Aug 242016

Monty Alexander 1998-08-22 CD Front Inserti’ve been listening to monty alexander all day, except when talking to people (a lot) or away (a bit).  been working very well for me today.  just… nice.  (probably shouldn’t use that word.  cheerful, maybe?  pleasant without being smooth jazz?  i don’t know.)  this one, the last, got the most smiles. despite which, ‘smile’ is not the sample.

monty alexander trio & friends
graz, austria
22 august 1998

monty alexander (p,voc *)
j.j. wiggins aka hassan shakur (b)
troy davis (dr)
caterina sapone (voc **)
erich kleinschuster (tb ***)
heinz von hermann (ts ***)

first set (51:50):

01. intro > mean to me – 5:06
02. unidentified tune – 6:38
03. linstead market – 6:35
04. unidentified tune – 7:30
05. smile – 7:31
06. for all we know – 6:47
07. regulator – 6:08
08. unidentified tune – 5:35

second set (68:05):

09. concierto de aranjuez – 11:05
10. moanin’ – 9:41
11. love notes – 7:58
12. caribbean circle – 8:07
13. medley: unidentified tune > fly me to the moon > unidentified tune > here’s that rainy day > angel eyes – 15:38
14. in the wee small hours of the morning ** – 4:07
15. too marvellous for words * > all blues *** – 11:30

lineage: sbd (md) > cd > hdd > tlh (flac 8)

sound quality: a

sample: t12 caribbean circle.mp3

Aug 192016

Jimmy Witherspoon - Estival Jazz 1985_frontso who doesn’t like jimmy witherspoon?  here he is at the estival jazz 1985, one of a series of great seeds on dime (“a swissbird , simplexsimplicissimus & supermax release”).  but i’d never heard of rosay wortham (or, according to, more often rozaa wortham).  she’s great, but probably jsut far enough into the ‘soul’ category to escape my rather divided attention.  and internet searches return very little beyond what’s on discogs.  hmmm.  anyway, this show’s a bit hard to classify, some jazz, some soul, some blues, all great.  good “friday late afternoon” music too.

like all the swissbird releases, this is a phenomenal soundboard, i’ve downloaded a number of them from dime (in this case, a reseed by ‘langtang’ in january 2015).  actually, over a couple of days, i downloaded this show along with shows by gal costa (2006); maceo parker & the roots revisited (1993); new york jazz giants (1992); slickaphonics (1988); and patti austin (2004).  someone somewhere was busy, or maybe just trying to keep their ratio above the plimsoll line. has a list of most of the swissbird releases, if you’re curious.  and his comments made me realize that there’ve not been any lately.  wonder what happened to swissbird, simplexsimplicissimus & supermax?

cd covers from the original seed.

rosay wortham & jimmy witherspoon quartet
estival jazz
piazza della riforma
lugano, switzerland
2 july 1985

rosay wortham, vocals
jimmy witherspoon, vocals
(remaining lineup unknown)

01. opening jazz tune [6:16]
02. johnny joy [7:06]
03. let`s have a ball tonight [4:40]
04. the shadow of your smile [4:19]
05. love me all the time [4:16]
06. don`t mean a thing [3:59]
07. see baby ain`t i good to you [4:22]
08. big fine girl [3:03]
09. ain`t nobody`s business [4:48]
10. big boss man [4:14]
11. don`t got it [5:39]
12. moment`s notice [9:35]

tt 1:02:25

a swissbird , simplexsimplicissimus & supermax release

soundboard > dat > 1st copy > eac > wave > flac frontend (align on sector boundaries level 8) > torrent on

sample: t03 let’s have a ball tonight

Aug 092016

took a break today & put all of this together into 1 folder, fixed a few things, etc.  good show & recording, quite long with two sets.  and, for me, good music to listen to while working.  might listen to it again.  it was taped by ‘royboy’, but my copy of the dime tracker doesn’t have the original seeder; guess they’d dropped off dime by the time i downloaded it in 2014.

i’m still a bit to busy for cd covers… but who burns cd’s anymore any how?  still, nice to have a picture of some kind, isn’t it?

