Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Deep Jazz Writing & An Art Pepper Download

Found this jazz-based quote from Sartre's great first novel Nausea. There's a bit more to the original quote but sadly I don't have a copy to hand to extend it. Ever since I first read these lines ten or so years ago, they have been central to my understanding of what jazz is.
It is, of course, not Jamie Cullum, it is, literally, 'improvised music'. Music of that specific moment in time, space, gravity and electro-magnetism, of that one, specific unique combination. I've been attending blues jams at the Black Note (incidentally my second DJ session was a non-starter but, don't worry, I'm going to kill it on the third) and, to me, this music (blues) is what jazz is to many - OK, sure, but always the same.But for me jazz is alive with possibilities.
It doesn't have to use brass of any kind (in fact, I'm always looking for non-brass jazz to get diversity in my listening). Any instrument can be used in jazz. As the late, much-missed Alice Coltrane showed, it could be a harp. Stephane Grappelli used a violin. Everything is jazz. Great rock is jazz. Anything where people are laying things down, expressing themselves or expressing something with music is jazz. And I don't see the use of technology as limiting the scope of jazz - its not all cynical Hed Kandi type crap out there. Check out what Four Tet and Moodymann are doing for instance. One day I'll have to contribute to the Great Offering myself. Maybe. As a selector, anyway, I do what I can.

Anyway the quote from J-P S...

'For the moment, the jazz is playing; there is no melody, just notes, a myriad tiny tremors. The notes know no rest, an inflexible order gives birth to them then destroys them, without ever leaving them the chance to recuperate and exist for themselves.... I would like to hold them back, but I know that, if I succeeded in stopping one, there would only remain in my hand a corrupt and languishing sound. I must accept their death; I must even want that death: I know of few more bitter or intense impressions.'

And something from Jack Kerouac's amazing On The Road. As has been discussed, his style of writing is itself similar to the improvisations of jazz. Indeed for me it forms a trilogy of C20th American classics of the modern age with Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson. All three are (relatively) unpolished works, clearly the result of periods of almost uncontrollable inspiration. We get some of the electricity of what they were feeling in those moments through the miracle of language. As Sartre himself said 'I must let my pen run on, without searching for words...'

'Dean and I went to see Shearing at Birdland in the midst of the long, mad weekend. The place was deserted, we were the first customers, ten o'clock. Shearing came out, blind, led by the hand to his keyboard. He was a distinguished-looking Englishman with a stiff white collar, slightly beefy, blond, with a delicate English-summer's-night air about him that came out in the first rippling sweet number he played as the bass-player leaned to him reverently and thrummed the beat. The drummer, Denzil Best, sat motionless except for his wrists snapping the brushes. And Shearing began to rock; a smile broke over his ecstatic face; he began to rock in the piano seat, back and forth, slowly at first, then the beat went up, and he began rocking fast, his left foot jumped up with every beat, his neck began to rock crookedly, he brought his face down to the keys, he pushed his hair back, his combed hair dissolved, he began to sweat. The music picked up. The bass-player hunched over and socked it in, faster and faster, it seemed faster and faster, that's all. Shearing began to play his chords; they rolled out of the piano in great rich showers, you'd think the man wouldn't have time to line them up. They rolled and rolled like the sea. Folks yelled for him to "Go!" Dean was sweating; the sweat poured down his collar. "There he is! That's him! Old God! Old God Shearing! Yes! Yes! Yes! And Shearing was conscious of the madman behind him, he could hear every one of Dean's gasps and imprecations, he could sense it though he couldn't see. "That's right!" Dean said. "Yes!" Shearing smiled, he rocked. Shearing rose from the piano, dripping with sweat; these were his great 1949 days before he became cool and commercial. When he was gone Dean pointed to the empty piano seat. "God's empty chair," he said. On the piano a horn sat; its golden shadow made a strange reflection along the desert caravan painted on the wall behind the drums. God was gone; it was the silence of his departure. It was a rainy night. It was the myth of the rainy night. Dean was popeyed with awe. This madness would lead nowhere.'

And Wooodenelephant is officially a sharity blog now. Here's a great, life-affirming set from one of my big favourites, Art Pepper. As you can read in bios, he had an eventful life and was a colourful character etc. He was a heroin addict and though the costs of this are usually extremely high, all the evidence suggests it opens people up to an expansive appreciation and experience of this mystery called Life. This exuberance, this joy, the lived-ness of his life really comes through in his playing and this awesome set from 68. Few can improvise so daringly and still completely rock the joint. Two tracks on this selection (I don't have anymore of this set, which is itself a download from EMule) - Groupin' and Lover Come Back To Me. They're both over 20 minutes though.

The link is at the end of the post. This will be standard with any download I provide. Link at the bottom, with the post tagged with 'download'. This will be the standard til I start to run into the problems other sharity bloggers have run into which has lead them to use passwords, post the links in comments etc etc...

