Sep 122021

here’s the second show from the “a” part of the alphabet, aurora nealand from the new orleans jazz fest.  it’s a bit more new orleans and bit less django-esque to say the least, but again highlights my weakness for the clarinet (not that aurore voilqué had a lot of clarinet).  what can i say?  they worked well together for me, and i hope for you as well.

my wife says that i’m wrong about the instruments at our wedding, that it was an accordion not a violin (which would have worked better with dad’s song).  that’s entirely possible, memory is a tricky thing, as is perception:  new neighbors moved in across the street.  i was opening the curtains the other day, and they were setting out with their kids in their school uniforms for the first day in their new school(s?).  later that same morning, i remembered the uniforms being brown, my wife remembered blue.  we’re still waiting to see those children in their uniforms to settle the matter.

aurora nealand & the royal roses
peoples health economy hall tent
new orleans jazz & heritage festival
new orleans fair grounds
new orleans, la.
april 25, 2014

aurora nealand, clarinet
tom mcdermott, piano
matt perrine, sousaphone
matt bell, guitar
dave boswell, trumpet
paul thibodeaux, drums

01 radio intro 0:32
02 c-line woman 4:45
03 t03 5:48
04 tain’t nobodys business if i do 6:48
05 old man blues 3:54
06 don’t let your love go wrong 5:37
07 fort worth stomp 7:20
08 si tu vois ma mere 5:12
09 le richelieu 4:38
10 ne me quitte pas (don’t leave me) 8:53
11 when my dreamboat comes home 5:43
12 the ferryman -> band intro 6:51
13 radio outro 0:15


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* a 20.5-second station id was removed at 4:05 into track 8.
* a 0.2-second broadcast glitch at 4:13 into track 9 was removed.

a notch filter was applied using dsp-quattro’s parametric eq plugin at 3.6khz and 7.2khz, -5db, to reduce intrusive, high-pitched fm noise.

this performance was not broadcast live but was delayed until the next day, april 26, 2014.

sample: t06 don’t let your love go wrong.mp3

the photo is a screengrab from a 2013 performance in the french quarter.

Sep 112021

here’s the first of two sort-of companion pieces, from the “a” section of the alphabet, and two shows that i’m hoping/expecting will get general acceptance in the car on long drives.  though i don’t really see us all singing along, at least not well.

django-esque music like this is sort of go-to music for me when i need a bit of a lift, or just ’cause why not sometimes (like now), and often reminds me of our wedding, when the combo we’d booked bailed on us for a tour of scandinavia (can’t really blame them), and their manager shanghai’d a violinist and a guitarist who’d never played together, but turned out to be perfect for the night and not normally being a duo, they had nothing invested in what they played, or played along to, including the full version of frankie & johnny by my godmother, danny boy by my freshly minted mother-in-law (as gaeilge, to boot!) and, talk about your unplumbed depths, a rousing German drinking song in German by my fairly abstemious father.  My best man held up the side for people our age with oh shenandoah, thank you very much.  Actually, the drinking song was a cappella, now that i think about it.

aurore voilqué – aurore quartet
duc des lombards,
paris, france,
28 sept 2009

aurore voilqué,vio,voc
siegfried mandacé,g,voc
thomas ohresser,g
pierre frasque,b

1 title (fade-in) 4:32
2 title 2:54
3 title 6:09
4 title 4:05
5 title 5:13
6 title 4:09
7 title 3:37
8 title 3:49
9 title 3:20
10 title 5:22
11 title 3:31
12 title 7:33
13 title 4:55
14 title 2:59


lineage: tsf (mpeg1 layer 2 / 256 kbps, 48kh) > received with satellite > tracked with wavelab > flac > dime

sound rating: a

uploaded by jazzrita 09-09-30

sample: t01 unknown title.mp3

photo is a screen grab from a video posted by duc des lombards in feb 2009 of the aurore quartet.

Sep 042021

i was listening to a solo performance by pamelia kurstin on theremin & electronics (while excellent, following it with some latin jazz from poncho sanchez helped me decompress).  but what other performances featuring the theremin might there be lurking and overlooked, like so much?  this is one of two shared by unclewolfi, four or five months ago, the other being a show by the max nagl ensemble earlier this year.

aside from today’s theme — the theremin, in case you’d missed that — this also has heinrich von kalnein conducting.  i’ve always had a soft spot for him, since seeing him in new delhi back in the late 1990s, which was a real breath of fresh air for all of us, figuratively — even then, delhi’s pollution was pretty bad.  (see? your mother was right, a good first impression…)  somewhere, i think i have an album of his that i bought at the show, but a quick search of my cds didn’t turn it up.

in addition to the theremin, there’s an interesting selection of instruments that i don’t see, or notice, in jazz lineups very often – the lap steel guitar (and why not, actually?); the electric hurdy-gurdy (i’m torn: does hit remind me of baseball games, tawdry beach boardwalk arcades or merry-go-rounds?); and the e-zither and the bassoon (i’m impressed someone plays both).  whatever, it works really well — another ‘breath of fresh air’ from hvk!

all of the tracks also feature on jbbg’s album urban folktales, recorded in mid-2011.

jazz big band graz feat. barbara buchholz
‘urban folktales… and a rose!’
haus der berliner festspiele
berlin, germany
04 nov 2010

heinrich von kalnein – saxophones, flute, conductor
christoph ‘pepe’ auer – saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
johannes enders – saxophones, flute
martin harms – saxophones, bass clarinet
bernhard nolf, axel mayer, david jarh – trumpet, flugelhorn
johannes herrlich, robert bachner – trombone
wolfgang tischhart – bass trombone
uli rennert – keyboards, lapsteel guitar
matthias loibner – electric hurdy-gurdy
christof dienz – e-zither, bassoon
henning sieverts – bass, cello
gregor hilbe – drums, programming
barbara buchholz – theremin

01. urban tribes (horst michael schaffer/heinrich von kalnein) 05:42
02. seelenbaumeln (horst michael schaffer/heinrich von kalnein) 09:18
03. space trip – the day we landed (horst michael schaffer/heinrich von kalnein) 14:14
04. rêve africain (horst michael schaffer/heinrich von kalnein) 22:52
05. high voltage (horst michael schaffer/heinrich von kalnein) 07:33

tt 59:40

source: dvb-s > techno trend tt-premium s2-6400 twin hd > hdd > nero wave editor > flac
(mpeg1 layer 2/320 kbps) [radio station – hr2]

sample: t02 seelenbaumeln.mp3

Sep 022021

always nice to hear a jacky terrasson show, and here’s one with a little bit of icing on the cake:  stefano di battista and severi pyssalo on two tracks near the end.

i got this version in 2003 when ‘maddrax’ shared it on dime, but the cover is from a version posted on the (apparently now defunct) blog in jazz – and is not in the .zip file.

jacky terrasson trio
feat. stefano di battista + severi pyssalo
‘jazz baltica’
salzau, germany
01 july 2001

jacky terrasson – piano
sean smith – bass
leon parker – drums
* severi pyysalo – vibraphone
# stefano di battista – sax

1 les chemins de l’amour (6:46)
2 reach (8:50)
3 i wish you love (7:16)
4 parisian thoroughfare (8:46)
5 the dolphin (6:15)
6 happy man (7:33)
7 in your own sweet way (8:15) *
8 caravan (15:53) * #
9 nature boy (4:21)

tt 1:13:56

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sample: t07 in your own sweet way 256k.mp3
download: JackieTerrasson_