A Lark Ascending

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  1. Astor Piazzolla

    Anyone familiar with Piazzolla with some recommendations? I'd be especially interested in a good 2CD type compilation. I have a cheapo 'Music Club' single CD and 'Zero Hour' (which is fabulous); also a Chandos orchestral recording of his music by other players, bandoneon concerto included. Also interested in any single disc 'must haves'!
  2. UK Jazz Festivals 2010 Thread

    Information is starting to leak out on Cheltenham. Nothing very exciting on the main board yet: Though I'd like to see Carla again. I don't know who Stewart Lee is but this looks interesting: And there is supposed to be a Norwegian theme - Farmers Market, Beady Belle (?) and Food are mentioned. John Surman and Nicky Yeoh too who got hit by the power cut last year. And Cuong Vu. And Fly (the Mark Turner bans, I assume). Christine Tobin and Liam Noble doing Carole King! Hopefully something more to get the pulse stirring in the next few weeks.
  3. Paul Chambers-Wynton Kelly

    Any comment on this? I really like Kelly as a pianist and have always enjoyed Chambers on the Miles sessions and elsewhere. Worth the $96 + postage to the UK?
  4. High-end hi-fi is like anti-wrinkle cream

    Had to smile at this: Lost in music: the world of obsessive audiophilia And I felt guilty spending £2000 on a new cd player/streamer a couple of months back!
  5. Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts

    Amazed to find no thread on these marvellous musicians. This new release seems an excuse to start one: Keith Tippett, Julie Tippett, Gary Boyle...there's a blast from the past...(guitar), Mark Hanslip (sax), Adam Sorensen (drums) and Fulvia Sigurta (trumpet, horn), Ben Lamdin (production) and Riaan Vosloo (bass). A real surprise - both have worked mainly in the free jazz arena since the 70s, but this is a song based album with the musicians very much supporting the vocals. Julie Tippett (once Julie Driscoll of Brian Auger and Oblivion fame for those unaware) has one of the great voices and the years seem to have taken nothing off the power or tonal variety. Keith basically supports but in his very distinctive way - listeners of a certain vintage will be thrown back to the 70s Ogun albums or even three of the King Crimson albums (where I first bumped into him). Even though some of his free stuff can lose me, Keith Tippett has always been my favourite jazz pianist. Good to hear him again in a more structured context; and to hear Julie in conventional song format (anyone who knows Working Week's 'Storm of Light' will know what to expect; a cameo on a recent album by pianist Dave Stapleton also pointed towards this record). I'm not sure what Nostagia 77 is all about - seems to be a production or concept team working with various musicians. Worth seeking out - should be easy as it's on e-music. ************** Hoping this thread will provide a point for comments on other Tippett-related releases etc.
  6. Australian Jazz

    I know there are a few Australian/New Zealand posters here. Thought you might like to know there is an article in the November issue of Jazzise by Stuart Nicholson making a big noise about the virtues of contemporary Australian jazz.
  7. Let's Hear it for the Byrds

    The recent thread on 60s pop/rock groups had me playing "Younger than Yesterday" again. Inspired by the Beatles? Undoubtedly. But what they did with that, linking it with any number of US musics. And Crosby's jazz sensibility. Still underappreciated! I remember hearing 'Mr Tambourine Man' in the mid 60s on the radio, 'Chesnut Mare' much much later. But the 80s opened this music to me. Reading how much it inspired the likes of Fairport Convention drew me right in. Some of the moist affecting music of the latter half of thev 20thC. Let's hear it for The Byrds! (Sorry...in my enthusiasm I spelt 'hear' wrong in the title. But then the Byrds spelt their name wrong too!)
  8. Written by one of the people who run Proper Music (yes, yes, I know...) who worked his way from a market stall and has seen the changing fortunes of the record market. The first bit describes his career in record shops and managing bands. But the heart is just a 2008 tour round the independent shops he has dealt with all his life. A fun read for his affectionate defence of the little shops, especially when it's a shop you've used...but also enlightening about why the record shops have closed so quickly (and E-bay, Amazon and downloading are only part of the story...he's scathing about the treatment of independents by the record companies). He's not a natural writer - it can be a bit stilted and the 'funny stories' are often not that funny. But if you spent as much time in UK record shops as I did up to a few years back, you'll enjoy this. Published by Proper so not hard to find! *************** Side question. Someone - might have been BillF or Sidewinder - mentioned in the last few days not being able to find the relocated Dobells when it left its main base. It made me think of a shop I recall from the early 80s (maybe even very late 70s) that stood in the Covent Garden area about one or two roads parallel to Charing Cross Road. It looked very modern with quite spartan walls. The front room had jazz records on sale, the back had folk records. I can recall seeing lots of Andrew Hill and Bobby Hutcherson Blue Note imports there - too expensive for me to take a chance on though later I regreted it (and later still was pleased as the music appeared on CD). Was this the relocated Dobells or somewhere else?
  9. British Jazz Festivals 2016

