A Weekly Dive Into John Hell's Live Bootleg Library
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Alice Coltrane (1972) and Tony Williams Lifetime (1974)
April 25, 2022 6:00pm
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
Words won't do this justice. Have you ever heard Alice Coltrane? Have you ever hear OF Alice Coltrane? One could call her the widow of the late great, Jazz pioneer John Coltrane, and that would of course be true, but it doesn't do her justice.
Alice Coltrane is deserving of her own genre-leading, genre-bending titles. She was no coattail rider. Alice Coltrane was a force!
Alice Coltrane (née McLeod; August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007), also known by her adopted Sanskrit name Turiyasangitananda, was an American jazz musician and composer, and in her later years a swamini. An accomplished pianist and one of the few harpists in the history of jazz, she recorded many albums as a bandleader, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! and other record labels. She was married to jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, with whom she performed in 1966–1967. One of the foremost exponents of the "spiritual jazz" style, her eclectic music proved widely influential both within and outside the world of jazz.
This performance tonight was recorded at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, July 23, 1972, featuring Alice Coltrane (Harp, Organ, Piano), Charlie Haden (Bass), Ben Riley (Drums), Aashish Khan (Sarod), Pranesh Khan (Tabla), Bobby W. (Tambura [Tambora], Percussion).
This comes from a rare 2LP vinyl bootleg released in 2019. The sound is excellent for a boot, supposedly a soundboard recording, no other details. the performance, on the other hand, is incredible. The sarod/tabla duet parts are just the icing on the cake. Considering this is a vinyl bootleg, you will hear fade out/fade in following each track.
Lineage: brand new 2LP vinyl > MMF-5 turntable with Goldring needle > Tascam CDR900W-MKII burner > CDRW > Macbook Pro iTunes import as AIFF > Amadeus (volume boost, no other processing) > Xact FLAC > Xact MP3 320kbs
Following up this gem of a show was no easy task, so I'm not really going to try to one-up it. Instead I have something you have never hear before: an unreleased Tony Williams Lifetime recording from 1974, AKA "The Stockholm Sessions". This lineup, sometimes knows as "Wildlife" features Tony Willams (Drums), Jack Bruce (Bass), Allan Holdsworth (Guitar), Webster Lewis (Keys), Laura "Tequila" Logan (Vocals).
I would have given anything to see this lineup perform live. Side note, I saw Tony Williams funeral procession drive down Junipero Serra Boulevard when he passed away in 1997 at the young age of 51. Shoot, that's my age. Damn.
Lineage: cd on trade > flac > Xact MP3 320kbs
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