vendredi 29 avril 2011

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet - Live(Sackville - 1975)

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet(1975)

A1 Tnoona 6:42
A2 Music For Trombone And B♭ Soprano 14:35
B1 Cards 10:00
B2 Olobo

Roscoe Mitchell - Alto, Tenor, B♭ Soprano sax
Spencer Barefield - Guitar
Muhal Richard Abrams - Piano
George Lewis - Trombone

Recorded in concert at A Space, Toronto on the 4th and 5th of October 1975.

From the middle of 1970s, each member of Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEOC) started their own activities, as well as AEOC. Lester Bowie and Malachai Favors played music of combining Afro-American root music and free improvisation. Joseph Jarman and Don Moye seeked way to synthesize African ethnic music and improvisation music. The way of Roscoe Mitchell was the more avand-garde manners. He started quest from solo play with his ability as multi-reeds player in music of abstract and modern tastes. Different from other four collegues, his music at that time has very little taste of African or Afro-American.

This live album, issued by Sackville on 1975, is one of the typical ones. The music created by Roscoe and other three musicians is unique which not everyone can accept. But once attracted, this have very strong bind.

dimanche 24 avril 2011

Synthesis -Sentiments (1979)

Synthesis -Sentiments (1979)

Track list
A1 Back From Where You Came 8:44
Composed By - Synthesis
A2 Flowers For Albert 10:17
Composed By - David Murray
B1 Sentiments For The New World Patriots 9:12
Composed By - Synthesis
B2 A Woman Is Such A Lovely Being 1:53
Composed By - Synthesis
B3 Sentiments For The African Patriots 7:44
Composed By - Synthesis

Alto Saxophone, Percussion - Arthur Blythe
Tenor Saxophone, Percussion - David Murray
Piano, Trumpet - Olu Dara
Bass, Liner Notes - Ken Hutson
Drums, Bells [Telephone] - Rashaan

Design, Photography [Cover] - Ron Warwell
Mastered By - Elliot Federman*
Photography [Cover] - Chris Warwell
Photography [Liner] - Clarence Eastmond

Producer - Synthesis

This album is, I think, one of excellencies of Loft Jazz time.

Three important names, David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Olu Dara, participate in.

Kalaparusha (Maurice McIntyre) - Forces And Feelings (1972)

Kalaparusha (Maurice McIntyre) - Forces And Feelings (1972)

A1 Fifteen Or Sixteen
A2 Sun Spots
A3 Ananda
B1 Twenty-One Lines
B2 Behold! God's Sunshine!

Bass - Fred Hopkins
Drums - Wesley Tyus
Guitar - Sarnie Garrett
Saxophone [Tenor], Clarinet, Flute, Bells ? Kalaparusha Ahra Difda (Maurice McIntyre)
Vocals - Rita Omolokun (Worford)

This is one of albums of Kalaparusha in early days. This was released by Delmark label.
I guess this is more interesting than "Humility" which is the album of Kalaparusha issued by Delmark.

Early time of Fred Hopkins participates. His play is wonderful!

JCOA - Communication (1965)

JCOA - Communication (1965)

Track listing1."Roast" (Carla Bley) - 12:25
2."Day (Communications No. 4)" (Michael Mantler) - 2:25
3."Communications No. 5" (Michael Mantler) - 25:50

Michael Mantler - trumpet
Roswell Rudd - trombone
Steve Lacy soprano saxophone
Jimmy Lyons - alto saxophone
Fred Pirtle baritone saxophone
Paul Bley - piano
Willie Ruff - french horn (track 1)
John Tchicai - alto saxophone (track 1)
Archie Shepp - tenor saxophone (track 1)
Eddie Gomez - bass (track 1)
Milford Graves - drums (track 1)
Ray Codrington - trumpet (tracks 2 & 3)
Robin Kenyatta, Ken McIntyre - alto saxophone (tracks 2 & 3)
Bob Carducci - tenor saxophone (tracks 2 & 3)
Kent Carter, Steve Swallow - bass (tracks 2 & 3)
Barry Altschul - drums (tracks 2 & 3)

Live album by Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Recorded December 29, 1964 & April 10, 1965
Genre Jazz
Length 40:40

Communication is the debut album by the Jazz Composer's Orchestra featuring compositions by Michael Mantler and Carla Bley performed by Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Jimmy Lyons, Roswell Rudd, Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, Fred Pirtle, Willie Ruff, Ken McIntyre, Robin Kenyatta, Bob Carducci, Kent Carter, Steve Swallow, Milford Graves, and Barry Altschul. The album was released on the Fontana label in 1965.

