Archive for Montreux

Blues masters galore: Muddy, Gatemouth, Witherspoon, King, Rush and King

Posted in B.B. King, Blues, clips, Gatemouth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by crownpropeller

When the weather is hot like it’s now, there only two kinds of music I can listen to: Old school dub reggae or the Blues. Since I guess there might be some people among my subscribers who love the Blues as much as I do, I am offering you a bunch of rare concert clips – some of them actually quite long – featuring masters of classical electric blues playing.

The first clip features something different though: Legendary singer Jimmy Witherspoon who is more out of the vintage r’n’b /jazz school. Here is Witherspoon in Nice on July 9, 1979 .

 Witherspoon is accompagnied by Eugene Edwards (g),  Roy Alexander (org) and Maurice Simon jr. (dr). They are playing Everyday I Have The Blues,I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water, See See Rider, and Jimmy Reed’s Big Boss Man.

And here are 26 minutes from the same festival featuring the Muddy Waters Blues Band on July 10, 1977

With Clark Terry (tp) as a guest on one track (I had published that on youtube before) , Bob Margolin (eg), Guitar Junior (eg), Pinetop Perkins (p), Calvin Jones (eb) and Willy “Big Eyes” Smith (dr).

They Are Playing:

Honeydripper Intro, Soon Forgotten, Baby Please Don’t Go, What’s the Matter with the Mill, Stormy Monday Blues (feat. Clark Terry) and Everything Gonna be Alright

The next clip comes from still the same festival. Here multiinstrumentalist Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown is featured with the Wallace Davenport New Orleans All Stars giving us some Street Corner business.

 

Gatemouth Brown appeared at the festival again on July 14 1977 accompgnied by Billy Mitchell (ts); Lloyd Glenn (p); George Duvivier and J.C. Heard (dr). I had already put up a part of that gig on youtube and had presented it in this blog entry. In this part here they are playing: Lets Groove (you know that ain’t it’s title) and If You’ve Ever Been Mistreated in which Brown changes to violin. Gatemouth Brown deserves to be much better known!

 

Next up is half an hour of B.B. King from the 1984 Montreux Jazz Festival. A lot of B.B.’s Montreux apperances are already on youtube, but this one wasn’t up to now. If you know who is playing with B.B. here, please let me know. I do not have the patience to check the setlist right now, but I know you enjoy checking it yourself:

And here is another one from Montreux, this time from 1989: The man with the Flying V, Albert King. Playing with Albert are Amar Sundy (guitar); Nate Fitzgerald, Steve Wilson, Wayne Preston (horns); James Washington (keyboards); Lonnie Turner (bass); Joe Turner (drums) (Thanks, Marc D.!)

 

And finally from Chicago here is Otis Rush, filmed in an unidentified venue somewhere in  Switzerland around 1986 (not from Montreux  as far as I can see). Otis is playing with Professor’s Blues Revue: Professor Eddie Lusk (keyboards), Anthony Palmer (guitar), Fred Barnes (bass), Eddie Turner (drums). (Thanks to Mark D. for information!) Beware though: It takes a while before Mr. Rush appears.

Enjoy!

More McCoy Tyner Montreux 1973

Posted in clips, jazz, McCoy Tyner with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2013 by crownpropeller

I really thought I was finished with digitizing all the McCoy Tyner Video I found on my friend’s old VHS cassettes. But I discovered that there is even more footage from Montreux 1973 than I thought.

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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!

Memphis Slim in Montreux (1973)

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

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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!

Donald Byrd/Nathan Davis in Montreux (1973)

Posted in clips, Donald Byrd, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2013 by crownpropeller

IMPORTANT UPDATE: (February 27, 2013): Blue Note is now offering the audio of the whole concert (for free) here.
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Donald Byrd in Montreux, Switzerland, on July 5, 1973

Unfortunately it is true. Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd passed on February 4, 2013. I would like to pay tribute to the man and his music, so I just uploaded nearly half an hour of video from the archives, showing the Donald Byrd/Nathan Davis group at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, on July 5, 1973. I am not too well versed in Byrd’s repertoire of that time, so if anyone knows what is played here, it would be nice if you could tell me. According to Tom Lord’s Jazz Discography, the concert was recorded by Blue Note – but never issued. Lord gives the following titles: “Poco-mania”, “You’ve got it bad, girl”, “Untitled no. 3″, “Black Byrd” and “Flight time”. So maybe someone knows how this fits together. I chopped the video into three parts. The video was partly not in synch and this made it easier for me to bring it into synch again.

You will be hearing and seeing: Donald Byrd (tp,flhrn) Fonce Mizell (tp) Allan Barnes (fl,ts) Nathan Davis (sop,ts) Larry Mizell (synt) Kevin Toney (el-p) Barney Perry (el-g) Henry Franklin (el-b) Keith Killgo (d,vcl) Ray Armando (cga,perc)

In part 2 the band is playing “Black Byrd” (thanks to Ehsan Khoshbakt for identifying the title)

 

Enjoy!

Piano Lessons: Hines, Monk, Taylor

Posted in Cecil Taylor, clips, Earl Hines, jazz, Thelonious Monk with tags , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by crownpropeller

As I keep on digitizing all of Otto Flückiger’s old VHS cassettes, I recently found some rare clips, which show some of my favourite piano players. I can really add nothing relevant to what has already been written about these masters. So let’s turn to the lessons they have to teach us right away.

