31-05-06

Miles

Well here we are again, and why not start with Miles 80th birthday! The Guardian has an article with Juliette Greco and her love affaire with Miles.

Enjoy reading!

Lexman

 

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23-05-06

Updates this week

I won't be at the office nor at home much to be able to update Tuneup this week, so do please come back next week...

Lexman

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Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra

A month or so ago i found a second hand lp on the Artistry Label containing a live recording made in 1956 during the D.G. Orchestra tour in South America. What a list of personnel : Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Quincy Jones, Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Nelson Boyd ...

The repertoire conists of classics like Tin Tin Deo, Night In Tunisia, Stella By Starlight, Groovin High...

Don't know if its on cd but it's a historic goldmine this recording!!!!

Lexman

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22-05-06

Alpenfestung & Operation Sunrise

Yesterday i saw some docu's which i recorded in 2004 ;-)

One was about the well known but full of secrets Alpenfestung. The SS wanted to withdraw its troops and a lot of industrial activities into the Alps between Italy, Germany and Austria. Peenemunde, where a the V2 was developped would have to be replaced as well into the mountains, motorways were to be reconstructed as airfields, thousands of forced labourers of Mauthausen were forced to work in the Alps. The Alpenfestung never was fully operative due to Operation Sunrise, a secret operation led by Alan Dulles of the O.S.S.  to obtain the the secret surrender of Axis forces in northern Italy. He was in contact with Obergruppenfuhrer of the SS Karl Wolff who in fact tried to get an agreement with the Allies (that is the U.S.A & Great Britain) : he would surrender the Axis troops as he hoped to play an important role in the new Grmany after the war. While soldiers and civilians were trying to survive all kinds of political games were going on, not in the least because of the fear for a Red Italy, the communist partizans of Tito were already at Trieste. Intriguing period isn't it?

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18-05-06

RVG

I found this text in my inbox and thought passing it on to you. No more posting than probably monday May 22nd ... Enjoy the article! Lexman

 

 

 Jazz labels rely on engineer's bold touch


  By Dan Ouellette  2 hours, 55 minutes ago

NEW YORK (Billboard) - In jazz, the RVG brand has mighty clout and speaks multiple volumes on sonic purity.

It's no surprise then that Blue Note and Prestige are capitalizing on the RVG tag with a new series featuring remastered classic CDs.

The man behind the abbreviation is Rudy Van Gelder, the sound engineer who revolutionized the way jazz is recorded, beginning in 1954 in his parents' living room in Hackensack, N.J., and continuing in his own studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., from 1959 to the present. He recorded all the jazz greats who made first-class discs for all the important
in-the-day indies such as Blue Note, Prestige, Impulse, Verve and CTI.

"Rudy defined the way several generations expect to hear jazz," says Michael Cuscuna, director of catalog for Blue Note and the impetus behind the label's RVG Series. "He's the one who got closest to the way jazz sounds live at front-row center. Most engineers in the '50s were timid and moved the microphones away from the musicians. Rudy miked up
close, recorded with as much volume as possible to avoid hiss and got the power, clarity and individuality of all the players."

Adds freelance engineer Joe Ferla, who started recording in 1971 and has worked with a range of musicians from drummers Paul Motian and Bobby Previte to guitarists John Scofield and Charlie Hunter: "Rudy changed the way we perceive jazz recordings and the way engineers approach jazz."

Bassist Ron Carter, who recorded many of his own albums as well as hundreds of session dates at Van Gelder's studio, says, "Rudy not only set and maintained the standard of jazz recordings, but he also set the standard for recording the acoustic bass."

Blue Note's RVG Series, which started years ago, continues with February's release of more than a dozen gems including Dexter Gordon's "Dippin"' and Lee Morgan's "Tom Cat." Two more batches arrive September 12 and 26, including dates by Donald Byrd ("Off to the Races") and Horace Silver ("Doin' the Thing at the Village Gate").

Meanwhile, Prestige Now, an imprint of Concord Music Group, inaugurated its own RVG series in March with 10 masterworks, including Sonny Rollins' "Saxophone Colossus" and the Miles Davis Quintet's "Relaxin'."


Van Gelder, in an e-mail exchange, says that he remembers the sessions and the artists well, and that today he still "feels strongly that I am their messenger." More Prestige RVG remasters arrive June 13 and July 18, including discs by Etta Jones ("Don't Go to Strangers") and Oliver Nelson ("Screamin' the Blues").

Here's how the labels work with Van Gelder: They send him the masters that he originally recorded. "First I examine the tapes to see if they're playable," he explains. "Next step, I hook up a chain to do an analog transfer. Every tape is different, so I do a lot of listening."

When asked if he has any favorites in the upcoming Prestige series, Van Gelder at first says, "I can't have a favorite." Then he notes, "But anything with Miles Davis is OK with me. And Etta Jones is pure emotion on this album." As for the Blue Note series, he says, "They're all
great music. I love them all, but Horace Silver is something special."

