Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jeff Berlin & VOX Humana (Feat. Frank Gambale) - Live at Last Day Saloon, San Francisco, CA, USA, November 3, 1985 [FLAC]

Here's a nice little rarity I picked up years ago.  I think the only other Jeff Berlin show circulating from this era is a 1984 show from the Landmark Jazzbar in Vancouver with Scott Henderson, but it's of marginal quality (AM radio).  This on the other hand is a very nice audience recording featuring some jawdropping playing from Jeff Berlin and the incredible Frank Gamable. ENJOY!

Provided by barkndog 10/30/09



Jeff Berlin - Bass, Vocals
Frank Gambale - Guitar
Tris Imboden - Drums
Ron Reinhardt - Keys

Source: AUD

Quality: Very good

Lineage:  Cassette > ?? > CDr > EAC (Secure/offset corrected) > .WAV > FLAC (L5/SBA)

Setlist: (help is appreciated)

1. > Fades in
2. [Talking]
3. Pump It
4. 20,000 Prayers
5. [Talking]
6. Subway Music
7. Three Nighter
8. Dixie (trad. arranged Berlin)
9. What I Know Now (Berlin)
10. Boogie on Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder)
11. Marabi (Cannonball Adderley arr. Berlin)
12. Joe Frazier


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Dr. Fusion said...

Download links:

Part 01
Part 02
Part 03
Part 04
Part 05

calivox said...

Here are the unknown tracks:

8. Dixie (trad. arranged Berlin)
9. What I Know Now (Berlin)
10. Boogie on Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder)
11. Marabi (Cannonball Adderley arr. Berlin)
12. Joe Frazier

Dr. Fusion said...

Thanks for your help!!

calivox said...

Thanks for posting this. I was first hipped to Jeff when a friend lent me a Bruford LP (remember those?) around 1984. I found Jeff's Champion album in a cut out bin in Baltimore around 1986 and was totally hooked on the guy. This show was probably from the support tour for that album. Jeff was a real monster back then. Unlike the other bass gods of the time, Jaco and Stanley, while amazing bassists, they were more lick players. Jeff, on the other hand, had seemingly complete control of the bass and could improvise extemporaneously like a saxophonist on a level no one else could touch back then. Nowadays there are a ton of bassists that can play like Jeff or even better but Jeff was one of, if not, the first and it is always hardest to be the first.

The thing that knocked me out about this show is the unbridled enthusiasm that Jeff displays. He just ate everything up. Nowadays his playing is deeper and more refined but, like a lot of guys when they get older, it lacks the over-the-topness that he had back then that was just exhilarating to listen to.

Thanks again for putting this up. I had a great time listening to it this afternoon.

Dr. Fusion said...

You're welcome Calivox.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story !