Young & Moody – Same (1977)

LPFrontCover1 The Young & Moody Band was a UK blues rock band from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, headed by Status Quo co-writer Bob Young and Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody.

The band started under the name “Young & Moody”, releasing a self-titled album on Magnet Records in 1977. Later they changed their name to “The Young & Moody Band”. Their 1981 single “Don’t Do That” also featured Lemmy from Motörhead, Cozy Powell and The Nolans and charted at #63 on the UK Singles Chart.

YoungMoodyTheir follow up single, ‘These Eyes’, was used in a U.K. jeans commercial (circa 1981). Graham Bonnet (ex Rainbow) did the vocals (but not on the single) and the lyrics ‘these eyes’ were replaced with the word ‘Levis’. It was written by Ed Hamilton, who also wrote “Night Games” from Bonnet’s third album Line-Up. Both tracks were available as singles on Bronze Records and featured on the compilation album A Quiet Night In. When released on that compilation album, it earned gold discs abroad. (by wikipedia)

And this is their fantastic debut-album from 1977, which was produced by Roger Glover from Deep Purple. The coverart was from the legendary Hipgnosis !

Although this is a low-budget project it´s more than pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable.

Micky Moody (guitar, mandolin)
Graham Preskett (violin, bass, keyboards)
Terry Stannard (drums, percussion)
Bob Young (vocals, harmonica)
Drums, Percussion – Terry Stannard

01. You Make It Roll (Young/Moody) 5.16
02. I’ll Be Back (Rossi/Young) 3.04
03. Chicago Blue (Young/Moody) 4.25
04. Four Until Late (Johnson) 4.46
05. Young & Moody (Young/Moody) 3.06
06. Too Young To Feel This Way (Young/Moody) 4.58
07. Just Close Your Eyes (Young/Moody) 2.55
08. Someone Else’s Door (Young/Moody) 3.44
09. I’m Going Away (Cotton/Traditional) 3.18
10.  I Thought I’d Seen It All (Young/Moody) 3.40
11. Chained To Love (Young/Moody) 4.48
12. Don’t You Tell Me To Go (Young/Moody/Markee) 3.07



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Baronics – Get Bach! (1998)

FrontCover1And now another classic record with compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivalidi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Pachelbel and Ludwig van Beethoven … but in a very funny way …

VIVALDI, PACHELBEL GO POP… “In which Vivaldi meets The Ventures as Quebec based quartet The Baronics give some popular classics the surfing sound of clean, bright Fender guitars. Doubtless pursits of both stripes will disapprove of this disc, however for those prepared to loosen their muscal stays a little there is a lot of good clean fun to be had (not to mention the potential for confounding people’s expectations at parties – put this on and watch the cratched heads and baffled expressions). What particularly impressed me about his record is the fidelity with which the originals are approached: both the notes and the spirit are captured. Pachelbel’s famous Canon comes off particularly well, but then so does The Four Seasons. In fact so enjoyable did I find this fresh take on the work which is in danger of becoming hackneyed… Nigel Kennedy, eat your heart out! This is not the first time that the classics have been treated to a rock ‘n’ roll backbeat and I dare say it won’t be the last. Few, though, tend to be done with anything like the skill and affection evident here.”

Baronics01THE BARONICS performs on vintage Fenders and amplifiers and they’ve been around for the last ten years as a back up band for many singer/songwriters. But their career did really take a turn when they toured as Ralph and The Baronics with 5 videos played regularly on the Canadian TV. When Ralph did retire, The Baronics came back to their roots to perform surf music. But why not start at the very root of music: classical music…

Some of the best classical works revisited expertly by The Baronics – pure surf style. Exquisite arrangements, superb performance… “A splendid time is guaranteed for all!” to quote Sgt. Pepper. The perfect introduction to classical music or the perfect gift for the classical aficionados who thinks he/she already has the world best collection of classical music…

