For German readers: some thoughts and notes and quotes on the music I'm listening - to be found
on my new blog:

Also check out the great new, independent magazine get happy!?, reporting on music, movies and more:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Puppini Sisters - Roma 2008

Some Sunday easy listening - good fun, I must admit, first bits I ever heard of this retro band, and I quite enjoyed it!
This is off dime, but as so often, I fixed some little bits here and there (no twitching of the music itself, though, I wouldn't dare that...)

Puppini Sisters
Rome (Italy), RAI, Sala A di via Asiago
May 6, 2008

Marcella Puppini - vocals, accordion
Stephanie O'Brien - vocals, violin
Kate Mullins - vocals, melodica
Martin Kolarides - guitar, backing vocals
Henrik Jensen - bass, backing vocals
Henry Tyler - drums, backing vocals

1. Crazy in Love (R. Harrison/S.Carter, arr. S.O'Brien) 3:43
2. Spooky (B.Buie/J.Cobb/M.Shapiro; arr. S.O'Brien) 2:47
3. Announcement (1:27)
4. The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Don Raye/Hughie Price) 3:35
5. Announcement (0:20)
6. Walk Like an Egyptian (Liam Hillard Sternberg, arr. K.Mullins) 4:45
7. I Will Survive (F.J Perren/D.Fekaris, arr. S.O'Brien) 5:11

TT: 21:51

Sound: A/A-
Linage: Telefunken HT880 > Edirol UA-4Fx > CoolEdit for cutting and normalization > Flac level 6

Sorry, but the show is not complete!!

Edits: fixed marks, added fade at end of #7

additional (preceeding) tunes, likely broadcast on May 30, 2008:


I can't believe I'm not a millionaire (Marcella Puppini)
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Ray Noble, arr. Andrews Sisters)
Heart of glass (Stein/Harry, arr. M.Puppini)
Hold tight (Seafood Mama) J.Brandow/L.Kent/E.Robinson/W.Spotwood/L.Ware, arr. Andrews Sisters)
It don't mean a thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (D.Ellington/I.Mills, arr. M.Puppini)
Wuthering heights (Kate Bush, arr. M.Puppini)
And she sang (Marcella Puppini)
Tu vuo' fa l'Americano (Carosone/Salerno, arr. M.Puppini)
Jilted (Marcella Puppini)
Soho nights (Stephanie O'Brien)
Mr. Sandman (Irving Berlin, arr. Chordettes)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart - February 1974 (1/7)

This is the first of a little series of posts dedicated to reza. He asked for some shows with Wolfgang Dauner, in return for a favour.

some useful info:
wiki (german)
biography (english)

Dauner was born in Stuttgart on December 30, 1935. In 1963 he founded his first jazz trio with Fred Braceful and Eberhard Weber. A few years later he started playing around with synths and jazz-rock, and for fifteen years, starting in 1969, he led the "Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart", which is the subject of my little series.
All of these shows have been shared on dime, and I am offering them here just as I got them (the only difference being I had to rip them from my CDRs, as I don't keep FLAC files - I'd need a dozen 1TB drives to do that... anyway, EAC logs are included).

The Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart has collaborated, among others, with Jean-Luc Ponty, Terje Rypdal and Zbigniew Seifert. Seifert is present on the first show from 1974, along with Albert Mangelsdorff, the Peter Brötzmann Trio and others. The musicians on the six shows to be shared later include: Maarten Altena, Toto Blanke, Rüdiger Carl, Günter Christmann, Palle Danielsson, Gerd Dudek, Raphael Don Garrett, Trilok Gurtu, Tristan Honsinger, Peter Kowald, Didier Lockwood, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Irene Schweizer, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Stephan Wittwer, and others.

In 1970, the Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart played the Montreux Jazz Festival with a line-up of Dauner, Dudek, Ack Van Rooyen, Joki Freund, Eberhard Weber and Cees See (info). If anyone has a recording of that show, please share it!

Six more shows coming!


Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart + Albert Mangelsdorff - Peter Brötzmann Trio
February 1974
Stuttgart (DE)

Albert Mangelsdorff - trombone
Peter Brötzmann - tenor sax
Zbigniew Seifert - violin
Wolfgang Dauner - piano
Fred van Hove - piano
Adelhard Roidinger - bass
Buschi Niebergall - bass
Han Bennink - drums

1. Was ich noch sagen wollte (35:11)
2. FM Outro (0:36)

TT: 35:47

Sound: B+
Lineage: fm > cd on trade > flac > dime

Friday, July 25, 2008

r.i.p. Johnny Griffin

Johnny Griffin, April 24, 1928 - July 25, 2008

There goes another of the great ones - and a personal hero of mine. This is very sad. Reportedly the little giant has led a good life for the past decades, living in rural France with his family. Thank you for all the great music you left, I will always cherish that huge unmistakeable sound!

Mel Martin Interview

I have already shared two shows of Griffin's here, both are still up for takers:

Johnny Griffin & NDR Big Band - Hamburg 1992
Johnny Griffin - Szekesfehervar 1969

The third show which I uploaded quite a while ago, I hesitated to share at all because there was so little interest in the past two offerings, however, now I offer it in memory of this great musician and I hope it finds some interest.


Johnny Griffin
Mönchengladbach (Germany), Kaiser-Friedrich-Halle
March 10, 1976

Johnny Griffin - tenor sax
Wilton Gaynair - tenor & soprano sax
Leo Wright - alto sax
Slide Hampton - trombone
Ingfried Hoffman - piano
Jimmy Woode - bass
Art Taylor - drums

1. My Blues (21:23)
2. All the Things You Are (14:56) [Griffin & Rhythm only]
3. Music Inn Blues (22:54)

TT: 59:16

Sound: A/A-
Source: unknown, prob. radio broadcast


Edits: divided #1 and #2

Tracklist I received with disc:
1. unknown title
2. My Blues
3. All the Things You Are
4. Music Inn Blues

Disc had two tracks, 36:19 and 22:54
- Griffin01 & Griffin02 are Track01
- Griffin03 is Track02

I am not sure if tracks 1 and 3 are correctly named.


Griffin made his first recordings with Lionel Hampton's band, played R'n'B with Joe Morris, Wynonie Harris, Arnett Cobb and others, and then in 1956 started recording as a leader of his own jazz combos. It's hard to pick favourites from the years following 1956, highlights are many: his "JG Tenor" album for Argo, his third Blue Note album "The Congregation" (the opening title tune is likely my all-time favourite Griff solo!), his first quartet album for Riverside ("Way Out"), the Blakey Jazz Messengers album with Thelonious Monk, the Monk gig documented on "Monk in Action" and "Misterioso", and of course "A Blowing Session" (Blue Note) with John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, and a teenage Lee Morgan. In between he also appeared on my albums with the unsung second edition of Blakey's Jazz Messengers (with Bill Hardman and Jackie McLean), as well as on albums by A.K. Salim, Clark Terry, Wilbur Ware, Ahmad Abdul-Malik, Blue Mitchell, Babs Gonzales, Philly Joe Jones, Chet Baker, Nat Adderley, homeboy Ira Sullivan, and others, and he was also on one of Randy Weston's (now here's a giant still trodding the earth!) finest early efforts, "Little Niles" (United Artists). In 1960 he made his Riverside album "The Big-Soul Band", constantly on the brink of desaster, but turning it into a great album. And around the same time, his partnership with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis was recorded for the first time. That two-tenor team put out another string of fine albums on Prestige and Riverside/Jazzland. On his own albums, Griffin tried out some more varied settings, recording with organ on "Grab This!" (Paul Bryant), french horn and twin basses (on "Change of Pace"), with strings (the magnificient "White Gardenia" in homage to Billie Holiday), whilst appearing on more albums as a sideman, under the leadership of Wes Montgomery, Bennie Green, Johnny Lytle and others.
Then in the early sixties, after the disappearance of Riverside, Griffin relocated to Europe, playing with Bud Powell and hooking up with Kenny Clarke (again) and Francy Boland, which led to his longtime membership in the great Clarke-Boland Orchestra. Griffin's easily identifiable solo voice can be heard on many fine albums by that outfit and by related small groups, recorded throughout the sixties. In 1970 MPS recorded him with "Lockjaw" again and the partnership would continue on and off again
Griffin turned up on some European jazz musicians' albums (Klaus Doldinger, Vaclav Zahradnik, Peter Herbolzheimer) but also occasionally reunite with visiting Americans such as Dizzy Gillespie or Roy Eldridge, or he'd join in some of Norman Granz' jam affairs. In the late seventies, he recorded in the US again, around the same time Dexter Gordon celebrated his homecoming. The two teamed up for a Carnegie Hall concert in 1978, and Griffin recorded several fine albums for Galaxy as well. In 1985, he joined the celebrations at New York's Town Hall when the Blue Note label was re-founded. He continued to gig and led fine bands, recording with the likes of Michael Weiss, Ronnie Mathews and Kenny Barron. Some fine albums came out on Dreyfus and Minor Music, teaming him up in duo settings with Horace Parlan and Martial Solal, as well as in a two-tenor workout with Steve Grossman.
He left a fine legacy, and I will certainly continue to play his music for years to come, and in the days to come, he'll have a special place in my heart and in my CD player, too. Thank you for all the music!


