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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

r.i.p. Ingmar Bergman & Michelangelo Antonioni

Two of my favourite film directors have just left the room for good.

Michelangelo Antonioni (September 29, 1912 - July 30, 2007) (wiki)

Ingmar Bergman (July 14, 1918 - July 30, 2007) (read more here, also: wiki)

Ingmar Bergman's films "The Silence", "Wild Strawberries" as well as Michelangelo Antionioni's "La notte" and "L'avventura" have been held in the highest of esteems here, ever since I first saw them. I try and catch both "L'avventura" and "La notte" each time it shows in a local theatre, if possible even multiple times within days.

Here's the Guardian's obituary for Antonioni, and here the one for Bergman.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Jacky Terrasson Trio - Lugano 1996 - now on dime

Here's one I put up on dime again, for a change... more to come here, by the way: a ScoLoHoFo set from Lugano's Estival Jazz 2002 and a short but sweet 1979 set by The Police!

Note: there has been an upgrade to this seed of mine, with nothing missing from #1 and stereo quality, too - find it here:


Jacky Terrasson Trio
Estival Jazz 1996
Lugano (CH)
July 6, 1996

Jacky Terrasson - piano
Ugonna Okegwo - bass
Clarence Penn - drums

1. Ornithology (Charlie Parker) 5:15 [cuts in]
2. Love for Sale (Cole Porter) 11:05
3. unknown (9:21)
4. unknown (5:56)
5. unknown (9:16)
6. Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk) 10:09
7. Reach (Jacky Terrasson) 17:02
[with interpolation of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Kern-Harbach)]

TT: 68:08

Sound: A/A- (mono)
Source: RSI 2 "Live di mezzanotte" / 2007-07-26
Lineage: FM > HD > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Recorded & shared by ubu

Note: 1-3 minutes of music missing at beginning of #1

Joey Baron & Sylvie Courvoisier - Willisau 2006 - exclusif

Here's a short but sweet thing I wanted to share. Sylvie Courvoisier is one of the brightest talents around in the Swiss jazz scene, I was lucky enough to hear her live and am a fan of her ECM release, "Abaton" (with her partner in life, Mark Feldman on violin, and the great Erik Friedlander on cello - look for his "Maldoror" if you're in for a solo cello ride! I got my copy from CDBaby, its still listed there.)

Anyway, Joey Baron was to appear in duo with John Zorn at last year's Willisau Jazzfestival, but Zorn couldn't make it, so Courvoisier stepped in for a duo I find much more fascinating than the scheduled Baron/Zorn duo (but that's just one man's opinion, of course).

I missed a longer broadcast of this concert (likely the full set was contained in that broadcast), but another radio station has recently broadcast two segments as a filler and here they are, at least!


Joey Baron / Sylvie Courvoisier
Jazzfestival Willisau 2007
Willisau (CH)
September 2, 2006

Sylvie Courvoisier - piano
Joey Baron - drums

1. Willisau 5 (3:45)
2. Willisau 6 (7:40)

TT: 11:25

Sound: A/A-
Source: RSI 2 "Concerto Jazz" / 2007-07-22
Lineage: FM > HD > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Recorded & shared by ubu

Note: most of this concert was broadcast in DRS 2's "Jazz Live" show but I missed it - this is all I have so far!

FLAC / 39 MB / DL

Thursday, July 26, 2007

ubu goes to cinema

I wanted to do this for some time... it's highly incomplete, containing perhaps between a fifth and a fourth of the films I have actually seen in theatres (tv and DVD doesn't count, of course!), but still, it was fun compiling it! Maybe I'll try and fill some gaps another time, or just add films I have seen but don't know when. Also it comprises only the last three and a half years anyway, and I've been going to the movies regularly for almost ten years now...

::: 2004 :::

03 - Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick)
10 - La petite Lili (Claude Miller)
11 - Scarface (Howard Hawks)
17 - The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
23 - Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)

07 - The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph Mankiewicz)
07 - Suspicious River (Lynne Stopkewich)
12 - Late George Apley (Joseph Mankiewicz)
13 - Lost in Translation (Sophia Coppola)
14 - Secretary (Steven Shainberg)
16 - The Dreamers (Bernardo Bertolucci)
18 - All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz)
19 - A Letter to Three Wives (Joseph Mankiewicz)
28 - Europa (Lars van Trier)

