6 August 2018

What a long, strange trip ...

This blog is now in its tenth year, started back in February 2007 by Sotise, our correspondent from down under. Bundles of people have contributed over the years, some gone, others holding on and yet others joining and putting their distinctive mark on the contents and direction of the blog. Currently we have about half a dozen active posters and some very generous followers, judging from inputs to our contributions section, but we're always willing to recruit more. Potential authors can get in touch with us c/o our Blogger email addresses. We've had contributors from three continents, with a preponderance of Europeans overall.

The emphasis has been on the free/improv/experimental side of jazz, but with excursions into contemporary and classical music, from Europe and beyond. There are no rules, however; the blog is whatever the posters make of it, and we'd like to keep it that way. We focus on posting out of print material with the objective of drawing attention to music which otherwise might have remained out of sight and out of mind. Due to spam and some past experiences of personal attacks, we 've had to institute a moderator system, so comments may not appear right away, but they will be published.

With these few words, heading on ...

5 August 2018


Anything our readers and followers would like to contribute goes here. That may include recommendations, reviews, recordings, you name it.

The earlier contributions thread was unfortunately deleted, but we have managed to recover about three years of the last five years of posts. The recovered posts have now been moved to separate posts in the new thread. All links to files are working at the time of writing. If there is anybody out there who has found that their contributions are missing, feel free to repost them or if anybody has downloaded files when they were still available, the same thing applies.  Of course, we welcome any new contributions from our followers, anything that we and you should know about.

4 August 2018


Requests, broken links, re-ups and related topics go here. It may be easier for admins to be attentive to these topics if they are put here and not under the individual posts. There's no guarantee that we may be able to respond to everything, but we'll give it a try.

I've deleted the previous 'Requests' post as it was becoming a bit unwieldy.
I shall start the requests with the last one from the previous thread.

3 August 2018

Free form

Anything else goes here. Observations on the general state of the universe and its overall direction are particularly welcome, but also on more mundane matters as you may see fit.

1 August 2018


Hi , Heres a new section , which will feature links to the Original posts of things that are just being, or have recently been re uploaded..
the Contributions and request sections are too cluttered , making it difficult to keep track!
comments will be disabled for this section!

Please help us out, if you see comments asking for a re-upload, and you have the files!!
(preferably use only file hosts accessible to free users,do not use these files to make money!)
Please do not ask us to re upload records which are generally available, or have been recently reissued, whatever the format!!

Surely it goes without saying that all views expressed on this Blog , be they impressions  delusions
reveries, political statements, opinions are ours and ours alone , Music stimulates the imagination, so switch off y'r TV,listen ... make up your own minds.

So here goes, Ill start with a few I have recently re uploaded

Update May 11, 2017 -
We've shortened the list (again) for users' convenience:

Nébu - Nébu
Licorice Factory - self-titled
Vesala/Sermilä/Hauta-Aho/Honkanen/Helasvuo - Ode To Marilyn
Globe Unity Orchestra & London Jazz Composers Orchestra - Köln 1989
Vinko Globokar -  Echanges / Res/As/Ex/Ins-Pirer / Discours IV
Manfred Schoof Quintet - Suite
Bernd Alois Zimmermann - Die Befristeten, Improvisations & Tratto - Wergo 1969
Polly Bradfield - Solo Violin Improvisations
Keshavan Maslak - Humanplexity
Frank Wright Quartet - Live In New York City Summer 1973
Bob Reid - Best Of Emergency
Frank Wright & Andrew Cyrille - Live Soundscape NYC 1981
Francois Couturier, Andre Jaume, Fred Ramamonjiarisoa - Nadia Salana Resaka
Michel Pilz - Celeste & Jamabiko
Stockhausen - Aus den sieben Tagen
TTT featuring A.R. Penck - 3 x 2 = xxxxx
Charles Tyler Quartet - Definite Vol. 1
Philippe Maté and Jef Gilson - Workshop
James Newton Trio/Quartet - Binu
Bob Degen Trio - Celebrations
Charles Tyler Quartet - Definite Vol. 2
TTT featuring A.R.Penck - Catch the Dollar
Charles Tyler Ensemble - Voyage from Jericho 
Ian Brighton-Colin Wood-Frank Perry-Radu Malfatti-Phil Wachsmann - Balance
Frances-Marie Uitti - The Second Bow
Michael Smith - La Musique Blanche
Kent Carter - It Will Come
Key - Key
Anthony Davis and Douglas Ewart - live in Verona '79
Michael Smith - Reflection On Progress
Sei Miguel - Portuguese Man Of War
Ivo Perelman - William Parker - Rashied Ali - Live
Kazutoki Umezu - Shin Myong
Michael Smith - Geomusic
Michael Smith - Totality
Karl Berger/Woodstock Workshop Orchestra - Live At The Donaueschingen Music Festival
Frank Wright - live in Ulm 1990
TTT - Be cool in Munich
Barry Wallenstein - Taking Off
Company - Trios
TTT - Isle In The Ocean
St-Jak - Oeuvralgique
Amalgam - Play Blackwell & Higgins
Dudu Pukwana and Zila - Live in Bracknell & Willisau
Schiano/Mazzon/Schiaffini/Geremia/Tommaso/Rusconi – The Unrepentant Ones (link still active!)
Karl Berger Total Music Ensemble (1968)
Arthur Blythe - The Grip & Metamorphosis
Michael J. Smith - Elvira Madigan...And Other Dances
More TTT - Live Konzert Basel 
Carman Moore (feat. Sam Rivers) - Five Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon
Joseph Jarman - Sunbound
SME - Karyobin
NDR Jazzworkshop No.65 - Howard Riley & Tony Oxley - Convolution
Steve Lacy Sextet - The Wire
Billy Harper Quintet - Live in Rome '81
Peter Kowald - Gianluigi Tovesi - A.R. Penck - Free Jazz - Konzert in der Kunsthalle, Bern
TTT - Aspects of The NY NY NY Situation
Eugene Chadbourne & Polly Bradfield - Torture Time!
Okay Temiz & Johnny Dyani - Witchdoctor's Son
Neighbours with Anthony Braxton
Itaru Oki - Shirasagi
Itaru Oki Trio - Trumpet In Modern Jazz
Phil Wachsmann - Writing In Water
Ali Haurand - Solo Bass
Tony Oxley Quintet - London 1981
Helen Merrill - Sposin'
Derek Bailey + Evan Parker - Compatibles
Yuji Takahashi - Real Time 2
Yuji Takahashi - Real Time 3
Franz Koglmann with Steve Lacy -  Flaps
Burton Greene - Zephyr
François Tusques / Serge Utgé-Royo ‎– Ça Branle Dans la Manche
David Rosenboom - On Being Invisible
Rex Stewart and his Dixielanders feat. Herbie Nichols
Luther Thomas - 11th Street Fire Suite
MUJICIAN TRIO - Live in Bristol. 1992. Part2
MUJICIAN TRIO - Rare Music Club 14 Aug 1992
MUJICIAN - 100 Club, 1991
TONY LEVIN TRIO  - Leicester,1991
BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN - Requiem für einen jungen Dichter (Lingual 1967-1969)
PAUL DUNMALL - 60th Birthday Gig
ELTON DEAN'S 50th Birthday Gig
ELTON DEAN SEXTET feat Roswell Rudd - set1 Vortex
Didier Levallet Octet - Scoop
Günter Christmann - Solomusiken für Posaune und Kontrabass
Christmann - Schönenberg + Bojé - Köln 1976
Andrew Hill Trio feat. Sunny Murray - Paris 1999
Manfred Schoof Quintet/Sextet - Köln & Montreux 1967/68
Leo Cuypers - Theatre Music
Leo Cuypers - In Amsterdam / Live In Shaffy
Leo Cuypers - Brull Band
Leo Cuypers - Corners
Ron Pittner - Ivory Mirror And The Ivory Dot
Baden-Baden Free Jazz Meeting 1967 and more
CCMC - 1 and 2 and 3
Keith Tippett - The Unlonely Raindancer
Aalan Praskin - Encounter
Hirokazu Yamada - Kozan
Evan Parker Trio - Karlsruhe 2004
Parker - Fernández - Guy - Lytton - Vancouver 2008
Evan Parker Trio - Aubervilliers 2005
Baden Baden New Jazz Meeting 1973
Parker, Guy, Takeda, Onnyk - To Whom It May Concern
Evan Parker & Barry Guy - Tai Kyoku
Paul Dunmall Octet - Desire & Liberation Live in Birmingham 1997
Albert Mangelsdorff - Hot Hut

20 August 2017

COMPANY. 1991 Broadcast.