Leroy Jenkins with Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The - For Players Only (1975)

Leroy Jenkins with Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The - For Players Only (1975)

A For Players Only [Part One] 15:45
B For Players Only [Part Two] 20:35

Artwork By [Design] - Paul McDonough
Bass - David Holland , Sirone
Cello - Diedre Murray
Clarinet [Contrabass] - Anthony Braxton
Clarinet, Bagpipes [Musette], Horn [Banshee Horn] - Dewey Redman
Drums, Percussion - Charles Shaw , Roger Blank
Drums, Percussion, Piano - Jerome Cooper
Flute, Piccolo Flute - Becky Friend
French Horn - Sharon Freeman
Guitar - James Emery
Saxophone [Soprano] - Charles Brackeen
Saxophone [Tenor] - Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre*
Synthesizer - Romulus Franceschini
Trombone - Joseph Bowie
Trumpet - Leo Smith
Tuba - Bill Davis
Violin, Conductor, Producer, Composed By - Leroy Jenkins

Engineer - Tony May
Engineer [Mixing] - Michael Mantler
Mastered By - Harry N. Fein
Other [Assistance] - Fred Ehrhardt
Photography - Matthew Klein
Producer - The Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The

This is the final of series of JCOA with solo leader. This time, leader is Leroy Jenkins.

Sounds like middle period of Stravinsky's orchestral music. Very skillful, taste of modern classic music, rather than jazz.

Side B is series of solos by each instrument and player. This is very unique.

Barre Phillips -Journal Violone (1968)

Barre Phillips -Journal Violone (1968)

A Journal Violone Part One
B Journal Violone Part Two

Contrabass - Barre Phillips

Recorded in London during November of 1968. The recording was made in the Parish Church of St. James' Norlands.

Young Barre Phillips plays lika "a pioneer of free improvisation by wood-base" here. He trys various aspects of wood-base as "sound maker", as well as musical imagination.

jeudi 21 avril 2011

Michel Doneda - Anatomie des Clefs

MICHEL DONEDA - Anatomie des clefs (Potlatch, 1998)

Michel Doneda: soprano saxophone

01-Creux actif
02-Bloc d'air
03-Portées, divisées

At first blush, more than an hour of solo soprano saxophone might appear daunting, if not tedious. In Michel Doneda's hands, the soprano saxophone is not so much a musical instrument as a vessel of prayer. There is no discernable melody and few sounds that resemble those of the saxophone. Instead, there are incredible, even astounding sounds that melt into nothingness and then erupt in fury. The three tracks are entirely different, with utterly fascinating shadings. Under Doneda's tutelage, breath and space are just as important as instrumental sound. This is not, though, some New Age mush: Far from it. It is a masterful blend of noise, air, and technically sophisticated saxophone that unites to form a coherent whole. To the uninitiated, this might make for disturbing listening; but, but for those willing to take the time, the rewards are substantial.(from AMG)


mercredi 20 avril 2011

Clifford Thornton & Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The - The Gardens Of Harlem(1975)

Clifford Thornton & Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The - The Gardens Of Harlem

A1 Ogun Bara 5:46
A2 O Desayo 8:02
A3 Agbadza 9:42
B1 Chango Obari 4:33
B2 Ain Salah 8:16
B3 Gospel Ballade 4:44
B4 Sweet Oranges 1:08
B5 Blues City 8:57

Bass - Andy Gonzalez
Cornet, Producer - Clifford Thornton
Drums [Trap Set] - Art Lewis
Flute, Saxophone [Alto] - Carlos Ward
French Horn - Gregory Williams , John Thompson
Percussion [Axatse, Kidi, Ntrowa] - Laxmi G. Tewari
Percussion [Gankogui, Nnaronta, Bell] - Asante Darkwa
Percussion [Itotele Bata, Tumba] - Milton Cardona
Percussion [Iya Bata, Tumba, Palos] - Gene Golden
Percussion [Konkolo Bata, Kaganu, Quinto, Tumba, Bell, Palos] - Jerry Gonzalez
Percussion [Nnawuronta, Apentima, Oprenten, Ntrowa, Conga, Sogo, Atsimevu] - A. Kobena Adzenyah
Percussion [Tumba, Axatse, Conga] - Vincent Jorge
Piano - Carla Bley
Producer - Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The
Saxophone [Alto, Tenor] - Dewey Redman
Saxophone [Baritone], Flute - George Barrow
Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano] - Pat Patrick
Saxophone [Tenor] - Roland Alexander
Trombone - Charles Stephens , Janice Robinson
Trumpet - Hannibal Marvin Peterson , Leo Smith , Michael Ridley
Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Ted Daniel
Tuba - Bob Stewart

Recorded April 4, 1974 in New York City

This is one of series of JCOA's album with one leader.
Leader is Clifford Thornton.

