quarta-feira, 26 de julho de 2017

Weather Report | Montreux 1976

Fired some of the first shots in the fusion revolution, and, for the majority of the 15 years of its existence, was its premier exponent. 
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Weather Report
Montreux Jazz Festival 

Recorded July 8th, 1976 at Montreux Casino, Montreux, Switzerland as part of the Montreux Jazz Festival Live at Montreux

Weather Report are captured live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976 in this made for Swiss TV video recording. Sound and image quality (full stereo, full colour) is exemplary.
Jaco Pastorius had been in the bass slot just a few months but harnessing his great potential had already led to the replacement of drummer Chester Thompson with Alex Acuña (who had been playing percussion) and the introduction of Manolo Badrena (joining in the vacant percussion slot). As Joe Zawinul recalled: "As great a drummer as Chester was, he and Jaco didn't flow. Jaco was more of an upbeat player - more driving...... We had Alex Acuña move over to the drums and then Badrena came in. All of a sudden we had some smokin' stuff again."

Most of the material performed is from the "Black Market" album from earlier that year which had marked Jaco Pastorius' first recording in the band. Only "Scarlet Woman" (from "Mysterious Traveller"), "Badia (from "Tale Spinnin'") and the medley "Dr Honoris Causa / Directions" are from elsewhere - although there is a long and involving drum duet between Alex Acuña and Manolo Badrena that would appear again in shortened form as "Rumba Mama" on "Heavy Weather" and a riveting improvised piano/ soprano sax duet between Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter that is one of the highlights of the concert. Jaco Pastorius contributes an early version his bass solo "Portrait Of Tracy".

The full synergy and interplay between long term members (and band founders) Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter and the new dynamic introduced by Jaco Pastorius that emerged fully on "Heavy Weather" and "Night Passage" is a work in progress here but is nearing completion. Jaco Pastorious is so "unquestionably the Charlie Parker of electric bass", as Christian McBride has said. He has that effortless flow and mastery of his instrument that is given to the very few. You can sense the breath of fresh air that he is blowing through the Weather Report concept. This concert captures this, as it is happening.

Wayne Shorter's playing gives the lie to the claim that he had 'disappeared' as 'Mr Gone' under Joe Zawinul's dominating influence; his playing on these extended pieces is creative and inspiring, noting however that this is within the communal Weather Report ethos in which egoistical soloing is essentially alien. Wayne Shorter's almost minimalist patience and perception in music, still in evidence in his concerts today, should never be misconstrued as lack of involvement.

And of course, Joe Zawinul, perched behind his bank of keyboards, is nearing his creative peak, conducting the band with his eyes. What this concert shows is the importance of his Fender Rhodes playing, learned from the work with Miles Davis. Balanced against bass, drums and saxophone, it is one of the signature sounds of jazz, as is being rediscovered by so many musicians today.

Overall, a very fine documenting of one of the great bands in jazz approaching its peak. Essential viewing and listening.

Joe Zawinul Fender Rhodes, keyboards, synthesizers, piano
Wayne Shorter tenor and soprano saxophones
Jaco Pastorius bass
Alex Acuña drums
Manolo Badrena percussion

00:00 Elegant People 7:00
07:00 Scarlet Woman 8:11
15:11 Barbary Coast 9:46
24:57 Portrait of Tracy 5:11
30:08 Cannon Ball 6:12
36:20 Black Market 10:10
46:30 Drum and Percussion Duet (Rumba Mama) 6:43
53:13 Piano and Saxophone Duet 4:36
57:49 Dr. Honoris Causa / Directions 8:00
1:05:49 Badia 6:06
1:11:55 Gibraltar 11:40

TT: 1:23:35

Iron and Wine | Essential Songs | Sam Beam

Singer/songwriter Sam Beam and his lo-fi one-man folk band released several acclaimed albums before adding more ornate arrangements. 
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Essential Songs

Samuel Beam
( also known as Sam Beam )


00:00:00 Cinders And Smoke
00:05:45 Flightless Bird American Mouth
00:09:47 Boy With A Coin
00:13:53 The Trapeze Swinger
00:21:00 Jezebel
00:26:09 Sodom South Georgia
00:31:10 Such Great Heights
00:35:23 The Sea and the Rhythm
00:40:48 Naked As We Came
00:43:18 Freedom Hangs Like Heaven
00:47:17 Sunset Soon Forgotten
00:50:40 Love Vigilantes
00:54:05 Upward Over The Mountain
01:00:00 Each Coming Night
01:03:28 Resurrection Fern
01:08:18 Fever Dream
01:12:35 Passing Afternoon
01:16:36 Waitin for a Superman

Yuja Wang & Lynn Harrell | Rachmaninov | Sonata for Cello & Piano

Yuja Wang & Lynn Harrell


Sonata for Cello & Piano in G minor

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
New Mexico Museum of Art
St. Francis Auditorium

0:11 Lento - Allegro moderato
12:31 Allegro scherzando
18:54 Andante
24:45 Allegro mosso

This recording is provided by the Yuja Wang Archives

Return To Forever | Jazzaldia 2008

One of the key fusion groups of the '70s, helmed by Chick Corea and featuring an impressive list of leading jazz musicians. 
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43rd Heineken Jazzaldia
San Sebastian, Spain
25 July, 2008

Return To Forever

Chick Corea - keyboard
Stanley Clarke - bass
Al Di Meola - guitar
Lenny White - drums


