J.J. Johnson – Innovator paying tribute to a fellow Innovator.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:CharlieParkerTribute1964-10-18BBC2TVLondonUK
A tribute concert this weekend, via the BBC and a special TV Program from Ocober 18, 1964 devoted to the music of Charlie Parker, with legendary Trombonist J.J. Johnson leading an all-star contingent consisting of Howard McGhee on Trumpet, Sonny Stitt on Alto, Walter Bishop on Piano, Tommy Potter on Bass and Kenny Clarke on Drums.
Here’s what’s on the player:
TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE PARKER
BBC2 TV ‘JAZZ 625’
Howard McGhee, trumpet
J.J. Johnson, trombone
Sonny Stitt, alto
Walter Bishop, piano
Tommy Potter, bass,
Kenny Clarke, drums
03 Lover Man
04 Now’s The Time
05 Buzzy (outro theme)
Good concert, great lineup.
The Herd – the new guitarist just turned 16.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Herd- So Much In Love – 1966
The Herd are probably best known as the band the legendary Peter Frampton got his start in. Having just turned 16, and just finished school, Frampton was enlisted by the fledgling band and set out to record their first singles for Parlophone Records.
Not having achieved any initial success with Parlophone, they were picked up by the upstart subsidiary label of Philips, Fontana where they quickly rose to fame with From The Underworld.
Tonight it’s one of their first singles during their stint at Parlophone, and a sadly overlooked one – So Much In Love was the second single they released in 1966, but it too met with little commercial success.
Frampton’s tenure with The Herd wasn’t destined to last long. Shortly after the success with From The Underworld, Frampton left to join Humble Pie.
But that’s another chapter.
Bob Crane – When Personality Radio ruled most daily life.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Bob Crane Show – Feb. 24, 1960
In retrospect, it really wasn’t that long ago that radio was a veritable hotbed of Personalities – every station and every format seemed to have those people whom the audience stuck to like glue and who were fixtures in our daily lives and who weren’t particularly interested in making you paranoid, seething or schizophrenic and had little or no political axes to grind. Every city and town that could be reached by the somewhat archaic technology of broadcast radio, boasted their own personalities, and where you lived pretty much dictated who you were a fan of.
The major metropolitan areas like L.A., New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco had an embarrassment of riches in the Radio Personality department. It was cause for stiff competition. One of the most popular in Los Angeles was Bob Crane.
Probably best known now via the 60’s TV series Hogan’s Heroes, Crane was a radio personality many years before he entered TV. His daily morning show on KNX in Los Angeles was almost required listening if you lived in L.A. at the time. His rapid fire delivery, the staccato sketches and the veritable who’s who of guests made him one of the most listened to Personalities in radio throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Here is a sample by way of an audition for a proposed evening version of his daily morning show from February 24, 1960.
Yes, radio was very different then.
XTC – Quintessentially British and 70’s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1978-03-25 BBC In Concert (XTC)
XTC this weekend, recorded live in concert from March 25, 1978 – when the band was just 15 months old. Argued over whether they were more popular in the U.S. than the UK, they had mass appeal and a string of hits to prove it worldwide.
Although they maintained a huge popularity well into the 80’s, it’s their earlier material that established them as more than just a passing fancy. And, as with any band, capturing them live during their formative years is always exciting to hear. It’s the newness of it all – both for the group and the audience.
And the band is in fine form for this concert.
I think most everyone will agree you can crank this one up.
Enjoy the weekend.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: RobertPlant-Laughin, Cryin, Laughin – 1967
Sometimes an artist going the solo route just can’t seem to get arrested until they become part of a group. In the case of Robert Plant, he recorded a string of unsuccessful singles for CBS Records in London before joining forces with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham.
In the case of tonight’s track, Laughin’, Cryin’, Laughin’, Plant seems to suffer from the problems of over-production – that unmistakable Robert Plant voice buried under a sea of horns and percussion and backup vocals.
But it’s still Robert Plant and in less than a year he found himself at the helm of what would become one of the most famous Rock Banks of the 20th Century.
Here he is – adding a touch of Blue-eyed Soul to the proceedings in 1967.
