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Memories of a Jazz Festival: Hollabrunn 1985

Posted in clips, Fats Domino, jazz, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Tommy Flanagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2016 by crownpropeller

holla(Clockwise): Miles Davis, Fats Domino, Pharoah Sanders in
Hollabrunn, Austria, July 1985.

The 1985 Blue Danube Jazz Summit 1985 in Hollabrunn not far from Vienna seems to have been a one time only event. Which is a pity, since the line-up for those three days (July 5 to July 7, 1985 ) was truly stellar. I found the following list:

July 5:
Miles Davis Group / Modern Jazz Quartet /Astrud Gilberto Group / Shankar – Jan Garbarek Group / Jamalaadeen Tacuma Band /Mingus Dynasty / Charlie Mariano – Jasper van’t Hof Group / Albert Mair Group

July 6:
James Brown Revue /Woody Herman All Stars / Airto Moreira & Flora Purim Group / Astor Piazzolla Sextet / Cedar Walton Quartet / Jackie McLean Sextet / Tommy Flanagan Trio / Leon Thomas – Jimmy Witherspoon Band with Arnett Cobb / Pharoah Sanders Quartet / Lou Donaldson Quartet / Benny Wallace Trio / Steve Lacy solo / Wide Fields

July 7:
Fats Domino Rhythm & Blues Explosion / Joe Zawinul solo / Working Week / Stéphane Grappelli Trio / George Wein’s Newport All Stars(Donald Byrd, Woody Shaw, Johnny Griffin, Nathan Davis, Slide Hampton, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Woode) / Gilberto Gil Brazilian Band / Lounge Lizards / Bob Moses Group / Joanne Brackeen – Clint Houston Duo / Big Band Machine

Thankfully the austrian TV station was there to document parts of the festival. I do not know how much they filmed, but fortunately I found clips from four of the concerts on my late friend Otto Flückiger’s old VHS tapes, which I decided to present here.

Starting chronologically here is Miles Davis’ band from July 5. The lineup: Miles Davis (tp, keyb); Bob Berg (ts, ss); John Scofield (g); Robert Irving III (synth); Darryl Jones (elb); Vincent Wilburn Jr. (dr); Steve Thornton (perc).

They are playing “Pacific Express” and “Time After Time”. Note that according to the list on this page “Time After Time” was played way before “Pacific Express” (there are also a lot of great photos of the band in Hollabrunn on that page). In fact I had found the two tracks on two different VHS cassettes and made the segueing myself. After I discovered the real order of tunes, I was not in the mood to go into the editing process all over again.

The next clip comes from July 6 and presents the Tommy Flanagan Trio. Flanagan is accompagnied by bassist George Mraz and  drummer  Art Taylor. This was also on two different VHS cassettes. So after the Monk Medley there is a segueing (done by me) and then comes an unidentified ballad followed by Tadd Damerons “If You Could See Me Now”. For all I know true sequence of tracks could have been the other way around.

 

Next up – also from July 6 – is a rarety as it shows Pharoah Sanders with a group that did not appear on any official albums. Here Pharoah is accompagnied by pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Clinton Houston and drummer Victor Lewis. They are playing Brackeens composition “Haiti B”.

And to leave Hollabrunn we have Fats Domino with an unidentified band doing his 1960 hit “My Girl Josephine” on July 7.

Enjoy!

Have you seen the jazz yesterday?

Posted in Abdullah Ibrahim, Chico Hamilton, clips, Eddie Harris, jazz, Lou Donaldson, Solomon Burke, Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by crownpropeller

louLou Donaldson on a Swiss TV show, 1987

Maybe it is unfair to say “there was a time when more jazz was featured on TV”. I would not really know, because I stopped watching TV a while ago. Of course here in switzerland there is still some jazz on the public TV, late at night at some time.

But in the 1980s there was still some jazz to be seen and witnessed by people who did not expect to be treated with jazz when they turned on the TV. There were some broadcasts on swiss TV which you could say were in some kind of “magazine” format. Maybe some news from different regions, a talkshow guest, a funny report — you get the picture. At the end they always had a short slot for musical artists of every genre that  happened to be in Switzerland – just a few minutes to promote their tour.

