Van Morrison & The Danish Radio Big Band – Live at the Kulturcafe, Centersal, Ishoj, Denmark (1987)

FrontCover1Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His professional career began as a teenager in the late 1950s playing a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands, covering the popular hits of that time. Van Morrison rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic “Gloria”. His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. After Berns’s death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks (1968). Though this album gradually garnered high praise, it was initially a poor seller.

Morrison has a reputation for being at once stubborn, idiosyncratic, and sublime. His live performances at their best are seen as transcendental and inspired; while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance, and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are highly acclaimed.

Moondance (1970) established Morrison as a major artist, and he built on his reputation throughout the 1970s with a series of acclaimed albums and live performances. He continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains.

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Much of Morrison’s music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as the album Astral Weeks and the lesser known Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic soul”. He has received two Grammy Awards, the 1994 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, the 2017 Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland. He is known by the nickname Van the Man to his fans. (by wikipedia)

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And here´s a wonderful, a brilliant live concert together with The Danish Radio Big Band … what a great addition to every Van Morrison collection … it´s a must to have !

I had a request for this recently and to save myself some transfer time i thought i’d see if this already existed here [Dime]. What i found of this well-known Van show was a bootleg of the incomplete show just including the songs Van sang plus a couple of tracks from another show. After grabbing this i went back to my 31-year-old cassette. I remembered it being longer and it was. My tape has what I believe to be the complete FM broadcast including a version of one of the songs not included on the bootleg. i also believe my copy is better quality. I got this a few months after the show was on the radio. (davmar77, September 2018)

Recorded live at the Kulturcafe, Centersal, Ishoj, Denmark; February 28, 1987
Very good FM broadcast.

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Personnel:
Van Morrison (vocals)
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The Danish Radio Big Band:
Palle Bolvig (trumpet)
Lennart Gruvstedt (drums)
Ole Kock Hansen (piano)
Steen Hansen (trombone)
Lars Hougaard (trombone)
Bent Jædig (saxophone)
Uffe Karskov (saxophone)
Fleming Knudsen (saxophone)
Perry Knudsen (trumpet)
Ture Larsen (trombone)
Vincent Nilsson (trombone)
Benny Rosenfeld (trumpet)
Bjarne Roupé (guitar)
Jesper Thilo (saxophone)
Lars Togeby (trumpet)
Mads Vinding (bass)
Jan zum Vohrde (saxophone)
Ethan Weisgard (percussion)
Axel Windfeld (trombone)
Jens Winther (trumpet)

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01. Say It (instrumental) (Nilsson) 5.18
02. DJ talk 0.36
03. I Will Be There (Morrison) 2.49
04. DJ talk 0.49
05. A New Kind Of Man (Morrison) 3.41
06. DJ talk 0.26
07. Haunts Of Ancient People 6:06
08. DJ talk 0.29
09. Celtic Swing (instrumental) (Morrison) 5.16
10. Listen To The Lion (Morrison) 5:52
11. DJ talk 0.33
12. Vanlose Stairway (Morrison) 5.01
13. DJ talk 0.51
14. Scarborough Fair (instrumenta) (Traditional) 6.27
15. DJ talk 0.22
16. Got To Go Back (Morrison) 5.06
17. DJ talk 0.21
18. Here Comes The Night (Berns) 3.31

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The Cult – Electric (1987)

FrontCover1Electric is the third album by British rock band The Cult, released in 1987. It was the follow-up to their commercial breakthrough Love. The album equalled its predecessor’s chart placing by peaking at number four in the UK but exceeded its chart residency, spending a total of 27 weeks on the chart (the most successful run for an album by The Cult).[1]

The album marked a deliberate stylistic change in the band’s sound from gothic rock to more traditional hard rock. Rick Rubin, the producer on Electric, had been specifically hired to remake the band’s sound in an effort to capitalize on the popularity of hard rock and heavy metal in the 1980s. The album was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

In 2013 the album was re-released as a double CD set under the title Electric Peace, with one disc featuring the originally released album and the second containing the entire Peace album recorded during the Manor Sessions.