There's been almost no activity over there, so let me just put up a little reminder here: there are a few things up now in the contributions, check it out occasionally!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Music from Outer Space - Sun Ra, Newport 1969

This is not in good sound, but hey, it's Sun Ra! And it's from 1969! There are many Sun Ra shows in circulation from later on, including many good soundboards and some great audience recordings as well, but this here's one of the earliest live shows of his that I've come around, hope you'll enjoy!

Some stuff on Ra:

Saturn Web
Sun Ra Discography
Sun Ra Arkestra homepage

Sun Ra
Newport, Rhode Island (USA), Jazz Festival

July 3, 1969

Sun Ra - farfisa organ, hohner clavinet, spacemaster organ, voice
Walter Miller, Kwame Hadi - trumpet
Akh Tal Ebah - trumpet, mellophone
Marshall Allen – alto sax, flute, oboe, piccolo
Danny Davis – alto sax, flute
John Gilmore – tenor sax, percussion
Pat Patrick, Danny Ray Thompson – baritone sax, flute
James Jacson - bassoon, oboe, percussion
Robert Cummings (or Eloe Omoe?) – bass clarinet, percussion
Alex Blake - bass
Nimrod Hunt, William Brister (Rashid Salim IV) - percussion
Lex Humphries, Clifford Jarvis - drums
June Tyson - voice

1. unidentified title (3:04)
2. unidentified title (3:13)
3. The Shadow World (Sun Ra) 5:41
4. Prepare for the Journey to Other Worlds (Sun Ra) 3:09
5. Velvet (Sun Ra) 3:16
6. Outer Space (Is a Pleasant Place) (Sun Ra) 3:41
7. untitled outside processional (Sun Ra) 6:59
8. Watusi (Pitts/Sherrill) 2:58
9. Enlightenment (Hobart Dotson) 2:06
10. Somebody Else's Idea (Sun Ra) 2:52 [inc]
11. Sun Ra & His Band from Outer Space (Sun Ra) 1:29

TT: 38:35

Source: private recording

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - BBC Session 2008 (MP2)

Here's a short bit - three songs, some mighty funy stuff by this great band, and a bit of a departure from the usual menu up here - hope folks will enjoy! It's short and sweet, so even if you've never heard of this lady, check her out!

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
London (UK), BBC Studios
April 24, 2008

1. 100 Days, 100 Nights (3:34)
2. Medina (2:08)
3. Genuine (3:06)

Sound: A
Source: Broadcast by BBC Radio 1 on 24th April 2008 for "Gilles Peterson"
Lineage: DVB-T (192kbps / 48Khz) > Nebula DigiTV > Hard Disk MP2 > mp3DirectCut

BBC Radio 1 is an FM and digital broadcaster
Bit rate on DAB radio is 160kbps, DVB-T and Digital Satellite 192kbps
This is the DVB-T broadcast

Saturday, July 19, 2008

WDR Big Band & Battista Lena, Luciano Biondini, Javier Girotto - Le Grande Banda - Köln 2008 (MP2)

