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.
the .zip files for some older posts here have been archived. if a file is missing, leave a message & i’ll try to repost it
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
i’m off to sao paulo for a short visit. fortunately, i found a usb solid state drive loaded with a wide variety of music, from some trip or other… beefed it up with a half-dozen shows in brazil (why not?). so we might have a bit of a break here. then again, i might get a bit of a break there. (“then again”… that’s a nice little idiomatic phrase, isn’t it?)
just heading home after a visit to raleigh, nc, usa, home of one of my favourite online stations, wncu fm.
they were having – sorry, are still having – their fundraising week. it’s one of two jazz stations on the internet radio in the kitchen at home (yes, wpfw fm in d.c. is the other, of course.) bandwidth costs money, so…
and so… what’re your favourite internet jazz stations?
and if they live on listener donations, think about giving them some spondulix (but don’t tell us if you donate… that’s your business).
here i am, in atlanta on the way home. cheers.