holman) 11:47 [HB,tb;HW,ss;ML,d]
2. Bill Holman's comments (1:52)
3. Good Bait (Tadd Dameron/Count Basie) > Ann BH (8:09) [AC/SN/BH,ts]
4. Woody'n You (Dizzy Gillespie) > Ann BH (6:30) [AC,ts]
5. High On You (Al Cohn) 5:41 [AC/SN,ts]
6. Autumn Leaves (Kosma-Prevert-Mercer) > Ann BH (7:42) [AC/SN,ts]
7. Love For Sale (Cole Porter) 8:55 [AC/SN/BH,ts]
8. Moon Of Manacora (4:34) [inc, beginning missing]

TT: 55:13

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

Oregon - Hamburg 2008

Next up: a double feature by the great world music band Oregon, who performed at the NDR studios in Hamburg in June 2008 on two consecutive nights.

Hamburg (Germany), NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio
July 10 & 11, 2008

Paul McCandless - soprano sax, oboe, flute, bass clarinet
Ralph Towner - guitar, piano, synthesizer
Glen Moore - bass
Mark Walker - drums, percussion

:: July 10 ::

1. Catching up (11:26)
2. Toledo (8:52)
3. The Glide (11:14)
4. Distant Hills (7:15)
5. Hoedown (8:11) [b/perc only]
6. 1000 km (10:51)
7. Improvisation (16:22)
8. In Stride (9:40)
9. Radio Announcer (0:35)
TT: 84:31

:: July 11 ::

1. If (7:51)
2. Redial (10:20)
3. 1000 km (12:12)
4. Deep 6 (9:08)
5. Green and Golden (8:00)
6. Pepe Linque (8:41)
7. Improvisation > Doff (23:18)
8. Witchi-Tai-To (6:38)
9. radio announcer (0:46)
TT: 86:56

Source: RSI 2 broadcasts / 2009-04-?? & 2009-05-03
Lineage: DVB-S (256 kbps/ 48 khz) > Technotrend C-1400 DVB-S PCI card > harddisk.
Edits were made made with the mp3DirectCut software.

Lee Konitz & Martial Solal - Frankfurt 2008

More MP2 shows... here's one by two elderly masters - both born in 1927: Lee Konitz and Martial Solal have often worked together throughout several decades, after their first encounter in 1968. They do the usual set of standards and originals, but with two guys such as these, it will still be all surprises!

Lee Konitz & Martial Solal
Albert Mangelsdorff Memorial Concert
Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Alte Oper
September 6, 2008

Lee Konitz - alto sax
Martial Solal - piano

1. The Song Is You (7:33)
2. Subconscious Lee (8:16)
3. Body And Soul (8:59)
4. Solar (1:58)
5. Stella By Starlight (6:06)
6. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise (6:11)

TT: 39:07

Sound: A
Lineage: DVB-C (256 kbps/ 48 khz) > Technotrend C-1501 DVB-C PCI card > harddisk > ProjectX.
Edits were made made with the mp3DirectCut software.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Joe Zawinul - Graz 2002

Joe Zawinul was one of the greats, I was sad when he left us, really sad. Never managed to catch him live while I had time to do so.

This one's at a low bitrate (160 kbs), but it's fun and it features Otto Lechner and Maria João sitting in with the Zawinul Syndicate, so it just has to be good, right?

Joe Zawinul Syndicate & Guests
Jazzsommer Graz
Graz (Austria), Mariahilferplatz
August 2, 2002

Joe Zawinul - keyboards, voice
Amit Chatterjee - guitar, voice
Etienne M'Bappé - electric bass, voice
Paco Sery - drums, voice
Manolo Badrena - percussion, voice

Maria João - voice (#5,6,8)
Otto Lechner - accordion (#6,8)

1. fm intro (0:54)
2. East 12th Street Band (9:15)
3. Lost Tribes (8:40)
4. dj comments (1:17)
5. Caico (5:51)
6. Oper (5:38)
7. dj comments II (0:21)
8. Rooftops of Vienna (18:54)
9. unknown (3:52) [inc]

TT: 54:48

Sound: A/A-
Source: Radio Steiermark, re-broadcast / 2009-05-11
Lineage: DVB-S (SkyStar 2) @160 kbps, 48kHz > mpg > ProjextX > mp2 -> mp3DirectCut -> dime

Actually there have been three shows at Graz by this band, 2002-08-01, 2002-08-02, 2002-08-03.
According to "rillenheini" (best wishes and thanks!) the first two evenings were recorded by Austrian radio station "ORB". This recording has been made on the 2nd of August, as ORB-DJ Ernst Grohotolsky has told to "rillenheini". The setlist also stems from Mister Grohotolsky.

