Miles Davis Live In Copenhagen/Rome '69

    Two concerts from one of Miles' great later quintets, with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. Most of these players were a big part of the landmark 'Bitches Brew' and 'In A Silent Way' albums, both from 1969, and both of which were among the first commercially successful fusions of jazz and rock, the latter becoming a gold-seller just years later. Filmed live at Tivoli Koncertsal in Copenhagen on November 4, 1969, and from teatro Sistine in Rome on October 27, 1969. Note: The Copenhagen part of this show is of questionable quality, but remains a valuable document of a classic Miles group. The Rome footage is closer to the quality expected today.
Personnel : Miles Davis - Trumpet, Wayne Shorter - Tenor and Soprano Sax, Chick Corea - Electric Piano and Keyboards, Dave Holland - Bass, Jack DeJohnette - Drums

01. Bitches Brew (Copenhagen)
02. Agitation (Copenhagen)
03. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Copenhagen)
04. Sanctuary (Copenhagen)
05. It's About That Time into The Theme (Copenhagen)
06. Bitches Brew (Rome)
07. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (Rome)
08. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Rome)
09. Sanctuary into The Theme (Rome)
10. Directions (Rome)
11. Masquelero (Rome)

konstruKt - Peter Brötzmann

Charles Mingus Live in Belgium/Norway/Sweden '64

      Charles Mingus showcases three exceptional concerts performed in April 1964 featuring his most celebrated lineup--Jaki Byard (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Clifford Jordan (tenor sax) and the great Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute and bass clarinet). Recorded within an eight-day span, less than three months before Dolphy's death, the three concerts showcase Mingus's visionary leadership and the band's incredible depth and diversity with unique performances and arrangements of classics including "So Long Eric" and the groundbreaking "Meditations On Integration" - jazzicons

   Belgium 1964                         Norway 1964                          Sweden 1964
1- So Long Eric                       1- So Long Eric                        1- So Long Eric
2- Peggy’s Blue Skylight            2- Orange Was The Color Of Her    2- Meditations On Integration
3- Meditations On Integration     3- Dress, Then Blue Silk
                                       4- Parkeriana
                                       5 - Take The “A” Train                                                                                                                                           Download
Personnel : Charles Mingus (Bass), Eric Dolphy (Alto Sax, Flute, Bass Clarinet), Clifford Jordan (Tenor Sax), Johnny Coles (Trumpet), Jaki Byard (Piano), Dannie Richmond (Drums)       

Portico Quartet - Line

Duncan Bellamy - drums
Nick Mulvay - hang
Milo Fitzpatrick - double bass
Jack Wyllie - saxophones

Dhafer Youssef - Odd Poetry - 2006

Dhafer Youssef - oud, vocals
Eivind Aarset - guitar
Audun Erlien - bass
Rune Arnesen - drums
'Jazz Onze Plus' festival in Lausanne 28 oct 2006

Duke Ellington Live in Holland '58

    One of the earliest-known filmed full-length concert by one of the 20th Century's greatest songwriters and bandleaders. Filmed at Amsterdam's famed Concertgebouw, this 80-minute concert features the 16-piece Duke Ellington Orchestra two years after their stunning performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival,which Duke considered his second birth. This epic performance includes legendary players Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Quentin Jackson and Ray Nance performing some of the most beloved American music ever written. - jazzicons

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 Rhythm section:                            Reeds:
Duke Ellington (Piano)                      Johnny Hodges (Alto Sax)
Jimmy Woode (Bass)                        Russell Procope (Alto Sax, Clarinet)
Sam Woodyard (Drums)                    Paul Gonsalves (Tenor Sax)
Ozzie Bailey (Vocal)                         Jimmy Hamilton (Tenor Sax, Clarinet)
 Trumpets:                                   Harry Carney (Baritone Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
Cat Anderson                                Trombones:
Harold “Shorty” Baker                      Quentin Jackson
Ray Nance (Trumpet, Violin, Vocal)         John Sanders (Valve Trombone)
Clark Terry                                   Britt Woodman

Dexter Gordon Live in '63 & '64

     Dexter Gordon features three concerts filmed in 1963 and 1964 in Holland, Switzerland and Belgium that highlight the bebop legend's classic style and silky tone. Filmed while Dexter was living in Europe, these shows feature legendary side musicians such as Art Taylor (drums) and Kenny Drew (piano) and jazz classics "Blues Walk", "A Night In Tunisia", "Body And Soul" and others. One of the most influential saxophonists in jazz history (both John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins claim him as an influence), Dexter Gordon is captured in sharp form and style on this 70-minute tour de force. - jazzicons

