Jazz Jive - Backstage & Unplugged
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回覆 (45): GRP
回覆 (44): GRP
Keeping old CDs or LPs around the house is like old photo albums. Whether is the music, performance or even the cover, they reflect a piece of history, a moment in time where things happened in a person's life. Frankly, I can still remember how I loved smokin in the boys room when the Supertramp's Crime of the Century album came out in 1974 or the 1975 LP release of Nazareth's Hair of the Dog when I was caught drinking in a high school dance and got kicked out when things were just getting interesting with Amy, the 6' blond from Minnesota. The point is playing these old discs and vinyls are like "time travel" in an audiophile kinda way I guess.
Since our PR1 anniversary dinner, I've been haunted by an old contemporary Jazz label from the 80s GRP mentioned by jules and stuck deep in my head. Adding to the burning desire to find out what the GRP digital master recording will sound like in the Esoteric X-05 Cd player, finally broke the chain of procrastination and dug through several old boxes of Cds in search of my all time fav from the late 80s - Lee Ritenour's " Colour Rit"(GRP 841-282-2). I lived with this Cd for 3 years in my car. In fact, last time it was played was during the first Vancouver Molson Indy Race in 1990 when I got mistakenly assigned the duty (for Porsche club) of driving Michael Andretti in the opening parade.
回覆 (43): The 2009 International Jazz Festival
Last night, after seeing the breath-taking performance of Gary Graffman in the City Hall, I head straight down to DaDa Bar for the Celebration Party of the HK Jazz Festival.
The performance was so damn amazing. The climax of the show was the free jam session of Dennis with Eugene, Ted and some other unidentified artists. Because the venue is a bar setting, you can see Dennis facial expression clearly. You can see Dennis "眼仔碌碌“ 單挑 various performers one by one. It's awesome.
回覆 (42): The 2009 International Jazz Festival
Kris, Jules and fellow Jazz freaks,
Could some one please enlighten me more details about this fantastically crazy drummers, Dennis Chambers?
A cd recommendation for him from you would be lovely.
回覆 (41): The 2009 International Jazz Festival
no doubt they are top of line, Pao, Ted and Paulo......
回覆 (40): The 2009 International Jazz Festival
Very nice singing and background music :-)
回覆 (39): The 2009 International Jazz Festival
icefox, I 'd probably attend the concert on 15 oct at HKCC.
The free admission jamming sessions at Dada bar could be interesting too.
I went for the free show at Elements on yesterday featuring the korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah + Eugene Pao trio. Her performance is simply stunning! Now I 'm looking for her Voyage cd.
回覆 (38): The 2009 International Jazz Festival
Any interest to arrange outings for some live Jazz concert?
回覆 (37): The horn section
Tribute to Maynard Ferguson.......
Though not a big fan of jazz trumpet music (much prefer the sound of flugelhorn), spent a good part of my junior years touring with big bands in the 70s and privileged to have met 2 Jazz trumpet legends at the time- Dizzy Gillespie, hung out at my health spa when he played at the Plaza hotel (Vancouver) and Maynard Ferguson, my band mentor for 2 years. To this day, I still have not heard any trumpet note higher or tighter than that of Ferguson (nicknamed MF). The other thing I remember is he used to drink like a fish before coming on stage and shit faced all the time, but miraculously, rocked the house down with some of most vibrant performances I can remember. Also earned himself a reputation of having the meanest rhythm section around, even by Latino standard, brought in some of most gifted ( and cockiest) young jazz underdogs around. Always be remembered for his incredible humor and humanity, MF was a gentleman and a great boss. I miss him dearly.
回覆 (36): The horn section
回覆 (35): The horn section
回覆 (34): The horn section
Thanks for posting the oldies, the album covers are in itself beautiful art. Haven't put on any Miles' album for a long time, listened to him too much in the old days and grew tired. One of my all time favorite jazz number was, and still is "On Green Dolphin Street", a movie sound track from 1947 with Lana Turner. The movie didn't go anywhere, but the title song became the biggest hit for Miles Davies.
回覆 (33): A weird co-incidence.
回覆 (32): A weird co-incidence.
回覆 (31): A weird co-incidence.
回覆 (30): A weird co-incidence.
It's past 2 am, Toronto time, and I just finished my listening session, enjoying the awesome sonics of the 27D pre-amp that I brought back from HK last month. At the last hour or so during the session I took 4 of my favourite Jazz CDs that I have not played since coming back from HK and played them loud. While marking the volume setting on the inner sleeve, a habit that I borrowed from Limage, I noticed something on the sleeves that made me feel kind of weird - and that is the fact that these 4 albums were all recorded in the same year - 1959, exactly half a century ago.
And they are:
回覆 (29): The new Star of NHL !
