domenica 22 gennaio 2012

Jazz Live in Italy: Charles Mingus quintet at Umbria Jazz 1974

Umbria Jazz is the most important and well known Italian Jazz Festival, that next year will reach its 40th anniversary.
1974 was the second year of life and program was rich and ambitious, spread on different towns 

and including many important artists as Gerry Mulligan with Mariam McPartland, Keith Jarett, Horace Silver presenting two hopeful young artists: Tom Harrell and Bob Berg, Antony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Sonny Stitt, the Big bands of Gil Evans and of Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, and Charles Mingus New Group.
This last group was a kind of All Stars, with the leader, playing bass, there were George Adams (ten. sax), Hamiet Bluiett (bar. sax) Don Pullen (piano) and Dannie Richmond (drm).
In the following video it's possible to appreciate the central nucleus of a gorgeous concert of this group, performed in Todi on july 28, 1974 (not 1975 as wrongly written on video; the town is clearly Todi and in 1975 Mingus had only one date in Perugia with a little different group).

The three themes played were:
  1. Flowers for a Lady (aka Angry Reds)
  2. Devil Blues (aka Stormy and Funky Blues)
  3. Opus 3 (aka Squeezed Strings)

This about half an hour of exciting music, in front of an enthusiastic pubblic, is a great page of jazz played by five excellent musicians. Unfortunatly only one of them, Hamiet Bluiett, is still in life today.

mercoledì 18 gennaio 2012

Jazz Live in Europe: Woody Herman in Antibes (Cote d'Azur - France 1965)

An interesting rare recording of Woody Herman and his Swinging Herd taken in Antibes (Cote d'Azur-France) during his European tournée of 1965.

Woody Herman - "Live in Antibes"
28 July, 1965 

Woody Herman (cl, s.alto); 
Bill Chase, Don Rader, Gerald Lamy, Dusko Gojkovic, Robert Shew (tp); 
Ron Myers, Don Doane, Henry Southall (tb); 
Sal Nistico, Andy Mc Ghee, Gary Klein (ts); 
Tom Anastas (bs); 
Nat Pierce (p); Antony Leonardi (b); Ronnie Zito (dm)

1. Blue Flame (J. Noble)  0'45 
2. The Preacher (H. Silver)  4'30 
3. Wailling In The World (G. Roland)  3'57 
4. Hallelujah Time (O. Peterson)  3'21 
5. Satin Doll (Elington/Strayhorn)  3'43 
6. Somewhere (L. Bernstein)  4'24 
7. Four Brothers (J. Giuffre)  3'32 
8. Early Autumn (R. Burns)  4'08 
9. Medley:  
- - Rose Room (Williams/Hickman) 
- - In A Mellowtone (Ellington/Gabler)
- - Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington/Russell) 6'18 
10. 23 Red (B. Chase)  3'37 
11. Northwest Passage (Herman/Jackson/Burns) 6'07 
12. Watermelon Man (H. Hancock)  7'39 
13. I Remember Cliford (B. Golson) 5'40
14. Caldonia (F. Moore) 6'35
15. Blue Flame (J. Noble) 0'57

mercoledì 4 gennaio 2012

Jazz Live in Italy: The Giants of Jazz in Milano (1971)

At the beginning of the 70s the producer George Wein had the opportunity to put together some of the main stars of the Bebop era: Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Kay Winding, Thelonious Monk, Al McKibbon and Art Blakey. The group was named The Giants of Jazz  and for about one year had a successful tournée around the world. 
On 1971, october 20, played at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milano. 

Dizzy Gillespie (tr)
Kay Winding (tbn)
Sonny Stitt (sax a)
Thelonious Monk (piano)
Al McKibbon (bs)
Art Blakey (drm)

01. I Mean You (T. Monk)  11'48
02. 'Round Midnight (T. Monk) 08'05
03. Tour de Force (D. Gillespie) 13'22
04. Tin Tin Teo (Chano Pozo-Gil Fuller) 09'58
05. Lover Man (Ramirez-Davis-Sherman) 04'29
06. Woody'n You (D. Gillespie) 9'36
07. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh-Dorothy Fields) 03'39
08. Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 7'47

The following video was taken in Holland during the same tournée 

lunedì 2 gennaio 2012

Jazz Live in Europe: Max Roach quintet feat. Abbey Lincoln in Paris 1964

A rare concert of the Max Roach quintet with the voice of Abbey Lincoln, at that time wife of Roach, performed in Paris on January 18, during the European tournée of 1964.
This exibition in front of an enthusiastic pubblic make, at that time, a great stir. Here we have only the fist part of that evening. In the second part was presented a new version of the Freedom Now Suite.  


Clifford Jordan (sax t)
Coleridge T. Perkins (piano)
Eddie Kahn (bs)
Max Roach (drm)
Abbey Lincoln (voc. in *)

1. This Night Mountain (Max Roach) 13'15
2. Ceciliana (Max Roach) 6'10
3. Mop Mop (Dalmerious-Williams) 5'45
4. Jordu (Duke Jordan) 6'25
5. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington-Mills) 6'15
6. Who Will You Buy? (Lionel Bart) 2'25 *
7. Love for Sale (Cole Porter) 4'10 *
8. Long as You are Living (Brown- Priester- Turrentine) 5'45 *

In the following video, taken in Belgium, during the same tournée, the group plays Driva Man from the Freedom Now Suite.