May 312020

this bubbled up to the surface a couple of days ago, and i’ve listened to it a few times since.  the info file has one of the best commentaries i’ve read in an info file in a very long time – i’ll quote just a tiny bit, that nicely sums up the secret society (and this recording), with a tip o’ the hat to ‘bombdiggity’

remarkable original compositions, brilliantly arranged and conducted, and quite well played. of particular note to me is david dejesus on the final number.

this likely will appeal to fans of jazz, big band, orchestras, modern composers, new music, and/or classical, and perhaps even those slightly inclined to the avant-garde side of things.

i know, sounds a bit all-things-to-all-people, right?  normally that’s the kiss of death, but not this time.

btw, if you want more (in addition to their albums), here’s a few secret society shows available on the npr website:  darcy james argue’s secret society: newport jazz 2014 and in ‘real enemies,’ darcy james argue confronts a post-truth world  and john ellis, darcy james argue on jazzset.  there may be more, but those are ones that popped up in my searches.

darcy james argue’s secret society
kennedy center,
washington, dc, usa
5 jan 2011

darcy james argue : agent in charge
sebastian noelle : guitar [webpage didn’t work in my usual browser but did in another]
red wierenga : piano, keyboard
matt clohesy : bass
jon wikan : drums
seneca black : trumpet
tom goehring : trumpet
matt holman : trumpet
nadje noordhuis : trumpet
david smith : trumpet
noah bless : trombone
tim sessions : trombone
kevin moehringer : trombone
jennifer wharton : trombone
david dejesus : winds
rob wilkerson : winds
sam sadigursky : winds
mark small : winds
josh sinton : winds

01. transit (8:45)
02. phobos (12:55)
03. induction effect (13:56)
04. roll call (1:46)
05. obsidian flow (11:12)

tt : approx 48:30

recording: 2 x nakamichi cm-100 w/ cp-1 cardiod capsules >
oade c modded edirol r-44 (recorded @ 24/96)
edit/track/levels/downsample (to 16 bit/44.1 mhz): cool edit pro 2.1
sector realign/flac/torrent: tlh

support the artists. buy the cd, see them live.

sample: 01 transit.mp3

May 292020

yesterday was al cohn day, i feel as if i’ve listened to every al cohn show that i have (well, a lot anyway!).  i was going to share one of his shows (up next!), but this little jem from jim galloway, featuring al cohn and eddie lockjaw davis, has elbowed its way to the front of the queue!  a woody herman show (also with mr. al cohn) was trying to do the same, but will just have to wait.  anyway, a bit of a busy day at work, but with these shows and the warm sunshine we’ve had, it was a beautiful day.  tip ‘o the hat to ‘jazzrita’ for sharing this.

jim galloway quartet + al cohn + eddie lockjaw davis
sheraton hotel
toronto, ontario, canada
19 dec 1981

jim galloway,ss,bs
al cohn,ts
eddie lockjaw davis,ts
ian bargh,p
neil swainson,b
terry clarke,dr

01 – strike up the band – ann dj 9:28
02 – on green dolphin street (jg,bs) – ann dj 10:32
03 – i can’t get started (eld,ts,ib,p-trio) – ann dj + ac 5:18
04 – blue hodge (garymcfarland,comp) (ac,ts,ib,p-trio) – ann dj 6:40
05 – i want to be happy 11:08
06 – ann dj – old folks (jg,ss-ib,p-trio) – ann dj 4:53
07 – what’s the thing called love – ann dj 9:32
08 – on the trail (eld-al+ib,p-trio) – ann dj 10:20
09 – lester leaps in (jg,bs) 11:02


fm got in trade

sample: t04 blue hodge.mp3

May 212020

this was up on dime just in the past week or two, and it really hit the spot.  enjoy!

btw, his website is really hard to load as it has bad certificates; try twitter or instagram instead.

keyon harrold & band
ronnie scott’s
london, uk
04. july 2018

keyon harrold – tp, voc
shedrick mitchell – p
nir felder – g
burniss travis – b
charles haynes – dr

01. the mugician (harrold) 22:30
02. announcement keyon harrold 00:47
03. mb lament (harrold) 17:44
04. love in tragedy (harrold) 08:13
05. announcement keyon harrold 00:40
06. she’s leaving home (lennon/mccartney) 08:29

tt 58:25

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

sample: t04 love in tragedy.mp3

May 162020

here’s another show that popped up on the search for la vie en rose.  very different to the last one.  who doesn’t like piano jazz?  well, i do get tired of that sometimes (hard to believe, eh?), but i never tire of a good piano-violin quartet like this one.  this was shared by ‘jazzrita’, whose fine taste can always be relied upon.