Here's a special upload, a show by one of the great German radio big bands (NDR is the other one with a high profile, but there are others), collaborating with Italian composer/arranger/guitarist Battista Lena, whom I first heard of when I caught a partial broadcast of his project "I Cosmonauti Russi" (a double CD of that is out on Label Bleu). So when this here showed up on dime, I was all over it, expecting similarly entertaining music - big band jazz with European influences, fun music, that's for sure! I wasn't let down, and I greatly enjoyed everyone's contributions, but most notably Luciano Biondini's fisarmonicha - him being one of my favourite accordionists.

The work is titled "La Grande Banda" - the big orchestra, "banda" being what the traditional brass/harmony bands in Italy are called - for those interested, there's a fine Enja released titled "La Banda", featuring traditional banda music on one disc, and collaborations with the likes of Gianluigi Trovesi, Pino Minafra, Willem Breuker, Michel Godard, Jean-Louis Matinier and Bruno Tommaso on the second disc. "La Grande Banda" is based on another earlier work of Lena's "Banda Sonora" (released also on Label Bleu). For his collaboration with the WDR big band, Lena expanded the suite to fit a large jazz big band, and it now pairs typical jazz playing with mediterranean exuberance and melos.

Music that is easy to love for this humble king, and I hope it will find a bit of a larger audience out there, too! Leave some shouts if you enjoy it, either here or in the general music discussion on top of the blog.


WDR Big Band - Le Grande Banda (Music by Battista Lena)
Köln (Germany), Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
May 2, 2008 (MP2)

Luciano Biondini - accordion
Javier Girotto - soprano sax
Battista Lena - composer, guitar

WDR Big Band Köln
Ansgar Striepens - conductor, arranger

John Marshall, Wim Booth?, Andy Haderer, Rob Bruynen, Klaus Osterloh - trumpets
David Horler, Bernd Laukamp, Ludwig Nuss, Mattis Cederberg - trombones
Karolina Strassmayer - alto sax, flute
Heiner Wiberny - alto sax, reeds (flute?)
Olivier Peters - tenor sax, reeds (flute?)
Paul Heller - tenor sax, reeds (flute?)
Jens Neufang - baritone sax, bass clarinet, clarinet
Frank Chastenier - piano
John Goldsby - bass
Hans Dekker - drums

Arranged by Ansgar Striepens
except #2,9,16 by Marco Lackner (sp?)
#11,18 by Gabriel Perez
#14,20,22,24 unknown

Complete Concert

1. Welcome (0:42)
2. Rideau (5:47) [JG,ss;LB,acc]
3. Announcement (1:10)
4. Lift Music No. 9 & No. 10 > Announcement (11:05) [BL,g;JG,ss;FCh,p;LB,acc]
5. Lift Music No. 7 (9:02) [BL,g;LN,tb;JG,ss;LB,acc]
6. Announcement (2:01)
7. Lift Music No. 4 (6:57) [KS,as;JM,t]
8. Announcement (1:31)
9. Cha Cha Cha di Cosmonauti (6:59) [JM,t;JG,ss]
10. Announcement (0:48)
11. Lift Music No. 5 (7:53) [KO,t;JN,cl;BL,tb]
12. Announcement (0:56)
13. Stabat Mom (7:37)
14. unknown (9:18)
15. Announcement (0:33)
16. L'oblo(?) (7:21) [FC,p]
17. Announcement (1:20)
18. Banda 8 (7:04) [LB,acc;JG,ss]
19. Announcement (0:22)
20. Lift Music No. 6 (6:49) [OP,ts;JG,ss]
21. band intros (2:42)
22. Qualcuno a Moscwa sa il motivo(?) (10:12) [PH,ts]
23. Announcement (1:30)
24. unknown (9:38)

TT: 1:59:17

source: DVB-S@320, 48kHz > raw data > ProjextX > mp3DirectCut > mp2 
(lossy recording seeded in its original broadcast codec) 

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sonny Simmons - Moers 1995 (Pre-FM/FLAC)

Here's a supplement to the two previously posted Sonny Simmons shows. This time, it's in FLAC. A great trio set from Moers 1995, with Zarak Simmons on drums and Eugene Baylon Jackson on bass. The focus of course is mainly on Simmons' wailing alto sax. He goes through an extended medley (going into "My Favourite Things" quickly around 16:50) and does that staple, "Body and Soul," as an encore. Highly recommended!

