Old and New Dreams
– Dewey Redmond, Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry
–wonderfully grooving jazz June 8, 1982
recorded at Jonathan Swifts Nightclub in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA where I was house sound for 5 years from 1978-1983. It was a basement club with 250 capacity (that was often ignored), with a long narrow room and low cement ceilings. With such a wide variety of acts coming through there, it was a great place to cut my teeth doing live sound.
The recordings were done using the Sony MC-939 M/S stereo mic taped to the ceiling in the left/center of the room at the mixing board location half way back in the room and recorded onto a Sony Walkman Pro cassette deck.
For a FAR more detailed intro to this wonderful, if short-lived band, check out:
Given the virus lockdown, I have had some Time on my hands. So, I “remastered” the show and have kept both versions here.
24 thoughts on “Old & New Dreams jonathan swifts 6-8-82”
This is the SHIT. Out of every single O&ND release official or unofficial, this is my fav. Thank you!
you are welcome, I love when people who know about O&ND discover this.
One of my favorite bands. How wonderful to discover this recording. Is it possible to get a download link to it. Thank you Jeff.
It’s a good feeling when someone who loves/loved this band discovers this recording. Link sent for you to download
This is amazing! Thank you so much.
It never gets old when someone stumbles upon this. You are welcome.
Hi Jeff. I’ve been a fan of these guys since the Ornette days. When the Black Saint recording came out I was ecstatic. Still listening and collecting. Is there a download link I missed? I see the stream link.
I’ll email you a link. Let me know what version of the mastering you would prefer; the original or the 2020 version?
Hello, this is fantastic! I stumbled onto this site via a link comment on an Ethan Iverson Twitter thread all about Old & New Dreams, quite possibly my favourite ever band. And so it’s wonderful to discover there’s more recordings of their music. I saw them play just once at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London. Would it be possible to get a download of these recordings?
Thank you so much, Jeff! Cheers, Stefan
You are welcome! Glad that you found this.
Hey: I was part of WHRB Jazz and also put on performances at the Modern Theater and Jazz at the Pudding during this time. Jonathan Swifts was an amazing place: The Art Ensemble, Sam Rivers, David Murray, etc. thanks for this
I had a blast doing sound at Swifts. Learned a lot and got to hear a Wide variety of music and artists.
Do you have any John Lincoln Wright recordings? I worked next door at Tech Hifi back then.
Hello, I’ve sent you an email from your site here concerning a Roy Buchanan show at Jonathan’s sometime in Oct or Nov of 1979. Your help greatly appreciated. David
The Roy Buchanan date was December fifth 1979.
yah, I remember that show but do not have any recordings. I wish I did. And so many more shows too!
Thank you. Truly a fantastic performance and recording — as good as any of the other independent recordings of this band that I’ve come across.
I am still surprised at how decent the sound is from so long ago on a cassette.
Thanks for loading Old & New Dreams @ Jonathan Swift’s. I have loved this band from theit first album with ECM, and have all their other s recordings with ECM and Black Saint. I also found 2 or three other bootleg concerts from 1978-1979. This is a very welcomed addition to their painfully limited discography. Thanks!
this is really great.. for those listening to this for the first time – check out their previous recordings.. i think there are 2 cds out ‘playing’ and i forget the other one.. actually there are probably a bunch more too.. i have another one – ‘a tribute to ed blackwell’ which is the same line up as well from black saint – 1990.. recording was done in 87 – florida..
Amazing! Thanks so much for this treasure.
Oh what a great thing to discover! I loved this band so much.