Jan 242021

what to say about the modern jazz quartet?  what indeed.  this is an excellent recording from that unknown but familiar venue, studio 105 in paris.  it really hit the spot last night, with a glass of spanish red vermouth and a bit of light humorous fiction before dinner.

modern jazz quartet
studio 105, maison de la radio
paris, france
october 3, 1966

john lewis (piano)
milt jackson (vibes)
percy heath (bass)
connie kay (drums)

01 pyramid (ray brown) 7:34
02 the cylinder (milt jackson) 5:13
03 really true blues (milt jackson) 4:36
04 ralph’s new blues (milt jackson) 6:01
05 monterey mist (milt jackson) 4:47
06 home (john lewis) 4:20
07 blues milanese (john lewis) 6:29
08 bags’ groove (milt jackson) 4:27
09 inflection and conception on a jazz rhythm (john lewis) 3:30
10 my man’s gone now (george gershwin, dubose heyward) 6:40
11 for someone i love (milt jackson) 5:51
12 alexander’s fugue (john lewis) 5:05
13 animal dance (john lewis) 4:30
14 summertime (george gershwin, dubose heyward, ira gershwin) 5:29
15 little david’s fugue (john lewis) 4:05
16 dido’s lament (henry purcell / john lewis) 4:42
17 the sheriff (john lewis) 3:56
18 django (john lewis) 5:03
19 a night in tunisia (dizzy gillespie, frank paparelli) 4:33

tt 1:37:00

fm > edirol r-09 (wav) > wavelab > flac (level 8, sector-align)
broadcasts : les légendes du jazz, france musique, june 16 & 17, 2018

sample: t12 alexander’s fugue.mp3
download: ModernJazzQuartet_1966-10-03_ParisFrance.zip

Dec 202013

here’s a very small, old and good little piece that’s been sitting on my hard drive since jan 2012.  charlie parker and dizzy gillespie from december 1945!  and the sound is really good too!  wow!  maybe it’s time for more old bebop…

i remember back at the university of virginia, wtju had a weekly show (for a while, as with all college stations) “doctor bebop”.  played great tunes and had a fantastic (scripted) patter between tracks. “… i’m going to lay my racket edgewise to tell a green man something, even for the unbooted these issues cover all tracks…”  i had a couple of his shows taped, listened to them for years.  remember cassettes?

“dr. bebop back after that”

dizzy gillespie and his rebop six
nbc studio, hollywood, ca.
29 december 1945

dizzy gillespie – trumpet
charlie parker – alto sax
al haig – piano
milt jackson – vibes
ray brown – bass
stan levey – drums
ernie “bubbles” whitman – mc

00 intro 00:25
01 shaw ’nuff 04:30
02 intro 00:21
03 groovin’ high 05:40
04 intro 00:17
05 dizzy atmosphere 04:23

tt 15:41

original source: american forces radio services > ? > “complete birth of the bebop” (stash stcd 535) > eac > flac (secure mode) + checksum by amellowsoul
depopping/retracking: … > dime > cool edit pro (click/pops elimination) > audacity (noises cutting and volume adjusting) > tlh ( sbe – flac 8) > dime

original comments:
dig it, daddy-o! this is a holy grail! it’s hard to believe that something as critical, classic and timeless remains
one very rare recording. it’s beyond me why this was never scooped up by a major offical record company,
such as blue note or verve.
a complete and utter shame! anytime dizzy and bird played together, there was magic.
this also is blessed with being the time when bebop was young, and very fresh, at the time of this recording.
then the serious kicker that it has excellent sound quality.
much better than even studio recordings of the time!
this material was only issued on a few lps over the years, of which none of which were offical release.
it’s only cd issue of thus, that i am aware of, was on stash’s “complete birth of the bebop.” it’s that which this is taken from.

as always, enjoy!
-tom shyman (amellowsoul@gmail.com)

u014945’s “sound improved” comments:
as stated in the original notes below the sound was already very good
just a bit ‘dusty’ so i used a cep utility to remove pos and clicks and
after that i had only to remove several clicks per track

i have also divided mc intros from tracks so that those, (like myself) who don’t like
listening to people shouting before tracks ,
can leave such things out.

my additional comment:
2013-12-20: in the process, u014945 updated the md5 checksum, but not the ffp. i’ve replaced it with a new ffp file.

Sample:  t05 dizzy atmosphere.mp3

download: CharlieParker_1945-12-29_NBC_Studio_Hollywood_CA.zip