Dec 292022

where did i just see bern nix?  i thought it was dime, but no, so maybe it was something on mastodon?  anyway, i brushed off a few old shows that’ve been lurking in the vaults, and here’s one of them.  smashing stuff.  i have to look into jim nolet now.

bern nix / jim nolet quartet
middle east
cambridge, ma
25 march 1991

bern nix – guitar
jim nolet – violin
? – bass
e. j. rodriguez – drums and percussion



total time 81:35

aud cass master recorded by tomcorafan
transferred by allsoundz


sample: cd1 t03 unknown title 256k.mp3
download: BernNix_Jim

Dec 262022

unfortunately, i’ve missed downloading a couple of ellen christi shows, but that’s ok, i’m sure i can find some of her cd’s for sale.  though, with the range of styles she can (and, apparently, will) sing, it remains to be seen if i will have chosen well in my purchase.  i find this very hard to describe, but there’s a sample as alway.  if you like this, a venue called roulette, in brooklyn, has a recording of mark hennen, ellen christi & drummer jackson krall show on 6-mar-1985 available on their website.

a week or two ago, i was again at the workmans club down on wellington quay, for a dublin jazz co-op show:  thomas schuttenhelm & sam perkin.  it sounded interesting & was but i wasn’t sure i’d enjoy it.  but enjoy it, i did!  it was super!  and music to make you think and to be thought about.  i had a nice chat with thomas schuttenhelm afterwards, a very interesting fellow (no surprise that!).  check ’em both out!

ellen christi / mark hennen duo
“the joint”, wbrs-fm
winer wing, usdan student center
brandeis university
waltham, ma
26 september 1985

ellen christi – vocals
mark hennen – piano  also this link

no setlist

total time 61:02

sourced from cassettes copied from the master tapes
1st gen cassette(dolby c on)>denon drm-555>sony pcm-d50(16 bit/44.1 khz)>cdwav>flac(level 6)

sample: t02 unknown title 256k.mp3

picture: ellen christi in avellino, in 1990. cropped screenshot of a youtube video.

Dec 162022

well, a charles tolliver double-header is a fine way to hit 500 posts!

the first show, from 1969, is a phenomenal recording.  as someone commented on dime, when it was shared a few years ago,

listening now, great stereo sound, good enough for a commercial release.  sounds fantastic, swings like crazy.

i can say the same right now!  and it goes for the second show, from 1971, which is maybe a lot more “tolliver-ish” (yes. btw, i see that the ’69 show is “all compositions  by charles tolliver), and which i think that i prefer.  i’ve been listening to very little except charles tolliver or the radio (which was sadly lacking any charles tolliver!)

btw, we now have a presence on mastodon,

charles tolliver & the erich kleinschuster quintet
austrophon studio
vienna (austria)
february 1, 1969

charles tolliver (tp)
erich kleinschuster (tb)
hans salomon (ts)
fritz pauer (p)
jimmy woode (b)
erich bachträgl (dr)

1. lil’s paradise – 8:46
2. the household of saud – 4:57
3. paperman – 6:31
4. on the nile – 10:12
5. truth – 7:54
6. right now – 4:29

tt: 42:53

all compositions by charles tolliver

lineage: sbd > cd > hd (flac 8)

sound: a

charles tolliver’s music inc.
lila eule
bremen, germany

charles tolliver – tp
stanley cowell – p
jeff clyne – b
alvin queen – dr

01. afro blue (santamaria) 23:04
02. body and soul (heyman/sour/eyton/green) 12:28
03. oriental (cowell) 15:48
04. the ringer (tolliver) [fade out] 02:55

source: dvb-s > techno trend tt-premium s2-6400 twin hd > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/320 kbps) [radio station – nordwesradio]



image:  cropped image from the cover included with the 1971 show.  don’t know who did the covers originally.

