3 August 2017

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 ...

2 August 2017


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.

1 August 2017


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.

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.


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 July 18, 2016 -
We've shortened the list (again) for users' convenience:

Jan Garbarek Trio - live at Moers 1973
Nonaka "Goku" Mitsumasa - Street Preaching At The Cheshire Cat
Manfred Schoof Quintet - Domicile München 1969
Jiří Stivín & Rudolf Dašek ‎– Tandem (Supraphon)
Lee Konitz Quartet - live in Manchester 1966
Roswell Rudd - Maine
Radio Jazz Group Stuttgart - Koppelaar-Carl-Reichel-Dauner-Honsinger - Stuttgart 1977
Theo Loevendie 4TET
Theo Loevendie Quartet -  Orlando
Theo Loevendie Quartet - Live in Moers 1979
Alan Davie - Phantom In The Room
Tetsu Saito - Tokio Tango
Oriental Wind - Sankirna
Niko Langenhuijsen - Hypo
CCMC - Vol 1
Eje Thelin - Polyglot
Takashi Kako / Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd - EL AL
Voices - Rediscover The Beautiful
New Jazz Ensemble - Burning Flowers
Ruf der Heimat feat. Charles Gayle & E.L. Petrowsky - Köln, 1994
Fall, Few, Maka - Diom Futa
Machi Oul - Quetzalcoatl
Waterland Ensemble - Domesticated Doomsday
Loek Dikker Waterland Ensemble - Tan-Tango
Keshavan Maslak - Loek Dikker.... - Mayhem In Our Streets
Ekkehard Jost & Amman Boutz
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath - live at Siegendorff 1975
The Group - live in Cambridge, Mass. 1987
CMIF (Creative Musicians Improvisers Forum - 1983/84)
Andrew Hill - Big Band and Solo Live Recordings
Edward Vesala - I'm Here
Fred Van Hove & Cel Overberghe - With Strings - Met Strijkers - Avec Cordes
The Original Orchestra - Don't Play That Sentimental Ballad
Toshi Tsuchitori / Mototeru Takagi - Origination +Alm/Balcony
Toshi Tsuchitori - 3 DYM LPs
Sato - Takase - Hashimoto - Kako - Twilight Monologues
Air - live in Pisa '79
Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley - Birdland, Neuburg
Richard Teitelbaum - Hiuchi-Ishi
Saheb Sarbib - Live in Europe
Dean. Dunmall. Rogers. Levin - ELTON
Elton Dean Quartet - EDQ LIVE
Bill Lewis & Khan Jamal - The River
Binder Quintet featuring John Tchicai
Allan Jaffe - Soundscape
New Orchestra Quintet - Up 'Til Now
GROUP ONGAKU - (1960/61)
Riri Shimada / Takehisa Kosugi - The Other World of Eric Satie
Elton Dean Quartet - Live in Milan '79
Michel Portal Unit (NDR Jazzworkshop No.99) - In Hamburg 1974
Michel Portal Unit feat. Albert Mangelsdorff - Live in Willisau 1976
Brötzmann / Portal / Bennink - In Paris 1977
Kang Tae Hwan - Tokebi
Sonny Sharrock - Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Paul Dunmall Qt - Manchester 1987
Jan Garbarek Quartet - live in Bremen 1974
Anthony Braxton - Evan Parker Duet 1994
Joji Yuasa – Triplicity For Contrabass
Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Tony Oxley - live in London 2004
United Front - Live in Moers 79
Paul Rogers & Paul Dunmall - Invisibles 
Paul Rogers - Solo (2000)
Rutherford.Tippett. Rogers - ROTOR
United Front - Path with a Hesrt
Alex Maguire's Cat O'Nine Tails - Hoki-Poki
Wallin - Ulander - Olsen - The New Figaro
Bengt "Frippe" Nordström - Meaningless
Masahiko Togashi - Voices
Steve Lacy - Wordless
Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett - Soundscape NY 1981
Frank Wright & Jerry Griffin - Saalfelden, Austria, November, 1979
Steve Grossman + Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark - New Moon
Steve Lacy Quartet - Moers 1974
Lesli Dalaba - Trumpet Songs and Dances

6 December 2016


 I won't give a review for this latest release on the almost dormant label "psi".
But these 'liquid sculptures' have won my admiration easily. Quite a special sound-world.
Gouband plays lithophones (percussion played on and with stones) while Nauseef mostly uses metallic percussion.
Evan Parker feels strongly that this is one of the best records he has ever made.
And I gladly agree with this notion. Already added to my 'top ten' of 2016.
Highest recommendation on my side.

