January 12, 2010 – 4:11 am

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Umbria Jazz 2009 - Programme 1 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Teatro Morlacchi, Perugia, Italy. July 14, 2009. Very good FM broadcast.

From swinging jazz to scat to African vocals (?) to free jazz and, as the saying goes, without missing a beat… it will take a very jaded jazz fan not to feel exhilarated listening to this show.

The AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) was founded in Chicago in 1965 by pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist Jodie Christian, drummer Steve McCall, and composer Phil Cohran. It is a collective of musicians and composers dedicated to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music.

The AACM first coined the phrase Great Black Music to describe its unique direction in music. The AACM pays homage to the diverse styles of expression within the body of Black Music in the USA, Africa and throughout the world. This experience extends from the ancient musics of Africa to the music of the future.

Even if the musicians in the lineup are not instantly recognisable, the AACM is best known for its leading-edge public concerts featuring innovative musicians performing original music. For the Umbria Jazz Festival 2009, the AACM played six different shows in three days, with six different programmes, by six different composers.

Thanks to survivor69 who recorded and shared the shows on the Dime site.

survivor69 noted: “I am assuming that all these Umbria Jazz 2009 sets are recorded on removable 80 mins media (such as blank MDs or CDRs). So, the bad news is that these Umbria Jazz sets are all possibly incomplete, and the missing tracks/encores, where there are any, are not even recorded: the good news is that these broadcasts will all fit one only CDR… But, as I said, this is just my assumption.”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. The Chicken Skin 21.48 (30.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 02. Fractals 10.07 (13.9MB)
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Track 03. Angry Bird [George Lewis] 19.18 (27.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 04. Percussion break 1.20 (1.8MB)
Track 05. Shuffle [fades out] 23.03 (32.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 06. Radio outro 1.15 (1.7MB)

The radio intro (in Italian) has been left out and the set is probably missing another Lewis’ tune, Triangle.

Dee Alexander (vocals); Saalik Ziyad (vocals); Taalib-Din Ziyad (vocals); Ann Ward (vocals, pianoforte); Nicole Mitchell (flute, vocals); Douglas R. Ewart (saxophones, flutes, percussion); Edwin Daugherty (alto saxophone); Ernest Dawkins (alto saxophone); Edward House (tenor saxophone); Mwata Bowden (baritone saxophone, clarinets); Leon Q.Allen(trumpet); Ben Gay (trumpet); Jerome Crosswell (trumpet); Isaiah Jackson (trombone); George Lewis (trombone, electronics); Renée Baker (violin); Tomeka Reid (cello); Leonard Jones (bass); David Williams (bass); Art Turk Burton (percussion); Dushun Mosley (drums).

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  1. 3 Responses to “THE AACM - UMBRIA JAZZ 2009”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! this is a good one. i was playing it walking.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 12, 2010

  3. hey bigo, they’re raving about it on facebook!

    By Ed Saad on Jan 12, 2010

  4. thanks for this masterpiece, i hope you’ll be sooner posting the other vols.

    By roman on Jan 14, 2010

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