Friday, December 31, 2010

Best Wishes

Thanks to all readers who passed by. Tune Up wishes you all the best for 2011 and hope to see you soon again!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Keith Jarrett in 1965

Some very early Keith Jarrett recording has surfaced. The story and an MP3 are available here!

Monday, December 20, 2010

O.O.P. Cal Tjader - Puttin' It Toghether (1973)

Here's another one in the series of O.O.P. LP transfers. Enjoy !!

Cal Tjader
Puttin' It Together
Fantasy LP F9463
Howard Rumsey's Concerts by The Sea, Redondo Beach
26 & 27.01.1973

1. The Prophet
2. A Time For Love
3. Mambo Inn and Theme
4. Amazones
5. Manuel Deeghit

Cal Tjader vibes, perc, timbales
Mike Wolff piano
Bob Reidfeld guitar
John Heard bass
Dick Berk drums
Michael Smithe congas

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sonny Rollins All Night Long

France Musique continues its nightlong sessions dedicated to (mainly) jazzmusicians (Wayne, Miles, Lee Konitz, ...) and during the night of saturday 18th on sunday 19th they will broadcast a special on Sonny Rollins. All info on the special is available here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

John Cage and Christmas

The Guardian published an article by Tom Service on John Cage's composition "4,33" and its possible function during this hectic Christmas period. Read it here.

Friday, December 10, 2010

James Moody R.I.P.

James Moody passed away yesterday on December 9th. He was really one of the last links with the bebop generation. I had the oppportunity to see him live with Dizyy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra at Jazz Middelheim in Antwerp.
Two obituaries already online : Jazztimes and ChicagoTribune.
R.I.P. Mr Moody.

Edit : The NYT obituary is available here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Waterloo : a visit

The Sun published a short article on visiting Waterloo, one can read it here. Enjoy!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

O.O.P. Cal Tjader - Last Bolero In Berkeley [1973-1974]

Here's another LP rip in the Cal Tjader O.O.P. series : (and yes it's in flac)

Cal Tjader
Last Bolero In Berkeley
Fantasy F9446

1. Gary's Theme
2. Don't let me be lonely tonight
3. Charisma
4. Never can say goodbye
5. Bolero
6. Cloudburst
7. Curtain Call
8. Where Is The LOve
9. I Want You Back

Cal Tjader vibes, timbales, percussion

on 2,4 & 9
recorded on February 7, 1973
Jon Faddis, Victor Paz tp
Frank Wess bs, fl
Seldon Powell ts
Ed Bogas keyb
Joe Beck g
George Duvivier b
Jimmy Johnson dr
Ralph MacDonald congas

on 1, 5, 8
recorded on September 10, 1973
Billy Brooks, Melvin Moore tp
Don Cooke tb
Jerome Richardson fl & ts solos
Herman Riley ts
Mike Wolff el p
Randy Oda g solo on Bolero
Larry Carlton rhythm g
Chuck Rainey el b
Dick Berk ds
Michael Smithe congas
Bobbye Hall Porter perc
Ed Bogas synht

on 3 & 6
recorded on September 11 1973
same as previous sesssion for horns,rhythm guitar,bass and percussion
Merl Saunders el p, organ
Mike Wolff p
Paul Humphrey ds
King Errison congas

on 7
recorded on September 20 1973
Pearl Bonney vocal
Ed Bogas keyb
John Heard b
Dick Berk ds
Mayuto Correa shakers

Friday, November 12, 2010

Henri Gorecki R.I.P.

Polish composer Henryk Gorecki has died at the age of 76, the country's national orchestra has announced.

He was best known for his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, which was composed in 1976 and sold more than a million copies following a 1992 re-release.

The symphony - part of which drew on an inscription scrawled on a Nazi prison wall during World War II - featured vocals from US soprano Dawn Upshaw.

It was often played on radio station Classic FM when it launched in 1992.

Gorecki had been suffering from a prolonged illness, a spokeswoman for Polish Radio's National Symphony Orchestra said.

Monumental style

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki was born close to the industrial city of Katowice in southern Poland, where he studied music and taught at the city's music academy.

His early works were avant-garde in style, and later influenced by folk music of his native land.

By the 1970s he had developed the monumental style for which he became famous.