 Just deleted the link for a LP rip we've offered in 2010.
Yesterday morning - some minutes before I went to work - I discovered that it was reissued in September. Luckily it was available in Germany and so I got it today.
Remastered from the original tapes and housed in a LP replica.
A great early collaboration between Japanese and Afro-American masters.

The above recording is the second CD which shall add up to a trilogy.
"Luten" > Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky is in top condition here despite being 81 when this 30 minutes of music were recorded - yeah.
The line-up appeared promising before I heard it for the first time some weeks ago:

Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky - as, cl
Elan Pauer - p, perc
John Edwards - b
Robert Landfermann - b
Christian Lillinger - dr, perc

Available through the label Euphorium and elsewhere.


I don't know wether the Al Neil Trio is really the first Free Jazz group from Canada.
But this recent purchase is surely an extraordinary find for me.
Especially the vocalisations from Richard Anstey have won me over. And this is true despite my general aversion for lyrics/poems et. al. "attached" to music.
But that's not the whole story. The integration of field recordings in the process of improvisation and the general musical prowess of the trio makes for an engaged listening experience.
In my book this double CD is THE reissue (out-of-five) of 2016, albeit released already in 2002.
It will be available as long as stock lasts. You can get it here as download or as the complete package including liner notes and reminiscences from a.o. Eugene Chadbourne, Milo Fine and Al Neil.

The first free jazz group in Canada:
Al Neil - piano, zither, vocals, miscellaneous instruments;
Richard Anstey - acoustic bass, soprano sax, vocals, toy instruments;
Gregg Simpson - drums, percussion, toy instruments, sound collages

Includes 30 page booklet with reviews and photos.

More info to be found there.

4 December 2016

Paul Fields, Fritz Novotny - To James Joyce (jazzfields1983)

Fritz Novotny - soprano sax, arghool, bombarde, glockenspiel, flutes, percussion, artwork
Paul Fields - violin (track 1), alto sax (track 2), synthesizer (track 3), piano (track 4)

A1 - Kinds Of...        8:34
A2 - Existence        5:10
A3 - Silence        5:41
B - Europe            19:45

Recorded September 14, 1983 at Jazzfields Tonstudios, Lower Austria.
Composed, Arranged by Fritz Novotny and Paul Fields

Jazzfields Records, RAU 1012
Austria, 1983

3 December 2016

Gérard Grisey - Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil

There seems to have been a good reaction, in number of downloads at least, to Grisey's Les Espaces Acoustiques posted here a few weeks ago, and I hope that posting music like this here is not only of interest to regular visitors, but also attracts others who may become equally interested in some of the other music posted here.

So here is Gérard Grisey's most famous piece, Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil (1997-8), a meditation through four songs - from Christian, Egyptian, Greek and Mesopotamian cultures - on the passing from life to death. I don't hear any morbidity here, or sentimentality, instead a beautiful, rarefied contemplation, on the cusp of Liebestod.

I recorded this from France Musique earlier this year, and it is a remarkably assured performance. Don't hesitate if you get the chance to see this in concert!

Gérard Grisey

Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, pour soprano et grand ensemble

Barbara Hannigan : soprano 

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Conductor : Susanna Mälkki

2008 Agora Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
7th June, 2008

1 December 2016


Toot was founded in 1998. Meanwhile they released two CDs with recordings from 2003, 2005 and 2008. You can find them here and there.

More info about this great trio you'll find at Lehn's website.

Phil Minton, voice
Axel Dörner, trumpet
Thomas Lehn, analogue sythesizer

1. ... 15:08
2. ... 15:35
3. ... 11:53
4. ... 02:26

Recorded on July 22, 2000 at Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria during 'Konfrontationen 2000".


A. Boat Songs Of The Yellow Eye

B. Precipitation Of The Whales

Davey Williams, electric & slide guitar
LaDonna Smith, viola, violin, voice, alto horn

Side 1 recorded live at Roulette, NYC, on 2 November 1984.

Side 2 live radio broadcast on WMFO-FM, Medford, Massachusetts, on 27 October 1984.