JOHN BUTCHER - saxophones
THEBE LIPERE - percussion, didgeridoo

1. LM.TL   6:19
2. DB.PW   4:31
3. VM.JB   7:21
4. DB.LM.TL   11:21
5. VM.JB.PW   11:03
6. DB.VM.JB.PW.LM.TL   10:41

BBC Radio 3.  Music in Our Time. March 1991  

19 August 2017


1. Brecht Die Macht Der Tyrannei - Karstatt - World War 2 - Lale, Lale

A.R. Penck, piano
Helge Leiberg, trumpet
Annette Jahns, vocals

Mara Records ‎– 15

CR Rip

16 August 2017

Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions Clarinet Choir - Red Hills

To introduce this post, a small note intended for those who are only able to bring criticism but nothing more, you are not obliged to download content if for some reason you do not like it. 

Here is a rarity.

Douglas Ewart is one important member of the AACM since the early seventies. He have played with almost all the musicians of this association and you can find him on records by George Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams or Anthony Braxton to name a few.
In the early eighties Ewart started is own record company: Arawak and the two first releases were tapes. Here is the first one probably recorded in 1985.

Douglas Ewart b-flat bass clarinet, contrabass b-flat clarinet, b-flat soprano clarinet, endblown flute (on Jamaican bamboo)
Edward Wilkerson b flat soprano clarinet (not on whale song)
Mwata Bowden e-flat soprano clarinet, contra alto clarinet, e-flat sopranino clarinet, b-flat sopranino clarinet
J.D. Parran contra alto clarinet, e-flat alto clarinet (only on whale song and red hills)

1. ofo
2. whale song
3. red hills
4. Jamaican bamboo

Instruments are listed in the order they are played.

The music is deeply soulful and spiritual. The meaning of the title is in relation with Martin Luther King’s speech pronounced on August 28, 1963. Here are the words:
« I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaves owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. »

With the « Invention Clarinet Choir » Douglas Ewart have made a second record:
It seems that Mr Ewart still have some copies of this cd, that includes more guiding lights of the AACM.

…and for those who still understand that it is important to pay for getting music, for the present of the musicians and the future of the culture you can purchase two recent releases featuring Douglas Ewart, both are great:

Arawak 002 cassette rip.

13 August 2017

MiLAN SVOBODA & PRAGUE BiG BAND - Reminiscences (Supraphon 1980)

Similarly to Karel Krautgarter a decade earlier (unfortunately not very well documented on records), Milan Svoboda was relatively interesting presence in a field of big band jazz in former Czechoslovakia during late 70's and early 80's. Born 1951, composer, pianist and graduatee of the Organ class at Prague Conservatory (and a cousin of saxophonist Jiří Stivín), he started first big band in 1974 with his colleagues from jazz rock area on purely enthusiast base. During the next few years, Prague Big Band established itself as main attraction on Czech big band scene, aside of long-standing names as Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra and Gustav Brom Big Band.
First PBB album "Portarit" was released in 1978, followed by "Reminiscences" in 1980, with leader's compositions exclusively. Last album of original PBB is "Poste Restante" from 1982, reissued on CD by German label Aurophon in 1994. CD of "Reminiscences" was issued by former label Supraphon in 1995, but is OOP for long time now. This rip comes from CD release, while I was trying to enhance the sound slightly and to repair huge bug in the beginning of first track. In the group line-up, Svoboda is credited as leader only, but he plays also piano on track 3 at least. Overall sound is a bit fusion tinged, with occasional use of electric keyboards and bass guitar.

Live footage of Prague Big Band from 1980

Since early 80's, Svoboda leads also his own small groups, mainly quartet sized. During 1984 he studied at Berklee College of Music, where he recorded live album with international big band, consisted of his College schoolmates. Back at home, he did one album of Czech-Polish Big Band, released as Nr.5 in "Interjazz" Supraphon series, and in 1990 he started other big band named Kontraband, with mainly younger jazz players. Aside of his other musical activities, Svoboda leads new version of Prague Big Band (sometimes presented as Milan Svoboda Big Band) since 1995 until now. 

