BOOT CAMP

October 2, 2012 – 4:35 am

One of the best modern jazz albums gets a remake.

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FUNKY FOOTBALL
Plays Bitches Brew [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Clusone Jazz Festival, M.A.T. (Museo Arte Tempo), Clusone, Bergamo, Italy; July 31, 2010. Excellent FM stereo.

“Well, here is a bunch of Italian musicians (and a French guy from Sclavis) revisiting with lots of electronics a Miles’ classic. Themes are not in the same running order as the record, so this came out as a nightmare to track-split, since there aren’t any real track interruptions, and I would have not been able to do that without the massive help from tom_phillips and hirnfried.

“(Tino) Tracanna is very well known for playing with Paolo Fresu and all of the other guys are part of the collective record label Gallo Rojo.

“The name Funky Football comes from what was allegedly the working title for ‘On the Corner’ album by Miles. Also included in the folder, marked as track00 [here listed as Track 01], a long radiso introduction in ITALIAN with bio notes and commentaries - this intro runs for 15′33″, you can skip it if you don’t understand Italian, and also features a telephone interview with ‘funky footballer’ Veniero Rizzardi.” - survivor69

You can’t make Bitches Brew radio-friendly, melodic or accessible. Played yesterday, today and tomorrow it will always be a challenging listen to anyone not tuned to new and experimental music. The Italians take a reverential route, just adding electronics and synths as substitutes to the live instruments Davis and his band played back in 1969. They do make you reach back to look for your copy of the original. And that’s a good thing. These days so much muzak passes for music. Record labels spend too much time politicking - attacking music fans instead of offering better music, discovering talent and breaking new ground. If that sounds familiar, it is. We call it “bitchin’”.
- Professor Red

A huge thanks to survivor69 for always sharing great music. Click here for the lossless files.

Pictures from mutsaersjamm.nl - Thanks!

NOTE: This FM recording was broadcast by “Il Cartellone - Radio Tre Suite Jazz”, Radio 3 RAI [third channel of Italian national radio], on May 31, 2011.

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.

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Disc 1
Track 101. radio intro by Pino Saulo and Stefano Bollani, including interview with Rizzardi) 15.33 (21.3MB)
Track 102. Directions 11.36 (18.5MB)
Track 103. Bitches Brew 13.07 (21.0MB)
Track 104. John McLaughlin 8.45 (14.0MB)
Track 105. guitar bridge 2.09 (3.4MB)
Track 106. Sanctuary 13.26 (21.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Spanish Key [with cosmic intro!] 17.34 (28.1MB)
Track 202. drum solo 2.25 (3.8MB)
Track 203. Pharaoh’s Dance 12.45 (20.4MB)
Track 204. radio outro 1.07 (1.7MB)

running time : 81′47″ (without radio intro and outro)
(with radio intro and outro, it would be 98′27″)

Lineup:
Médéric Collignon - trumpet, voice
Tino Tracanna - soprano and baritone saxophones
Alfonso Santimone - electric piano, synthesizers, laptop
Enrico Merlin - guitar, live electronics
Veniero Rizzardi - live electronics
Danilo Gallo - bass
Federico Scettri - drums

Miles Davis wowed music fans both jazz and rock with Bitches Brew released in 1970 to critical acclaim. This album married the improvisation of jazz with the aggression and loudness of rock. Recorded in 1969, it remains a steady seller in Davis’ discography. Buy it here.

The members of Funky Football are all part of the Italian collective Gallo Rojo. El Gallo Rojo Records is the collective’s indie label. It is one of the most active labels on the Italian jazz and improvised music scene, having produced 54 albums since 2005. Some of those albums were picked by Italian jazz magazines as the best releases of the past few years. You can buy them direct here.

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  1. 4 Responses to “BOOT CAMP”

  2. I found the original bitches brew last friday via wikipedia and listened to it and… it blew my heart away and now, finding this epic piece of mindmelting beauty, its… amazing! =)

    By Emanuel on Oct 3, 2012

  3. Hi, just to say that only two of the members of Funky Football are also members of El Gallo Rojo. Just Santimone and Gallo. This is just to be clear, as the other members of Funky Football are amazing musicians anyway.
    Bye

    By Danilo on Oct 4, 2012

  4. Amazing piece of music. After 40 years, still vivid.

    Funky Football is not playing like classical schooled musicians but as musicians who have fun in playing this music!

    Thanks Big O for sharing this one.

    By Victor on Oct 5, 2012

  5. Please, I want more of Funky Football!

    By Sebastopol on Jul 3, 2013

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