Jah Wobble - London 1991

Going astray... here's a short Maida Vale Beeb session by Jah Wobble. It's short and small, so give it a listen!

Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart
BBC Session (Andy Kershaw show)
London (UK), Maida Vale Studio 5
November 10, 1991

Jah Wobble : Bass Guitar, Vocals
Justin Adams : Guitar, Vocals
Mark Ferda : Synthesiser, Backing Vocals
Neville Murray : Percussion, Backing Vocals
Ali Slimoni : Percussion, Vocals

-. Saeta (not rebroadcast)
1. Moroccan (6:25)
2. Emigre (5:37)

TT: 12:03

Sound: A
Digital Satellite rebroadcast 2009-04-28 MPEG1 layer 2 @ 160kbps:
BBC Radio 6 > DVB-S > Hauppauge Nova-S > DVBviewer > .ts > PVAStrumento > .mpa >
MpegSchnitt (trimming).

First broadcast 1991-12-01
Producer: Dale Griffin
Engineer: Simon Askew & Julian Markham

Saeta is included in "Ungodly Kingdom" EP Oval 107.

Bennie Maupin - Berlin 2008

Today's shares will be some more MP2 digital radio captures... I'm well aware that the file format is a bit of a drag, but this is the finest you'll get from radio these days, and it's the original file format. I put up a link on top right of the blog (visible on each page), where you'll find some directions!

The files are small and the sound quality usually is fine, so I don't complain!

First then, here's another set by the great Bennie Maupin.

Taken from the biography from his website:
Bennie Maupin is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic “Bitches Brew” album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings such as, “Big Fun”, “Jack Johnson,” and “On the Corner.” He was a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s seminal band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band. Born in 1940, Maupin started playing clarinet, later adding saxophone, flute and, most notably, the bass clarinet to his formidable arsenal of woodwind instruments. Upon moving to New York in 1962, he freelanced with groups led by Marion Brown, Pharoah Saunders, and Chick Corea, and played regularly with Roy Haynes and Horace Silver. He also recorded with McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson, and Woody Shaw to name only a few.
Maupin’s own discography as a leader includes a well-received recording for ECM Records, “The Jewel in The Lotus” (1974), “Slow Traffic to the Right” (1976), “Moonscapes” both on Mercury Records (1978), and “Driving While Black” on Intuition, (1998). The instrumentation of Maupin’s current group The Bennie Maupin Ensemble, harkens back to the tradition of great saxophone-bass-drum trios, such as the group led by Sonny Rollins with Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones. While echoes of the great John Coltrane can be heard in Maupin’s work, one can also discern the influences of Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, and Eric Dolphy, as well as Maupin’s contemporaries like Wayne Shorter and the late Joe Henderson. Maupin’s approach to his music is intentional and profound, yet alive in the interpretation of the moment. He maintains active performing and teaching careers in Europe, and the US. Bennie Maupin currently resides in the Los Angeles area.

Anyone interested in Maupin should really get his disc "Penumbra" on Cryptogrammophone!

Bennie Maupin Quartet
JazzFest Berlin
Berlin (Germany), Quasimodo
November 7, 2008 (MP2)

Bennie Maupin - tenor & soprano sax, bass clarinet
Michal Tokaj - piano
Michal Baranski - bass
Lukasz Zyta - drums, percussion

guest: Hanka Chowaniec-Rybka - vocals (8, 9)

1. Walter Bishop Jr. (Maupin) 23:34
2. band intros (2:25)
3. Message To Prez (Maupin) > Ann BM (10:55)
4. Tears (Tokaj) 8:00
5. Prophet's Motif (5:42) [inc, end missing]
6. Jewels In The Lotus (Maupin) > Ann BM (16:59)
7. Escondido (Maupin) > Ann BM (14:06)
8. Spirits Of The Tadras (7:41)
9. Atma (7:18)

TT: 96:44

Sound: A
Source: DVB-S@256, 48kHz > raw data > ProjextX > mp3DirectCut > mp2
(lossy recording seeded in its original broadcast codec)

Monday, February 15, 2010

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

Here's one sent to me by Trane aka sparti a few months ago. It came mostly untracked, so I did the usual bits of editing, also deleting radio talk while I was at it. Thanks go out to Trane who sent me a bunch of great shows in a trade recently!

