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The Sam Lazar discography

Posted in 33 rpm, 45 rpm, Cawthron, Discography, Grant Green, Sam Lazar with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2014 by crownpropeller


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Sam Lazar

Organist Sam Lazar from St. Louis is a mysterious figure about whom not very much is known. His (very small) fame among jazz fans is based on the fact that guitarist Grant Green’s first recordings were done in groups led by Lazar.

Lazar, who was born around 1933, vanished from the scene at sometime in the early sixties and nobody seems to really know what became of him (and I am 99 percent sure that the – unsourced – stories about his later life in Lazar’s Wikipedia entry are bogus (so I do not link to that entry) – or are they?

Anyway, since I think it’s worth to listen to Lazar also if Green is not part of the proceedings, I decided to make an illustrated discography of Sam Lazar’s recorded works. Some of the entrys are linked to audio files or youtube videos – just in case you want to listen to Lazar while reading about his works.

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Enjoy!

Sun Ra in Lugano 1985

Posted in clips, Sun Ra with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2014 by crownpropeller

I managed to see the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen three times this year (more about that on this blog soon). The last concert I saw was in Lugano on July 11, where after the concert I had the chance to talk to percussionist/tour manager Elson Nascimento for a while. Elson remarked that the last time he played in Lugano was in 1990, when Sun Ra was still on this planet. I told him that there was footage from the 1990 concert on youtube as well as from the Arkestra’s 1985 Lugano appearance. I was wrong about the 1985 concert though. I thought I had seen it there, but maybe it has been taken off again.

So I have put it up again.  Boring technical problems unfortunately made me cut it into three parts. Furthermore there are some fade-ins and fade-outs – but with really not much missing in between tracks.

The Arkestra on this date: Sun Ra (ldr, p, synth, voc), Ronnie Brown (tp), Tyrone Hill (tb, voc), Marshall Allen (as, fl, picc, perc), John Gilmore (ts, cl, timbales, voc), Ronald Wilson (ts, picc), Danny Ray Thompson (bars, fl, bgo), James Jacson (bassoon, fl, Infinity Drum, Eloe Omoe (bcl, as, perc), Bruce Edwards (g), Rollo Radford (eb), Avreeayl Amen Ra (dr), unidentified (dr), June Tyson (voc, dance tambourine); unidentified (dance).

So: Enjoy!

 

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

 

 

 

 

 

The ominous Rashied Ali at the Boltax LP

Posted in documents, Photographs, Rashied Ali with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by crownpropeller

In this post, I presented documents of a concert by the Rashied Ali Quartet 1979  in N.Y.C. The gig was taped and photographed by my friend, the late jazz researcher Otto Flückiger. Among the things I presented is a 27 minute audio excerpt in so and so quality.

A few days ago, I noticed a sudden increase in people interested in that blog post, and wondered why this would be so. So while googling for “Rashied Ali” and “Boltax”, I found, that some *[&**!! has loaded down that mp3, as well as some of the photos from my blog post and made a “limited edition LP” of supposedly 45 pieces out of it. Some “nightshift” pressing maybe?

Now one of these found a buyer who was willing to pay over hundred dollars for it.

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I have to say that I find this a bit shabby. Of course one can argue that this blog here might be acting immoral as well. After all I have been presenting music here which I do not really have the rights to present. But I am never offering any music that is legally vailable, nor would I ever try to earn any money on a musician’s back. Up to now I only had positive responses from musicians or from relatives of deceased musicians to what I do.

SO THIS IS TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT NEITHER  I NOR THIS BLOG NOR LITTLE ROCKET RECORDS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS RECORD!

I know how attractive things like this are (limited! only 45 copies!), but I encourage anyone to think twice before bidding on this thing. You can have the music here for free. Of course: Rashied Ali’s estate does not profit from the music presented here. But if it does not, I think no-one should.

I am 99  percent sure that the mp3 from my old blog post is the source for this LP, but I have not yet seen a copy of the record. Does anyone own it and can confirm that it’s about 27 minutes long?

 

Thanks!

 

Sun Ra and the hot chicks!

