Gladys Knights & The Pips – Rightfully crowned The Empress Of Soul.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Gladys Knight and The Pips – In Concert 1982
Some classic Soul this weekend by way of Gladys Knight and The Pips, live at the Jamaica World Music Festival from November 25, 1982.
Great sounding concert (which I understand is now available commercially) and wonderful performances from The Empress of Soul and her associates.
Good times. Enjoy.
Traffic – somehow apropos for the evening at hand.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Traffic – Glad_Freedom Rider – 1970
I was trying to find something tonight that fit with the spirit of the evening. Rather than go after one of the dozen or so tunes I’ve been hearing over and over at rallies during this election, I landed on the legendary Traffic and Glad from their landmark 1970 album John Barleycorn Must Die.
Seems to be a perfect fit. No?
As a bonus, and since the two tracks overlap on the album anyway, I included Freedom Rider.
We can all breathe now.
Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick – The unbeatable combination.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
I was very sad to learn earlier today that legendary songwriter and partner to the iconic writing team of Bacharach and David had passed away, the result of a massive stroke Mr. David suffered in March of this year.
As way of tribute to their unique and timeless contribution to the art of song writing, and one of my favorite pop tunes by this team, here is Dionne Warwick’s unforgettable rendition of Walk On By, a song written for her by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and a huge hit in 1964.
Marcel Mule – One of the greatest advocates for the Saxophone in Classical Music.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Debussy – Rhapsodie Orientale for Saxophone and Orchestra – 1955
To more familiar territory this week. Still by way of French Radio in the 1950’s. The repertoire is Debussy this time. The Rhapsodie Orientale for Saxophone and Orchestra featuring the legendary saxophonist Marcel Mule, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of The French Radio conducted by another legend, Manuel Rosenthal in this circa 1955 Radio broadcast recording.
Rare broadcast recordings of familiar works as performed by the biggest names of the day.
Perfect end to the week, if you ask me. Or a perfect start – depending on where you are
Gaby and Robert Casadesus – the family that plays together . . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Casadesus – Quintet for Piano And Strings
Back to French Radio transcriptions this week with a work by legendary pianist Robert Casadesus, who was not as well known as a composer as he was a musician. His Piano Quintet in D Minor op. 16 for Piano and Strings featuring, in this broadcast recording, his wife Gaby Casadesus is joined by The Pascal String Quartet in a performance recorded approximately 1958.
Like all of these posts via French Radio, I’m not sure if this one has been commercially released, or reissued via the French Radio archives, but it’s a noteworthy recording of a piece that’s been sadly neglected and composed by one of the great musicians of the 20th century.
Reason enough to give it a listen.
Jethro Tull in 1969 – Progressive, Folk-Rock, Folk, Art-Rock – it all sort of stuck.
Click on the link for Audio player: Jethro Tull – BBC Session – June 22, 1969
One of the early legends of the Progressive Rock movement. Jethro Tull initially got lumped into a mish-mash of genres. Labeled Folk-Rock, Art-Rock and Jazz-Rock, they were in fact a hybrid of everything, but above all – they were different. There was nobody quite like them on the horizon in 1968. Because of that, they quickly found an audience in the fledgling FM Underground format sweeping over the U.S. at the time and they were one of the first bands to achieve superstar status without actually having any top-40 hit records to their credit.
Tonight it’s one of the early sessions Jethro Tull recorded for the BBC, from June 22, 1969.
Here’s what they play:
Jethro Tull BBC Session – June 22, 1969
1. Living In The Past
2. A New Day Yesterday
3. Fat Man
5. Nothing Is Easy
A few years later they would release the milestone Aqualung, but in 1969 they were just getting rolling.
Max Roach – one of the greatest Drummers/Percussionists the Jazz World had to offer during the 20th Century.
Click on the Link: Max Roach – Live at the Vienna Jazz Fest 1994
Over to Austria this week for a concert by the legendary Drummer/Percussionist Max Roach, recorded live at the Vienna JazzFest on July 8, 1994.
Here’s what’s/who’s on the set:
MAX ROACH QUARTET
Cecil Bridgewater (tp)
Odean Pope (ts)
Tyrone Brown (b)
Max Roach (dr)
1. SCOTT FREE – 21:26
2. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU – 8:20
3. STRAIGHT, NO CHASER – 18:57
4. SOPHISTICATED LADY – 7:44
5. DRUM SOLO – 2:52
6. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT – 13:09
A little over an hour of the amazing Max Roach and his ensemble.
More evidence he was one of the greatest.