Von has to be one of my all-time greats, and there's a post dedicated to him where you can find a bunch of shows, as well as a recording of his with Andrew Hill's trio here, and two somkin' hot 1977 sets from Amsterdam.

Chico has never been quite as big in this house, though he was a fine hot tenor early on. The pairing of him and his father is working just fine though, and with Hank Jones' trio in support, they have deluxe accompaniment here!

Von & Chico Freeman with the Hank Jones Trio
North Sea Jazz Festival
Den Haag (The Netherlands), Van Gogh Zaal
July 14, 1990 (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)

Bill Frisell - Salzau 2006 & Berlin 2005

Here's one more by Bill Frisell, again in MP2 format - a long and beautiful set by Frisell's quintet with Ron Miles and the great Gregory Tardy (check him out playing on two stunning Andrew Hill concerts here).

Frisell is a musician I'm slowly but surely getting into... it took me a while to get over his high gloss sound, but I'm there now, as I'm slowly also digging into what I guess one best calls "Americana" of various sorts.
Anyway, Frisell has been doing so much, trios, quintets, the great Bacharach project, his great Intercontinentals band, collaborations with almost everyone (Kenny Wheeler's fabulous "Angel Song" on ECM, a trio with Elvin Jones & Dave Holland, Paul Motian, Eberhard Weber, Hank Roberts, Tim Berne, various projects with John Zorn, Marc Johnson's Bass Desires, Julius Hemphill, Marianne Faithful, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Ginger Baker, Joey Baron, Seigen Ohno, Elvis Costello... the list could go on and on for quite a while!)
As you know I dig this kind of multi-faceted approach, so I guess it was only a question of time until I stumble over Frisell...

Photo (c) Petra Cvelbar, 2009

Bill Frisell Quintet
Salzau (DE), Jazzbaltica
July 1, 2006

Bill Frisell - guitar
Ron Miles - trumpet
Greg Tardy - sax
Tony Scherr - bass
Kenny Wollesen - drums

1. Monroe (Frisell) 10:19
2. 1968 (Frisell) > Probality 13 (Frisell) > Raise Four (Monk) 33:14

1. You Are My Sunshine (Davis/Mitchel)
> What the World Needs Now (Burt Bacharach)
2. Subconscious-Lee (Lee Konitz)
3. Hard Times (Foster)
TT: 81:43

Berlin (DE), Jazzfest
November 2005

Bill Frisell - guitar
Greg Lees - guitar
Jenny Scheinman - violin

4. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (Lennon/McCartney)
5. Nowhere Man (Lennon/McCartney)
TT: 11:57

TT: 93:40

Sound: A
Source: DLF "Jazz Live" / 2006 (Part 1) & DLF "" / 2006 (Part 2)
Lineage: DVB-S@256, 48kHz > raw data > ProjextX > mp3DirectCut > mp2
(lossy recording seeded in its original broadcast codec)

Veryan Weston & Luc Ex - Amsterdam 2009

Here's a beautiful concert by Veryan Weston and Luc Ex. Weston can be heard in duo with Trevor Watts here, as well as in a 2003 solo set from Bern. I don't think I've had anything by The Ex or related up here so far - love their collaboration with Getatchew Mekuria!

This here's a very different concert though... Ex says about it: "SOL (...) has an unusual instrumentation and is leaning towards chamber music but then it is often driven by a ‘punky’ energy which is not afraid of being lyrical either.
Sol will combine composed and tightly rehearsed pieces and songs with free improvisation and interpretation.
The repertoire is completely new and contains Ex-Weston-pieces as well songs of Erik Satie, Charles Ives, Burt Bacharach and Berthold Brecht. Every piece is played with intensity, pleasure and an occasional smile."

