STLJN Audio Archive: Lester Bowie Quintet Live in Padua, 1978


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This week's Audio Archive entry comes via the blog Inconstant Sol, and features a commercially unissued live recording of trumpeter and St. Louis native Lester Bowie (pictured) performing with his quintet on April 4, 1978 at Teatro Tenda in Padua, Italy.

The set is described by the blogger as “One of the best groups led by Lester playing some Gospels, some Spirituals, some Rhythm & Blues and some Free-Jazz: from the Ancient to the Future!" There are three tracks, labeled simply “Track #1" (31:30), “Track #2" (39:00) and “Encore" (03:25).

Bowie is joined by fellow St. Louisan Phillip Wilson on drums, as well as alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, pianist Amina Claudine Myers and bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut.

To download a free copy, go here, scroll down to the first comment, click the link for the version of your choice (mp3 or flac), and follow the instructions from there.

The StLJN Audio Archive links only to recordings that are out-of-print or that never have been commercially available. The purpose of the Audio Archive is encourage discussion, appreciation and knowledge of St. Louis jazz artists, and we encourage you to support them (or their estates) by purchasing authorized recordings and merchandise or, whenever possible, attending live performances.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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