Pat Metheny- guitar (some w/synth)
Herbie Hancock- piano
Dave Holland- bass
Jack DeJohnette- drums
the Esplanade
Boston, Mass. U.S.A.
June 24, 1990
filename: mhhd62490flac16
performance quality: A
recording quality: B (maybe close to B+,
a few noises of bumping the mikes
but not very much of it, most of
this is quite enjoyable sound quality)
source: 1st generation audience tape
runtime: 88:41
lineage: Sony microphone >
Sony WMD-6 cassette deck (Dolby B on) >
master cassette > my cassette (both Maxell XLII-S) >
(copied Naka. to Naka. with no dolby used)
soundforge 4.5 > FLAC 6 > torrent.
A very nice performance by an all star band that lives up to that
description: Any Jack DeJohnette show I've ever heard has some great
music in it, almost any Herbie Hancock piano music is gonna sound great
and so too anything with Dave Holland. Pat Metheny was every bit as
popular as these others by this time, and probably the only drawback I
heard to this show was Metheny's "synth-guitar" effect. Pat is a very good
guitarist with his own distinct sound, which is in evidence here, although
I would have rather heard him play entirely without the synth guitar.
This may be one of the most talented acoustic instrument jazz bands ever
assembled and that is in evidence in this concert. I've yet to see any of
these shows pop up on dime, and on my 50th birthday I decided enough of that!
We need more Jackness, and for that matter more of this group, I think
along with 1975 (Gateway trio) and Directions (76-78), and obviously with
Miles Davis in 1970, this is prime Jackness, he sounds solid here, and
some of my favorite Hancock playing. It was a fine show for all four of them,
I think this was a free outdoor concert, in the very same place the Boston Pops
do their 4th of July national broadcast concert every year. (Probably
again this year too). Why I wasn't there? I don't recall, wish I'd seen it,
missing a Jack show is very unlike me especially with a guitarist,
fortunately the recording is a good account, and almost complete. A couple
of songs fade in, but only a few seconds are missing. The only title I know here
is Eye of the Hurricane, fine version of that one. No weak ones in this show
at all. Performance-wise, this is one of the best torrents I'm posting
and you get a clear ear to it. If not a you are there production, very close to
one. Thanks to John for the recording, he did a good job on it, no pegs, clips or
glitches, there is one brief almost-silent gap early in the 1st song, due to
record level adjusting of the master tape, track 5 cuts at what sounds like
near the very end of the song, track 6 cuts in just a few seconds into it
(tape flip, I suspect there). There are a few ways you can break this up if
burning to CD. Many of the tracks have a moment of silence suitable for beginning
a disc, but I have not applied any edits, fade ins or fade outs to this.
This is how I have it, and now you all can share what I think is a very nice
show by a really great jazz group.
Do not sell this recording.
Trade freely and losslessly.