Monday, April 23, 2012

Teddy Charles and Miles Davis

Some more obituaries on Teddy Charles can be found here and here.

Dont' forget to check out Noal Cohens article on Mr. Charles here.

And while you started reading you can jump to an article on Miles' Dark Magus here.

Happy reading!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Teddy Charles R.I.P.

Teddy Charles passed away on Monday 16th April 2012.

An overview of his muscial career and life can be read here.

An article related to his 2008 concerts in theVillage Vanguard can be read here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Second Quintet

Within two hours (at 11.00 AM)  will start a radio program on France Musique dedicated to Miles Davis' Second Quintet.

More info to be found here where you can also listen at it online.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hal McKusick R.I.P.

Tragic news reaches us, Hal McKusick left us a few days ago, on April 10th to be exactly.

Marc Meyers Jazzwax blogs has already an obituary on M. McKusick here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mal Waldron at the Village Vanguard

After a long period i came upon some Mal Waldron cd's again and gave them a spin. Mals piano playing is as always a delight and pleasure to listen at.

Soul Note & Black Saint issued a "new" 4CD set containing the following :


Featuring: Woody Shaw (tp,flhrn)
Charlie Rouse (ts,fl)
Mal Waldron (p)
Reggie Workman (b)
Ed Blackwell (d)
Sonny Fortune (as)
Ricky Ford (ts)
Eddie Moore (d)

Includes the albums:
• The Git Go - Live At Village Vanguard (1986)
• The Seagulls Of Kristiansund (1986)
• Crowd Scene (1989)
• Where Are You? (1989)

Now i obtained recently a DVD issued by Immortal with a live recording of the Mal Waldron Quintet at the Village Vanguard. 

No date has been given on the dvd so i supposed this DVD comes from the same date as the cd's "The Git-Go", "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund". 

But the DVD contains as tracks : The Git-Go, All Alone, Fire Waltz (and Left Alone which is a solo studio recording).

The cd's contain : Status Seeking, The Git-Go, Snake Out, Jody,The Seagulls of Kristiansund.

So that would mean that both issues only have one title in common which is The Git-Go. 

When visioning the DVD it showed at the end "Copyright 1984" while the cd's are supposed to be recorded in September 1986 and the cd issue has as cover picture, a still from the DVD (all musicians were the same clothes on the picture as on the DVD) so we could suppose all the recordings come from the same date but why should the DVD which has been issued previously on VHS mention a copyright from 1984?

All the more as the VHS issue mentions : recorded at the Village Vanguard September 1983 and the DVD doesn't give any details at all.

So i compared the two versions of the Git-Go and they seem to be different, on the cd issue Woody Shaw solo's first and on the DVD Charlie Rouse gets the first solo.

Do we have here in fact two different recordings from one and the same engagement given the fact that Soul Note/Black Saint uses a picture from the DVD and from which period : 1983, 1986 or 1984?

Indeed in 1984 the same group toured Europe in july, with concerts in Lugano, Brescia and the North Sea Jazz Festival at the Hague and played a concert at the Village Vanguard on December 29th.

If the recordings are from two different recording periods why does Soul Note/Black Saint use a picture from a different engagement?

Any suggestions are always welcome.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jazz at the Philharmonic: Seattle 1956

Here's the story of some historical recordings saved from eternal loss and now issued on a 2 cd disc by Paul de Barros for The Seattle Times.