Monday, December 23, 2013

Sonny Rollins Interview

France Musique dedicated a 10 part series on Mr. Rollins recently.

Of course, it wouldn't be for France the interview is overdubbed.

Alex Dutilh, the interviewer, put the whole interview whoever in it's original version on Soundcloud here.

Enjoy !

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Herb Geller R.I.P.

2013 is a tough year for jazzfans.

Now Herb Geller left us on tuesday December 17th.

More info can be read here.

Marc Meyers conducted an interview with Mr. Geller in 2010 and it can still be read here.

Thanks and R.I.P. Mr. Geller!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Horace Silver no longer R.I.P.

Various reports on social media announce that Horace Silver passed away during the weekend.

Some more info can be found here.

But what really matter is of course

Edit :

Jazzwise in the mean time posted the following message on their website :

"Tuesday, 17 December 2013 18:28
Jazzwise apologises for passing on widespread reports on jazz websites, social media and jazz radio and initial checks ourselves made earlier today, that Horace Silver had died. Jazzwise apologises unreservedly to Horace Silver, his family, freinds and fans and for any distess this may have caused. Peace. Mike Flynn"

All the better!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jim Hall R.I.P.

Jim Hall passed away this morning at the age of 83.

More than than one webiste, blog reports the sad news of his passing : Ottawa Citizen, LondonJazznews,

R.I.P. Mr. Hall.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

May Cobb wrote an article on 'The inflated Tear'  which was published and is online available at The Rumpus.

Enjoy the article!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chico Hamilton R.I.P.

Chico Hamilton passed away on monday November 24th. He was 92.

The N.Y.T. and the L.A. Times published their obituaries already.

Read also the article on the Ottawa Citizen blog with some links to nice videos.

R.I.P. Mr. Hamilton.

Ricky Wellman R.I.P.

Ricky Wellman, Miles' last drummer, passed away on November 24th.

One can find him on recordings with Chuck Brown (the famous Bustin' Loose), Miles Davis, Santana, Kenny Garrett, Bob Belden, Michel Legrand and others. He was in his mid-50s.

Mr. Wellman was apparently ill following this newspapar article.

An interview by George Cole is available here.

Film Poster : Francesco De Robertis : UOMINI SUL FONDO aka S.O.S. SUBMARINE aka S.O.S. 103 [1941]

Monday, November 25, 2013


Tomorrow tuesday November 26th. France Musique will broadcast a 1,5h during radio program dedicated to Tutu... Starts at 11h00 Paris time...
A live stream or a podcast is available, i'll record the fm signal as well.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thelonious Monk : Paris 1969

A new recording of Thelonious Monk will be issued on cd & DVD shortly. It consists of a quartet recording in 1969 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. A solo recording at the ORTF studio was already issued as a Jazz Icons DVD.

NPR has all relevant info and one can listen to onlinestreaming of all tracks and watch a short video extract as well here.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bill Evans : Composer of the Week

BBC Radio 3 had a week long series on Bill Evans.

The episode titles are as follows.

1. Bill Evans works with Miles Davis
2. Bill Evans records with Cannonball
3. Bill Evans chased by loansharks
4. Bill Evans and Helen Keane
4. Bill Evans leaves the stage

It's still available for online listening here.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Charlie "Bird" Parker

 Stanley Crouch wrote a book about Charlie "Bird" Parker.

A long review is available on the NYRB website here.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Art Pepper : Paul Masson Winery, September 6th, 1976

Laurie Pepper released an 8th album from her unreleased live recordings of the late Art Pepper.

It consists of a recording in September 1976 at Paul Massons' Winery.

The album seems to be available only as a download here.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Battle Of The Nations 200th. Anniversary Day 4

To read what happened on Day 4 of the Battle Of The Nations one can go here and here.

This day marked also the heroic death of Marshal Poniatowski while attempting  a rearguard defense.

French attention to this anniversary is quasi nihil.

The French Post didn't issue any stamp at all, nor did it last year for the Russia Campaign.

The Czech post issued a special commemoration minisheet.

They also issued an FDC and souvenir card :

Czech and French Posts issued jointly a stamp in 2005 for the Anniversary of The Battle Of Austerlitz.

Czech Post issued then as well a minisheet :

Friday, October 18, 2013

Battle Of The Nations : 200th. Anniversary Day 3

The media, at least in Germany are paying attention to this anniversary, or at least one channel.

MDR has a special page dedicated to the action and a lot of background as well, audio, video included.

Their pages really deserve to be visited!!

For what happened on Day 3 one can check it out here and here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Battle Of The Nations : 200 th. Anniversary Day 2

I once recorded a documentary from the RTBF years ago, but I don't find this anymore on my VHS tapes.

If someone might have this documentary he can always leave a message.

Meanwhile I found this documentary which was broadcasted by ARTE :


In the mean time I discovered this special website dedicated to the Napoleonic era and what concerns day 2 of the Battle of the Nartions can be read here.

One can read some resume of what happened on day 2 of the battle here as well.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Battle Of The Nations : 200 th. Anniversary Day 1

From today TuneUp will commemorate as best as possible the Battle of the Nations which took place exactly 200 years ago.

In France the national press hasn't had lots of attention at this historic event.

This is quite normal since Napoleons legacy, although undeniable omnipresent even today, is covered by the dust of the past. Don't talk about it.

If one wants to read more about the Battle of the Nations, you can start here.

And there's always Wikipedia, although between the french and english version there are some differences as for example concerning the numbers of troops involved.

What happend today 200 years ago?

I invite you to read the very detailed accounts of the two different phases of that day.

First there's one very detailed account concerning the period between 8.00 AM and 13.00 PM available here.

Then there's a second detailed account of what happened between 13.00 PM and 21.00 PM available here.

These pages with the french Order of Battle and the Order of Battle of the coalition are not to be missed either.

More to come tomorrow!!