Jun 182021
 

sadly for us, josé miguel lopez, the host of discópolis & discópolis jazz, is about to retire, after an unbelievable 44 — that’s forty-count-em-four — years with radio nacional de españa and over 11,300 discópolis shows (including the discópolis jazz shows). i’m not sure what will take over that slot in the rne radio 3 schedule, hopefully something along the same lines. this sunday is the last broadcast of ‘discópolis jazz’ before he retires.

adios, josé miguel, ¡un abrazo muy fuerte!

Apr 032021
 

it’s getting very hard to find anything to post here as there is simply so much coming through on dime at the moment.  i cannot keep up (not that anyone can, but…) and it’s even harder on a long weekend like this one, not spending hours a day enjoying the jazz while i work (all in all, i’ll take the weekend 🙂 ).  it’s the opposite of the old joke about the food.

 Posted by at 20:29
Oct 152020
 

i’m going to be taking a little break to listen to a super series of japanese jazz thanks to josé miguel lopez, the host of discópolis jazz on rtve (radio y television española).  there are over 35 in the series so far, from broadcasts going back over 2 years, which you can download from the discópolis pages on the rtve website (link below).

there’s actually a lot more there (not all jazz, but a lot!) — josé miguel only plays the japanese concerts once or twice a week, as far as i can tell.  still, at around an hour each, it’s a massive view into contemporary japanese jazz.  the shows are all at the nhk fureai hall.

and — a nice surprise — the bold josé miguel doesn’t talk over the music.  good man yerself, pepe.  and good commentary, to boot.

tracking these was a bit of a conundrum, as the mp3 cutters (not editors) don’t have user interfaces that play nice with me.  it’s probably me.  so i’ve setup a little assembly line process that ends up with ffmpeg doing the tracking.  whatever works, eh?

https://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/discopolis-jazz/
https://twitter.com/Discopolis3
https://www.facebook.com/DiscopolisR3/

 Posted by at 23:18
Sep 142019
 

well after 2 concerts posted in as many hours, here’s a change of pace:  a very interesting article on “economics of bittorrent Communities”, using dime as the example on medium, at https://medium.com/@jbackus/private-bittorrent-trackers-are-markets-1d3cc3c9bacd .  thanks to erik b. who posted the link on the dime discussion list.  not sure i agree with some of the suggestions as presented in the article (have not yet read the actual .pdf), but very interesting reading.  thanks, erik b!

 Posted by at 21:19
Apr 202019
 

it’s jazz month, and tuesday, 30-april, is international jazz day!

i’m planning on going to see a double-header of matt jacobson’s ReDiviDeR and the aoife doyle band, at the wild duck.  i saw aoife doyle recently at one of the dublin jazz co-op‘s sunday night gigs at the workmans club, and matt jacobson seems to pop up on drums constantly here in dublin (which is a good thing).  it should be an excellent evening!


 

 Posted by at 09:47
Apr 062019
 

so, camille o’sullivan is touring this year, including her version of shakespeare’s rape of lucrece, as well as her nick cave show.  i’ve seen her rape of lucrece, and really must say that is is immensely powerful, a show not to be missed.  i’ll be seeing it again at the pavilion in dún laoghaire, but there will also be shows at the droichead arts center, drogheda and the everyman, cork.  hoping to also catch the nick cave show at the olympia next fall, but tickets aren’t on sale yet.

https://camilleosullivan.com

Jan 102019
 

no, i’m not sharing it, but i noticed that this 4.4gb collection is available at plumdusty’s page.  if you don’t have this, it’s worth the effort to download it.  4.4 gigs seemed soooo much to download when i got it back in 2004, on a considerably slower internet connection that most people have now.  some of the tracks have been released, here and there, i believe.  here’s the artwork JohnColtrane-LiveTraneUnderground-artwork.zip in case plumdusty doesn’t have it.

 Posted by at 16:59
Jul 042018
 

in madrid for a few days, i was lucky enough to catch the kenny garrett quintet at clamores jazz.  i’ve not been to clamores before — actually, i associate it more with clubbing (which they still do there, starting late & ending early, natch!) — but i quite liked the place.  i was a bit taken aback at 9pm to find myself just about the last person in the door for what turned out to be a 10pm show; i’ll be there earlier next time, and dinner be damned.  anyway, it was a great show though all i had to record with was an android phone (no it’s not really listenable, thanks for asking).  sometimes, k.g. reminded me of a younger pharoah sanders; googling today, i see that’s not just me (1) (2).  pharoah sanders was one of my favorite musicians at one point (and i’ll always have a soft spot for his music), so that added a bit of a kick to the show.  (i’ve only seen p.s. once, at the cork jazzfest a bit over a decade ago.)  the music in the last half hour didn’t really do it for me, though i must say kenny garrett knows how to get people up out of their seats — the energy when he switched from jazz to (i’m not sure what) kept me there.  and a long show, too:  i left after 2 hours, and they were still at it.

bottom line:  liked clamores, loved kenny garrett.  i’ll be back, and hope k.g. will as well.

kenny garrett / saxs
vernell brown / piano
corcoran holt / dbass
samuel laviso / drums
rudy bird / percussion

 

 Posted by at 22:35