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 052016

here’s how i started my day… this was shared up on dime by satchmo67 back in december 2012, a good audience recording.  i see mosaic is coming out with “woody shaw: the complete muse sessions” sometime later this year, by the way.


woody shaw quartet
prob. “club bobadilla”
dalmine (bergamo), italy
26 january 1987

woody shaw (tp, flh)
fred henke (p)
neil swainson (b)
alex deutsch (d)

disc 1:
1. if i should lose you (rainger/robin)
2. band introductions
3. zoltan (shaw)
4. you go to my head
5. joshua c., part 1
6. joshua c., part 2

disc 2:
1. united (shorter)
2. estate
3. footprints (shorter)
4. there is no greater love

tt 1:42:22

prob audience > cassette (mr gp collection) > cdr with cd philips recorder (dextrane) > flac

sample: d01t06 joshua c., part 2.mp3

Sep 102015

continuing with the male vocalist theme, here’s a bit of mel tormé & george shearing.  mel torme was 66 at the time of this show, but still great.  i’ve always thought of him as a contemporary of frank sinatra, and i suppose that seen from this remove he was — only 10 years younger than sinatra.  i like having the piano trio backup (and with george shearing!), for me it really brings out the song in a way that a bigger combo with sax or trumpet doesn’t alway (though those have their own benefits as well).  there are a good few classics in this show, like a lot of his work.  and it’s an excellent recording (fm).  enjoy!

mel torme with the george shearing trio

mel torme, vocal
george shearing, piano
neil swainson, bass
donny osborne, drums

bbc fm broadcast

st.david’s hall, cardiff, wales

2nd november 1991

01. i’ll remember april (3:00)
02. give me the simple life (3:17)
03. auf wiedersehn (6:13)
04. accentuate the positive (3:18)
05. duke ellington medley (5:48)
06. i’ll be tired of you (4:33)
07. let’s take a walk around the block (2:41)
08. serenade in blue (3:25)
09. smoke gets in your eyes (6:51)
10. unidentified (3:26)
11. mountain greenery (1:11)
12. every time we say goodbye (4:07)
13. love is just around the corner (3:08)
14. i’ll be seeing you (3:20)
15. bbc announcer (0:14)

another concert by the mel ‘n’ george partnership, from the same tour as my previous torrent, still available at

lineage: bbc fm>teac r2r (dolby) @7.5ips>wave>flac

sample:  t04 accentuate the positive.mp3