Strong infuluence of African fork music is very attractive.

mardi 19 avril 2011

Roswell Rudd and Jazz Composer's Orchestra -the Numatik Swing Band(1973)

Roswell Rudd and Jazz Composer's Orchestra - the Numatik Swing Band(1973)
Label:JCOA Records


A1 Vent
Soloist - Beaver Harris 4:50
A2 Breathahoward
Soloist - Howard Johnson 2:52
A3 Circulation
Soloist - Roswell Rudd 10:15
B1 Lullaby For Greg
Soloist - Dewey Redman, Sheila Jordan 11:10
B2 Aerosphere
Soloist - Charles Davis, Enrico Rava 14:15

Bass - Charlie Haden, Sirone
Clarinet - Perry Robinson
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Dewey Redman
Drums - Beaver Harris, Hod O'Brien (tracks: B1), Lou Grassi
Flute, Oboe, Alto Saxophone - Martin Alter
Flute, Alto Saxophone -Carlos Ward
French Horn - Janet Donaruma, Jeffrey Schlegel, Sharon Freeman
Percussion - Dan Johnson (tracks: B2), Sue Evans
Piccolo, Flute, Soprano Saxophone -Mike Bresler
Soprano & Baritone Saxophone - Charles Davis
Singer - Sheila Jordan
Trombone - Art Baron, Gary Brooks
Trombone, French Horn, Producer - Roswell Rudd
Trumpet - Enrico Rava, Michael Krasnov, Mike Lawrence
Tuba - Howard Johnson

Produced by Roswell Rudd and The Jazz Composer's Orchestra

A1, A2, A3, B2 were composed January through March, 1971, and first presented by The Jazz Composer's Orchestra during Workshop at the New York Public Theater on March 22, 1971

B2 was composed in June, 1973. Lyrics by Rudd, Galbraith & Jordan.

Numatik Swing Band was presented by The Jazz Composer's Orchestra in its entirety during Workshop Concerts at New York University's Loeb Student Center on July 5 & 6, 1973

Recorded on July 6, 1973 by the Butterfly Mobile Sound Van

Mixed at Blue Rock Studio, New York City by Eddie Korvin

Album Design, art work and photograph : Wai Yip

This is one of JCOA's album. Leader is Roswell Rudd. Interesting music with good balance of tradition and avandgarde.

lundi 18 avril 2011

Sunny Murray - Hommage To Africa (1970)

Sunny Murray - Hommage To Africa (1970)
Label:BYG Records


A1 Suns Of Africa - Part 1 15:15
A2 Suns Of Africa - Part 1 2:40
B1 R.I.P. 10:35
B2 Unity 6:55

Bass - Alan Silva
Composed By - Murray
Cornet - Clifford Thornton
Drums - Sunny Murray
Gong, Tambourine, Bells - Arthur Jones (tracks: A1, A2)
Piano - Dave Burrell
Saxophone [Alto], Flute - Roscoe Mitchell
Saxophone [Tenor] - Archie Shepp (tracks: A1, A2)
Saxophone [Tenor], Flute - Kenneth Terroade
Trombone - Grachan Moncur III
Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Lester Bowie (tracks: A1, A2)
Tympani, Bells - Earl Freeman (tracks: A1, A2)
Voice, Bells - Jeanne Lee (tracks: A1, A2)
Xylophone [Belafon], Bells - Malachi Favors (tracks: A1, A2)

Composed By - Sunny Murray

Engineer - Claude Jauvert
Producer - Jean Georgakarakos, Jean-Luc Young

Recorded August 15, 1969, Paris.

Wade Matthews - Absent Friends

WADE MATTHEWS - Absent Friends (Sillon, 2005)

