LDB Master Series #204

Hello, this is a collection of masters I would like to seed here. I've been
taping shows for more than 20 years
and have an awful lot of masters. Most of them are in the old cassette format,
some others are on MiniDisc and
others are on CD. I've taped many shows of many artists over the years, so don't
be surprised if you will find
many different artists taped! Some shows are already circulating, some others
have not circulated through collectors
yet. But most of all, enjoy! They all come from my mastertapes!

Paris, Grande Halle de la Villette - Espace Charlie Parker
September 13, 2009

02.Unknown track
03.Unknown track
04.Mama Rose
05.Unknown track
06.Unknown track
07.Round Midnight
08.Flute Solo Yusef Lateef

Lineage: Aiwa CM-DS6 > Edirol R-09 > HD via USB > SoundForge 7.0 > CD Wave > FLAC Frontend (level 6)

Yusef Lateef - saxophones, flute, redds, vocals
Archie Shepp - saxophones, vocals
Wayne Dockery - bass
Tom Mc Lung - piano
Steve Mc Craven - drums
Leon Parker - percussions

This was announced as a mega one-off reuniting three giants of the jazz history: Lateef, Shepp and
Ahmad Jamal. When we arrive at the venue we were told that Ahmad was stuck in Bogota and could not
make it. Correctly, everybody is offered to have its ticket refund if they thought it would not
make sense to stay. But I would say that nearly everyone stayed because the venue was bloody
packed. Interesting combination from Shepp and Lateef. The concert was very good, although one could
see that the two haven't rehearsed much. But they could improvise very well. The core of the show
(the first 90 minutes) were excellent although some songs really stretched to the limit (track 2,
a Lateef composition lasted for about 50 minutes!) and I was glad that they started with the well
known Shepp composition "U-Jamaa" (I remember a crazy version on a Live at Montreux record). Then,
in order to please the audience who just would not leave the hall, they started to play standards
and blues which I found really out of place for these two jazz giants. A bit boring, with Shepp
singing as well. At the end, after another huge response from the audience, Yusef Lateef came onstage
and started improvising with the flute while half of the audience had already left,

Soundwise this is not my favourite recording, be aware! Until the encores I was sitting in te back so,
although the sound rendition in the Halle de la Villette is outstanding, the recording sound a bit far.
Then I moved close to the stage and while sound improved, there was a lot of clapping around me. I
don't usually do it, but I include a sample for your judgement.