He was often at odds with the communist authorities in Poland and withdrew from public life in the 1980s to concentrate on composing.

His Symphony No. 3, which dealt with themes of war and separation in a slow, stark style, became the best-selling record by a contemporary composer.

Gorecki had completed his fourth symphony, the premiere of which was shelved on account of his illness.

Last month he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Johnny Cash and 'Asshats'

Johnny Cash's daughter to GOP chief: Stop using my father's name, you 'asshat'

By Raw Story
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 -- 11:16 am

Stumble This!

The daughter of star singer Johnny Cash has some harsh words for the Republican Party's House leader.

Notes Gawker, "Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has been using a dumb-trust me, really dumb-line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches. Cash's daughter Roseanne doesn't think much of that. And she let Boehner know, by calling him 'asshat.'"

Boehner's line was, "Remember when Ronald Reagan was president? We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash."

Adds Gawker, "And, well, yes, it is a very stupid line, even by stump-speech standards, but it's pretty successful at ignoring any kind of socio-historico-cultural accuracy (I mean, Johnny Cash, a Reagan-era cultural touchstone?) in favor of connecting three vaguely iconic Americans in some kind of nostalgia wonderland as though they really had anything to do with each other, like the rhetorical equivalent of those airbrushed t-shirts where Kurt Cobain is jamming out with Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis is there or something."

Roxanne Cash's Tweet is available here.

Politico's Ben Smith notes its an expletive he's "never had to try redacting before."

Monday, October 18, 2010

OOP : Cal Tjader - Live At Funky Quarters

I just transferred some O.O.P. fantasy lp's by Cal Tjader and here's one live. You can check out more on Cal Tjader on this wiki page.

lineage : LP -) Total Recorder -) HD -) Cd Wave -) Switch -) FLAC

Cal Tjader
Live At The Funky Quarters
Fantasy 9409

1. Leyte
2. Mother and child
3. Cubano Chant
4. Soul Sauce III
5. Philly Mambo
6. Davito
7. Manteca
8. Theme

Cal Tjader vibes, perc
Al Zulaica fender rhodes electric piano
Joh Heard bass
Dick Berk drums
Michael Smithe congas

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

James Joyce at Carnegie Hall

I admit the title is a littl misleading but a few days ago the American Symphony Orchestra focused in a Carnegie Hall concert on Joyce's musical universe. Read more about it here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Their favourtite Miles album

The Quietus asked several musicians about their favourite Miles album. Read what Iggy, Nick Cave and others have to say about it here.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nobel Prize Literature 2010 : Mario Vargas Llosa

Finally the Nobel Prize committee has nominated since long an author which i really dig.

The Swedish Academy says it's honouring the 74-year-old author "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."

Congratulations Mr. Vargas Llosa!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rashaan Roland Kirk

I just added a link in the music blog list to the "Does your house have Lions?"  blog dedicated to Rashaan Roland Kirk. The author is preparing a book on the late RRK so no doubt the blog's worth a visit.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Arthur Penn R.I.P.

Just read the news that Arthur Penn passed away. The NYT published their more than complete obituary here.
When reading of his passing i thought immediatley of "The Chase" and not necessarily of "Bonnie and Clyde". Just checked his filmography at IMDB and was reminded of "The Missouri Breaks", "The Lefthanded Gun" and of course "Little Big Man". I never saw "Mickey One" (which has never made it to DVD) although i have it on my HD, and neither did I see "Night Moves".
Hell why do i have to work tomorrow i just want to start a 24 hour Arthur Penn marathon...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Glenn Gould in the New York Times

The NYT had an article on Glenn Gould yesterday. It's still online as usual and one can read it here. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

ROIO of the week : Ron Carter - Gleisdorf, 28.05.2009

Although his music is not earth moving or as innovative as other musicians these days, it's always a real pleasure to listen at Ron Carters concerts. The delicatesse each member of his groups showcases throughout the concert is impressive. I really dig Stephen Scott who surprises me every time when i listen at their concerts.

Ron Carter Quartet  
Gleisdorf, Austria,
Voices Of Jazz Festival 2009  

Stephen Scott,p
Ron Carter,b
Payton Crossley,dr
Rolando Morales-Matos,per  

1 Medley (fade-out) 53:10  

Lineage: ORF Radio Steiermark (MPEG1 Layer 2 / 160kbps, 48kH) > flac
Sound Rating: A/A-

Friday, September 24, 2010

James Ellroy - The Hilliker Curse

In this weekend NYT books supplement is a review of the new book by James Ellroy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Buddy Collette R.I.P.

