Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bittorrent Roundup

There have been some very interesting torrented concerts coming down the line at Dime lately so here's a short roundup of the things I've been downloading and listening to:

Dave Duoglas - Karlsruhe, Germany 11/20/98: This radio broadcast of trumpeter Douglas leading an octet including Louis Sclavis on clarinet and saxophones, Rabih Abou-Khalil on oud, and Jim Black on drums playing some selections from Douglas's Witness LP and other music has both good sound quality and performing. Some of the music is political in nature like Abou-Khalil's satirical "The Lewinski March" and Douglas's "Woman at Point Zero" where the band mixes European and Middle Eastern influences with American jazz. Some very good solos are present, but the group interplay is the most interesting thing here making this an enjoyable concert.

The Black Keys - Atlanta, GA 11/10/06: Garage rcokers The Black Keys have been hitting the road hard recently in support of their new Nonesuch LP Magic Potion and this very nice sounding audience recording catches the duo on the southern swing of their tour. The group is very tight, mixing up material from the new record like the pulsing "Your Touch" in with songs from their earlier LP's like "10 a.m. Automatic" and their take on the Stagolee myth "Stack Shot Billy." There's nothing fancy here, just basic rock and roll with good songs and energetic performances. The band and the audience are deeply in sync and we are lucky to have this document of a great performance.

Otis Rush - Cambridge, MA 8/1/87: Veteran bluesman Otis Rush is always something of a crapshoot live. When he's on as was recently released as the Delmark CD All Your Love I Miss Loving, he can be mezmerizing, and when he's off, well, things don't quite work out. This so-so quality audience recording has Rush on an OK night, spinning out lengthy guitar solos and vocals to an upbeat, if well-lubricated audience. The most interesting aspect of this concert is to hear him tackle Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Working" which I had never heard him play before. Most of the rest of the concert is made up of his classic repertoire with the standards "Double Trouble," and "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" prominently displayed.

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