12 August 2017


David UU & The Avalettes

A1.   Mountain Air
A2.   Bing's Cherry -- Take 1
A3.   The Celestial Summer Of Doctor Dog -- Resurrected
A4.   Dog Byte
A5.   Whale, In Memoriam John Coltrane
A6.   Stompin' At The Dada Ball
A7.   Bing's Cherry -- Take 2
A8.   Solar Mass
A9.   How I Wrote Certain Of My Books

The Avalettes

Phil Morgan, bass
Gregg Simpson, piano, percussion
Bob Coleman, vocals
Ingrid Harris, vocals
Patricia Garrett, vocals

David UU And Gregg Simpson

A10.  Zen Haul/Western Skies

David UU

B1.1. Variations On Themes 1
B1.2. Variations On Themes 2
B2.   Toronto
B3.   Song For A Beggar
B4.   Auditory Liturgy
B5.   How Can I Touch You Now …
B6.   Try A Little Tenderness
B7.   Songs For A City: 1
B8.1. Vercussion 1
B8.2. Vercussion 2
B9.    Auditory Two
B10.  Red Rose Red Rose …
B11.  Don't Give Up The Ship Ive Got The Oar …
B12.  For D.A. Levy
B13.  Corn Plasters & My Heart
B14.  Breaking Open …
B15.  Salmon River Soliloquy
B16.  Salmon River Soliloquy II
B17.  Portrait
B18.  Is There Blood On Your Finger Yes There Is …
B19.  Cloud Shit Hung Down Fold Over …
B20.  The Glory In The Heavens …
B21.  Rhyme
B22.  Chants From Tas:mania
B23.  Chant From Embalmination
B24.  Song Of Childhood (Memories Of The Baptist Church)

David UU, voice, vocals

Ed Varney, Ingrid Harris, vocals (B23)

Recorded at The Studio, North Vancouver, BC, 1972 (A1-7).
Tape compositions with 'live' content performed & composed at 136 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC, 1972 (A8-9).
Live at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 1973 (A10).
Recorded at 141 East 27 Street, North Vancouver, BC, 1983 (B1-24).
Except recorded at Mahon Street, North Vancouver, 1970 (B22).

Underwhich Audiographic Series – No. 18

Cassette Rip

10 August 2017

Gil Mellé - Waterbirds 1970

Gil Mellé is famous for is late 50’s recordings on Blue Note and later for his superbe Tome VI that includes electronic processing over acoustic instruments. This one have been reissued in Japan some years ago and still can be found. From the start of the seventies Mellé will concentrate on compositions for movie or television. His soundtrack for « The Andromeda Strain » is considered as a landmark music in the field of electronic. Here is « Waterbirds » that is probably his last jazz album. In fact this lp is a compilation of themes composed between 1969 to 1970 for various télé series.

A1 Waterbirds (Pt. 1) 7:37
A2 Waterbirds (Pt. 2) 6:34
A3 Walkin' Down The Gloomy Streets...Alone...Broke...Depressed...Gonna Kill Myself Blues 4:55
AA4 Little Big Horn 9:24
AA5 The Love Song 1:28
AA6 My Sweet Charlie 6:34
AA7 Charlie Chaplin 4:10

Bass [Fender] – Dave Parlato (tracks: A2, A3, AA4 to AA7)
Composed By, Arranged By, Conducted By, Conductor, Soprano Saxophone, Other [Special Electronic Musical Instruments] – Gil Mellé
Drums – Fred C. Stofflet
Guitar – Art Johnson (tracks: A2, A3, A5), Joe Cinderella (tracks: A1)
Piano [Fender] – Pete Robinson (tracks: AA4, AA6, AA7)

This album is superbe and show the strong ability of Mellé as a composer. The listen gives a unified feeling despite the fact that each title have been composed independently from the rest.
I have remastered and edited this album from a mp3 version.

This lp has been edited for the first time under the reference:
Nocturne Nrs 702
and have been reissued by Jazz Chronicles in 1977 under the reference Jcs 702

6 August 2017


A1. Bombastica
A2. Dancing In A Country Summer House
A3. Living Up To Life
A4. Latin Beat
A5. Sergel

B1. Bombastica (Up-Tempo Version)
B2. Drottningholm Ballad
B3. Too Late
B4. Happiness Beans
B5. Sweet Summer

Torbjörn Hultcrantz, bass
Sune Spångberg, drums
Lars Werner, piano
Bernt Rosengren, tenor saxophone

Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden; June 30, 1960

Jazzland ‎– JLP 926 - this is the mono pressing

LP Rip

3 August 2017


Howard Riley, piano, electronics
Barry Guy, double bass, electronics
Tony Oxley, drums, percussion, electronics

1.    Gambit (H. Riley)     15:04
2.    Introduction (Riley)   00:45
3.    Splinter (H. Riley)     10:30

Recorded at the BBC Studios, London, December 1975.

