Jan 152017

i recently bought the 4-cd set young anita, which was a very good idea indeed, but despite that, still put this on this morning.  not a very long set, but anita’s in surprising good form (see taper’s notes below) and it’s a very warm performance.  an added bonus (for me, anyway) is tete montoliu on piano!

the cd cover uses a screenshot from a 10-minute video of the performance.

anita o’day
antibes jazz festival
antibes, france
july 1966

anita o’day, vocals
tete montoliu, piano
erik peter, bass
john poole, drums

1. intro (excerpt from ‘jordu’) (1:13)
2. let’s fall in love (4:05)
3. fly me to the moon (4:35)
4. s’wonderful (2:21)
5. they can’t that away from me (1:21)
6. banter (1:07)
7. tea for two (4:51)
8. outro (0:33)

tt: 20:05

source: fm > goldwave (volume boost, compression > dither to 16b) > media monkey (flac transfer l8)

tapers notes:
anita o’day does a short, 20 min set at the antibes jazz festival, coinciding with the release
of bert stern’s film, “jazz on a summer day.” 1966 was disasterous for her image, found
unconscious in a los angeles office building with a hypodermic needle dangling from her arm.

“three-quarters of the time, i was higher than a kite,” she noted in her memoir, “high times hard

after listening to this bootleg, i wanted to go get some heroin, and see if it would improve my singing.

tapers trade list: http://db.etree.org/mylibbydog

sample:  t07 tea for two.mp3
download: AnitaODay_1966-07-xx_AntibesJazzFestival_Juan-les-PinsFR.zip

Dec 062013

here’s a little gem that i downloaded back in 2007 (seeded by ubu).  it was broadcast on swf “jazz session” radio in karlsruhe, the day after webster & byas had recorded “don byas meets ben webster” in villingen on feb 1st & 2nd.  it’s not very long (only 28 minutes) but is lovely, and features the wonderful tete montoliu on piano.

ubu commented that ‘this session has been released (and is likely sourced from there, hence add LP in the lineage) on a bootleg released by the Italian Musica Jazz magazine: Musica Jazz LP 12″: 2MJP 1068’, which was also noted on an allaboutjazz forum.  see also appendix: ben webster’s musical activities from the univ. of michigan.

life has settled down a bit, so i hope to start posting here regularly again.

ben webster / don byas quintet
karlsruhe, germany
2 feb 1968

ben webster – tenor sax
don byas – tenor sax
tete montoliu – piano
peter trunk – bass
albert heath – drums

1. darn that dream () 8:05 [db,ts-feat – cuts in during piano intro]
2. stardust () 5:28 [bw,ts-feat]
3. perdido (juan tizol) 15:07

tt: 28:41

sound: a/a-
source: swf ‘jazz session’ radio broadcast
lineage: radio > (possibly bootleg lp?) > cdr in trade > eac (secure) > cool edit pro > flac (8,asb,verify)

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sample:  karlsruhe_02_stardust.mp3

download: BenWebster_DonByas_1968_KarlsruheGermany.zip