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WATTS, CHARLIE - CD
AOYAMA CONCERT

LABEL:
Empress Valley EVSD 717
SOURCE:
Spiral Hall, Aoyama Tokyo 17 September 1991 2nd show.
FORMAT:
1 picture cd
RUNNING TIME:
59.34
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard Stereo
PACKAGING:
Gatefold Paper sleeve
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10
 

TRACK LIST:

1. Narration by Bernard Fowler, 2.. Practicing, Practicing, Just Great,   3.. Narration by Bernard Fowler, 4.. Blackbird - White Chicks, 5.. Narration by Bernard Fowler,   6.. Bluebird,   7.. Narration by Bernard Fowler,  8.. Bound For New York,  9.. Narration by Bernard Fowler,  10.. Terra De Pajaro,  11.. Narration by Bernard Fowler,  12.. Badseeds - Rye Drinks, 13.. Narration by Bernard Fowler,  14.. Relaxing At Camarillo,  15.. Narration by Bernard Fowler,  16.. Going, Going, Going, Gone, 17.. Band Introduction ~ Now's The Time,  18.. Now's The Time.

 
REVIEW:

One of the many extra activities from Charlie Watts out of the Rolling Stones has been to nourish his love for Jazz music which stems from before he actually joined the band. Back in 1964 he published a small nook Ode to a Bird that testimonies his love for Charlie Parker. In 1991 the book was reprinted together with a set of music that described the great saxophone player life and to promote it Charlie Watts assembled his Quintet and traveled the world., even performing for 10 days in Brazil in 92. This recording comes from his 4 days-7 shows that were played at the Aoyama Spiral Hall in Tokyo. Contrary to other dates all these concerts have been available for collectors as excellent audience tapes, but this Empress Valley release presents the last concert from September 17th as soundboard and this justifies this release. Accompanied by old friend Dave Green on upright bass, Gerald Presencer on trumpet, Peter King on sax and Brian Lemon on piano with the presence of fellow Stones back vocalist Bernard Fowler who reads parts of the stories; there is also the Trybeat string section which plays on Terra de Pajaro and Going,Going, Gone.

The cover shot of Charlie won an award, it was taken by Jill Furmanovsky for the Sunday Times with the drummer so pleased by it to send a thank you note to the photographer. This release is a great recording that presents the unique blend of bebop sounds which will appeal to the lovers of the genre much more than to the casual Stones aficionado and although there exist a 1992 Live at   Ronnie Scott live album recorded in London, is certainly welcomed by collectors.



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