martedì 26 gennaio 2010

Rare Jazz Live in Europe: Chet Baker in Paris 1955-56

Following with some rare albums of Chet Baker's first tournée in Europe, here another album with all tracks recorded in Paris, published in the 60's in England and never reissued in the same form.

In same tracks is possible to listen to Bobby Jaspar (1926-1963) a famous belgian saxophonist, flautist and composer known also as husband of Blossom Dearie (1924-2009) the excellent american pianist and vocalist.

Chet Baker with Bobby Jaspar: I Get Chet
(Felsted records PDL 85036)

Side A
1.How About You? (*)
2.Once in a While (**)
3.Chekeetah (*)
4.Alone Together (**)
5.Chet (#)

Side B
1.Dinah (#)
2.Tasty Pudding (##)
3.Anticipated Blues (##)
4.V-Line (+)
5.Exitus (*)

(#) Chet Baker Octet
Chet Baker (tp) Benny Vasseur (tb) Jean Aldegon (as) Armand Migiani (ts) William Boucaya (bars) Rene Urtreger (p) Jimmy Bond (b) Nils-Bertil Dahlander (d)
Paris, 25th October, 1955

(**) Chet Baker Quartet
Chet Baker (tp) Raymond Fol (p) Benoit Quersin (b) Jean-Louis Viale (d)
Paris, 28th November, 1955

(*) Chet Baker Quintet
Chet Baker (tp) Bobby Jaspar (ts) Rene Urtreger (p) Benoit Quersin (b) Jean-Louis Viale (d)
Paris, 26th December, 1955

(##) Chet Baker Quintet
Chet Baker (tp) Jean-Louis Chautemps (ts) Francy Boland (p) Eddie De Haas (b)
Charles Saudrais (d)
Paris, 10th February, 1956

(+) Chet Baker Octet
(same as 25th October 1955)
Paris, 15 march, 1956

New Link [flac]

Bobby Jaspar discography

lunedì 25 gennaio 2010

Rare Jazz Live in Europe: Chet Baker in Florence 1956

Chet Baker came in Europe for the first time in 1955-56 and remained for about six months, playing in France, Germany, Italy and Denmark. The quantity of the albums that document his performances is exterminate and drives the collectors mad.

On 1956 january 24 he gave a concert in Florence (Italy) at the prestigious Conservatorio Cherubini, unissued for many years, and published in CD about twenty years ago.

Chet Baker quintet: Live in Florence 1956
(Nel Jazz NLJ 0954-2)

1.This Is Always
2.Ray's Idea
3.You Don't Know What Love Is
4.Stella By Starlight
5.Cool Blues

Chet Baker Quintet
Chet Baker (tp)
Jean-Louis Chautemps (ts)
Francy Boland (p)
Eddie De Haas (b)
Charles Saudrais (d)


Chet Baker discography

domenica 24 gennaio 2010

Rare Italian Jazz: Tiziana Ghiglioni: Lonely Woman (1981)

Tiziana Ghiglioni is the best italian jazz singer and in her many years of activity she worked with many important jazz players as Kenny Drew, N.H.O. Pedersen, Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Tony Oxley, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Clarke, Aldo Romano, P. Bley, Lee Konitz, Tony Scott, ecc.
Here we present her first album: Lonely Woman (1981) never reissued in CD.

LONELY WOMAN (Dischi della Quercia Q28014)
Tiziana Ghiglioni Jazz Singer
Milano 1981

Larry Nocella (sax t.)
Riccardo Zegna (p)
Piero Leveratto (bs)
Luigi Bonafede (drm)

Side A (new link)
Lonely Woman
Nostalgia in Time Square
a. Have You Met Miss Jones
b. The Days of Wine and Roses
c. Nice Work If You Can Get It

Side B (new Link)
'Round About Midnight
You've Changed
Day Dream
Out of Nowhere

In the following video we can see her in the title track of the album with the same musicians except for Larry Nocella replaced by Pietro Tonolo

sabato 23 gennaio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Enrico Rava quintet at Umbria Jazz 2001 Perugia (Italy)

Two of the best italian trumpet players: Enrico Rava e Paolo Fresu with Stefano Bollani, one of the most appreciate pianists in Europe and not only, Enzo Pietropaoli (bs), Roberto Gatto (drm) playing together at Umbria Jazz 2001.
One extraordinary concert that you can see here entirely. About fifty minutes of ecxiting music played by several well-known, experienced Italian jazz musicians.


venerdì 22 gennaio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Bill Evans trio in Rome (Italy) 1979

This video of 1979 is one of the last appearances in Italy of the great pianist Bill Evans (1929 - 1980) in trio with Marc Johnson (bs) and Joe La Barbera (drm). The song is My Romance of Rogers & Hart


The young bassist Marc Johnson (class 1953), who'll become one of the most interesting bassists in following years, is here at his first professional experience outside of his country. He is well known in Italy for his recordings in trio with Enrico Pieranunzi, the italian jazz pianist.
Joe La Barbera (class 1948) is a refined drummer considered the heir of Shelly Manne.

mercoledì 20 gennaio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Chick Corea in Barcelona 2007

On may 21st, 2007 Chick Corea had a spectacular live performance at the historic Palau de la Música in Barcelona (Spain).

The performance was an exotic blend of of different melodies of Spain, North Africa and Middle East flavours, as you can appreciate in this video with the song which opened the concert: North Africa.

