Archive for 1975

Wilson Pickett 1973 / Bo Diddley 1975

Posted in Bo Diddley, R'n'B, Soul, Uncategorized, Wilson Pickett with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2016 by crownpropeller

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Edwin Starr (left) and Wilson Pickett at Jazz Festival Montreux, 1973-

Hey People, it’s summer!

You need hot music! Wait, here its is:

Twenty minutes of Wilson Pickett at the Jazz Festival Montreux in 1973 featuring a guest appearance by Edwin Starr (of “War” fame), taken from a VHS cassette  in the Otto Flückiger collection. In spite of Pickett’s pleading, no Rolling Stone appears (I am not missing them). If you recognize any of the band members, please let me know.

And here’s another one:

Bo Diddley playing his signature tune “Bo Diddley” at the Philharmonie in Berlin during the “Rhythm & Blues: Roots of Rock” show of Berliner Jazztage sometime in early November 1975. (Look  here for a (german language) article dated November 7 – though it’s not clear whether this is the date of the concert or the date of publication)

Besides Bo we have Johnny Guitar Watson (guitar), James Booker (piano), Gene “Mighty Flea” Conners (trombone, tambourine), Preston Love (tenor sax), Jimmie Lee Robinson (bass), Panama Francis (drums). Thanks to David Blakey for identifying the band members (see comment section)!

Enjoy!

Anthony Braxton Quartet in Montreux 1975

Posted in Anthony Braxton, clips, jazz with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2016 by crownpropeller

hollandbraxDave Holland and Anthony Braxton in Montreux,
on July 20, 1975

Never before and never again did composer and multiinstrumentalist Anthony Braxton have such a high profile as in the mid-1970s when he was under contract with Arista. One could say that Braxton’s music was much more accessible than it is now, but of course this is only partly true. As you might know his time with Arista came to an end after the release of Braxton’s “For Four Orchestras” in a 4LP Box (Allmusic website gives it 1 1/2 stars today).

What people went for at the time were Braxton’s quartets with which he toured also through Europe at the time. This 2LP (and CD):

220px-The_Montreux_Berlin_Concertsdocuments two concerts. The first is from July 20, 1975 when the Braxton Quartet with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul played at the Jazz Festival Montreux. The other one is from November 4, 1976, when trombonist George Lewis had replaced Kenny Wheeler.

wheelerKenny Wheeler in Montreux, on July 20, 1975

Michael Cuscuna in his original liner notes writes about the two concerts:

 

Ironically, the fourth tune of each performance was eliminated from possible release by technical difficulties, and that  missing piece in both concerts was the stop time composition that first appeared on “Five Compositions, 1975.”

The stop time composition Cuscuna is talking about is 23G, which is inded on this album:

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But at least in Montreux the quartet played yet another piece that did not find it’s way onto the “Montreux/Berlin” album (also from the “Five Pieces, 1975” album): the fast Bebop abstraction Composition 40M.

And that is where an old VHS cassette from the collection of my friend, the late Otto Flückiger comes up and contains just that performance:

As you can see from the band preparing to leave the stage at the end that this must have been the last track (or the encore – if there was one). Personally I enjoy watching drummer Barry Altschul here: he looks like playing this music is a lot of fun.

altschulBarry Altschul in Montreux, on July 20, 1975

Enjoy!

Montreux Solo Piano: Ray Bryant / Andrew Hill

Posted in Andrew Hiill, clips, jazz, Ray Bryant with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2014 by crownpropeller

rayshotRay Bryant in Montreux 1972.

hillshotAndrew Hill in Montreux 1975.

In the 1970s the Montreux Jazz Festival alwas presented at least one solo piano concert. For example in 1974 there were concerts by Earl Hines and by Cecil Taylor, which I did present here.  Since I noticed that that blog entry gathered some interest, I decided to look if there’s some more solo piano from Montreux in the vast collection of my late friend Otto Flückiger. And there is!

 

First from June 23, 1972, we have Ray Bryant’s appearance. At least parts of his set were released on this Atlantic LP

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Since I do not own this LP, I can not tell you what parts of it are in the TV footage. Both the record and the video start with Gotta Travel On.

The other solo piano clip from Montreux I found comes from July 20, 1975. This concert by Andrew Hill also resulted in an LP:

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But again, I am not able to compare the contents, also because I do not know Hills 1970’s repertoire very good.

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!

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