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After the breakthrough success of their second album, Love, the Cult began working on a follow-up with producer Steve Brown. In the summer of 1986, they recorded twelve tracks at the Manor Studio in Oxfordshire. These recordings, which came to be known as the Manor Sessions, were to make up a new album, tentatively entitled Peace. However upon completion of the recording sessions, the band decided that they were unhappy with the sound, and began to look for a new producer.

The band went on to choose Rick Rubin, who was known for producing albums for hip hop artists and thrash metal band Slayer. These new recordings, with a slightly different track-list and running order, became the album that was released. (by wikipedia)

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The roots of Electric lay in another album entirely, Peace, which was recorded with Love producer Steve Brown in a series of sessions that the band found increasingly pressure-filled and fraught with tension. A chance meeting with Def Jam supremo Rick Rubin at an American awards ceremony turned out to be the charm, resulting in the saucy chest-baring stomp of Electric. Rubin chucked all the old recordings for a series of new sessions, stripping everything down and essentially transforming Billy Duffy into the logical successor to AC/DC’s Angus Young. Thankfully Ian Astbury decided not to become Brian Johnson, and while his macho yells can’t help being cartoonish, he’s clearly having fun throughout.

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Though both band and album caught a lot of flak for their perceived wallowing in dinosaur sounds and styles, the end result is still a fist-punching yelp of energy that demands to be heard at maximum volume in arenas, with a brusque punch in Les Warner’s drums to match Duffy’s power-chord action. “Love Removal Machine” is still the album’s calling card, another in the series of instantly catchy Cult singles. “Li’l Devil” is almost as worthy, while other cuts like “Wild Flower” and “King Contrary Man” would have sounded good in 1973 and sound just as good in a new century. There are a couple of missteps — “Peace Dog” starts good but ends up being what happens when the Doors are used as a model in the wrong way, while the version of the Steppenwolf classic “Born to Be Wild” should be taken out and shot. Otherwise, an enjoyable pleasure from start to finish — even if Astbury sings “plastic fantastic lobster telephone” at one point. (by Ned Raggett)

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Personnel:
Ian Astbury (vocals)
Billy Duffy (guitar)
Jamie Stewart (bass)
Les Warner (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Wild Flower 3.38
02. Peace Dog 3.35
03. Lil’ Devil 2.44
04. Aphrodisiac Jacket 4.11
05. Electric Ocean 2.49
06. Bad Fun 3.34
07. King Contrary Man 3.12
08. Love Removal Machine 4.18
09. Born To Be Wild 3.55
10. Outlaw 2.52
11. Memphis Hip Shake 4.01

All songs written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy,
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Jazz Fiddlers – (N)Evergreens (1987)

FrontCover1.JPGUnfortunately, I don´t know very much about the Jazz Fiddlers …

… but what I know that the Jazz Fiddlers in an amazing group, an ensemble which celebrates all these classics from the early days of Jazz history.

The Jazz Fiddlers were an outstanding and exciting ensemble of traditional jazz.

And here´s an overview ot the their history:

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So, it´s time to discover The Jazz Fiddlers all over the world … And here´s your first chance !

Liste and enjoy !

Recorded at the FISYO Studio, Prague, June 1987

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Personnel:
Vít Fiala (bass)
Jiří Frühauf (banjo)
Petr Hasman (clarinet)
Jaromír Helešic (drums)
Petr Karen (saxophone)
Michal Pálka (clarinet)
Petr Skočdopole (piano)
Jiří Sova (trombone)
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Vítězslav Marek (guitar on 11. – 13.)
Jitka Vrbová (vocals on 07. + 12.)
Josef Šťastný (bass on 02., 05. + 08.)

