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Hammerveld Jazz 1975: Mingus, Carter, Terry, Griffin, Davis

Posted in Benny Carter, Charles Mingus, Clark Terry, clips, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Horace Parlan, Johnny Griffin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2013 by crownpropeller

The small town of Roermond in the Netherlands (around 55’000 inhabitants today) from 1966 to 1981 hosted an interesting Jazz festival, called “Hammerveld Jazz” which presented jazz from mainstream to the classic avantgarde. There is a page (in dutch) about the festival. You can go to the links in the left column there to see who played there for each year.

In my friend Otto Flückiger’s collection I recently found some TV footage from the 1975 Hammerveld Jazz Festival.  To admit it right away: Picture and sound quality are rather bad, but I hope the rarity of it all will make up for this.

There is now more footage of Charles Mingus on the internet than could be hoped for say ten years ago. Still I am sure that any newly discovered footage of this man and his gorgeous bands is very much welcome. So here we have Charles Mingus (b, ldr), Jack Walrath (tp), Don Pullen (p), George Adams (ts), Dannie Richmond (dr) playing “Free Cell Block F (’tis Nazi U.S.A)”. in Roermond, August 1st, 1975. The piece is interrupted during Pullen’s solo – and fades in again after that.

This is the only footage I have from August 1st. Also playing at that day in Roermond were  the Mike Carr Trio with Carr (org), Dick Morrissi (ts) and Bobby Gien (dr) as well as Blues singer/pianist Cousin Joe.

Saturday’s program at Hammerveld Jazz 1975 was quite mixed.  Unfortunately I have no footage of the appearances of the Ochtendchloor Dixieland Band, the Cecil Taylor Trio (with Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille!), and Babs Gonzales (!!!) featured with the Clark Terry Quartet. Maybe Gonzales was announced but did not appear? There is footage from the Clark Terry Quartet without Gonzales though.  On “Squeeze Me” Terry, who also sings a little, is accompagnied by Freddy Rottier (dr), Roger Vanhaverbeke (b) and Rein de Graaff (p):

From the same day come two tracks by the Griffin/Davis band with Johnny Griffin and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (ts), Bruno Castaluzzi (dr), Horace Parlan (p) and Henk Haverhoek (b). They are playing the old Ammons/Stitt warhorse “Blues Up And Down” and  “Funky Fluke” (spelled wrongly on the video), a piece they first recorded together in 1960. The original sequence of these two tracks is not known. It could have been the other way around.

Also playing on Saturday, August 1st 1975 was the Benny Carter Quartet with Carter (as), as well as Bruno Castalucci (dr), Horace Parlan (USA) (p) and Henk Haverhoek (b) again. Here they are playing “Undecided” followed by “Honeysuckle Rose”.

Unfortunately there is no footage from the final point in Saturday’s program, a saxophone battle with Carter, Griffin and Davis. And I also found nothing from Sunday.  Maybe someone will come up with more (and hopefully better) footage?

For the sake of completeness, here is Sunday’s program from the 1975 Hammerveld Jazz Festival: Dutch Swing College Band;  New Sadi Quartet; Shirley Scott Trio with Harold Vick; Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans with Rob Franken (p) and Rob Langereis (b) McCoy Tyner Quartet feat. Azar Lawrence (ts).

Enjoy!

Memphis Soul (Vintage German TV)

Posted in clips, Rufus Thomas, Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by crownpropeller

Here is a quick one from the soulful and funky side of my interests.  I am sure Herr Wempe aka DJ Soulsonic – who once asked for more R’nB on this blog – will like it! .

On one of Otto Flückiger’s VHS cassettes I found a vintage 45 minutes TV production from Germany about Soul from Memphis made in 1979 (see comments section)

This TV feature is called “O mein Herz singe” (O, sing, my heart) and besides the strange german commentary (which, being of it’s time is rather paternalistic towards black music) features rare appearances of local luminaries like  Al Green, Rufus Thomas, The Bar Kays, Willy Mitchell, Con Funk Shun, Ron Williams, The Soul Children, Joyce Cobb, Denise La Salle, The Mount Vernon Baptist Choir.

Enjoy!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 5)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by crownpropeller

A few days ago I was contacted by Thomas Schicker, who had been at the Wild Bill Davis concert 1986 in Rheinfelden, of which I have already shown four parts on this blog. Thomas, who is a jazzfan and collector, was so nice as to send me the flyer for this concert, which as you can see took place in the afternoon:

flyerwbd(from the collection of Thomas Schicker)

Thomas also still has the advertisement for this concert which appeared in a local newspaper. And he was so nice as to allow me to publish it here as well:

magazinewbd(from the collection of Thomas Schicker)

So here is part 5 (actually the next to last part) of the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland in 1986. The flyer and the add above make clear that it was definitely on April, 13. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. The VHS cassette this is from is in the Otto Flückiger collection, but Otto cannot have filmed it himself, because he can be seen standing to the left of Wild Bill Davis from time to time (for example around 12:00). If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here is the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing

- “This Is All I Ask” (Gordon Jenkins)

- “Street Of Dreams” (Lewis/Young)

- “Jitterbug Waltz” (Fats Waller)

Until the sixth and last part comes up here:

Enjoy!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 4)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by crownpropeller

Not much has been happening on this blog here for quite a while, I know. I have been through a period of very bad luck starting when I broke my nose and elbow while stumbling over a piece of wire after a DJ gig. Right after that the bad news from people very near and dear to me did not stop coming in.

