29 August 2010

A Blindfold Test

The question is : who are the three musicians (alto sax-bass/cello-

Probably you don't have many chances of answering the question but,
certainly, will be able to give a more objective judgment about the music.

22 August 2010

Ornette Coleman Quartet - Live in Genoa '10

The best concert i've listened (till now) this summer.

Rec. live at "Arena del Mare", Genoa, Italy, on July 21, 2010
(mics recording)

Ornette Coleman,alto sax,trumpet,violin
Tony Falanga,double bass
Al MacDowell,electric bass
Denardo Coleman,drums

01. Tone Dialing (07:40)
02. Song World (08:19)
03. Jordan (07:24)
04. 9/11 (05:21)
05. Call To Duty (05:33)
06. Turnaround (06:22)
07. Blues Connotation (06:20)
08. Bach Prelude (05:31)
09. Peace (06:01)
10. Taking The Cure (04:22)
11. Sleep Talking (07:03)
12. The Sphinx (04:15)
13. Theme From A Symphony [Variation A] (05:45)
14. Song X (03:26)
15. Lonely Woman [encore] (04:36)

Total Time 1:28:04

20 August 2010

Abdullah Ibrahim Tentet - Live in Turin '74

For all South African Music lovers.

Rec. live at "Auditorium RAI", Turin, Italy, on May 4, 1974
(radio broadcast)

Abdullah Ibrahim,piano,flute
Carlos Ward,alto sax,flute
Roland Alexander/John Stubblefield,tenor sax
James Ware,baritone sax
Joe Gardner/Roy Burroughs,trumpet
Kiani Zawadi,trombone
Johnny "Mbizo" Dyani,bass
Roy Brooks,drums,musical saw

1. Air (04:20)
2. Bra Joe From Kilimajaro (23:24)
3. Jabulani-Easter Joy (17:15)
4. Tintiyana, First Part (03:55)

Total Time 48:55

19 August 2010

David Murray Big Band featuring James Newton plays 'The Obscure Works of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn' [re-upload]

David Murray Big Band featuring James Newton plays 'The Obscure Works of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn'
Jazzfest ñ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, November 7th 1998.

African Flower 19:03
Such Sweet Thunder 7:53
Chelsea Bridge 7:36
Love You Madly 7:51
Bloodcount 6:18
Wig Wise 11:11
Praise God 4:21
Warm Valley 12:10
Blue Pepper (Far East Of The Blues) 6:02

Carmen Bradford (vocals)
David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet, conductor)
Ricky Ford (tenor sax)
James Newton (flute, conductor)
James Spaulding (alto sax, flute)
John Purcell (saxello, clarinet)
Pablo Calogero (baritone sax)
Craig Harris (trombone)
Frank Lacy (trombone)
Gary Valente (trombone)
Ravi Best (trumpet)
Hugh Ragin (trumpet)
DD Jackson (piano)
Jeff Chambers (bass)
Andrew Cyrille (drums)
Klod Kiavue (percussion)

This is a re-upload of a post I originally made in January 2009. It was requested by oui. Very sorry it has taken so long, but I have only just looked through the requests section in quite some time. Better late than never, as we say in the UK.

I actually posted an MP3 version of this concert, but this is a flac copy provided by LYM. I hope he is happy for me to provide my own Rapidshare links of his original share.

18 August 2010

Harry Beckett - Flare Up

It's always with regret when one reads that another great musician has passed on. So it was with Harry Beckett who died at the age of 75 in July. We have posted a great deal of Beckett at this blog, but always in a sideman capacity, whether with the Brotherhood of Breath, the Dedication Orchestra, Dudu Pukwana's Zila (uncredited on Zila 86, as pointed out by one commentator) and most recently the BoB at Banlieues Bleues. In fact, looking at the Harry Beckett entries in Discogs, I'm flabbergasted at the number of records he's appeared on, even some in my own collection that I didn't even know about (Jah Wobble??).

So, time then to feature Beckett in leader capacity and let's go back to the beginning. Flare Up was released back in 1970 with a horn line-up that can't be beat. Osborne, Skidmore, Surman, huh? How's that? Here's a little write-up from the Amazon site:

Flare Up is the debut album by Caribbean trumpet player Harry Beckett. It remains an occasion to celebrate decades after its initial release during the golden age of British jazz. Beckett had been a member of the various big bands of the era, such as Graham Collier's, Mike Westbrook's, and John Surman's, preparing him well for this first date as a leader. It does take some cues from the late Miles Davis Quintet sides like Filles de Kilimanjaro and Directions, but it's also funkier, brighter, and freer simultaneously, owing to the great explorations in improvisation taking place in Great Britain and in Europe in general, as well as the late-era modal jazz of Miles. The lineup on this session is quite impressive:the triple-sax front line is comprised of Surman, Alan Skidmore, and Mike Osborne, with Chris Laurence and John Webb on bass and drums alternately, Frank Ricotti on vibes and congas, and John Taylor's uncredited Fender Rhodes piano. Beckett composed four of these pieces, Collier another four, and Surman (who had been flown in from Belgium for the date) one.The feel is brash in places, but there are grooves even in the more abstract spaces of tunes such as "Go West" and "The Other Side." With a three-sax front line, Beckett is uncaged to roam throughout the arrangement and accent the gritty and gruff, making his horn both a seductively mysterious element as well as a more elaborate extension of the rhythm section -- and Webb's drumming in places is absolutely unhinged (check the Beckett pieces like the title track and "Flow Stream Flow," as well as Surman's signature piece, "When Fortune Smiles"). This is essential for anyone interested in British jazz from its most creative period.