01 - House of Strangers (Joseph Mankiewicz)
02 - Element of Crime (Lars van Trier)
04 - The Barefoot Comtessa (Joseph Mankiewicz)
05 - Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi)
06 - Suddenly Last Summer (Joseph Mankiewicz)
09 - The Quiet American (Joseph Mankiewicz)
10 - The Honey Pot (Joseph Mankiewicz)
11 - Sleuth (Joseph Mankiewicz)
13 - Godfather I / Godfather II / Godfather III
25 - Le mani sulla città (Francesco Rosi)
27 - Temps du loup (Michael Haneke)

03 - Underground (Emir Kusturica)
10 - Elephant Man (David Lynch)
12 - Der Redner (?)
15 - Shoah (first half) (Claude Lanzman)
17 - Lucky Luciano (Francesco Rosi)
22 - Shoah (second half) (Claude Lanzman)
23 - Cadaveri eccellenti (Francesco Rosi)
24 - Návrat Idiota (Sasa Gedeon)
26 - Il caso Mattei (Francesco Rosi)
28 - Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Francesco Rosi)
29 - Otosanek (Jan Svankmajer)

01 - Kuhle Wampe (Slatan Dudow)
05 - Werckmeister Harmoniak (Bela Tarr)
07 - Die Dreigroschenoper (Georg Wilhelm Pabst)
17 - The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
23 - Five Obstructions (Lars van Trier)
23 - Billy Liar (John Schlesinger)
25 - iXième (Stéphane Blok/Pierre-Yves Borgaud)
30 - L'histoire du Marie et Julien (Jacques Rivettte)

05 - Nathalie (Anne Fontaine)
09 - Stupeur et tremblement (Alain Corneau)
13 - Darling (John Schlesinger)
25 - Djävulens öga (Ingmar Bergman)
26 - Tokyo boshoku [Tokyo Twilight] (Yasujiro Ozu)
27 - Soshun [Early Spring] (Yasujiro Ozu)
29 - Peccate che sia una canaglia (Alessandro Blasetti)

no entries done for July and first half of August, probably most of Ozu's other great filmes, incl. Early Autumn, Late Autumn, Early Summer, Drifting Weeds and one or two others

15 - Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel)
19 - The Ghost Train (Géza von Bolváry)
21 - Foolish Wives (Erich von Stroheim)
26 - Wunder der Schöpfung (Hanns Walter Kornblum) / La reine des papillons (Ladislaus Starewitch)
28 - Eva (Joseph Losey)
29 - Viva Maria (Louis Malle)
31 - Les liaisons dangereux (Roger Vadim)

02 - Count Basie film shorts
04 - Fantome de la Liberte (Luis Buñuel)
08 - Journal d'une femme de chambre (Luis Buñuel)

probably nothing for two months... (it does happen!)

14 - Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming/David O. Selznick)

27 - Le serviteur de Kali [Nizhalkkuthu] (Adoor Gopalakrishnan)

no other entries for late 2004... probably just too lazy to fill in my diary back then.

::: 2005 :::

09 - Les noces rouges (Claude Chabrol)
12 - Themroc (Claude Faraldo)
21 - Max et les ferrailleurs (Claude Sautet)

01 - In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
13 - La belle noiseuse (Jacques Rivette)
26 - 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)

07 - The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman)
13 - Accordion Tribe (Stefan Schwietert)
16 - 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum (Assi Dayan)
19 - Two Weeks in another Town (Vincente Minelli)

02 - Rebellion [Jî-uchi Hairyô tsuma shimatsu] (Masaki Kobayashi)
10 - Senso (Visconti)
16 - Sedmikrasky (Very Chytilová)

07 - Viskningar och rop [Cries and Whispers] (Ingmar Bergman)
12 - Sommaren med Monika (Ingmar Bergman)
25 - Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grossstadt (Walter Ruttmann)
27 - Entr'acte / Ballet Mécanique etc.
27 - Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard)

16 - Rat der Götter (Kurt Maetzig)

no entries for all summer and fall

09 - History of Violence (David Cronenberg)
16 - Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
21 - La belle dame sans merci (Germaine Dulac)

02 - Alfie (Lewis Gilbert)
04 - Get Carter (Mike Hodges)
07 - The Ipcress File (Sidney J. Furie)

::: 2006 :::

14 - Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch)
18 - Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
19 - Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
21 - Radio Days (Woody Allen)
21 - Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen)
21 - Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen)

