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

10 July 2017


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.

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.

19 August 2016


Henry Threadgill, flute, bass flute, hubkaphone
Liberty Ellman, acoustic guitar
Tarik Benbrahim, oud
Dana Leongi, cello
Jose Davila, tuba
Elliot Humberto Kavee, drums

A. Pop Start The Tape, Stop     24:35
B. Pop Start The Tape, Stop (Cont'd)     18:09

Recorded at Engine 27, New York City, September 12, 2003
Limited edition of 1000 (numbered) copies

HARDEDGE HE-001  (vinyl rip)

13 August 2016

SOPHiA DOMANCiCH TRiO :: Rêve de singe (1993)

SOPHiA DOMANCiCH TRiO :: Rêve de singe (Gimini 1993)

1. Reve De Singe [SD] (7:49)
2. P.D.M. [SD] (13:12)
3. Dji-Dji Up [SD] (6:16)
4. Jocelyn [SD] (10:42)
5. Cold Shoulders [SD] (9:04)
6. Blott On The Landscape [SD] (9:44)
7. Mon Reve Familier [PR] (10:15)
8. Lunch, The Rabbit [SD] (8:59)

PAUL ROGERS - 5 string bass
TONY LEViN - drums

Rec: Feb 1993 - Loc: Studio de Chennevieres (France) - Eng/Pr: Gérard Lhomme 

For Andy, kinabalu, onxidlib, sotise, Nick and all good people, especially those who passed from our lives.


11 August 2016


Here we have a rather obscure example of improvised music. I've stumbled on this release while doing my regular unsystematic but occaisonally fruitful researches.

Lilli Friedemann (* 17. Juni 1906 in Kiel; † 20. Dezember 1991 in Mölln) was a German violin and viola player and an improviser.
A pupil of a.o. Paul Hindemith she developed from the mid 1950s onward the socalled „Musikalische Gruppenimprovisation“ (musical group improvisation).
1964 she founded the „Ring für Gruppenimprovisation“ (ring for group improvisation). This was followed by the a series of writings called „Ringgespräch für Gruppenimprovisation“ (ring-talks for group improvisation).
Her first experiments towards an improvised music were through accompanying theatre performances.
In 1986 she founded the group "Ex Tempore". With this ensemble she brougt her way of group-improvising to the public.
She was also a pioneer in historically informed performances of baroque-music in Germany.

1968 she became university lecturer in Hamburg.
Today her knowledge in playing and her writings are applied mainly in music-therapy.
Her script "Ordnung ohne Herrschaft" (order without lesdership/dominance), on which she worked until her death, remains unfinished.
Her first example of improvised music was released in 1969: " kollektivimprovisation als studium und gestaltung neuer musik".

Somehow, while reading the book, I had the impression, that the music on this vinyl was produced without much knowledge of what was going on in improvised music all around the world since the end of the 1950s.
But wether this is an approbriate observation is a moot point.

The title in Englisch: A1- meter and opposition; A2 - two sound-pictures as a riddle; B1 - fog-horns; B2 - mot-play
"einstiege in neue klangbereiche durch gruppenimprovisation" means "entering into new areas of sound through group improvising"

Arend Schmidt, Beate Quaas, Brigitte Emmel, Frank Grootaers,
Lilli Friedemann, Reiner Juhl, Ulrike Gruß, Wilhelm Schulz

A1. Metrum Und Opposition  4:26
A2. Zwei Klangbilder Als Rätsel  2:11
B1. Nebelhörner 3:34
B2. Mot-Spiel 2:40

- Metrum und Opposition (seven players)
- Zwei Klangbilder als Rätsel (for seven to eight players)
- Nebelhörner (eight players)
- Mot-Spiel (a. two players with identical instruments improvise over a "Mot";
a third one offers contrast. b. two players with different instruments improvise over a "Mot";
a third one uses a simple "Contra-Mot". )

No instruments given on the vinyl. But in the book in which the 7" is housed the following instruments are listed for track B1:
organ-pipe ("trombone"-organ pipe), voice, contrabass, cello, viola, tenor-recorder.

