11 December 2008

Michael Smith -geomusic (polskie nagrania lp 1476)1976

Heres a fresh rip of michael smiths geomusic, recorded by smiths quartet while on tour in poland ,with the adition of a couple of polish musicians, including the great saxophonist/ violinist zbigniew Namyslowski, a prodigy who was closely associated with Komeda(to whom track 3 is dedicated,and Stanko.

This one goes out to our friend fslmy with thanks for all his great shares!

I dont know a great deal about Smith, first stumbling across his work in the throes of discovering Steve Lacy's oeuvre.
his discography i think is pretty sparse, i know of only 4 or 5 albums recorded under his own name.
As a side man in the mid 70's he recorded with both Anthony Braxton And Steve Lacy,being Lacy's regular pianist for a couple of years.
recently re-emerging(in the late 80's and mid 90's) for a couple of very good discs with Noah Howard.

This one is possibly his finest record under his own name...my favourite in any case.
saxophonist Claude bernard is good if not very distinctive ... but its the rythym section of Kent Carter and Lawrence cook, as well as Namyslowski Who light up the procedings, blowing even Smith out of the water.

One odd thing about the liner notes is that the reviewer refers to Smith's Devilish appearance!
Smith himself says 'i dont know what direction the music is going, it is going at the same time everywhere and nowhere'

recorded in Warsaw, october 1976
Michael Smith-pno, composer
Claude Bernard-alto sax
Zbigniew Namyslowski-alto sax, violin
Kent Carter-db, cello
Laurence cook-dr

Note this album appeared as mp3's last year at jizzrelics ..this is a rip from my own copy... a bit crackly but otherwise in pretty good nick!


wightdj said...

This is a rare find. The duo recording with Lacy, Sidelines, is something I return to frequently. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

nice cover, he looks more like jesus

there are amazing moments on this record which I can't forget, though I wont claim to be an "expert listener"

funny liners

Solomon said...

Thank you.

Sardo said...

Michael. J. Smith recorded in Poland (1975)
"XIV Geomusic" Poljazz ZSX061

Michael Smith - piano;
Zbigniew Namyslowski - alto saxophone, cello, flute;
Jacek Bednarek - bass;

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sotise. Fine record! I never knew it even existed.

htakat said...

it looks very interest .thanks so much

Barin said...

O, man, thanks a lot for this one! I had the records decades ago...

sotise said...

Barin .good to see you round these parts, hope you enjoy it!!

ilunga said...


I'm from Russia and I looking for this album many years. I had the records decades ago too :)

Anonymous said...

This maybe one of the best things I've heard in a while, I love the way it has this nonstructure to it. Great find. Thanks sotise.

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

I tried to download this but it says permission denied by the uploader. Is there any chance of getting permission to download this please?

SOTISE said...

new rip
Flac, Pics

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

A new rip, even better. Many, many thanks.

francisco santos said...

re post, please SOTISE....
Big THX !....

correct silence said...

Considering the re-up of two excellent Michael Smith recently, this one would also be very appreciated; also because french saxophonist Claude Bernard is playing on it. If Smith have been under recorded, Claude Bernard too.

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...


francisco santos said...


correct silence said...

Hi Ernst

Many thanks for the two new re-up of Michael Smith. This musician is really underrated. Yesterday listening to Reflections on progress I was totally interested not only by the music but also by the sound, listening carefully to the situation of the piano in the mix, it seems that Smith was not only concerned by the music but also by the sound. Now I’ve just finished to discover Geomusic and it is a treasure too and very different.
of course after this listening experience I really would hear
The double lp Elvira Madigan seems particularly interesting due to the fact that Smith use electronic, I wonder what kind of mood he can create. Hope you can re-up both soon.

For those who are interested one Michael Smith have been reissued on cd, a great one too:

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Yes - I recommend the CD.
Elvira Madigan shall be re-upped during the next few days.
Dualities of a man I do not have....(I suppose...)