     Holland 1964                       Switzerland 1963                     Belgium 1964
Dexter Gordon (Tenor Sax)        Dexter Gordon (Tenor Sax)          Dexter Gordon (Tenor Sax)
George Gruntz (Piano)             Kenny Drew (Piano)                  George Gruntz (Piano)
Guy Pedersen (Bass)               Gilbert “Bibi” Rovère (Bass)          Guy Pedersen (Bass)
Daniel Humair (Drums)             Art Taylor (Drums)                   Daniel Humair (Drums)
      tracklist:                            tracklist:                            tracklist:
A Night In Tunisia                  Second Balcony Jump               Lady Bird
What’s New                         You’ve Changed                     Body And Soul
Blues Walk

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Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus - 1963

     "Having completed what he (and many critics) regarded as his masterwork in The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Charles Mingus' next sessions for Impulse found him looking back over a long and fruitful career. Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus is sort of a "greatest hits revisited" record, as the bassist revamps or tinkers with some of his best-known works. The titles are altered as well -- "II B.S." is basically "Haitian Fight Song" (this is the version used in the late-'90s car commercial); "Theme for Lester Young" is "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"; "Better Get Hit in Your Soul" adds a new ending, but just one letter to the title; "Hora Decubitus" is a growling overhaul of "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too"; and "I X Love" modifies "Nouroog," which was part of "Open Letter to Duke." There's also a cover of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," leaving just one new composition, "Celia." Which naturally leads to the question: With the ostensible shortage of ideas, what exactly makes this a significant Mingus effort? The answer is that the 11-piece bands assembled here (slightly different for the two separate recording sessions) are among Mingus' finest, featuring some of the key personnel (Eric Dolphy, pianist Jaki Byard) that would make up the legendary quintet/sextet with which Mingus toured Europe in 1964. And they simply burn, blasting through versions that equal and often surpass the originals -- which is, of course, no small feat. This was Mingus' last major statement for quite some time, and aside from a solo piano album and a series of live recordings from the 1964 tour, also his last album until 1970. It closes out the most productive and significant chapter of his career, and one of the most fertile, inventive hot streaks of any composer in jazz history." - Steve Huey
all tracks written by Charles Mingus, except where noted.
"II B.S." – 4:48
"I X Love" – 7:41
"Celia" – 6:14
"Mood Indigo" (Duke Ellington/Barney Bigard) – 4:45
"Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul" – 6:30
"Theme for Lester Young" – 5:51
"Hora Decubitus" – 4:41
"Freedom" – 5:10 Bonus track on CD reissue
Some editions of this album such as AS-54-B on Impulse Records contains an alternate track listing, which excludes the track "Freedom".
tracks #1 and 4-8, recorded on september 20, 1963:
eddie preston - trumpet
richard williams - trumpet
britt woodman - trombone
don butterfield - tuba
jerome richardson - soprano, baritone saxes, flute
dick hafer - tenor sax, clarinet, flute
booker ervin - tenor sax
eric dolphy - alto sax, flute, bass clarinet
jaki byard - piano
charles mingus - bass, (narration, #8)
walter perkins - drums
tracks #2 and 3, recorded on January 20, 1963:
rolf ericson - trumpet
richard williams - trumpet
quentin jackson - trombone
don butterfield - tuba
jerome richardson - soprano, baritone saxes, flute
dick hafer - tenor sax, flute, oboe
charlie mariano - alto sax
jaki byard - piano
jay berliner - guitar
charles mingus - bass, piano
dannie richmond - drums

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John Coltrane Live 1960-1961-1965

     "John Coltrane provides an epic 95-minute detailed overview of the truth of music giant 20-th century. Three concerts have shown increasing creative arc of Coltrane from the hard bop genre as a member of the Quartet Miles Davis Quartet in 1960, at the sole bandleader in 1961, unsurpassed dreamer jazz to 1965. This concert not only represents classic Trane's quartet with Elvin Jones (drums), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and McCoy Tyner (piano), but also with other jazz legends including Stan Getz, Eric Dolphy and Oscar Peterson. Includes breakneck versions of his songs "My Favorite Things" and "Impressions"."- jazzicons

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live in germany 1960:           live in germany 1961:               live in belgium 1965:
1. on green dolphin street      1. my favorite things               1. vigil
2. walkin’                         2. everytime we say goodbye     2. naima
3. the theme                     3. impressions                       3. my favorite things
4. autumn leaves
5. what’s new
6. autumn in NY
7. hackensack

