Oct 252020

quite the week around here, but it’s all good (as they say), and i’ve been listening to a lot of japanese jazz and a lot of spanish jazz.  some of it has even made it into my car, with the likes of perico sambeat getting me to and from the foodstore (have to drive if i’m to shop for 5 days at a pop, thanks covid).  and so today, time to go back to some old favorites, with the great benny carter, one of a series of jazz shows from canada up on dime.  indeed, thanks to those shows, the spectrum has made it to my list of venues from which i’ve only heard shows, but which seem now so familiar.  so here’s some ‘comfort food’ to make you feel better.

benny carter with the reg wilson trio
samedi 28 juin 1986, à 19, spectrum de montréal
festival international de jazz de montreal, qc
28 june 1986

benny carter – al sx, tpt(8)
reg wilson – pno
skip bay – ac bs
andre white – dms

01. honeysuckle rose (rozaf-waller) (08:38)
02. misty (garner) (07:59)
03. blue star (carter) (08:53)
04. take the “a” train (strayhorn) (08:17)
05. what is this thing called love? (porter) (06:59)
06. easy money (carter) (07:06)
08. perdido (tizol) (08:20)
09. bc interview (05:35)

50:06 min

394 mb flac
sound quality a+

source: fm master
#’s 1-4 broadcast on cbc-fm -“jazzbeat” airdate ’12/13/86
#’s 5-8 broadcast on cbc-fm -“jazzbeat” airdate ’06/20/87

lineage: fm> (rec)sony-ts-750> maxell xlii cassette> (pb)teac w890-r> realtekac’97 soundcard> polderbits sound recorder> polderbits sound editor> wav> flac(7)(asb)

taped & transfered by nocturnal_n

sample: t03 blue star.mp3
download:  BennyCarter_1986-06-28_Spectrum_MontrealJazzFest.zip

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?


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Oct 102020

just when i thought west side story was dead and gone, “oh no! not when you’re a jet again“, dave grusin, with some mighty fine unindicted co-conspirators, proves me wrong.  this completely renewed my appreciation for this show (not to the extent of watching the film or listening to an original sound track; even great jazz isn’t magic no matter how much it seems that way sometimes).  i did the best i could on the musicians’ links… speaking of which, a big tip o’ the hat (again!) to radio swiss jazz who made that easier and makes my kitchen a happier place (for me anyway!).

dave grusin
‘presents west side story’
festival da jazz
reine victoria
st. moritz, switzerland
03. aug 2018

lee ritenour – g
dave grusin – p
john beasley – keyb
bob sheppard – ts/ss/cl/fl
tom kennedy – b
jean paul höchstädter – dr
dorothea lorene – voc
christian jott jenny – voc

pepe lienhard big band:
juan mungia, wim both, dave blaser, sebastian strempel – tp/flh
edgar schmid, vincent lachat, gilbert tinner – tb
wolf schenk – btb
jörg sandmeier – ts/fl
alex hendriksen – ts/fl/cl
andré cimiotti – as
carlo schöb – bar/bcl
pepe lienhard – fl
billy todzo – perc
baba sissoko – voc & talking drum
luca giordano – g
walter monini – b
pablo leoni – dr

01. prologue (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin/don sebesky) 06:50
02. something’s coming (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin/don sebesky) 07:01
03. announcement dave grusin 01:45
04. cool (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin/tom scott) 04:31
05. announcement dave grusin 01:21
06. maria (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin) 04:25
07. one hand, one heart (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin) 04:39
08. announcement dave grusin 02:12
09. tonight (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin) 04:12
10. announcement dave grusin 00:43
11. i feel pretty (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin) 06:22
12. announcement dave grusin 01:26
13. somewhere (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin) 04:16
14. announcement dave grusin & pepe lienhard 03:30
15. the jet song (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin/michael abene) 07:40
16. announcement dave grusin 01:54
17. america (leonard bernstein/arr. dave grusin/michael abene) 07:04

source: dvb-s > techno trend tt-premium s2-6400 twin hd > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/256 kbps) [radio station – srf 2]


sample: t15 the jet song.mp3
download: DaveGrusin_WestSideStory_2018-08-03_StMoritzSwitzerland.zip

Oct 092020

well, i was going to upload something completely different a day or two ago, but the flacs turned out to be corrupt!  i was able to decode them to wav, and then i said ah to hell with it.  instead, here’s one of several james moody shows that i’ve been listening to since.  i could listen to this all day.  these are just fun shows, between the music (‘natch!), and the sense of humour that comes through so well.  of course, i’m a sucker for a cheap laugh, being practically weaned on p.g. wodehouse.  ok, those are perhaps more dry than cheap, but be that as it may, it was hard to pick, so we’re going for the longest of the james moody shows on offer — sure, you have a better tie-breaker?

