July 19, 2013 – 4:58 am

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Joni: A Portrait in Song - A 70th Birthday Happening [no label, 2CD]

Live at Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada; June 18-19, 2013. Very good webcast (lossy).

Thanks to s6270 for recording and sharing these tracks at Planet Rock Lossless.

s6270’s notes:

These tracks come from a radio webcast featuring highlights from two concerts that were part of this year’s Luminato Festival. These concerts celebrated the career of Joni Mitchell and pre-empted her 70th birthday which will be in November. These shows are significant because they marked Joni’s first time on the stage since 2008. She had said initially that she would not appear at the festival (she doesn’t like these kind of things, you know?). Later it was announced that she would perform a reading of “This Rain, This Rain,” an adaptation of a poem by Emily Carr, with folks like Herbie Hancock, etc. backing her. At the first concert, she surprised everyone by performing three songs in addition to the poetry: Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow (which has not surfaced yet and was not broadcast), Furry Sings the Blues, and Woodstock which featured vocals by all the performers.

In addition to Joni, many other prominent musicians performed. These included Glen Hansard, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and a host of others. Although these are just highlights and NOT a full concert, they provide an enjoyable listen. Plus, they are historically significant in Joni’s career. Could this be her last hurrah or maybe the start of something? Anyway, she has a new ballet coming in May 2014 so her name may appear some more…

Brad Wheeler wrote in The Globe And Mail:

Onstage at Massey, where she followed performances of her material by a cast of singers (Glen Hansard, Liam Titcomb, Rufus Wainwright, Lizz Wright, Kathleen Edwards and Cold Specks’s Al Spx), Mitchell’s range was revealed as greatly reduced. She blames the vocal decline on Morgellons syndrome, not age or chain-smoking. Whatever the cause, there was grace to the way she managed within her lower, limited register, both on 1975’s Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow (which she introduced as “the closest I ever came to being a feminist”) and on Furry Sings the Blues, a character study of the one-legged bluesman Furry Lewis from 1976’s Hejira LP.

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Disc 1
The Radio Broadcast pt. 1
Recorded July 1, 2013 from Radio 2 webcast

Track 101. CBC Intro (252k)
Track 102. DJ Intro (1.3MB)
Track 103. Glen Hansard - Coyote (12.8MB)
Track 104. DJ Talk (1.9MB)
Track 105. Liam Titcolm - If (cuts present) (14.8MB)
Track 106. Al Spx of Cold Specks - Black Crow (8.8MB)
Track 107. DJ Intro (568k)
Track 108. Kathleen Edwards Talk (1.7MB)
Track 109. Kathleen Edwards - Big Yellow Taxi (5.0MB)
Track 110. DJ Talk and Intro (1.0MB)
Track 111. Lizz Wright - Shades of Scarlett Conquering (8.5MB)
Track 112. Lizz Wright - The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey (11.5MB)
Track 113. DJ Intro (942k)
Track 114. Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding - Both Sides Now (16.2MB)
Track 115. DJ Intro (200k)
Track 116. Rufus Wainwright - All I Want (7.1MB)
Track 117. DJ Talk and Intro (1.6MB)
Track 118. Joni Mitchell - Furry Sings the Blues (snippet) (4.7MB)
Track 119. DJ Closing (811k)

Disc 2
The Radio Broadcast pt. 2 - Originally Aired July 8, 2013
Recorded July 12, 2013 from Radio 1 webcast

Track 201. CBC Intro (545k)
Track 202. DJ Intro (1.0MB)
Track 203. Glen Hansard - The Boho Dance (7.1MB)
Track 204. DJ Intro (1.1MB)
Track 205. Kathleen Edwards - Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire (8.5MB)
Track 206. DJ Intro (467k)
Track 207. Lizz Wright and Herbie Hancock - Jericho (8.7MB)
Track 208. DJ Intro (560k)
Track 209. Esperanza Spalding - Help Me (6.2MB)
Track 210. DJ Intro (529k)
Track 211. Rufus Wainwright, Glen Hansard and others - Free Man in Paris (7.6MB)
Track 212. DJ Intro to News Break (688k)
Track 213. Joni Mitchell - Introduction to Rain (4.1MB)
Track 214. Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock - Rain (poetry) (12.2MB)
Track 215. DJ Intro (405k)
Track 216. Joni Mitchell - Introduction to Furry Sings the Blues (4.1MB)
Track 217. Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock - Furry Sings the Blues (10.0MB)
Track 218. DJ Intro (305k)
Track 219. Joni Speaks and Set-up (360k)
Track 220. Joni Mitchell and others - Woodstock (12.6MB)
Track 221. DJ Closing (1.7MB)