A1 Flare-Up
A2 Go West
A3 Where Fortune Smiles
A4 Scarlet Mine
A5 Third Road
B1 Flow Stream Flow
B2 The Other Side
B3 Rolli's Tune
B4 Fools Play

Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Harry Beckett
Saxophone [Alto] - Mike Osborne
Saxophone [Baritone, Soprano] - John Surman
Saxophone [Soprano, Tenor] - Alan Skidmore
Piano - John Taylor
Vibraphone, Congas [Conga Drum] - Frank Ricotti
Bass - Chris Laurence
Drums - John Webb

I'll post more Beckett later on, but let's get started on this one. This is also out on a cd which seems to be getting hard to find. This sounds to me like a vinyl rip, off the Philips album in 1970.

By a strike of luck, this appeared in the comments section of a 2007 post, so thanks to the poster for keeping the link alive. If it should disappear, I'll re-up it. More Beckett to come.

17 August 2010

World Sax Quartet meets M'BOOM - Live in Serravalle Scrivia '10

"Nearly three decades have passed since that glorious 1981 evening,
when an audience of three thousand gathered in the cathedral of St.
John the Divine to hear what Max Roach called a “Grand Collaboration”:
a concert by M’Boom and the World Saxophone Quartet."

Two evening ago i've recorded this "new collaboration" : it's a pleasure
to see these two ensembles fuse together!

Rec. live in Serravalle Scrivia (AL), Italy, on August 15, 2010
(mics recording)

World Sax Quartet:
Hamiet Bluiett,bariton sax
David Murray,tenor sax,bass clarinet
Oliver Lake,alto sax
James Carter,alto & soprano sax

M'Boom Re Percussion:
Eli Fountain/Ray Mantilla/Steve Berrios/
Warren Smith,percussions

1. Hattie Wall [H.Bluiett] (22:47)
2. Yes, We Can! [D.Murray] (07:52)
3. Barbecue Sushi [H.Bluiett] (21:08)
4. Real [O.Lake] (12:24)
5. Couchette [W.Smith] (06:49)

Total Time 1:11:02

15 August 2010

Air - Live in Lovere '79

For all Air lovers.

Rec. live in Lovere, Italy, on June 17, 1979
(mix recording)

Henry Threadgill,reeds,flute
Fred Hopkins,bass
Steve McCall,drums

1. Through A Keyhole Darkly/Dance Of The Beast/G.v.E./
Keep Right On Playng Thru The Mirror Over The Water (47:23)
2. Midnight Sun [encore] (06:10)

Total Time 53:34

12 August 2010

Clusone Trio - Live in Clusone '05

A special reunion for the 25 edition of the Clusone Festival :
the final concert by this great Trio.

Rec. live at "Corte Sant'Anna", Clusone, Italy, on July 22,
2005 (radio broadcast)

Michael Moore,alto sax,clarinets,melodica
Ernst Reijseger,cello
Han Bennink,drums

1. Dewey's Tune [D.Redman] (16:03)
2. Love Henry [Traditional] (10:43)
3. O Pato [A.C.Jobim] (13:45)
4. I Never Had A Chance [I.Berlin] (05:59)
5. Le Cygne [C.Saint-Seans] (08:50)
6. The Song Is Ended [I.Berlin] (06:54)

Total Time 1:02:17

6 August 2010

Enrico Rava Quartet - Live in Rome '80

Dear old Rava...

Rec. live in Rome, Italy, on March 16, 1980
(mix recording)

Enrico Rava,trumpet
Franco D'Andrea,piano
Giovanni Tommaso,bass
Bruce Ditmas,drums

1. Lulu/At The Movies/Rose Selavy/Round About Midnight/
Small Talk (46:24)
2. The Fearless Five/Outsider/Ah/Lost And Found (54:10)

Total Time 1:40:34

2 August 2010

Jim Hall Quartet - Live in S.Margherita Ligure '05

Simply one of the greatest guitarist of all the jazz history.

Rec. live in S.Margherita Ligure (Ge), Italy, on July 13, 2005
(mix recording)

Jim Hall,guitar
Geoffrey Keezer,piano (-5,6)
Steve La Spina,bass (-4,5)
Terry Clarke,drums (-4,6)

1. Band Blues [J.Hall] (12:59)
2. All The Things You Are [J.Kern] (11:08)
3. Ouagadoudou [J.Hall] (12:34)
4. Pong Reader [G.Keezer] (06:54)
5. Why Not Dance? [J.Hall] (04:46)
6. Cold Spring [J.Hall] (07:35)
7. Hide And Seek [J.Hall] (10:59)

Total Time 1:06:58