Universal Edition – 20 P 050, Universal Edition – UE 20050  (7" - 1973)

9 August 2016


Carmell Jones, trumpet
Robert Politzer, trumpe
Erich Kleinschuster, trombone
Hans Salomon, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Fritz Pauer, piano, electric piano
Jimmy Woode, bass
Erich Bachträgl, drums

1. The J-Dance (C. Jones)                                  06:10
Solos: Bachträgl, Politzer, Jones

2. A Time For Peace (C. Jones)                                  06:09
Solos: Politzer, Salomon (ts), Jones, Pauer

3. Rush Hour (C. Jones)                                  05:44
Solos: Jones, Kleinschuster, Pauer, Bachträgl

4. Tantagolin (C. Jones)                                  06:19
Solos: Kleinschuster, Jones, Pauer, Woode

5. Just Swingin' With The Cats (E. Kleinschuster)          05:56
Solos: Kleinschuster, Politzer, Salomon (ts), Jones

6. And Things Will Change (F. Pauer)                          06:45
Solos: Jones, Salomon (as), Pauer

Recorded on January 9, 1969 at Austrophon Studio, Vienna.

7 August 2016

Svein Finnerud Trio - from the NRK archives

Following up the earlier posting of Min Bul, here is a 25 - minute clip from Norwegian TV archives. It was shown om 27 February 1970 and is divided into two parts. First is an introduction by composer Kåre Kolberg and Svein Finnerud himself and then there is a twenty-minute clip from a performance at Centralteateret in Oslo on 14 November 1969.

Bjørnar Andresen (bass) and Espen Rud (drums) made up two-thirds of Min Bul and the Svein Finnerud Trio continued in this form until the mid-70s. The trio was resurrected in the early 90s, but with new drummers replacing Espen Rud. Svein Finnerud died in 2000 and Bjørnar Andresen in 2004. Finnerud and Andresen had known each other since childhood days and they cooperated right until the end. While Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal launched international careers through their association with the ECM label, the Finnerud Trio reamined fairly unknown despite being very much part of the scene in the late 60s.

I have transcribed the introductions, which are in Norwegian, for the benefit of non-Scandinavian speakers. This is what's said, translated into passable English, I hope.

Kåre Kolberg:

Ten to fifteen years ago one started thinking again that music is also visual and not only audible. Out of that came a new hybrid form which in want of a better term was called instrumental theatre - music that not only wanted musicians to be visible, but to draw their actions into the composition itself. There could be many reasons why this hybrid form emerged at the time, but one reason could be tape music where well-dressed, experienced stage musicians were replaced by loudspeakers, not a very exciting sight. TV forced one to rethink how the doings of musicians could be transmitted to the eyes. One might have thought that this hybrid form would reach many, also those not very interested in music. As instrumental theatre came out of an exclusive, even excluding, modernist way of theought, it did not win many friends. Pretentiousness and the absence of humour did not make things better. If it could not be perceived as play, then many thought it came from a confused mind. Last autumn at the Munch museum a group with a different point of departure made their contribution - Svein Finnerud Trio. Coming from jazz, they have a quite different, friendly attitude towards the audience. What they did had humour which felt good and made one think of their performance as a sort of play, a play from people used to play with sounds. Splashing water can sound good, not to speak of fighting on a steel plate. Then one might ask what made these musicians enter the borderland between art for the eyes and art for the ears.

Svein Finnerud:

It was no longer enough for us to express ourselves through this and that instrument. For us it became natural to start to use other means of expression and we include the smallest things, anything that has musical value and then we individually think about what we associate with that sound. We think about how to create the best setting for that sound. I am inclined towards the word sound, because music is nothing but organised sound. The point of musical theatre is to emphasize and amplify these sounds and often we choose a movement that does not match the sound at all and thereby create a tension between movement and music. It can be a grotesque moment or something funny, clown-like. With instrumental theatre one is more aware of things that one usually does not notice. I think that we walk around sleeping with open eyes and ears. We have discovered a new sound, a new realm of experience in familiar things and sounds. Our present time alienates man from himself and by perceiving these familiar sounds and things, we are brought closer to ourselves.

After the introductions we will see a passage of musical theatre and after that they seque into Plastic Sun, the title tune of their second album.

This was taken from a series of programmes titled "Musikk utenfor alfarvei" (literally Music outside the main road) and we will have more programmes posted here in the time to come.

5 August 2016

Terje Rypdal Trio live at Sendesaal, Bremen 1973

Since there seems to be a bit of interest in Rypdal at the moment, here is a set I dragged out of the archives. This was posted in our conributions section as high-grade mp3s, but since I had the flac files lying about, I thought I might as well put them here.