benny green
dazzle restaurant & lounge, denver, co
15 june 2013

benny green (piano)
david wong (bass)
kenny washington (drums)

early set

d1t01 introduction
d1t02 benny’s crib
d1t03 don’t scat
d1t04 cactus flower
d1t05 tales of malone
d1t06 priestess
d1t07 certainly
d1t08 ?
d1t09 la portuguesa
d1t10 sonny clark
d1t11 ?

time 1:09:52

late set

d2t01 just a tad
d2t02 kenny drew
d2t03 harold land
d2t04 golden flamingo
d2t05 flying saucer
d2t06 ?
d2t07 ?
d2t08 bish bash
d2t09 time after time
d2t10 bean and the boys
d2t11 pensativa

time 1:27:30

total time 2:37:22

source: core sound binaurals > battery box > edirol r-09 @ 24/44.1
transfer: hd > macbook pro > adobe audition cs6 > xact > flac

taped by royboy

rename & replay gain, august 2016 [by pete]
the early set was mis-named as from the next day, and the entire show was hard to hear.
i corrected the filenames, moved all files into 1 folder, added replay gain & updated the
checksum files.

sample: d2t03 harold land.mp3

Aug 082016

i noticed this on my main drive this morning and wondered what it was doing there… i thought all the bluegrass had been moved to a backup drive.  i was in the mood for a bit of bluegrass, so i put it on.  but lo and behold, it’s more like “the jazz david grisman” (mostly), and when ‘maxpower’ seeded it on dime, he classified it as jazz.  well, well.  and they did finish up with some bluegrass, in the end.

in washington, dc, back in the 1980s, there was a lot of bluegrass, and wamu-fm had a bluegrass show on every afternoon, which i’d catch the end of , on my drive home.  that was how i got interested in bluegrass, though i don’t listen to much anymore.  there’s a lot to be said for serendipity.

no cover today – just taking a very short break, don’t have the time.

david grisman quintet
winston-salem, north carolina
30 july 1994

david grisman – mandolins, guitar
james kerwin – bass
joe craven – percussion, violin, mandolin
mathew eakle – flute and bass flute
enrique coria – guitar

disc 1 56:59

1. e.m.d.
2. barkley’s bug
3. nature boy
4. dawg’s bull
5. band intros
6. mad max
7. 16/16
8. manha de carnaval
9. svingin’ with svend

disc 2 53:56

1. acousticity
2. janice
3. april’s wedding bossa
4. caliente
5. crowd
6. dawgology
7. band intros, crowd
2nd encore:
8. pigeon roost

source: soundboard > dat x 1

transfer: panasonic sv-3700 > ua-5 > usb > wavelab @[16/48]
mastering in wavelab with izotope ozone 4 dithered to [16/44.1] > cd wave > tlh > flac
transfer and mastering march 22, 2009

sample:  t09 svingin’ with svend.mp3

Jul 312016

Moonlighters 2006-05-05 CD Front Insertat one point, when i had a bit of spare time, i was putting together a compilation of all the jazz vocals that i had.  the idea was to have just one copy of each song, with the plan (i was always sceptical here) that i’d pick my favorite if there were multiple copies.  yeah, right.  but i did get 182 different songs into a folder before the rest of my life got too busy.

so i was looking in there today for no particular reason, and found this show by the moonlighters that i’d moved there and never seen again (being too busy, etc) since downloading it in 2011.

it’s a lot of fun.  as bliss blood’s page says, “based around a core of harmonized vocal duets backed by warm acoustic instruments including hawaiian lap steel guitar, ukulele, guitar and bass, they explore traditional and classic tunes with a unique, romantic approach that is appealing to listeners of all ages.”  well, appealed to me.

the moonlighters
münchen (munich), germany
29 may 2006

bliss blood – lead vocals, ukulele
carla murray – harmony vocals, guitar
andrew hall – bass
mike neer – hawaiian steel guitar

