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Art Blakey in the 1970s and 1980s

Posted in Art Blakey, Bennie Golson, clips, jazz, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2016 by crownpropeller

Bildschirmfoto 2016-01-10 um 12.19.31Art Blakey in Montreux on July 8, 1976

[UPDATE: Changed the 62 minutes Subway clip to a better version] In the 1970s and the 1980s Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers were regulars on the european jazz festival circuit. So it’s very strange that I never managed to see the band live. But then again at that time my mind was set on free jazz only and I must have thought of Blakey as old hat.

So I am fortunate that I found a lot of TV footage of Blakey among the VHS tapes of my late friend, the swiss jazz researcher Otto Flückiger. Some clips feature just one track, some are full length concerts.

 

Starting off with Blakey and the Messengers playing “Along Came Betty” on July 8, 1976 at the Jazz Festival Montreux. The band on this occasion: Art Blakey (dr), Bill Hardman (tp), David Schnitter (ts), Mickey Tucker (p), Christopher Amberger (b). According to this list, “Along Came Betty” was the third track of this concert.

On another cassette, I found another track from this concert: “Gipsy Folk Tales” (the seventh track of the concert). Unfortunately this suddenly stops around the nine minute mark in the midst of Mickey Tucker’s solo (what follows on the VHS tape is a Donna Summer show!)

If you came here for a glimpse of Wynton Marsalis, I have to disappoint you since the chronologically next clip I found is from the 1983 Umbria Jazz Festival. This festival took place from July 11-17, 1983. It’s not clear, on what day the Messengers played. Here the band consists of Blakey (dr), Terence Blanchard (tp), Donald Harrison (as), Jean Toussaint (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), and Lonnie Plaxico (b).

They are playing “Oh by the Way”, composed by Terence Blanchard (thanks, Saxophone Freddie!)

The next clip can be dated exactly: July 23, 1983 at the Jazz Festival Montreux. The band is the same as in Umbria with Johnny O’Neal replacing Mulgrew Miller (thanks, Saxophone Freddie!). I made a mistake editing this: I did not realize that the TV station had broadcasted the latter part of the show live ( an unidentified tune, the introduction of the musicians by Blakey, an unidentified old time tune, “Polka Dots and Moonbeams and “Blues March”. Then after a break comes an  excerpt from the first part of the concert featuring “Little Man” and a another unidentified tune. Again: If you can identify the untitled tunes, I’d be grateful.

At some time in February 1984 the Jazz Messengers played at the Jazz Festival Aarau in Switzerland. I was not able to find out the exact date (McCoy Tyner played there on February 24). Again the band consists of Blakey (dr), Terence Blanchard (tp), Donald Harrison (as), Jean Toussaint (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), and Lonnie Plaxico (b).  All in all there are more than 80 minutes from Aarau, but the source video gave me trouble. After the first 30 minutes or so, the video starts repeatedly to stall while the music goes on. That is why the first, second and fourth part have video to the audio, whereas for the third part I could not get video and audio synchroneous (i’d need weeks for that). So i just added some screenshots to the music.

Part 1 starts with Donald Harrison’s solo in an unidentified tune and commences with “On The Ginza”:

Part 2 again starts wirth an unidentified snippet of Donald Harrison which is soon followed by “Moanin'”.

Part 3 unfortunately has no footage, as I explained above. Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play “Oh By The Way” and “Tenderly”, a feature for Terence Blanchard:

Finally part 4 – again with footage – is another rendition of “Blues March”:

On March 23, 1984 the Jazz Messengers played at the 15. Internationale Jazzwoche in Burghausen (look here to see the poster, does anyone have footage from the Arkestra’s appearance on March 22?). Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Jean Toussaint, Mulgrew Miller and Lonnie Plaxico are on board with Blakey. In this clip (again all I have) they are playing “Duck Soup” (I guess named for it’s composer, Donald “Duck” Harrison”, falsely titled “Duck Soup” by the TV station) and Benny Golson’s “Blues March”. Note that “Duck Soup” has already been put up on youtube by someone, but “Blues March” has not.

The next clip features the Jazz Messengers (Art Blakey (dr), Terence Blanchard (tp), Donald Harrison (as), Jean Toussaint (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), Lonnie Plexico (b)) at the jazz club Subway in Cologne, probably on February 1, 1985. Again I could not identify the tune:

In fact there is a more than an hour of the Jazz Messengers at the Subway. I found a better version than the one I had shown here previously. Here it is:

Jumping forward four years, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers  appeared at the Jazz Festival Bern in April or early May 1989 .There the band consisted of Blakey, Brian Lynch, Donald Harrison, Terence Tony, Javon Jackson, Frank Lacy, Benny Green, and Essiet Essiet. I found over an hour of footage from this concert, for technical reasons I had to split this into three parts.