This should give you quite an accorate idea what the music will sound, let me just add that it's music of great beauty!
And of course, having Ingrid Laubrock in won't do any harm!

Veryan Weston & Luc Ex - Sol6
Amsterdam (NL), Bimhuis
April 9, 2009

Ingrid Laubrock - tenor & soprano sax, voice
Veryan Weston - piano
Mandy Drummond - viola, voice
Hannah Marshall - cello, voice
Luc Ex - electric bass, voice
Tony Buck - drums

1. ’s Nachts ging de zon op (Luc Ex/Veryan Weston) 8:51
2. The Cage (Charles Ives) 9:53
3. Chanson Hollandaise (Erik Satie/George Russell) 2:44
4. Nood (Luc Ex) 10:30
5. B-flat (Luc Ex) 8:40
6. Anyone Who Had a Heart (Burt Bacharach) 3:33

1. Sick Eagle (Charles Ives) + Autistic African Samba (Luc Ex/Veryan Weston) 8:40
2. Promises (Burt Bacharach) 2:01
3. Seeräuber Jenny (Kurt Weill) 10:01
4. Hurtles (Steve Lacy) 11:54
5. Close to You (Burt Bacharach) 3:36
6. Insecurity (Luc Ex/Veryan Weston) 6:14
7. Le Chapelier (Erik Satie) 3:33

TT: 90:18 - complete!

Sound: A
Source: NL Radio6 > DVB-S (48 khz/256kbps) > EDIROL-R09 > Audacity > flac

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Benny Goodman in Moscow

Here's a great anonymous contribution, a 1962 Goodman album that has never been on CD in its entirety, as far as I know!

Here's a great remembrance by bassist Bill Crow about this tour:
Quite a trip that must have been!

Joe Newman, Jimmy Maxwell, John Frosk, Joe Wilder (tp), Willie Dennis, Wayne Andre, Jimmy Knepper (tb), Benny Goodman (cl), Jerry Dodgion (as,fl), Phil Woods (as), Zoot Sims, Tommy Newsom (ts), Gene Allen (bari), John Bunch (p), Turk Van Lake (g), Bill Crow (b), Mel Lewis (d)
-1: add Lionel Hampton (vib), Vic Feldman (p)
-2: Quintet: Goodman, Wilson, Van Lake, Crow and Lewis
-3: Septet: Newman, Goodman, Feldman, Bunch, Van Lake, Crow and Lewis
-4: Octet: same, add Zoot Sims

Recorded in Moscow, July 3 & 5-8, 1962

1-01 Let's Dance (Theme)
1-02 Mission to Moscow
1-03 Meet the Band -1
1-04 I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good (JN + rhythm)
1-05 Why You?
1-06 Titter Pipes
1-07 Medley: Avalon / Rose Room / The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise -2
1-08 Bei mir bist du schön -3
1-09 Stealin' Apples
2-01 Feathers
2-02 On the Alamo -4
2-03 Midgets -4
2-04 One O'Clock Jump
2-05 Bye Bye Blackbird
2-06 Swift as the Wind
2-07 Fontainebleau
2-08 Meadowland
2-09 Goodbye (Theme)

RCA LSO/LOC-6008-1, ABL2-0824, CD90129

Monday, February 08, 2010

Bill Frisell & HR Big Band play Monk & Mingus - Fankfurt 2008

Bill Frisell is one of the most interesting and intriguing guitar players around. He has done so much, in the most different kinds of settings and bands! Here he is backed by the HR Big Band, playing Mingus and Monk in arrangements by the great Mike Gibbs!

