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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:

220px-Five_Pieces_1975

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!

Dexter Gordon: As Time Goes By

Posted in clips, Dexter Gordon, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2016 by crownpropeller

dex1Dexter Gordon at Jazzwoche Burghausen 1980.

At the end of one of the VHS cassettes from Otto Flückiger’s vast collection, I found something very nice: About ten minutes of the Dexter Gordon Quartet at the Jazzwoche Burghausen 1980 in Burghausen, Bavaria/Germany. Since I have nothing to say about Dexter Gordon that you would not know, here is “As Time Goes By”:

 

The personnel is: Dexter Gordon (ts), Kirk Lightsey (p), John Heard (b), Eddie Gladders (dr).

Enjoy!

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!

More Art Blakey (Marsalis content)

Posted in Art Blakey, clips, jazz, Wynton Marsalis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2016 by crownpropeller

artArt Blakey at the “Subway” in Cologne,
probably on February 1, 1985.

In the far away corners of one one of my harddisks with clips from the Otto Flückiger collection I found three more clips of Art Blakey with or without his Messengers.

The first one comes from  July 24, 1980 when Blakey played at the Jazz Festival in Antibes. The Messengers are: Art Blakey (dr, ldr), Valery Ponomarev, Wynton Marsalis (tp), Robin Eubanks (tb), Bobby Watson, Billy Pierce, Branford Marsalis (ts), Kevin Eubanks (g), James Williams (p), Charles Fambrough (b), John Ramsay (dr).

I do not know what tune they are playing, but it is not “Stairway To The Stars” as announced.

 

The next one is a drum battle between Blakey, Billy Cobham (or is it not Cobham?) and Simon Phillips (of Toto fame) -thanks to Penny L. for identifying him . This clip comes from the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival, I do not know the exact date. Does somebody?

And finally a better quality version of the Jazz Messengers at the Subway in Cologne  probably on February 1, 1985. I had uploaded this before but the old version was a pain to watch. The band: Art Blakey (dr), Terence Blanchard (tp), Donald Harrison (as), Jean Toussaint (ts), Mulgrew Miller (p), Lonnie Plexico (b).

After the introduction by Alan Bangs they play “Oh By The Way”, “Tenderly”, “One By One”, “Jodi” and “The Theme”

Enjoy!

Even more McCoy Tyner

Posted in clips, jazz, McCoy Tyner with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2016 by crownpropeller

mccoy81McCoy Tyner in Montreux, July 18, 1981

I thought that with this post as well as that post, I was finished with digitizing all of the McCoy Tyner footage from Otto Flückiger’s old VHS cassettes. But  this was not so – as I discovered three more clips that I had previously overlooked.

First up is McCoy Tyner playing “Eternally Yours” solo at the Jazz Festival Montreux on July 18, 1981:

From the same day (but from a different VHS tape) here is McCoy’s Quintet playing “Walk Spirit Talk Spirit” and “It’s You Or No One”. The band consists of Tyner, John Blake (vln), Joe Ford (as), Avery Sharpe (b), and Ronnie Burrage (d).

And finally here is McCoy Tyner’s band a year earlier at the Jazzwoche Burghausen in Germany on March 14, 1980. Band members are: Joe Ford (sax), Earl Conrad (vln), Avery Sharpe (b), George Johnson (dr), Guilherme Franco (perc). They are playing Tyners “The Seeker”.

Enjoy!

 

R.I.P. Gato Barbieri

Posted in clips, Gato Barbieri, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2016 by crownpropeller

gatoGato Barbieri (1932–2016)

Just received the sad news of saxophonist Gato Barbieri’s passing. Here is the obituary from the “New York Times”.

And here is something special, Gato Barbieri playing “Brazil”  in Montreux on June 18, 1971. With Barbieri are: Lonnie Liston Smith (p), Chuck Rainey (el-b), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (d), Sonny Morgan (cga), Nana Vasconcelos (perc,berimbau).

Despite the sad occasion: Enjoy!

Willis Nelson and Dupree Bolton – a study by Mario Schneeberger

Posted in Mario Schneeberger with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2016 by crownpropeller

 pancho_driggs

Willis Nelson (bottom left) in Pancho Diggs Orchestra, 1940.
From Barbara J. Kukla’s book Swing City: Newark Nightlife, 1925-50″.

Swiss alto saxophonist and jazz researcher Mario Schneeberger has allowed me to publish his new study. This study is about the two early bop trumpet players Dupree Bolton (1929–1993) and Willis Nelson and their work when they were playing in Buddy Johnson’s band  in the mid 1940s. From October 1944 to November 1945 both men were part of Johnson’s Orchestra and both were featured in solos.

Mario did a lot of listening and comparing to come closer to the truth in answering the question who is playing which solo, based on the two Buddy Johnson tracks where it is  commonly accepted among specialists that one is played by Bolton ( “Walk ‘Em”) and the other by Nelson (“Pullamo”).

To give you an idea, how Nelson and Bolton sound, here is the Buddy Johnson Orchestra playing “Traffic Jam” at the Savoy Ballroom in NYC on October 9, 1945

Featured soloists are: Dave Van Dyke (ts), Jimmy Stanford (ts), Buddy Johnson (p), Willis Nelson (tp), Dupree Bolton (tp).

Mario has also checked whether any trumpet solos during Dupree Bolton’s time (mid december 1945 to early 1946) with Benny Carter’s orchestra following his tenure with Johnson  can be attributed to Bolton.

Click here to go directly to Mario’s study on Willis Nelson and Dupree Bolton or click here to see all of Mario’s research pages.

 

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