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.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Steve Hillage – In Concert at the BBC Paris Theatre – December 4, 1976 – BBC Radio 1 In Concert
Another artists synonymous with a decade and genre of music. Steve Hillage was associated with a number of influential artists and bands during the Progressive Rock era of the early 1970s, including Kevin Ayers and most notably, Gong.
When he finally went solo after leaving Gong in 1975, his debut release, Fish Rising was much anticipated and well received.
As times and tastes changed however, so did Steve Hillage. He dabbled in the Punk scene for a while, playing guitar on stage for Sham 69 during the 1976 Reading Festival and becoming a Producer in the 1980s, working with such bands as It Bites, Simple Minds and Robyn Hitchcock. In 2006 he returned to Gong and has been with them more or less since then.
Tonights Concert features the Steve Hillage recorded at the fabled Paris Theatre on December 4th 1976, during the time of the release of his follow-up album L.
(Sorry about the hissy sound of the broadcast. It’s an old tape and it’s seen better days, but it tried its best).
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.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Nicole Sabounè in Session at Sveriges Radio – July 8, 2013 – Sveriges Radio P3
Over to Stockholm tonight for a radio session by new talent-on-the-rise Nicole Sabounè, recorded this past July by Sveriges Radio P3.
Sabounè originally appeared on the TV series The Voice, the Swedish equivalent to America’s Got Talent . . .only Sweden. Creating a minor sensation, she was mentored by fellow Swedish singer Ola Salo from the band The Ark and released her first single in October of 2012.
Since then she’s been touring around, building up an audience and getting a lot of positive feedback from the press and radio. She’s currently in London, getting ready for her first set of club dates in the UK and getting ready for the release of her much anticipated debut album.
Lots of energy with a bit of bite, Nicole Sabounè at 21, is looking at a good future ahead and hopefully we’ll get to see her on this side of the Atlantic soon.
In the meantime, check out her Radio Session and visit her Facebook page and see what she’s up to.
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.
Don’t let the Runway good looks fool you.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Anna Calvi – live at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York – Dec. 13, 2011
Special thanks tonight to our Bristol UK correspondent Mig Schillace for mentioning Anna Calvi to me. I had only heard about her but not actually heard her in concert. And, as Mig always does, he blew me away. Anna Calvi is relatively new on the scene, having really been around since 2011 (she’s been active since 2005). But in that short time has captured hearts and accolades just about everywhere she’s been. A Musician whose intensity of playing is only matched by her intensity of songs, she is an extraordinary artist. Going somewhat against type (she has a decided Model’s presence – so much so, that Paris Fashionistas are crazy about her), Anna Calvi is an accomplished guitarist, and coupled with a style of singing that fairly aches with passion, she lends a mesmerizing air to the concert hall. Her success is no fluke and her talent is no accident.
She’s currently on tour, coinciding with the release of her new album One Breath, and will be in the States for three dates (so far). One in Brooklyn (at the Music Hall of Williamsburg), one at UCLA‘s Royce Hall on November 11 and one at The Independent in San Francisco. And then it’s back to Europe for a string of dates in France until the end of December. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the three U.S. dates, make it a priority to see her. I suspect it will be memorable.
Tonight it’s a gig from 2011. A short concert from The Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York, recorded on December 13, 2011.
Hitting a speed-bump early-on, but recovered nicely.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Ocean Colour Scene – live at Manchester Apollo – 1998 – BBC 6 Music
History is jammed with bands who got sidetracked somewhere out of the starting gate and never regained their momentum; crashing and burning and left with a legacy of “what if’s” as their epitaphs. Not so with Ocean Colour Scene. OCS (as they sometimes go as), got started in 1989, just around the time the Madchester scene was starting to take shape. With a well received first single and a debut album ready to be released, something went slightly haywire. The label they were on was suddenly acquired by Polygram and their first album was remixed and remastered without the band’s knowledge, and turned what was an auspicious beginning into a disappointing one, since the remixed album was received poorly and failed to make much dent. What ensued was a legal tangle that most other bands would not have survived (and historically didn’t). But in the case of Ocean Colour Scene, it wound up being a minor hitch in what was to become a promising and successful career, after a period of struggle to regroup and reorganize and quickly regain momentum.
The result has been a band well received by audiences and critics alike. And with their 10th album released earlier this year, further evidence that if it’s supposed to happen, not very much can prevent it.
Here is a concert they did at The Manchester Apollo in 1998, recorded and preserved for posterity by the venerable BBC 6 Music and offering further proof that you just can’t keep a good band down, especially when they work so hard to get there. They are currently on tour and will be until December. No sign of them showing up in the States, but they’ve got a ton of dates booked in the UK and Scotland. So if you’re around . . . .
Enjoy and, as always, play loud.