Tag: BBC

Listening booth — The Crusaders live in Colchester, 1978

Listening booth — The Crusaders live in Colchester, 1978

Listening Booth, Music
Today marks the first time I'm making a live bootleg available on GFS, but I think it's worth the wait in this case. What we have here is a smooth, yet super-funky 1978 set by the Crusaders performing at North Essex Polytechnic in the United Kingdom. This show, the group's last on their supporting tour of the Images album, was broadcast by the BBC and that's what you'll hear today. By this point in the group's history, it had been eight years since they changed their name from the Jazz Crusaders. That much will be obvious on first listen, as these songs draw much more from the wells of funk and R&B than jazz. It's also a different sound than even the early Crusaders years showcased, as founding member and trombonist Wayne Henderson departed a few years prior to become a full-time pr...
Sunday Jazz: The Bill Evans Trio, “Waltz for Debby” (1965)

Sunday Jazz: The Bill Evans Trio, “Waltz for Debby” (1965)

Music, Sunday Jazz
More than 30 years after pianist Bill Evans' death, his legacy still towers over the jazz landscape. I can't imagine a pianist worth their salt who hasn't had their playing informed by his style in one way or another, even if subconsciously. Ample evidence of this exists, in particular the double whammy of classic 1961 live albums, Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby. Evans led a number of fantastic trios over the years, and this is one of the better ones. It features Chuck Israels on bass and Larry Bunker on drums. This clip is from a March 19, 1965 performance in London, broadcast on the legendary BBC program Jazz 625. It's the Bill Evans Trio performing the Miles Davis composition "Nardis." Related articles Music Diary Notes: A Golden Anniversary of Jazz Trium...
Recovering Radiohead fans group therapy

Recovering Radiohead fans group therapy

Funny Stuff
I was going to save this for my week-end link roundup, but it's so good I have to share it now. It's a funny and spot-on BBC sketch that speaks to Radiohead fans who, like myself, haven't particularly liked their last several releases. Check it out: Yeah, this pretty much sums it up for me. And yes, OK Computer does still kick ass. I can even hang with most of Kid A. After that, I check out. Related articles Popdose Roundtable: Radiohead, The World's Biggest Underdogs (popdose.com) "The King of Limbs": New Radiohead Album Out This Week! (popblerd.com)
New Adventures in Hi-Fi: My Journey Into R.E.M., Introduction

New Adventures in Hi-Fi: My Journey Into R.E.M., Introduction

Music
Several years ago (damn I've been doing this blog a long time) I posted a list of some of the biggest artists in music and confessed that I had not bothered to check them out beyond knowing some of their biggest hits. Last weekend I checked out several episodes of the 2007 BBC series Seven Ages of Rock on VH1 Classic, and got caught up in the one covering alternative rock. It covered bands like Nirvana and the Pixies, whom I've already auditioned and found wanting.  Another band heavily featured in the episode was R.E.M. And you know, the fact is I have never really given them a proper chance. I know how important they supposedly are in the world of alternative rock and of course I'm very familiar with their biggest hits, but as I was never all that much into alt rock I had little r
Retrotisement – Peter Gabriel III

Retrotisement – Peter Gabriel III

Advertising, Retrotisements
Tucked away on a bootleg Genesis concert recording from 1980 is this little gem I want to share with you.  The concert was aired on BBC Radio in June 1980 and this commercial is for former bandmate Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album - retroactively referred to as Peter Gabriel III or Melt.  The record was Gabriel's strangest and darkest effort to date, and this radio ad brilliantly plays that up.  It intersperses song clips with snippets of people talking about how they use the music to scare pigeons or to put their baby to sleep. God I love British humor.  Sorry, humour. As a bonus I've included the rest of the commercial break.  In it you get ads for a rental Ford Fiesta, a concert (featuring Bob Marley & The Wailers, Average White Band, Q-Tips, and the Joe Jackson Band),