06 - Nora Inu [Stray Dog] (Akira Kurosawa)
14 - Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano)
15 - The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer)
18 - The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)
25 - Where the Truth Lies (Atom Egoyan)

08 - Przypadek [Blind Chance] (Krzystof Kieslowski)
10 - four shorts/documentaries by Kieslowski
13 - Decalogue I & II (Krzystof Kieslowski)
14 - Decalogue III & IV (Krzystof Kieslowski)
17 - Decalogue V & VI (Krzystof Kieslowski)
20 - Decalogue VII & VIII (Krzystof Kieslowski)
21 - La double vie de Veronique (Krzystof Kieslowski)
25 - Decalogue IX & X (Krzystof Kieslowski)

05 - L'appartment (Gilles Mimouni)
26 - Irréversible (Gaspar Noé)
27 - La société du spectacle (Guy Debord)
29 - Viaggio in Italia (Roberto Rossellini)

02 - Institute Benjamenta (Stephen & Timothy Quay)

18 - Dites-lui que je l'aime (Claude Miller)
19 - Le cercle rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville)
20 - Le dernier métro (François Truffaut)

29 - Under the Volcano (John Huston)

10 - La dignidad de los nadies (Fernando Solanas)
12 - La nube (Fernando Solanas)
14 - Nachbarn (?)
15 - Ung flukt (Edith Carlmar)
25 - El sur (Fernando Solanas)
28 - Das Leben der Anderen (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
?? - Memoria del saqueo (Fernando Solanas)

03 - Black Dahlia (Brian de Palma)

no more entries in 2006

::: 2007 :::

05 - Pasolini short films
16 - The Following (Christopher Nolan)
21 - Serpico (Sidney Lumet)
27 - Teorema (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

12 - Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks)
15 - L'année dernière à Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
17 - Futarizuma (Mikio Naruse)
21 - Ukigumo (Floating Clouds)
(Mikio Naruse)
22 - A Girl in Every Port (Howard Hawks)
27 - Les témoins (Eric Rohmer)

06 - Zazie dans le metro (Louis Malle)
09 - Une femme est une femme (JLG)
14 - I pugni in tasca (Marco Bellocchio)
28 - Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki)

03 - Do You Remember Dolly Bell (Emir Kusturica)
05 - Bin-Jip (Kim Ki-duk)
06 - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Kim Ki-duk)
10 - Oldboy (Park Chan-wook)
13 - Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-wook)
16 - Junta/Garage Olimpo (Marco Bechis)
18 - Prima della rivoluzione (Bernardo Bertolucci)
19 - Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)
20 - Partner (Bernardo Bertolucci)
20 - Prima della rivoluzione (Bernardo Bertolucci)
31 - Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi [Blue Mountains] (Eldar Shengelaya)

12 - The Last Show (Robert Altman)
26 - Black Book (Michael Verhoeven)

03 - Laura (Otto Preminger)
13 - Infernal Affairs (Wai Keung Lau/Siu Fai Mak)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bennie Maupin - Lugano 2007 - MP2 (lossless)

Here's a show I got from dime recently but thought I'd share it beyond the dime community since it's a fine one!

Bennie Maupin first came to my attention as sideman on Miles "Bitches Brew", then on Herbie Hancock's great "Headhunters"... as I got deeper into jazz, I heard him with Lee Morgan (the great Lighthouse set on Blue Note!), Freddie Hubbard (one of those Left Bank Jams put out by Joel Dorn on several of his outputs - Label M, Hyena, whatever) and elsewhere. To me it seems, Maupin was born or hit the scene a mere few years too late for making it big... about the time he got into the spotlight, the jazz scene died away... anyway, he stayed in there an in 2004 or 2005 he played a stellar trio performance (himself on tenor, soprano, bass clarinet and piano) at the Austrian Inntöne Festival, including his own great version of that tenor parade piece, "Body and Soul". He could still do it, and to me, that was great news, so I tried not to miss anything recent of his that was up on dime (not much, alas), and here's the most recent recording for you!

The rar-files were created directly from the original files I got from dime. This is from digital radio, hence it's in MP2. To play on your computer, use WinAmp or any other good player, to burn, follow the instructions below (again, original dime info...)


