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THE HEATH BROTHERS “Marchin’ On!” (download LP)

Posted in Jazz, jazz icons, LP downloads on September 26, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Albert Tootie Heath

Percy Heath

Stanley Cowell

Band Members:

Bass – Percy Heath
Drums – Albert Heath
Flute – Albert Heath
Piano, Kalimba – Stanley Cowell
Reeds [Maimoun] – Albert Heath
Saxophone, Flute – Jimmy Heath


1-Warm Valley
3-The Watergate Blues
5-Smilin’ Billy Suite Part I
6-Smilin’ Billy Suite Part II
7-Smilin’ Billy Suite Part III
8-Smilin’ Billy Suite Part IV

JAZZ CATS… go do your math and the research on the Heath Bros.

Renz De Madrugada

SUN RA’s 1959 CRY OF JAZZ (Movie in 6 parts)

Posted in documentary, Jazz, jazz icons, Sun Ra, video archives on April 11, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Le Sony’r Ra 1953 (Sun Ra)

Touted as the most controversial film since The Birth of a Nation, The Cry of Jazz–a 1959 film essay on the spiritual status of blacks in America read through the structure of jazz music–was framed as a response to the consequences of racial division and oppression made clear in D.W. Griffith’s Klan-centered portrayal of post-bellum America.

Directed by composer Ed Bland, the highly stylized Cry of Jazz features a very early Sun Ra (then known as Le Sun Ra) with his Arkestra demonstrating the film’s argument: that rhythmic form and harmony in jazz are emanations of the restraint and the futureless future suffered by blacks in America, while melodic improvisation and rhythmic conflict are the joyful freedom and liberating deification of the present, which cry out despite the conditions of constraint.

The film, as you can watch in four parts below, famously ends with the controversial claim that jazz, like the ‘negro’ in America, is dead. Filmed at the cusp of post-bop, the film’s conclusion cannot account for the explosion of post-bop, modal jazz and free jazz (not to mention the funk, soul, samba, etc. of the coming decades). And it is worth noting that John Gilmore, saxophonologist for the Arkestra, was giving Coltrane informal lessons around the time of the filming, in the late 50s. And in addition to this, around the time this film was made, Sunny Ra pulled his ‘going electric,’ recording “India” on the album Super-Sonic Jazz–introducing the electric keyboard (a Wurlitzer) to jazz music. Perhaps every faithful congregation needs an occasional theothanatosy to remind them whose job it is to keep the heavenly creature alive.
Debuting April 3-9, 1959, in Chicago, the film is being screened April 9, 2010, at the Orphan Film Symposium put on by the Tisch School of Arts in New York City. Register now, their website warns, Seating Is Limited!

Whether you buy into the larger argument or not (that is: repeated concatenating chord sequences like the chains of enslavement, with bursts of improvisation a kind of cry from the field), the foreground of the vivid present, the image of man peculiarly sensitive to that present, and the liberating energy of the polymetric conflict between the strength and length of musical stresses in response to that sensitivity, are observations relevant to any outlook on creativity in today’s world, especially (it seems to me) to the poet’s.

DOM UM ROMAO (photos + bio)

Posted in Brasil music, Dom Um Romao, jazz icons on March 21, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Born August 3, 1925, in Rio de Janeiro, Dom Um Romão began his musical career in the late 1940s, playing drums at dance halls and cabarets in Rio De Janeiro. He was later hired by the Rádio Tupi’s orchestra. In the 1950s, he formed the Copa Trio. He appeared on Elizeth Cardoso’s album Canção do Amor Demais, an essential bossa nova album, which featured music by Tom Jobim and the guitar of João Gilberto. In the 1960s Dom Um Romão joined Sérgio Mendes’ jazz ensemble. His first album, Dom Um, came out in 1964. The following year he moved to the United states, where he continued to work with Sérgio Mendes and participated in countless recording sessions. His international profile became more visible in 1971, when he replaced Airto Moreira in the legendary fusion band Weather Report. In the 1980s he moved to St. Gallen, Switzerland. In the 90s, he spent more and more time in Brazil, participating in recordings and workshops. In 1997 he recorded Rhythm Traveler. Throughout his career, Dom Um Romão worked with such artists as Cannonball Adderley, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Helen Merrill, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Astrud Gilberto, Robert Palmer, Harry Belafonte, Sivuca, Walter Wanderley, Stanley Turrentine, Flora Purim, Luiz Henrique and Ithamara Koorax. The pioneering drummer and percussionist Dom Um Romão died July 27, 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, at age 79.

DOM UM ROMAO Discography  page

FRANCISCO AGUABELLA Tribute to the legendary MARCH 9th 8pm-1am $20

Posted in Afro Sounds, jazz icons, L.A Events, Latin Sounds on March 9, 2010 by Listen Recovery
Sadly, Cuban drum master Francisco Aguabella is very ill. Ubiquity has had the honor of working with Aguabella on our CuBop label.
Chano Pozo is widely acknowledged as the first Cuban drummer to make a mark in the American music scene. Directly following him were Patato Valdez, Candido, Mongo Santamaria and Francisco Aguabella. As a master of the Bata (talking drum) Aguabella immediately impressed many. He was hired early on by Dizzy Gillespie and during his career has played and recorded with Peggy Lee, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Malo and Carlos Santana.

Francisco is one of the first echelon of drummers who came to America and are responsible for all drummes that came after them,” said Latin percussionist John Santos in the movie “Sworn To The Drum”. “He is one of the strongholds of our music and has always kept the commitment to our Cuban rhythm. He plays with everybody but always maintains our rhythm, that’s very important,” added Isreal “Cachao” Lopez.

Releases on Cubop include the rare groove gem “Hitting Hard,” along with Afro Cuban jazz releases “Agua De Cuba”, “H2O,” “Ochimini” and “Cubacan.”

HERITAGE shirt by Listen Clothing (inspired by Miles Davis)

Posted in jazz icons, Listen Clothing on March 7, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Anton Corbijn’s photo of Miles Davis

Gil Scott-Heron – “Me And The Devil” OFFICIAL HD VIDEO

Posted in Gil Scott Heron, Jazz, jazz icons, video archives on February 14, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Gil Scott-Heron’s video for “Me And The Devil”, out Feb 22. Taken from his forthcoming album “I’m New Here”


Out Feb 8 (UK), Feb 9 (US), Pre-order “I’m New Here” from the amazon links above.

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Video directed by Coodie & Chike and Michael Sterling Eaton.

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Alex Acuña & Manolo Badrena w/ WEATHER REPORT (video-rewind)

Posted in Alex Acuña Stories/Articles, Jazz, jazz icons, video archives, Weather Report on February 7, 2010 by Listen Recovery