Please note that some of the spellings are wrong in the txt-file that comes with the download - all's correct below, taken from the sessionography on Simmons' site. I wasn't aware the Moers date was listed there in its entirety when I prepared this post a few weeks back - apologies, please!

Sonny Simmons
Moers (Germany), 24. International New Jazz Festival
June 3, 1995

Sonny Simmons - alto sax
Eugene Baylon Jaceldo - bass
Zarak Simmons - drums

1. Ancient Ritual
    Trumpet Ship
    Theme for Geraldine
    (Sonny Simmons) 40:44 [continuous performance]

2. Body and Mind (aka Body and Soul) (& other titles)
    (Green-Sour-Heyman-Eyton) 12:42

TT: 53:27

Sound: A
Lineage: pre-fm > ? > CDR > EAC > WAV > FLAC

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Shannon Mowday - Leipzig 2007 - more jazz from South Africa!

Here's another supplement to the South African theme. I'm happy to introduce young sax player Shannon Mowday. If you check out her website, it's obvious that she (or her marketing crew) tries to cash in on her looks, but believe me, she can play! And play she did with the likes of Winston Mankuku, Robbie Jansen or Stefon Harris, and play she does here, with her own band!

Shannon Mowday - African Eyes
31. Leipziger Jazztage
Leipzig (Germany), Schauspielhaus
October 6, 2007

Shannon Mowday – alto & baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, penny whistle
Mark Fransman – piano
Wesley Rustin – bass
Kesivan Naidoo – drums

guest on #4: Jeremy Olivier – guitar, vocals

1. unknown (11:00)
2. unknown > Ann SM (8:38)
3. Oasis of Bad Vibes (Family Politics) > Ann SM (7:47)
4. African Lullaby (Olivier) 5:06
5. Announcement SM (0:43)
6. Waltz for Daddy Bob (9:55)
7. unknown (11:39)
8. unknown (6:01)

TT: 60:54

Sound: A
Source: astra sat > nexus:s > hdd > nero wave editor > flac 
(astra sat uses MPEG1 Layer 2/256 kbps)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Louis Moholo - Roma 2007 (digi-fm/flac)

Here's a supplement to the South African compilation - a great show by survivor Louis Moholo ( leading a group of Italian jazz musicians, including bassist Roberto Bellatalla, saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano and the father/son team Pino & Livio Minafra. Pino is the mastermind behind the great Italian Instabile Orchestra. Have a look at the setlist - doesn't this look tasy? Dudu, Tippett, Feza, Harry Miller's "Orange Groove" and more, also a tune by the late Elton Dean (coincidentally, I almost uploaded a show of his here that can now be found over on Inconstant Sol).
Moholo was part of the original Blue Notes (with Dudu, Feza, Nick Moyake, and of course Chris McGregor, and the great Johnny Dyani). They came to Europe in 1964 slowly establishing themselves mostly in the British scene, and hence starting a long exile, which most of these great musicians wouldn't see coming to an end. Moyake returned to South Africa and died in 1965, Feza in 1975, Miller died in 1983, Dyani in 1986, McGregor and Dudu in 1990. It's as if some curse lay on them - very depressing list.
So, happily, Moholo-Moholo is still here, doing his thang! (On a sidenote, Makaya Ntshoko, another SA-drummer, is also still active, though I missed a chance to catch him here sometime last year).