    Anything catch your eye? Cheltenham is as tame as it has been in the last few years but I'm going to go down on the Saturday (maybe bring the tent and do a bit of walking) to see: Alexander Hawkins: Environment Music - with Laura Jurd, Percy Pursglove and Nick Malcolm, alongside students from Birmingham Conservatoire. (a free one) Tim Berne's Snakeoil (only ever seen Berne do a walk on for a tune during a Django Bates gig). The Printmakers - the Nikki Iles/Norma Winstone band responsible for the marvellous 'Westerly' last year - saw them in Sheffield several years back. Be good to hear how they've come on - a great band where the front rank players - Mike Walker, Mark Lockhart, Steve Watts, James Maddren - are up there and at the centre, not just supporting the singer. Bath is more or less dead as a jazz weekend. Anything else promising?
  10. The voice of the devil, I know, on this board (bring back the 78, preferably in a Japanese remaster!) but... Is streaming technology saving the music industry?
  11. I really like the Post a Pic thread but it seems to ping pong between pictures of people and pictures of places (plus plain daft pictures). [Which, of course, might be why it works so well] Thought I'd try out a separate one for 'places' - own pictures, nice pictures from the net, paintings, whatever. Inevitably there will be people in many of the places (as there are places behind people). Here's one I took at Avebury, Wiltshire last weekend just playing with the IPhone panoramic function. No skill involved at all - the camera did it all: Never been able to get so much of it in before.
  12. Ellington-a-thon

    I'd like to start an Ellington-a-thon thread. Given this board is full of Ellington enthusiasts - some of very long standing - it seems an ideal place. And I expect we'll all be listening to lots of Ellington with the up-and-coming Mosaic in our minds. What it would involve is me putting up an Ellington track or group of tracks every 3 or 4 days inviting comment: a) On Ellington versions (from the famous to those tucked away on live or private recordings) - anything from erudite analysis to simple personal reaction. b) On interpretations by other musicians. The list I have runs to nearly 2 000! So I'd put the less well known/celebrated up in batches, the really famous tracks on their own. In some respects it might be the less well known that would be most interesting to hear about. I'll be flexible about how frequently to introduce the next batch - if a really good debate is going I'll just delay; if it goes dead, the next batch goes up. Thought of starting with some well known pieces - 'East St. Louis Toodle-oo', 'Rockin' in Rhythm' and 'Take the A-Train' (all signature tunes at some point, I believe). Rather than posting chronologically or alphabetically I'll probably jumble them up to add an element of surprise. Probably keep Suites together, though inevitably some tunes will escape as they have a life on their own. So, is there enough interest to make this viable? [background: Did a Monk-a-thon on another board about 3 years ago and it was a revelation. Apart from sending me to Monk records I did not know it introduced me to some amazing interpretations from other musicians] The poster formerly known as Bev Source of the list: http://www.ellingtonia.com/titles.html Dates from here (first mentioned recording): http://www.depanorama.net/
  13. Opera