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire - 1973

     "Emboldened by the popularity of Inner Mounting Flame among rock audiences, the first Mahavishnu Orchestra set out to further define and refine its blistering jazz-rock direction in its second -- and, no thanks to internal feuding, last -- studio album. Although it has much of the screaming rock energy and sometimes exaggerated competitive frenzy of its predecessor, Birds of Fire is audibly more varied in texture, even more tightly organized, and thankfully more musical in content. A remarkable example of precisely choreographed, high-speed solo trading -- with John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, and Jan Hammer all of one mind, supported by Billy Cobham's machine-gun drumming and Rick Laird's dancing bass -- can be heard on the aptly named "One Word," and the title track is a defining moment of the group's nearly atonal fury. The band also takes time out for a brief bit of spaced-out electronic burbling and static called "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love." Yet the most enticing pieces of music on the record are the gorgeous, almost pastoral opening and closing sections to "Open Country Joy," a relaxed, jocular bit of communal jamming that they ought to have pursued further. This album actually became a major crossover hit, rising to number 15 on the pop album charts, and it remains the key item in the first Mahavishnu Orchestra's slim discography." - Richard S. Ginell

john mclaughlin : guitar
jerry goodman : violin
jan hammer : piano
rick laird : bass
billy cobham : drums

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Archie Shepp - Four for Trane - 1964

       "From 1964, Archie Shepp's first date as a leader featured -- as one would expect from the title -- four tunes by John Coltrane, his mentor, his major influence, and his bandleader. The fact that this album holds up better than almost any of Shepp's records nearly 40 years after the fact has plenty to do with the band he chose for this session, and everything to do with the arranging skills of trombonist Roswell Rudd. The band here is Shepp on tenor, John Tchicai on alto, Rudd on trombone, Trane's bassist Reggie Workman, and Ornette Coleman's drummer Charles Moffett. Even in 1964, this was a powerhouse, beginning with a bluesed-out wailing version of "Syeeda's Song Flute." This version is ingenious, with Shepp allowing Rudd to arrange for solos for himself and Tchicai up front and Rudd punching in the blues and gospel in the middle, before giving way to double time by Workman and Moffett. The rawness of the whole thing is so down-home you're ready to tell someone to pass the butter beans when listening. Rudd's arrangement of "Naima" is also stunningly beautiful: He reharmonizes the piece for the mid-register tone of Shepp, who does his best Ben Webster and adds a microtonal tag onto the front and back, dislocating the tune before it begins and after it ends, while keeping it just out of the range of the consonant throughout. Wonderful! The only Shepp original here is "Rufus (Swung, His Face at Last to the Wind, Then His Neck Snapped)." It's not a terribly sophisticated tune, but it works in the context of this band largely because of the soloing prowess of all the members -- particularly Tchicai -- here. There is barely any melody, the key changes are commensurate with tempo shifts, and the harmonics are of the sliding scale variety. Still, there are the blues; no one can dig into them and honk them better than Shepp. When it came to sheer exuberance and expression, he was a force to be reckoned with in his youth, and it shows in each of the tunes recorded here. Four for Trane is a truly fine, original, and lasting album from an under-celebrated musician." - Thom Jurek

Archie Shepp – tenor saxophone
Charles Moffett – drums
Roswell Rudd – trombone
Alan Shorter – flugelhorn
John Tchicai – alto saxophone
Reggie Workman – double bass

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Alice Coltrane/John Coltrane - Cosmic Music - 1968

     "Cosmic Music is a jazz album by John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. It was originally released after John Coltrane's death. On this release, John Coltrane only plays on "Manifestation" and "Reverend King". "Lord, Help Me to Be" and "The Sun" were later included as bonus tracks on the CD reissue of Alice Coltrane's album A Monastic Trio". -wikipedia

John Coltrane — tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Pharoah Sanders — tenor saxophone, piccolo
Alice Coltrane — piano
Jimmy Garrison — bass
Rashied Ali — drums
Ray Appleton — percussion (1966 recordings)
Ben Riley — percussion (1968 recordings)

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Ornette Coleman - Of Human Feelings - 1982

     "Coleman, like Miles Davis before him, took to playing with electrified instruments. Albums like Virgin Beauty and Of Human Feelings used rock and funk rhythms, sometimes called free funk. On the face of it, this could seem to be an adoption of the jazz fusion mode fashionable at the time, but Ornette's first record with the group, which later became known as Prime Time (the 1976 Dancing in Your Head), was sufficiently different to have considerable shock value. Electric guitars were prominent, but the music was, at heart, rather similar to his earlier work. These performances have the same angular melodies and simultaneous group improvisations – what Joe Zawinul referred to as "nobody solos, everybody solos" and what Coleman calls harmolodics – and although the nature of the pulse has altered, Coleman's own rhythmic approach has not."-wikipedia

denardo coleman – drums
ornette coleman – saxophone
charlie ellerbie – guitar
bern nix – guitar
jamaaladeen tacuma – bass
calvin weston – drums

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Steve Coleman & Five Elements - Rhythm People - 1990

Steve Coleman - alto sax
David Gilmore - guitar
James Weidman - keyboards
Reggie Washington - bass
Marvin Smitty Smith - drums
21. Jazzwoche Burghausen 1990 / Germany