October 4, 2015 – 5:08 am

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Frankfurt 1999 [no label, 1CD]

Deutschen Jazz Festival, hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt, Germany; October 22, 1999. Excellent webcast.

I Only Have Eyes for You (1985) is the third album by Lester Bowie recorded for ECM and the debut album of his “Brass Fantasy” group.


This debut album from Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy is still the outfit’s best. The moment those doo-wop horns saunter in for the title cut, you know you’ve come home. Bowie not only enthralls us with his fortitude, but manages to do so while keeping alive in his muted cone the dying flame of a bygone era… Bowie’s Brass Fantasy is one of the more compelling jazz configurations of the 1980s…

Click here for Lester Bowie in Bremen 1986.

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Thanks to Lewojazz, who recorded the show; and to tom_phillips for sharing the tracks at Dime.

tom_phillips added: “Thanks to Lewojazz, we now have the higher quality TS-file sources from both the recent broadcasts, giving us the 17-min longer full set.”

Broadcast: 2015-09-07 (WDR3) and 2015-09-19 (hr2) - TS-files 320/48k recorded by Lewojazz
i-Sound (44.1k wav) > TomP edit > TLH (flac 6 + SBE/decode check)

Edit details (Nero 8 unless indicated):
Removed as much announcer as possible
Increased volume level of the hr source by +2dB
Stitched together the 2 sources seamlessly
Fixed large balance variations in the WDR3 source
Normalised volume
Fixed short gaps between some tracks
Phase offset correction, moved L-channel by -2 samples

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later.

Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files. Also email us if you have any rarities you’d like to share with our readers.

Track 01. Journey Towards Freedom (Eddie Allen) 7:29 (12.6MB)
Track 02. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Andrew Lloyd Webber) 11:15 (18.9MB)
Track 03. The Inflated Tear (Roland Kirk) 9:10 (15.4MB)
Track 04. Good Morning Heartache (Billie Holiday cover) 7:05 (11.9MB)
Track 05. If You Don’t Know Me By Now (Harold Melvin) 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 06. Unknown 6:42 (11.3MB)
Track 07. I Only Have Eyes For You 6:22 (10.7MB)
Track 08. The Great Pretender 4:27 (7.5MB)
57 mins

Lester Bowie tp
Joseph Mac Gollehon tp
Ravi Hassan Best tp
Gerald Brazel tp
David Schelman tu
Vincent Chancey frh
Louis Bonilla tb
Gary Valente tb
Vinton Johnson dr

Click here to order Lester Bowie releases.

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  1. 2 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: LESTER BOWIE - FRANKFURT 1999”

  2. Unexpected and nice surprise - I don’t know much about Lester except that a friend played some for me years ago, which sounded great and I never properly followed up on. Till now. Which is to say, that’s this site at it’s best.

    By Happy Camper on Oct 4, 2015

  3. Corrected song titles:
    track 4 is Solitude (Shirley Marte)
    track 5 is Good Morning Heartache (part 1)
    track 6 is Good Morning Heartache (part 2)
    track 7 is Save the Best for Last

    By Peter on Oct 5, 2015

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