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Click on the link here for Audio Player – Sonny Rollins Trio – live in Aix-en-Provence – March 11, 1959 – Radio France International
Something special and historic this weekend. The legendary Sonny Rollins in one of his last appearances in 1959 before his self-imposed withdrawal from the scene for a period of introspection, regrouping and reappraisal. This one, a club date from Aix-en-Provence in France was fortunately recorded and later broadcast (and re-broadcast) by the venerable Radio France International on March 11, 1959.
Here’s who plays and what they play:
Sonny Rollins Trio – Live at Aix-en-Provence
01 Woody ‘n’ you
02 But not for me
03 Lady Bird
Sonny Rollins (sax)
Henry Grimes (b),
Kenny Clarke (dm)
SONYY ROLLINS TRIO
March 11, 1959,
Despite the seemingly short set of 3 numbers, they play for almost an hour. So there’s a lot of exploring going on. And of course, the audience didn’t want them leave. Sonny finally having to tell the fans “Je suis Fatiguè”.
And listening some 54 years later, I didn’t want it to end either.
Manou Gallo of Acoustic Africa – in a word: Joy.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/acoustic-africa-africa-festival-may-30-2013.mp3]
Since we’re smack in the middle of Festival Season in Europe, that means all kinds of music is being presented just about everywhere. The trick is hearing as much of it as you can via the myriad streams being made available all over the Internet. It is rapidly going from Festival Season to Embarrassment-of-Riches Season.
Tonight it’s a concert from the 2013 Afrika Festival in Wurzburg, Germany featuring Acoustic Africa (Afropean Women), with Kareyce Fotso, Manou Gallo and Dobet Gnahorè.
Having been a huge fan of African Female singing groups, hearing these three just made my night. The festival goes until June 2nd and so far it has been incredible, and I hope to offer several concerts from this festival in the coming weeks.
But in the meantime . . . .
Here is the complete concert, as it was broadcast on May 30.
Ratcheting up the shooting war.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/news-for-may-21-1982.mp3]
The ongoing crisis over The Falkland Islands ratcheted up a few more notches, this May 21st in 1982. With British Special Forces landing, and more expected before nightfall, Argentina admitted troops had landed and that Argentine forces were fighting back. Aside from acknowledgements of fighting taking place, not much in the way of details was being given.
In other news – word from the Labor Department was upbeat, with reports that there was a “marked improvement” over the country’s inflation problem, citing a report that consumer prices rose slowly in April at an annual rate of 3%, with higher prices for food and housing accounting for much of that increase which offset lower gasoline prices.
Both the House and Senate were in the midst of debating 1983 Budget plans with the House optimistic a proposal would arrive shortly. The Senate was a different story.
And that’s much of what went on this particular May 21st in 1982 via CBS Radio News with Richard C. Hottelet.
The goings on in just another city on the average day in 1950.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: This Is San Francisco – Jan. 11, 1950
The thing about history is that it’s not always about the sweeping gestures and defining moments over a period of time. Those “do you remember where you were when . . .” moments are pretty few and far between. Yet, when we look back over a decade or a year or a century, we tend to gloss over the small moments in favor of the big ones. And sometimes you walk away with the feeling that history is about the chronicling of chaos. It isn’t. Not all of it anyway.
For an example of what a typical day sounded like in a typical city in a typical year, here is a broadcast from KCBS-AM in San Francisco. A morning show called This Is San Francisco. Nothing unusual about it – just talking about the goings on in the city and the rainy morning this January 11th was that year.
Talking about museums and how the average person feels about Modern Art and what became of those failed experiments in harnessing ocean currents to convert into electricity all around the Bay Area.
Just a typical day in the city, not earth shattering, not life-defining. Here is This Is San Francisco for Wednesday January 11, 1950.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 14 O Christmas Tree
It’s been an amazing year so far. Past Daily has only been up and running for 6 months and your support and visits have been overwhelming. And a special thanks to all of you who have written in. Your comments and encouragement are more than welcome and so appreciated. It’s difficult to know, at times, whether anyone reads or even cares about this project I’ve undertaken. The Archive, from which 90% of the material you hear, is finally being utilized in a way I always wanted it to be and it’s difficult to know if it’s making any difference.
But I’ll be here as long as you’ll be here – and your continued encouragement and support (and tell your friends) will keep this thing going well into 2013 and hopefully way beyond.
I’m thankful for all of you today and, no matter which batch of holidays you’re celebrating – I wish you the best, the merriest, and the happiest of all of them.
We’re all in this together, so don’t make strangers of yourselves. Here’s to 2013!
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