Wade Matthews: electronics

After the Doneda and Rombolá outings on Sillón reviewed in these pages last month, you might be forgiven for expecting more of Wade Matthews' work on bass clarinet and flute (especially if you're familiar with his two Creative Sources releases Aspirations & Inspirations and Dining Room Music), but no: Absent Friends is subtitled "Seven Electronic Improvisations" and finds the French-born American improviser using Reaktor software to turn a G4 Powerbook into a virtual analog synthesizer. For the benefit of trainspotters his setup consists of "four audible multiple wave oscillators, a white noise generator with dedicated two-pole resonating filter, three low-frequency oscillators (which can control amplitude, frequency and/or filter depth, cut-off, etc.) a main filter that can be controlled by the LFOs, a bunch of secondary filters and a four-oscillator chorus unit." So now you know. It's not surprising that Matthews goes into detail here, as he studied electronic music with Mario Davidovsky at the mythic Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, where his doctoral dissertation consisted of three pieces for improvisers guided by electronic sounds. "I'm not a woodwind improviser who's just moved into electronics because they’re 'in' right now. My electronic experience goes back almost a quarter of a century," he points out.
These seven tracks come from a set of 19 real time improvisations Matthews recorded while on holiday in France last summer. "I built a 'patch', just as I would with an analog synthesizer, then began to play it, listening to its character and altering its parameters as I went along. I can honestly say it was the easiest recording experience I’ve ever had," he admits. Though the pieces may have emerged in a spate of activity, it's clear he's spent long hours fine-tuning his equipment and perfecting his individual sounds. And despite all the technical info above, this is by no means arid, cerebral music: it's at times vibrant, thrilling, haunting, moving, even disturbing – but consistently impressive. More of Matthews' electronic work is scheduled for release shortly on Creative Sources, in the form of a duo project Mørske-Lys with Ingar Zach. If it's as good as this I can't wait to hear it.–DW

Masayoshi Urabe - Solo


Masayoshi Urabe: alto saxophone


Célèbre pour ses performances solos radicales, Urabe est un saxophoniste d'une intensité extrême. Dans ce premier enregistrement publié par PSF, il nous livre des phrases ultranerveuses, tendues et surpuissantes, "exorcisantes" selon certains, entrecoupées de silences très longs, plus angoissants qu'apaisants. Une performance complètement envoutante et singulière qui ne laisse pas indifférent.


Sunny Murray - Big Chief (1969)

Sunny Murray - Big Chief (1969)

A1 Angels And Devils
Written-By J. Coursil / Sunny Murray 5:14
A2 Hilarious Paris 5:30
A3 Now We Know 7:44
B1 Angel Son 7:30
B2 Straight Ahead
Written-By Le Roy Bibbs/ Sunny Murray 9:30
B3 This Nearly Was Mine
Arranged By Sunny Murray
Written By Rodgers 5:12

Sunny Murray - Drums, Percussion, Written-By, Reissue Producer
Beb Guerin - Bass
Becky Friend - Flute
Francois Tusques - Piano
Ronnie Beer - Alto sax
Kenneth Terroade - Tenor sax
Bernard Vitet - Trumpet
Alan Silva - Violin
H. Le Roy King - Voice (Poem)

Michel Le Bris - Reissue producer
Remastered - Michael King
Eric Schou - Design (Sleeve remix)

Recorded at Studio E.T.A., rue de l'Abbe-Gregoire, Paris.

This is Sunny Murray's leader album during Paris days at the end of 1960s.
Not only strong emotional power, also lylical tranguility makes this album different from uninteresting
and ordinal noisy free jazz.

dimanche 17 avril 2011

Polwechsel & John Tilbury - Field

POLWECHSEL & JOHN TILBURY - Field (HatHut, 2009)

Burkhard Beins: drums, percussion
Martin Brandlmayr: drums, percussion
John Butcher: tenor & soprano saxophones
Werner Dafeldecker: double bass
Michael Moser: cello
John Tilbury: piano

01-Place / Replace / Represent


Jemeel Moondoc - Judy's Bounce

JEMEEL MOONDOC TRIO - Judy's Bounce (Soul Note, 1982)

Jemeel Moondoc: alto saxophone
Fred Hopkins: bass
Ed Blackwell: drums

01-Jud's Bounce
02-Echo In Blue
03-One For Ornette


Charles Brackeen - Worshippers Come Nigh

CHARLES BRACKEEN QUARTET - Worshippers Come Nigh (Silkheart, 1987)

Charles Brackeen: tenor saxophone
Olu Dara: cornet
Fred Hopkins: bass
Andrew Cyrille: drums
Dennis González: pao de chuva

01-Worshippers Come Nigh
03-Tinny Town
05-Cing Kong
06-Newsstand (Take 1)

Tenorman Charles Brackeen's third of three Silkheart CDs (recorded at the same session as Attainment) matches his powerful playing with cornetist Olu Dara, bassist Fred Hopkins, and drummer Andrew Cyrille. All of the Silkheart sets are worth picking up, but this one (due to its extra intensity and the five particularly strong Brackeen originals) gets a slight edge. Brackeen's passionate playing shows that free jazz was still very much alive (if underground) in the 1980s.(from AMG)


samedi 16 avril 2011

Charles Brackeen - Attainment

CHARLES BRACKEEN QUARTET - Attainment (Skilheart, 1987)

Charles Brackeen: tenor saxophone, voice
Olu Dara: cornet, voice, berimbau
Fred Hopkins: bass, toy drum, voice
Andrew Cyrille: drums, congas, voice 
Dennis González: pao de chuva, voice