Cassette Documents - CD 6

Cassette Rip

28 November 2016


A. No Way

B. No Way

Davey Williams, electric guitar
Wally Shoup, alto saxophone, miscellaneous
Doug Carroll, cello, electronics
Mary Horn, dance

Recorded on 20 June 1984

Cassette Documents - CD 5

Cassette Rip

24 November 2016


A. Lost Armadillo Sandwich

B. Lost Armadillo Sandwich

Wally Shoup, alto saxophone
Doug Carroll, cello, electronics
Davey Williams, guitar, banjo, bass clarinet
LaDonna Smith, viola, violin, voice

Recorded on 8 December 1983

Cassette Documents - CD 3

Cassette Rip

18 November 2016


A. Close Calls In Texas

B. Close Calls In Texas

Wally Shoup, alto saxophone
Doug Carroll, cello, electronics
Davey Williams, guitar
LaDonna Smith, viola, violin, percussion

Recorded on 16 July 1973

Cassette Documents ‎– CD 2

Cassette Rip

15 November 2016


1. - 4.  The Well Tuned Piano 8 VI 64 Day Of Gammadion (39:54)
La Monte Young, piano

5. 12 1 64 First Twelve - Sunday Morning Blues (11:25)
6. B♭ Dorian Blues Saturday 19th November 1963 - Fifth Day Of The Hammer (11:15)
[19 October or November 1963]

Theater of Eternal Music:

La Monte Young, sopranino saxophone
Marian Zazeela, vocals [Voice Drone]
Angus MacLise, hand drums
Tony Conrad, bowed guitar
John Cale, viola

This music was released in excerpts (5 + 6) in 2013 as LP.
Previously released as double LP (bootleg) in 1992 (taken from a German radio broadcast).

11 November 2016


A. I.C.V.

B. Stationary Dervish

Wally Shoup, alto saxophone
Doug Carroll, cello, electronics
Davey Williams, guitar, banjo, bass clarinet
LaDonna Smith, viola, violin, voice

Side A recorded on 26 February 1984.
Side B recorded on 4 January 1984.

Cassette Documents ‎– CD 1

Cassette Rip

10 November 2016


David S. Ware's first recordings have been reissued on the AUM Fidelity label; this includes the original Hat Hut LP, together with some other takes from those sessions. First listening is very positive - the influences of Ayler and Coltrane are clear, but there's also the energence of a strong new voice with tremendous energy and vision.

Disc One – Birth Of A Being
1 .Prayer .(10:54)

2 .Thematic Womb.(16:34)
3 .A Primary Piece #1 .(13:48)
4 .A Primary Piece #2. (12:00)

Disc One – Birth Of A Being (Expanded)
5 .Prayer [alt. take]. (12:07)

6 .Cry .(14:06)
7 .Stop Time .(17:05)
8 .Ashimba [C-M]. (2:30)

.Solo .(6:56)

David S. Ware : tenor saxophone
Cooper Moore : piano, ashimba
Marc Edwards : drums

A strong and demanding music by 

Piano – Anthony Pateras
Trumpet – Scott Tinkler
Violin – Erkki Veltheim

After the last two notifications are reissues I would like to recommend a music by three relatively unknown musicians (I assume...).
Erkki Veltheim was unknown to me until I've heard this CD in September.
Tinkler and Pateras I do follow since about 15 years, albeit separately as this seems to be their first recorded collaboration.
And four weeks after I discovered this dense music they came to Munich were I was lucky to hear and see them playing at least as strong as on the CD in the pink cover.


We've posted this early example of European Free Jazz about six years ago.
Off course we've deleted the link after the vinyl reissue was available.
This is one of the so called "holy grails" where the nimbus is on a par with the quality of the music.


For those who weren't able or willing to get the LP in 2011 the German label JazzHausMusik has thankfully reissued it on CD with an extra title.
"Portiques Indéformables" and "Emprise Ferroviaire" are my favourite tracks.
Dark moods - excellent!



Got this gorgeous box-set today. Shall listen to it immediately after I finish this post.
But I already enjoy the way it is designed.
Each box-set is unique in its appearance.  And a - for me - quite important feature is the haptic sensation the printing offers to my fingers, (rather not the tongue ;-)
Unpredictable Series is the label's name. Which to me is a fitting description for the group's music.
Take also a look at this affiliated website. 
Available at least since mid June........

Here is the label's description:
Every boxset contains 4 previous unreleased albums of Alterations plus a booklet and 5 postcards with work of Terry Day and photographs of Gerárd Rouy. Every box is unique, designed and handmade by Blanca Regina.

Compilation 1979-1985 / Total CD 01:05:49.08
Live at Arts Theatre Club 1986 / Total CD 00:54:58.08
Live at Frankfurt 1983 / Total CD 00:59:50.20
Live at Iklectik, London 2015 / Total CD 01:04:15.17

Sound mastering by Dave Hunt.
CD screenprinted covers produced at Create Space London.

