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R.I.P. Ronald Shannon Jackson

Posted in clips, Free Funk with tags , , , , , , , on October 25, 2013 by crownpropeller

Ronald_Shannon-Jackson_montreuxRonald Shannon Jackson at Jazz Festival Montreux, 1983

The sad news of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson’s passing reached the jazz world a few days ago.

When I seriously started to listen to jazz in the early eighties, I was a big fan of all the Ornette Coleman influenced Free Funk bands that were around then: Of course Ornette’s own Prime Time Band was number one, and I saw them several times. Then there were James Blood Ulmer’s different bands – and of course Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society with it’s blend of disparate influences held together by the wonderful multifaceted drumming of Jackson. His name was known quite widely then as the Punk/New Wave scene in its ongoing search for something new turned to Harmolodic Free Funk for a while.

Also quite widely known was Last Exit, the colloborative band consisting of Furor Teutonicus Peter Brötzmann on different reeds, guitarist Sonny Sharrock, bassist Bill Laswell and Jackson that literally made a lot of noise in the mid eighties. I saw Last Exit five or six times and I can tell you that it was a cathartic experience every time.

Unfortunately I never saw Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society live. So I was happy to find nearly half an hour of the band playing at the Jazz Festival Montreux on July 21, 1983 on one of the VHS cassettes in the archive of my friend, the late jazz researcher Otto Flückiger:

You see and hear Zane Massey (as, ts), Henry Scott (tp), Vernon Reid (g), Bruce Johnson and Melvin Gibbs (eb) and of course  Ronald Shannon Jackson (dr).

Enjoy!

Max Roach: The bigger Max

Posted in clips, jazz, Max Roach with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by crownpropeller

roachpicMax Roach at Jazz Festival Montreux, 1971

From the early sixties on (check his Impulse! album “It’s Time”) drummer Max Roach started to work with larger formations than his quintet (or quartet) from time to time. He added choirs for several recordings and in the 1980s he sometimes added a string quartet (mostly the Uptown String Quartet in which his daughter Maxine played) to his quartet with Cecil Bridgewater, Odeon Pope and Tyrone Brown.
As far as the larger Max Roach groups are concerned, there seems to be not much footage around on the internet. So I am happy to offer you three actually quite long clips here you may not have seen before.

The first one is Max Roach featured with the Northern Colorado University Big Band at the Jazz Festival Montreux one June 15, 1971. They are playing a very churchy suite here (see comments for possible titles).Pianist/organist is Stanley Cowell, the trumpet player / conductor is Charles Tolliver (thanks, Trane!). I can not identify any of the other band members (are you out there?).

The other  two clips are from nineteen years later. First are more than 56 minutes of the Max Roach Double Quartet at the Jazzgipfel in Stuttgart, 1990 – I do not know the exact date. You’ll see and hear Max Roach (dr), Odean Pope (ts), Cecil Bridgewater (tp), Tyrone Brown (b), John Williams (violin), Cecelia Hobbs (violin), Maxine Roach (viola), Eileen Folson (cello). Sorry for the abrupt ending, the cassette ended here, and I did a short fade out.

In the same year Max Roach also took a large choir – The John Motley Singers – along with his quartet and pianist George Cables to Europe playing two hour concerts at the Jazz Festivals in Umbria and Verona in Italy and Lugano (Switzerland). You may have heard  part of the material on the Enja 2CD set “To The Max!”. The Lugano concert on June 29 was broadcast in full on Swiss TV (do not worry, the voice-over soon stops):

Enjoy!

Some more McCoy Tyner

Posted in clips, jazz, McCoy Tyner with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2013 by crownpropeller

tynerpiccMcCoy Tyner at Jazztage Stuttgart, 1990

Right after I had finished this post. naturally I found even more footage of McCoy Tyner.