Bill Frisell & HR Big Band
39th German Jazz Festival
Frankfurt (Germany), Sendesaal des HR
October 30, 2008

Bill Frisell - guitar

Michael Gibbs - conductor, arranger

Andy Greenwood (lead), Martin Auer, Thomas Vogel, Axel Schlosser - trumpet
Günter Bollmann, Peter Feil, Christian Jaksjø - trombone
Manfred Honetschläger - bass trombone
Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn - alto & soprano sax
Oliver Leicht - alto sax & clarinet
Tony Lakatos, Julian Argüelles - tenor sax
Rainer Heute - baritone sax
Peter Reiter - piano, keyboards
Martin Scales - guitar
Thomas Heidepriem - bass
Jean Paul Höchstädter - drums

1. Ask Me Now (Monk) [Lakatos,ts]
> Crepuscule With Nelly (Monk)
> Evidence (Monk) [Schlosser,t] 13:36
2. Ann MG (2:57)
3. Misterioso (Monk) [Feil,tb; Scales,g 2nd solo] > Ann MG (9:57)
4. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love (Mingus) [Schlosser,t] > Ann MG (9:57)
5. Four In One (Monk) [Reiter,p;Leicht,cl] > Ann MG (7:34)
6. 'Round Midnight (Monk-Hanighen-Williams) [Schlosser,t; Lakatos,ts] > Ann MG (8:19)
7. Better Get Hit In Your Soul (Mingus) [Sauerborn,as; Auer,flh] > Ann MG (10:55)
8. Skippy (Monk) [Heute,bari] 8:48

TT: 72:03

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

Elvin Jones - Willisau 2001

A while ago I posted plenty of shows by great drummers, use the search function to find some stuff by and with Roy Haynes, Joe Chambers, Daniel Humair and others (I can't guarantee all files are still active though).

So then, here's Elvin Jones with a fine version of his Jazz Machine, notably featuring Pat LaBarbera on saxophones!

Elvin Jones Jazz Machine
Jazzfestival Willisau
Willisau (CH)
September 2, 2001 (afternoon)

Delfeayo Marsalis - trombone
Pat LaBarbera - tenor & soprano sax
Eric Lewis - piano
David Pulphus - bass
Elvin Jones - drums

1. Tomes for Jones (19:33)
2. Lone Warrior > Announcement EJ (21:57)
3. It Don't Mean a Thing (Duke Ellington) (11:25)

TT: 52:56

Sound: A
Source: DRS 2 broadcast / 2001 or 2002
Lineage: FM > minidisc > analogue to HD > GoldWave > CDR > EAC (secure) > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Edited: fixed a small glitch at the beginning of #1, centred all tracks (WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC [8,asb,verify])
Shared by ubu on dimeadozen in January 2009

Note: #1 on the EAC log is a duplicate of #2!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Piano for Duke - Berlin 1969

Here's the whole package, minus Cecil Taylor's set, already posted here.

Of course, this again is a Joachim-Ernst Berendt production, recently rebroadcast in MP2 format (digital satellite, original files - check the link on top right to find out more about handling MP2 files). Thanks a lot to the seeder over on dime!

As with the 1965 Piano Workshop, this goes in big strides, from Joe Turner to Cecil Taylor, with sets by Thelonious Monk, Steve Kuhn and German pianist Joachim Kühn (who can also be heard on alto sax). The focus is mostly on Ellington, which makes this even more of a treat to my ears!

Piano For Duke
Berliner Jazztage 1969
Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie
November 6, 1969 (MP2)


1. Introduction by Joachim-Ernst Berendt 02:27

Joe Turner Greets Ellington - Joe Turner Trio

Joe Turner, piano
Hans Rettenbacher, bass
Stu Martin, drums

2. Joe Turner talks about Duke Ellington (1:30)
3. Jig Walk (2:28)
4. Squeeze Me (4:11)
5. unknown (3:54) [FM source]
6. Caravan (3:05)
7. Satin Doll (3:53)
8. Mood Indigo (2:31)

Steve Kuhn Trio

Steve Kuhn, piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, bass
Aldo Romano, drums

9. Announcement by Dietrich Schulz-Köhn (1:10)
10. All That's Left Is To Say Goodbye (5:16)
11. U. M. M. G. (6:02)
12. Baubles, Bangles And Beads (6:52)
13. Lament - Once We Loved (4:34)
14. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (6:50)


Joachim Kühn Quartett

Joachim Kühn, piano & alto sax
Barre Phillips, bass
Jacques Thollot, drums
Stu Martin, drums