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01. She Is The Great, Great Girl (Woods) 2.47
02. Davenport Blues (Bismarck/Beiderbecke) 3.04
03. Big Butter & Egg Man (Armstrong/Venable) 2.47
04. Limehouse Blues (Furber/Braham) 3.20
05. Blues In The Air (Bechet) 5.32
06. San (McPhail/Michels) 3.01
07. All By Myself (Berlin) 3.46
08. That Da-Da Strain (Dowell/Medina) 3.27
09. Lonesome Road (Austin/Shilkret) 2.59
10. If I Had You (Campbell/Connelly/Shapiro) 2.41
11. Voodte (Hawkins) 4.35
12. Raisin’ The Rent (Arlen/Koehler) 4.40
13. Easy Going Bounce (Lovett) 3.22

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Vladimir Horowitz – Horowitz The Poet (1991)

FrontCover1.jpgVladimir Samoylovich Horowitz (October 1 [O.S. September 18] 1903 – November 5, 1989) was an American classical pianist and composer born in the Russian Empire. He was acclaimed for his virtuoso technique, his tone color, and the excitement engendered by his playing. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time. (by wikipedia)

Vladimir Horowitz had a complicated relationship with Schubert’s last piano Sonata. He revered the Sonata from the 1930s on, but felt it was too small scale a work for performance in today’s large concert halls. He finally gave it a try in 1953, playing it at the 25th Anniversary of his American Debut. One critic wrote that “Horowitz subjects poor, innocent Schubert to the most neurotic bombardment.” The hypertense, oversized 1953 performance is one of the most uncomfortable piano recordings ever made.

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Despite his difficulties in bringing it to life, Horowitz remained fond of the Sonata and often played it at home. His conception mellowed over the years, and friends urged him to perform it again. Horowitz played the Schubert at several recording sessions in March of 1986, about one month before his Moscow concert. So, his mind may have been elsewhere during these sessions. On the positive side, there is a welcome sense of relaxation, he plays the often neglected first movement repeat, and he gets the tempos right. It’s nice to hear the second movement, marked Andante sostenuto, played at the intended tempo – instead of Adagio or even Largo. But there are too many negatives here: Horowitz gussies up the piano writing (adding fifths in the left hand and lowering bass notes), breaks apart phrases, and generally disrupts the flow of the music to the extent that what is left is a parody of Schubert’s most sublime piano sonata. He’s also not quite up to snuff technically in the last movement.

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The pianist himself recognized the problems with this performance – calling it “fussy” – and refused to grant Deutsche Grammophon permission to release it. (Other pieces recorded during those sessions, Schubert’s Moment Musical No. 3, the Schubert-Liszt Serenade, and Soirees de Vienna No. 6, were released on the “Horowitz at Home” CD in 1989.) In 1991, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz overrode her late husband’s rejection and allowed the Sonata to be released. It says something about Mrs. Horowitz’s musical judgment that she approved the release of a substandard performance of a highly regarded musical work, but she refused RCA permission to release Horowitz’s astounding live performances of Balakirev’s Islamey and Liszt’s St. Francis Walking on the Water because she felt they were unmusical warhorses. She was clearly more interested in associating her husband’s name with snob repertoire than in great performances.

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Horowitz had a more steady relationship with Schumann’s Kinderszenen. The pianist played it frequently in concert from the 1940s on. This version, his fourth official recording of the work, is from a live performance in Vienna’s Great Golden Hall in May of 1987, one of Horowitz’s last concerts. In many ways, it’s also his finest recording of Kinderszenen. Horowitz’s two studio renderings, from 1950 and 1962, are fairly straightforward accounts, with occasional lapses into pianistic micromanagement and hints of nervousness when there should be repose. A 1982 live recording is almost the opposite, with bizarre rubatos, distended ritards, slack rhythm, and almost no coherence. But here, in 1987, Horowitz has pulled himself together and plays with simplicity, controlled freedom, and conviction. It is often said that the elderly sometimes return to a childlike state. In old age, Horowitz had achieved communion with Schumann’s visions of childhood lost.