james moody
jcf theater
skidmore college
saratoga springs ny
26 june 2007

james moody,ts,voc
renee rosnes,p
todd coolman,b
adam nussbaum,dr

01 invitation 17:23
02 body and soul 10:53
03 ann jm 1:31
04 gingerbread boy/giant steps 11:15
05 “bennies” from heaven (jm,voc) 11:13
06 ann jm 1:25
07 con alma 11:02
08 moody’s mood for love (jm,voc) 4:02
09 st. thomas (theme) 2:22

tt 71:12

dsbd> cdr>cool edit pro 16-441
sound quality is ex enjoy!!!!!


sample: t07 con alma.mp3
download: JamesMoody_2007-06-26_SaratogaSpringsNY.zip

Oct 042020

french jazz brings in some nice influences, as here with the oud & the derbouka (i had to look derbouka up.. oh! so that’s what that is called…).  the oud is a beautiful instrument, in so many ways, and i enjoyed hearing it in a slightly different context.  it all works together very well.  another performance you might like is ballaké sissoko & vincent segal at jazz à vienne 2020; i am not at all familiar with the kora, that ballaké sissoko plays – a lovely sound, give that a listen.

sophie alour “exil(s)”
jazz sous les pommiers
coutances, france
30 may 2019

sophie alour – saxophone, flute, compositions
mohamed abozékry – oud
donald kontamanou – drums
philippe aerts – double bass
damien argentieri – piano
wassim halal – derbouka, bendi

01 0:00:00 opening credits
02 0:00:25 exil(s)
03 0:09:16 sa talking & band intros
04 0:12:38 unknown
05 0:21:23 sa intro wassim halal
06 0:21:52 unknown
07 0:35:11 unknown
08 0:39:20 unknown
09 0:46:24 unknown
10 0:49:32 sa band intros
11 0:50:12 joy
12 0:56:26 clapping & closing band intros
13 0:57:51 encore
14 1:00:59 clapping & closing credits

tt 1:01:52

downloaded 24-sept-2020 from france.tv

webstream > jdownloader2 > video mp4
demux audio details (tracked)
video/audio as above > vlc media player > wav > cd wave editor > flac (tracked)


sample: t08 unknown.mp3
download: SophieAlour_2019-05-30_CoutancesFrance_Demux.zip

Sep 272020

this is a lovely time of year here and a lot of places, getting the last of the (now only slightly) longer days, enjoying the last of the (now not very) warm weather, and the long warm glow of the sun on the bricks has its last hurrah before the cold sunsets of late autumn.

that what i’m listening to matches my mood is not coincidence…  a track of this, a track of that, finally find the right thing.  which today was this.  a rather understated, a bit wistful and, unfortunately, not overly long performance that bears another listening to.

btw, there’s a video with a bit of this on the internet.

lenny popkin trio
linz, austria
1 march 2011

lenny popkin, ts
gilles naturel, b
carol tristano, dr


01 these foolish things 07:37
02 e-train 07:55
03 how deep is the ocean 06:20
04 me and you 07:29
05 what is this thing called love 06:25
06 starline 06:42

tt: 42:28

source: dvb-s@256, 48khz > raw data > projextx > mp3directcut > mp2 (cbr 256 kbs; 2 channels; sampling 48.0 khz)
(lossy recording seeded in its original broadcast codec)

sample: t02 e-train.mp3
download: LennyPopkinTrio_2011-03-01_Brucknerhaus_LinzAustria.zip

Sep 212020

here’s something that i quite enjoyed on friday.  from elene dee’s facebook page, it sounds as if there might be another album coming out at some point.

elene dee
duc des lombards
paris, france
14 nov 2011
early set

elene dee (vocals)
david berkman (piano)
stéphane guillaume (sax)
dominique di piazza (bass)
manhu roche (drums)

6 tracks (no setlist)

total time : 43 minutes

source : tsf jazzlive / naimuniti/ rh-09r / audacity / xact

sample: track 04.mp3
download:  EleneDee_2011-11-14_DucDesLombards_ParisFrance.zip

Sep 132020

here’s something that i was listening to on thursday.  enjoy!

george gruntz group
dracula club
st. moritz, switzerland
22 july 2011

franco ambrosetti (flugelhorn, announcement)
tobias preisig (violin)
george gruntz (piano, announcements)
herbie kopf (bass)
pius baschnagel (drums)

