Jan Garbarek – Live in Matera (2019)

FrontCover1.jpgAs an improvising musician, Jan Garbarek has said that he seeks to make his playing “fit the tone, texture and temperament of the music. It’s about finding a common language.” The quest to explore that language has ranged widely across time and space, from the folk songs of his native Norway to improvisations around medieval polyphony and the music of the Indian subcontinent and Middle East, as well as jazz. In the course of these musical journeys, the intensely focused sounds of his tenor and soprano saxophones have become among the most instantly recognizable and haunting in contemporary music.

Garbarek was born in Mysen, Norway in 1947. His family later moved to Oslo and, at the age of 14, Garbarek first heard John Coltrane on the radio, which inspired him to take up the saxophone. Dexter Gordon, then a frequent visitor to Norway, also made a deep impression.

In 1962 Garbarek won a competition for amateur jazz players and for the rest of the decade worked regularly in Norway, usually as a leader, but he also spent four years with jazz composer and theorist George Russell, who would later describe him as “the JanGarbarek01.jpgmost original voice in European jazz since Django Reinhardt”. In 1969, ECM founder Manfred Eicher asked Garbarek to join the roster of his new record label. Garbarek’s first ECM album was Afric Pepperbird. “After we recorded it we knew we had something special,” Eicher remembered. It was to be the first step in one of ECM’s most distinguished recording careers.

Jan Garbarek rose to international fame in the mid-1970s playing with Keith Jarrett’s European Quartet, which released the albums Belonging, My Song and the live recordings Personal Mountains, Nude Ants, and Sleeper. Such collaborations, in the words of Jarrett’s biographer, Ian Carr, took “the art of classic jazz to its highest pinnacle”.

Triptykon (1972) was the first recording on which Garbarek used a Norwegian folk song in his playing, a direction in which he had been encouraged by American trumpeter Don Cherry. “Whether I like it or not,” Garbarek told one writer, “I am locked into a certain vocabulary or phraseology which is linked to Norwegian folk music.”

In 1979, Garbarek recorded Photo with Blue Sky, the first of a series of albums with the Jan Garbarek Group, a regular touring band whose line-up would evolve over the decades. It was not until 2007 that they recorded a live album, however, the double CD, Dresden. As the Guardian wrote of the group on their 2007 tour: “The contrast between an intense jamming sound and the songlike simplicity of the tunes is always Garbarek’s magic mix, but this version of the band has an exhilarating intensity.”

JanGarbarek02Officium, one of the most significant recordings of Garbarek’s career – and in the history of ECM – was made in 1993 in St Gerold monastery in Austria with the Hilliard Ensemble. Garbarek’s sax – a “fifth voice” – weaves soaring, swooping lines around the polyphony of the vocal quartet, creating effects that are as entrancing as they are unexpected. In 1999 came a sequel, Mnemosyne, which ranged further across time in its musical material, and Officum Novum explored the crossroads between east and west, with particular focus on the music of Armenia.

Garbarek’s restless musical imagination, so evident in his Hilliard collaborations and countless other projects over the years, keeps driving him forward. Of his musical journey he says: “It never really stands still. Not at any point in time can you say, ‘Now I reached something.’” (by ecm.com)

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And yes, Jan Gabarek ist still active … alive and well. So listen to his brilliant concert, recorded at the Gezziamoci Festival 2019 in Matera/Italy.

This show was broadcasted by an Italian TV-Station (this video is included in my file) and so we have a brilliant soundboard recording.

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In keeping with the theme of bringing cultures together, various concerts featuring international musicians will take place as part of the Materadio programming. An especial highlight promises to be the performance of Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek, who will be joined on stage by another world-class musician, Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu. (press release)

Indeed: another nearly perfect perfomance by one the greatest jazz musician of our time !

Enjoy this rarity !

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Personnel:
Rainer Brüninghaus (keyboards)
Yuri Daniel (bass)
Jan Garbarek (saxophone, flute)
Trilok Gurtu (drums, percussion, tablas, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Opening (unknown) 2.32
02. Molde Canticle (Garbarek) 16.55
03. Untitled (unknown) 5.27
04. Hot Æ Dæ Fe Noko Vesolt Væ (Jutulen Og Stolt Øli) (Garbarek) 10.34
05. Matera Five (Brüninghaus/Daniel/Garvarek/Gurtu) 5.01
06 Matera Six (Brüninghaus/Daniel/Garvarek/Gurtu) 11.36
07 Matera Seven (Brüninghaus/Daniel/Garvarek/Gurtu) 7.20
08 Rainer Solo (Brüninghaus) 8.07
09 All Those Born With Wings (5th Piece) (Garbarek) 6.20
10.  Trilok Solo (Gurtu) 12.12
11. Improvisation (Brüninghaus/Daniel/Garvarek/Gurtu) 9.57
12. Had To Cry Today (Winwood) 7.10

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Kronos Quartett – Live At The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (2019)

FrontCover1.jpgFor 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet  has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 years old this May, lived through the tumultuous 20th century as a force for kindness, humility, and good. His pursuits reflected the complexity of the times through the lens of music. Kronos Quartet will create a multi-artist exploration of Seeger’s musical legacy. The group will collaborate with composers, guest vocalists and fellow musicians, to re-imagine the songs that Seeger popularized and celebrate his place in the landscape of American music. (by big-o magazine)

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What a great concert … a classical quartett plays all these folk classics … !