02-Prince of Night
03-New Stand
04-House of Gold
05-Yogan Love

Tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen is in ways a throwback to the 1960s. He sometimes builds off of childlike folk themes (like Albert Ayler), and Ornette Coleman's method of constantly improvising new melodies is also an influence. However, Brackeen's intense sound has a soul of its own, and his playing on the four lengthy originals (with strong contributions by bassist Fred Hopkins, drumer Andrew Cyrille and the underrated cornetist Olu Dara) is quite original. Intense yet fulfilling music which was recorded the same day as its companion album, Worshippers Come Nigh.(from AMG)


vendredi 15 avril 2011

Steve Lacy - The Gap (1972)

Steve Lacy - The Gap (1972)

1 The Gap 7:49
2 Esteem 5:36
3 La Motte-Picquet 3:46
4 The Thing 18:43
5 La Motte-Picquet (Alternate Take) 3:43

Personnel :
Kent Carter - Bass
Irene Aebi - Cello
Noel McGhie -Drums
Steve Potts - Alto & Soprano sax
Steve Lacy - Soprano sax

Producer - Pierre Berjot

Recorded in Paris, May 1972. First released in 1972. Reissue of the America LP 6125.

Bob Reid – Africa Is Calling Me (1975)

Bob Reid – Africa Is Calling Me


1-1: Africa Is Calling Me 9:00

a I Am Dwelling In This Land Of Infidels 6:15
b The Sunman (Special Adaption Poem) 4:50

2-1 A Story Of The Freedom Bell
Piano – Bob Reid
Vocals – King David 9:40

2-2 Spiritual Vibrations
Vocals – Roxianne De Montaignac 4:50

2-3 Africa Is Calling Me (II)
Composed By, Leader, Bass, Voice, Percussion [Rhythm] – Bob Reid 7:00


Bass [Deep Bass], Congas – Makan Milola
Composed By, Leader, Bass, Voice, Percussion [Rhythm] – Bob Reid
Congas, Percussion [Rhythm], Bells – Louis Armfield
Piano – Gustavo Kerestezachi
Saxophone [Alto, Sorprano] – Oliver Lake
Voice [Recitation] – Freddy Roach

This vinyl issed on 1975 is recorded live at the first presentation of a Modern Day Black Opera :
"Africa Is Calling Me", performed at the Center American for Students and Artists in Paris, France on May 25, 1974.

And, by the producer of this vinyl was inspired by this opera, and he adopted five scenes, and made this album.

Bob Reid is bassist. He played with Archie Shepp, Francois Tuesques at the begining of 1970s.

In this album, I think, players known are himself and Oliver Lake only. Others are
not known.

Spirituality filled up in this opera calling for freedom to not only black people but also for all human races expresses political atomosphere of the time this music was perforemed.

jeudi 14 avril 2011

Dave Burrell - High Won / High Two

Dave Burrell - High Won / High Two

Track list:

1 West Side Story (Medley)
Arranged By - Dave Burrell
Written-By - Bernstein 19:35

2 Oozi Oozi 3:07
3 Bittersweet Reminiscence 2:10
4 Bobby And Si 2:10
5 Dave Blue 2:35
6 Margie Pargie (A.M. Rag) 2:58

7 East Side Colors
Drums - Sonny Murray 15:15

8 Theme Stream (Medley) 15:23

Piano - Dave Burrell
Bass - Norris Jones
Drums - Bobby Kapp (tracks: 1 to 6, 8)
Tambourine - Pharoah Saunders

Written-By - Dave Burrell (tracks: 2 to 8)

Producer - Alan Douglas
Producer [Additional Production] - Michael Cuscuna
Artwork By - Malcolm Walker
Photography - Raymond Ross

Recorded in New York City, 6th February 1968 except East Side Colors (9th September 1968)

Last track Theme Stream (Medley) is subdivided in six parts :
(a) Dave Blue
(b) Bittersweet Reminiscence
(c) Bobby And Si
(d) Margie Pargie (A.M. Rag)
(e) Oozi Oozi
(f) Inside Ouch

This is re-issuance of vinyl of 1968 in 1995 with unissued trucks.

Dave Burrell plays rather normal style which includes free taste in limited level. But young Noris Jones (Sirone) seems to try to play in free style so that he can take Dave's piano and music into new and advanced style at that time.

