venerdì 23 aprile 2010

Jazz in Italy - Tribute to Chet Baker at Umbria Jazz 2008

On July 2008 at Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia (Italy) to remember Chet Baker in 20th anniversary of his death four musicians, that played with him, were reunited in a group, named CHET MOOD QUARTET, to play the music he used to like, well known standards.
The concert is unissued and is taken from a radio broadcast.

"Chet Mood" Quartet
Enrico Rava (trumpet & flugelhorn), Philip Catherine (guitar), Riccardo Dal Frá (double bass), Aldo Romano (drums)

Recorded at Teatro Morlacchi, Perugia (Italy)
on tuesday 15th July 2008

1 All Of You 12.38
02 Polka Dots & Moon Beams 13.10
03 -introduction by Rava 1.00
04 Bernie's Tune 8.09
05 Broken Wing 8.57
06 Time After Time 10.18
07 -introduction by Del Frá 1.11
08 I'm a Fool To Want You 8.31
09 Doodlin' 8.33
10 My Funny Valentine 9.30
11 band's intro & encore break 1.10
12 If I Should Lose You 7.09


martedì 20 aprile 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Dave Brubeck quartet in Juan-les-Pins (France) 1967

A rare album of the Dave Brubeck quartet with the only issue of the second concert in Juan-les-Pins on july 23, 1967. The first one was the day before and was issued as Dave Brubeck - Take Five Live (Jazz Music Yesterday (It) JMY 1001-2) today unavailable.

The program of this second set is more rich, with three takes not present in the first one.

lunedì 19 aprile 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Louis Armstrong in Florence (Italy) 1952

On 1952 october Louis Armstrong was in Italy for his third tournée (previous were in 1935 and 1949) with his All Stars and during the tour saturday 25 was in my town, Florence, for an evening radio broadcast "Varietà Internazionale" dedicated to him.

Only after fifty years those rare recordings (10 tracks) were issued in CD, enriched with 2 different radio interviews of 1956 and 1976 and some other old inissued tracks coming from the catalog of Voice of America.


Louis Armstrong (tp),
Trummy Young (tbn),
Bob McCracken (cl),
Marty Napoleon (p),
Arvell Shaw (bs),
Cozy Cole (drm),
Velma Middleton (vc)

1. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (d. Fields, J. Mchugh) 3’35”
2. Little Coquette (g. Kahn, C. Lombardo, J. W. Green) 2’41”
3. That's My Desire (c. Loveday, H. Kresa) 3’49”
4. St. Louis Blues (w.c. Handy) 3’03”
5. On The Alamo (g. Keyes, J. Lyons, I. Jones) 2’31”
6. How High The Moon (n. Hamilton, M. Lewis) 4’04”
7. Bugle Call Rag (also Known As Bugle Blues) (traditional) 3’11”
8. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (l. Rene, O. Rene, C. Muse) 2’16”
9. Basin Street Blues (s. Williams) 3’53”
10. Velma's Blues (also Known As Big Mama's Back In Town) (v. Middleton, L. Armstrong) 2’33”
11. Interview With Louis Armstrong (radio Rai News, 6th Jan.1956) 2’20”
12. Save It Pretty Mama (d. Redman, P. Denniker, J. Davis) 3’19”
13. 2.19 Blues (also Known As Mamie's Blues Or Mamie Desdume's Blues) (m. Desdume) 2’49”
14. Among My Souvenirs (h. Nicholls, E. Leslie) 1’51”
15. Mahogany Hall Stomp (s. Williams, P. Alan) 3’25”
16. Love Me Or Leave Me (g. Kahn, W. Donaldson) 2’39”
17. Medley: Shadrack (r. Mc Gimsey)/When The Saints Go Marching In (traditional) 4'24"
18. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (h. Creamer, J. Turner Layton) 5’25”
19. Louis Armstrong: Memoirs From The Radio Tre Programme "my Only Sin Is My Skin" (21st March 1976) 1’23”

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

sabato 17 aprile 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Enrico Rava & Ran Blake in Frankfurt 1999

Artist: Enrico Rava & Ran Blake
Title Of Album: Duo en Noir
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: between the lines

1. Nature Boy (Ahbez) - 4:04
2. Vertigo/Laura (Hermann/Raskin) - 5:09
3. The Spiral Staircase (Webb) - 2:54
4. Shake the Cage (Donahue) - 1:50
5. Certi Angoli (Rava) - 2:30
6. There's No You (Hopper) - 4:51
7. Let's Stay Together (Green/Jackson/Mitchell) - 3:45
8. I Should Care (Cahn/Stordahl/Weston) - 3:06
9. Tea for Two (Caesar/Youmans) - 4:36
10. There's a Small Hotel (Hart/Rodgers) - 5:27

They only appeared on stage one time together for recording: Enrico Rava, the most well-known European trumpeter, and Ran Blake, the American pianist with an influence on numerous contemporary musicians that can hardly be overestimated. Hazelwood Music Production recorded the exceptional concert at the Frankfurt South Train station in 1999. Ten songs, ten standards. The composition, which Enrico Rava contributed ("Certi Angoli"), can also be called a standard in the meantime. In addition, songs such as "I Should Care", "Nature Boy", "There's No You" and even "Tea for Two" were interpreted very originally. All songs radiate a high degree of melancholy without triggering sadness thanks to Rava's unmistakable sound and Blake's just as unique phrasing. The New York Times once wrote: "Only Ran Blake sounds like Ran Blake." Although the pianist born in 1935 studied under piano legends such as Oscar Peterson and took private lessons from Mary Lou Williams, he soon cut loose and developed his own sounds and structures. He has become one of the most authoritative musicians and composers of the "Third Stream" and has a chair for this at the New England Conservatory till today.
The connection to Rava (born 1939) had already existed a long time, including via Jeanne Lee who had worked with both. But Enrico Rava had always felt at home in other styles too: from jazz rock in the 70s to performances and recordings with Cecil Taylor, Gato Barbieri and Archie Shepp. Recently, he has worked with Stefano Bollani, among others, and released music on ECM.

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

venerdì 9 aprile 2010

Jazz Live in Europe: Miles Davis "Lost quintet" (1969)

The performances of Miles Davis with the so called Lost quintet [M. D. (tr), Wayne Shorter (ss, ts) Chick Corea (el-p), Dave Holland (bs, el-bs) Jack DeJohnette (drm)] are some of the most interesting of his career. The quintet was so named because they never recorded as five-men lineup in the studio, and only on 2001 with It's About That Time [Live at the Fillmore East mar. 7, 1970]

it was possible to listen to them on an official release.
The blogger Heat Warps posted 3 album botlegs with some performances of the quintet in France (Juan-les-Pins july 1969, Paris Salle Pleyel, nov. 1969 2 sets) that is possible to download here.
In the following videos we can see the quintet in Rome (Italy) at Teatro Sistina oct. 27, 1969

and in Copenhagen (Denmark) at Tivoli Konsertsal nov. 4, 1969.