First up is Earl Hines, captured in concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 2nd 1974  (parts of this concert were released on LP and CD as “West Side  Story”).

Clip  number two gives you nearly twenty minutes of the Thelonious Monk Quartet in Bussum, Netherlands on April 15 1961.Thelonious Monk,Charlie Rouse, John Ore and Frankie Dunlop are playing “Nutty”, “Bemsha Swing”, “Crepuscule With Nellie” and “I Mean You”. Parts of this video have been on (and still are) on youtube. But that is only a part of everything that was broadcast and it is vary faded and greenish. This version is reddish instead – but much clearer. Unfortunately there are two longer gaps in this video, I accidentally left them in. Also Monk is starting to play “Epistrophy” before “Crepuscule …” This footage is missing on the VHS cassette I have here.

The third and final clip was filmed on the same day and in the same location as the Hines track, Montreux July 2 1974 that is. Parts of  this concert by piano master Cecil Taylor were released on te LP and Cd under the title “Silent Tongues”. I can not tell you if the music from the LP is in this clip, since I do not have it at hand.

Enjoy!

Sun Ra Takes The A Train (Montreux 1976)

Posted in clips, Sun Ra with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2012 by crownpropeller

The 1976 European tour of Sun Ra and his Arkestra with concerts in Italy, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands did a lot for the popularity of that band from outer space among european jazz fans.  One of the reasons for this besides the impressive show that Sun Ra and band delivered, was that several state owned European TV stations filmed the concerts (or at least parts thereof).

Here is some footage from the concert in Pescara, Italy (uploaded by youtube user chieflittlenuts):

Youtube user chieflittlenuts alo uploaded the first part of the surviving footage from the Montreux concert on July 9th

As I think there can never be enough good quality Sun Ra on youtube, I have uploaded the rest of the known footage from the Montreux concert: Twelve minutes of Sun Ra and his Arkestra playing Billy Strayhorn’s “Take The A Train”. It starts with a long solo introduction by Ra and also offers a classic John Gilmore solo and lots of drumming by Clifford Jarvis.

Enjoy!

Bo Diddley in Montreux: Mona

Posted in Bo Diddley, clips with tags , , , , on October 7, 2012 by crownpropeller

“Junp, Jazz, Jive, Vintage R’n’B” this blog is subtitled. So where has the R’n’B been lately, you might ask. The answer: It had to be digitized first. So straight from an old video tape from the Otto Flückiger collection here is Bo Diddley doing an uplifting version of Mona at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Shave and a haircut: Go, Bo!

Enjoy!

Archie Shepp in Montreux (1975)

Posted in Archie Shepp, clips with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by crownpropeller

The two LPs full of music that Archie Shepp recorded with his quintet at the Jazz Festival Montreux in 1975 are widely acclaimed as the best work from the start of his neoclassicist period in the early to mid-seventies.

When I started listening to jazz in the early eighties, I started with the classic free jazz of the sixties, and Archie Shepp was one of my early favorites (still is). His albums for Impulse up to 1967 were on my daily listening list.  I have to admit that I was disappointed when I acquired “Montreux One” then, as young and ignorant me thought it was tame compared to  “Fire Music” or “On This Night”. I only came to like and love  the music years later, when I stumbled over a cheap copy of “Montreux Two” which I bought just to fill the hole in my collection. And surprise: I liked it very much. And my feelings extended to “Montreux One” as well.

When I got to know swiss jazz collector and researcher Otto Flückiger in the early nineties, visits to his house always ended with Otto showing some jazz videos he had collected over the years. One evening he asked me what I would like to see, handing me a list of his VHS cassettes.  When I saw Shepp’s Montreux concert on the list, I immediately picked that one. I remember Otto searching quite a while for it, but he did not manage to come up with the cassette. The box in which it should have been was empty. But two days ago, I opened up another box of old VHS cassettes and found the TV broadcast in an unmarked box. As soon as I noticed that the music really was as fine as I remembered, I decided to digitize it and put it up on the internet. Unfortunately picture quality is rather grainy and the colors have become flat. Oh how I wish Claude Nobs would edit all the Montreux stuff  and put it on DVDs, there were so many great artists filmed in Montreux, especially in the seventies!

So here for your enjoyment are Archie Shepp, Charles Majid Greenlee, Dave Burrell, Cameron Brown and Beaver Harris playing “Crucificado” by Dave Burrell and “Miss Toni” written by trombonist Greenlee on July 18, 1975, at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Enjoy

An Interview with Abdullah Ibrahim (1995)

Posted in Abdullah Ibrahim, clips, Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by crownpropeller

Back in 1995 I had the chance to interview south african pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as Dollar Brand), on the day before his concert at the Musik der Welt Festival in Basel. Originally my friend Buffo, who worked as a photographer at that time, and me were to talk to Ibrahim in his hotel room, but because the hotel had noted him down as “Ibrahim Abdullah” they did not realize whom we were trying too reach for about thirty minutes. So we arrived at his room door rather late. Ibrahim was nervous, because his wife Bea Benjamin was due to arrive any minute, so he asked us to come to the rehearsal in Radio Studio Basel later in the day.

A few hours later, after a short verbal hustle with the studio’s doorman we finally met Ibrahim,  who stopped the rehearsal to talk to us for about an hour, while sitting at the piano. Continue reading

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