Posted in documents, jazz, Sun Ra with tags , , , , on June 15, 2014 by crownpropeller


A while ago while searching for hot girlie magazines Sun Ra related items on ebay I was surprised that the March 1969 issue of Swank magazine showed up in my search.

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Sex and space music: “Swank”, March 1969

I have applied a little censorship to the mag’s front page here as this blog might be visited by minors. Also, the woman pictured on the cover might not be happy to see herself dressed that way again.

I bought the magazine because I was very much curious what space jazz master Sun Ra was doing in between the “Teen-Age Sex Queen Of Sweden” and “Love Potions And Aphrodisiacs!”.  Adding to my curiousity was the fact that being from March 1969 (the “Rolling Stone” with the Sun Ra cover shot of  was the April 1969 issue) this must be a quite early mention of Ra in an US-wide distributed non-specialist magazine. So what’s inside?

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Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Sardegna 1974

Posted in Art Ensemble Of Chicago, clips, Free Jazz with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by crownpropeller

Listening to a lot Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylot at home, I usually do not agree with people who say that Free Jazz is something only to be enjoyed at concerts because seeing the musicians helps you to understand what they are up to.  It was always different for me with the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Although I have a few records by the AEOC, they never touched me in a way nearly every Sun Ra album does. This is a band where in my regard the visual element is missing when you hear a recording.

It is hard too find much pre-1980 footage of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. So I am very lucky to have found over 46 minutes of Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors and Don Moye at a Jazz Festival in Sardegna in 1974 on one of Otto Flückiger’s old VHS-cassettes. which I am presenting you here.

Enjoy!

Stan Getz in Lugano 1989

Posted in clips, jazz, Stan Getz with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by crownpropeller

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Sometimes you just have to give up. Already a while ago I found in Ottos Flückiger’s collection a VHS cassette featuring about 45 minutes of Stan Getz’ appeareance at the Estival Jazz Lugano in 1989. Unfortunately picture and sound were absolutely out of synch. When I fixed the start of the sound to the start of the movie, it sounded quite right at first. But this went along well only for the first ten minutes. After that the pictures move slower than the sound, then suddenly they run faster again. Fixing this would just be too much work for me.

In the fine ten minute portion I could restore, you’ll hear and see Stan accompagnied by Kenny Barron (p), Yasuhito Mori (b) and Ben Riley (dr) playing Kenny Barron’s “Feijoada” (Thanks, Ehsan!). A Feijoada by the way is a very tasty thing, just ask any Brazilian.  I once had the pleasure to be invited to a Feijoada dinner – lots of stuff with a hearty taste! Unfortunately the theme reprise for this Feijoada here is missing, the sound goes totally out of synch before the tunes comes to its end, so I cut it off.

 

Enjoy!

 

Nina Simone at Jazzgipfel Stuttgart 1989

Posted in clips, Dizzy Gillespie, jazz, Nina Simone with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by crownpropeller

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Back in the late eighties I was working as a humper. Humpers are the people that carry equipment around before a gig. You might think that these people are called roadies, but then you are wrong. Roadies are the people that tell the humpers where to put the heavy things they are carrying around! The company I was working for did mostly rock concerts, but also some different festivals and shows.

In some summer in the late eighties we were doing some sort of city festival in Cologne and I was glad to see Nina Simone on the programme. But alas, Nina was in a very bad mood that day – and for a reason. They had relegated the great singer and pianist to a side stage. In fact she had to play on an upright piano placed on a truck! In front of nearly no-one! I remember her as being quite aggressive and stopping the concert after 20 minutes, she was really pissed. I understood that well, but I thought it was a pity just the same because the people that were there, were there for her.

Luckily I found some footage of Nina in a good mood on VHS cassettes in Otto Flückiger’s collection. The two clips I am presenting here come from the Jazzgipfel Stuttgart in 1989, so they might be from the same tour that the Cologne city Festival was part of.

 

Here is part 1:

Nina’s band members are on guitar Al Schackman, on bass Chris White and on drums Paul Robinson (thanks to Gerrit de Bruin for information!).

And here’s part 2. Watch Dizzy Gillespie give Nina some flowers at the end!

Enjoy!

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