Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ad-Lib#4: Hepcats, Slums, Moon Maidens


"New Orleans jazz may be considered 'mouldy fig' by the diggers of bop, but when it comes to setting a joint jumping, Dixie is still king," reads this funny piece of journalism from the 1950s, furnished with pictures of Willie "The Lion" Smith and Henry "Red" Allen. [source]


Ignore the silly cartoons, inserted into the footage and enjoy this highly energetic performance of a Slums and Wheels [aka Slums on Wheels] written by Volker Kriegel and featuring Dave Pike on vibraphone. Resurfaced from German archives (NDR studios), this 1969 TV appearance features Volker Kriegel (g) Dave Pike (vibe), Ingfried Hoffmann (organ), Hans Rettenbacher (bass) and Peter Baumeister (drums).


This interesting footage of Duke Ellington performing Moon Maiden in ABC TV, on the occasion of Apollo 11 landing on moon in 1969 popped up on cyber space some months ago and some blogs, Jazz Lives among them, have already posted it. I re-post it here to put it next to other Duke-related audio and video materials. Duke calls this his "debut as a vocalist," if one doesn't count his roaring and shouting in leading his big band as some sort of electrifying vocalise.


The following almost complete Lionel Hampton concert footage is from Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, 1982. I've embedded this from the archives of Italian TV, RAI. After a short four-minute long introduction in Italian, the concert begins with Sweethearts on Parade. The length of the film is 40 minutes and it features Hampton's routines, including playing the vibes, singing, drumming, dancing and driving everybody mad. Alas it's been filmed so clumsily that distracts the viewer and for each musician on stage three paparazzis are in charge who annoy the band by putting their camera into the nose of musicians at work.

Probably before playing the file below it will ask you to install a certain Microsoft Silverlight codec on your computer which I did and my PC didn't blow, so I guess it's safe. It's from the Italian TV's official website, and I guess no problem should arise from installing it, unless it has been designed under Berlusconi.

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