25 July 2017


No Business Records will release five LPs and two CDs in the second half of August.
For me the most anticipated release is Ton-Klami's CD. They did release two recordings in the 90s on Crown Records which are both OOP but worth seeking out.  No Business Records
You might also take a look here. 

For the upcoming Steve Lacy CD on Emanem Nick has already reproduced the label's info in the third comment. (somehow I published this post accidentally before it was ready)

Roger Turner and Fred Van Hove - what a pair - this release scheduled for August 4 on Relative Pitch Records is very high on my want-list. And what a nice 1950s design and typography. Should be amazing...


PAUL RUTHERFORD "in Backward Times" (1979-2007) Emanem 5045

Four very different concert settings featuring sensational performances by trombonist PAUL RUTHERFORD:
two festival solos - one from 1979 with electronics and the other from 2004 without;
a 1988 duo with PAUL ROGERS (double bass) a few months before their ROGUES CD;
and from 2007 a trio with VERYAN WESTON (piano) and MARCIO MATTOS (cello & electronics)
- a very promising group, except that this turned out to be Rutherford's last public appearnance.
All previously unissued. 76 minutes.

The above release of Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza is actually a reissue of a two CD + one DVD release from Italy's 'Die Schachtel' (2007),
Ten years later we'll get 4 CDs or 5 LPs plus a DVD (and a 64p. booklet in LP format) or both.
The DVD contains a German documentary (b/w) on the group. Filmed in 1967 the documentary is an unknown classic. Do they still produce films like this one?

I've encountered the above release a month ago.
It's Agustí Fernández, Peter Valsamis and two canadian musicians previously unknown to me (shame on me). Wonderful free improvisation with a saxophonist who according Stuart Broomer might have had Lee Konitz as a role-model. But Yves Charuest and bassist Nicolas Caloia are all their own on this highly recommended CD/download.

The CD "Stir" was also the reason I discovered this 1988 Vancouver recording on  bandcamp - download only.


Last year I got an email from ECM. They've 'found' a wealth of LPs from their early catalogue believed to be OOP, in their vaults. Immediately I've ordered about 100 items from several groups/musicians for the shop (Among the treasures was f.e. the first pressing of Jarrett's Köln Concert. I've ordered all remining stock - about a dozen LPs - sold after a few days).
For myself I took 'Endgame' with John Stevens, Barry Guy, Trevor Watts and Howard Riley.
But at home I discovered that the vinyl was beyond repair - so to say. I knew they had only 7 items of this release. Two were sold at our shop, one (mine) was defect and four remained - or were they gone?
After a quick telephone call with ECM the rate of my heart's rythmn dropped considerably.
A few days later I went to ECM's headquarter at the outskirts of Munich. After climbing to the first floor I met Steve Lake. Among other things I asked him wether he's producing "something" new.
He mentioned a Roscoe Mitchell Nonet (or tentet..) - and here it is.
Already on my list for >Best of 2017<.

Marching Song vol. 1 + 2 are a classic of British creative Jazz from the 1960s. This three CD box-set not only offers remastered versions of the two LPs but also sextet/quartet renderings of some themes of the greater line-up.
From 1966 and 1970 with Surman (sextet only) and Mike Osborne. Also added a rare 7" with Norma Winstone and the Concert Band. Includes a very informative booklet.

As the sub-title suggests 'Cappuccini Klang 2' is the previously unreleased second part of a 1992 recording session. It was offered as download only on bandcamp somewhat unnoticed in 2013.
The original CD was edited by Splasc(H) Records which - BTW - is active again.

Some of the above mentioned recordings are not 'Upcoming + Recent' releases. But I do not care as long as the music is as original and revelatory as on the double CD "Retrospective" by the Al Neil Trio.
Al Neil was unknown to me before Nick posted Neil's solo LP on this blog.
Many words but only one necessary step > Get it! Get It! as long as the one time pressing lasts.
My highest recommendation.

