Circle Records RK 16177/5
Circle Records, Aachener Str 60/62, 5000 Koln, Germany
Dedicated to Martin Luther King
I’m honoured to be invited to join the contributors to one of the most interesting blogs around. I’ve just managed to get hold of a copy of James Newton and David Murray’s Solomon’s Sons , so I thought I’d start off with this one. It’s one of the final records I needed to complete my David Murray collection. (I’m still missing Live at Peace Church and Sur-Real Saxophone, if anyone has copies they want to sell at a reasonable price). If you’ve read any of my blog entries on Murray, you’ll know I like the detail. Hope there’s not too much here.
James Newton Flute
David Murray Alto and Tenor Saxophone
Monk’s Notice (James Newton) duo 13:29
The Dean (James Newton) flute solo 6:47
Theme For The Kidd (David Murray) duo 9:05
3D Family (David Murray) sax solo 7:09
Solomon’s Sons (James Newton) duo 9:05
Recorded in live at the Smudge Pot, Claremont, California on January 16th 1977
Recorded by Bruce Bidlack
Produced by Rudolf Kreis
Recordings of three duo performances and a solo each for two reunited musicians back where they started playing: Claremont, California. By this point Murray had become the darling of the loft jazz scene in New York, as well as a regular feature on the European festival circuit. Murray tended to work in a quartet setting in the late 1970s, and so along with a couple of solo recordings, it’s interesting to hear Murray work in such a challenging context.
The album is credited to Newton and Murray, and the inverse alphabetical order suggests Newton had the key role here. Nevertheless Murray plays an equal role in the playing and composition stakes. Murray worked with Newton on three further recordings that I am aware of: a 1995 release of recordings made under Jon Jang’s leadership (Two Flowers on Stem); a jointly led quintet CD released in 1996; and a1998 work with Guadeloupian musicians (Creole)
Two note-worthy asides of interest to Murray fans. First, the album credits suggest he plays both alto and tenor on this recording. Although I think I’ll need a couple more listens to spot where he uses the smaller horn, the back cover photo shows both in evidence. Second, although not noted on the cover, Newton’s 'The Dean' is dedicated in the live announcement to Stanley Crouch. It’s certainly possible to draw the conclusion that ‘The Dean’ was a the affectionate name for Crouch who, as a staff member at Pomona College (where Murray studied), became a mentor for many black musicians involved in the local black arts movement.
The associations of this recording with Murray’s past and future resonate particularly strongly in one track. This was also the first time '3D Family' was recorded; although he returned to the theme on three further occasions in 1978, ‘81 and ‘90. The importance of the composition to Murray is apparent in the 1978 release where he makes it the title track and dedicates it to (I think) his father Walter P Murray. When Murray Jnr moved to Paris he took the title as the name for his production company. Murray also recorded Newton’s 'Monk’s Notice' almost exactly a year later on Last of the Hipman.
31 December 2007
27 December 2007
Hope you are all fully recovered from the excesses of Christmas (though I guess there are always some who go carry on non-stop into early January, may their livers stand up to the punishment!).
This post is a radio recording from 1968, probably an old mono AM broadcast, predating FM. Certainly there are a few crackles and pops on it, but hopefully not enough to spoil your enjoyment. my thanks to ricola for seeding.
Live at Jazztage Berlin,
Philharmonie Berlin, Germany, 1968-11-08
Joe Farrell ts, ss,
Jimmy Garrison b,
Elvin Jones dr.
1. Reza 17:05
2. Gingerbread Boy 3:58
3. Softly as in the morning sunrise 14:37
4. Sweet Little Maia (inc) 3:40
Some excellent soloing from all three artists, though sadly, the 40 year recording quality does not quite do justify to Garrison's flamenco-style solo. Judging by the brevity of the concert, I guess this was only one set from the whole concert, chosen by the radio station.
This post is dedicated to gimir, a good friend to this blog, who once pee'd alongside the great man.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year.
Links in comments as usual.
17 December 2007
16 December 2007
April 12, 2002
01 intro 0.55
01 intro 01.13
Audience recording, but the sound quality is very good.
This is definitlely one to savour over the Christmas holiday, so send the wife and kids out shopping with the mother-in-law, fill your glass, put another log on the fire and enjoy.
New visitors to this blog should search back to find the fantastic post that sotise put up a while ago - "Duplicity", which features Konitz in a duo with another great pianist, Martial Solal
Links are in the comments (mp3 and flac). My thanks to gchrisnick for seeding.
12 December 2007
DSteve Lacy Quintet
Maison De Radio France
October 17, 1976
Steve Lacy - ss
Derek Bailey - g
Irene Aebi - cello,v,voc
Kent Carter - b,cello,harp
Noel McGhie - dr
This quintet seems to be Lacy's usual pals, with the addition of Bailey. Good news for many, but not for me, I can't say I'm a fan of his. I know this is sacreligious in these parts, and not wising to speak ill of the departed, but I never could see where he was coming from. Somewhat spoils this concert for me. However, I'm sure that many of you will have different opinions than me and enjoy it.
