Another tape from 1980 makes its way early into the Archive. Saxophonist Ron Dewar has been associated with jazz in Champaign- Urbana since the late 1950’s, when he played in John Garvey’s band. He played at the Table many, many times with lots of folks and in many styles.
I freely admit I don’t know the players on this set. Except for Dewar, the only name I recognize is Guido Sinclair, who sits in during track 2, Cole Porter’s “I Love You.” That’s the fun thing about cataloging all these tapes; I knew I’d hit a lot of stuff I’d never encountered and folks I never heard of, and this one of many that I’m sure will turn up.
The lineage of the cassette is unknown. It’s from Jeff Helgesen’s collection, but he didn’t tape it, nor do we know how far removed from the master tape it is. Helgesen’s tape is labelled “Tape 2,” but only one side of a 90-minute cassette is all Helgesen has found so far. The recording sounds quite good. Now if only we can figure out the name of the first track, as well as the first name of the drummer!
*update September 26, 2014* Thanks to Scott Mordecai for identifying the first tune! “Grand Valse (Waltz of the Demons)”
Ron Dewar – Tenor Saxophone
David Onderdonk – Guitar
Dan Delorenzo – Bass
“Davis” – Drums (First name unknown)
Volume 5 of the Nature’s Table Archive Project is another recording from the Morgan Powell collection. In fact, it’s the oldest recording made at the Table we’ve found so far. Nature’s Table opened in September 1979, but didn’t start hosting live music until early 1980, so this tape was made just a few months after Terry opened the stage to musicians. Quite a find! We also get a nice little artifact on the tape: the sound of a cash register! Most of us don’t ever remember a cash register being there.
Quintet features the Ray Sasaki/Morgan Powell combo again, accompanied by electronic music master Sal Martirano on acoustic piano. The bass player and drummer are a bit of a mystery, but both Powell and Sasaki feel comfortable with their guesses: Pat Castle (bass) and John Meyes (drums).
This is a solid set and a pretty good recording! We don’t know the title of track 7, however. If you know it, please contact us and let us know.
Volume 4 of the Nature’s table Archive takes us to a hot summer night in July 1990. Trombonist Morgan Powell and the quintet leaned heavily on the classic jazz repertoire, with plenty of music from Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis.
Volume 3 of the Nature’s Table Archive is a compilation of the Jeff Helgesen Quintet. The entire evening was recorded by WILL-FM engineer Paul Wienke, who made this compilation to air on WILL’s Saturday evening jazz program. This recording is direct from Paul’s masters; it was not recorded over-the-air.
From Jeff Helgesen’s collection.
Jeff Helgesen: Trumpet
Scott Frillman: Tenor Sax
Gary Peyton: Electric Piano
Adam Davis: Bass
Danny Deckard: Drums
Volume 2 of the Nature’s Table Archive is now on archive.org. We will take you to Champaign- UrGhana, Illinois with this recording.
Bontuku with Oscar Sulley features west African-inspired music, led and composed by Oscar Sulley. A native of Ghana, Oscar spent a lot of time in Illinois and Champaign-Urbana in particular, teaching and drumming. This band featured many of the horn players also playing jazz gigs at the Table and around town at other jazz venues as well.
Bontuku with Oscar Sulley’s high-energy sets made for a lot of happy dancers. Enjoy it for yourself!
You can download the show in lossless FLAC format, which will require you to either have a media player that can handle FLAC files or convert them to WAV to burn onto a CD. We also have MP3 files you can stream or download. This will be the standard way shows are presented.
Happy Sunday! We’re still working on getting the site up and running, and looking good. This will be evolving over time.
More importantly, though, is that we’ve been transferring some tapes to digital. There’s a lot of material to sort through just from tapes from Sean Kutzko’s recordings. In addition, trombone player Morgan Powell has provided us with many recordings from his collection. So we have a lot of material to work on to get started.
Here’s a few MP3 samples of what’s coming in the future.
Sorgum – March 15, 1986 “Emulsified Bird Jank”
Team Concept – July 19, 1990 “So What”
Ray Sasaki – trumpet; Morgan Powell – trombone; Donnie Heitler – piano; Dan Anderson – bass; Bill French – drums