Prologue by Steve Beresford & Blanca Regina
Where Is the Straw People? David Toop
Into the mix by Terry Day
Atmospheres morph by Dave Hunt
Freedom to... by Greta Pistaceci
Sufficiently Subversive by Mike Cooper
32 pages. Redeem paper and foil blocking
Booklets made at London Book Arts.

Artwork by Terry Day and Gérard Rouy
Limited edition of 50


The Jimmy Giuffre 3 with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow only lasted about a year, but their work, which ranged from blues to tempo-less group improvisation, became a major influence on a wide variety of subsequent music from 'soft jazz' to 'hard-core' free improvisation. This double CD reissues their only known well-recorded concerts, originally released in 1992/3 on hat ART 6071/2. In addition, there are six previously unissued performances from the Bremen concert, three trios and three piano/bass duets. Also included are the two tracks from their FUSION album which were not included in the ECM double-album reissue. 158 minutes. (Released on October 13, 2016)
You can get it directly from Emanem

I would like to add that the Graz recording isn't so bad soundwise either - for a bootleg.

Here  Maybe the tapes are still available at the ORF.......only asking

Scheduled for 5th November, 2016.

Disc 1 (49:25)

Manfred Schoof Quintett:

1.   Roots And Collage (7:28)

2.   Voices (12:04)

3.   Rhythm Change (6:09)

Wolfgang Dauner Trio:

4.   Tape (17:30)

Gunter Hampel Quartett:

5.   Renonciation (6:14)

Disc 2 (46:39)

Dick van der Capellen Trio:

1.   Peace (12:04)

Peter Brötzmann Trio:

2.   Intensity (4:38)

3.   Variability (6:51)

Joe Viera  Quartett:

4.   Ambigious Discussion (6:53)

5.   River Thames (7:09)

6.   Salute To Roland (Kirk) (9:04)


April 30, 1966, at Jahrhunderthalle & May 1, 1966 at the Volksbildungsheim, Frankfurt/Germany.

8 November 2016


A5. Ma Mère L'Oye (Ravel)

Jun Date, harpsichord
Masayuki Takayanagi, guitar
Masanaga Harada, bass
Masahiko Togashi, drums
Takatoshi Naito, orchestra conductor
Naohiko Terashima, arranger
Aquirax, illustration

The top performers of modern jazz, backed by ensembles, make this album one of the most outstanding release of all time.

One track of Mother-Goose-orchestra-spy-movie-cool-jazz-harpsichord

Kings Records - SKK 465

LP Rip

6 November 2016


Henry Threadgill, alto saxophone, flute, bass flute
Mark Taylor, french horn
Brandon Ross, electric and acoustic guitar
Masujaa, electric and acoustic guitar
Edwin Rodriguez, tuba
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Larry Bright, drums, percussion

1. Next 9:04
2. Snakes Don't Do Suicide 7:39
3. I Love You With An Asterisk 5:40
4. Someplace 7:30
5. Dangerously Slippy 6:51
6. King Kong 6:09
7. Breach Of Protocol 8:50

Recorded on May 4, 1991 at Koncepts Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA.


2 November 2016

The Clan - Music Overdrive (Granit 1988)

Paul Fields - Keyboards, Violin
Sepp Mitterbauer - Trumpet
Fritz Novotny - Reeds, Percussion
Christian Salfellner - Drums
Reinhard Ziegerhofer - Bass

A1 - Next Movie         6:06
A2 - Dance Of The Bear     3:23
A3 - Clearness         5:06
A4 - Pannonia Feeling         7:22
B1 - Neo Bop         4:30
B2 - Cool Down         6:40
B3 - Samurai         3:34
B4 - Clan Fun         4:20
B5 - Quarter Chords         3:53

recorded in July 1988, at Soundfield Studio, Harmannsdorf, Lower Austria

Granit Records, 89106
Austria, 1988

31 October 2016

KEITH TIPPETT - solo 2000

Keith Tippett - piano

1. One January Night 6:11
2. Harry's Tune (for Harry Miller)  3:52
3. Prelude to Four Whispers for Archie's Chair  7:26
4. Linukea Variations  9:19
5. Let the Music Speak  9:26

Gateway Studios, London
BBC broadcast 'Jazz on 3' 8 April 2000

27 October 2016


A1.  No Skull

Drum Kit

A2a. Struck
A2b. Bowed
A2c. Shaken

A3.  Arco Metal

B1.  Traps
B2.  I.F.O.'s / Metal & Realdrum
B3.  Die Blechtrommel
B4.  A Mummified Person With A Pleasant Smile Is Kept In A Cupboard In The Vestry

Paul Burwell, percussion

Sadly true

Recorded at Anne Bean's Studio, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, Sept. 19th 1979, by David Toop for Toadfish Tapes, USA.

