Saturday, September 29, 2007
Antics with the A Band/Johnny Scarr/Filthy Turd - plus mp3s from Bird, Diz and Monk/James Blood Ulmer/Lord Buckley
The A Band gig (with Johnny Scarr - and Filthy Turd – I kid you not)last night at the Art Organisation in Nottingham was a blast... review to follow when the notes have been deciphered etc -here's a couple of photos as a taster...
And a couple of mp3s that bear no direct relation, but so what... 'Revelation March' from James 'Blood' Ulmer's (love that Blood in inverted commas) album 'Tales of Captain Black.' A bit late for the Pirate Day, perhaps. A fast harmolodic scrabble with Blood's – or should that be 'Blood's' – old guvnor in the alto chair -Ornette Coleman. Whose shadow hangs heavy over this session... Ulmer plays some great flailing guitar...
The Fountainhead – or one of them – Bird and Diz with Thelonious Monk in 1950. This is an alternat take of 'Mohawk,' a loping 12 bar. Bird takes a couple of choruses, playing within himself, Diz tightly muted, fires off some pyrotechnical runs. Monk performs his off-kilter scamper for a quick chorus followed by bass. An odd session, you feel something didn't quite gell – could be the choice of drummer, Buddy Rich – a bit of a four-square thumper in general (although somewhat muted on this track), despite his technique – all that 'Traps the Boy Wonder' stuff. Max or Klook would have fit in better, maybe...
Saturday Morning – just edged into the afternoon. I must go boldly soon into God's Little Acre – here's something to bring a smile – of the hip variety, of course, Mildred... A bit of Shakespeare, 'Mark Anthony's Funeral Oration' as interpreted by the immortal Lord Buckley: 'The bad jazz that a cat blows wails long after he's cut out. The groovy is often stashed with their frames.'
In the Videodrome...
His Lordship circa 1949...
... and a smallextract of the Lord live telling the story of the Carpenter Kiddy
James Blood Ulmer
James Blood Ulmer (g) Ornette Coleman (as) Jaamaladeen Tacuma (b) Denardo Coleman (d)
Charlie Parker (as) Dizzy Gillespie (t) Thelonious Monk (p) Curley Russell (b) Buddy Rich (d)
Mohawk alternate take
Mark Anthony's funeral oration