Chick Corea - North Africa (2007) di giangijazz

The Musicians are:
Chick Corea (keyboards, piano, percussion)
Tom Brechtlein (drums)
Ruben Dantas (percussion, kalimba, palmas)
Jorge Pardo (flutes, saxs)
Carlos Benavent (bass)

venerdì 15 gennaio 2010

Rare Jazz Live in Europe: Dizzy Gillespie in Milan 1952

The first italian tour of Dizzy Gillespie was in april 1952 and had four dates: 6 in Bergamo, 7 and 8 in Milan and 9 in Turin.

He was coming from Paris (France) and the band was essentially french save for Don Byas (sax t) and Bill Tamper (tbn). The french musicians are: Hubert Fol (sax a), Raymond Fol (p), Pierre Michelot (bs), Pierre Lamarchand (drm).

The concert in Milan on april 8 of Teatro Nuovo, the only recorded, was issued more than 30 years after and never reissued.

I parte [flac]
II parte [flac]

1. Good Bait
2. Perdido
3. I Can't Get Started
4. Oo-Shoo-Bee-Doo-Bee
5. Yesterdays
6. School Days
7. Groovin' High
8. Birk's Works
9. Oh Lady Be Good
10. Oo-Pop-a-Da

Here you can listen to a great performance of Gillespie and Byas supported by an enthusiastic audience.

martedì 12 gennaio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Carlos Santana & Friends at Montreux Jazz Festival 2004

A new video for a new great performance at Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) on July 15, 2004.

Carlos Santana
with his regular band meets a "parterre de rois" :

Wayne Shorter (sax t)
Chick Corea (el. p)
Herbie Hancock (p)
Ravi Coltrane (sax s)
John Mac Laughin (g)

The musicians of the band are:
Benny Rietveld (bs)
Dennis Chambers & Chester Thompson (drm)
Raul Rekow & Karl Perazzo (perc)

sabato 9 gennaio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Nina Simone At Montreux Jazz Festival 1976

The Montreux Jazz Festival in Swizerland is one of the most important jazz festivals in Europe.

The great jazz vocalist Nina Simone (1933-2003) in the years went there four times (1968, 1976, 1987, 1990).

The Concert of 1976 is considered the best one, her performance was incredible, exciting, riveting. She doesn't only sing, but also has an amusing interaction with the audience, as you can see in these two moments of the concert.

This first song is a spectacular interpretation of Feelings the famous song written in 1956 by Loulou Gaste (originally in french: Pour Toi)

The second Stars is quite a show with personal considerations on different artists.

Finally enjoy this particular break in which Nina is ironically fighting with the microphone.

If you've appreciated this videos you can find the DVD with the whole concert here

giovedì 7 gennaio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Dianne Reeves in Montreux 1989

Dianne Reeves (1956) is one of the most important contemporary jazz singers.
In 1989 when she appeared for the first time in Europe at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland had a big success and her name became popular.
Here we can see two moments of that concert.

The musicians are
David Torkanowsky (p)
Chris Severin (bs)
Billy Kilson (drm)

mercoledì 6 gennaio 2010

Rare Jazz Live in Europe: Duke Ellington octet in Italy 1964

For ten years, between 1956 and 1965, the most important jazz event in Italy was the "Festival del Jazz di Sanremo"
Sanremo is a little town very famous in Europe for her flowers production, for her casino and for another festival, that of Italian Song, this year at his 60th edition.
The italian jazz festival was important also in Europe, because was the first european event of this kind, organized in continuous form, with the presence of many important artists from Duke Ellington to Oscar Peterson, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sidney Bechet, Max Roach, Cannnonball Adderley, Bud Powell and so on.
photo (c) by Riccardo Schwamenthal / - PhocusAgency

In 1964 Duke Ellington was in Paris with his orchestra but the budget of festival didn't allow to engage all the band, so the arrangement was an octet with the best soloists. A rare combination that you can find here.

Ralph Ericson (tr)
Lawrence Brown (tbn)
Johnny Hodges (as)
Paul Gonsalves (ts)
Harry Carney (bar)
Duke Ellington (p)
Gilbert Rovère (bs)
Sam Woodyard (dr)

part I (new link)

1. Take the "A" Train
2. C Jam Blues
3. On the Sunny Side of the Street
4. Caravan
5. I Got It bad and Ain't Good

part II (new link)

6. Sophisticated Lady
7. Medley: I Let a Song Go out of Me; Don't Get Around Much Anymore
8. Solitude
9. Rockin' in Rhythm

sabato 2 gennaio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Cassandra Wilson

Two interesting videos from different tours in Europe by Cassandra Wilson

one of the most impressive voices of jazz scene, coming from deep south of United States: Jackson, Mississippi.

The first one is Harvest Moon performed in Stuttgart (Germany) July 1996, during the promotional tour for her album New Moon Daughter with:

- Marvin Servel (gt)
- Antony Peterson (gt)
- Lonne Plaxico (bs)
- Fred Alias (dr)
- Jeff Hynes (perc)

The second one Children on the Night comes from Jazz in Marciac (France) July 2003. The musicians are:

-Steve Coleman (a sax)
- Brandon Ross (gt)
- Grégore Moret (harm)
- Lonnie Paxico (bs)
-Jeff Hynes (perc)