03-08-07

Art Davis R.I.P.

I got this in the mailbox :

 

Dr. Art Davis, the legendary bassist, has passed away. He made his transition last Sunday evening at his home in Long Beach. Funeral arrangements are pending.


 

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13-07-07

Herbie Hancock Secret Album

HEAR O ISRAEL

CATALOGUE NUMBER TBC

THE SECRET HERBIE HANCOCK ALBUM.

Funny one this. And it all came about by accident. Well sort of. I`d been lent this album about five years ago by John Cooper, the legendary underground music dealer. Last year I was discussing the album with him again, and we were both under the impression that this privately pressed album, called Hear O Israel, was no longer owned by anyone. So I put my detective hat and mac on and set about trying to find the owners. And eventually I did, and they are a large organisation called the URJ based in NYC. I went to see them in fact, and suggested that it would be a smashing idea to get this lost and very unique recording back into circulation. They asked me “why?” and I told them that it was one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard and needed to be heard again, because bugger all people heard it the first time round. And they said yes. Enthusiastically yes. So, I am thrilled, and shortly will be presenting Hear O Israel to the world again, and it is one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard. I can think of nothing quite like it.

Little is really known about it, so here is what we do know. The album was originally commissioned by Rabbi David Davis, recorded and then pressed in 1968, and includes the following musicians:

Herbie Hancock - piano
Jerome Richardson - flute, tenor and alto sax
Grady Tate – drums
Thad Jones – trumpet and flugelhorn
Ron Carter – bass
Jonathan Klein – French horn and baritone
Rabbi David Davis – reader
Antonia Lavannne – soprano
Phyllis Bryn-Julson - contralto

The recording is a concert in jazz and prayer, and is one of the most sublime, spiritual recordings I have ever had the joy of listening too. Adding to the jazz is the occasional traditional Jewish prayer, sung by a female soprano and contralto, or narrated briefly by the Rabbi.

This most unusual, dare I say, unique recording has never been issued properly. We believe the recording was only available through the URJ, and was never commercially released. It is now licensed to Trunk Records exclusively worldwide.

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10-07-07

Miles Davis : Unknown Sessions Vol. 5 (SW 158)

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1) Untitled Original 730726b (take 4)

2) Untitled Original 730726b (take 5)
2) Untitled Original 741000a (take ?)
2) Studio chatter
2) Untitled Original 741000a (take ?) (false start)
2) Untitled Original 741000a (take ?)
2) Studio chatter
2) Untitled Original 741000b
3) Unknown Studio Edit

03:00
03:25
06:58
00:09
00:08
10:35
00:20
06:50
01:35

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09-07-07

The Velvet Underground at Poor Richard's

VU poor richards

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02-07-07

Ornette Coleman in The Guardian

The Guardian published in its Friday June 29th issue an article by Andrew Purcell on Ornette Coleman. Due to a lack of time and being absent from home this weekend I couldn’t post the link earlier. My  sincere apologies. Nevertheless its holiday season here it’s not yet and I'm quite busy at office. I’ll try to update TuneUp as much as possible so please keep on passing by. Thanks in advance and happy holidays

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24-06-07

Lee Morgan

The Woman Who Shot Lee Morgan by Larry Reni Thomas is a short essay available on the web here. I haven't read it myself yet with full attention. July the 14th an intrview with that same woman will be broadcasted somewhere, i don't know anymore on which radio channel. As soon as i know i'll post it here.

Have a nice sunday!

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19-06-07

Ornette Coleman

From E Jazz.com :

Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman collapsed during
his performance at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this weekend.Coleman, 77, was performing Sunday night when he collapsed and was taken to a local hospital, publicist Ken Weinstein said.Weinstein said Coleman was released later in the night after being treated for heat-related dehydration.
Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman collapsed during
his performance at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this weekend.
Coleman won a 2007 Pulitzer in the music category for a jazz composition
titled "Sound Grammar." Considered a pioneer of "free jazz," he earned a
lifetime achievement award this year at the Grammys, where he was also
nominated for best jazz instrumental album. Conditions at the festival about 60 miles southeast of Nashville were hot and dusty this year. One fan died and officials were investigating whether drugs or heat played a role.

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