Bennie Maupin
Lugano (CH), Studio 2, RSI
May 8, 2007

Bennie Maupin - tenor & soprano sax, flute, bass clarinet, piano
Darek Oles - bass
Michael Stephans - drums
Munyungo Jackson - percussion

1. Neophilia (11:16)
2. Trope On A Rope (7:12)
3. Vapors (12:21)
4. Penumbra (13:45)
5. Bass Is The Base (5:07)

1. Walter Bishop Jr. (15:56)
2. One For Eric Dolphy (10:24)
3. See The Positive (13:21)
4. Message To Prez (9:23)

TT: 98:45

Sound: A-
Source: RSI 2 "Concerto Jazz" / 2007-07
Lineage: DVB-S (192 kbps/ 48 khz)> Nokia Mediamaster 9500 (d-box 1) >harddisk.
Edits were made with the mp3DirectCut software.

Please do not use the dbpoweramp software to transcode the mp2 files to .wav. The transcoding process leads to a noticeable decrease of the sound quality!
For transcoding the .mp2 file I recommend the freeware BeSweet/ BeLight (if you use a Windows PC Ihave to add) :
Both are .zip-files; unzip BeSweet first into a folder. Then you should unzip BeLight into the same folder. This done, you can start the software by clicking on the BeLight symbol in the folder. The software is easy to work with, I think; choose the register card "WAV/ PCM". Do not check any of the boxes on the left except the one for "Output Sampling Rate" (this should be 44100hz), and on the right please choose "wav" (under "Output Format") and "16 bits stereo wav" under "Output Channels".
Put the mp2 file into the window on top and click on the "Start Processing" below. The transcoding process will start immediately.

If BeLight does not work with your computer you should try a software named Switch. It is available for free at
There are versions for Windows and Mac.

Another freeware that offers good results is Apple’s iTunes which is available for Windows and Macintosh platforms. To transcode an .mp2 file please follow these instructions:
First, you have to import the file to iTunes: "File" -> "Import" -> select the folder where the .mp2 file is stored.
Select the imported .mp2 file in the iTunes main window using the mouse with a single left-click.
Go to "Edit" -> "Preferences" and select the register card "advanced". Then choose the register "Importing".
In the dialogue box "Import Using" you have to select "WAV encoder" (or "AIFF encoder" if you are using a Mac platform). Below, you will find another dalogue box named "setting". Please choose "custom"; then "sample rate: 44.100 hz", "sample size: 16 bit", and "channels: stereo". Close the dialogue boxes by clicking on the "OK" button.
Right-click on the selected .mp2 file in the iTunes main window and choose "convert selection to wav" (or "convert selection to AIFF" if you have selected that file format in the previous step). Then the transcoding process starts.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mal Waldron Quintet - Lugano 1984 - Exclusif

Dime is getting a bit of an overkill again lately... I've had a fast access while on vacation in Vienna and filled up most of the empty space on my computer while being there... hence my decision to put last night's recording up here, rather than on dime - I hope you approve of that decision!

It would be nice to get a bit of feedback and maybe some discussion of the music, too!

Also if anyone feels like doing a cover (faux hatOLOGY?) that would be cool!
Edit: cover art by couw (thanks a lot!)

Find the link to a PDF version in the comments!


Mal Waldron Quintet
Estival Jazz Lugano 1984
Lugano (CH), Piazza della Riforma
July 4, 1984

Woody Shaw - trumpet
Charlie Rouse - tenor sax
Mal Waldron - piano
Reggie Workman - bass
Ed Blackwell - drums

FM intro (1:24)
1. Fire Waltz (17:45)
2. Soul Eyes (9:33)
3. What It Is (23:09)
4. The Git Go (9:48)
5. Judy (14:35)
FM outro (0:35)

All Compositions by Mal Waldron

TT: 76:53

Sound: A- (mono)
Source: RSI 2 "Live di mezzanotte" / 2007-07-18
Lineage: FM > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Recorded & shared by ubu

Note: this is announced by the fm announcer as the Waldron/Shaw Quintet but this was clearly Waldron's band - his are all the tunes, he does the only talking, and there are official releases by this band as well.


MP3 @ 320 kbs | Winrar, 55.6 MB | Download Link


This has the same form as my dime seeds usually have, except it's in MP3 (@ 320 kbs), not in FLAC. The recording is in mono (I have a Tivoli Audio Model One tuner which is mono but sound is very good - as you could check in my Romano-Sclavis-Texier recording shared over here) and Rete Due (RSI 2) hasn't got the most stellar radio sound, but of course the music is terrific!

I hope many of you will enjoy! Please spread the word and share the music!