    Just interested how people take to it, positively or negatively. There are a zillion reasons why it irritates me: 1. Associated (in the class-ridden UK at least) with toffs (apart from extracted arias and bleeding chunks which have always had much wider popularity). 2. Ridiculously expensive to attend (I'm going to two in the next couple of months and will sit somewhere close to the ozone layer as sensible seats cost a daft price). 3. Absorbs a disproportionate amount of public subsidy (in countries where public subsidy exists). 4. Gets preferential treatment by the BBC and regularly boots less worthy programmes (like Jazz Record Requests) into touch. 5. Generally has daft plots. 6. Has singers who insist on singing in broad 'toff' yet still can't make themselves comprehensible. 7. Conjours up images of Nils and Frasier Crane at their most preposterous. 8. Takes up vast amounts of your life to listen to. 9. Has very bad jokes that everyone has heard before yet still excites knowing titters. And yet... Back in the 70s, when I first started exploring classical music, I found myself smitten by certain composers who produced a lot of their music in opera - Strauss ®, Janacek, Britten - so got drawn in. And lying in those operas is some breathtaking music. I even did a course on The Ring in the early 90s that had me waking up hearing Wagner tubas!!!! So I find myself very uncomfortable with opera. Drawn to it, often excited and overwhelmed by it, yet essentially hating everything it seems to stands for. How does it get you? [Edit: intrigued to see Richard Strauss has trademarked his name. Does Johann know?)
  14. Death of the iPod (Everyone's buying vinyl)

    O.K., I made the last bit up. And am exaggerating the death part, but.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25927366 I love my iPods! (I'm born again...was initially dead set against them)
  15. Nearly a year away but this looks rather good. From Vortex website: The Vortex is delighted to be hosting a festival of the innovative and well-established label Intakt in 2017. "15th April is at King’s Place for London Jazz Composers Orchestra (which is their first performance in the UK for over 15 years) and celebrating Barry Guy’s 70th. The rest is at the Vortex and is just now getting confirmed. But we are particularly excited that it will also include Irene Schweizer who is celebrating her 75th birthday this year and hasn’t visited UK for over a decade. (Though she was here in 1961 working behind the bar at Ronnie Scotts making sandwiches!) And others hopefully involved will include Sylvie Courvoisier, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Louis Moholo (who first played with Irene in 1963 when the Blue Notes first left South Africa), Aki Takase, Ingrid Laubrock, Sleepthief, Mark Feldman and a number of the leading Swiss musicians such as Lucas Niggli, Pierre Favre, Christoph Irniger and Sylvie Courvoisier. It has been about 4 years in the making since initial discussions with Patrik Landolt in Zurich. Until the funding was sorted out was not simple and so, only now, can we start firming up the line-up. The only other time that Intakt has done something similar is when they did a two week festival at the Stone in New York.It is also the first time that the Vortex is giving over such a substantial period to one particular festival like this." http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/2016/04/30/intakt-festival-15-27-april-2017/ That LJCO concert is a must - hopefully there will be a few more over the next couple of days to make an Easter long weekend of it (Easter Sunday is 16th). London residents will be spoilt for choice.
  16. New British Jazz

    Had a quick search and although I could find a few threads on British jazz from the past I couldn't see one dedicated to the current music. Correct me if I'm wrong and I'll shift this. Thought it would be nice to have a thread to discuss, mention, get excited about people performing, recording etc today. Be it veterans like Stan Tracey who are still putting out great records; or some of the newer performers. To start, here are three marvellous records that have given me a great deal of pleasure: One of my favourites of last year, and I was lucky enough to see them do it live at Appleby. Sounds just as you'd expect it to from these wonderful players. Law is probably better known for his freer playing - this is a beautiful trio disc coming out of the Evans line of influence. If you like Marilyn Crispell's ECMs, this should be of interest. A few years old now but a record that should be far better known. Partisans are a guitar/sax and bcl/bass/drums band who play music that is jazz-rocky but without the plodding feel of so much jazz-rock. This music stays airborne. A thrilling record from start to finish. Special mention for guitarist, Phil Robson, a player with a couple of solo CDs of note and who plays a key part in the ensemble of his partner, singer Christine Tobin. I saw him the other night on tour with Dave Liebman in wonderful form. Sax/b-cl Julian Siegel is also a name to watch. There should be a CD soon from a trio he's been touring with Joey Baron and Greg Cohen. The Partisans album above, 'Max' is on e-music. Worth some credits if you fancy taking a chance.
  17. From an e-mail from Fledg'ling Records (who put out Morning Glory and Westering Home a while back): Early in 2017 we will release The Traveller's Tale a previously unreleased suite of tunes composed by JOHN WARREN and recorded live in June 1993 by the John Surman / John Warren Brass Project. Seems to be from the same year as the ECM release by the same band. Might be some of the same music. There must be a fair few of these MIA suites from Brit jazz musicians - From the 70s onward I recall hearing Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor on the radio and live performing suites that never surfaced as recordings (until the noughties that group of musicians released very infrequently). I remember hearing a Hardy suite on the radio by Surman and a larger band - some of those pieces pop up on his ECMs. It may just be that the suites were for convenience - tended to attract more attention from the UK 'Arts' bodies for whom a suite suggested something 'serious' and therefore worthy of a grant. Given the archaeology at work on Tubby Hayes live legacy maybe we'll see some more in the future by other musicians. This gives some hope.
  18. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    He sold out his latest book and the copies of the Atzmon/Barnes CD he had in the interval. He seems to have a very loyal following. And I won the raffle (a Pete Hurt CD)! Bet they don't have raffles in New York clubs.
  19. Post a Landscape/Cityscape Pic