So I am only now finding my way back to matters jazz and blues again.  I thought I’d start softly with part 4 of the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland on (probably) April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here you get – after some talking – the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing

- “Honeysuckle Rose” which featrures Dickie Thompson

- Neil Hefti’s “Cute”

- “Satin Doll”

There will be still more to come from this concert – if nobody objects.

Until then:Enjoy!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 3)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2013 by crownpropeller

My last weeks have been very unjazzy, so that is why not much happened on this here blog. And the stress will not let up for a while ..

But here for your entertainment comes part 3of  the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland on (probably) April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here you get – after some talking – the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing Nat Adderley’s Jive Samba followed by Wild Bill Davis’ Stolen Sweets.

There will be more to come from this concert – if nobody objects.

Until then:Enjoy!

More Wild Bill Davis in Rheinfelden (1986) (part 2)

Posted in clips, Jimmy Tyler, Wild Bill Davis with tags , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by crownpropeller

As promised in this post, I am putting up more footage from the 120 minute private video of a concert Wild Bill Davis gave at the Hotel Schützen in Rheinfelden, Switzerland on (probably) April 13 1986. The other members of Davis’ quartet were saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, the legendary Dickie Thompson on guitar and drummer Clyde Lucas.

I still do not know who filmed this footage. If someone who was involved in the making of this video reads this, I would like to hear from you so I can give proper credit.

So here you get the Wild Bill Davis Quartet playing Stardust followed by Ray Bryant’s Cubano Chant. Then a little  April in Paris coda à la mode de Basie concludes this (the first?) set.

There will be more from this concert – if nobody objects.

Until then:Enjoy!

“Battle Of The Big Horns”: Payne / Cuber / Brignola / Johnson

Posted in Cecil Payne, clips, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by crownpropeller

I was hesitating to put these clips up on youtube, since they have a severe tracking problem that could not be resolved. Then again who can resist the massive sound of three or even four baritone saxophonist played in line? I can’t.  And the tracking problem, although it never altogether disappears, gets better after a while.

Apparently the people behind the Berlin Jazz Festival could not come up with a more imaginative title when they invited Cecil Payne, Nick Brignola and Ronnie Cuber in 1985 to do a “Battle Of The Big Horns”.  Of course this is not about a “Battle”, but about the opportunity to listen to three very fine exponents of the baritone saxophone at great length. So here are: Nick Brignola, Cecil Payne, Ronnie Cuber (bar); Junior Mance (p); Rufus Reid (b); Walter Bolden (dr) Ray Barretto (congas) in Berlin on November 1, 1985:

The second part sees Howard Johnson added to the baritone front line:

Enjoy!

P.S.: Now I know where a part of this clip comes from.

Duke Ellington in a truly colored world

Posted in clips, Duke Ellington, jazz with tags , , , on February 28, 2013 by crownpropeller

UPDATE: I have entered the correct date and added Lou Rawls’ name, thanks to Ehsan Khoshbakht and Ruth Gilson!

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It is usually said that Duke Ellington was a synaesthete –  in his case a person being able to hear colors (and see music as colors).

Among Otto Flückiger’s old VHS cassettes I recently found a six minute clip of Duke and his orchestra performing in a surrounding that must hurt people of that ability. This comes from a Lou Rawls Show  directed by Jörn Winther and produced in Canada in 1971 (Thanks, Ehsan!)

It seems like the only way for Duke  to protect his inner ear from the screaming colors of the studio furniture and walls was to fight them by wearing a bright orange-red jacket with a lilac shirt!

Duke and the band (unfortunately one does not see much of the orchestra) play “Satin Doll”, afer that Duke is joined by singer Lou Rawls (thanks again, Ehsan!)–  doing “Sophisticated Lady”.

Enjoy

Dizzy Gillespie/Stan Getz: “A Night In Tunisia”

Posted in clips, Dizzy Gillespie, jazz, Stan Getz with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2013 by crownpropeller

dizgetz(snapshot from videoclip)

Almost a year ago I discovered some nice footage of Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz in 1978 playing “I Can’t Get Started”. coming from the series “La Grande Parade du Jazz” concerts in Nice, filmed for french TV. I thought I could put up the rest of the footage as well. So here you have Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Barney Wilen, Stan Getz, tenor sax; Andy Laverne, piano; Rodney Jones, guitar; Mike Richmond, acoustic double bass; Mickey Roker, Billy Hart, drums, percussion at the Grand Parade du Jazz, Nice, July 14, 1978. playing “Night In Tunisia” – which is soon interrupted by heavy rain.

On the second segment (Improvisation/Ceciliana) Dizzy is accompanied by Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, J.C. Heard.

Enjoy!

Memphis Slim in Montreux (1973)

Posted in Blues, clips with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2013 by crownpropeller

memphis

snapshot from video

While digitizing the Donald Byrd footage from Montreux, I discovered a nice thirty minutes of video featuring blues piano legend Memphis Slim from the same festival. Since I synchronized the whole VHS cassette, I thought I might as well put it up on youtube as well. Memphis Slim is one of my favorite blues singers, and I hope you like this clip as much as I do.

Slim is accompanied by legendary session guitarist Mickey Baker, bassist Benny Turner and drummer Charles Meyers.

Note: I just got the message from youtube that this video might not be viewable in different countries. So I am sorry if this happens in your country.

Enjoy!

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