it’s nice that we have choices for high spec recordings — and choices other than the usual giant internet companies (we know who they are).  for example, sandro roy is on qobuz; jermaine landsberger is on both bandcamp and qobuz.  what other platforms do artists use to sell high-quality copies of their albums?  if you were choosing between a purchase available on multiple sites, which would you choose, and why?  (paranoid thought for the day:  why do i think those two sites are not part of the stables belonging to the giant internet companies?)

jermaine landsberger trio feat. sandro roy
bayerischer rundfunk, münchner funkhaus
munich, germany
20 nov 2019

sandro roy, vio
jermaine landsberger, p
joel lochner, b
matthias gmelin, dr

01 – jazz bourree (leopoldmozart,comp,sr,arr,sr,vio-solo) 1:58
02 – troublant bolero (djangoreinhardt,comp) – ann jl 8:11
03 – jl swing (sr,comp) 7:44
04 – souvenir de paris (sr,comp) 4:14
05 – las olas (jacopastorius,comp) 7:59
06 – la vie en rose (edithpiaf,comp) 10:15
07 – wendy (stephanegrappelli,comp) (fade-in) 4:57


lineage: dvb-s 320kbit/s + 48000 khz mp2 (br) > asv audio converter (in flac) > audacity

source: br (bayerischer rundfunk)

danke für die daten an reinhard!!!!!

sample: t05 las olas.mp3

May 152020

i was looking for nice covers of la vie en rose today, and ran across a number of nice shows, including this one that nolataper shared a some point.  this is a lot of fun (i must get back to new orleans some day…), and nicely edited (thanks, nolataper, for editing out station ids, and so well!) ms. ketchens seems to be described just as a clarinetist, which is true, but it turns out she’s also a fine singer!  a nice surprise, not having heard this show since i first downloaded it (as is so often the case).  in fairness, this is not my favorite version of the song from the shows i’ve been listening to, but the concert really hit it for me.  there you are, eh?  perhaps we’ll get a few more versions of la vie en rose before this weekend is out…

doreen ketchens
new orleans jazz & heritage festival
new orleans fair grounds
new orleans, la.
may 5, 2017

1 radio intro 0:36
2 lord, lord, lord intro 0:13
3 lord, lord, lord 2:31
4 this train 8:35
5 it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing 6:27
6 lil liza jane 5:52
7 la vie en rose 4:57
8 bill bailey won’t you come home 7:49
9 house of the rising sun 7:01
10 sweet georgia brown 3:35

source: wwoz-fm > radioshark fm-receiver hardware > usb > sony vaio vpcs131fm (running ubuntu linux) > shark v1.0 (linux command line) > sox v.v14.4.0 > flac (level 8 compression) > copy 1 large flac file > macbook pro (2.3ghz, intel core i7, osx 10.11.6) > sox v14.4.0 > transcoded losslessly from flac to wav > dsp-quattro 4.4 (trimmed, repaired – see below, normalized by 5.1 db, split into songs) > x audio compression toolkit 2.39 (sector boundaries repaired; level 8 compression) > flac

some additional editing was done with bias peak pro 6.2.0.

editing notes:
* a 65-second station id was removed at 2:32 into track 3.
* a 17-second station id was removed at 8:03 into track 4.
* a 17-second station id was removed at 3:43 into track 7.
* a 4-second id was removed at 6:19 into track 9.

note: this performance was not broadcast live but was delayed two days until may 7, 2017.

sample: t08 bill bailey won’t you come home.mp3

May 112020

this is the only trumpet-guitar duo that i remember hearing.  i’ve been listening to the show bit-by-bit over the last 24 hours, as various things have kept me away from the computer (not necessarily a bad thing), and it’s been growing on me.  they take it from one extreme – just guitar – to the other – just trumpet – and back again, which gives the show a nice balance.  sorry about the setlist; there was none and almost every time i try to identify a song, the title is always at the tip of my tongue…

fabrizio bosso – irio de paula
cortile della rocca dei boiardo
scandiano, italy
august 4 2010

fabrizio bosso tp
irio de paula g

01- (04:05)
02- (06:56)
03- (06:24)
04- (06:51)
05- (06:39)
06- (02:00)
07- (04:37)
08-  mack the knife (05:55)
09- georgia on my mind (06:19)
10- (05:13)
11- (04:14)

aud recording
sony md mz-rh910 hi-sp – atrac -wav-flac 8

sample: track 05.mp3 and t08 mack the knife.mp3

May 072020

i’ve been listening to the piece by piece series presented by the improvised music company (imc) and triskel.  i’ve been to a number of performances put on by the imc, which i have enjoyed immensely, and these friday concerts are a nice alternative right now.