Happeining of such inbalance plays between session members and tensions generated by such is one of interests of Jazz music, I guess.

mardi 12 avril 2011

Charles Brackeen - Rhythm X

CHARLES BRACKEEN - Rhythm X (Strata-East, 1973)

Charles Brackeen: saxophone
Don Cherry: trumpet
Charlie Haden: bass
Ed Blackwell: drums

01-Rhythm X
02-Hour Glass
03-Charles Concept
04-C.B. Blues


Martin Küchen & Erik Carlsson - Beirut

MARTIN KÜCHEN & ERIK CARLSSON - Beirut (Kning Disk, 2007)

Martin Küchen: alto & baritone saxophones, radio, electric toothbrushes
Erik Carlsson: percussion


vendredi 8 avril 2011

Joe McPhee & Survival Unit II(1971)

Joe McPhee & Survival Unit II With Clifford Thornton - At WBAI's Free Music Store, 1971

Released: 2006

Track list
1 Announcement 1 0:33
2 Black Magic Man 6:26
3 Announcement 2 0:35
4 Nation Time 14:13
5 Song For Lauren 13:17
6 Announcement 3 0:33
7 Message From Denmark 13:39
8 The Looking Glass I 16:01
9 Harriet 13:35

Personnel :
Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Liner Notes - Joe McPhee
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone - Byron Morris
Horn [Baritone], Cornet - Clifford Thornton
Percussion - Harold E. Smith
Piano - Mike Kull

Mixed By, Mastered By - Peter Pfister
Producer - Pia & Werner X. Uehlinger
Recorded By, Liner Notes - Chris Albertson

This is valuable record of young days of Joe McPhee. Live recording of Joe McPhee & Survival unit II on 1971. One year before, Joe issued two important albums of his early
days, namely “Nation Time” and “Black Magic Man”.

I have no idea about Survival unit I, when this existed, consisted of who, any recording has been issued, sold in vinyl’s, CDs. Though I researched on web, I could not find out Information.

Anyway, it is interesting for funs of Joe McPhee to know that, after one year of issuance of important works in his early days, how “Survival Unit II” was as jazz combo, and what kind of music they generated.

In this album, first three titles are more or less typical free jazz tunes of that time. And the later three titles have new and experimental elements, which lead to Joe’s music of later years.

Steve Lacy Seven - Prospectus(1983)

Steve Lacy Seven - Prospectus

Label:Hat Hut Records
Country: Switzerland

Track list
A1 Stamps 6:50
A2 Wickets 11:30
A3 The Whammies 5:10
B1 Prospectus 6:00
B2 The Dumps (Take 1) 17:10
C Cliches
Percussion – Cyrille Few 22:40
D1 The Dumps (Take 2) 15:35
D2 Retreat 7:45

Personnel :
Soprano Saxophone, Composed By - Steve Lacy
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone - Steve Potts
Bass - Jean-Jacques Avenel
Cello, Violin, Voice - Irene Aebi
Drums, Percussion - Oliver Johnson
Percussion - Sherry Margolin (tracks: C, D2)
Piano - Bobby Few
Trombone - George Lewis

Producer - Pia & Werner X. Uehlinger
Recorded By - Peter Pfister

Recorded on 1 (A1, B, C, D2) & 2 (A2, A3, D1) November 1983 at IRCAM Espace De Projection, Paris.

Credit for Percussion on Side C actually says 'Cyrille Few and his friend'

This is Steve Lacy's album of Hat Hut in 1980s. This is rather big work in two vinyls. Although I do not think this is very innovative or very new work in Steve Lacy's various opus, very gay, easy to listen (even non free jazz music lover would love this), but various aspects of Steve's music are picked up and shown like“Prospectus.

And I admire excellence of George Lewis as trombone player. As a music creator and composer, I am not so fond of his abstract, well-calculated and experimental style of works, which takes similar style of Roscoe Mitchel but not as vital as him, and sounds like a certain kind of modern classic music. Difficult to imagine what is called "Jazz music". But, as trombone player, he has nice tone and bright phrases with unbelievable virtuous technical.

This file is converted from casset tape. I think sound quality is affordable for enjoying in ordinal level music player.

jeudi 7 avril 2011

Frank Wright - Uhuru Na Umoja (1970)

Frank Wright - Uhuru Na Umoja

1 Oriental Mood 8:58
2 Aurora Borealis 7:48
3 Grooving 6:55
4 Being 6:31
5 Pluto 3:54

Tenor Saxophone - Frank Wright
Alto Saxophone, Composed By - Noah Howard
Drums - Arthur Taylor
Piano - Bobby Few

Recorded 1970 in Paris.

This is the album of Frank Wright as leader. But all titels are written by Noah Howard. Frank Wright, Noah Howard and Bobby Few recorded others such as Church Number 9, One for John. But, both have Muhamed Ali as drumer. But in this album, Art Taylor partipates. I think it is rare that Art Taylor played in free jazz work. Not bad play, I guess.

