Nov 082021

this was near the end of louis smith’s career, about which i found little other than his wikipedia page and a number of very warm obituaries of a man who apparently did a lot for jazz in michigan as an educator and, sometimes, performer.  there are worse fates than to be remembered warmly as having made something better.

louis smith quartet
ford detroit international jazz festival”
hart plaza
detroit mi
2 sept 2000

louis smith, trumpet
gary schunk, piano
paul keller, bass
bert myrick, drums

1 ut (4:29)
2 ed’s love (7:51)
3 ut (8:25)
4 ut (7:09)
5 autumn leaves (7:49)
6 ut (6:39)

tt 42:22

recording info:
fm > dat master @ 16bit/32khz
processing: dat master > m1 > adobe audition > cdwav > tlh flac 8
these are 16bit/32khz flac files

line up per louis smith’s comments at the end of track 1. at the
start of track 4, the announcer gives “george davidson” instead
of bert myrick, but i think louis smith knew who he was playing with.

sample: t02 ed’s love 256k.mp3

photo:  undated photo, downloaded from

Dec 282020

this is a demux of the 4.1gb video which was just uploaded on dime.  the sound quality is excellent, fortunately, since hannibal peterson was in fine form that night.  put this on at your new year’s eve party (next year, that is) and crank it up.  i don’t see a lot of hannibal peterson around, and don’t actually have any of his cds (something to do this year, unlike your aforementioned party).  not sure if this will be the last post of the year, so in case it is:  a happy new year to all.

“hannibal” marvin peterson quartet
live at vienna: a club performance
vienna, austria
date unknown (but maybe january 1987)

“hannibal” marvin peterson – trumpet
ron burton – piano
walter schmocker – bass
allen nelson – drums

1) nothing ever changes my love for you (9:40)
2) melanie (12:28)
3) summertime (13:00)
4) soul brother (18:13)
5) flame game (9:37)

total time: 1:02:58

original video lineage
vhs > panasonic-dvd-recorder > dvd-rw > pc > cuttermaran > dvd-lab > dime
(got this show on an old vhs-tape without any informations)
video: (gspot) pal, 4:3, mpeg-2, 720×576, 25.000 fps, 8765 kbps
audio: (gspot) ac3, 48 khz, 384 kbps
original vob audio: ac-3; cbr 384 kbs; 2 channels; sampling 48.0 khz; duration 1:02:58

demux audio lineage
video as above > ffmpeg (demux/concatenate ac3) > wav (cbr 1536 kbs; 2 channels; sampling 48.0 khz)
> cd wave editor (tracking) > flac > foobar2000 (metadata) > flac

dvd-cover-art: yes (for a slim-case)
menue: no
chapters: yes

sample: t2 melanie.mp3

Dec 182020

well, i’m theoretically off now until after new year’s, so here’s a perennial favorite, cedar walton.  he’s in quintet including sax & trombone, a very nice combination indeed to set us up for the holiday season.  i continue to amass christmas jazz shows (of which this is not one, never fear) but sadly the family have put the kibosh on those, preferring more traditional renditions.  anyway, the info file showed 55 minutes, but i’m seeing over 90 minutes in foobar2000.  might pull out a book and glass of wine now, and enjoy the rest of the show.

cedar walton quintet

recorded for ubi jazz festival, teatro comunale di mirano (venezia – italy)
on tuesday 11 march 2008

cedar walton, pianoforte.
piero odorici, tenor saxophone.
roberto rossi, trombone.
david williams, bass.
joe farnsworth, drums.

tracklist – running time : 54’49”  1:31:40
01 – cedar’s blues
02 – hindsight
03 – the man i love
04 – little sunflower
05 – in a sentimental mood
06 – my ideal
07 – dear ruth
08 – on the trail
09 – firm roots
10 – midnight waltz
11 – radio outro 0.45

fm radio broadcast by “il cartellone – radio 3 suite jazz”, radio 3 rai [third channel of italian national radio], on tuesday 11 november 2008, 20:37 hours.

lineage (fm > hd > web):
itt hifi4060 tuner > audacity 1.3.5 beta via c-media cmi8738/c3dx soundcard > 44100hz/16bit flac’s (level 8) >

sample: 04 little sunflower.mp3

Dec 102020

here’s the next show.   the taper summed it up so well, there’s not much to add, except maybe the download code 😉