Baronics02And here´s the story of this more or less unknown, but great band:

In 1996, bassist Olivier Martin leaves surf rock band Les Jaguars. Shortly there after, he contacts the guitarist Patrick Kelly and form the Baronics.The name was taken from a group (their former band) that existed ten years earlier in the Montreal music scene. The name wasn’t the only thing they borrowed from the old band, they also incorporated their old look too. They have been developing their repertory and their interest in surf music, while at the same time work on traditional adaptations of classical pieces.This fusion would lead to the very particular style found on the album “Get Bach! ”, in 1997. They make a promotional round in Canada and also play in clubs and various demonstrations. The Baronics record standards, themes and surf rock instrumentals, part of their live act. Exposition, released in February of 1998, contains that assortment of various fun, theme and mood pieces

Recorded at Studio Peter Pan, Montreal, and Studio Digilog, Montreal
in October and November of 1996

Pascal Gingras (drums)
Olivier Martin (bass)
Patrick Kelly (guitar)
Christian Sylvestre (guitar)
Pierre Puesch (saxophone on 03.)
Peter Thompson (vocals on 10.)



Antonio Vivaldi- The Four Seasons:
01. Spring 3.57
02. Summer 2.40
03. Fall 2.46
04. Winter 2.52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
05. Rondo Alla Turca (Mozart) 3.58

Johann Sebastian Bach:
06. Invention 1 & 13 3.01

 Johann Pachelbel:
07. Kanon 3.25

Ludwig van Beethoven:
08. Moonlight Sonata 5.08

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
09. Serenade No. 13 (Mozart)  4.01

Johann Sebastian Bach:
10. Bourree 4.51



Jiřina Pokorná – JS Bach (1993)

FrontCover1Jiřina Pokorná ranks alongside leading contemporary Czech organist. A native of Prague, she devolped her musical talent from early childhood. She obtained formal education in the class of the Prague Conservatory, under professor Kampelsheimer, and subsequently, under professor Milan Slechta at Praqgue´s Academy Of Music. She attracted of the musical public while still a student, and embarked on a full-time career as a concert artist in the 1960s.

Since then she has sucessfully represented the Czech organ school on concert tours, covering Germany, Austria, Belgium and Italy. Apart from that, she appeared in the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, and made a highly suscessful tour of Japan in 1991.

Miss Pokorná has combined her solo career with joints projects involving other prominent instrumentalists, including noteable trumpet player of the Czech Philharmonic Miroslav Kejmar and violinist Pavel Hula, as well as working with serveral leader chamber ensembles. Her art has been made available to record collectors on a number of titles released by various record labels. (taken from the original liner-notes)

Enjoy the beautiful organ music composed by one of the greatest compers in music history, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Jiřina Pokorná (organ)


Fantasia and Fugue in g minor, BWV 542:
01. Fantasia 7.27
02. Fugue 7.32

03. Partita “Sei Gegrüsset, Jeus gütig“ BWV 768 21.50

Fantasia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 537:
04. Fantasia 5.32
05. Fugue 4.49

06. Passacaglia in c minor, BWV 582 15.22

Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach


Cappelletti – Ottaviano Quartett – Samadhi (1989)

FrontCover1This is another fine Jazz-CD I bought during my vacation in Italy during august this year.

Arrigo Cappelletti is one of the most important jazz musicians in Italy:

He joined several jazz events – some are listed here: Como Jazz Meeting in 1976 and 1996, Rapallo Festival in 1984, Italy Jazz Festival Capolinea di Milano in 1986-1987-1989, 7th International Jazz Festival City of Milan in 1988, “I suoni del jazz” (Sounds of Jazz) Festival in Pavia in 1991, Jazz Review in Palazzo Butera – Palermo in 1991, Pori Festival in Finland in 1991, “Sanremo: l’altra musica” (The other music of Sanremo) in 1993, Jazzitalia Festival in Verona in 1994, Noto Jazz Festival in 1996, Portogallo EXPO 98, Festival Sete Sois Sete Luas in Portugal in 1999), Clusone jazz in 2000, Festival Jazz&Wine in Gorizia in 2000, “Le voci del jazz” (Voices of Jazz) in Milan Auditorium in 2003, Iseo jazz, Siena jazz, EcoJazz Festival in Reggio Calabria in 2004, Villa Celimontana Festival in Rome in 2005, Siena Jazz in 2005, Novara Jazz Festival (2007), Santannarresi Jazz Festival (2009) and Padova Jazz festival (2009). In 2004 the musical video On smoking by Francesco Leprino, based on Cappelletti’s music, participates in Not Still Art Festival (Brooklyn, NYC, U.S.A.).

Cappalletti1In Italy he played with several artists – among them: Gianni Cazzola, Sergio Fanni, Paolo Dalla Porta, Roberto Ottaviano, Gianni Coscia, Giulio Visibelli and Sandro Cerino. He worked with international musicians as well: Barre Phillips, Lew Soloff, Mike Mossmann, Daniel Schnyder, Bill Elgart, Olivier Manoury, Steve Swallow, Ralph Alessi, John Hebert, Jeff Hirshfield. He worked with the singer Mia Martini and with the Giorgio Gaslini Italian Jazz Orchestra. In 1988 the American magazine Cadence included his record Reflections in the best ten records of the year.

Inspired by John Lewis, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, Paul Bley, for several years he found the ideal dimension to express his free, intense, elegant jazz in a Trio with piano. At the end of ’80s he discovered Tango Jazz and so he anticipated what now in Italy is the trend: contamination between jazz and other genres. He lived in Portugal where, together with some of the most relevant Portuguese Fado artists as Custódio Castelo, Jorge Fernando, Alexandra, he carried out a personal musical project, Terras do risco, creating songs on lyrics of Portuguese poets of 20th Century (for more information: José Serra Cruz). He lived in Russia, as well, where he worked with vocalist Polina Runovskaya.

He produced a lot as writer and essayist: Il profumo del Jazz (The fragrance of Jazz) a Ottaviano1book on jazz improvisation (published by ESI – Naples), half didactic half autobiographic; Paul Bley, la logica del caso (Paul Bley, the logic of casualty), a biography and an essay on Paul Bley (published by LEPOS – Palermo). Besides, he taught Jazz by CDM and by Nuova Milano Musica in Milan, by Civic Musical Institute “Brera” in Novara, by Music Conservatory of Sassari and Reggio Calabria. He was teacher of Jazz Piano by Music Conservatory of Alessandria. Now he is teacher of jazz by Music Conservatory of Venice.

This a real great album recorded togehter with (another fine jazz musician from Italy). Their quartett was the “New Talents Winner – Musica Jazz” (Critic polls 1987) … Listen to this album and you´ll know why !

This album was recorded in Milano at Barigozzi Studios, April 4 + 5, 1986 and was original released as a Vinyl-Longplayer in 1986.

Arrigo Cappelletti (piano)
Piero Leveratto (bass)
Massimo Pintori (drums)
Roberto Ottaviano (saxophone)

01. Incipit (Cappelletti) 7.41
02. Canzone (Cappelletti) 9.11
03. Tango (Cappelletti) 8.18
04. Neve (Cappelletti) 6.02
05. Bella Di Giorno (Ottaviano) 6.01
06. I Giorni Di Kira (Ottaviano) 5.56
07. Windfall (Taylor) 6.48


Kevin Ayers – The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories (1974)

FrontCover1Kevin Ayers, ex-bass player with the early psychedelic version of the Soft Machine and purveyor of whimsical, English, experimental, singer songwriter fare, is undoubtedly one of this nation’s lost treasures. His first four albums are near perfect examples of his art. By 1974 he’d had near miss after near miss and parted company with EMI’s underground wing, Harvest, signing to Chris Blackwell’s home of musicianly loucheness, Island. As if sensing the cultural shift in rock’s landscape Confessions…, with its mixture of both ‘straight’ and ‘far out’ modes, can be seen as a marker in the shifting sands of his career.