Kris, thanks for your nice words.
So, when will you come scout Gabe?
Best is Oct 23-25 at the London (On.) tourney.
回覆 (25): Jan Lundgren Trio - European Standards
icefox, you 've good memory. That's the one. Indeed Jan Lundgren Trio is coming to HK for a concert in october. Not to be missed.
回覆 (28): The new Star of NHL !
My favorite player at the time - Guy Lafleur
回覆 (27): The new Star of NHL !
That must be the future NHL #1 draft Gabriel le Chan! Good looking boy much like a young Mario Lemieux. You may be surprised to know, though I never played ice Hockey, have a long history of drinking with hockey players started in the 70s with Tiger Williams (Canucks) at the Fraser Arms. And when I got sent to boarding school for discipline, one of my schoolmate's family owned the Edmonton Oilers and ended up partying with few of Janet Jones (Wayne Gretzky's girlfriend at the time) friends. But the Russians that came later like Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure were much more laid back, nice guys but very family oriented unlike the Canadian players.
回覆 (26): Jazz Jive
Sorry to hear about your loss in golf, but you're still working / competing hard.
I have to put my hopes in this guy now:
回覆 (25): Jazz Jive
I've been working hard on my golf game with hope of qualifying this year's tournaments and took away some of my morning listening pleasure. And the fact that I lost, no, more like demolished by a lady golfer last week is not the kind of progress I had in mind (we're about same size and weight except I have smoother skin). Also as I am trying to test run the new geisha Cd player 'Esogo', been playing mostly old familiar Cd to get a feel of the player. However, Jazz World is a great place and Terrence is a real sweetheart of a guy (a silent reader of PR1). I got a few disc on back order at the moment including one of Esbjorn Svensson Trio, recommended by Jules. I too love the track "When God Created Coffee Break". Also during my recent visit there, I spent a little time listening to the Doctor 3 CD as well, almost a 'lounge like' style in their improvisation. Frankly for me, sounded a bit spastic (like Keith Jarrett having a bad day). Also not all that crazy about them playing too many medleys, mixing old tunes like Summertime and a few Sting's hits (can't remember which song) together sounded like an opening act for a TV talk-show.
The 2 winners from Jazz World are "Spain" from Niels Lan Doky's Trio Montmartre and Lars Danielsson's "Tarantella". Both CDs feature Danielsson playing the bass (and cello on Tarantella). While I am still digesting Tarantella, the Spain Cd which I bought from Terrence years ago has a more traditional venue with oldies like Besame Mucho...etc, and starting with Chick Corea's ' Spain', a great track. Though the recording is very "Japanesey", it highlights Danielsson's artistry as a bassist. You can hear all his delicate bass riff loud and clear, and boy, they're indeed special. On track #5 " Tres Notas Para Decir Te Queiro", the bass solo at the beginning with the quiet little 'slide action' entering into the song is sheer ecstasy!
回覆 (24): Jan Lundgren Trio - European Standards
I am not sure if I remembered correctly. The other day, I visited you and you were playing a very relaxing Jazz cd at low volume (you were still using A21). I remotely recall you mentioned that it is from a Swedish band.
Yesterday, I bought that CD too. Surprisingly the style of that trio is very similar to Doctor 3.
BTW, I was told the Jan Lundgern Trio is coming to HK on Oct for the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2009. May be we can arrange something around this and have fun.
How does that sound? Feel free to share your wealth of Jazz notes, I would love to be introduced an elegant sounding US modern Jazz trio.
回覆 (23): Doctor 3 Winter Tales
Yesterday, I was wandering around Central before our dinning buddies to pop-up.
I run into the long forgotten Jazz World CD shop in central. By sheer luck, I pick-up a Doctor 3 CD, titled Winter Tales. Good thing at that shop is you can try before buy. I know nothing about Jazz and let alone this Doctor 3 band.
Surprisingly, the presentation is amazingly pleasing! Not very into the face, relaxing but not sluggish. Full of European taste, that I like better than the US roughness.
回覆 (22): Mozdzer Danielsson Fresco "the time" CD
Kris, I enjoy every article you write, all very delicious, tell me something about Jazz, Limage told me you are so good at it.
回覆 (21): Mozdzer Danielsson Fresco "the time" CD
feikeung, stop teasing me and get me some of them bad-ass weed!
回覆 (20): Mozdzer Danielsson Fresco "the time" CD
Agreed. His articles are brilliant. I laughed myself to sleep last night. Thank you for your effort.
回覆 (19): Mozdzer Danielsson Fresco "the time" CD
>BTW kris, your article is admirable as ever!