23 July 2017


A1. Manhattan Reflections
A2. You've Changed
A3. My Song Is Blue
A4. Felicidade

B1. First Moves
B2. Det Finns (So Many Things)
B3. Beat Me Again
B4. Meaning Of The Blues
B5. Give Me Peace

Gunnar Bergsten, baritone saxophone
Torbjörn Hultcrantz, bass
Lars Bagge, bassoon, horn
Lennart Jansson, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, alto and baritone saxophone
Johnny Martinez, congas
René Martinez, congas
Sabu Martinez, congas
Lars Färnlöf, cornet, flugelhorn
Leif Wennerström, drums
Bernt Rosengren, flute, alto and tenor saxophone
Tommy Koverhult, English horn, soprano and tenor saxophone
Okay Temiz, percussion
Claes-Göran Fagerstedt, piano
Bobo Stenson, piano, electric piano
Anders Lindskog, tenor saxophone
Jan Jansson, trombone
Janus Miezek, trombone
Lars Olofsson, trombone
Lennart Löfgren, trombone
Sven Larsson, bass trombone
Björn Borg, trumpet
Bertil Lövgren, trumpet, flugelhorn
Maffy Falay, trumpet, flugelhorn
Nannie Porres, vocals
Bennie Svensson, vocals

Recorded April 12-15, 1977, at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.

EMI ‎– 7C 062-35428

LP Rip

15 July 2017


A. Looks Like Snow

B. Is It Addicting? (A Love Song)

C. Raynershine

D. Markle-O-Slow

from Cafe Le Hibou Recollections; Denis Faulkner

Gordon Rayner, art director
Terry Forster, bass
Jim Jones, electric bass
Michael Snow, piano, celeste, flugelhorn, trumpet, whistling
Nobuo Kubota, soprano, alto & baritone saxophone
Robert Markle, tenor saxophone, electric piano
Graham Coughtry, trombone
Harvey Cowan, violin

Photo: John Reeves, 1965

Recorded June 1973 at Eastern Sound, Toronto, except "Mark-O-Slow" recorded live at the University of Windsor, March 1973.

Isaacs Gallery & Music Gallery Editions, no number

LP Rip


A.  Who Is It?

B1. That's Art Gerry
B2. Smoke

C1. Tapioca
C2. A Space Number Too

D.  Che Whiz

still from the documentary Cowboy and Indian (1972), Don Owen, National Film Board of Canada

Robert Markle, tenor saxophone, piano, door knocks
Gordon Rayner, drums, percussion
Gerry McAdam, guitar
Michael Snow, trumpet, piano, whistling
Graham Coughtry, trombone
Nobua Kubota, soprano & baritone saxophone
Jim Jones, bass
Denyse MacCormack, vocals

Recorded at Gordon Rayner's studio and the A Space Gallery, Toronto, June 1975 - April 1976.

Music Gallery Editions ‎– MGE 3

LP Rip

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar & Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar - Raag Chandrakauns

Following the preview post of the solo recital by Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar here is a performance in duo (jugalbandi) by the two sons of Ustad Ziaudin Khan Dagar: Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (1929 - 1990) and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (1932 - 2013). The first is the famous Binkar (rudra veena player), the second is a renowned vocalist as important as the senior Dagar brothers in the representation of the Dagar style of Dhrupad. The jugalbandi between voice and instrument is very rare and the ones made by those two brothers are absolutely incredible in the fact that they represents perfectly the strong link between the voice and the instrument. In his playing Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar have always wanted to be as close as possible to the voice. he used to say: « voice is king, instrument is minister ».

This performance of the raag Chandrakauns, a late evening composition have been recorded in Amsterdam in 1985 and have been briefly published on cd by the Dagar Family.
The development of this raga is done in the tradition with an alap, jor and jala followed by a composition played in Dhamar (12 bits) with the Packawaj.

The Swedish label « country & eastern » have published two cd’s of jugalbandi by the two Dagar Brothers presented here, they are worthy of interest because they are actually the only documents commercially available in this style of Dhrupad.

14 July 2017

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar - concert à radio France 1988

Here is something different than our usual posts. Years ago some contributors posted some Indian classical music, mostly Khyal, let’s return to this tradition of world music. Here is a post of instrumental dhrupad. This tradition is the oldest and the most respected in India. Originally it comes from temple singers but Dhrupad masters became court musicians. It is the case of Ustad Ziauddin Khan father of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar who was musicians ate the court of Udaypur’s Maharajah. Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar was born in 1929 and died in 1990, he represents the 19th generation of the Dagar tradition also named Dagarvani. Beside Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Ustad Z.M. Dagar was probably the most famous Dhrupad musician who played the rudra vena or Been. In the Dagar tradition Ustad Z.M. Dagar opened a new tradition. Before him the rudra veena was never played in front of audience. If almost all the Dagar were trained in the veena, they were only privately playing it, in public they concentrate on the vocal Dhrupad. Ustad Z.M. Dagar is the first to choose the rudra veena as his primary instrument, he also made some changes in the structure of the been to create greater resonance. With the help of instrument maker Kanai Lal from Kolkata the rudra veena get a deeper sound and became a larger bass instrument.
More informations on the history of the rudra veena/been can be found at 