No-label release in UK.

Cassette C60 recording

22 October 2016


Found this CD rip today on one of my hd's.
It is a contribution from Nick before he came on board - I've forgot to post it back then....

Marcel Azzola, accordion
Itaru Oki, trumpet, bugle
Frédéric Loth, saxophones, clarinet
Rémi Desbeauvais, clarinet
Frank Gourgon, piano
Kent Carter, bass
Donald Féquière, drums, percussion
Didier Greiner, clarinet (on Suite Pour Le Monde)
Marc Steckar, tuba (on Joyaux Des Rues and Esposition De Tableaux)

1.  B. A. Basse
2.  Le Livre De Samuel
3.  Granny Salomka
4.  Suite Pour "Le Monde" (À Hubert Beuve Méry)
    - Intro Tutti
    - Marche Triste
    - La Cité Qui Rêve
    - Duo
    - Le Temps
    - Final Tutti
5.  Transit
6.  Spqr.
7.  Petit Déjeuner Avec Béa
8.  Inconséquence
9.  Rue Des Orchidées
10. Joyaux Des Rues
11. Esposition De Tableaux

Cover Painting by Olivier Melano

Recorded at Studio Ark, 1989.

Zoo Records J 9001.

16 October 2016

Okkyung Lee Septet / Fred van Hove & Els Vandeweyer duo / Donaueschingen, 15th October 2016

Two sets from this year's Donaueschingen festival, broadcast by SWR2.

First, Okkyung Lee's septet, which brings the kind of freshness and zest to free music that makes you sit up and think - I haven't heard anything quite like this before, and I want to hear more! Pansori is probably an acquired taste, (but then I did spend about two years of my life listening to little other than Chinese opera), but the music itself is remarkable;

Okkyung Lee - cello
Song Hee Kwon - Pansori-Sängerin (musical storyteller)
Jae Hyo Chang - percussion
John Butcher - saxophone
John Edwards - bass
Lasse Marhaug - electronics
Ches Smith - drums/percussion/vibraphone

"Cheol-Kkot-Sae" (Steel Flower Bird) (38’04”)

Donaueschingen; 15th October 2016

Second, a lyrical and shimmering duo with Fred van Hove and Els Vandeweyer;

Duo (44’45”)

Fred van Hove - piano
Els Vandeweyer - vibraphone

Donaueschingen; 15 October 2016

12 October 2016

Hans-Günther Wauer, Theo Jörgensmann - Introitus (kip 1990)

kip Records, kip3, CD

1 - Der Raum Spielt Mit             9:16
2 - Miniaturen                 14:43
3 - Variationen Über Den Choral "Schönster Herr Jesu"     10:05
4 - Introitus                 8:12

Theo Jörgensmann - Clarinet
Hans-Günther Wauer - ChurchOrgan

Recorded at "6. Geöffnete Ohren Festival", Dreifaltigkeitskirche, Aachen, 19.10.1989

2 October 2016

Stockhausen at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, 1969

Some more from the NRK archives, this time two performances by Karlheinz Stockhausen's emsemble on 29 and 30 September 1969. These were at the Henie Onstad Art Centre at Høvikodden outside Oslo. The Centre was opened in 1968 and soon became the most prominent venue for new music, electronica and even jazz. Among jazz events in 1969, the premier performance of George Russell's Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature and a concert by the Cadentia Nova Danica, an ensemble led by saxophonist John Tchicai.

We get to hear two pieces (in separate files), first "Kurzwellen" (Shortwaves) where short wave receivers play a key role as a sound source for emulation and improvisation. This piece was recorded and released by Deutsche Grammophon in 1970. The record lists six musicians, but as far as I make out, there are only five present in this concert. These are:

Karlheinz Stockhausen - electronics, mixing, harmonica (on "Es")
Aloys Kontarsky - piano
Johannes G. Fritsch - viola
Harald Bojé - keyboards
Rolf Gehlhaar - percussion

The second piece, "Es" (It), an excerpt from "Aus den Sieben Tagen" (From the Seven Days), features the same ensemble, but this piece is based on what may be called non-cognitive spontaneity, reminiscent of Eastern ideas derived from meditation and buddhism. Only when the mind is devoid of thought is the time to play. Once one starts to think again, one should stop immediately. Hence there is a lot of space and silence in this music, only broken by sudden otbursts of sound. Both pieces may sound random to many ears and to some degree they are, but there is, I sense, a strong procedural and conceptual element to this music nonetheless. The second half of the video is a Q&A session with musicians, including some of his own, where he gets to expound on his concept of biological time, space, natural sound and on what he calls intuitive music.