Louis Moholo-Moholo Quintet
Roma (Italia), La Palma
March 25, 2007

Pino Minafra - trumpet
Roberto Ottaviano - soprano sax
Livio Minafra - piano
Roberto Bellatalla - bass
Louis Moholo - drums

1. A Song (Keith Tippett) 11:36
2. Orange Grove (Harry Miller) > Mofolo (Harry Miller) 7:32
3. Angel Nomali (C. Semenya) 10:01
4. Blues for Nick (Dudu Pukwana) 14:41

1. Dedicated to Mingus (Keith Tippett) 11:36
2. Seven for Lee (Elton Dean) 7:58
3. Sondela (Mongezi Feza) 9:13
4. Thoughts to Geoff (Keith Tippett) 12:59
5. You Ain't Gonna Know Me 'cause You Think You Know Me (Mongezi Feza)
  > Out of Bounds (Elton Dean) 8:33

TT: 94:13

Sound: A/A-
Source: hotbird sat > nexus-s > hdd > nero wave editor > flac 
(hotbird sat uses MPEG1 Layer 2/192 kbps)

Friday, July 04, 2008

Jeanne Lee, Mal Waldron and ONJ - Vienne 2000 (FM/FLAC)

Here's a follow-up to my short post featuring Jeanne Lee (wiki) in duo with Ran Blake. This time, she's the headliner - together with another outstanding pianist, Mal Waldron (wiki) - with that French institution, the Orchestre National de Jazz, headed at that time by Didier Levallet (wiki).

Again, this is a show I got from dime, quite a while ago, and edited it as good as I could. It was messy how it was presented there, and sound is much more like a multi-generational 80s radio broadcast than a 2000 FM show, but the music is glorious. But still, I assume this is out in trading circles in better-sounding versions - if you have it or know someone who has this in better sound, please do share it with me! Also if you can identify any of the unknown to me songs, please post in the comments!

Here is Lee singing, just three months before her untimely death from cancer in October 2000.

Jeanne Lee in Berlin 1971
(photography by Karlheinz Klüter, check out his great site!)

Mal Waldon & Jeanne Lee
with Orchestre National de Jazz (dir. Didier Levallet)
Vienne (FR), Jazz à Vienne
July 11, 2000

Mal Waldron - piano
Jeanne Lee - vocals
Harry Beckett, Michel Feugère, Nicolas Folmer - trumpet, flugelhorn
Phil Abraham, Yves Robert - trombone
Lionel Surin - french horn
Chris Biscoe, Frédéric Couderc - reeds
Jean-Rémi Guédon - tenor sax
Richard Foy - baritone sax, bass clarinet
Serge Lazarevitch - guitar
Didier Levallet - bass
François Laizeau, Ramon Lopez - drums

1. Caravan (8:45) [JL-MW duo]
2. All Alone (6:09)
3. unknown (15:29)
4. Day Dream (7:01)
5. Ann (DL?) (0:12)
6. Warm Canto (6:11)
7. Rockin' in Rhythm > Band Intros DL (7:50)
8. When Lights Are Low (3:55) [cuts in]

TT: 56:36

Sound: A-/B+ (very hissy)
Source: France Inter
No lineage info
Additional lineage: FLAC > WAV > CoolEditPro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Tryptic (Humair/Celea/Couturier) - Paris 2008 (FM/FLAC)

Another edited dime seed here, this time by a great European piano trio: drummer Daniel Humair, longtime important member of the French jazz scene (he celebrated his 70th birthday a couple of weeks ago, on May 23), pianist François Couturier (he's probably best known for his collaborations with oud player Anour Brahem), and bassist Jean-Paul Celea. This is lyrical european chamber jazz of the highest order - check it out, open up your minds and ears and give a chance to something you've never heard yet!


Paris (France), Maison de la Radio France, Studio Charles Trenet
May 31, 2008

François Couturier - piano
Jean-Paul Celea - bass
Daniel Humair - drums

1. Adagietto of Symphony N.5 (Gustave Mahler) 13:22
2. The Rape of Lucretia (Benjamin Britten) 5:45
3. Good Mood (Joachim Kühn) 10:00
4. Inki (Harald Pepl) 8:21
5. Allegretto of Symphony N.7 (Ludwig Van Beethoven) 4:08
6. Dramadrôme (Daniel Humair) 5:29
7. Improvisation (5:47)

TT: 52:57

Sound: A
Lineage: FM > WAV (Wavelab) > FLAC (frontend level 8)
Source: Jazz sur le Vif, France Musique, 9 june 2008
Talk by Xavier Prévost