piece by piece is “a weekly sequence of online solo performances… featuring leading irish improvisers”.  see imc’s piece by piece webpage for links to the performances (all on youtube) and to reflections by the artists.

10 april: shane latimer – guitar/electronics
17 april: nick roth – saxophones & olesya zdorovetska – vocals.
24 april: seán mac erlaine – clarinet/reeds/electronics
1 may: cormac mccarthy – piano
8 may: cora venus lunny – violin/viola
15 may: paul dunlea – trombone
22 may: izumi kimura – piano
29 may: úna monaghan – harp

improvised music company is a music promoter for jazz and ethnic music, and a resource for musicians in ireland.
triskel is the triskel christchurch /arts centre in cork city.

imc and triskel are committed to paying professional fees to artists for their work. If you can help them to continue to support artists in this difficult time, please donate the price of a coffee at


 Posted by at 09:57
May 032020

here’s something that i was listening to earlier this afternoon.  well done ‘tatadada’ for getting the whole performance aired & then sharing it.  i’ve added a sample of the first 10 minutes of the performance.  enjoy!

gerður gunnarsdóttir | claudio puntin | hilmar jensson | skúli sverrisson
festival ‘islandbilder’
“köln trifft reykjavík”
cologne, germany
24 nov 2005

gerður gunnarsdóttir, vl, voc
claudio puntin, cl, bcl
skúli sverrisson, git, b
hilmar jensson, git

improvisation (51:00)

digital radio (mpeg-1 layer 2, 320kbit/48khz) – mp3directcut (direct cutting, no conversion)

[comments from tatadada, the original seeder.  thanks!] a while ago i seeded a rather small part of this, which was all that was broadcasted at that time – but it seems that not only i wrote a letter to the radio station to complain … “all hell broke loose !” is how the radio host described what happened after the show, prompting this re-broadcast of the entire improvisation.


text from attached pdf of wdr webpage
(original german + google-translation into english)

feuer und eis – island
“köln trifft reykjavík”

köln trifft reykjavík. elektronik trifft unplugged, komposition trifft improvisation: im rahmen des islandfestivals in köln trafen im kölner stadtgarten die isländischen musiker skúli sverrisson (bass) und hilmar jensson (gitarre) auf das duo gerdur gunnarsdottir (gesang, violine)/ claudio puntin (klarinetten). das quartett, das bisher in dieser form nicht aufgetreten war, präsentierte einen musikalischen ausflug in phantasievolle welten ambienter klangtexturen und der gezähmten energie hypnotischer rockmusik. wdr 3 open: freiraum dokumentiert die höhepunkte dieses gipfeltreffens.

skúli sverrisson, git, b
hilmar jensson, git
gerdur gunnarsdottir, vl, voc
claudio puntin, cl, bcl
aufnahme vom 24.11.2005 aus dem stadtgarten köln
redaktion markus heuger

fire and ice – iceland
“cologne meets reykjavík”

cologne meets reykjavík. electronics meets unplugged, composition meets improvisation: as part of the iceland festival in cologne, the icelandic musicians skúli sverrisson (bass) and hilmar jensson (guitar) met the duo gerdur gunnarsdottir (vocals, violin) / claudio puntin (clarinets). the quartet, which had not previously appeared in this form, presented a musical excursion into imaginative worlds of ambient sound textures and the tamed energy of hypnotic rock music. wdr 3 open: freiraum documents the highlights of this summit.

skúli sverrisson, git, b
hilmar jensson, git
gerdur gunnarsdottir, violin, voc
claudio puntin, cl, bcl
recorded on november 24, 2005 from the stadtgarten in cologne
editor markus heuger

sample: improvisation 10-min sample.mp3

Apr 302020

i sort of go out of my way to download christmas concerts, even though my wife hates xmas jazz.  i ran across this one lurking with “non-seasonal” jazz, so i gave it a listen before moving it to the xmas jazz collection.  super!  this may be my favorite so far and while i don’t think this one will change her mind, it might change yours.  so here it is — christmas in april!  a little present under the tree for international jazz day.  and it might be a good day to buy a cd or download, and give a little april xmas cheer to a jazz musician.