Same as for the Cathy Berberian programme, which I posted before, it's all in glorious black and white!


A companion to corvimax's previous post feat. the same drums 'n' bass.

Dave Rempis, alto & tenor saxophone
Keefe Jackson, clarinet & tenor saxophone
Nick Broste, trombone
Brian Dibblee, bass
Frank Rosaly, drums

1. No Shade Of Red     07:35
2. Hand Impairment     06:39
3. Long Lines             07:19
4. Edge Wear             10:02
5. Apples             10:26
6. Witz             09:22
7. Seams             05:02

Recorded at 3030 (Chicago) on January 27, 2003.

All music by Brian Dibblee except track 6 by Frank Rosaly.

Future Reference Recordings – FR003 (2003)

30 September 2016

Design flaw - Ends meet

there is a post somewhere here at IS, wich I think is Thread Quintet - Long Lines, but I cannot find it, probably  it wasnt tagged and the useful search feature has disappeared (for me only or for real?). it was a good one that make me want to look for his companion album, wich is here now

Design Flaw - Ends Meet
Future Reference Recordings, FR001, CD

Jon Doyle - B flat clarinet
Brian Dibblee - double Bass
Frank Rosaly - drums

1 - Closer Than You Or I Believe     5:02
2 - Couldn't     4:42
3 - Leaving     4:28
4 - Passing By     4:10
5 - A Solution For Something     4:51
6 - Lasting Impression     3:15
7 - For Airplay     4:44
8 - Another Time     4:59
9 - Trying Not To Stand Still     5:51

Track 7 was written by Frank Rosaly, all other tracks written by Brian Dibblee

Tracks 6, 7 and 9 recorded december 2001 at Shevitz Studio.
Tracks 1-5 and 8 were recorded november 11, 2002 at Acme Recording.

22 September 2016


A. Stella! Black & White

B. Stella! Black & White

Blake Parker, spoken word, libretto
John Mills-Cockell, music, synthesizer, keyboards, electronics
Greg Kozac, percussion
Leora Cash, vocals
Michael Hayden, production

Privately released cassette in DVD case with booklet/libretto

This is Intersystems, 27 years later. Of several Canadian artistic/musical productions (e.g. CCMC, Nihilist Spasm Band, The Artists' Jazz Band), the Intersystems LPs (No 1 Record, Peachy and Free Psychedelic Poster Inside) are my favourites, for Mills-Cockell's wild electronics and Parker's savagely satirical wit and vocal delivery. They were re-released last year individually and in a box set that has my highest recommendation, with great sound compared to earlier CD copies and what is on youtube (though an introduction is there if you haven't heard them). The accompaniment and poetry are less stark and challenging here, but definitely worth a listen.

18 September 2016

Cathy Berberian - A Portrait

Here is some more from the NRK archives, broadcast in March 1970. I vaguely remember watching it at the time, so all the more delighted to find it in the digital archives of the NRK.

First we get a performance of The Beatles' Ticket to Ride, with tongue firmly in cheek and a little later Yesterday, with the singer and audience all decked out in fake noses and moustaches. An interview with Norwegian composer Kjell Skyllstad follows which allows Cathy Berberian to reflect on the rituals of classicial recitals, both from the point of view of the performer and audience.

Three performances follow, first Cathy Berberian's own "Stripsody," clearly inspired by comic strips and the vocal acrobatics involved in emulating the texts of the strips. Then, two pieces by John Cage follow, "Flower" and "Wonderful Widows of 18 Springs", sparsely performed with only a drum for accompaniment. Finally, we get to hear "Thema. Omagio a James Joyce" by Luciano Berio, with whom she was married from 1950 - 1964. The entire recital is taken from Joyce's texts, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to pinpoint exactly what's being cited. The voice is electronically treated and the camera pans over the audience to catch their facial epressions and occasional eye movements, all superimposed by videos and images of sea gulls and sailing ships. By the end, the words have been rendered unintelligible by electronic manipulation.