“admirable” would be an understatement. Kris must have been high on dupe again. To be inspired and be able to come up with articles of this caliber, one probably needs to smoke some of the finest marijuana or be sucked off by (I know your favorite type, Kris) ……...
The article is at least in the same league as HP’s finest in the early days of TAS.
精X彩!!! Fxxking brilliant!!!
回覆 (18): Mozdzer Danielsson Fresco "the time" CD
Music knows no bounds.
I have probably less than a dozen names in my collection of jazz. Must start to learn more about this highly spontaneous kind of music from nuts like you and jules, before my memory ram degenerates.
BTW kris, your article is admirable as ever!
回覆 (17): Mozdzer Danielsson Fresco "the time" CD
Another Jazz pick from jules from my previous note.
jules, thanks for getting me this CD!
Been listening to it 3 days and absolutely loved it. Superb recording aside, the compilation of songs are obviously well thought out in the sense that it captures the mood of the program - an area most productions of this type failed miserably. The tracks are mostly originals written by band members and the fresh approach they took on Kurt Cobain's "Smells like Teen Spirit" was a smashing success (may be too depressing for some people). This CD is another sign (or omen!) that Europeans are takin over the Jazz scene big time. Unlike the mundane crap coming from US Jazz last 10 years which is nothing more than self inflated pro-American recycling plant with little directions and zero originality (Dave Sanborn sits at the top of the list!), even some of the new 'hot potatoes' like the Dave Glass trio is just another run from the same mill. If I have to put this one in a bowl - it would be a mixture of Pink Floyd, Sting, Mike Oldfield and a little Patricia Barber thrown-in together dressed in the best sound ECM and Chesky have to offer. 5 stars!!
回覆 (16): e.s.t
jules, thanks for the wonderful piece! Almost a sense of Bach structure in the improvisation, Svensson trio is another unequivocal confirmation that the "dynamics" in Jazz now belong to the Europeans. Enjoyed it immensely.
回覆 (15): EST
I came across the name E.S.T. recently and I 'm immediately hooked by its music. It was like discovering a treasure.
Then I found out the trio pianist Esbjorn Svensson passed away last year. He is such a talented jazz musician and I 'd rank him alongside any other great names of jazz pianist of all times.
Check out EST amazing live performance of When God Created Coffee Break
回覆 (14): Hot Deals!
You are so right about the amazing CD deals you can find in HK, much of it I think because the jazz market (especially contemporary) is not that popular, most think 'pop' is 'jazz' (like in the case of Kenny G). Another super-duper CD deal I saw the other day in MK is the Chick Corea 'Rendezvous in New York', remember that? In any case, this incredible double CD set is now currently selling for $68 (2 left)!
From my old Jazz note:
Another recent 'turn-on' is a Jazz CD I picked up of Chick Corea 'Rendezvous in New York'. Before my 2 cents, let me just say what a disappointment it has been in Jazz recent years. The fact that we are still withering away on re-issues of the same Jazz recording took place some 40 years ago is a sad confirmation, where have they all gone? Are Jazz musicians in the extinct animal list? Unlike in Classical music, great Jazz performance of genuine quality is a rare occasion nowadays, the trend is becoming way too commercial emphasizing on 'packaging' not 'substance'. David Sanborn is prime example (not far from Kenny G on the dweep list). The last Jazz wave came from the Cubans during the 90s, took the world by storm with the explosive big band sound of Latin-Jazz fusion - Giovanni Hidalgo, Irakere, Mario Bauza and Paquito D' Rivera all had their moments 'smoking' the underground Jazz scene. If you think your Hi-Fi system is up to it, get yourself a copy of these Latin CD, under the label ' Cuba Libre'. Smoking!
Back to Chick Corea, since my bad experience on the Keith Jarret's crappy CD set 'My Foolish Heart' (ECM 2021/22) - a double 'disappointment' costing $270! The Chick Corea's CD 'Rendezvous in New York' is a breath of fresh air. Firstly, it's a Hybird SACD and was recorded live at the Blue Note (NY) in DSD format right from master tape using a thing call the Pyramix (dual processor specifically built for DSD to Phillips specifications with EMM labs (meitner) ADC analog / digital conversion). The other thing was the line-up of musicians performing with Corea in this project, a grand feast of 'heavy weight' - Steve Gadd, Roy Haynes, John Patitucci, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gary Burton, Terrence Blanchard, Michael Brecker are just a few but all together about 18 of them! And also on the guest list, a special mention on 2 of most unique Bassists in Jazz history alive today - Christian McBride and Eddie Gomez. McBride, many believe was the main reason on the smashing success for Diana Krall's 'love Scenes' CD, out selling her original tribute to the Nat King Cole CD ' All for You' ( both listed on TAS super CD list!). And as for Eddie Gomez, I think of him as 'Tony Montana' , the meanest Jazz bassist alive today, bar none!