Dec 132022

well, i hadn’t really planned on this one.  i was listening to ibiza 2014 from the old discopolis recordings, and really enjoyed muriel grossman’s concert.  and then it fed right into the next concert, by susana sheiman, which i also really enjoyed.  and then i looked to see what other shows by grossman or sheiman i might find, answer being a nice show by susana sheiman from 2012.  well, fortunately i had the sense to stop before i went completely down the rabbit hole, as this sort of thing can rapidly escalate.  though i do need to go back to look for more muriel grossman… she is super!  anyway, the outcome of all of this is these three shows, leading off with muriel grossman & then susana sheiman at the 2014 eivissa jazzfest in ibiza, then, as a little dessert, a 2014 show by susana sheiman.  links and (if i get to it) samples are all together at the bottom of this post.  also, in case you’re wondering, no, i was not able to find websites or much of anything for most of the musicians.  finally, these are in mp3 format, somewhat unusually for this site.

muriel grossmann quartet
eivissa jazz festival 2014
baluarte de santa lucia
ibiza, spain
22 aug 2014

muriel grossman – alto sax
jaime pelico – bass
uros stamenkovic – drums
radomir milojkovic – guitar

radio host (& live intro in 2014) josé miguel lópez

01 jl radio intro for muriel grossman (0:20)
02 jl live intro for muriel grossman quartet (2:34)
03 unknown title (7:28)
04 unknown title (10:12)
05 unknown title (7:32)
06 jl radio outro (1:03)
07 josé luis intro (2:57)
08 ut (11:10)
09 ut (9:32)
10 ut (9:01)
11 talking & band intros (1:08)
12 jl radio outro (0:39)

tt 1:03:36

source: webcast (mp3, cbr 256k 44.1 khz) > mp3directcut > tracked mp3
tracks 01-06:
tracks 07-12:

cover.jpg – screenshot of a street performance by the muriel grossmann quartet at eivissa
jazz 2018, see

susana sheiman & open gate
eivissa jazz festival 2014
baluarte de santa lucia
ibiza, spain
22 aug 2014

susana sheiman, vocals
open gate:
toni solà, sax tenor
artur regada, bass
xavier algans, piano
caspar saint-charles, drums

radio host (& live intro in 2014) josé miguel lópez

01 jml radio intro (0:39)
02 jml live intro susana sheiman (0:49)
03 i’ve got you under my skin (cole porter) (6:38)
04 angel eyes (6:50)
05 talking (0:30)
06 ut (6:12)
07 jl radio outro (0:33)
08 talking (0:11)
09 show intro (0:55)
10 jl radio intro (1:09)
11 love (5:25)
12 love won’t let me wait (bobby eli, vinnie barrett) (5:19)
13 talking (0:16)
14 don’t get around much anymore (duke ellington, bob russell) (5:57)
15 talking (0:19)
16 caravan (5:54)
17 talking (0:34)
18 ut (7:42)
19 jml station id (0:13)
20 aquellas pequeñas cosas (joan manuel serrat) (6:40)
21 band intros, louisiana sunday afternoon (franne golde) (7:27)
22 jml radio outro (0:28)
23 talking (0:35)
24 bésame mucho (consuelo velazquez) mashup (6:55)
bésame mucho > a mashup of bésame mucho, llorona,
cuéntame que te pasó, and naila
25 i’m going to live the life i sing about in my song (mahalia jackson) (4:20)

tt 1:22:31

source: webcast (mp3, cbr 256k 44.1 khz) > mp3directcut > tracked mp3
tracks 01-10:
tracks 11-25:

cover.jpg – screenshot of a performance by by susana sheiman & open gate at jamboree jazz club,
barcelona, 20-june-2012, see

susana sheiman & the ignasi terraza trio
presenting “swing appeal”
sala jamboree
barcelona, spain
11 march 2012

susana sheiman – vocals
ignasi terraza – piano
unknown – bass *
unknown – drums *
* announced by the radio host in his introduction, but i could not understand the names