All in all, performances which range from humorous takes on popular culture to the deep crevices of Joyce's texts. But thoroughly enjoyable! Oh, and I forgot to say: All in glorious black and white!


13 September 2016


Not my rip - thanks to the original uploader.
Probably my memory is short - but I found it on an external hd this afternoon without knowledge of it...
Obviously sotise has a point with his comments in the Free Form section four days ago.

Evert Brettschneider, electric & acoustic guitar
Aloys Kott, double bass, electric double bass, electric bass
Peter Eisold, drums, tabla, flute marimba

A1. Rumpelstielzchen  4:23
A2. Double Face  14:36
B1. Engelstanz  5:21
B2. Sonate  13:34

Recorded: July 1974 and February 1975 at BTS-Studio (Blackfield Tonstudio), Kirchhellen, Germany.

CALIG CAL 30614  (vinyl rip)

11 September 2016


The music herein was already posted by Riccardo in 2010.
But Michael King - producer of the now sadly defunct label - asked for a removal of the links.
The links were removed and the music was released about two years later in 2012 on Reel Recordings.
Already in 2013 the label stopped its production....
King wanted to start a new label called "Jazz in Britain" but sadly he died in 2015.

 Elton Dean, alto saxophone, saxello
Alan Skidmore, tenor & soprano sax
Mark Charig, trumpet,tenor horn
Harry Beckett, trumpet,flugelhorn
Radu Malfatti, trombone
Nick Evans, trombone
Keith Tippett, piano
Harry Miller, bass
Louis Moholo, drums
Jim Dvorak, trumpet (2nd set only)

1-1. Oases 20:12  
1-2. One Three Nine 14:07  
1-3. Sweet F.A.     14:06
1-4. Seven For Lee 16:59
2-1. Nicrotto 20:42  
2-2. Macks 14:26  
2-3. First Born 13:01  
2-4. Bounce  8:51

CD One: First Set
1. Solos: Charig + Dean + Malfatti + Tippett
2. Solos: Dean + Beckett + Tippett
3. Solos: Skidmore + Beckett + Tippett
4. Solos: Dean + Skidmore

CD Two: Second Set
1. Evans/Malfatti duet
2. Solos: Dean + Beckett
3. Solos: Evans + Dean + Tippett
4. Solos: Dvorak + Skidmore

The 100 Club, 100 Oxford St, London, England ~ March 5th 197

Sony TC-D5M Cassette, Stereophonic Ambient Recording

Engineered by twenty-two year Riccardo Bergerone, from a stage front and centre table position as reserved for him personally by Elton Dean.
Positioned far left stage, beyond the band, thus often distant sounding.
Kudos to Keith Tippett for his understanding and support for the music.


9 September 2016


Got this recording several years ago.
Forgot who gave me the CDr at the shop in the center of Munich....
All musicians except Mr. Matsumoto were unknown to me then and now.
Kelly Churko, who was one of the founding members, died quiet young in 2014.
It seems Ossuary didn't left any official recordings.

Actually I rediscovered the CDr today after searching for my Group Ongaku CD....
Should appeal to all fans of the harsher side of improv. Enjoy

Kelly Churko, guitar
Keita Itoh, bass
Akira Sotoyama, drums
Kenichi Matsumoto, tenor saxophone
Jason Mears, alto saxophone

1. unknown title 8:47
2. unknown title 8:54
3. unknown title 9:01
4. unknown title 5:56
5. unknown title 11:00
6. unknown title 5:37
7. unknown title 5:35
8. unknown title 13:08
9. unknown title 3:38

Ossuary was founded in 2005
unknown recording date and location - probably around 2010

7 September 2016

MUJICIAN - Exeter 1989 Set 2

PAUL DUNMALL - tenor, baritone and soprano saxophones, penny whistle
TONY LEVIN - drums

1. 25:22
2. 18:48

Exeter and Devon Arts Centre, 11th November 1989

For Tantris, Sotise, Kinabalu, Nick, Ernst, Milos, Softnucleus

The real deal.

2 September 2016


Derek Bailey, guitar
Peter Brötzmann, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, tarogato
Yoshisaburo Toyozumi, drums, percussion

1. PB + YT (21.45)
2. DB (22.25)
3. DB + PB + YT (27.29)

Recorded live in Aix-en-provence, Okayama, Japan, on 16 November 1987.

Improvised Company CD002

30 August 2016


heres a serenely beautiful , bittersweet music that’s very much a central European folk inflected fusion with free jazz.