In 1989 Tyner was touring the European Jazz Festival circuit with his Trio featuring guitarist/singer George Benson as an added attraction. I have presented footage from their gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival in my last entry . But i found more. Here are over 40 minutes of George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Avery Sharpe, Aaron Scott playing in Umbria, Italy:

And here are sixteen minutes of the same band playing at the Jazz Festival in Wiesen, Austria:

The final part of this little McCoy Tyner Showcase is his Trio – still featuring Avery Sharpe and Aaron Scott –  joined by Freddie Hubbard and Ralph Moore. This footage comes from the Jazztage Stuttgart 1990.

Enjoy!

McCoy Tyner in the 70s and 80s

Posted in clips, jazz, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2013 by crownpropeller

Revision Note (Jan. 11, 2014): I have replaced the clip from Umbria 1985 with a working version.

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McCoy Tyner at Jazz Festival Montreux, 1973

Still in the process of cutting large movie files taken from VHS cassettes into  clips, I noticed that my friend, the late Otto Flückiger has quite a lot of concert footage with bands either led by pianist McCoy Tyner or featuring him prominently. The reason for so much footage with Tyner in Otto’s collection is not necessarily because Otto was fanatic about Tyner.  Otto taped everything from the TV that was in what way ever connected to Jazz. And McCoy Tyner made a lot of tours in the 1970s and 1980s, his group was a regular feature on Jazz festivals around the world. So it really is no wonder that there is a lot of McCoy here.

Mainly to get a grasp of what is there, I have extracted all of the McCoy Tyner footage on these cassettes. Now that I am finished doing so, I thought why not present these rare clips on this here blog.

So here we go, starting with the earliest footage I found of one of Tyner’s own groups. Here is the McCoy Tyner Quartet at the  Jazz Festival Montreux, July 7, 1973

The band consists of Tyner (p), Azar Lawrence (sax), Juini Booth (b), Alphonse Mouzon (dr). The way I understand it, parts of this concert also have been released on an LP. Since I do not own this one, I can not tell you what exactly is being played here.

Going on chronologically we stay in Montreux with a clip from July 18, 1981 showing the concert of a band called “The New York – Montreux Connection:

The band: Arthur Blythe, Paquito D’Riviera, Jimmy Heath,Percy Heath, McCoy Tyner, Chico Freeman, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Ronnie Burrage, John Blake, Stanley Cowell, John Hicks, Steve Mc Call. Note that there is also an unidentified alto saxophonist taking a solo later in the program. He is adressed as “Paul ….”, but I can’t understand his last name. So if you have an idea …

Next are more than fifty minutes of the McCoy Tyner Quintet at the Saalbau in Aarau, Switzerland, on February 24, 1984:

The Quintet in this clip: McCoy Tyner (p), Gary Bartz (sax), John Blake (violin), John Lee (eb), Wilby Fletcher (dr).

In 1985 McCoy Tyner was in Europe again, with a new trio featuring bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Louis Hayes. At their apperance at the Estival Jazz in Lugano Pharoah Sanders was featured with the band. But the concert was started by the trio alone:

I do not have the whole concert, just three different parts from three different source VHS cassettes. The chronologically next portion of the Lugano concert is the one that features Sanders. I had alredy presented that one here some time ago, but for the sake of completeness, here it is gain:

I do not know if Pharoah Sanders was featured even longer on this concert, all that is here is the encore from that gig, featuring just the trio again:

Next up are two clips from Italian TV. Unfortunately quality is not too good here. Here are Tyner, Sharpe and Hayes at the Jazz Festival in Umbria 1985:

And here they are a year later at the Jazz Festival in Pescara:

In 1986 the trio also appeared on the German TV series “Jazz im Subway”, the Subway being a Jazz Club in Cologne:

I just have this excerpt from the show, showing McCoy playing a solo version of “You Taught My Heart To Sing” (Notice the funny subtitle, maybe someone from the TV station did not like the music?).

Last but not least a clip that was a personal surprise for me in more than one way. First: I did not know that Tyner played with George Benson – which he apparently did more than once. Secondly because I had dismissed George Benson as being  xxx (well I do not want to hurt any sensitive George Benson fans). But I actually like this one very much:

The above clip comes from the 1989 Montreux Jazz Festival. Besides Benson and Tyner you will see and hear bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Aaron Scott.

Enjoy!

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!

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