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2015-12-13 00:57:18

The bassist/bandleader Eberhard Weber turned 75 last January. His label ECM has just released a live album drawn from the birthday concerts which took place in Stuttgart: big band arrangements of Weber's music, peppered with guest turns from a number of his past collaborators - Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek and Gary Burton, among them (see video). Stroke victim Weber contributes himself, by way of taped recordings of his playing. Also on Sunday's BLUE, The Holst Singers interpreting Tavener; Arianna Svall and Petter Udland Johansen play a tarentela; there's jazz from Thomas Siffling, Verneri Pohjola and Billie Holiday; Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) is wond'ring aloud; Naoko Yoshino performs Prokofiev on harp; Ferran Savall improvises; the California Guitar Trio gives "Greensleeves" a run through; The Junior Mance Trio swings a famous Irving Berlin melody; Graham Ross directs the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; Stan Kenton wishes us a Merry Christmas; we've a Jacobean song of love and loss; and Bill Evans performs a Michel Legrand tune at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

 

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2015-12-12 08:45:18

On Saturday's BLUE, we'll listen to seasonal fare that derives from Laurence Hobgood, Anne Marie O'Farrell, John Lennon, Charles Brown, Howard Skempton (see video), Horslips and Tchaikovsky; less topical turns from Savourna Stevenson, Domenico Scarlatti, Richard Pinhas, Pat Metheny, Frank Bridge, Robin Williamson, Linnea Olsson and Carl Nielsen; more Bill Evans on Fantasy Records; 3 from Ol' Blue Eyes on the day that's in it; and David Lang's "Sunray".

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10:20pm (approx)

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2015-12-11 01:06:32

This Friday, John Surman plays with a big band; Bela Fleck jingles all the way; Craig Ogden performs an inspired instrumental by Howard Goodall; and Nik Bartsch (see video) is live with Ronin. We hear 2 x Prokofiev; Jeff Buckley's "Satisfied Mind"; Margot Daly and Michael Buckley from "It Is What It Is"; and a viola concerto composed in 2005 by Karol Beffa. Tonight's attractions also include a jazz guitar "White Christmas"; one from a CD of piano compositions by Avner Dorman; overdubbed Marvin Ayres; Bill Evans, re-issued from the 1970s; Bonnie Prince Billy, letting go; and pianist Jon Nakamatsu.

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 10pm…

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2015-12-10 05:06:36

This Thursday night, we listen to the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, performing a Christmas Suite; new jazz by bassist/composer Misha Mullov-Abbado; Arthur Jeffes, continuing where his father left off with the Penguin Café Orchestra; we hear four Finnish harmonica-players, a.k.a. Svang; Peter Stampfel singing of “Goodbye To Booze”; more from the re-issue of the Bill Evans back catalogue on Fantasy Records; Philip Aaberg, playing a Bach prelude; Letizia Romiti, interpreting a Bach pastorale on church organ; jazz vocalist Kate McGarry, on the subject of the man she loves; and a rendition of “Jack Frost” by Waterson Carthy (see video).

 

 

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2015-12-06 09:37:44

On Sunday's BLUE, Talich Quartet play part of a string quartet by Johann Kalliwoda; Bugge Wesseltoft delivers movement seventeen; Caentano Veloso sings a song you may know from a particular Pedro Almodóvar movie; we hear Debussy's orchestration of a famous Satie melody; as well as Roy Harper's "East Of The Sun"; Paul Hillier directs the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Cassandra Wilson knows all about love; John Surman relates a tale of the ancient; and Radu Lupu interprets Beethoven; we've new jazz from Aaron Diehl; the ambient strains of Stephan Micus; part of a piano prelude by Baptiste Trotignon; the Ellington orchestra plays a little blues in orbit; Punch Brothers (see video) sing of "Missy"; and the Irish Chamber Orchestra perform music by Morton Gould.

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 10pm...