The sound is fine in both works, with remarkably little audience noise during the live Kinderszenen. (by Hank Drake)

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Personnel:
Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

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Tracklist:

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata In B Flat Major, D 960:
01. Molto Moderato 19.12
02. Andante Sostenuto 8.02
03. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace Con Delicatezza 4.12
04 Allegro Ma Non Troppo 7.38

Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen:
05. Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen 1.35
06. Kuriose Geschichte 1.05
07 Haschemann 0.32
08. Bittendes Kind 0.50
09. Glückes Genug 0.40
10 Wichtige Begebenheit 0.51
11. Träumerei 2.34
12. Am Kamin 1.19
13. Ritter vom Steckenpferd 0.40
14. Fast zu ernst 1.29
15. Fürchtenmachen 1.38
16. Kind Im Einschlummern 1.40
17. Der Dichter spricht 2.07

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Tomasz Stanko – Live At Montreaux Jazz Festival (1987)

FrontCover1.jpgThis live recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival is the last of the glorious 1980s albums by the polish trumpet virtuoso / composer Tomasz Stanko and his Freelectronic ensemble, here consisting of keyboardists Janusz Skowron and Tadeusz Sudnik and bassist Witold Szczurek. Stanko is in top form and in a great mood, which is evident by the happy atmosphere captured herein.

His trumpet soars to incredible heights and the brilliant improvisations chase one another. In retrospect this is a perfect moment captured for posterity, just before the ever-changing Stanko would embark on yet another musical journey with the onset of the 1990s.

1980s Stanko’s Jazz-Rock period was about to be abandoned and replaced by a return to the Jazz tradition and the new (again) Stanko, which would capture worldwide audiences with his ECM recordings.

the 1980s period firmly remains as one of Stanko’s most productive and expressive periods and this album is an integral part of that legacy. A must to every Stanko fan!

And here´s a pretty good exampe of his way to play Free Jazz  !

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Personnel:
Witold E. Szczurek (bass)
Janusz Skowron (synthesizer, piano)
Tomasz Stanko (trumpet)
Tadeusz Sudnik (synthesir, electronics)

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Tracklist:
01. Lady Go (Stanko) 9.44
02 Asmodeus (Stanko) 7.15
03 Sunia (Stanko) 3.06
04 Too Pee (Stanko) 7.32
05 Switzerland (Stanko/Skowron) 2.04
06. Ha Ha Ha (Stanko) 7.08

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INXS – Kick (1987)

LPFrontCover1INXS (pronounced “in excess”) were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. The band’s founding members were bassist Garry Gary Beers, main composer and keyboardist Andrew Farriss, drummer Jon Farriss, guitarist Tim Farriss, lead singer and main lyricist Michael Hutchence, and guitarist and saxophonist Kirk Pengilly. For twenty years, INXS was fronted by Hutchence, whose magnetic stage presence made him the focal point of the band. Initially known for their new wave/pop style, the band later developed a harder pub rock style that included funk and dance elements.

In 1984, INXS had their first number-one hit in Australia with “Original Sin”. The band would later achieve international success in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s with the hit albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, and X, as well as the singles “What You Need”, “Need You Tonight” (the band’s first and only number-one single in the United States), “Devil Inside”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Suicide Blonde” and “New Sensation”.

Following Hutchence’s death from suicide in November 1997, INXS made appearances with several guest singers and toured and recorded with Jon Stevens as lead singer beginning in 2002. In 2005, members of INXS participated in Rock Star: INXS, a reality television series that culminated in the selection of Canadian J.D. Fortune as their new lead singer. Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin replaced Fortune as lead singer in 2011. During a concert on 11 November 2012, INXS stated that the performance would be their last, although they did not announce the band’s permanent retirement.

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INXS won six Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, including three for “Best Group” in 1987, 1989 and 1992; the band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. INXS has sold an estimated 60 million records worldwide.

Kick is the sixth studio album by the Australian rock band INXS, released in 1987 by WEA in Australia, Atlantic Records in the United States and Mercury Records in Europe.

As the band’s most successful studio album, Kick has been certified six times platinum by the RIAA and spawned four US top 10 singles (“New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Devil Inside” and “Need You Tonight”, the last of which reached the top of the US Billboard singles charts). At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” video.

The album was produced by British producer Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia, and in Paris, France. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London.