By the way, the CENSORED blog seems to have downloads not of the highest sound quality - at any rate with the two I obtained - Blakey's Ritual and Coltrane & Wilbur Harden's Mainstream, particularly the former. I've discovered another great blog though. More Brasilian gems here...


Check out the three volumes featured here of the Favela Chic compilations. Almost as good as Gilles' Brasilian selections...


And download this!!!


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Found it!

Found Stone Flute at Penny Tray here...


Look in the top left hand corner for the password.

I found it by googling 'herbie mann stone flute blog' which brought me to this handy site...


This has links to billions more free downloads.
The first one I tried is ace (though another bloody rapidshare subscriber!!)
Rare Coltrane and Blakey and just tonnes of stuff here...


By the way, the set in the Black Note here in Valencia went well and I'm doing two more on the 18th & 24th. I'll keep going til they stop me! Come along after the castillo de fuego which ends Las Fallas on Sunday, Valencia crew! After you've had your fill of buñuelos and churros and you've seen your last mascleta (Hope Googlers in Valencia will find me now!!!!) Just in case... AMAZING IMAGES OF SHAKIRA NAKED!!!!! - are now in my mind's eye...

Here's a tracklisting as a flavour.

Sexy - Los Amigos Invisibles
Deeper Underground - Jamiroquai
One Note Brown - The New Mastersounds
Right On - Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers
No Caminho Do Bem - Tim Maia
Color - Erwin Lehn
Ze Brasileiro - Rappin' Hood
It's A Trip - Last Poets
Jazz Carnival - Azymuth
Running Fast - Stefano Torossi
I Am Your Mind - Roy Ayers / Pepe Bradock
Flying Machine - War
Light My Fire - Rhetta Hughes
Forty First Street Breakdown - Naomi Davis & the Knights of Forty First Street
Nobody Is Gonna Love You... - Norma Jean Bell
Expensive Shit - Fela Kuti / MAW
Jaleo - Truby Trio / Señor Coconut
Woo Hoo - The 5678's
GT - The New Mastersounds

I thought of wrapping this up as a zip but its a lot of hassle to be honest and I don't want to spend my life on the Internet, y'know. If I get a special request for anything I will probably post it (though it may take a while).
The next upload I'll be doing is of the (now) inappropriately-titled Autumn Rhythm. I also plan to make some jazz nuggets available a la Orgy & co. The first will probably be Art Pepper Live At Donte's, a great session which I just found out on CD Universe was released here in Spain. I also just found that my rip is only CD1 of a 2 CD set! Bah! The perils of the cheapskate music collector!

Image is (like you didn't know) The Jazz Band by Dubuffet

Monday, March 12, 2007

An Appeal To Blogland

I've been downloading bits and pieces from everywhere recently. I picked up a Herbie Mann album 'Stone Flute' but I can't remember which blog its from and it wont open without a password.

Can anyone help?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Black Note Session

As cool as the man like Dean Martin, I got myself a gig at Valencia's happening live music venue The Black Note. If any Valencia residents come down Calle Wooodenelephant, here's some info.

The club is two minutes walk from Aragon station. Go down Calle Ernesto Ferrer, the street with Edificio Europa on the corner and take the second road on the left, Calle Polo y Peyrolon.There will be a live band (Pipo Antonini, blues from Italy) at around 11:30 or midnight, then at 12:45 or so the DJs will start with my set being the second, from 01:30 to 02:30. The music will be funk, acid jazz, soul, blues etc If you come during the live band there may be a small cover charge but if you come afterwards entrance is free. A bottle of beer is the standard 3 €.It would be great to have your support on this evening. Please let anyone know who you think might be interested.If it goes well I may have a regular night down there, so keep everything crossed!!

Meanwhile in blogland, Chocoreve has an astonishing array of VU bootlegs right now, though be warned not all the links are functional.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Perry Bible Fellowship

Shout out to Matt T for discovering this great site of blackly humorous cartoon strips.


Here's some samples

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Deep mix ready for download

I've been a busy boy tonight.

Massive shout to the man from Buenos Aires, FM Shades who published a list of file hosting services which you can read here...

I'm using Quicksharing to make available my Dave Mothersole tribute mix (more details and the tracklisting are to be found in the post before last, dated December 24th)

So get downloading, folks! 9 cuts of deep goodness for your ears. Feedback would be very much appreciated. Expect downloads of other compilations (I guess I can't legitimately call them mixes) very soon, such as Autumn Rhythm requested by the ParisDJs (GREAT podcasters) no less...

I'll also be making available some rare jazz and other stuff which I've gathered over the past year or so. So get ready!

...Also, after avoiding it for months I got cyber-bullied into signing up to the new version of Blogger, which really is a lot better. So expect more easy links in my posts, and more nice imagery (though the main problem has been constantly forgetting to use the Blogger toolbar)

Here´s some genius shit to read as your house candy comes in. Absolutely mental. Absolutely brilliant.

Image is of childhood favourite Wowser, or Cubitus as he is known in France.