Thanks to UncleBoko for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

Recorded live at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Music For Change: Pete Seeger @ 100. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; October 4, 2019.
Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

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Personnel:
Hank Dutt (viola)
David Harrington (violin)
John Sherba (violin)
Sunny Yang (cello)
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Lee Knight (vocals, banjo on 02., 06. – 09.)
Meklit (vocals on 05., 06. – 09.)

Aoife O’Donovan (vocals on 03., 06., 07., 08.
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Tracklist:
01. Intro/The House Of The Rising Sun (Traditional) 5.18
02. Which Side Are You On? (Traditional/Reece) 3.38
03. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Newman/Seeger/Hays) 4.11
04. Deep In The Muddy Water (Seeger) 4.09
05. The President Sang Amazing Grace (Mulford) 6.31
06. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (Seeger) 4.11
07. If I Had A Hammer (Seeger/Hays) 2.54
08. Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Seeger/Hickerson) 6.32
09. We Shall Overcome (Tindley) 6.07

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Scorpions – Rio de Janeiro (2019)

FrontCover1Scorpions is a rock band from Hannover, Germany that was formed in 1965. Internationally acclaimed for their 1984 rock anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane” as well as other popular singles such as “Big City Nights”, “No One Like You”, “Send Me an Angel”, “Still Loving You”, and “Wind of Change”, the band has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Along with metal contemporaries such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Whitesnake, and others, Scorpions is one of the most successful acts in heavy metal and hard rock in history as well as, by far, the most successful German rock band in the U.K. and the U.S.

After a short break they decided to cotinue … and here´s a brilliant soundboard recording from their concert at the Rock In Rio Festival.

The Scorpions were voted the best concert at Rock in Rio 2019. The Scorpions performed at Rock in Rio on Friday (the Metal Day – 4 October 2019). On stage, the band played “Cidade Maravilhosa” and used a yellow and green guitar in honor to Brazil at Rock in Rio.

And yes, these guys knows how to rock … till today !

Thanks to Chesterchaz for sharing the HDTV broadcast at Dime.

Recorded live at the Parque Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 04, 2019

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Personnel:
Mikkey Dee (drums)
Matthias Jabs (guitar, background vocals)
Paweł Mąciwoda (bass, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals, guitar)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Intro 8.11
02. Going Out With A Bang (Meine/Andersson/Hansen)/Make It Real (Schenker/Rarebell)  8.46
03. The Zoo (Schenker/Meine)/Coast To Coast (M.Schenker/R.Schenker) 12.13
04. ’70s Medley 8.45
04.1. Top Of The Bill (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.2. Steamrock Fever (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.3. Speedy’s Coming (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.4. Catch Your Train (Roth)
05. We Built This House (Meine/Andersson/Hansen) 4.20
06. Delicate Dance (Jabs) 5.06
07. Cidade Maravilhosa (Filho)/Send Me An Angel (R.Schenker/Meine) 6.05
08. Wind Of Change (Meine)  5.47
09. Tease Me Please Me (Meine/Jabs/Vallance/Rarebell) 8.58
10. Blackout (Meine/Rarebell/Kittelsen) 4.18
11. Big City Nights (R.Schenker/Meine) 7.46
12. Radio announcer 1.45
13. Still Loving You (R.Schenker/Meine)/Rock You Like A Hurricane (R.Schenker/Meine/ Rarebell) 15.00
14. Radio outro 4:44

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Charles Lloyd´s Kindred Spirits – Jazz Middelheim (2019)

FrontCover1.jpgIt may seem a bit of a paradox to still describe 81-year-old American saxophonist Charles Lloyd as a jazz innovator. But the fact is that Lloyd continues to search tirelessly for new paths and forms of expression rather than producing a resume of his long career. »I refer to myself as a sound-searcher,« says Charles Lloyd. »The deeper I dive into the ocean of sound, the more I become aware that I need to dive down even deeper.« Thus as recently as 2016 he founded the alternative country and Americana band The Marvels, recording the album »Vanished Gardens« with the new band’s pedal-steel-guitar sounds and roots rock singer Lucinda Williams; for many critics, this is one of the top records in Lloyd’s large discography.

