Friday, August 14, 2009

Danny Thompson Trio (with John McLaughlin) - "BBC Session" - London, UK, November 1967 [FM][FLAC]

I know that this version is edited differently than the one posted on the etree db. I received it as one long track and created track markers myself. The announcer's babble is included at the end of each track except where I isolated it and labeled it track 2. Here's a recording that shows Mclaughlin in the genesis stage of developing a style that, today (almost 40 years later!),listeners from all over the globe can identify in just a few licks. Sure this is a nice little set of jazz but hearing a young Johnny Mac is both fascinating and historic. At one point, the announcer notices that JM's solo does not receive the applause it deserves and rallys the audience into a belated show of appreciation. LOL. Enjoy !!!!!

Danny Thompson truly is a legendary figure within the music industry. Danny has played with, amongst others: John Martyn, Tim Buckley, Richard Thompson, Kate Bush, Pentangle and Everything But The Girl. The tapes of this set were recorded in 1967 at a long forgotten venue and were recently discovered in Danny's attic. John Mclaughlin is Britain's most renowned jazz guitarist. John has played with Jimmy Hendrix, Georgie Fame, Jack Bruce, John Surman, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Charlie Haden, Chick Corea, and many many others and formed The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Miles Davis chose him to play on the ground breaking albums, In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and Jack Johnson. The trio is completed by Tony Robertson tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. The set features a fine selection of jazz standards: 2 from Charlie Parker, 1 each from Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd, Dave Brubeck and John Coltrane There are fine solos from Roberts and Mclaughlin and some muscular playing from Danny. Coltrane's haunting fragile ballad 'Naima' receives a magic reading with a heartbreaking short solo from John. This very rare recording offers a chance to hear a short lived world class trio with their interpretation of some jazz classics."

This is NOT the the official "Live 67" CD. The set list is completely different.

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Sound is excellent-especially considering the vintage.


Danny Thompson: bass
Johnny Mclaughlin: guitar
Tony Roberts: tenor sax, flute & bass clarinet


T1 Stratosfunk 5:14
T2 Band intro 1:21
T3 "Mutiny On The Light"(untitled) 5:38
T4 Mysterianimoso 3:22
T5 Spectrum Plectrum 3:04
T6 Eighty-One 5:29
T7 Gotta Go Fishing 4:43

Total time: 28:57

Format: FLAC

Enjoy !!!

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Dr. Fusion said...

Part 1
Part 2

Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful little recording, Dr. Fusion. Thanks for another sweet gem. Might you be able to find some equally delectable Danny Thompson with John Martyn? I'm aching to hear some good John Martyn and his echoplex guitar . . .

Anonymous said...

The 'announcer' on this is without question the relatively recently deceased Humphrey Littleton, who was himself a well known musician on the London jazz scene but even more famous for his humourous BBC radio broadcasts (you can hear his comic side on this recording too). He also played with his band on Radiohead's album "Amnesiac" and I saw him play with them in Oxford back in 2001 (just a bit of trivia there!)
Thanks for a great recording of early McLaughlin by the way!