September 15, 2014 – 5:12 am

BB KING R.I.P. 1925-2015

Blues legend BB King has died in Las Vegas at the age of 89, his lawyer has said. Brent Bryson told the Associated Press King died peacefully in his sleep on May 14, 2015 at his home in Las Vegas. He had been suffering ill health in recent months and was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness. The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as The Thrill Is Gone, Lucille, Sweet Black Angel and Rock Me Baby. He played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille and was a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton. He was awarded his 15th Grammy in 2009 in the traditional blues album category for One Kind Favor. Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year. - Guardian/BBC

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Monterey Jazz Festival 1967 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival; September 16, 1967; live at the Prague Jazz Festival 1966. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to jimitrane for sharing these tracks at The Traders’ Den. Solid performances but the vocals might be a bit low.

jimitrane’s notes:

OK Blues Fans, here’s a special treat. BB King playing with his idol (T-Bone Walker) on BB’s birthday at the Monterey Jazz Festival 9-16-67. The set starts off with T-Bone Walker doing what he does best. Next, is a nice set of BB King with the last two songs joined by T-Bone Walker which BB claims is his idol. During the second track with T-Bone, BB totally messes up the introductions… sounds like he’s nervous playing with T-Bone. As a bonus I’ve included the great Otis Rush playing in a trio format at the Prague Jazz festival with Chicago legends Fred Below and Jack Myers and Otis Rush and Junior Wells from the same venue. I have no other date just the 1966 year for those sets. This is all the complete shows of these concerts that I have.

This is from Reel to Reel Masters. My friend and I got a chance to transfer some great mono soundboards from Reel to Reels in the early ’80s. This is actually a Teac Reel to Reel to Cassette (top of the line Yamaha TC-1000 cassette deck from the ’80s) and then transferred straight to my Philips CDR-765 deck. This is as close to a first generation as possible since the reels where sent off to never never land surplus probably never to see the light of day from the original source. CD Burners didn’t exist yet so I had to wait until they were available to transfer this show This is a live soundboard that may or may not have been broadcast. The sound quality speaks for itself. Running time is about 70 minutes.

Source: Teac Deck Model? Reel to Reel Tape 1 7/8 > Yamaha TC 1000 Cassette Deck via Maxell XLII High Bias Tape > Philips CDR-765 @ 16bit/44.1kHz
Transfer: Analog direct

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T-Bone Walker; Monterey Jazz Festival September 16, 1967
Track 01. Crazy Bout My Baby 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 02. You Don’t Love Me 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 03. Stormy Monday 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 04. You Left Me 3:02 (5.1MB)

T-Bone Walker - guitar, vocals
Jesse Price - drums
Lloyd Glenn - piano
Melvin Moore - trumpet
Illinois Jacquet - tenor sax

BB King; Monterey Jazz Festival September 16, 1967
Track 05. Everyday I Have The Blues 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 06. How Blue Can You Get 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 07. You Know I Love You 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 08. Don’t Want A Soul 5:34 (9.3MB)
Track 09. Instrumental (with T-Bone) 2:42 (4.5MB)
Track 10. Bad News/Sweet Sixteen (with T-Bone) 5:27 (9.1MB)

BB King - guitar, vocals
T-Bone Walker - guitar, vocals
Sonny Freeman - drums
Duke Jethro - organ
Lloyd Glenn - piano
Melvin Moore - trumpet
Illinois Jacquet - tenor sax

Otis Rush; Prague Jazz Festival 1966
Track 11. Honky Tonk [Billy Butle] 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 12. Doing The Things You Do 7:14 (12.1MB)

Otis Rush - guitar, vocals
Fred Below - drums
Jack Myers - bass

Junior Wells and Otis Rush; Prague Jazz Festival 1966
Track 13. Checking On My Baby 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 14. My Little Girl 5:09 (8.7MB)
Track 15. Lucille 4:50 (8.1MB)
68 mins

Otis Rush - guitar
Junior Wells - vocals, harmonica
Fred Below - drums
Jack Myers - bass

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  1. 12 Responses to “BB KING & T-BONE WALKER - MONTEREY 1967”

  2. Great to hear a such a great sounding live performance by these blues legends! Many thanks.

    By elmoresblues on Sep 15, 2014

  3. if its any help the prague jazz festival in czechoslovakia in 66 was between oct 5th and 9th.

    By darth on Sep 15, 2014

  4. Hi guys
    Artwork will not download. can you check it out please? Thanks

    By Daijj on Sep 15, 2014

  5. big-o, many thanks.

    By tom on Sep 15, 2014

  6. Hello Daijj

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 15, 2014

  7. Looking forward to this - and nice horn section in Monterey, too.

    By drkrick on Sep 15, 2014

  8. for gary clark jr fans his first live album -

    By darth on Sep 16, 2014

  9. Very cool! I love this! Not enough live Otis Rush around. Big thanks to Big O!

    By Rev. Bob on Sep 17, 2014

  10. Hi, great tracks! I cant download the mp3s, link open to a player…possible you send the mp3’s

    By Paul on May 30, 2016

  11. Hi Payl,

    Try right clicking the track number and choose download.

    By Michael on May 30, 2016

  12. Right click only will only open or save the link to the player

    By Paul on Jun 1, 2016

  13. Ahhh it ok !


    By Paul on Jun 1, 2016

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