The band, who floated in and out:
Herbie Hancock - piano (on select tracks as noted)
Brian Blade - drums
Jon Cowherd - piano, keyboard, organ
Bill Frisell - guitar
Marvin Sewell - guitar
Christopher Thomas - bass
Ambrose Akinmusire - trumpet
Melvin Butler - saxophone
Jeff Haynes - percussion

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  1. 16 Responses to “JONI MITCHELL AND FRIENDS - TORONTO 2013”

  2. Esperanza Spalding is the shit, and so is Kathleen Edwards, so thank you for having some newer artists on here. Of course, I love Joni too, and I always get great stuff off Big O. I can’t say thank you enough!! My music collection is way cooler from my frequent visits to your page…

    By Big Dave on Jul 19, 2013

  3. Ditto that! I should give Big-O a Cadillac!

    By Elvislives on Jul 19, 2013

  4. Great one.. thx Big-O

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 19, 2013

  5. Glen Hansard - Coyote! Wow!
    Kathleen Edwards too. . . .fantastic tribute here. 70 yeas old Joni how is that even possible?!

    Thanks Big O!
    Appreciated as ever . . . . .

    By swappers on Jul 19, 2013

  6. Interesting remarks made by the late beloved Memphis blues saint Furry Lewis concerning the song Furry Sings The Blues.

    Thanks Big O for all the great great work you do!

    By John on Jul 21, 2013

  7. screwed out of a pension by the city fathers who claimed he wasn`t hireable because of a prosthetic leg and therefore if not hireable certainly not eligible for pension. this after a lifetime of working as a street cleaner is what happened to furry..the city fathers said they would havenever hired a cripple..nice..southern mentality.

    By no pension for furry on Jul 21, 2013

  8. muchas gracias!! this should be an interesting listen.

    By Paul on Jul 21, 2013

  9. Thanks for getting this out to the masses!

    By s6270 on Jul 21, 2013

  10. I also really dig the artwork!

    By s6270 on Jul 21, 2013

  11. thanks, big-0! joni rulz!

    also here


    By I-) on Jul 23, 2013

  12. Kathleen Edwards… not only is she talented, but she’s one hot readhead.

    By Fireman Bill on Jul 24, 2013

  13. but she’s one hot readhead

    ??.. she likes books?

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 24, 2013

  14. In August of 2011, Herbie Hancock organized a concert of Joni’s music at the Hollywood Bowl that had some similarities, including the participation of Brian Blade and Glen Hansard, who was very good on his songs. That concert (which Joni did not attend) was more jazz-influenced, but it was terrific. Chaka Khan, Kurt Elling, Aimee Mann, and Casandra Wilson sang, with solos from Wayne Shorter, Tom Scott, Greg Leisz, and Mark Isham.

    Setlist: Joni’s Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 17, 2011

    First set: Court and Spark (Aimee Mann, from Court and Spark) / Coyote (Glen Hansard, from Hejira) / A Strange Boy (Chaka Khan, Hejira) / Hejira (Cassandra Wilson, Hejira) / Black Crow (Kurt Elling, Hejira) / Help Me (Wilson, Court and Spark) / Blue Motel Room (Wilson, Hejira) / Drycleaner from Des Moines (Elling, Mingus) / Free Man in Paris (Mann, Court and Spark) / People’s Parties (Khan, Court and Spark) / Two Grey Rooms (Khan, Night Ride Home)

    Second set: The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975): The Hissing of Summer Lawns / In France They Kiss on Main Street (Wilson) / The Jungle Line (Elling) / Edith and the Kingpin (Elling) / Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow (Khan) / Shades of Scarlet Conquering (Mann) / The Hissing of Summer Lawns (Mann) / The Boho Dance (Hansard) / Harry’s House (Elling) / Sweet Bird (Khan) / Shadows and Light (Hansard)

    By teamster on Jul 25, 2013

  15. Thank you so so much for posting this!! Love it!

    By Grant on Jul 25, 2013

  16. Maybe Miss Edwards is a librarian too ;)

    By pontoon boots on Jul 25, 2013

  17. I need this concert, can somebody lend a helping hand? Please :)

    By Alex on Aug 21, 2018

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