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Between 1980 and 1984, INXS had released four studio albums and had toured their native country Australia extensively. The 1985 release of Listen Like Thieves brought the group international acclaim, as well as a long-awaited breakthrough in the US.[5] The album peaked at No.11 on the US Billboard 200, and featured the band’s first top 5 single in the US, “What You Need”.
INXS gathered at the Sydney Opera House in Australia to begin the rehearsal sessions for Kick.

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After the success of Listen Like Thieves and its second single “What You Need”, INXS knew their next album would have to be even better. According to guitarist and saxophonist Kirk Pengilly, “We wanted an album where all the songs were possible singles”. Towards the end of 1986, the band members gathered at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, NSW, Australia to rehearse the songs that Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss had written for Kick. (by wikipedia)

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“What You Need” had taken INXS from college radio into the American Top Five, but there was little indication that the group would follow it with a multi-platinum blockbuster like Kick. Where the follow-ups to “What You Need” made barely a ripple on the pop charts, Kick spun off four Top Ten singles, including the band’s only American number one, “Need You Tonight.” Kick crystallized all of the band’s influences — Stones-y rock & roll, pop, funk, contemporary dance-pop — into a cool, stylish dance/rock hybrid. It was perfectly suited to lead singer Michael Hutchence’s feline sexuality, which certainly didn’t hurt the band’s already inventive videos. But it wasn’t just image that provided their breakthrough. For the first (and really only) time, INXS made a consistently solid album that had no weak moments from top to bottom.

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More than that, really, Kick is an impeccably crafted pop tour de force, the band succeeding at everything they try. Every track has at least a subtly different feel from what came before it; INXS freely incorporates tense guitar riffs, rock & roll anthems, swing-tinged pop/rock, string-laden balladry, danceable pop-funk, horn-driven ’60s soul, ’80s R&B, and even a bit of the new wave-ish sound they’d started out with. More to the point, every song is catchy and memorable, branded with indelible hooks. Even without the band’s sense of style, the flawless songcraft is intoxicating, and it’s what makes Kick one of the best mainstream pop albums of the ’80s. (by Steve Huey)

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Personnel:
Garry Gary Beers (bass)
Andrew Farriss (synthesizer, drum machine, guitar, background vocals)
Jon Farriss (drums, percussion)
Tim Farriss (guitar, background vocals)
Michael Hutchence (vocals)
Kirk Pengilly (saxophone, guitar, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Guns In The Sky (Hutchence) 2.21
02. New Sensation (Farris/Hutchence) 3.40
03. Devil Inside (Farris/Hutchence) 5.15
04. Need You Tonight (Farris/Hutchence) 3.01
05. Mediate (Farris/Hutchence) 2.37
06. The Loved One (Clyne/Humphreys/Lovett) 3.36
07. Wild Life (Farris/Hutchence) 3.10
08. Never Tear Us Apart (Farris/Hutchence) 3.07
09. Mystify (Farris/Hutchence) 3.18
10. Kick (Farris/Hutchence) 3.14
11. Calling All Nations (Farris/Hutchence) 3.03
12. Tiny Daggers (Farris/Hutchence) 3.30

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Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician, singer-songwriter and actor who co-founded the rock band INXS, which sold over 60 million records worldwide and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. Hutchence was the lead singer and lyricist of INXS from 1977 until his death. According to rock music historian Ian McFarlane, “Hutchence was the archetypal rock showman. He exuded an overtly sexual, macho cool with his flowing locks, and lithe and exuberant stage movements.” Hutchence was named ‘Best International Artist’ at the 1991 BRIT Awards, with INXS winning the related group award.

Hutchence was a member of the short-lived pop rock group Max Q. He also recorded some solo material and acted in feature films, including Dogs in Space (1986), Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and Limp (1997).

