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, brazilian-flavoured, concert featuring la vie en rose.  this is very baffling, as the name cyrille aimee seems very familiar yet i don’t remember ever listening to this performance.  whatever, it’s a very sweet show, and i particularly liked cyrille’s solo fortunate son, accompany herself via the loop pedal.  i appreciated also the comments from ‘ringfedder’, the taper, that gave a bit of context.

i think this will be the last of the la vie en rose shows, three is enough, at least for this morning.  it was great fun, and unearthed some great performances.  other versions were included in concerts by dee dee bridgewater in 2005 in leverkusen, germany; the frank vignola quintet in 2010 at the phenomenally named “the egg” in albany, ny; jacky terrasson in 2019 at the cloitre des jacobins, toulouse, france; and 3 different performances by madelerine peyroux, in 1996, 2004 & 2007 (she must really like the song!).  textcrawler is the tool i use for searching, but of course only finds shows on my active drives.  “the egg” reminds me of my favorite-named café in brussels, ma folle de soeur; restaurant names in that city are a work of art in their own right.

cyrille aimée and diego figueiredo
oasis room @ garde arts center
new london, ct
september 06, 2012

cyrille aimée – vocals, loop pedal
diego figueiredo – guitar

set i:

01. caravan
02. aqua de beber
03. que reste-t-il
04. sunny days
05. yardbird suite
06. diego solo – é o amor
07. cyrille solo – fortunate son
08. dindi
09. old devil moon

set ii:

01. just the two of us
02. night in tunisia
03. invitation
04. tea for two
05. diego solo – na baixa do sapateiro
06. cyrille solo – nuit blanche
07. la vie en rose
08. chega de saudade
09. girl from ipanema

tt 1:31:00

source info:
sennheiser me-104’s>tascam dr-07 (16/44.1, 40hz bass rolloff)
>usb> pc> goldwave v5.56 (invert)> cdwaveeditor v1.96 (track split)> tlh> flac (6)
taper: ringfedder
location: 6 rows from stage center
sound quality: very good


hello everyone

another wonderful evening of fine jazz at the garde arts center oasis room! i’m not sure what exactly prompted me to go see this show. i’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that when i opened the flier, my jaw almost dropped to the ground when i saw how gorgeous cyrille looked. i also have a thing for classic guitar and just from the photo in the flier, diego looked like a mad guitarist. i was not disappointed. cyrille’s sultry french accented vocals coupled with diego’s brazilian flamenco style guitar was mesmerizing to say the least.

the oasis room is great for recording to some extent. if the audience could avoid clapping, i’d have little editing to do. as it was however, the audience clapping tends to be louder than the musical passages. consequently, editing of this recording includes attenuating the audience clapping and boosting the volume of the music. the overall levels are not cranked as they would be on some my ‘loud’ recordings because i didn’t want to introduce excess noise. the end result for the most part is a well balanced presentation.

i’d like to reiterate how wonderful it was to see a show here at the oasis room. if you’re from the area, i urge you to check out a show here. i’d hate to see a place like this not be successful due to lack of patronage. the garde arts center and the oasis room (and the kate for that matter) fill a cultural void here in s.e. connecticut left vacant by the pop centric casino scene. please support the local arts. check out the schedule on the garde web site for this season. we have some phenomenal acts coming through, don’t miss it.


sample: s1t08 chega de saudade.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