Mar 172017

here’s the ahmed abdullah show from the next night, in d.c. space.  i used to go there quite a lot in the late 70’s & early 80’s, though at the time i was more into punk, new wave, blues and southern rock (but already had a few jazz lps… so it begins).  it was an amazing club.  a lot of people there also went to the old 9:30 club at 930 f street (was it the atlantic building? atlantis?  anyway, there’s another blast from the past) as the music was more regular (too much, well, jazz & stuff at d.c. space that, sadly, i now regret missing).  by the time of this show, though, i had already moved away.

anyway, i know that on the last posting, i said that from the setlist this seemed like it might be just a first set.  but at 2 hrs 18 mins, i have to question that thought…  just saying.

ahmed abdullah’s solomonic sextet
d.c. space
washington dc
september 15, 1990

ahmed abdullah – trumpet and vocals
carlos ward – alto saxophone and flute
billy bang – violin
masujaa – guitar
fred hopkins – bass
charles moffet – drums

01 restore africa to it’s rightful owner 19:05
02 assunta 11:40
03 liquid magic 20:40
04 ut 8:33
05 ut 7:13
06 deja’s view 15:36
07 african songbird 17:26
08 iko iko 7:11
09 mystery of two 16:30
10 ut 8:17
11 ut 6:29

total time 2:18:39
made from the master cassettes > flac
from “dc” our anonymous donor:
from the master maxell udxl-ii cassettes, recorded from the front row of tables, center, with a sony walkman pro using a single-point stereo aiwa mike.

sample: ahmedabdullah_1990-09-15_dc_space_t09.mp3

Mar 152017

following up on the jack dejohnette show at old cabell hall, ‘pino’ had asked for more from old cabell hall, and i immediately thought of this show, a bit of a favorite of mine.  i’ve never heard much by sun ra; that seriously needs to be remedied but in the meanwhile this period of ahmed abdullah suits me just fine.

so… here’s the first of two back-to-back shows by ahmed abddullah, first at old cabell hall at the university of virginia, and then (next post) at d.c. space just 110 miles up the road in washington.  same line up, and a lot of overlap with the first set of this performance but not the second — perhaps the show is only the first set.

ahmed abdullah sextet
old cabell hall
charlottesville, virginia
14 september 1990

ahmed abdullah – trumpet, vocals
carlos ward – alto saxophone
billy bang – violin
masujaa – guitar
fred hopkins – bass
charles moffett – drums

disc one / set one (1:11:35):
1. intros – 1:20
2. mystery of two – 10:49
3. deja’s view (hello again) – 20:15
4. walk with god – 10:28
5. remarks – 1:45
6. liquid magic – 17:48
7. ? – 9:08

disc two / set two (1:09:18):
1. introduction to suite for planet earth – 1:25
suite for planet earth:
2. part one: song of the holy warrior – 13:05
3. part two: song of time – 6:33
4. part three: song of the force – 13:54
5. part four: african wind – 4:55
6. part five: song of love – 10:34
7. remarks – 0:54
8. amanpondo – 17:54

open air venue recording

sbd >dat >dat clone >.wav via s/pdif and m-audio audiophile 2496 digital soundcard >soundforge 6.0 >cd wave >flac frontend (level 6, sbe ok)

sample: d2 t02 suite for planet earth part one song of the holy warrior.mp3

cd covers are original using a modified photo by “Briles Takes Pictures” from wikimedia.

Mar 082017
antonio faraò trio - 18 aug 2009, sunside, paris france

for some reason, antonio faraò is one of my favorite pianists, and though this great performance with hadrien feraud wasn’t what got me hooked, it easily could have been.  at one point, i thought (pace salieri) that there were just too many notes for him to be playing them all (it’s not just the number of [Read more…]

Mar 042017
jack dejohnette new directions - 22 feb 1992, old cabell hall, univ of virginia, charlottesville va

here’s a show from my old alma mater, with two current favorites jack dejohnette & lester bowie.  ‘nobody’ did some work on this (see notes), before re-seeding it on dime just over 3 years ago.  i think it is better than the previous incarnation, which i also have, so thanks for the work.  actually, i [Read more…]

Mar 022017

the beginning of march already.  here’s one that i’ve listened to a time or two, including right now.  no covers, just a quick upload. anne paceo “yôkaï” jazz sous les pommiers magic mirrors coutances, france 11 may 2013 anne paceo (drums, voice) leonardo montana (piano) pierre perchaud (guitar) stéphane kerecki (double bass) antonin-tri [Read more…]

Mar 012017

i just ran across a rather fine blog, jazz serendipity live.  appears to be from another denizen of dimeadozen.  and he’s waaaay more busy on his blog than i am.  so have a look – i think you’ll be pleased.   pete

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Feb 272017
anne-mette iversen quintet with ingrid jensen - 10 march 2005, kunstmuseum, hjørring denmark

ingrid jensen only recently showed up on dime, and so also into my awareness.  i found this older show featuring her with anne-mette iversen, that ‘ knudfrank’ seeded on dime around 2 years ago, which was also super.  iversen herself is new to me, so a double bonus.  and another danish group for a danish [Read more…]

Feb 182017
ron carter trio - 3 aug 2010, blue note, new york city ny usa

i was listening to a few shows by ron carter earlier this week, which has been unbelievably busy.  didn’t listen to this one until now, but it rather suits my mood.  kismet. along with this, a shout out to vikram:  thanks for a great evening. this was shared on dime in january 2011 by bluenote2005.  covers [Read more…]

Feb 082017
tin hat trio - 14 apr 2002, theater im haus der kunst, munich germany

this is one of two ‘tin hat’ shows that were on dime in early 2012.  i’m a little surprised at myself, forgetting all about them instead of rushing out to buy everything that they have.  or maybe tin hat just worked a lot better for me this week than 5 years ago?  then again, i can [Read more…]

Feb 042017
lafayette harris trio - 7 mar 2008, jazzwoche burghausen, germany

i’ve been on a bit of a piano kick this week, and dusted off this fine performance by the lafayette harris trio from just a couple of weeks before his album trio talk was released. the covers came with the original seed by ‘unclewolfi’ on dime back in 2011. lafayette harris trio [Read more…]