1. Announcement by Dietrich Schulz-Köhn (1:02)
2. Suite To Our Father Duke (17:25)
3. Oh Oma - For My Mother (10:37)

Thelonious Monk, piano

with (#11):
Joe Turner, piano
Hans Rettenbacher, bass
Stu Martin, drums

4. Announcement by Dietrich Schulz-Köhn (0:33)
5. Satin Doll (3:38)
6. Sophisticated Lady (4:27)
7. Caravan (6:15)
8. Solitude (5:37)
9. Crepuscule With Nellie (2:54)
10. announcement by Joachim-Ernst Berendt (1:05)
11. Blues For Duke (5:17)

TT: 113:43

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

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Globe Unity Orchestra - Berlin 1986

Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra is one of the longest living large band projects in free jazz. Here they are in Berlin, at roughly half of their run so far (I hope it will continue for another while!), incorporating the usual mix of musicians from Europe, the US, and Japan as well.

This comes from the same edition of the JazzFest that also yielded the 20th Anniversary album for FMP (recorded Nov. 4).

Globe Unity Orchestra
JazzFest Berlin
Berlin (Germany)
October 30, 1986

Toshinori Kondo - trumpet
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, flugelhorn
Günter Christmann - trombone
George Lewis - trombone
Albert Mangelsdorff - trombone
Bob Stewart - tuba
Gerd Dudek - soprano & tenor sax, flute, clarinet
Evan Parker - tenor sax
Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky - alto & baritone sax, flute, clarinet
Alexander von Schlippenbach - piano, leader
Alan Silva - bass
Paul Lovens - percussion

1. Quasar (44:58) [inc]

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

Piano Workshop - Berlin 1965 (feat. Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, John Lewis, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans & Jaki Byard)

The rest of the 1969 Berlin "Piano for Duke" night will follow tomorrow. To sweeten up the waiting time a bit, here's the "Piano Workshop" from Berlin 1965.

This concert was organised (and MC'ed) by Joachim Ernst Berendt and the idea behind it was to show the development of jazz piano, from Earl Hines to Teddy Wilson, on to John Lewis and Lennie Tristano, and finally Bill Evans and Jaki Byard

The piano players are accompanied by some of the finest bassists and drummers of that era, both Europeans and Americans. The spotlight is on the ivories and ebonies, though, that's for sure!

Highlights included Byard's long improvisation, and the collaborations of Evans/Lewis and Byard/Hines. If you happen to know the identity of Tristano's first piece, please post a comment!

There's a video of this around - plenty of it can be viewed on youtube and similar sites. It would be too much to share the DVD here, I'm afraid. The DVD was bootlegged by ImproJazz, in case you're desperately in need of having it...

Piano Workshop
Berliner Jazztage
Berlin (Germany), Sportpalast
October 30, 1965

Earl Hines - piano (1, 2, 3, 22, 23, 24)
Teddy Wilson - piano (1, 5, 6, 7)
John Lewis - piano (1, 9, 10, 18)
Lennie Tristano - piano (1, 12, 13)
Bill Evans - piano (1, 15, 16, 18)
Jaki Byard - piano (1, 20, 22, 23, 24)
Niels-Henning Örsted Pedersen - bass (1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 18)
Reggie Workman - bass (20)
Peter Trunk - bass (5, 6, 7)
Alan Dawson - drums (1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23)
Connie Kay - drums (9, 10, 12, 13)
Cees See - drums (5, 6, 7)

about track 1: each pianist plays a chorus, leaves the stage and is followed by the next one, announced by Joachim-Ernst Berendt

1. Improvisation (7:20) [all pianists, NHOP, Dawson]
2. Memories Of You (4:02) [Hines, NHOP, Dawson]
3. I've Got The World On A String (2:39) [Hines, NHOP, Dawson]
4. Joachim-Ernst Berendt introcudes Teddy Wilson (0:22)
5. Stompin' At The Savoy (2:55) [Wilson, Trunk, See]
6. Love (3:31) [Wilson, Trunk, See]
7. All Of Me (2:10) [Wilson, Trunk, See]
8. JEB Introduces John Lewis (0:30)
9. Django (4:32) [Lewis, NHOP, Kay]
10. I Should Care (4:42) [Lewis, NHOP, Kay]
11. JEB Introcudes Lennie Tristano (0:32)
12. (2:57) [Tristano, Kay]
13. Cool Boogie (2:23) [Tristano, Kay]
14. JEB Introduces Bill Evans (0:29)
15. Come Rain Or Shine (3:28) [Evans, NHOP, Dawson]
16. Beautiful Love (4:27) [Evans, NHOP, Dawson]
17. JEB Introduces BE and JL (0:20)
18. Blues (2:30) [Lewis, Evans, NHOP, Dawson]
19. JEB Introduces Jaki Byard (1:04)
20. Improvisation (7:20) [Byard, Workman, Dawson]
21. JEB announces EH & JB (0:30)
22. I Want A Little Girl (2:23) [Hines, Byard, Dawson]
23. A Pretty Girls Is Like A Melody (2:44) [Hines, Byard, Dawson]
24. Diane (4:10) [Hines, Byard]