回覆 (13): Kenny Burrell 'Love is the Answer'
Life is full of surprises. I 've been looking for this Love is the Answer cd in almost all the major cd outles in HK with no luck. Last saturday I wandered into a tiny little shop in wanchai which carries lots of NOS cds from labels imported from the States such as Pablo, Concord, Contemporary Classic, Riverside etc. and I found this Kenny Burell album selling for only $48. Pretty amazing! Unfortunately this is the only copy remains.
Excellent music and sonics. Good choice kris.
回覆 (17): Ramsey in June!
Ramsey Lewis loves Jazzing up Beethoven and Brahms.
回覆 (16): Ramsey in June!
In Jazz improvisation, the past is most instructive when viewed from a "present" state of mind. Jazz musicians took this philosophy and gave classical and even gospel music a fresh twist, this is why I pick Ramsey Lewis Cd "time flies" for June.
Like Almeida playing Moonlight Sonata, Gary Burton on Gershwin and Loussier on Bach, Ramsey Lewis done all that and little more. He kicks off with Brahms' Poco Allegretto (Symphony #3 in F major) and finished with an exhilarating performance from the Chicago Gospel Choir on a Kirk Franklin's number "Hosanna" (too bad the Choir only did 2 tracks). The interpretations are all unique, track #3 "Wade in the water" started with the bass-baritone voice of Ron McCowwan singing in the style of William Warfield (like in "Porgy and Bess") and zinged into a contemporary style of Lee Ritenour with Kevin Randolph wailing away on a Hamond B-3 organ. The disc also features Larry Gray playing the bass, cello and flute, Alejo Poveda on percussion, the list goes on. The other unusual feature is the compilation. The musical themes are so different from one track to another, each presents itself as an individual piece of work. Sonically, as usual with Narada (Virgin), the vocals are exceptional with great energy . Also, special mention is well deserved on the sound of the drum through out. The snare drum can be a challenge to record - getting enough of the drum itself without ringing or fatness is difficult, as is making the snares cut through the sound without sounding too digital (like banging on trash can lids). A well-recorded snare drum strikes by a stick should be a little like the explosive sound of a 'whip' without being obnoxious, the drum solo on track #6 is a good example. This is also an excellent benchmark instrument to judge the tonal balance of a system, if the sound is too 'transistors', a snare drum sounds nothing more than bursts of white noise and too much 'tube warmth' sounds sluggish.
In any case, not your usual Jazz arrangement, took me a few times to appreciate the works. Now, I'm hooked. I agree with cpsjj's helpful reminder that "Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail". Therefore, if you're in the market for something different, a bit kinky, why not do the real sex and give it a try!
回覆 (15): Harlem Boys Choir
feikeung, sexual molestation in Catholic and Anglican churches is the new 'standard' nowadays. Remember couple years ago here in HK, there was controversy about the head of a local youth church group insisted all the kids to call him '阿爸' and should anyone failed to comply, they were bullied and harassed. The Harlem Boys Choir was no exception, they too fell victim in a high profile child sexual abuse case few years back and almost got kicked out.
回覆 (14): Kenny Burrell 'Love is the Answer'
The Boys Choir of Harlem makes the Vienna Boys sound like castratos in comparison. I’m not sure if the young boys at Vienna are subjected to frequent harassment, molestation and exploitation like the altar boys in Catholic and Anglican churches.
回覆 (13): Kenny Burrell 'Love is the Answer'
回覆 (12): Kenny Burrell 'Love is the Answer'
I must thank you for the bottle of Baileys! The Kenny Burrell track we played last night is from one of my jazz pick this year.
The CD is an unorthodox combo of boys choir & jazz. I can not say enough about the Harlem Boys Choir. They are brilliant. However, project like this often spells disaster, a suicide mission. One of very, very few exception be the Chuck Mangione's 1978 film score "Children of Sanchez", another superb piece of work, more on that later. The "Love is the Answer" CD unveils a different side of Kenny Burrell beyond a jazz guitarist. This album, more than others, showcase the diversity of his compositional skills. The centerpiece is a beautifully written suite, great depth on his harmonic sophistication in the arrangement as well as coming up with a great melody. Track #13 "How do you know" melts me every time! I am beginning to respect Burrell more as a composer than a jazz guitarist. What put this CD over the top is the sincerity behind the production. In listening to the music, the lyrics and the arrangements (all Burrell's), no signs at all he was trying to stay mainstream to sell records what-so-ever. This lack of commercial flare is rare nowadays and certainly made me a believer that he truly cares, a refreshing aberration in today's society. The music is from his heart.
Kenny Burrell 'Love is the Answer' Concord Concerto CCD 42053-2