As it's an FM recording, sound quality is excellent. Thanks to "qchrisnick" for seeding. Links in comments. Please let me know if you actually like this. Personally I'd rather listen to Lacy in Monk rendition style.
1. The Crust (Lacy) 2. Micro Worlds (Lacy) 3. The Throes (Lacy) 4. Flakes (Lacy)
10 December 2007
9 December 2007
Originally released in 1963 on Columbia, Movement was a follow-up to the earlier, fairly straight-laced Southern Horizons as well as to the experimental Free Form and Abstract. Movement draws upon both styles, the hard bop of the former (with Count Twelve reappearing on this album) and the daring explorations into time, harmony, melody and rhythm of the latter two. The album is roughly evenly divided between the two.
As innovative as the original Coleman quartet, but far less known and appreciated, Harriott was an innovator whose contribution to jazz is still criminally underrecognised. Though, rereleases keep seeping out, so there may be hope still ...
To me, this is as good as it gets. I'm an unreserved Harriott fan and this is another opportunity to pay tribute not only to the South African influence on British and European jazz (of which there will be more on this blog), but also to the Caribbean influence of Harriott and Keane (and others).
Taken off a cdr copy of a vinyl rip, acquired from a seller in the UK. The actual album is long gone.
3. Count Twelve
4. Face In The Crowd
6. Blues On Blues
8. Spiritual Blues
All Harriott originals, except (4) and (6) by (Michael) Garrick.
Joe Harriott - alto sax
Shake Keane - trumpet and fluegelhorn
Pat Smythe - piano
Bobby Orr - drums
Coleridge Goode - bass
Recorded in London 1963, originally released as (Columbia 33SX1627).
Both Free Form and Abstract should be obtainable on CD. The Horizons is long, long out of print (but I do have all three on vinyl, just in case).
more, great live ..Air..
a stunning show in decent sound ( for an audience tape)
for centrifuge, ghostrancedance neeroonoo1
and other air lovers.
Last track is a jimmy garrison dedication, which the great fred hopkins ...lord bless him takes solo.
AirSalzburg (Austria)Jazz im Theater – Elisabethbühne
Henry Threadgill as, ts, fl,
Fred Hopkins db
Steve McCall dr
1) 08:50 Subtraction2) 11:29 R.B.3) 29:374) 09:235) 05:58
Enrico Rava tpt Roswell Rudd tb J.F. Jenny-Clark db Aldo Romano dr
1) medley (suite) 53:58
7 December 2007
An early improv purchase , thats long out of print and hasn’t seen cd reissue.
This is an often misunderstood album.. almost universally panned by critics who tend to miss the pervasive whimsy and obvious self parody.
In part it stems from the fact that each of the group read from Derek baileys book ‘improvisation its nature and practice in music’ as the music unfolds.
Nothing portentious or even remotely self important here though at times they appear to be hamming serious pretense..
Mengelbergs solo and interaction with coxhill( in particular) on side 2 where he builds an incredible solo which incorporates quotes and dissections of several Beethoven sontas,(including the’ hammerklavier’) seemingly tossing them all in a rhythmic blender.
Great to hear bailey, mengleberg,and coxhill together, I hadn’t listened to this in years .. what a joy !!!
3)speak up lad
1) so few
2) so many
3) so so
4) so what
5) so long
Derek bailey- guitar, voice
Lol coxhill- soprano sax , voice
Steven Beresford- piano ,toys, voice
Mischa mengelberg- piano, celeste, voice
Ian croall- voice
Recorded in London, august 1977
6 December 2007
June 15, 2002
5 December 2007
Heres an electrifying gig by ecstatic honker frank wright with one of the greatest European based groups, the blue notes.
There is apparently some doubt that its wright playing tenor here, the first few bars dispel those.
This is a great concert one of the best ive heard in a long time.
Wrights at his most searingly lyrical, the bands pulsating fractured kwela and afro beat rythms suite wright ,amazingly well.
Im not a totally unreserved wright fanatic, but he and the bluenotes are fucking on fire here,and its positively joyous ive been somewhat depressed lately and this has really helped I felt salved after listening to it.
The level of wrights invention and mastery here is staggering.
The sound is about as good as a good 70’s jazz boot.
Which is to say pretty midrangy even quite flat at times, but the music’s incendiary.
Probably a broadcast , on a few occasions there are hints of oxide flake even tape erasure but they are brief.
Brothers and sisters prepare to be posessed by the holy ghost hope and redemption itself.
Ive ripped this 2 disc set to both low quality vbr, and flac so you can try it out and give it a listen before you balk at the big download.
AUD > ? > CDR > EAC > FLAC(8)
Chris McGregor - pianoFrank Wright(?) - tenor saxDudu Pukwana - alto saxJohnny Dyani - bassLouis Moholo - drums
3 December 2007