Les McCann Ltd. in San Francisco: Recorded Live at the Jazz Workshop was recorded in December of 1960 and released in 1961 on the Pacific Jazz label. Backing his piano were bassist Herbie Flowers and drummer Ron Jefferson. The original LP of this date featured seven selections – only about half of the entire gig. This Fresh Sound reissue contains four more tracks, bringing the total to 11.
Soft Machine were one of the very first groups to fuse Jazz with Rock in the late 60s and were hugely appreciated in Europe for their unique sound. This previously unreleased show was recorded for Germany's famous NDR Jazz Workshop series featuring the line-up of Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins, Roy Babbington and John Marshall with Art Themen and Gary Boyle. This long sought-after performance has never been seen since its original broadcast in 1973 and is the highest quality video document that exists of the group, featuring clear and beautiful visuals and superb live stereo sound!
The tapes of these two 1964 San Francisco shows stayed locked up at Columbia Records until the label drew a double-LP from them shortly after Monk's death in 1982. Never issued on CD in the U.S., that album is now superseded by this packed document that nearly doubles its length, restores edited portions of several performances, and adds a dozen performances that sometimes better the original recordings. Monk, saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist Larry Gales, and drummer Ben Riley are unsurprisingly on point for the dates, which are filled with numerous classics from the Thelonious book.
We are pleased to announce "Charles Mingus - The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 (Town Hall, Amsterdam, Monterey '64, Monterey '65 & Minneapolis)." It chronicles the essential live performances of this genius of modern music as his compositions achieved a depth and complexity we would come to know as Mingus's most signature work. It includes (on the earlier recordings) the brilliant Eric Dolphy, along with Jaki Byard, Dannie Richmond, Johnny Coles, and Clifford Jordan – certainly one of the best assemblages of musicians ever. And the music, recorded across the world's concert stages and intended for release by Charles Mingus Enterprises, dashes once and for all every previously-held notion about what is, and isn't, jazz.
This exclusive DVD captures one of the highly acclaimed clinics presented by celebrated jazz musicians and educators David Friesen (bass) and Jerry Hahn (guitar) during their 2003 tour sponsored by high-end handmade string manufacturer Thomastik-Infeld. The workshop aims to broaden students' vision of music by explaining: practice techniques, how to listen, what to listen for, strengthening the time feel, participating in a small group format, understanding purpose and commitment, and more.
Six complete performances, including opening and closing theme statements, improvised solos and six play-along tracks which feature the rhythm section without soloist.
A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie): Classic bebop composition, alternates between Latin and swing. Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma): medium tempo. ’Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk): Ballad using Monk’s changes und Dizzy’s intro and coda. Lo Flame (Bill Dobbins): Based on the chord changes to the standard "All Of Me", medium fast. Embraceable You (George Gershwin): A relaxed 2-beat "walking ballad" version. Bertha The Dragoness (Jimmy Knepper): A challenging new line based on the chord changes to "Sweet Georgia Brown", uptempo.
Each volume of this unique jazz improvisation method includes: State of the art recordings (multi-track digital), recorded in the excellent Bauer Studios, where many of the productions for the record label ECM have been done, and in the Skyline Studios in New York City. Each set contains six complete performances, including opening and closing theme statements, improvised solos and six play-along tracks which feature the rhythm section without soloist. Many performances use the original arrangements from classic jazz recordings (So What, Equinox, A Night In Tunisia, ’Round Midnight, Con Alma, Webb City, Joshua etc.).
Bill Dobbins - piano, Ron McClure - bass, Billy Hart - drums, Randy Brecker - trumpet and flügelhorn, Joe Lovano - tenor saxophone