01 (announcer)
02 big times
03 makin’ wickey wackey
04 every little raindrop
05 dirt road life
06 hold your man
07 farewell my tane
08 mission to moscow
09 broken doll
10 blauer engel
11 ticklin the strings (king bennie nawahi) > fascinatin’ rhythm (george & ira
gershwin) > /just as well let her go (casey bill weldon)
12 take a picture
13 stirred by a spoon
14 resophonic lullaby
15 ziegfeld doll
16 (announcer)
17 isn’t good night yet

trt: approx. 59 min

broadcast: zündfunk nachtmix, presented by jay rutledge
fm > md (sp mode) > wav (optical transfer, wavelab lite) > flac level 8
split into tracks using wavelab lite.

sample: t07 farewell my tane.mp3

Jul 232016

CD Front Insertthere’s a lot more stuff up on, including a phenomenal brecht concert by gisela may at the bergen music festival in 1974.  i’m a big fan of bertolt brecht & kurt weill, well for the past couple of years anyway, and was thrilled to get this on video.  for my car, i’ve demuxed it & tracked it.  the car will get mp3’s but here it is in the original audio format (but not video, sorry, that’s 1.4 gb).

i should maybe look more into german music hall songs of the 20s & 30s.  somewhere, i have a russian group singing a lot of inter-war german songs, which i really enjoyed as well.  one of these fine days… .. .

gisela may
national theatre
bergen, norway
1974 (exact date unknown, probably sometime in july 1974)

gisela may – vocals
unidentified musicians from berliner ensemble – piano, flute, accordion, etc

00 interview by eyvind solås

time 9:03
part 1

01 00:00 gm intro to first few songs, from “happy end”
02 01:00 was die herrn matrosen sagen [happy end]
03 05:00 bilbao song [happy end]
04 10:11 surabaya johnny [happy end]
05 14:43 denn wie man sich bettet (meine herren, meine mutter prägte)
[aufstieg und fall der stadt mahagonny / rise & fall of the city of mahagonny]
06 18:18 gm intro
07 18:55 das lied der eisenbahntruppe von fort donald
08 22:54 gm intro to next few songs, from “die dreigroschenoper” (the threepenny opera)
09 23:39 barbarasong (der song vom nein und ja) [dreigroschenoper]
10 28:59 gm intro to next song
11 29:26 ballade von der sexuellen hörigkeit [dreigroschenoper]
12 32:11 seeräuberjenny [dreigroschenoper]
13 36:27 gm intro
14 37:52 zu potsdam unter den eichen

time 40:18
part 2

15 00:00 telphoning (a)
16 11:38 gm into
17 12:22 ballade von der judenhure marie sanders
18 14:35 mein sohn was immer auch aus dir werde
19 17:35 gm intro
20 17:51 lied vom achten elefanten
21 20:33 gm intro to next 4 songs, from schweyk im zweiten weltkrieg
22 21:19 das lied von der moldau [schweyk]
23 22:43 das lied vom kleinen wind [schweyk]
24 24:34 komm und setz dich, lieber gast [schweyk]
25 26:26 und was bekam des soldaten weib [schweyk] (b)
26 29:23 gm intro
27 29:48 o fallada, da du hangest (ein pferd klagt an)
28 32:31 gm intro
29 33:45 friedenslied
30 35:30 (clapping until end)

(a) performance (with minimal props) of an extract from a work by brecht. thanks for any help identifying.
(b) gm introduces the song as “und was bekam des nazisoldaten weib”. online, i find “soldaten” (with one
youtube exception), and that’s what’s in the lyric; but i don’t know which version of the title is correct.

time: 36:05

total time: 85:26

video source: nrk webcast > adobehds php downloader > .flv video
no re-encoding has been applied, the adobehds.php downloader is a script for downloading .flv video streams.

demux source: as above > ffmpeg (demux to .m4a) > ffmpeg (track) > tracked .m4a files
ffmpeg syntax, using start times & durations calculated from video track start-times above.
demux: ffmpeg -y -i “inputfile.flv” -vn -acodec copy “outputfile.m4a”
track: ffmpeg -y -accurate_seek -ss 35:30 -i “outputfile.m4a” -vn -acodec copy -t 00:30 “outputtrack.m4a”

sample: t14 zu potsdam unter den eichen.mp3