01 radio host intro (2:42)
02 there’ll be another spring (lee-wheeler) (4:49)
03 spring can really hang you up the most (landesman-wolf) (5:43)
04 someone to watch over me (george & ira gershwin) (6:11)
05 talking (0:14)
06 where or when (rogers & hart) (3:27)
07 emotional dance (terraza-sheiman) (6:06)
08 talking (1:02)
09 just one of those things (5:32)
10 radio host (0:37)
11 talking (0:45)
12 p.s. i love you (mercer-jenkins) (4:11)
13 i’m going to live the life i sing about in my song (mahalia jackson) (4:56)

tt 46:14

recorded by rtve radio 4, broadcast on show “jazz am gel” 18-aug-2012

source: webcast (mp3, cbr 256k 44.1 khz) > mp3directcut > tracked mp3

cover.jpg – screenshot from a performance by susana sheiman & the ignasi terraza trio,
at luz de qas (barcelona), festival de jazz de barcelona, on november 29th 2011,




Dec 032022

these were both shared by ‘cosmikd’, years apart.  i was going to upload the 1988 show and then listened to the 2007 show & just had to go for a “twofer”.  of the two, i prefer the second (2007) simply because it has more elisabeth kontomanou and was mostly written by her.

alain jean-marie & elisabeth kontomanou quartet
studio 105, maison de la radio, paris, france
april 21, 1988

alain jean-marie (piano)
elisabeth kontomanou (vocals)
jean bardy (bass)
sangoma everett (drums)

01 search for peace (mccoy tyner) 7:33
02 deluge (wayne shorter) 9:30
03 this is new (kurt weill, ira gershwin) 7:01
04 ev’ry time we say goodbye (cole porter) / my ideal (newell chase, leo robin, richard a. whiting) 4:22
05 falling grace (steve swallow) 5:27
06 very early (bill evans) 7:35
07 italian sorrow (alain jean-marie) 2:55
08 straight, no chaser (thelonious monk) 6:44

tt 51:07

fm > yamaha tx-330 > audacity (wav) > wavelab > flac (level 8, sector-align)
broadcast : les légendes du jazz, france musique, sept 19, 2020

elisabeth kontomanou quartet
festival jazz à vannes
jardin de limur, vannes, france
25 july 2007

elisabeth kontomanou (vocals)
manu codjia (guitar)
thomas bramerie (double bass)
donald kontomanou (drums)

1. talk 1:05
2. sunny (bobby hebb) 14:30
3. where i’m coming from (kontomanou) 8:29
4. the abuse (kontomanou) 4:30
5. black angel (kontomanou) 9:23
6. back to my groove (kontomanou) 9:01


fm > wav (wavelab) > flac (frontend level 8)
jazz sur le vif, france musique, 1 oct 2007
talk by xavier prévost

sample – 1988:  t06 very early 256k.mp3
sample – 2007:  t03 where i’m coming from 256k.mp3
downloads: and

image:  from the ‘jazz in langourla’ site, photo of elisabeth kontomanou aken at her 11-aug-2007 performance at the jazz in langourla festival.  used without permission.

Nov 182022

there’s not too much piano jazz up here, but occasionally one really strikes my fancy, like this one, recorded just 6 months before sal mosca died at age 80.

sal mosca
amsterdam, netherlands
12 jan 2007

sal mosca, piano

01 gone with the wind
02 just one of those things
03 i’ve got rhythm
04 on the sunny side of the street
05 i don’t stand a ghost of a chance
06 the song is you > night and day
07 caravan
08 i cover the waterfront
09 how high the moon
10 radio outro (in dutch)

total time: 42:04

source: radio
lineage: cdr trade > wav > trader’s little helper (flac 8, align on sector boundaries)

sample: t06 the song is you – night and day 256k.mp3

photo:  copied from  it has a copyright symbol, but i’ve no idea who owns that.  used without permission.

