George Lewis Here's this week's roundup of various music-related items of interest: The Enduring Relevance of College Radio (Spin) Making a Masterpiece: An Interview with Legendary Composer Valerie Simpson (PopMatters.com) What Were the First ...
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"St. Louis Jazz Notes" - 5 new articles

  1. Sunday Session: November 22, 2020
  2. StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Clark Terry and his famous friends
  3. So What: Local News, Notes & Links
  4. Sunday Session: November 15, 2020
  5. StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The "lost" ensembles of Miles Davis
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Sunday Session: November 22, 2020

George Lewis
Here's this week's roundup of various music-related items of interest:

* The Enduring Relevance of College Radio (Spin)
* Making a Masterpiece: An Interview with Legendary Composer Valerie Simpson (PopMatters.com)
* What Were the First Mass-Produced Electronic Instruments? (Reverb.com)
* Fantasia & The Birth of Stereo Recording (Reverb.com)
* Mark Ruffin: The Storied Intersection of Jazz, Baseball, and Race (Jazz Times)
* Pioneering Drummer Viola Smith Was ‘An Advocate For The Rights Of All Women Musicians’ (DownBeat)
* Joe Schaffner, Tour Manager For Aretha, Marvin Gaye & The Jacksons, Talks Back In The Day (Pollstar.com)
* Nels Cline Revives The Singers For A Stunning New Album, ‘Share The Wealth’ (American Songwriter)
* Thurston Moore on his new album, the old New York, and always resisting the mainstream (DocumentJournal.com)
* Discover "the power of sound" with music wizard, Kenichi Kanazawa (AV Club)
* New Series “Live From Rudy Van Gelder’s Studio” (first session 14 November) (London Jazz News)
* Creative Urban Momentum: Witnessing the Black Unity Trio (ChimurengaChronic.co.za)
* Andrew White 1942–2020 (Jazz Times)
* 'He'll make your head explode': sax stars on the genius and tragedy of Charlie Parker (The Guardian)
* The chaotic story of cult prog legends Van der Graaf Generator (LouderSound.com)
* A Dive Into George Lewis’s Pioneering Experiment With Artificial Intelligence (San Francisco Classical Voice)
* Camille Thurman Eager To Give Back To The Jazz Community (DownBeat)
* Ellis at the Crossroads (Oxford American)
* How Elektra Records ushered in the alternative music revolution—and then helped kill it (AV Club)
* A Guide to Rob Mazurek’s Imaginative, Experimental Sound (Bandcamp.com)
* Watch the Liberation Music Orchestra Perform a Timely New Medley, Arranged by Carla Bley (WBGO)
* Artemis: A Band For the Times (AllAboutJazz.com)
* 9 Engineers on the Hardest Song They Ever Mixed (Vulture.com)
* "They Did Not Die in Vain": On "Alabama," John Coltrane Carefully Wrought Anguish Into Grace (WBGO)
* Guitar Center Is Officially Filing for Bankruptcy (ConsequenceOfSound.net)
* Terence Blanchard on Netflix's 'Da 5 Bloods', Writing Process & Working with Spike Lee (SpitfireAudio.com)
* The story of Emerson Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery (LouderSound.com)
* 'A gamechanger for musicians': app offers library of interactive sheet music (The Guardian)
* Gearhead: Harry Partch and the Quadrangularis Reversum (Jazz Times)
* Elvis Presley Meets the Nashville Cats on a New Box Set, With Glorious Results (Rolling Stone)
* Randy Brecker: Fusion Pioneer Still Blazing The Trails (AllAboutJazz.com)
     

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Clark Terry and his famous friends

 


This year marks the centennnial of the birth of legendary trumpeter and St. Louis native Clark Terry. As we approach what would have been his 100th birthday on December 14, StLJN will be paying tribute by sharing videos of Terry, starting today with just a few of his many collaborations and encounters with other famous musicians and singers.

The first video up above shows Terry with another American musical icon, blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters, sitting in on a version of T-Bone Walker's standard "Stormy Monday." It was recorded in July, 1977 in Nice, France, with Muddy's band, which included Bob Margolin (guitar), Guitar Junior (guitar), Pinetop Perkins (piano), Calvin Jones (bass), and Willy "Big Eyes" Smith (drums).