In addition to two members of The Marvels, Charles Lloyd is accompanied by guitarists Julian Lage und Marvin Sewell. »Kindred Spirits« is the title of the programme with which the five musicians celebrate jazz music’s inexhaustible powers of innovation.

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Charles Lloyd’s first appearance at Ronnie’s with a truly amazing group was a very special event. Lloyd’s Kindred Spirits group comprised a cohort of the highest calibre. Two extraordinary guitarists, Julian Lage and Marvin Sewell, and on bass and drums, two of Lloyd’s long-time co-musicians, the in-demand rhythm section of Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, and, leading it all, the unmistakeable, 81-years-young Charles Lloyd on tenor sax and flute. From the moment he stepped on stage it was clear that he just loved to be playing in a small club, and he did not hold back – a strong musical presence making sure attention was paid to detail all-round, guiding with a gentle, knowing intelligence with roots in a lifetime of just living the music.

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The guitarists had very different styles, so complemented each other inspiringly. Lage light, super fast and furiously florid, Sewell, sharp, raw and hitting the blues streak – they just kept upping the ante every time they soloed! Not quite duelling, but… and Harland’s drum solo was one of those that redefines what a drum solo is – none of that ‘just bash away’ – he focused on a beat and worked round it meticulously and, later, Lloyd joined him, not without humour, wielding metallic green maracas for a brief percussive duet that lightened the tone. Similarly, Rogers on electric bass didn’t take the easy route, lots of space and then he just turned it up.

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Great playing from all five – never a dull moment, with Lloyd imposing his large, all-embracing presence with a gentle touch and many big smiles – just like his playing, which combined the imposingly forceful, demanding attention, and the gracefully mellifluous, with gorgeous phrasing trickling up and down the hill with every note he played – with a memorably devastating tenor sax solo outtro to their second number that really flew. The flute was Lloyd’s other instrument of choice, setting up the mood for the finale to a brilliant 80 minute set, ending on a carnival note, throwing jazz, chunky funk and a demon Latin undercurrent in to the melting pot with glorious glee! (by Geoff Winston)

And here´s is his show from the Park den Brandt … Excellent stuff !

Thanks to Steven (who recorded the show); and to gideon77 for sharing it at Dime.

Recorded live at Jazz Middelheim. Park Den Brandt, Antwerp, Belgium; August 16, 2019. Very good FM broadcast.

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Personnel:
Gerald Clayton (piano)
Eric Harland (drums)
Charles Lloyd (saxophone, flute)
Reuben Rogers (bass)
Marvin Sewell (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Radio intro 1.51
02. Deverish Dance 19:54
03. All My Relations 10.44
04. How Can I Tell You 19.40
05. Little Anahids Day 11.04
06. Untitled 1 10.58
07. Untitled 2 14.19
08. Crowd 0.14
09. Radio outro 1:03

Music composed by Charles Lloyd

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Golden Earring – 50th Anniversary Pinkpop Festival (2019)

FrontCover1.jpgGolden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the definite article was dropped in 1967, while the “s” was dropped in 1969). They achieved worldwide fame with their international hit songs “Radar Love” in 1973, which went to No. 1 on the Dutch charts, reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and went to No. 13 on the United States charts, “Twilight Zone” in 1982, and “When the Lady Smiles” in 1984. During their career they have had nearly 30 top-ten singles on the Dutch charts while releasing 25 studio albums.

The band’s lineup consists of co-founders . All musicians in the present lineup of the band have been continuous members of the band since 1970, although other musicians have joined and left the band during the intervening years.

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They played the very first Pinkpop back in 1970, and 49 years later they will take to the stage in exactly the same line-up: Golden Earring. Something is guaranteed to happen every time the hell-raisers from The Hague get under the Pinkpop Girl’s skirts. During that first Pinkpop performance George Kooymans got a big electric shock, and in 1977 Barry Hay ended up tripping in a police station. And in 2005 they dragged the festival through its toughest edition. In 2019, Pinkpop and the Golden Earring together represent more than a century of Dutch rock pride – cause for a celebration if ever there was! (www.pinkpop.nl)

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Personnel:
Rinus Gerritsen (bass)
Barry Hay (vocals, guitar)
George Kooymans (vocals, guitar)
Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. When The Lady Smiles (Kooymans/Hay) 5.59
02. Another 45 Miles (Kooymans) 3.33
03. Long Blond Animal (Kooymans/Hay) 5.22
04. Twilight Zone (Kooymans) 7.39
05. Going To The Run (Kooymans/Hay) 4.30
06. Johnny Make Believe (Kooymans/Hay) 5.22
07. Bass Solo (Gerritsen) 6.46
08. Radar Love (Kooymans/Hay) 16.47
09. She Flies On Strange Wings (cut) (Kooymans) 2.45

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PINKPOP CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019