Nov 082021

one of a number of great shows, mostly from washington dc, shared by ‘carville’ on dime, and originally from “‘dc,’ our anonymous donor”.  although i was living in dc at the time, this is not something that i would have gone to, as i would not have liked it then. i like it more now, especially in person; but with recordings, even live, my tolerance can start to wane, not sure why that is.  but no worry of that with this show, though i did have to put off listening until after work; it’s really something, like so many of the shows from the anonymous and eponymous “dc”.

fun facts:  did you know that ornette coleman & his son denardo coleman (on drums in this recording) played with the grateful dead?

malcolm goldstein ensemble
martin luther king public library
washington, dc (usa)
january 18, 1986

malcolm goldstein – violin
david murray – tenor saxophone & bass clarinet
henry threadgill – alto saxophone & flute
ray anderson – trombone
joseph celli – oboe & english horn
vincent chancey – french horn
borah bergman – piano
deirdre murray – cello
fred hopkins – bass
denardo coleman – drums
archie shepp – tenor saxophone * track 4 only

01. been in the storm too long
02. soweto stomp
03. my feet is tired but my soul is rested
04. that hung like fire on heaven*

total time = 73:52

source: “made from the master cassettes. from ‘dc,’ our anonymous donor, recorded from front row center with a small sony recording walkman, a binaural headphone/microphone combination (which could have been better in places), and a high bias denon 90 minute cassette.”

the ensemble was apparently originally billed as the malcolm goldstein-archie shepp ensemble, but shepp did not arrive until the beginning of the fourth and final piece (hence the applause heard then).

sample: t2 soweto stomp 256k.mp3

photo: copied from (credited to amy horvey), used without permission.

Mar 172017

here’s the ahmed abdullah show from the next night, in d.c. space.  i used to go there quite a lot in the late 70’s & early 80’s, though at the time i was more into punk, new wave, blues and southern rock (but already had a few jazz lps… so it begins).  it was an amazing club.  a lot of people there also went to the old 9:30 club at 930 f street (was it the atlantic building? atlantis?  anyway, there’s another blast from the past) as the music was more regular (too much, well, jazz & stuff at d.c. space that, sadly, i now regret missing).  by the time of this show, though, i had already moved away.

anyway, i know that on the last posting, i said that from the setlist this seemed like it might be just a first set.  but at 2 hrs 18 mins, i have to question that thought…  just saying.

ahmed abdullah’s solomonic sextet featuring charles moffett
d.c. space
washington dc
september 15, 1990

ahmed abdullah – trumpet and vocals
carlos ward – alto saxophone and flute
billy bang – violin
masujaa – guitar
fred hopkins – bass
charles moffet – drums

01 restore africa to it’s rightful owner 19:05
02 assunta 11:40
03 liquid magic 20:40
04 ut 8:33
05 ut 7:13
06 deja’s view 15:36
07 african songbird 17:26
08 iko iko 7:11
09 mystery of two 16:30
10 ut 8:17
11 ut 6:29

total time 2:18:39
made from the master cassettes > flac
from “dc” our anonymous donor:
from the master maxell udxl-ii cassettes, recorded from the front row of tables, center, with a sony walkman pro using a single-point stereo aiwa mike.

sample: ahmedabdullah_1990-09-15_dc_space_t09.mp3

Mar 152017

following up on the jack dejohnette show at old cabell hall, ‘pino’ had asked for more from old cabell hall, and i immediately thought of this show, a bit of a favorite of mine.  i’ve never heard much by sun ra; that seriously needs to be remedied but in the meanwhile this period of ahmed abdullah suits me just fine.

so… here’s the first of two back-to-back shows by ahmed abddullah, first at old cabell hall at the university of virginia, and then (next post) at d.c. space just 110 miles up the road in washington.  same line up, and a lot of overlap with the first set of this performance but not the second — perhaps the show is only the first set.

ahmed abdullah’s solomonic sextet featuring charles moffett
old cabell hall
charlottesville, virginia
14 september 1990

ahmed abdullah – trumpet, vocals
carlos ward – alto saxophone
billy bang – violin
masujaa – guitar
fred hopkins – bass
charles moffett – drums

disc one / set one (1:11:35):
1. intros – 1:20
2. mystery of two – 10:49
3. deja’s view (hello again) – 20:15
4. walk with god – 10:28
5. remarks – 1:45
6. liquid magic – 17:48
7. ? – 9:08

disc two / set two (1:09:18):
1. introduction to suite for planet earth – 1:25
suite for planet earth:
2. part one: song of the holy warrior – 13:05
3. part two: song of time – 6:33
4. part three: song of the force – 13:54
5. part four: african wind – 4:55
6. part five: song of love – 10:34
7. remarks – 0:54
8. amanpondo – 17:54

open air venue recording

sbd >dat >dat clone >.wav via s/pdif and m-audio audiophile 2496 digital soundcard >soundforge 6.0 >cd wave >flac frontend (level 6, sbe ok)

sample: d2 t02 suite for planet earth part one song of the holy warrior.mp3

cd covers are original using a modified photo by “Briles Takes Pictures” from wikimedia.