01 jean tinguely calypso (piano solo) – 4:11
02 george gruntz announcement – 3:40
03 so if love’s a triumph of illusion (piano solo) – 4:37
04 franco’s delight (flugelhorn + piano) – 10:35
05 unknown (piano + violin) – 2:58
06 you don’t know what love is (piano + violin) – 11:08
07 lock-lo-motion (piano, bass + drums) – 8:31
08 all blues – 7:40

tt 53:23

lineage: radio broadcast drs2 (2011-10-14) –> digital cable –> cd-r –> hard disc –> cd wave editor (editing, tracking) –> trader’s little helper (flac 8)

recorded by drs
very good sound quality

sample:  track 04.mp3
download:  GeorgeGruntz_2011-07-22_StMoritzSwitzerland.zip

Sep 052020

these two shows, only days apart, have only two pieces in common, giving the effect of a 2-hour+ concert (even allowing for the duplicates).  it’s not just the still dreaming album, though much of that does appear (mostly in the first show).  i wonder if anyone made the (5 hour by car) trip to see both shows?  probably.  i realize this is the first concert in some time with no piano, just horns, bass & drums, so if  you’re in the mood for that, i think you’ll enjoy this.

still dreaming
jazz festival
saalfelden, austria
25 aug 2019

joshua redman – ts, ss
ron miles – tp
scott colley – b
dave king – dr

01. blues for charlie (joshua redman) 05:24
02. new year (scott colley) 14:04
03. announcement joshua redman 02:15
04. guinea (don cherry) 11:59
05. walls-bridges (dewey redman) 06:27
06. it’s not the same (joshua redman) 03:10
07. haze and aspirations (scott colley) 10:27
08. bad algorithms (joshua redman) 13:22
09. law years (ornette coleman) 07:27

tt 1:18:40

source: dvb-s > digital devices cine s2 v7a twin tuner > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/256 kbps) [radio station – oe1]


still dreaming
jazz festival
willisau, switzerland
28 aug 2019

joshua redman – ts
ron miles – tp
scott colley – b
dave king – dr

01. new basic 11:00
02. trouthers (???) 10:43
03. announcement joshua redman 03:28
04. walls – bridges 07:50
05. open or close 10:09
06. announcement joshua redman 00:44
07. haze and aspirations 11:47
08. announcement joshua redman 00:19
09. unanimity 13:46
10. turnaround 08:52

tt 1:14:38

source: dvb-s > digital devices cine s2 v7a twin tuner > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/256 kbps) [radio station – srf 2]

25-aug t04 guinea.mp3
28-aug t05 open or close.mp3


Aug 292020

it’s not been a great week for music, nothing has seemed right, so friday i pulled out a 6-night run by elvin jones at seattle’s jazz alley.  only made it around 4 hours into it by the end of the day (thanks, conference calls!), and am playing it with breaks until the full 13+ hours runs out.  these are pretty good audience recordings.  anyway, feeling much better now.  also bought a digital download version of will calhoun‘s celebrating elvin jones, “sight unseen” just to round out the week.

elvin jones – drums
antoine roney – tenor & soprano sax
darren barrett – trumpet
eric lewis – piano
steve kirby – bass

elvin jones’ jazz machine
jazz alley
seattle, wa
may 16th, 2000
both sets

antoine roney-ts/ss
darren barrett-tp
eric lewis-piano
steve kirby-bass

cd 1
1 25:04
2 14:36
3 15:47

cd 2
1 30:46
2 20:19
3 19:24

tt 2:05:56

elvin jones’ jazz machine
jazz alley
seattle, wa
may 17th, 2000
both sets

antoine roney-ts/ss
darren barrett-tp
eric lewis-piano
steve kirby-bass

cd 1
1 22:02
2 14:57
3 35:59

cd 2
1 24:34
2 28:47
3 18:47
4 3:53

tt 2:28:58

elvin jones’ jazz machine
jazz alley
seattle, wa
may 18th, 2000
both sets

antoine roney-ts/ss
darren barrett-tp
eric lewis-piano
steve kirby-bass

cd1)set 1 cd1
cd2)set 1 cd2
cd3)set 2

set 1

cd 1
1 25:58
2 37:00

cd 2
3 24:19

set 2

cd 3
1 21:18
2 10:16
3 37:40

tt 2:36:32

elvin jones’ jazz machine
jazz alley
seattle, wa
may 19th, 2000
both sets

antoine roney-ts/ss
darren barrett-tp
eric lewis-piano
steve kirby-bass

cd1) early set part 1
1 27:08
2 11:15
3 12:53

cd2) late set part 1
1 23:39
2 47:48

cd3) part 2’s
1 13:02
2 17:06

tt 2:32:50

elvin jones’ jazz machine
jazz alley
seattle, wa
may 20th, 2000
early set only

antoine roney-ts/ss
darren barrett-tp
eric lewis-piano
steve kirby-bass

1 23:18
2 11:57
3 44:43

tt 1:19:58

elvin jones’ jazz machine
jazz alley
seattle, wa
may 21st, 2000
both sets

antoine roney-ts/ss
darren barrett-tp
eric lewis-piano
steve kirby-bass

last track of 2nd set cuts off…
damaged on the original disk

cd 1
1 18:11
2 10:10
3 24:58

cd 2
1 25:36
2 0:24
3 25:09
4 19:43
5 4:30

tt 2:08:42





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