The album’s cast of talent draws together a swathe of his past collaborators, many who’d gone on to be pretty famous themselves: Mike Oldfield and Lol Coxhill (who were both in his band The Whole World); Mike Ratledge (of the Softs); Michael Giles (ex King Crimson); Nico and his multi-talented right hand man/guitarist who’d appeared on his last Harvest album, Bananamour – Ollie Halsall. The album contains both sides of Ayers easy-going CV. There’s the knockabout, slightly boozy, bluesy rock of Day By Day or Everybody’s Sometime And Some People’s All The Time Blues or Didn’t Feel Lonely Til I Thought Of You. And then there’s the second half’s four-part Doctor Dream suite which beautifully trots out some truly disturbing psychodramatic stuff, aided by the Teutonic iciness of Nico on the opening Irreversible Neural Damage.

In a way it’s a reprise of everything that came before. Note how Ratledge’s organ on The Last Chance Dance echoes the previous album’s Interview, and including a rather lame ‘rock’ version of The Soft Machine’s Why Are We Sleeping? (retitled as It Begins With A Blessing…) indicated that excesses were now blunting his creative faculties somewhat. By the following Sweet Deceiver album he’d surrendered to the wine and was featuring Elton John on his albums (they shared managers at the time). However engaging he remained, his days as one of Canterbury’s most florid offshoots were now at an end. (by Chris Jones)

Kevin Ayers (guitar, vocals)
Cal Batchelor (guitar)
Ray Cooper (percussion)
Lol Coxhill (saxophone)
Henry Crallan (piano)
The G’Deevy Ensemble (percussion)
Michael Giles (drums)
John Gustafson (bass)
Ollie Halsall (guitar)
Rosetta Hightower (vocals)
Rupert Hine (keyboards)
Hulloo Choir (vocals)
Trevor Jones (bass)
Sean Milligan (vocals)
Sam Mitchell (guitar)
Mike Moran (piano)
Nico (vocals on 07.)
Steve Nye (organ)
Mike Oldfield (guitar)
John Perry (bass)
Mike Ratledge (organ)
Geoff Richardson (viola)
Doris Troy (vocals)
Mark Warner (guitar)
Joanne Williams (vocals)

01. Day By Day
02. See You Later
03. Didn’t Feel Lonely Till I Thought Of You
04. Everybody’s Sometime And Some People’s All The Time Blues
05. It Begins With A Blessing / Once I Awakened / But It Ends With A Curse
06. Ballbearing Blues
07. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Irreversible Neural Damage
08. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Invitation
09. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: The One Chance Dance
10. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Doctor Dream Theme
11. The Confessions Of Doctor Dream: Two Goes Into Four

All songs written by Kevin Ayers


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Chicago – Amsterdam (1973)

FrontCover1Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Second only to The Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records.

According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading US singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 40 million units in the US, with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles.

In 1972 the band released its first single-disc release, Chicago V, which reached number one on both the Billboard pop and jazz album charts. It features “Saturday in the Park”, which mixes everyday life and political yearning in a more subtle way. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1972. Chicago would long open their concerts with the hit song. Another Lamm-composed hit song therein was “Dialogue (Part I & II)”, which featured a musical “debate” between a political activist (sung by Kath) and a blasé college student (sung by Cetera).

Other albums and singles followed in each of the succeeding years. 1973’s Chicago VI was the first of several albums to include Brazilian jazz percussionist Laudir de Oliveira and saw Cetera emerge as the main lead singer. (by wikipedia)

And this is an excellent FM recording from this period of Chicago.. There were some artifacts introduced by various transfers over the years that needed to be removed or repaired. Amplifying the left channel to match the right enhanced the stereo separation. It also helped bring Terry’s guitar to the forefront, a huge bonus in my opinion.