also, on sarah hughes’ site, she has links to several of shows from 2018 (hosted on the internet archive).

a post-cool yule :
the brad linde quartet + brass
arrangements by sarah hughes and brad linde
take 5!
kogod courtyard
smithsonian american art museum
washington, dc
20 dec 2012

brad linde : tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet, arrangements
sarah hughes : alto sax, soprano sax, flute, arrangements
tony martucci : drums
tom baldwin : contrabass
corey wallace : trombone
dave ballou : trumpet
griff kaz : trumpet
ryan mcgeorge : valve trombone, euphonium

set 1:
01. jingle bells
02. snowfall (claude thornhill)
03. carol of the bells
04. christmastime is here (vince guaraldi)
05. deck the halls

set 2:
01. i saw three ships
02. a merrier christmas (thelonious monk)
03. silent night
04. o christmas tree

tt 1:37:53

sp-cmc-25 mics > tinybox > roland r-05 (line in @ 24/96) >
audition 3 (cross-mix channels 75-25, level boost, editing, dither) >
tlh (flac, level 8, sectors aligned)

sample: s1t4 christmastime is here.mp3

Apr 252020

i’ve been listening to this on-and-off all day, as i pop in and out doing various tasks.  not the best way to listen to a 2+ hour show, with most pieces clocking in over 15 minutes, but this is holding up well enough for a second, uninterrupted, airing.  this is a bit slow, sometimes even a bit melancholy, in parts (well, ok, i’m thinking of track 3 in particular) but don’t let that put you off.  and this is an excellent audience recording by (i assume) ‘yaqwedc’ who shared it (thanks!).

lew soloff quartet
count davis
linz, austria
8 march 2009

lew soloff: trumpet
jean-michel pilc: piano
francois moutin: bass
billy hart: drums

1. set
01. night and day
02. intro
03. the meaning of the blues
04. sharp turns
05. livin’ in you

2. set
06. mean what you said
07. orga
08. round about midnight medley
09. encore

tt 2:14:20

source: edirol(r09) to wave – cut/fade with adobe audition – wave to flac8 with dbpoweramp

lew soloff ist einer von den seltenen musikern, die in ihrer vielseitigkeit und wandlungsfähigkeit so wie gut wie absolut einzigartig sind: als lead trompeter in jedem stil zuhause, vom big band jazz zum jazz rock, vom hardbop zum salsa und pop, aber auch als solist ein wunderbar innovativer musiker. so ist er einer der gefragtesten trompeter für studio und bühne. begonnen hat lew soloff als trompeter und gründungsmitglied der sensationellen jazz rock band „blood, sweat & tears“ und gewann mit dieser formation neun goldene schallplatten und einen grammy.  seine mitstreiter sind einmal die beiden franzosen jean-michel pilc und francois moutin, die aber seit einigen jahren in new york als gefragte begleitmusiker etabliert sind. der amerikanische drummer billy hart komplettiert das quartett.  er hat in den 40 jahren seiner karriere mit den absoluten spitzenmusikern der welt gespielt: herbie hancock, gerry mulligan, eddie harris, the new york jazz quartet, nur um einige zu nennen.  und zusammen sind sie alle ebenso vielseitig wie ihr bandleader.

lew soloff is one of those rare musicians who, in its versatility and adaptability as well as absolutely unique: as a lead trumpeter in any style home, from big band jazz to jazz-rock, from hardbop to salsa and pop, but also as a soloist, a wonderfully innovative musicians. he is one of the most sought after trumpeters for studio and stage. lew soloff began as a trumpeter and founding member of the sensational jazz rock band “blood, sweat & tears” with this and won nine gold records formation and a grammy.  his collaborators are again the two frenchmen, jean-michel pilc and francois moutin, but since a few years in new york as demand accompanying musicians are established. the american drummer billy hart completes the quartet. he has worked in 40 years of his career with the absolute top musicians in the world played: herbie hancock, gerry mulligan, eddie harris, the new york jazz quartet, just to name a few. and together, they are all just as versatile as her band leader.

sample: t04 sharp turns.mp3