I know nothing of the Hungarian ‘binder quintet’ beyond this one lp ive owned for 20 years.
A unique gem ,that’s worn very well and is unlikely to ever be reissued on cd.

There is no date at all on the lp, late seventies early eighties seems very likely.
This was put out on KREM the recording label of the state controlled Hungarian national radio broadcaster.


>The text above is by sotise which posted this gem almost at the beginning of this blog ( 9th November, 2007!). And here I discovered the music for the first time in 2009 or so...
Just recently I listened to it and was again delighted.
So here's a re-up for all who haden't the chance the first time around.<

Personnel is

Mihaly Dresch,  tenor saxophone , harmonica
Károly Friedrich, trombone, harmonica
Károly Binder, piano
Róbert Benkö, contrabass
István Baló,  drums
John Tchicai,  alto saxophone

1. Vasvirág (Iron Flower) 20:59  
2. Sirató (Dirge) 6:48  
3. Közép-európai Zajongások (Central-European Hubbub) 15:48

Composed by Mihály Dresch

Recorded at Hungarian radio studio, Budapest, July 29, 1982.

Binder Music Manufactory  BMM 9606 (CD)
Originally released on LP in 1983 - Krém SLPX 17759


Erich Kleinschuster, trombone, announcements
Leszek Zadlo, bass clarinet, soprano & tenor saxophone, flute
Fritz Pauer, electric piano
Jimmy Woode, bass
Erich Bachträgl, drums
Fritz Ozmec, percussion

1. Intro 1:22
2. Whole Tone Dance 10:11
3. Directions 4:38
4. Intensity 7:27
5. Einsiedlerplatz (Hermit's Square) 10:46
6. Saturn 11:51
7. Ephedes BH 8:10
8. unknown title (incomplete) 3:29

Written by Erich Kleinschuster except "Directions" which was written by Joe Zawinul.

Recorded at Amerikahaus, Vienna,  Austria on September 18, 1972.

28 August 2016


This is the recording of  "Kraanerg's" premiere.
Although the composition is a continous piece of music I've post it each LP side separately.
So you have four files...

...for more information go to Wikipedia

Kraanerg Musique Pour Orchestre Et Bande Magnétique
[Musique de ballet pour orchestre et bande magnétique 4 pistes :
1(pic).1.2(clpic, clCB).1(cbn)-, crd ( ou multiple)]

Marius Constant, conductor
Ensemble Ars Nova De L'O.R.T.F.

Recorded June 2, 1969 Ottawa, Inauguration du National Arts Centre, National Ballet Guild of Canada
- the rehearsal began in April 1969.

Erato  STU 70527/28 (vinyl rip)

Originally available with the LP box "XENAKIS" (Erato STU 70526/27/28/29/30), 1969.

Kraanerg is a composition for 23 instruments and 4-channel analog tape composed by Iannis Xenakis, originally for a ballet with choreography by Roland Petit and set design by Victor Vasarely. It was created for the grand opening of the Canadian National Arts Centre in Ottawa, which was originally to coincide with Expo 67 but was delayed to 1969.

As the LP was part of a box set there's no cover - I've simply added the red letters to the box' front pic for a start...
...only after uploading I've discovered one nasty audible crack on side D.....

26 August 2016

William Parker - Hamid Drake - John Dikeman ~ Sant'Anna Arresi ~ 5th September 2015

Almost an hour of this trio's set at Sant'Anna Arrest in September 2015 - at once energetic and lyrical, with Dikeman's sax superbly offset by Parker and Drake.

William Parker - bass
Hamid Drake - drums & percussion
John Dikeman - saxophone

Sant'Anna Arresi; 5th September 2015 (from RAI3 live recording)

By the way, RAI3 broadcast the Evan Parker Quartet's 4th September set from the same festival a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't able to record this broadcast - if someone has a recording, could it be shared here?

22 August 2016

KEITH TIPPETT - solo. London 1992


1. August Air  41:02

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London   May 1992

BBC Radio 3.  Impressions. b'cast 17 Oct 1992

Don't miss Keith Tippett's excellent recent solo release Mujician Solo IV - live in Piacenza.

Also a new cd by the Keith Tippett Octet - The Nine Dances of Patrick O'Gonogon

21 August 2016

DUNMALL. ROGERS. HESSION, Termite Club, Leeds 1988

PAUL DUNMALL - ss, ts, bs

1. 40:02
2. 38:57

Termite Club, Leeds   30th June 1988

Thanks to taper.