Buddy Collette passed away. Check out NPR short obituary which contains a lot of links to interviews with Mr. Collette.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Talkin Jazz : Ben Sidran interviews Miles Davis

Soul and published recently the interview by Ben Sidran with Miles Davis as an MP3 download here. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cannonball Adderley Interview, 1969 - Part 1

This is the first part of a recorded interview that jazz writer Chris Albertson did with Cannonball Adderley in November, 1969. The interview was done for an article in Downbeat magazine that finally appeared in 1970.
This is the raw interview and it finishes rather abruptly.
Second part of the interview to follow soon.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

OOP : Bobby Hutcherson : Good Bait (1984)

This was one of the first LP's i bought when i was in my teens and starting to listen at jazz. The LP was published by Landmark, a now out of print label.

Bobby Hutcherson
Good Bait
Landmark LLP-501

01. Love Samba °
02. Good Bait °
03. Highway One *
04. In Walked Bud *
05. Montgomery  *
06. Spring Is Here
07. Israel *°

Bobby Hutcherson vib
Branford Marsalis ts *,ss° (does not play on 6)
George Cables p
Ray Drummond b
Philly Joe Jones ds

Recorded on August 9 and 10,1984, Fantasy Studio C, Berkeley, CA

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Claude Chabrol R.I.P.

Claude Chabrol passed away this morning at age 80. A short obituary can be read here ou ici.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Jimi Hendrix

Like it has done already for Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Lee Konitz,...France Musique will broadcast tonight from 01.00 AM till 07.00 AM (in fact sunday) a whole night dedicated to Jimi Hendrix. few details can be found here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Vince Wilburn Interview

Not very recent and the event took already place but the interview with Vince Wilburn is still worth reading here. And of course it's all about the Bitches Brew 40th Re-Mix.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Miles Davis & Betty Mabry

The Guardian has an interview with Betty Mabry and her influence on Miles Davis and his Bitches Brew recordings.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Announcement : new co-author

Tune Up is proud to announce the arrival of its new co-author to this blog : Jazzjet. I know him as a reliable person who is sincerely concerned with (a.o.) music. He published his first post yesterday with a link to a Miles Davis article.
His collaboration confirms the continuity Tune Up wants to provide to its visitors : keeping you informed of (for you visitors) interesting articles, reviews etc...
Welcome at Tune Up Jazzjet!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Miles Davis - The Man Who Wasn't There

Interesting article on Bitches Brew from the UAE 'The National' newspaper, the title of which arises from an incident at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

Read the full article here :

The Opinion of William Gibson

In tuesdays New York Times William Gibson published an article on Google. Read more here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thelonious Monk page

I just added a Thelonious Monk page (all the different pages can be found right on top of the blog just under the title) dedicated to the pianomaster and uploaded a flyer of a concert he gave in the Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerp on February 29, 1964. The concert is not mentioned in Robin Kelley's excellent biography.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Laurent Fignon R.I.P.

Laurent Fignon passed away today at age 50. Although it was widely known he was ill since last year his passing comes still as a surprise. He delivered fine commentary on last Tour de France and will be sorely missed.

Blog updates

I added two more interesting blogs to the 'Share the Music' links and I discovered I could add 'pages' to my blog. This is very usefull since it allows me to post stuff which can be used as research material.

So i added three pages up till now. As you can see some are still under construction but I can already confirm they will mostly contain jazz stuff as for example discographies etc...

Check them out and stay tuned!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Alain Corneau R.I.P.

Alain Corneau passed away last night.

He was the director of :
Polic Python 357
Le Choix des Armes
La Menace
all with Yves Montand

Furthermore he directed
Serie Noire with Patrick Dewaere
Fort Saganne
Tous Les Matins Du Monde

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Jimmy Cobb and K.O.B.

The Daily Times has an article on legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb and his K.O.B. tribute band. Read more here.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Louis Ferdinand Céline à Comines

Just a short message to draw your attention on an article in La Voix du Nord on Louis Ferdinand Céline.