Terje Rypdal Trio
April 4, 1973
Sendesaal, Bremen

Terje Rypdal (g, fl)
Barre Phillips (b)
Jon Christensen (d)

Disc 1
Journal (B. Phillips)    7:04
Horizon (T. Rypdal)    11:12
Black Boy (T. Rypdal)    9:36
Back of J. (B. Phillips)    4:05
Bend It (T. Rypdal) (inc)    14:52

Disc 2
Electric Fantasy (T. Rypdal)    11:00
Event IV (G. Russell)    5:33
Rainbow (T. Rypdal)    8:18
Icing (T. Rypdal-J. Christensen)    15:02
Tough Enough (T. Rypdal) (inc)    6:45

More than 90 minutes in all.

Jon Christensen was with the Jan Garbararek Group at the time and so was Rypdal initially, though I think he might have left by the time of this recording. Barre Phillips was in John Surman's Trio, but the trio might have disbanded by 1973.

Basically improvisational, good sound and to my knowledge, never officially released. 

4 August 2016


Terje Rypdal, guitar, soprano saxophone
Bjørnar Andresen, bass
Espen Rud, drums

1. I Cried A Million Tears Last Night     4:17
2. Invocation     4:09
3. Champagne Of Course     11:06
4. Ved Sørevatn     6:03
5. Nøtteliten     7:32
6. Strange Beauty     5:47

Recorded at Rosenborg Studios, Oslo, Norway, September, 1970.

Originally released on Polydor 2382 003 (Norway, 1970)

(This rip from Take5 TAKE5 35015, 2010 - bootleg)

30 July 2016

MUJICIAN - B.M.I. Birmingham 1989. Set 2

The hits keep coming...

KEITH TIPPETT - piano, music box
PAUL DUNMALL - penny whistles, tenor and soprano saxophones
TONY LEVIN - drums
1. 26:04
2. 23:37

Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham.  14th January 1989

25 July 2016

MUJICIAN - B.M.I. Birmingham 1989. Set 1

KEITH TIPPETT - piano, music box
PAUL DUNMALL - penny whistles, tenor and soprano saxophones
TONY LEVIN - drums

Set 1
1. 45:24

Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham.  14th January 1989

The very first concert under the name Mujician.  What Keith Tippett does in the first ten minutes, taking it down to an exquisite, hear-a-pin-drop, almost-stop, is a beautiful thing.


Nice recording by Stu.

23 July 2016

DOMINIC DUVAL R.I.P. (* 27th April 1945 in New York City; † 22nd July 2016)

Support The Dominic Duval Fund


Again my thanks goes to the original uploader.

Evert Brettschneider, electric & acoustic guitar
Aloys Kott, electric & acoustic bass
Peter Eisold, drums, percussion

A1. Air Lines 8:15
A2. String Games 8:36
A3. Daddy Longleg 3:37
B1. Simply Symphony 9:00
B2. Silence 7:23
B3. Elbow Dance 6:06

Recorded October 1980 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg.

Japo Records – JAPO 60036 (vinyl rip)

21 July 2016


This is not my rip - so thanks goes to the original uploader!

Evert Brettschneider, acoustic & electric guitar
Aloys Kott, bass
Michael Jüllich, percussion, marimba, vibes

A1. Happy 7:30
A2. Circle 12:57
B1. The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog 3:49
B2. Stoned Tunes 3:56
B3. New Marks 10:17

Recorded January 1978 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg.

Japo Records – JAPO 60024  (vinyl rip)

17 July 2016


Thanks to the original uploader. Shame on me but I've forgotten whom I have to thank for this rip...


Urszula Dudziak, voice, synthesizer
Michal Urbaniak, violin, saxophone
Adam Makowicz, electric piano
Roman Dylag, bass
Czeslaw Bartkowski, drums


Bobo Stenson, electric piano, accordion
Palle Danielsson, bass
Lennart Aberg, tenor & soprano saxophone
Kjell Westling, soprano saxophone
Bengt Berger , drums, percussion


Wolfgang Dauner, keyboards, sitar
Attila Zoller, guitar
Armen Halburian, percussion
Fred Braceful, drums


Karl Berger, vibraphone, piano
Ingrid Berger, voice
Peter Kowald, bass
Allan Blairman, drums

Recorded at the 3. Internationales New Jazz Meeting auf Burg Altena, June 24 and 25, 1972.