The first title "Orient Mood" has same theme of "Mt Fuji" in Howard's work "Black Ark" recorded in1969. Accordting to my friend studying Japanese music, the pentatonic scale of this theme is not used in traditional music of Japan.
This is rather Chinese music, he said.

mercredi 6 avril 2011

Cecil Taylor - 3 Phasis (1978)

Cecil Taylor - 3 Phasis (1978)

Track list
1 3 Phasis 11:10
2 3 Phasis 9:17
3 3 Phasis 11:52
4 3 Phasis 11:55
5 3 Phasis 13:06

personnel :
Piano - Cecil Taylor
Alto Saxophone - Jimmy Lyons
Trumpet - Raphe Malik
Violin - Ramsey Ameen
Bass - Sirone
Drums - Ronald Shannon Jackson

Engineer - Don Puluse
Producer - Sam Parkins

Recorded at April 1978.

Together with "Cecil Tylor unit 1978" and "Live at Black Forest", this "3 Phasis"
were recorded by Cecil Taylor Unit of 1978.
Since Alan Silva left the unit in 1966, Cecil Taylor unit had been in principle without bass.
And in this unit, combination of bass of Sirone (who once joined with Cecil in "Spring of two blue-J's in 1973) and
drums of Ronald Shannon Jackson generates different rhythm groove from Alan Silva and Andrew Cyrille.

lundi 4 avril 2011

Karl Berger - From Now On (1967)

Karl Berger - From Now On (1967)

Track list
A1 Scales
A2 Turn Arround
A3 Steps
B1 Blue Early Bird
B2 Like That
B3 Greenbird
B4 From Now On

Vibraphone - Karl Berger
Bass - Henry Grimes
Drums - Edward Blackwell
Alto Saxophone - Carlos Ward

Composed By - Karl Berger

This is happy and vital music with good balance of cool inteligence and free jazz energy.
I guess, Carlos Ward should be taken more attention.

Souce of this is cassett tape, recording the noisy vinyl. So sound quality is not satisfactory. Sorry for this.

Cecil Taylor - Live In The Black Forest (1978)

Cecil Taylor - Live In The Black Forest (1978)

Track list
A The Eel Pot 24:57
B Sperichill On Calling 25:08

Piano, Written-By - Cecil Taylor
Bass - Sirone
Drums - Ron Jackson
Saxophone [Alto] - Jimmy Lyons
Trumpet - Raphe Malik
Violin - Ramsey Ameen

Recorded live on 3 June 1978 in SWF-Radio Jazz Concert in Kirchzarten, Black Forest, West Germany.

This is one of four records of Cecil Taylor Unit of six personel in 1978 year. Live recording.
Cecil Taylor unit would remind us of Unit Structure and Conquistdor in 1966 year. Good mixture and balance of composed parts and free improvisation parts are similar to both units. On the other hand, passing of twelve years and different members (only Jimmy Lyons and Cecil Taylor himself are same personnels in both units) bring about changes in characteristics of music.

This is converted from casset tape into mp3. I think quality is enough to introduce this wonderful music, though not ideal.

Cecil Taylor Unit (1978)

Cecil Taylor Unit (1978)

All compositions by Cecil Taylor.
"Idut" - 14:40
"Serdab" - 14:13
"Holiday En Masque" - 29:41

Cecil Taylor: piano
Jimmy Lyons: alto saxophone
Raphe Malik: trumpet
Ramsey Ameen: violin
Sirone: bass
Ronald Shannon Jackson: drums

Recorded : April 3–6, 1978

Cecil Taylor Unit is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded in April 1978
and released on the New World label. The album features three
performances by Taylor with Raphe Malik, Jimmy Lyons, Ramsey Ameen,
Sirone and Ronald Shannon Jackson. The album was recorded during the
same sessions that produced 3 Phasis.

This unit existed for five months only. But, during this five months,
four albums were recorded.

dimanche 3 avril 2011

Human Arts Ensemble - Banana (1973)

Luther Thomas & Human Arts Ensemble- Banana - The Lost Session, St. Louis, 1973

Track list
1 Three Seven 4:54
2 B Natural 10:57
3 Headhunter 10:07
4 Banana 6:25
5 Out 6:58
6 B Natural 10:48

Drums - Charles Bobo Shaw
Horns [Alto], Performer [Small Instruments] - Abdullah Yakub*
Saxophone [Alto, Tenor, Soprano], Flute, Performer [Small Instruments] - James Marshall (2)
Saxophone [Alto], Piano, Performer [Finger Chimes], Whistle [Slide] - Luther Thomas
Vocals, Accordion, Performer [Small Instruments] - Carol Marshall

Written By - Luther Thomas

Reissue Producer - John Corbett

I think this is very rare item of Human Arts Ensemble. Luther Thomas takes leader initiative. But different from
"Funkey Donkey", this is more abstract form than funk music.

