Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sir Richard Bishop - Improvika

"The nine compositions of “Improvika” are influenced by folk music of all corners of the world with the music of India and the Middle East playing particularly prominent roles. This is not, however, post-modern pastiche or multicultural collage. Quite the contrary, it is something that synthesizes all these disparate elements into something wholly new. Bishop has a somewhat improvisational rhythmic language that is all his own as well as a compositional sense that (even if these pieces are, in fact, improvisations as the title might suggest) carries this album easily through its 45 minute running time." - Nick Hennies (Foxy Digitalis)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Schiano/Rutherford/Mengelberg/Bennink - A European Proposal (1977)

1. Tristezze di San Luigi [Schiano/Rutherford/Mengelberg/Bennink] 18:28 
2. Tristezze di San Luigi [Schiano/Rutherford/Mengelberg/Bennink] 18:58 
3. Tristezze di San Luigi [Schiano/Rutherford/Mengelberg/Bennink] 18:51 
4. Tristezze di San Luigi [Schiano/Rutherford/Mengelberg/Bennink] 20:59 

Mario Schiano : sax alto; Paul Rutherford : trombone, euphonium; Misha Mengelberg : pianoforte; Han Bennink : batteria, percussione, clarinetto basso, giocattoli 

Recorded live at Teatro Ponchielli (Cremona) 4/24/1978 



Grant Green - The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark


Over a five-week period in early 1962, Grant Green recorded three amazing quartet sessions with Sonny Clark on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes or Art Blakey on drums. As magnificent as the results were, the three albums, considered too progressive for Green's soul-jazz following, languished in the vaults for 18 years. In 1980, "Airegin," the session with Blakey, came out in the United States, while the two with Hayes ("Gooden's Corner" and "Oleo") came out only in Japan. Later issued briefly on Mosaic with three bonus tracks, they have since become collectors' items of legendary proportions. Now Blue Note is finally making them available on this specially-priced 2-CD set. Some of the best music Grant Green ever recorded. [Super Bit Mapping]

THE COMPLETE QUARTETS WITH SONNY CLARK includes the albums AIREGIN, GOODEN'S CORNER and OLEO as well as 3 additional tracks.





Saturday, October 11, 2008

Miles Davis - The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions

5 CD 24-bit digitally remastered set includes music from the original albums 'A Tribute To Jack Johnson' (1971), 'Live Evil' (1971), 'Big Fun' (1974), 'Get Up With It' (1974) & 'Directions' (1981). Led by John Mc Laughlin, musicians include Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Grossman, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Sharrock, Wayne Shorter and more. 42 tracks with 34 of them previously unissued. Over 4 hours of brand new Miles Davis music.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sir Richard Bishop - Fingering the Devil (Limited Edition)

Limited Edition CDR. 52 minutes. 9 songs which were recorded at Southern Studios in 2005. Solo acoustic guitar with no overdubs. Originally released by Southern Records, UK on CD and Vinyl, both of which are long out of print. This is your only option. A journey through the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, and other points along the gypsy trail.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sir Richard Bishop - Staged

42 minutes. A release of all live recordings. Includes a couple of pieces from 1998, shortly after Salvador Kali was released. The remaining songs are taken from the 2005 and 2006 tours.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Derek Bailey/Han Bennink - Han

Derek Bailey, guitar; Han Bennink, percussion, soprano saxophone.

Melancholy babes, part 1 (25.26)
Melancholy babes, part 2 (30.25)

'During March 1986, Han Bennink, the Dutch master drummer, and I played a short tour of England - eight concerts in seven days. Of the many times we have played together over the past twenty years or so, this was probably my favourite bout. Four of the concerts were recorded and this disc is a compilation of five excerpts from these concerts. There is no attempt to disguise the edits but the music is presented as two continuous pieces - the way we usually play a concert.' Derek Bailey.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tony Oxley - Ichnos (1969)

Bass - Barry Guy 
Composed By, Percussion - Tony Oxley 
Guitar - Derek Bailey 
Saxophone [Soprano, Tenor] - Evan Parker 
Trombone - Paul Rutherford (2) 
Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Kenny Wheeler

A1 Crossing (Sextet)
A2 Oryane (Percussion Solo)
B1 Eiroc (Quartet)
B2 Santrel (Quartet)
B3 Cadilla (Sextet)


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Miles Davis - Live in Japan '81

October 4, 1981
Shinjuku Nishi-Guchi Hiroba, Tokyo

Miles Davis Sextet

Miles Davis (tpt); Bill Evans (ss, ts, fl, el-p); Mike Stern (g); Marcus Miller (el-b); Al Foster (d); Mino Cinelu (perc)

First set 
Back Seat Betty (M. Davis) 20:13 
Ursula (M. Davis) 2:01 
My Man's Gone Now (D. Heyward-G. Gershwin) 15:44 
Aida (M. Davis) 12:12 

Second set 
Fat Time (M. Davis) 12:59 
Jean Pierre (M. Davis) 11:34 

Friday, October 3, 2008

Peter Brotzmann/Han Bennink - Still Quite Pupular After All Those Years

Peter Brotzmann/Han Bennink 

Peter Brotzmann, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, tarogata, a-clarinet; 
Han Bennink, drums, voice. 

Side I / 320 kbps / 
1. Clarinet/drums (05.35) 
2. Tarogato/drums (06.18) 
3. Clarinet/drums (04.23) 

Side II / 320 kbps / 
1. Clarinet/drums (05.35) 
2. Alto/drums (08.18) 
3. Tenor/drums (05.52) 

Recorded 4/5 February 2004 at LOFT, Koln. 
Design (part of front cover reproduced above) by Bennink/Brotzmann. 
Released January 2005; this is available only on LP.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary Five

Recording information: Jazzhaus Montmarte, Copenhagen, Denmark (11/15/1963).

Personnel: Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone); John Tchicai (alto saxophone); Don Cherry (cornet); Don Moore (double bass); J.C. Moses (drums).