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Hutchence had a string of love affairs with prominent actresses, models and singers, and his private life was often reported in the Australian and international press. In July 1996, Hutchence and English television presenter Paula Yates had a daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

On the morning of 22 November 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney. His death was reported by the New South Wales Coroner to be the result of suicide by hanging. (by wikipedia)

Dave Brubeck – Moscow Night (1988)

FrontCover1.jpgThis album has some really all-time definitive best versions of several songs. Unsquare Dance is outstanding. Brubeck did nothing in 4/4 time. The audience is clapping, in time, the band picks up on it, rests for two beats, making the audience part of the music and then picks up the song on the next beat. This was improvised, not planned. That’s Jazz!

Theme For June on this album is the very best version I have ever heard. None of the other renditions come even close. The song was written by Howard Brubeck for his wife, June. In mood and style it starts out very quiet on piano as a nocturne. Next comes a slight tempo change and the mood is similar to Claire de Lune. Another slight tempo change and brushes on the drums and guess what, its Jazz! The song culminates in a classic piano solo, building, building, building , building to a crescendo and sliding back down to the nocturne for the finish.

As one who has been married for 34 years, the music moves me to tears. The crescendo seems to me like an orgasm followed by afterglow. June Brubeck must have been quite a woman to inspire such music in her honor!

The rest of the albumn is fabulous. This is live music, and Brubeck was the master of improvisation. He was married to his wife for 70 years until his death a few years ago. This album is in my top ten ever, never to be bettered. (by Richard)

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Although it is not the best Brubeck LP from the 80s, it is one of his better ones and is a fair representation of his quartet in concert at the time.
I saw this line-up several times during the 80s and early 90s. At the time, Dave had re-united with clarinetist Bill Smith (with whom he had worked during the late 40’s in an octet and again in a couple quartet settings during the 50’s, using Smith instead of Desmond to create a different sound). Bill Smith’s clarinet does not sound like Desmond’s alto, nor is it supposed to, nor can ANY reed player sound like Desmond. The idea is to appreciate Dave’s sound in a new setting.
Five of the six songs on this outing are inspired and invigorating (Theme for June is much more on the relaxed and mellow side). Brubeck unleashes his signature improv block chordal technique and Smith wails on the clarinet. Chris Brubeck gets a little funky on the bass and Randy Jones (one of my favorite jazz drummers) keeps every thing humming along.

Moscow Night is a significant recording historically because it marks Brubeck’s first performances in the USSR after 30 years. It is also his final recording for the Concord Jazz label. It is definitely worth owning for any serious Dave Brubeck fan. (by Steven Randazzo)

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Personnel:
Chris Brubeck (bass)
Dave Brubeck (piano)
Randy Jones (drums)
Bill Smith (clarinet)

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01. Three To Get Ready (D.Brubeck) 8.31
02. Theme For June (H.Brubeck) 10.45
03. Give Me A Hit (D.Brubeck) 8.28
04. Unsquare Dance (D.Brubeck) 5.05
05. Louis Blues (Handy) 9.50
06. Take Five (Desmond) 7.16

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In 1987, The Dave Brubeck Quartet toured the Soviet Union to create peace with the U.S. in a time of turmoil through their music.

“In 1987 we performed 5 concerts in Moscow, with the last concert being taped by Soviet TV. We had the rights outside of the Soviet Union, and it became a special on A&E.”  (Russell Gloyd, Dave Brubeck’s former conductor and manager)

In 1988, The Dave Brubeck Quartet performed at the final meeting between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Tensions broke as Americans and Russians realized they liked the same music. As a result, the two leaders signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to dismantle nuclear weapons.
In January of 1988, The Dave Brubeck Quartet was performing at the White House. Several weeks later,

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Russell Gloyd received a call from the White House informing him that President and Mrs. Reagan wanted to have The Dave Brubeck Quartet perform at the Gala Dinner that President Reagan was hosting. General Secretary Gorbachev would be at Spaso House, the residence of the American Ambassador to the Soviet Union. At each dinner, each table had Soviets sitting with their American counterparts. The audience was quiet and tense. Dave opened the performance with “Take the A Train.” The room suddenly became alive as both Soviets and Americans were amazed that they liked the same thing. (Summary from interview with Russell Gloyd)

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