TT: 68:12

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

This is Jazz History!
In 1965 Joachim-Ernst Berendt, the founder of the Berliner Jazztage (later to become the Jazzfest Berlin) invited the most important jazz pianists then living to the festival.
This is the complete concert - each of them gave some short samples of their playing. The highlight is probably the duo with the oldest (Hines) and the youngest (Byard) pianist.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Monk All Star Tentet - Paris 2000

Here's a great recording by fine band, doing Monk tunes under the direction of Don Sickler. The band includes several Monk collaborators in drummer Ben Riley (also member of Sphere), tenor Johnny Griffin, as well as occasional sidemen Eddie Bert, Steve Lacy and Phil Woods. Sickler himself shares trumpet duties with Jack Walrath, best known from his time with Mingus. Finally, there's Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax, Ronnie Mathews on piano, and David Williams on bass.

Pianist Ronnie Mathews sounds way too smooth - as do all pianists when playing Monk, in my opinion, except maybe Mal Waldron, but then he plays with a very different kind of roughness and edginess then Monk's.
Anyway, if you're not completely opposed to others playing Monk's tunes, you should like this, I hope!

Monk All Star Tentet
Paris (FR), New Morning
April 4, 2000

Don Sickler - trumpet (solo on #2,4)
Jack Walrath - trumpet (solo on #3,6)
Eddie Bert - trombone
Steve Lacy - soprano sax
Phil Woods - alto sax, clarinet
Johnny Griffin - tenor sax
Ronnie Cuber - baritone sax
Ronnie Mathews - piano
David Williams - bass
Ben Riley - drums

Set 1
1. Epistrophy (9:23) [skip @ 0:23]
2. Bye Ya (8:30) [short fm voiceover at beginning]
3. Evidence (12:50)
4. Ugly Beauty > band intros DS (7:37)

Set 2
5. I Mean You (11:48)
6. Oska T. (8:58)
7. Light Blue (9:35)

All compositions by Thelonious Monk

TT: 68:46

Sound: A/A-
Source: France Musiques broadcast (Claude Carrière)

:: ubu edits ::
deleted 2 second gaps
fixed marks
deleted as much fm talk as possible
added fade-outs and fade-ins where necessary to make smooth segues
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Note: baritone saxophonist was given as Gary Smulyan

Monday, February 01, 2010

Cecil Taylor - Montréal 1985

Since my previous Taylor share was rather popular, and to sweeten up the wait for the remaining bits of that Berlin piano night, here's another Taylor set in good sound.

It features a transitional band, with Lyons and Frank Wright on saxophones, William Parker on bass, and Henry Martinez on drums.

Thanks to Nocturnal_n for taping it and sharing it over on dime!

Cecil Taylor
Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 29, 1985

Cecil Taylor - piano
Jimmy Lyons - alto sax
Frank Wright - tenor sax, bass clarinet
William Parker - bass
Henry Martinez - drums

1."Aliocha" (Song of the Trees) 54:03 [inc,cut]
(tapeflip at 46:27)

Sound: A-
Broadcast on CBC-CBOF FM "Jazz Sur le Vif" airdate 10/05/85
Lineage/source: CBC-fm> BASF CR-E-II(Master)cassette> (rec)Pioneer PT-1000(Dolby B)> (pb)Technics RS-T73> RealtekAC'97 soundcard> Polderbits sound recorder> Polderbits sound editor> wav> wavejoiner> flac(7)(asb)