Handing out gas masks – expecting the worst.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for Sept. 28, 1938
This day in 1938 saw the world hold its collective breath. In a special broadcast from the BBC in London, reports were coming in regarding Prime Minister Chamberlain’s address to Parliament on the situation in Czechoslovakia and the results of his latest series of talks with Chancellor Hitler and members of the Czech government over the Sudeten question.
Since there was no live broadcasting permitted in Parliament in 1938, Chamberlain’s speech and its reaction had to be written down and relayed by messengers who raced into the broadcast booth to deliver updates every minute or so.
But the world got to hear what the British people were hearing while it was happening, and this one hour special broadcast, one of the first of its kind, kept everyone in the U.S. glued to their radios, waiting for the outcome.
The Screamin’ Abdabs – Portrait of a band before they went legendary.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Screamin’ Abdabs – Lucy Leave – 1965
Unless you already knew, Pink Floyd went under several names before they settled on the one that would lead to fame and fortune. One of those names was The Abdabs, or The Screamin’ Abdabs.
Here is an early unissued acetate of a Syd Barrett gem, Lucy Leave as recorded by The Screamin’ Abdabs, or The T-Set as it was scribbled on the label.
A little over a year later they’d turn the world upside down. But on this track they were still working on it.
Guarding the Bridge at Nijmegen – the one bridge the Germans didn’t get around to blowing up.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for September 27, 1944
News for this September 27th in 1944 was about Allied advances around Belgium and Holland and the first troops to hit German soil. It was also about British airborne troops evacuating positions around Arnheim and hard-fought battles throughout the region. Reports on the capture of the Nijmegen Bridge and defusing the explosives set to destroy the bridge with reports heavy casualties on both sides. Also were Reports on the Balkan campaign with the Russian invasion of Hungary and the move on Rumania.
Despite moves and advances from both the east and west, Germany‘s von Ribbentrop issued a statement, confident the war would be won in Germany’s favor and even though Allied troops were now gaining ground in Western Germany, the advance was only “temporary”. The statement was issued in conjunction with the third anniversary of the Axis alliance signing. With allied planes now bombing islands leading to Tokyo and Mussolini in hiding, there didn’t seem to be a lot of cause for celebration, but they tried.
And reports from Oakland California told of the sudden death of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in her hotel room at the age of 53. No cause of death was given.
And that’s how this day rolled in 1944, via the NBC newsroom in New York.
Marc Bolan – Before Jeepster, before Beard Of Stars, even before Desdemona.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: MarcBolan – San Francisco Poet – 1966
Long before T. Rex, and just before John’s Children, Marc Bolan was pounding the musical pavement, hoping for recognition. He was briefly signed by Decca Records (UK) and issued three singles for that label before joining the legendary John’s Children, sadly none of them made any ripples.
Tonight it’s the b-side of his second single for Decca. San Francisco Poet has all the earmarks of an attempt at Dylan. But since there already was a Bob Dylan in our midst, an also-ran just didn’t seem like a good idea. Luckily for everyone, he went back to his characteristic voice. But you have to give Marc Bolan an A for Effort on this track. Strangely, it’s never been reissued (that I know of) – for no good reason.
Well, now you have it.
Neeme Järvi – mixing up a nice batch of Anti-Road Rage this afternoon.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – Part 2
Over to Geneva this week for a concert by the venerable l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by the equally venerable Neeme Järvi in music of Strauss and Mahler. Joining the Orchestra as soloists are Thomas Hampson, Baritone and Paul Groves, Tenor for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Starting off the concert is Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration. It was recorded live, in concert by RSR Espace 2 this past September 13th.
Here’s what’s on the players:
Transmission différée du concert
donné le jeudi 13 septembre au
Victoria Hall à Genève. Concert
extraordinaire de l’Orchestre de la
Suisse Romande à l’occasion de
l’arrivée du nouveau chef titulaire:
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Thomas Hampson, baryton
Paul Groves, ténor
Direction : Neeme Järvi
Part 1.- R. Strauss: Mort et transfiguration.
Poème symphonique pour grand
orchestre, op. 24
Part 2. – G. Mahler, Wang-Wei: Le chant de
la terre. Symphonie pour baryton, ténor
One of those perfect concerts to put your feet up and get comfortable over.
Trust me, it’s still Wednesday here in L.A. and you can do it.