Free-jazz trumpeter (aka. Neneh “Buffalo Stance” Cherry’s father) Don Cherry acts out a poem by Anthony Braxton in this short film produced by Jean-Noël Delamare, Nathalie Perrey, and Phillippe Gras. Shot in various locations in and around Paris, France in 1973, the film frames Cherry as a sort of extraterrestrial being sent to earth to discover a triplet of universal truths.
Paul Bley performs an arrangement for solo piano at the Music Bienniale Zagreb 1979 in the Croatian capital. Although this particular clip cuts short at the end, Bley’s black and white performance is beautiful to watch.
Paul Bley, “Closer”, (1972, ECM).
Written by his ex-wife Carla Bley and recorded in Oslo, Norway, “Closer” is the opening track on Paul Bley’s landmark ECM release Open To Love.
Keith Jarrett first performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy in 1974. Despite the quality of this performance, he’s now best remembered for throwing a tantrum at the 2007 edition of the same festival in which he berated audience members for attempting to take photographs during his performance.
He was temporarily banned from performing by the festival until 2013 when organizers acquiesced and invited him back. However, after apparently spotting a camera while walking towards his piano before having even played a note he immediately left the stage. He returned to the stage once all of the venue’s lights had been turned off and completed his performance in nearly total darkness.
Keith Jarrett, “God Bless The Child”, (ECM, 1983).
Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett (along with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack De Johnette) recorded their version of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child” in 1983 for their Standards Live, Vol. 1 release on ECM of the same year. The version above was captured at the Palais des Congrès Studios de la Grande Armée in Paris in 1985.
In regards to his decision to record standards as opposed to original material during this period of his career, Jarrett has said, “a valuable player doesn’t have to play anything new to have value, because it’s not about the material, it’s about the playing.”
Billie Holiday, “Yesterdays (Junior Boys Remix)”, (The Verve, 2005).
Junior Boys remix Billie Holliday for The Verve Remixed: Vol 3 compilation. This one’s all about atmospheric sweeps, clicks, clacks, and slinky sax.
Junior Boys, “The Equalizer (Morgan Geist Remix)”, (Domino, 2006).
Morgan Geist adds some pitched up (and down) vocals and spacey off-kilter snare blasts to “The Equalizer” by Jeremy Greenspan’s Junior Boys project circa their 2006 release So This Is Goodbye.
Morgan Geist, “Ruthless City”, (2008, Environ).
For vocal work on his 2008 solo album Double Night Time, Morgan Geist turned to none other than Hamilton’s resident Junior Boy, Jeremy Greenspan. The video for “Ruthless City” (above) was directed by Noah Conopask.
Although Storm Queen songwriter/producer Morgan Geist is well known for his work as a solo artist and member of Metro Area, very little is known of his most recent collaborator, vocalist Damon C. Scott. Interestingly enough, Scott (the voice of Storm Queen) is actually a New York City based subway performer who has amassed a serious YouTube following for his cover versions of contemporary Top 40 songs.
The video above features a spirited rendition of Super Bowl half-time entertainer to be Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” and sounds unmistakably like Storm Queen incarnate. Now that Scott’s “side-project” has cracked the Top 40, I’m just waiting for a solo-subway version of “Look Right Through” to surface online ASAP. Fingers crossed!
Storm Queen, “Look Right Through (MK Dub)”, (2010, Environ).
Three years after its original release, Storm Queen masterminds Morgan Geist and vocalist Damon C. Scott have scored a #1 single on the UK Charts vis a vis this Marc Kinchen remix of “Look Right Through”. Kinchen, as you may remember, was also behind “Misled”, the Celine Dion remix posted here two weeks ago. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that I’d much prefer the UK Top 40 to just about everything on American or Canadian radio these days.
The video above features a significantly shortened radio edit (bad) but it also features a middle-aged man dancing inside an oversized white panther costume (good). You win some and you lose some…