My friend, the late jazz researcher Otto Flückiger, must have scanned the TV program magazines every week to see if an interesting (interesting to him that is) band or musician would appear – since he managed to tape quite a lot of this jazz, blues and soul bits. I am offering you a little potpourri here of different things you could see – if you were aware when and where to look.

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“Battle Of The Big Horns”: Payne / Cuber / Brignola / Johnson

Posted in Cecil Payne, clips, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by crownpropeller

I was hesitating to put these clips up on youtube, since they have a severe tracking problem that could not be resolved. Then again who can resist the massive sound of three or even four baritone saxophonist played in line? I can’t.  And the tracking problem, although it never altogether disappears, gets better after a while.

Apparently the people behind the Berlin Jazz Festival could not come up with a more imaginative title when they invited Cecil Payne, Nick Brignola and Ronnie Cuber in 1985 to do a “Battle Of The Big Horns”.  Of course this is not about a “Battle”, but about the opportunity to listen to three very fine exponents of the baritone saxophone at great length. So here are: Nick Brignola, Cecil Payne, Ronnie Cuber (bar); Junior Mance (p); Rufus Reid (b); Walter Bolden (dr) Ray Barretto (congas) in Berlin on November 1, 1985:

The second part sees Howard Johnson added to the baritone front line:

Enjoy!

P.S.: Now I know where a part of this clip comes from.

McCoy Tyner / Pharoah Sanders Lugano 1985

Posted in clips, Pharoah Sanders with tags , , , , , , on May 17, 2012 by crownpropeller

O.K. I admit that my clip of Pharaoh Sanders singing was not that great. So for the disappointed Sanders fans here is something you might really like: Pharaoh Sanders guesting with the McCoy Tyner Trio at the Estival Jazz in Lugano on July 3 1985. Besides Pharaoh and McCoy you get to see and hear Avery Sharpe on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. But beware: At the beginning the sound is not too good – it gets better soon though.

Enjoy!

Sun Ra in Spain 1985

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

As you may have realized, this blog is mostly dealing with jazz from all periods. And of course nothing is a better bridge from the ancient times to the future than the music of Sun Ra, the cosmic messenger. When I started to listen to jazz in the mid 1980s, I was mostly fascinated by the free music of the 1960s. And it was Sun Ra that showed me how to proceed back in time in my listening pleasures. I witnessed Sun Ra leading the Arkestra five or six times from 1987 to 1990. And it was my love for Sun Ra’s music that was responsible for me and the swiss jazz researcher and collector Otto Flückiger becoming friends. I got to know Otto when I visited the Sun Ra exhibition at the Jazz Museum in Arlesheim that he had curated in the early 1990s (Otto had also written the first Sun Ra discography back in 1962!).

While going through my old VHS cassettes, I found a TV broadcast from the end of July 1985 when the Arkestra was playing in Spain at the Jazzaldia Festival in Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque Country), which I am presenting here in two parts. In part 1 Sun Ra and his Arkestra play Discipline 27-II, I’ll Wait For You, an unidentified Blues, Yeah Man!, Prelude To A Kiss, Mack The Knife

You will see and hear Sun Ra (p, syn, voc); Ronnie Brown (tp); Tyrone Hill (tb); Marshall Allen (as, fl, ob, perc); John Gilmore (ts, cl, timb, voc); Ronald Wilson (picc, ts); Danny Ray Thompson (bars, perc); Eloe Omoe (as, bcl, cacl, perc); James Jacson (bsn, fl, Ancient Egyptian Infinity Drum); Bruce Edwards (eg); Rollo Radford (double eb); Tommy “Bugs” Hunter (dr); Avreeayl Amen Ra (dr); unidentified (perc); June Tyson (voc) and an unidentified dancer.

Part 2 consists of Love In Outer Space and The Shadow World.

Blog follower Agustín Pérez was so nice as to send me the poster for the Jazzaldia 1985 festival as well as a review of  Sun Ra’s appearance. Thank you very much, Agustín!

And here is the review (pdf): ABC-1985.07.20

Enjoy!

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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