Originally posted March 2006 by Abraxas2 and reseeded February 01, 2012 by TheCommish (many thanks!). Additional thanks to tinobek for the Dutch DJ translation which confirmed the date of the performance. (by squareofnone)

Thanks to squareofnone for the fixes and for sharing the show at Dime.

Thanks also to reinerarnold for the artwork.

Recorded live at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; September 7, 1973. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

Peter Cetera (bass, vocals)
Robert Lamm (keyboards, vocals)
Terry Kath (guitar, vocals)
Lee Loughnane (trumpet)
Laudir de Olivera (percussion)
James Pankow (trombone)
Walter Parazaider (woodwinds)
Danny Seraphine (drums)

01. Now That You’ve Gone 4.43
02. Something In This City Changes People (Lamm) 3-48
03. Hollywood (Lamm) 3.42
04. Just You ‘n’ Me (Pankow) 4.26
05. Dialogue (Part I & II) (Lamm) 6.57
06. Feelin’ Stronger Every Day (Cetera/Pankow) 4.47
07. Aire 4:05 (Seraphine/Parazaider/Pankow)
08. Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon (Pankow) (cut)/Radio Outro 11.38



NDR Big Band feat. Nils Landgren & Pat Metheny – At Jazz Baltica Salzau (2006)

FrontCover1NDR Bigband – The Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra is the premiere orchestra of German public radio in Hamburg. The prized group is considered to be one of the best European jazz big bands and has won great International acclaim because of its original and forward-looking music, including well-documented recordings and performance collaborations with a virtual “Who-Who” of jazz and other music legends.

Among those who have performed with the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra are Dexter Gordon, Chet Barker, George Coleman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tomasz Stanko, Art Farmer, Don Cherry, McCoy Turner, Lionel Hampton, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Carla Bley, and Wayne Shorter. The very first jazz concert of the Orchestra took place in May 1974 in the Hamburg “Fabrik”. Since that very moment, they have become steadily and increasingly well-known, appearing on stages in Copenhagen, Nuremberg, Chicago, New York, Paris, London, and even as far away as Beijing.

Hamburg’s NDR Bigband has also taken part in many exceptional artistic projects which often come out of the jazz music frames such as The Theatre of Kurt Weil, Aus der Kürze des Lebenswith the poems by Ernst Jandel – for this purpose written by Dieter Glawischnig, or the music of both Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa.

For many years, the Ensemble has successfully reached for the compositions of Polish jazzmen. One of such projects was the recording session for a radio broadcast of NDR together with Tomasz Stanko, entitled The Music of Krzysztof Komeda. Another example of such projects is the CD being recorded with Jan Wroblewski (nickname “Ptaszyn”) under the title Jazz from Poland.

Al Jarreau gave his opinion about the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra with these words: “There aren’t too many big bands on this planet, but Hamburg has one of the best. I love it!” (by

And now it´s time to enjoy a rare and really beautiful concert with the NDR Big Band and some fine guests … and you´ll hear music from Stephen Still to John Coltrane … what a mix !

Recorded live at the Jazz Baltica Salzau on July 1, 2006

NDR Bigband conducted by Vince Mendoza
Peter Erskine (rums)
Fiete Felsch (saxophone)
Nils Landgren (trombone)
Pat Metheny (guitar on 07. + 08.)
Michael Wollny (piano)

01. Love The One You’re With (Stills) 8.25
02. Nasty (Mendoza) 9.04
03. Fragile (Sting) 6.26
04. Intro & Riffs #2 (unknown) 7.51
05. Rhumba Alias (unknown) 10.56
06. Ghost In This House (Prestwood) 6.37
07. The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress (Webb) 9.05
08. Impressions (Coltrane) 10.02