JG RECORDS JG 32/33 (vinyl rip)


Since July 9 we're almost flooded by a wealth of Ornette Coleman ROIO's.
The last offer was given yesterday.....

We believe this more than generous contribution deserves a proper post.
Our appreciation goes to our anonymous donor!

Ornette Coleman live Paris 11-4-1965 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Amherst 11-30-1967 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Belgrade 11-2-1971 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Bilzen 8-24-1969 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Copenhagen 10-31-1965 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Berlin 10-30-1965, Bremen 12-3-1965 and San Remo 3-27-1966 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Cologne 11-11-1971 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman solo live Cologne 11-11-1971or1972 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Paris 2-12-1966 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live NYC 7-4-1972 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Bracknell 7-8-1978 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Moers 6-8-1981 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Hartford 6-30-1985 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Zuerich 10-30-1987 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Austin 11-14-2004 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Antwerpen 8-19-2007 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Essen 2-14-2007 in FLAC.


Ornette Coleman live Rotterdam 7-15-2007 in FLAC.


9 July 2016

DIZZY GILLESPIE BIG BAND. London 1987. BBC broadcast

GLEN DREWES - trumpet
VIRGIL JONES - trumpet
EARL GARDNER - trumpet
JON FADDIS - trumpet
FRANK LACY - trombone
STEVE TURRE - trombone, conch
BRITT WOODMAN - trombone
JUKKA PERKO - alto saxophone
JERRY DODGION - alto saxophone, flute
SAM RIVERS - tenor and soprano saxophones, flute
RALPH MOORE - tenor saxophone
HOWARD JOHNSON - baritone saxophone
ED CHERRY - guitar
JOHN LEE - bass


01 Intro - Charles Fox  2:35
02 Prelude and Tocatta  12:54
03 Emanon  4:44
04 Lover Come Back to Me  5:44
05 'Round Midnight  10:30
06 Things to Come  8:13
07 Interview  20:19


01 Manteca  14:46
02 Without You, No Me  9:33
03 Night In Tunisia  16:53
04 The Champ  12:04
05 Olinga  11:52
06 Outro - Brian Morton  1:41

Royal Festival Hall, London.  July 1987

6 July 2016


This is the second installment from two cassettes featuring the CMIF, I've received some years ago.
The first one I've reupped two days ago.
And off course there is also the only official LP this cluster of musicians has ever released.
I got these cassettes from a dear colleague who got it from Bobby Naughton sometime during the seventies. 

Only collective personnel is available for this rare recording:

Muhal Richard Abrams, p
George Alford, tp
Marion Brandis, fl
Anthony Braxton,reeds
Wes Brown,b
Phil Buettner,reeds
Harrysson Busker,perc
Courtney Winter,reeds
Andrew Cyrille, perc
Joe Fonda, b
Frank Gordon, tp
Craig Harris, tb
Gerry Hemingway, perc
Leroy Jenkins, v
Bill Lowe, tp,tu
Peter McEachern,tb
Amina Claudine Myers, p
Scott Munson,vib
Bobby Naughton, vib
Genghis Nor, tp
Mahasin Nor, tb
Mario Pavone, b
Ned Rothenberg, reeds
Leo Smith, tp
Mark Whitecage, reeds
Yoharu [Yohura] Ralph Williams, perc

CD 1
1. Melancholia (Ellington)                    08:17
2. Two Pieces from Orch. Set No.3 (L.Smith)   24:44
3. Picric Wobble (Naughton)                   13:26

1. Concert Song No.3 (Abrams)                 19:13
2. Composition No.100 (Braxton)               11:22
3. Variations On A Duke Theme (Abrams)        07:38
4. Blue Rose (Hemingway) (incomplete)         08:49

Recorded at Hartford Jazz Society, [prob. Hartford, CT] on Dec.5, 1982

[ripped from a cassette]
all text found on the cassette and handwritten insert except [...] and no timings were given -
on CD2 tracking is a bit uncertain for track 4. Probably the last few seconds on the cassette/CD are the incomplete "Blue Rose".