After the jump, you can see Terry performing his signature song "Mumbles" in 2001 with the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, backed by a band including Herbie Hancock (keyboards), Russell Malone (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), and James Carter (saxophones).

In the third clip, Terry returns to his former place of employment, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, sometime around 1980 to front the show's famous orchestra for a couple of numbers.

That's followed by a choice cameo appearance by Terry on another late night talk show, as he offers single choruses of flugelhorn and vocals on a version of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" recorded in 2001 for Late Night with David Letterman with Jones' orchestra and saxophonist Phil Woods, who takes the solo before Terry's.

After that, you can see a full concert from the long-running "Jazz at the Philharmonic" series, which was started by producer Norman Granz in 1944 and continued through the 1950s in the US and into the 1980s in Europe. This all-star performance was recorded in 1967 in London by the BBC, and along with Terry, the ensemble includes Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), James Moody (alto sax, flute), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Teddy Wilson (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), and Louis Bellson (drums).

The final clip shows another all-star session, billed as "A Trumpet Summit" at the 1999 edition of the Jazz in Marciac festival in France. It features Terry will fellow trumpeters Benny Bailey, Stepka Gut, Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, backed by pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Pierre Moussaguet, and drummer Alvin Queen.

Look for more videos celebrating Clark Terry in the coming weeks. You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...


 


 


 


 


 


     

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's StLJN's latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:

* Keyboardist Michael Silverman has been nominated for the Smooth Jazz Network's "Best Breakout Artist" award for 2020. Silverman (pictured) is one of 12 musicians contending for the prize. Listener/reader voting for the award continues through Monday, November 30.

* The documentary The Black Artists’ Group: Creation Equals Movement was touted as one of five "must see" films at this year's St. Louis International Film Festival in an article by the Riverfront Times' Evan Suit. SLIFF and the online screenings of the film continue through this Sunday, November 22.

* The Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson reports that the Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Jazz St. Louis will extend their "Open Air" concert series into 2021. The Grand Center presenters are expected to announce 40 additional weeks of programming for the series, with January and February's shows to be revealed early next month.

* Pianist Peter Martin's company Open Studio, which produces jazz instructional videos and educational materials, recently reached 50,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel, and to commemorate the occasion, they've compiled a video featuring the "Top 7 Highlights from 2020 with Peter Martin and Adam Maness."

* Also from the Post's Kevin Johnson, the Old Rock House, which had reopened on a limited basis this summer, will close temporarily again until some time in 2021, due to the recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases in the metropolitan area and the state.

* Singer Steve Brammeier's recent performance at Blue Strawberry was reviewed by KDHX's Chuck Lavazzi.

     

Sunday Session: November 15, 2020

Herbie Hancock
Here's this week's roundup of various music-related items of interest:

* Lakecia Benjamin: The future of jazz is now (Bay State Banner)
* What’s in a Name? (Jazz Times)
* Forgotten protest icon Odetta Holmes lives on in modern Black Americana (ScalawagMagazine.org)
* Live Nation expects that “shows at scale” will return next summer (NME.com)
* Review of Jazzfest Berlin 2020 (London Jazz News)
* Sun Ra's Cosmic Keys (Reverb.com)
* Tomeka Reid Looks For Challenging Situations (DownBeat)
* Sleeping Giants: The Brief Reign and Brilliant Legacy of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi Band (WBGO)
* Alone Together: A Q&A with Tabla Master Zakir Hussain (SFJAZZ.org)
* Mayfield and Markham Plead Guilty in a Plea Deal (Offbeat)
* 50 Years Later: The Surprising Memphis Roots of “Led Zeppelin III.” (MemphisMagazine.com)
* Israeli researchers create AI capable of writing personalized jazz solos (Jerusalem Post)
* Alfredo Rodríguez Deploys Abundant Technique (DownBeat)
* 'It's the screams of the damned!' The eerie AI world of deepfake music (The Guardian)
* Shabaka Hutchings - The Future of Afrofuturism (SFJAZZ.org)
* For The Rolling Stones’ 60th Anniversary, Keith Richards Says “The Plans Are to Still Actually All Be Alive” (ConsequenceOfSound.net)
* Guitarist Steve Hunter on His Journey From ‘Berlin’ to ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ (Rolling Stone)
* Emerging Opera Singers Now Pay for Online Auditions. Are Companies Watching Them? (MiddleClassArtist.com)
* Joel Ross Doesn’t ‘Do The Obvious Thing’ (DownBeat)
* Meet the guardians of the world’s earliest musical recordings (Los Angeles Times)
* Volcanic drummer and MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winner Tyshawn Sorey premieres new work with Seattle Symphony (Seattle Times)
* Sonny Rollins on Jazz as a Music of Freedom (LitHub.com)
* A Brief Guide to the Shape of “Jazz Rap” Today (Bandcamp.com)
* Bassist Eric Revis Revels In Curiosity, Versatility (DownBeat)
* The Experimental Edge of the “New Weird South” (Bandcamp.com)
* Christian Sands Relies On Adaptability (DownBeat)
* State of Play: the rise of in-game concerts (DJMag.com)
* Ronnie Scott understood that for some people music is the only outlet – so he opened a club (New Statesman)
* Seated gigs, no moshing and 'brutally exhausting' sets: the strange new world of live music (The Guardian)
* How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts: Exclusive (Billboard)
* Inside Sun Ra’s 1971 trip to Egypt (TheVinylFactory.com)
* Big Breaks - What’s Behind Orpheus Classical? (Atavist.com)
* Andrew White, Prolific Multi-Instrumentalist, Scholar and Washington, D.C. Legend, Dies at 78 (WBGO)
* Electrophone: the Victorian-era gadget that was a precursor to live-streaming (TheConversation.com)
     

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The "lost" ensembles of Miles Davis

 


This week, let's take a look at some history related to the most important jazz musician to come from the St. Louis area, Miles Davis.

As a bandleader, Davis had many celebrated groups over the years, such as the "Birth of the Cool" nonet; the six-piece ensemble that recorded Kind of Blue; the first "great quartet" of the 1950s featuring John Coltrane; and its successor in the 1960s with Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter.

All of these groups established their enduring appeal in part by recording notable albums that have become part of jazz history. But there also were a couple of relatively short-lived lineups led by Davis that, while packed with talent, have come to be known as "lost" because they toured but didn't make any studio recordings. Fortunately, some live recordings of these groups have surfaced in recent years, and thanks to YouTube, now we can see what they looked like as well as how they sounded.

The best known of these groups probably is the "Lost Quintet," which toured in 1969 and included Dave Holland on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, Chick Corea on electric piano, and Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano saxes.

This band also is sometimes called Davis' "last quintet," because it was the final group he led with the traditional trumpet-saxophone-rhythm section instrumentation. With Corea playing a Rhodes piano and Holland sometimes using an electric bass, this lineup provided a bridge from Davis' all-acoustic quintets from earlier in the 60s to the larger, fully electric bands he would deploy in the 1970s.

Not coincidentally, 1969 also was the year Davis recorded his landmark album Bitches Brew, and you can get some hints of what's to come in these videos of his working band from that year. They were recorded both before and after the August sessions for Bitches Brew, with a set from July 25 in Antibes, France up above, followed after the jump by shows from October 20 in Rome and November 3 in Paris.

The other four videos feature Davis' "Lost Septet," which toured in 1971 and included Gary Bartz on alto and soprano sax, Keith Jarrett on electric piano and organ, Michael Henderson on bass, and Ndugu Leon Chancler on drums, plus percussionists James "Mtume" Foreman and Don Alias.

Davis was well along the fusion trail at that point, and while some of the material this group is playing would be familiar to audiences from his then-recent recordings, the prominence of the three drummers (and the absence of the guitars that played a major role in subsequent lineups of the 70s) definitely gives the music some different flavors from the rest of the trumpeter's electric period.

The "Lost Septet" is represented here in the four final videos, which document concerts from November 6, 1971 in Berlin; November 9 at the Jazzforum in Oslo, Norway; and November 16 at the Palazzo dello Sport, in Turin, Italy; plus a partial and somewhat blemished recording of their appearance on November 20 at the Cascais Jazz Festival in Portugal. (There are several versions of this last recording on YouTube; this one seemed best in terms of quality and completeness.)

You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...

 


 


 


 


 


 


     

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