1920s/30s jazz played by a great orchestra, superb arrangements, combined with max raabe’s
deadpan humor, made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening

max raabe & palast orchester
scottsdale center for the performing arts
piper theater
scottsdale, arizona
2 april 2017

max raabe, vocals
cecilia crisafulli, violin
thomas huder, trumpet, vocals
michael enders, trumpet, vocals, musical director
jorn ranke, trombone, viola, vocals (per program,
though it sounds like max introduces a different name)
bernd frank, tenor sax, clarinet
johannes ernst, alto sax, clarinet
sven bahrens, alto sax, clarinet
rainer fox, baritone sax, clarinet, vocals
vincent riewe, drums, perc
bernd hugo dieterich, bass, sousaphone
ulrich hoffmeier, guitar, banjo, violin
ian wekwerth, piano

set 1
101 introduction
102 with my eyes wide open, i’m dreaming
103 when i need love, i go to pauline
104 let’s do it
105 marie, marie, marie
106 women are so beautiful when they’re in love
107 i’m in the market for you
108 schone isabella von kastilien
109 beyond the sea
110 three little words
111 where can we get together, madame
112 i got rhythm
113 unknown
114 midnight, the stars and you
115 bei mir bist du schon

set 2
201 some of these days
202 the bilbao song
203 who’d cry tears just because of love
204 heartaches
205 who’s afraid of the big bad wolf
206 stormy weather
207 millions of kisses and millions of smiles
208 i’ve got a sweet tooth for ruth
209 coubanakan
210 over my shoulder
211 dort tanzt lulu
212 encore break
213 san francisco
214 encore break 2
215 goodnight, goodnight, goodnight (brass offstage)

tt 1:41:10

church audio cafs > sp-spsb-8 battery pack > zoom h2 (48khz/24-bit) >
adobe audition (split into tracks, convert to 44.1/16) > tlh flac level 8

recorded from row g, audience right
approx 102 minutes (each set approx 51 minutes)

1920s/30s jazz played by a great orchestra, superb arrangements, combined with max raabe’s
deadpan humor, made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. you may have seen some of max’s
hilarious covers of tom jones’s ‘sex bomb’ or britney spears’s ‘oops i did it again’. i
did the best i could with the song titles, though i couldn’t figure out track 13 of set 1.
concert program and a few cell photos are included. note the final encore which was played with
the brass section backstage in the distance, for a beautiful effect.

samples: t106 women are so beautiful when they’re in love.mp3t213 san francisco.mp3

Dec 102020

here’s one of two shows that i’ve been listening to today, both featuring big bands, and both just hopping!  it’s a lot of fun, and definitely a better ‘ding dong the witch is dead’ than the munchkins’ version.  the other show, which is another corker alright, coming up shortly.

buddy rich 100 livestream
buddy rich big band
featuring cathy rich, dave weckl & gregg potter
ronnie scott’s jazz club
47 frith st, soho
london, uk
25 may 2017, thursday 10:15pm 2nd show

cathy rich – vocals
dave weckl, gregg potter – drums
eric miyashiro, simon gardner, andy greenwood, craig wild – trumpet
bob bowlby – alto sax
nigel hitchcock, rob fowler – tenor sax
jay craig – baritone sax
trevor mires, mark nightingale, andy wood – trombone
matt harris – piano
laurence cottle – bass

setlist in order of livestream:

gregg potter and the buddy rich big band
00 ronnie scott’s mc
01 dancing men
02 hookin it
03 audio selection
04 potter and rich speak
05 the beat goes on
06 that’s enough
07 birdland
08 cathy and potter interview

dave weckl and the buddy rich big band
09 dave weckl interview
10 ronnie scott’s mc
11 you gotta try
12 dw speaks
13 rotten kid
14 basically blues
15 prelude to t.c
16 time check
17 cathy
18 ding dong the witch is dead
19 cathy speaks of one more
20 audio track

tt 1:52:30

lineage > youtube livestream > audacity project rate @ 96000 > graghiceq > amplify > flac

the warm-up act nor the club’s intermission promotional data has been included.
they are still available @

the following information was sourced from the ronnie scott’s website:
selected performance:?monday 22nd may – saturday 27th may
detailsbook »