01. Vulcan Worlds
02. The Sorceress
03. Space Circus Pt. 1
04. Al's solo
05. Chick's solo
06. The Romantic Warrior/ Stanley's solo 1
07. Stanley's solo 2
08. Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant

sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017

Joss Stone | Burghausen 2017

Powerhouse British R&B vocalist made a huge splash at 16, garnering comparisons to legends Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. 
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Joss Stone
Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen

Joss Stone - Vocal
Steve Down - Guitar
Pete Iannacone - Bass
Ricky Jordan - Drums
Christian Lohr - Keyboard
Ben Edwards - Trumpet
James Gardiner Batema - Sax
Janet Ramus - Backing vocal
Brian Chambers - Backing vocal

Chopin | 24 Preludes, Op.28 | Yuja Wang

Yuja Wang in recital
Teatro La Fenice - Musikàmera 
(stagione di musica da camera alla Fenice - 2016/ 2017)


0:39 - No. 1 in C major 
1:21 - No. 2 in A minor 
3:14 - No. 3 in G major 
4:24 - No. 4 in E minor 
6:12 - No. 5 in D major 
6:44 - No. 6 in B minor 
8:36 - No. 7 in A major 
9:25 - No. 8 in F-sharp minor 
11:17 - No. 9 in E major 
12:34 - No. 10 in C-sharp minor 
13:03 - No. 11 in B major 
13:42 - No. 12 in G-sharp minor 
15:05 - No. 13 in F-sharp major 
18:08 - No. 14 in E-flat minor 
18:57 - No. 15 in D-flat major 
24:04 - No. 16 in B-flat minor 
25:09 - No. 17 in A-flat major 
28:12 - No. 18 in F minor 
29:09 - No. 19 in E-flat major 
30:41 - No. 20 in C minor 
32:13 - No. 21 in B-flat major 
34:01 - No. 22 in G minor 
34:47 - No. 23 in F major 
35:36 - No. 24 in D minor

Ella Fitzgerald | Ella Abraça Jobim

The greatest female interpreter of the American songbook, a unique vocalist combining scat and jazz, with enduring influence. 
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For years, "The Girl fom Ipanema" was a staple in Ella Fitzgerald's songbook, so it's something of a wonder that it was not until 1981 that Ella Abraça JobimFitzgerald's double-album immersion in Antonio Carlos Jobim's back catalog, appeared. Ella's first single-composer release since 1964's tribute to Jerome KernElla Abraça Jobim is, more than anything, final proof of the unassuming Brazilian's place in jazz history alongside the great composers. Sadly Jobim's mellow bossa nova, drenched in the Brazilian concept of saudade, or agreeable melancholy, doesn't necessarily gel with Fitzgerald's swing-based and energetic vocal style. Fitzgerald and her small group take songs like "Agua de Beber (Water to Drink)" at just slightly too speedy a tempo, rushing a bit where they should be gamboling. Fitzgerald is in very good voice compared to some other recordings from her later years, though, sadly, she's clearly not at her peak. Norman Granz's production is typically excellent, however, and the arrangements are refreshingly free of the typical late-'70s/early-'80s post-fusion clichés. Neither Fitzgerald nor Jobim's finest, then, but not without merit.

Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals
Clark Terry - Trumpet
Zoot Sims - Tenor Saxophone
Toots Thielemans - Harmonica
Henry Trotter - Keyboards
Mike Lang - Keyboards
Clarence McDonald - Keyboards
Joe Pass - Electric guitar (soloist)
Oscar Castro-Neves - Acoustic guitar (soloist)
Paul Jackson, Jr. - Rhythm guitar
Mitch Holder - Rhythm guitar
Ronald Bautiste - Rhythm guitar
Abraham Laboriel - Double Bass
Alex Acuña - Drums
Paulinho da Costa - Percussion

Recorded - September 17–19, 1980,
March 18–20, 1981 - Hollywood, Los Angeles

"Somewhere in the Hills (Favela)" – 3:56
"The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema)" – 3:50
"Dindi" – 6:37
"Off Key (Desafinado)" – 3:41
"Water to Drink (Água de Beber)" – 2:44
"Dreamer (Vivo Sonhando)" – 4:55
"Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)" – 5:40
"Bonita" – 2:50
"One Note Samba (Samba de Uma Nota Só)" – 3:51
"Don't Ever Go Away (Por Causa de Você)" - 2:52
"Triste" – 4:07
"How Insensitive (Insensatez)" – 3:00
"He's a Carioca (Ela é Carioca)" – 5:14
"This Love That I've Found (Só Tinha de Ser com Você)" – 5:17
"A Felicidade" – 2:19
"Wave" – 5:22
"Song of the Jet (Samba do Avião)" – 3:40
"Photograph (Fotografia)" – 3:49
"Useless Landscape (Inútil Paisagem)" – 7:59

Folk Remasterizada

Crónicas da Idade Mídia | 1ª parte

Crónicas da Idade Mídia | 2ª parte

Um programa de Ruben de Carvalho 
com Iolanda Ferreira
Antena 1

quinta-feira, 20 de julho de 2017

Melody Gardot | Heineken Jazzaldia 2012

Melody Gardot

Heineken Jazzaldia 2012

Festival de Jazz de San Sebastián
20 Julio 2012, Plaza de la Trinidad
Donosti, Spain

MELODY GARDOT - voice, piano
MITCHELL LONG - backing voice, guitar
IRWIN HALL - sax, flute, clarinet
JAMILA FORD - backing voice
CELIA CHAVEZ - backing voice
PETE KORPELA - percussion

No More My Lord
Impossible Love
So Long
Les Étoiles
So We Meet Again My Heartache