Monday, July 16, 2007

ubu's vienna haul

Mêre & père ubu spent two great weeks in Vienna - lots of art in the cities' many great museums, Sheila Jordan at Jazzland, "Laura" and "Infernal Affairs" in a great open air cinema at the Augarten... possibly more later. Anyway, of course I couldn't live two weeks without jazz... I knew about the shop called Red Octopus since I got the first volume by the Erich Kleinschuster Sextet from them, two years ago, so I dropped by there again, asked about volume two, long announced, and luckily just out in our second week in town - picked up at the second visit - of course I didn't leave with empty hands at the first visit!

Anyway, here's what I bought:

:: Red Octopus (8., Josefstädter Strasse 99) - the best shop in town ::

Lou Bennett - Enfin! (RCA)
Von Freeman - Serenade & Blues (Chief) (the companion volume to the great "Have No Fear" - many thanks to Chuck Nessa!)
Art Farmer/JimmyHeath/Slide Hampton/Erich Kleinschuster Sextet 1968/71 Volume 2 (2CD) (Universal Austria)

:: Audio Center (1., Judenplatz 9) - from an Enja sale (10 euro a pop) ::

Dollar Brand Orchestra - African Space Program (seemingly a classic, didn't get it so far, although I'm a big fan, as anyone who noted my recent Organissimo BFT knows)
Dusko Goykovich - Swinging Macedonia
Ben Webster / Gene Ammons - Tenor Giants

:: Rote Laterne (1., Riemergasse 11) ::

[Ingfried Hoffmann -] Hammond Bond (a good one among Universal German's cheapo "Jazzclub" series - a gift from jug21, the guy who works there, whom I knew from Organissimo forums but didn't know to work there before... I dropped by that store by accident, just at the same minute as Matthias Rüegg from the great Vienna Art Orchestra dropped by, too...)
and also, to leave some money there and support this adorable great shop:
Harry Sokal/Wolfgang Puschnig - Red - White - Red & Spangled (from Universal Austria's great "Austrian Jazz Art" series)

:: EMI Austria (1., Kärntnerstrasse 30) ::

Hans Koller - Kunstkopfindianer (my second of Koller's 6 MPS CD reissues, still trying to get the remaining four from amazon marketplace sellers...)
Herbie Mann - Great Ideas of Western Mann (one more in my huge OJC/Fantasy list...)

:: and finally at a second hand store (likely Sing Sing, 5., Neustiftgasse 19/23, but I'm not quite sure...) ::

Art Pepper - Surf Ride (Savoy/Denon)

Monday, July 09, 2007

insubordinations - lê quan ninh & much more

just found out about the netlabel insubordinations.

please let me know if any of these downloadable releases are good or great!
I bet [insub11] MARTINE ALTENBURGER & LÊ QUAN NINH love stream is great, but as I'm still on vacation for yet another week, I won't do any downloading...

the direct download link is here (51 min 35 / mp3 @ 256 kbps + cover / 96 Mo)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

ubu in vienna - and more!

I just wanted to let you all know that until July 16th, I'll be on vacation in the great city of Vienna. Hence no new posts for a while now...

Below you'll find a recapitulation of what's been posted here so far - it's quite a bit more than what I'd have thought, actually! Anyway, there'll be more to come once the vacation will be over (oh no, don't think of that now, I'd be most happy to have a few months of vacation, rather than just a lousy couple of weeks!) - anyway, the "for europeans only" series will be continued, there shall be a compilation of songs by the great Mildred Bailey, and hopefully many other things, including live recordings not fit for dime, that I shall transfer for exclusive sharing on this blog. Also the recent George Russell Paris 1964 recording will be put up in an MP3 version here.

The labels under which you can find the posts with actual musical content are as follows:
musical offerings
for europeans only
Actually, the first of these should lead to all the posts below, but I am only human, so I make mistakes...


Lee Wiley / Bobby Hackett / Joe Bushkin - A Night in Manhattan

Lenox School of Jazz Concert 1959

Lee Wiley - Unrequited Love's a Bore, Yeah... A Selection of Songs, 1931-1940

Sonny Rollins - Arnhem 1967

Martial Solal - 1959 & 2001 (Exclusif)

Potlatch - selections from the discs I own so far

Les Nouveaux Monstres - Lausanne 2007 (Exclusif)

Nicolas Simion Group feat. Zoltan Lantos - Berlin 2000

Romano-Sclavis-Texier - Cully 2007 (on the great H&H blog)