#rslive due to overwhelming ticket demand, we are delighted to announce we will be livestreaming the buddy rich big band show live from the club on thursday 25 may @ 10.15pm (uk time) on #facebooklive #youtubelive and directly from ! featuring legendary drummer dave weckl, buddy’s daughter cathy rich and drummer gregg potter but also some of the original members of the buddy rich big band! set to be an historic week at the club so for the ones who couldn’t get tickets, here is your chance to watch the show! #rslive #freelivestream #buddyrich #jazzdrummerlegend
the livestream will be starting here at 10.15pm (uk time)!

mon-thur: 1st show onstage 7pm, 2nd show onstage 10.15pm
fri-sat: 1st show onstage 7.30pm, 2nd show onstage 11.15pm

one of legendary drummer buddy rich’s last requests of his daughter,cathy, was to keep his band working, his music alive, and to do something for young people. no easy task, but eventually the idea of an annual memorial concert seemed like the best way to do it. cathy rich produced the first buddy rich memorial concert in 1988 at carnegie hall in new york and thus began the story of these incredible events. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of buddy’s passing and what would have been his 100th birthday and, following the success of the 25th anniversary memorial concert at the london palladium in 2012, ronnie scott’s will be hosting 12 exclusive shows over 6 nights featuring the reformed buddy rich big band with one of the all-time great drummers dave weckl, buddy rich big band drummer gregg potter, and the evening hosted by buddy’s daughter cathy rich. the buddy rich big band comprises musicians from both the us and the uk, several of whom toured with buddy himself and played on his last ever uk shows in 1986. join us in paying tribute to “the world’s greatest drummer” in his 100th birthday year!

samples: t06 that’s enough.mp3t13 rotten kid.mp3
download:  BuddyRichBigBand_2017-05-25_Ronnie

Dec 032020

while this isn’t the first show here featuring the harmonica, there aren’t very many (one of which, inevitably, is the great toots thielemans).  it’s not long though.  if you like the harmonica paired with the trombone (of course you do!), grossi & coelho also play together on grossi’s live album #motion, which i also recommend.

gabriel grossi quintet
jazzahead! 2018
messehalle 7.2
bremen, germany
21 apr 2018

gabriel grossi (hmca)
rafael barata (dr)
eduardo faria (p)
romulo duarte (db)
sergio coelho (tb)

01 samba pro toots
02 band intro
03 # em movimento
04 domingo pascoal
05 preludio aus: bachianas brasileiras nr. 4
06 irmaos latinos
07 batida diferente -fades out-

min 25:24

fm (analog cable) – audacity – xact

bremen 2
sounds in concert

support the artists by buying their records.

sample: t3 em movimento.mp3

Nov 302020

this is a slow, sweet selection of (mostly) classics, with one of the nicest version of willow weep for me that i’ve heard in a long time, and definitely my favorite instrumental version, by a long shot.  i wasn’t really in the mood for jazz guitar, and was juuuust about to change when the clarinet started.  a mighty close call, as it’s also rousted me out of my spanish jazz phase.  although that’ll continue intermitently before it turns into a japanese jazz phase…  anyway, tomorrow is december day (why does only may get a day?), so a good time for a fresh start.  enjoy!

martin taylor (guitar) alan barnes (clarinet)
scarborough jazz festival
scarborough, england, uk
28 sept 2012

01 intro

02 i won’t last a day without you
composer: paul williams/roger nichols

03 jersey bounce
composer: wright/platter/bradshaw/johnson

04 willow weep for me
composer: a ronell

05 gone with the wind
composer: allie wrubel/herbert magidson

06 banter

07 two for the road
composer: henry mancini

08 outro

09 be my love/intro
composer: sammy cahn/nicholas brodzsky

10 stranger on the shore
composer: acker bilk/mellin

11 ain’t misbehavin’
composer: a.razaf, f.waller, h.brooks

12 banter

13 seraphina
composer: martin taylor

14 they can’t take that away from me
composer: george & ira gershwin

15 banter

16 be my love
composer: sammy cahn/nicholas brodzsky

17 outro

tt 1:13:07

bbc 320k aac > i-stream recorder (44.1k wav)/adobe audition<tracks>phase correction>fades>flac
checksum files done in traders little helper

tracks 1-8 broadcast on bbc radio 3 “jazz line up” 2013-01-13
tracks 9-17 broadcast on bbc radio 3 “jazz line up” 2013-04-07
broadcast on bbc radio 3 “jazz line up” hd stream master
now phase corrected tracks 1-8 along with tracks 9-17


sample: t4 willow weep for me.mp3

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

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?

 Posted by at 23:18
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