1 July 2016

Audio Letter - It Is This It Is Not This (Neti-Neti) - 1988

Label: CNLF - CNLF-1
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1988

Dennis Charles -  Drums, African Hand Drum, Indian Bells, Cymbals
Sue Ann Harkey - Prepared 12 String Guitar, Percussion, Train Whistle
Sharon Gannon - Words, Vocals, Violin Echo-plex, Tibetan Bells, Indian Ankle Bells
David Life - Sarengi, African Lyre, Steel Drums
Don Cherry - Pocket Trumpet, Doussn' Gouni, Berimbau, Flutes and Whistles

A1 - Paracelsus Paradigm    
A2 - Is This A Bridge Exactly?    
A3 - Gajananam    
B1 - Liberation From Samsara    
B2 - Neti-Neti    
B3 - Fading Green

Recorded on Mothers Day 1987 at Harold Dessau Studio, NYC.
Direct Metal Mastering at Europadisc NYC Hannukah 1987.

About Audio Letter:
The Past... In 1979, long before Seattle was known for Cobain and Cornell, vocalist/violinist Sharon Gannon and guitarist Sue Ann Harkey formed, as Gannon describes it, "a stream-of-consciousness experiment" which they dubbed Audio Letter. Although other musicians would drift in and out of their orbit, the duo remained a constant as their experimental nature allowed Gannon to incorporate her interests in alchemy, meditation, and Eastern philosophy into their work.

Relocating to New York in 1983, Gannon and Harkey became fixtures in the downtown experimental and world music scene, finding fellow musicians such as John Zorn, Fred Firth and Ikue More to be kindred spirits. Audio Letter's wholly improvised gigs in East Village venues like Life Cafe and 8BC attracted a growing number of fans including legendary jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Denis Charles, and artist/musician David Life. Collaborations with Cherry, Charles, and Life resulted in It Is This, It Is Not This, Audio Letter's first album, released in 1987.

The album garnered enthusiastic critical acclaim in the underground music world exemplified by future Rolling Stone critic Ann Powers who, then writing for The Rocket, described it as a "philosophical and musical stew different than any other aural communication in Seattle." However, the world had not yet awakened from the Reagan years and Audio Letter disbanded in 1988. Gannon and Harkey simply waited for the times to catch up to them

22 June 2016

Narada Burton Greene - European Heritage - 1978 (circle)

Narada Burton Greene -  Acoustic Piano, Prepared Piano, Bell, Wooden Flute, Misc. Percussion

A1 - Renaissance Variations I. Languan Lijornson     6:20    
A2 - Variations on Roumanian Folk         14:55    
B1 - March Sun                 9:00    
B2 - Museums                 5:54    
B3 - Renaissance Variations II. Kalenda Maya         5:32    

Recorded live in De Koepelkerk, Purmerend, Holland, November 12, 1978

Circle Records, RK 121178/18
Vinyl, 1978

11 June 2016


PAUL DUNMALL - tenor saxophone
TONY LEVIN - drums

1. 28:05
2.  7:38

Barbican Foyer, London.  8th May 1995  afternoon

May Bank Holiday in 1995 was moved to the second Monday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII.  So that's why it felt like a Sunday.  It was a mini jazz fest, I think, in the foyer of the Barbican.  Mujician were just one of several bands playing.  So there were loads of people who'd come out, sitting on the floor, kids running round.  I managed to hunker down near the piano and got this amazing cassette recording.  Enjoy.

6 June 2016


PAUL DUNMALL - tenor saxophone
TONY LEVIN - drums

1. 44:22

The Custard Factory, Birmingham. 5th May 1995

I love Keith Tippett's less-is-more feature.

31 May 2016

A tribute to Derek Bailey. Jazz on 3. 2006

A tribute to Derek Bailey

1. An overview of the music of guitarist Derek Bailey.
With commentary by Tony Oxley, Gavin Bryars, Evan Parker, Pat Metheny and Alex Ward.  47:26

2. Music Improvisation Company  10:32

3. Interview  4:24

4. Derek Bailey and Susie Ibarra  16:52

5. Derek Bailey and Alex Ward  7:18

Presented by Jez Nelson.  Jazz on 3.  BBC Radio 3.  Broadcast 20th January 2006


Scroll down to the seventh comment for links.  Thanks.

28 May 2016


Ornette Coleman, alto saxophone
Dewey Redman, tenor saxophone
Don Cherry, trumpet
Charlie Haden, bass
Ed Blackwell, drums
Emmanuel Ghent, electronic devices (A)

A. Man On The Moon (Dr. Emanuel Ghent & O. Coleman) 3:06
B. Growing Up  (O. Coleman) 2:17

Recorded in NYC, July, 1969.

Stateside – 2C 006-90.643 M (France)

(vinyl rip)

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