Nov 112022

the very beginning to this isn’t great (and the cut-in doesn’t help!), so i nearly just moved on to something else, but fortunately stuck with it.  i might just spend the rest of today listening to other courtney pine recordings!  looking for photos from that period turned up very little except for this rather nice jazz photo blog, with some excellent shots of courtney pine from 1988 (but in the end, i went with a photo of the tape’s j-sleeve… so mid-80s!).

courtney pine quartet
ravenna jazz 1987
rocca brancaleone
ravenna, italy
4 july 1987

courtney pine, tenor sax, soprano sax
jo bashorun, piano
gary crosby, bass
mark mondesir, drums

01) unknown title [cut in] (9:48)
02) unknown title (12:03)
03) unknown title [cut in and with tape flip] (12:34)
04) unknown title (12:38)
05) unknown title [tape end] (14:33)

tt 61′ 38″

lineage: audience recording > tape sony hf-es60 (1st gen) > unknown tape recorder
then denon drw-850 (no dolby) > sony pcm-d50 (rec level 5,5) (48khz-16bit) > nero wave editor 11

quality: b+

sample: Courtney Pine 1987-07-04 Ravenna t03 Unknown title 256k

photo:  shot of the tape j-sleeve from the original recording, shared along with the music by the uploader.

Nov 052022

here’s some harmonica jazz.  like (i suppose) many people, you say “harmonica” and i think of blue ‘harp’.  silly me!  but i do love the harmonica, be it blues or jazz…  such a lovely warm sound.

anyway, recently back from madrid where i saw andrea motis (who was fantastic, and sang more / played trumpet less than i expected).  then last weekend, down at the cork jazz fest, i saw sélène saint-aimé, in a show that still leaves me a bit speechless (& that’s a good thing in this case, in case you’re unsure).   so jazz-wise, i’m in jolly mood, and hope you’re the same!

completely unrelated to any of that, i recommend a series that i’m listening to (some bits again, some for the first time), the imc’s blind date jazz series, which you can see through their site or on the series youtube playlist.  check it out.

olivier ker ourio quintet
studio 104, maison de la radio
paris, france
(concert without audience)
february 20, 2021

olivier ker ourio (harmonicas)
grégory privat (piano, fender rhodes)
gino chantoiseau (bass)
arnaud dolmen (drums)
inor sotolongo (percussion)

01 a380 8:35
02 singular insularity 9:16
03 intro 1:16
04 largue pa tienbo 9:02
05 payanké 15:47
06 intro 0:26
07 unknow 8:31

52:53   [that link is broken]

fm > yamaha tx-330 > audacity (wav) > wavelab > flac (level 8, sector-align)
broadcast : jazz club, france musique, direct live

nov-2022: changed the filename for track 5 to “05 payanke.flac” (changing the final letter from “é” to “e”). updated md5 file for changed name. also added an ffp file.

sample: t04 largue pa tienbo 256k.mp3

photo:  one of the photos from the discogs page for olivier ker ourio.

Oct 262022

i was out of town for 2 weeks and had a number of shows to listen to and maybe share up here.  but no:  it turned out that i couldn’t access the files.  so, nothing this month until now!  maybe we’ll have a little flurry of activity over the this week (hopefully! i’m out of town this weekend as well).

ellen andrea wang
bremen, germany

ellen andrea wang – double bass, vocal
andreas ulvo – piano
erland dahlen – drums

01 heart beat / band intro
02 fjord ferry
03 sacred
04 high 5
05 perfect danger
06 away
07 holding on
08 du hoie fryd for rene sjæle
09 air
10 follow me
11 call me
12 be mine

min 82:41

fm (analog cable) – audacity – xact

bremen 2
sounds in concert

sample: 01 heart beat 256k.mp3
download: Ellen Andrea Wang 2017-03-18 Moments, Bremen

photo:  youtube screenshot of a 2017 performance in oslo with the same lineup.