Part 1 features Wayne Shorter’s “Hammer Head” followed by J. J. Johnson’s “Lament”:

Part 2 features Walter Davis’ “Jodi” followed by an interview with Blakey (with italian voice-over) and Freddie Hubbard’s composition “The Core”.

For the last part of the show (or this broadcast?) the band was joined by veteran Messenger Bennie Golson for a rendition of Golson’s “Blues March”.

 And finally something rare and special: At the Estival Jazz Lugano in summer 1989 (exact date unknown) Art Blakey – who otherwise did not play there – was presented with an honory award for his life achievements. On that occasion he agreed to improvise a little with Guido Parini and Oliviero Giovannoni, two fine drummers from the italian speaking part of Switzerland. Blakey has to be pushed into this somewhat by the announcer, I have left this out to protect the living …

Enjoy!

Eddie Harris in Lugano 1989

Posted in clips, Eddie Harris, jazz, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2015 by crownpropeller

eddie_harrisEddie Harris in Lugano, Switzerland, 1989

The legendary tenor saxophonist, trumpeter, pianist, singer and pioneer-for-a-lot-of-things Eddie Harris is one musician I never saw live, although he sometimes appeared in places not really to far from me. But I was a free jazz only guy at that time and arrogant at that.

Happily in my late friend Otto Flückiger’s collection  I found TV footage from Harris’ appearance at the Estival Jazz Lugano in 1989, where he was accompagnied by Ronald Muldrow on guitar, bassist Ray Peterson and drummer Norman Fearrington.

So as my present for the end of the year to you all here is the Eddie Harris quartet in Lugano 1989 in two parts.

 

Enjoy!

David Murray Infinity Quartet feat. Saul Williams, Zürich 2015

Posted in clips, David Murray, jazz, Photographs on October 14, 2015 by crownpropeller

DSC_4144(click to enlarge) David Murray, Jaribu Shahid (hidden), Saul
Willliams and Nasheet Waits at Rote Fabrik, Zürich,
October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

Last sunday one of my old favourites was in town. Tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist David Murray was appearing at the Rote Fabrik with his Infinity Quartet featuring Spoken Word artist Saul Williams.

Since I am not following the HipHop and Spoken Word scene that much, I was not acquainted with Williams’ work at all. Shame on me for it was a great evening.

I made a video featuring two tracks. Unfortunately from where I stood the view was not too good. As I did not want to appear to be filming, I put the camera on the table besides me for most of the time. Not wanting to cut the people’s heads, I had to zoom out quite a bit since the table was too low. But the video gets more interesting after a while when I finally picked the camera up to zoom in a little more. But there are still some bad shakes. Add to that that my camera passed out. So there are three seconds without footage in between – and just some photos with worse sound from another source at the end of “Children Of The Night”.

So this video is just to give you an idea.

The clip starts with the fourth track of the evening, a quartet rendition of Thelonious Monk’s “Wee See”. You won’t recognize it at first, the theme only comes up around 13:13 (It took me hours to find out which Monk tune that is). After that (starting at 16:00) comes “Children Of The Night”, a poem by Saul Williams, with Murray playing bass clarinet.

I also took quite a few photographs, here are some:

DSC_4123(click to enlarge) David Murray at Rote Fabrik, Zürich,
October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4162(click to enlarge) David Murray and Saul Willliams at Rote
Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4173(click to enlarge) Nasheet Waits at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4202(click to enlarge) Jaribu Shahid at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4201(click to enlarge) Saul Williams at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4227(click to enlarge) David Murray and Saul Williams at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4249(click to enlarge) Orrin Evans and David Murray at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4170(click to enlarge) Saul Williams and Jaribu Shahid at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4226(click to enlarge) Saul Williams  at Rote Fabrik,
Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

DSC_4258(click to enlarge) David Murray and Saul Williams at
Rote Fabrik, Zürich, October 11, 2015. Photo by Armin Büttner.

If you have a chance to see this band – they are touring through Europe right now – go for it!

Enjoy!

Marshall Allen Magic Science Quartet : Oedipus/Edipo 2015

Posted in clips, Henry Grimes, jazz, Marshall Allen with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2015 by crownpropeller

allen_grimesHenry Grimes and Marshall Allen at Casa Torre
in Poschiavo, Switzerland on September 19, 2015.
Photo by Armin Büttner

When one of my co-workers told me that Marshall Allen and Henry Grimes along with drummer Avreeyl Ra and Cornelia Müller would be accompagnying a screening of Cornelia Müller’s silent movie “Oedipus/Edipo” at Casa Torre in Poschiavo, Switzerland it was clear I had to go. Poschiavo is a five hour train ride from here – but what a beautiful voyage.