Cuscuna says that when he first approached Van Gelder to revisit the masters, he was hesitant: "Rudy was reticent to look to the past. But then it kicked in how much more he could do with the new equipment and what he had learned. He saw it as a challenge and opportunity. He's given a new lease on life to some of these titles as Rudy brings the
music out of the tape."

Reuters/Billboard

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Monk - Trane

Riverside Records will release a 2CD set containing all "The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings" with some unissued tracks... Can't wait any longer already...

Lexman

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John Burch RIP

Another sad message came in my my emailinbox :

> John Burch
>
> Versatile jazz pianist comfortable in a variety of genres
>
> During the rise of jazz-rock and funk in the 1960s, many musicians moved
> easily between traditional jazz, bebop, blues, skiffle, boogie, and rock -
> a fluidity that led to the British R&B boom, and the emergence of such
> artists as Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Georgie Fame and John
> McLaughlin. The pianist, songwriter and bandleader John Burch, who has
> died aged 74 from cancer, was a significant force on that scene.
>
> Though generally relegated to footnotes in star biographies, he was a
> working musician who was contented with his playing life and drily amused
> by the odder experiences it offered - like playing the Playboy Club with
> rubber gloves on his head to divert the punters' attention from the bunny
> girls.
> His style would be called "straight-ahead" today, but he built it in the
> 1950s from the strong left hand of Oscar Peterson and the swerves and
> convolutions of bop players like Bud Powell. By the 1960s, the Art Blakey
> sideman Cedar Walton had become his principal model. The blues was a
> particularly powerful force, sparked by a childhood fascination with
> boogie-woogie. He gravitated readily toward blues players, leading an
> early 1960s octet that was a hothouse for embryonic British R&B stars,
> including the late saxophonist, pianist and singer Graham Bond and Cream
> drummer Ginger Baker. He also composed; Preach and Teach (1966) provided
> the B-side of Georgie Fame's hit Yeh Yeh, and was also recorded by Buddy
> Rich.
>
> Born John Burchell in London, he studied the piano formally from the age
> of 12. Stationed in postwar Germany, he played in army bands. He met Bond
> in the late 1950s and toured European military bases as the leader of a
> trio. He performed in France in 1959 with the bassist Jeff Clyne and
> saxophonist Bobby Wellins, and joined drummer and composer Allan Ganley's
> Jazzmakers the following year.Next came a band led by the innovative
> saxophonist Don Rendell, with whom Burch collaborated on the 1961 album
> Roarin', a sweeping departure from the west coast sound of earlier Rendell
> ventures, taking on an earthiness suggestive of Charles Mingus, which was
> given extra urgency by Bond's fiery sound. A Burch composition,
> Manumission, stood up well against Miles Davis's So What as one of the
> disc's strongest tracks.
>
> Burch and Rendell worked together through 1962, while the pianist also ran
> a quartet including saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith (obituary, December
> 22 2004) that alternated sets at the Flamingo Club, Wardour Street, with
> Georgie Fame's Blue Flames. From 1964 to 1966 Burch led his influential
> octet, including Heckstall-Smith, Ray Warleigh and Peter King, bop
> trumpeter Henry "Hank" Shaw, and occasionally Ginger Baker and a fledgling
> Scottish bassist, Jack Bruce.
>
> This was also the time at which a relaxation of union regulations was
> leading to more frequent appearances in Britain by US stars. Burch was one
> of a handful of adaptable, alert and knowledgeable local pianists ideally
> suited to these minimally rehearsed accompanying roles, and he worked in
> 1966 with multi-saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, trumpeter Freddie
> Hubbard, and former Charlie Parker sideman Red Rodney, among others.
>
> Burch's relationship with the expressive expatriate Australian saxophonist
> Ray Warleigh led to a fine album of hard-driving standards with hard-bop
> drummer Tommy Chase and guest American trumpeter Jon Eardley for Spotlite
> Records in 1978. In the next decade, he often accompanied saxist Kathy
> Stobart and toured with such visitors as visitors like the soul-jazz
> musician Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson.
>
> He re-formed the octet in 1984 with the powerful British saxophonist Dick
> Morrissey (obituary, November 9 2000), and felt the relationship was one
> of his most exhilaratingly productive. He wrote Resurrection Ritual Suite
> for Morrissey, and reunited with Rendell on a reprise of Roarin' in the
> 90s. He was also a stimulating teacher on the Barry Summer School
> jazz-education project (the young Keith Tippett was one of the
> beneficiaries), and had plans for regular work in 2006 with trio Buscopo
> and a quintet called Jack's Alive. A just-completed tribute to Ronnie
> Scott called Just By Chance was found on Burch's piano last week.
>
> He is survived by his wife Deike Begg and daughter Connie.
>
> · John Burch (Burchell), pianist, born January 6 1932; died April 18 2006"

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