A summit meeting
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Wayne Shorter – Larry Coryell – Live at Montreux – July 20, 1990 – Swiss Radio
Over to Montreux this weekend for a classic meeting between legends Wayne Shorter and Larry Coryell, recorded on July 20, 1990 and broadcast by Swiss Radio.
A nice blend of Jazz and Fusion carried out by one of the greatest living Improvisers (Shorter) and the Godfather of Fusion (Coryell). Together they make a heady and luxuriant blend and a good time was had by all on that steamy Montreux evening.
Here’s what’s on the player and here’s who joins in the proceedings:
Wayne Shorter (s), Jim Beard (kbds), Larry Coryell (g), Ronnie Burrage (dr), Jeff Andrews (b)
1. Sanctuary (12:24)
2. Over Shadow Hill Way (12:00)
3. Virgo Rising (16:17)
4. Face On The Bar Room Floor (07:57)
5. O’Americano (10:15)
6. Endangered Species (06:39)
7.Endangered Species – Improv. sur Theme (13:57)
Just under 90 minutes – perfect for Sunday listening.
Goes well with doing nothing. Reading, navel gazing and woodworking are also options.
Somewhere in the blizzard of confetti is a band.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Flaming Lips at Villette Sonique – May 24, 2013 – France Radio Le Mouv`
In case you haven’t heard, Flaming Lips are currently on tour with Australia’s Tame Impala as opening act and are slated to play Los Angeles at the end of this month. So if I were you, I’d see if there are any tickets left and definitely go. Although I suspect it’s sold out. They’ve been selling out concerts just about everywhere. But they’ve had a habit of doing that for some time now. Flaming Lips are high on the list of must-see bands.
2013 has been an insanely busy year for the band, with a world tour taking them completely around the globe. Needless to say, they’re in the process of making a lot of new fans.
From one of the Spring Festivals in Europe this past year, Flaming Lips at Villette Sonique in France, recorded on May 24th by the venerable Radio France Le Mouv, as part of their Le Mouv, Le Live weekend program.
Play very loud. Your weekend depends on it.
The baked goods are extra.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Of Montreal, Live At Motel Mozaique 2012 – VPRO 3FM
Further evidence Athens Georgia is still a hotbed of creative endeavour with a concert this week by Athens born-and-based Of Montreal as performed at last years Motel Mozaique festival in The Netherlands.
Always inventive, Of Montreal have been a staple with indie audiences for a number of years now.
So here they at the , as they sounded last year at the 2012 Motel Mozaique festival, recorded by the venerable VPRO in The Netherlands, and broadcast by 3FM, the local FM station in the area.
Something to get you over Hump Day.
One of the great Husband-Wife teams on the concert stage.
Click here for the Audio Player – Prague Spring Festival, 1979 – BBC Symphony, conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky with Pianist Viktoria Postnikova – Part 1
Click here for the Audio Player – Prague Spring Festival, 1979 – BBC Symphony, conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky with Pianist Viktoria Postnikova – Part 2
Over to Prague from 1979 this week for a concert by the BBC Symphony, conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky and featuring Viktoria Postnikova, piano. The concert was recorded during the legendary Prague Spring Festival and features works by Prokofiev, Janacek, Britten and Elgar.
Here’s what’s on the players:
Part 1 (top player)
1. Prokofiev: Overture on Jewish Themes
2. Janacek: The Fiddler’s Child
3. Britten: Diversions on a Theme for Piano and Orchestra (featuring Viktoria Postnikova)
Part 2 (bottom player)
1. Elgar: Variations on An Original Theme (Enigma)
No announcements at all, so check back to this page to see what’s next after each round of applause.
In the meantime, enjoy.
One of the cornerstones of French musical life in the 1950s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Conducted by André Cluytens – Henriette Faure, piano – Besançon Festival – Sept. 1951 – ORTF broadcast – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Something familiar tonight, but rare nonetheless. A performance recorded during the 1951 Besançon Festival featuring l’Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, conducted by the legendary André Cluytens and featuring another noted, but almost forgotten figure, pianist Henriette Faure in a performance of the Ravel Piano Concert for the Left Hand.
What is significant about this performance is Faure was an early champion of the music of Maurice Ravel, and one of the first to perform his works in public. Most of her active recording was done in the 1930s to 1950s, but even then her output wasn’t huge. Her recordings of Ravel’s music are considered virtually definitive because of her close association with the composer. And apparently, those original lp’s are going for ridiculous sums of money in collectors circles.
This performance comes from the same concert as the Schmitt I posted a few weeks ago. So we’re inching closer to a complete concert at some point.
In any event, I don’t believe this performance has been issued in any form, and what became of the masters of this concert is anyone’s guess.
Enjoy and excuse the odd tick, pop and garble. At 62, this recording is doing better than a lot of people.
A profoundly new voice.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Nadine Shah – in Session at The Great Wide Open 2013 – VPRO – 3voor12
To say Nadine Shah is part of Rock Without Borders is a bit a of cheat. Born in Britain with Pakistani and Norwegian parents, Shah has become very much part of the Up-And-Coming scene for 2013. She’s been touring extensively around Britain and the rest of Europe this month, and I have it on high-spirited authority from my colleague and friend Mig Schillace over in the UK that she killed it tonight with a club appearance at The Louisiana in Bristol. Her tour is continuing in the UK for this month and next before heading over to some dates in France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands in November. No U.S. dates . . . . .yet.
I suspect we’re going to be hearing a lot from her in the coming months. Since her recent radio appearance on BBC Radio 4‘s Loose Ends program, she’s been referred to as “a singer so new she doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page”, but that’s changing quickly.
Her first album, Love Your Dum And Mad was only released in July and already she’s gotten considerable attention and fans. So yeah, she is new.
For those of you who don’t know who she is yet, or have heard about her and perhaps don’t have her album yet or have read all the positive things about her, here is an acoustic session she did at this year’s Great Wide Open festival in The Netherlands.
She’s being compared to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave . . . . .but she’s new and comparisons just don’t do her justice. So I would leave the likenesses at the door and approach Nadine Shah with open ears.
I have a hunch on this one . . . .
I hope you do, too.
Division of Laura Lee – mesmerizing and heady Alternative from Sweden.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Division of Laura Lee and JJ – live at Knarrholmen Festival, Sweden, August 21, 2013 – Sveriges Radio P3
Over to Sweden tonight for a live session from the 2013 Knarrholmen Festival featuring Indie/Alt/Post-Punk band Division of Laura Lee, combined with the Indie/Acoustic/Dream-Pop band JJ. The proceedings were recorded on August 21st in a special radio broadcast from the festival site.
No shortage of interesting and adventuresome bands coming out of Sweden in recent years, and Sveriges Radio (the Pubilc Broadcasting outlet in Sweden) have been busily recording everything for later broadcast, just to give you some idea of how interesting the current scene is over there.
And if you aren’t already familiar, here’s a good place to start.
Crank it up and enjoy.