Human Arts Ensemble starts in AACM style performance in begining time. Then their style change in soul & funk music.
I think this is interesting record to show their way to change, though quality of music would not be high enough their other issued albums.

Karl Berger - The Peace Church Concerts (CMC 1974)

Muun Music Universe featuring Ing Rid / Karl Berger / Dave Holland
- Vol. 1 The Peace Church Concerts

Label:CMC (2)

Track list:

Space In Time (Side A & B)
A Live Time 14:00
B Dance Now Is We Are 24:00

Silence In Sound (Side C & D)
C1 The Continual Pattern 14:00
C2 Music Is 9:30
D Tune In Time In 22:10

Bass - Dave Holland , Tom Schmidt (tracks: A, B)
Flute - Ilene Marder (tracks: A, B)
Instruments [Various] - Richard Teitelbaum (tracks: A, B)
Percussion - Bob Moses (tracks: A, B) , Ing Rid* (tracks: A, B)
Piano, Vibraphone, Percussion - Karl Berger
Synthesizer - Richard Teitelbaum (tracks: C,D)
Trombone - Garrett List (tracks: C,D)
Violin - Betty McDonald* (tracks: A, B)
Vocals - Ing Rid*
Voice, Sounds [Initial Sounds] - Eva Berger (tracks: A, B) , Savia Berger (tracks: A, B)

Recorded By - Bob Cummins

recorded in concert on May 25 and May 22, 1974 at the Washington Square Church, New York City.

This is wonderful work in spacy and spiritual atmosphere. As far as I know, this album has not been re-issued. I have no idea why this kind of high quality and has been in such status for years.

Hoping more music fun will find out this and know which would lead to re-issuance of such unique and valuable record of human art.

samedi 2 avril 2011

Download and Share

This week, I talked to Eddie Prevost of free downloading and its consequences on the share and the development of improvised and experimental music. Here is resumed his (and my) position and reflexions about it.

I don't think that to download for free is truly a problem for labels, even less for the artists, if we have a conscientious use of the download. This kind of music is already rather elitist at the cultural level, no need to be also financially elitist. Most of the people must have a free access to all musics (and arts), our love for music can't be stopped by monetary reasons, I don't argue that.

However, sharing music is (or should...) also the only and main purpose of the labels. Thus, the only means to help this music is supporting the involving labels which are inevitably within a capitalist society, a few people pay for pressing, printing and releasing  these discs that they share for we.

Most of the labels concerned with the experimental and free music are  not market driven. However, they have to co-exist within a capitalist economy and society. My guess is our more thoughtful audience understand this situation. My feeling is that one way they know they can support the music is by making purchases of the CDs we produce.
As much as we would like to make this music freely available — and many of the musicians concerned play most of their live music in non-profit making environments — we need the audience and those who share our philosophy to engage with us in many ways. One way is to help us maintain some kind of programme of releases to help nurture and propagate this music. Whether we like it or not this can only be done —  at the moment — by making CDs and other recordings within the industrial/commercial capitalist context. Pressing plants, printers, shipping/postal agencies and the like will not do their work for free.
Downloading for free as common creative licences are OK, but we have to support the creation and the diffusion of material or numerical stuffs as much as possible, what is the better and larger way for the evolution of this music. In fact, there are two ways, we CONSUME or not. If I choose to consume music, there are no sufficient (ideological and political in particular) reasons to justify HOW I consume because when I check a disc out, I accept its mode of production. Even if I hate money and work, the records which I like are creating within a working and financier capitalist society, because labels can't be outside that wether they want it or not.

Without getting some return on the costs of recording — which are achieved mostly through sales of CDs to people interested in the music — then there are no resources to make more music available. Thus the people interested in this marginal music will have fewer opportunities to hear this stuff. Freedom from copyright is a good aim. However, in the present circumstances your actions (and people like you) are in effect closing down the dissemination of this music and restricting the wider discourse of meaning  — which ironically involves ultimate free access and exchange!

vendredi 1 avril 2011

Don Vito

 Here are the 3 first Don Vito records:

DON VITO - I (2005)
01-Frisbee Loser
02-Daddy Longleg

DON VITO - II (2006)
01-Shnejbl Animal
03-Fool Furol
05-Yuppie Fnu

DON VITO - III (2007)
02-Electric Mayhem
05-Grausiger Fund
06-Hallo Mosquito
08-Panzerkreuzer Dori

Don Vito's III was originally uploaded by DieFaelscher from Cult of Ruins.