Dec 032022

these were both shared by ‘cosmikd’, years apart.  i was going to upload the 1988 show and then listened to the 2007 show & just had to go for a “twofer”.  of the two, i prefer the second (2007) simply because it has more elisabeth kontomanou and was mostly written by her.

alain jean-marie & elisabeth kontomanou quartet
studio 105, maison de la radio, paris, france
april 21, 1988

alain jean-marie (piano)
elisabeth kontomanou (vocals)
jean bardy (bass)
sangoma everett (drums)

01 search for peace (mccoy tyner) 7:33
02 deluge (wayne shorter) 9:30
03 this is new (kurt weill, ira gershwin) 7:01
04 ev’ry time we say goodbye (cole porter) / my ideal (newell chase, leo robin, richard a. whiting) 4:22
05 falling grace (steve swallow) 5:27
06 very early (bill evans) 7:35
07 italian sorrow (alain jean-marie) 2:55
08 straight, no chaser (thelonious monk) 6:44

tt 51:07

fm > yamaha tx-330 > audacity (wav) > wavelab > flac (level 8, sector-align)
broadcast : les légendes du jazz, france musique, sept 19, 2020

elisabeth kontomanou quartet
festival jazz à vannes
jardin de limur, vannes, france
25 july 2007

elisabeth kontomanou (vocals)
manu codjia (guitar)
thomas bramerie (double bass)
donald kontomanou (drums)

1. talk 1:05
2. sunny (bobby hebb) 14:30
3. where i’m coming from (kontomanou) 8:29
4. the abuse (kontomanou) 4:30
5. black angel (kontomanou) 9:23
6. back to my groove (kontomanou) 9:01


fm > wav (wavelab) > flac (frontend level 8)
jazz sur le vif, france musique, 1 oct 2007
talk by xavier prévost

sample – 1988:  t06 very early 256k.mp3
sample – 2007:  t03 where i’m coming from 256k.mp3
downloads: and

image:  from the ‘jazz in langourla’ site, photo of elisabeth kontomanou aken at her 11-aug-2007 performance at the jazz in langourla festival.  used without permission.

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