venerdì 26 febbraio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Count Basie & Friends in Montreux 1977

The Montreux Jazz Festival of 1977 was particularly dedicated to the "Art of the Jam Session" and quite all concerts were published in a LP set of 8 disks.

The following video made on July 14 shows a part of the Jam Session directed by Count Basie. The beginning set in trio with Ray Brown (bs) and Jimmie Smith (drm), named Trio Blues, is a particular event because, according to Norman Granz, was the first time that Basie as ever done a trio number in a concert.
In the second set, Kidney Stew, we can appreciate all the other members of the jam session:

Roy Eldridge (tr)
Beny Carter (a. sax)
Zoot Sims (t. sax)
Vic Dickenson (tbn)
Al Grey (tbn)


giovedì 25 febbraio 2010

Jazz in Europe: Gil Evans & Steve Lacy in Paris (France) 1987

One of my most beloved CD: Gil Evans & Steve Lacy - Paris Blues (1987), in which the art of duo reaches one of her highest levels for the particular personality of these two musicians and for their melodic and lyrical style of improvisation.

The location: Paris, where I lived for some periods and that I love, gives more glamour to this excellent work of two old cats.

Last but not least the high quality of the compositions: 3 of Mingus, 1 of Ellington and 3 originals of the musicians.

Paris Blues

Gil Evans (piano, electric piano);
Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone).
Recorded at Family Sound Studio, Paris, France
on November 30 & December 1, 1987.

1. Reincarnation of a Lovebird (C. Mingus) 7'05"
2. Paris Blues (D. Ellington) 5'17"
3. Esteem (S. Lacy) 9'07"
4. Orange Was a Color of Her Dress Then Blue Silk (C. Mingus) 14'42"
5. Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat (C. Mingus) 8'42"
6. Jelly Roll (G. Evans) 5'43"
7. Esteem (S. Lacy) 8'54"

For listening to links in Commenti
After listening to please delete it from your HDD.
If you like the music, buy the CD if available.

sabato 20 febbraio 2010

Italian Jazz Live: Enrico Rava - E lucevan le stelle - Vicenza (Italy) 1994

The well known italian trumpet jazz player Enrico Rava & his Group in concert at the historic Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza (Italy) in June 1994 playing a romanza from the italian opera by Giacomo Puccini "Tosca".
Players list:
Enrico Rava (tp)
Richard Galliano: (ac)
Battista Lena (g)
Enzo Pietropaoli (b)
Daniel Humair (d)
string session directed by Bruno Tommaso

mercoledì 17 febbraio 2010

Jazz Behind the Carpathians: Johnny Raducanu & Teodora Enache (1999)

Johnny Raducanu (1931) is considered the most important jazzist of Romania (Mr. Jazz of Romania according with Leonard Feather) and here we can listen to him with the young jazz singer Teodora Enache (1967) , which is his pupil and which he lauched in the jazz world.

The album is of about ten years ago, when the partnership began and after this disc continued for years with different tournée together. The concert in San Francisco (USA) december 2001, is documented on the album Jazz Made in Romania (Intercont Music 2006).


Jazz Behind The Carpathians
Johnny Raducanu meets Teodora Enache

Green Records 1999

Teodora Enache - vocal
Johnny Raducanu - piano, vibraphone, leader
Alin Constantiu - baritone saxophone, clarinet
Jean Stoian - guitar
Pedro Negrescu - bass
Tudy Zaharescu - drums

Track List

1. Our love is here to stay
2. You go to my head
3. Angel Eyes
4. Les feuilles mortes
5. Sussy Blues
6. Body and soul
7. Blue moon
8. The lady is a tramp
9. Doina
10. Epu blues
11. Honeysuckle rose
12. Tescani

In this album same original compositions of Raducanu are mixed with classic standards in a good musical atmosphere.

venerdì 5 febbraio 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Ahmad Jamal Live in Zurich (2000)

Ahmad Jamal (b.1930) is one of my favorite jazz pianist, a living legend. For years he played only in trio and only after the begining of the '80s he began to include in his group George Coleman (b.1935) the well known saxophonist, composer and bandleader of Memphis, Tennessee, with which made also different tournée in Europe.
This video shot them in Zurich (Switzerland) during the Jaznojazz Festival on October 26th, 2000 playing the popular standard of Young & Washington: My Foolish Heart with James Cammack (bs) and Idris Muhammad (drm)


Ahmad Jamal on Web

George Coleman on Web

If you want to listen to the complete concert in a non-professional recording links in comments

martedì 2 febbraio 2010

Rare Italian Jazz: Nexus "Open Mouth Blues" 1983

About 25 years ago a group of young emerging italian jazz players, today all well known, formed an ensemble named NEXUS with the intent of creating a new form of creative music beyond the free.
This his their first album, that was one of the more interesting of these years and had a very good welcome not only in Italy.
Today this album is quite forgotten and deserves to be remembered.

Open Mouth Blues
Red Record VPA 169
Recorded in Milan, 1983 June 24th and 25th

Daniele Cavallanti tenor & baritone saxes
Pino Minafra trumpet, flueghelhorn, pocket trumpet
Luca Bonvini trombone, sackbut
Paolino Dalla Porta bass, tambourine, kalimba
Tiziano Tononi drums, percussion, gongs

track list

A1) Amanita Muscaria (P.DallaPorta) 16.20

A2) Open Mouth Blues (T.Tononi) 6.46

B1) Night Raga Falls (D.Cavallanti) 8.22

B2) Song for the Seals (T.Tononi) 11.22

listen to

NEXUS on My Space