Here we have the full recital given by Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar on May 27, 1988 at radio France. First he plays a long improvisation on the raag Purya Kalyan following the classic development in three parts: alap, jor, jala and a conclusion with the packawaj. Then he concludes the performance with the raag Lalit only in alap.

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar: rudra veena
Mohin Bahauddin Dagar : tanpura
Philippe Bruguiere : tanpura
Pandit Shrikant Mishra : packawaj

raag Puriya Kalyan:
-alap (slow tempo without rhythm)
-jor (slow tempo with rhythm)
-jala (fast tempo with rhythm)
-chautaal (12 bits rhythm with percussion/packawaj)

raag Lalit

May 27, 1988 studio 105 maison de la radio

6 July 2017


Bruce Ackley, Bb + alto clarinet, soprano saxophone
Abdrew Voigt, alto, soprano & sopranino saxophone
Jon Raskin, baritone, alto & soprano saxophone, Bb clarinet
Larry Ochs, tenor, alto & sopranino saxophone

A1. New Sheets (8:25)
A2. Trobar Clus #1 (5:47)
A3. Trobar Clus #2 (6:08)
B.  Ride Upon The Belly Of The Waters, Building Your Boats To Carry All (21:18)

Recorded at John Altmann Recording, San Francisco, on July 25 and August 2, 1978.

Metalanguage 101

(vinyl rip)

4 July 2017


PAUL DUNMALL - soprano and tenor saxophones
TONY LEVIN - drums

1. Set 1  41:16

Band on the Wall, Manchester. 16th November 1989

Don't miss the classic second set from this concert.

2 July 2017

DUNMALL. KANE. WASTELL. Hundred Years Gallery

A present from Mark Wastell.  Thanks to him.

PAUL DUNMALL - tenor saxophone
DAVE KANE - bass
MARK WASTELL - tam-tam, harmonium, frame drum, percussion

1. First Piece  22:28
2. Second Piece  15:22

Recorded live by Graham MacKeachan at the Hundred Years Gallery, Shoreditch, London.
13th September 2015.

1 July 2017


A1. Larry's Listening
A2. Upon Arriving

B1. A Postponement
B2. Circuitry
B3. Down The Street

C1. Yourself Elsewhere
C2. Radio In A Stolen Car

D.  Uncalledforness

E1. Silky Times
E2. Back To Timmons

F1. Leaves Shed Their Trees
F2. One Of Your Lips
F3. Qui Ne Sert Qu'A Nous Faire Trembler

Larry Dubin, drums, pipe drums, percussion, marimba
Al Mattes, bass, electric bass, guitar, percussion
Casey Sokol, piano, electric piano, percussion
Michael Snow, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, percussion, copper tubophone, trumpet
Nobuo Kubota, alto and tenor saxophone, percussion
Peter Anson, guitar, vegematic, electric piano, kettle harp

Recorded at the Music Gallery, Toronto, except F1 recorded at Conservation Hall, Toronto

Music Gallery Editions ‎– MGE 15

LP Rip

30 June 2017

Trio P E I - Yedda Chunyu Lin, Fritz Novotny, Lukas Ligeti

Many of us seem interested in the collective group Reform Art Unit. The history of this collective has often been punctuated by individual sub-projects among the members of the group. The trio Pei fits in this musical tradition. Indeed, Yedda Chunyu Lin is Reform Art Unit's pianist. She created the group with R A U's founder Fritz Novotny and Lucas Ligeti. P.E.I means Passion, Energy, Intensity. Here is a live recording kindly offered by Yedda, given at the release of their first album. Also included some sound clips of this first cd packaged in a beautiful gatefold lp sleeve.

This album is fantastic and you can support the artist and order it directly to Yedda 
You can also visit her web at

Find one recent recording of the R A U with Yedda Chunyu Lin recently posted here

Great live, two tracks:
Yedda Chunyu Lin: piano
Fritz Novotny: Soprano sax, flute
Lukas Ligeti: Drums