    No snow in Notts yet but the rest of the country is getting a visit: A lorry makes its way through a snow-covered landscape near Brough - Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA A robin perches on a fence as snow falls below the Pen y Fan mountain in Brecon, south Wales Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2017/jan/12/snowy-weather-hits-the-uk-in-pictures
  20. What live music are you going to see tonight?

    Gilad Atzmon Plays Coltrane (Bonington Theatre Nottingham) GILAD ATZMON (SAXES); FRANK HARRISON (PIANO); YARON STAVI (BASS); ASAF SIRKIS (DRUMS) Very enjoyable gig of famous Coltrane tunes. Mainly ballads but the band occasionally sped things up - took the roof off with 'Impressions'. Four superb musicians - particularly taken by Harrison. Atzmon was anxious that we knew that this particular theme was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Coltrane, not the 50th of the Six Day War or the centenary of The Balfour Declaration. Theatre packed to the gills.
  21. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Dis 3: 153/58/65/123 - Sunday after New Year and Epiphany (a week late). Disc 3 of the first - not as engaging as the first two. One of those 'funny voices' pieces to start. No 3....and then 4.
  22. Post a Landscape/Cityscape Pic

    What a fabulous shot. Berlin, Germany - Snow falls in front of the Reichstag building Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA https://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2017/jan/11/best-photos-of-the-day-czech-swans-and-a-thai-drill#img-20
  23. Concerts: previews / reviews

    The first classical piece that clicked with me. I was initially captured by the tune in the last movement heard on the radio. A friend had a copy that I borrowed and played to death - then it was the brooding first movement that grabbed me. Up to that point my attempts at classical music - Mozart, Beethoven - had failed as it all seemed so dainty and appeared to come in kit form (obviously a complete misapprehension); there seemed to be something so organic in that opening Sibelius movement (equally misguided as it has a classical structure beneath the surface). Last Night Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor - Nicholas Collon & Presenter - Stephen Johnson Not one of the Shosty pieces that you see round these parts regularly. Actually the piece that first connected me to him in the early CD era after six or seven years of completely failing to engage with the 5th and 10th on LP (the 8th opened me to them). Unusual format for a concert. You frequently get pre-talks in concerts here. But on this occasion the talk was built into the concert itself. Stephen Johnson spent 45 minutes explaining and examining the symphony with the orchestra illustrating his points. This is something he has done for years on Radio 3 but I've never come across it in a concert situation. Absolutely fascinating - especially good at tracing how the phrases of the first few seconds are used and transformed to build the whole edifice. All done in plain English without getting over-technical or degenerating into 'connoisseur' mysticism. Which made the full performance after the break even more engaging with plenty of sign posts to listen out for. Not how I'd like most concerts to be but something I'd certainly attend every now and then.
  24. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Disc 2: Pleiades, Komboi. Especially enjoyed the first - I don't have any notes to go on but I assume this was heavily influenced by gamelan. Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge & Kontakte - from Spotify. I think it's the original from the 1950s but is on one of those dubious labels that put out things like 'Xmas with Stockhausen' from older recordings. Clearly sounded mind-boggling at the time but I can't say either of the pieces really grabbed me. 'Electronic' music has come a long way since. In a similar vein: No 1...and the 2. I've never been a huge fan of the Bax symphonies but really enjoying these this morning.
  25. Post a Landscape/Cityscape Pic

    Ah. Dadaesque landscape! My Romanticism completely trumped. I saw that picture back in the autumn and can't remember for the life of me the context.