I’ve always enjoyed BBC Scotland’s The Jazz House, and it’s been particularly good over the past few months. They’ve been broadcasting some archive concerts originally recorded by various members of the EBU, which have had some great stuff among them.
A few weeks ago we were treated to a chunk from an Ornette Coleman concert which was, as we’re all alleged to say around here, pure dead brilliant. (Translation for Edinburgh readers: it was barrie). This week, it was Miles Davis: part of a 1971 concert by a group which included Keith Jarrett on keyboards and Gary Bartz on alto. Roughly speaking, this was the band which recorded the live sections of Live-Evil, but without John McLaughlin. It was electric Miles, but still small-group jazz as we know it: he hadn’t reached Dark Magus territory yet.
Rather than giving us a whole concert at once, the BBC has been breaking them up into 15 or 20 minute chunks and spreading the set over a few months, so hopefully there’s more Miles (and Ornette) to come. Next week’s live set is from saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins, and the week after that there’s part two of a Sarah Vaughan concert. Let’s hope there’s a lot more to come.
The Jazz House is broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday nights at 8pm (sometimes only on FM), repeated on Sundays (again at 8pm), and available online for a week after it goes out.