Cornelia “KA” Müller’s movie “Oedipus/Edipo” is a reinterpretation of the ancient greek myth, filmed in the surroundings of colorful Poschiavo Valley featuring Butoh dancer Yoshihiro Shimomura in nearly all roles. You can read all about the movie here. And here is the official trailer:

I really liked the movie, especially when Yoshihiro Shimomura did the Sphinx . But in a way it seemed like drummer Avreeyl Ra  and Cornelia Müller herself playing piano where the only ones reacting to what happened on screen, whereas Marshall Allen and Henry Grimes were faced towards the audience. Somehow this left the music rather directionless. Here is a small excerpt from the Casa Torre screening (which of course does neither the movie or the musicians right):

After the movie was over, people had applauded and the lights had gone up again, the quartet started an encore of which I managed to capture a nice part on video with Marshall playing his EVI with Henry Grimes and Avreeyl Ra swinging behind him:

During the encore Allen also grabbed the alto saxophone to send the room off into space – something he had not done during the screening where he he had played EVI, Casio and Kora exclusively. I did not film his solo but captured the audio. Here it is with some pictures of the concert mixed with some shots of beautiful Poschiavo where the concert took place:

 

It was good to see that Marshall is still going strong (he’s 91 now!) and to hear that Henry Grimes plays so well. After the concert I bought Henry’s CD “The Tone Of Wonder” recorded in Poschiavo when he was artist in residence there in 2013:

2728821Here’s a nice review of it.

And of course after all was over girlfriend made a “snapshot with your superstar” photo of Marshall and me.

DSC_3502Clearly the taller person here needs a shave.

Two more shots  from the concert:

allen_grimes2 Henry Grimes and Marshall Allen at Casa Torre
in Poschiavo, Switzerland on September 19, 2015.
Photo by Armin Büttner

allen_grimes3 Henry Grimes, Marshall Allen and Avreeyl Ra at Casa Torre
in Poschiavo, Switzerland on September 19, 2015.
Photo by Armin Büttner

Enjoy!

P.S.: There are still copies of the LP available, that my friend Hubi and me recorded with Marshall Allen and cellist Kash Killion in 2012 (see here and here).

Ornette Coleman Prime Time Lugano 1991

Posted in clips, jazz, Ornette Coleman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2015 by crownpropeller

ornetteR.I.P., Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015)

Fight your sadness with music: Ornette Coleman Prime Time 1991 at the Estival Jazz in Lugano, Switzerland, July 4, 1991 (in three parts):

 

Ornette Coleman: alto; Dave Bryant: keyb, p; Ken Wessel: eg; Chris Rosenberg: eg; Al MacDowell: eb; Badal Roy: tabla, perc; Denardo Coleman: dr.

Rejoice, rejoice!

Slim Gaillard in the 1980s

Posted in clips, jazz, Slim Gaillard with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2015 by crownpropeller

slimSlim Gaillard in Burghausen, Germany, 1986

It’s been a while since something happened on this blog. That is because in the last months my regular work was so tiring that I started to lose my interest in music for a while – something you should never let happen. Anyway this blog is back now and offering something special for you: two clips from the 1980s featuring the master of Vout: Slim Gaillard (1916–1991). I found these two clips on VHS cassettes in the collection of my friend, the late jazz researcher Otto Flückiger. The first one was made – I guess – in the mid 1980s, probably either in switzerland or in germany. Apparently this was filmed privately  and I have no information in regard to where it was filmed, when or by whom. It may have been Otto himself or one of his researching friends. If someone knows who filmed this, please let me know. Unfortunately I also do not know who the bassist and the drummer in this clip are:

I know more about the second clip though. This was filmed professionally for the bavarian TV station BR at the Jazz Festival 1986 in Burghausen (does someone know the exact date?). Playing the bass here is versatile swiss bassist/trombonist Isla Eckinger, and the drummer is Michael Carvin.

Enjoy!

Blues Queens on TV: Alberta Hunter, Big Mama Thornton, Sippie Wallace, Jeannie Cheatham

Posted in Blues, clips with tags , , , , on January 1, 2015 by crownpropeller

The new year did not have a chance yet to proove whether it is going to be good or bad, but I already have the blues. Because while going through the old VHS cassettes of my friend the late jazz researcher Otto Flückiger, I found two wonderful TV documentaries about female blues legends, made in the 1980s. So I have decided to put them up here – although the picture quality is not too good.

 

The first one is “My Castle’s Rocking”, Stuart A. Goldman‘s beautiful portrait of Alberta Hunter (1895–1984), made around the time she had her comeback at age 82.

The second one is the award-winning PBS feature “Three Generations Of The Blues”, which, made in the early 1980s shows a concert by Sippie Wallace (1898–1986), Big Mama Thornton (1926–1984) and Jeannie Chatham (1937–).

 A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

 

Enjoy!

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