Sunday Big Note – Listening Session #1

Over the last few weeks and months, fellow KUR-Meisters, while compiling the various mixtapes for Kill Ugly Radio, I had an idea for an ongoing weekly “listening session” of various artists and groups, both Zappa-related along with his contemporaries, as well as others, from various field recordings, FM radio broadcasts, and internet webcasts.

I brought the idea to Barry who also shared my enthusiasm for a weekly “listening session” and he gave the project an enthusiatic green light. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a near rabid love of recorded live music, so it can pretty much be guaranteed that my contributions to the “Sunday Big Note” listening sessions will be of the “live music” variety. What the other SBN contributors will contribute, though, will be as much a surprise to me as it is to you.

Without further ado, for your listening pleasure, I present The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band at McAlister Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 18th, 1976:

(Unnamed) George Duke Love Song

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Panhandler

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Floop De Loop

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East Bay

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Introductions

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Heather

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Earthlings

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Echidna’s Arf

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George Duke Improvisations

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Tzina Act II

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Uncle Remus

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Involuntary Bliss

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More Intro Talk

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That’s What She Said

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Stratus

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The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band is:

George Duke – Keys
Billy Cobham – Drums
Alphonso Johnson – Bass
John Scofield – Guitar

9 Responses to “Sunday Big Note – Listening Session #1”

  1. Balint says:

    Thanks for this, Urb – the quality is real good, must be an FM recording or so, right?

    one side note: let me sugest an online mp3-player, the reason I like it that it plays the songs after each other, so one might have a nice concert-experience at home without touching the machine in the meantime – here it is. The “multi” version can play multiple songs, and its really easy to use. Hm?

  2. austinnate says:

    Great post and a wonderful suggestion balint!

  3. Mezcalhead says:

    Hey is that Bolin on guitar?

  4. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Balint:

    Thanks for this, Urb – the quality is real good, must be an FM recording or so, right?

    one side note: let me sugest an online mp3-player, the reason I like it that it plays the songs after each other, so one might have a nice concert-experience at home without touching the machine in the meantime – here it is. The “multi” version can play multiple songs, and its really easy to use. Hm?

    Yes, this was a FM broadcast, Balint. One of my favourites by The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band. This concert really brought out the talents of each individual player, and you could tell they were quite at ease playing with one another. I especially enjoyed Duke’s version of “Uncle Remus”. I don’t think I’ve heard him perform it as well live as he did here during this show and broadcast.

    Thanks, also, for the heads up regarding the “online mp3-player”. I see your point, especially in regards to having “a nice concert-experience at home without touching the machine in the meantime”. I’ll bring it up with Barry before the next session. It’s also our aim to have these listening sessions archived so anyone can listen to them at anytime for any reason whatsoever. It might take a bit of time to iron out all the kinks involved.

  5. radioboy says:

    Wow that’s John Scofield on guitar, one of his first serious bands. And he plays Zappa-music! I spoke to Sco once and he was quite distant about FZ’s music and guitar playing…. Cool!

  6. Rob says:

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