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Max Roach: Complete East Berlin 1984

Posted in clips, jazz, Max Roach with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by crownpropeller

A while ago I loaded up some parts of a Max Roach Quartet concert 1984 in East Berlin up on youtube. Now Franz Hoffmann (you should definitely check his youtube channel, hoffmanjazz), has uploaded other parts of this concert, and asked me to load up the missing track “Giant Steps”. Since I have now done so, I am presenting here all the material that had been broadcasted by GDR TV (Thanks, Franz)

So here you get Max Roach, Odean Pope, Cecil Bridgewater and Tyrone Brown 1984 at the Friedrichstadtpalast in 1984 playing “Good Bait” (from the Otto Flückiger collection):

followed by “Giant Steps” (also from the Otto Flückiger Collection)

followed by “Perdido” (also from the Otto Flückiger Collection)

And finally here is “Six Bits”, sung by Roach (courtesy of Franz Hoffmann). Note that although the GDR TV subtitles note “Six Brits” as the title, it should have been “Six Bits” (These are the words Roach sings):




Max Roach Quartet East Berlin 1984: “Good Bait”

Posted in clips, Max Roach with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by crownpropeller

After I put up the 1984 clip of the Max Roach Quartet playing “Perdido” in East Berlin back in January 2012 I received some requests for more from this TV Broadcast from the GDR. But I was never in the mood since this required working on the audio (there was only one channel on the VHS-tape). Continue reading

Max Roach Quartet East Berlin 1984

Posted in clips, Max Roach with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2012 by crownpropeller

After digitizing the video of Anthony Braxton in East Berlin 1985, I discovered another interesting video on the same old VHS cassette. It’s also from the Jazzbühne series, but a year earlier than the Braxton concert. This one shows Max Roach with Odean Pope, Cecil Bridgewater and Tyrone Brown – Roach’s classic quartet of the 1980s –, filmed on July 16, 1984  in East Berlin.

I have only put up “Perdido” which was the last track of the regular set (before encores), the TV broadcast also ends here. I am sorry for the sound being only on one channel. The complete concert (including encores) was released semi-legally on a CD in the early 1990s as Repertoire (G)REPCD4902-CC.

As you see from the back liner, “Perdido” was not the only piece of classicism the Roach Quartet had to offer that night:

Maybe I  will put up more footage of this concert at later date, let’s see.

Anthony Braxton Quartet, East Berlin 1985

Posted in Anthony Braxton, clips, jazz with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by crownpropeller

While checking Youtube for footage of Anthony Braxton, I saw that someone uploaded a video allegedly showing the Anthony Braxton Quartet 1985 in Berlin. But in fact that video shows Braxton’s group with Hugh Ragin 1981 in Hamburg. So I dived deep into my large box of old VHS videos and came up with the old TV broadcast from the GDR TV station that really shows the 1985 quartet at the Friedrichstadtpalast in East Berlin on June 21, 1985.

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