31 December 2014

Tim Berne Snakeoil; Cormòns, Italy - 26th October 2013

RAI 3 broadcast a great Tim Berne concert last night. Good to have some decent jazz on the radio for once, so here it is.

Best wishes to everyone for 2015!

Tim Berne Snakeoil

Tim Berne - alto saxophone
Oscar Noriega - clarinet, bass clarinet
Matt Mitchell - piano
Ches Smith - drums, percussion, vibraphone
Recorded on 26th October 2013, at the  Teatro Comunale, Cormòns, Gorizia, Italy

Broadcast RAI3 on 30th December 2014


A1. バグワン
A2. 英吉花吉
A3. コーリャン
A4. サーカス I
A5. サーカス II
A6. アイルランド (The Grenadier & The Lady)

B1. エピストロフィー (Epistrophy)
B2. チリもつもればヤマとなり
B3. レインボーン・スティーブ
B4. 砂漠の隊商 (Caravan)

Lee Won Hui, soprano and tenor sax
Kikuchi Koji, drums

Recorded on 1-3 June 1985 at Johnny's, Rikuzentakata, Iwate

Johnny’s Disk JD-13

LP Rip


A1. Baloyi
A2. Ezilalini
A3. Zukude

B1. Sonia
B2. Angel Nemali
B3. Nobomvu
B4. Sekela Khuluma

Dudu Pukwana, alto saxophone, piano, congas, percussion, vocals
Harry Miller, bass, bass guitar
Louis Monolo, drums, percussion
Bizo Mngqikana, tenor saxophone, percussion, vocals
Mongezi Feza, trumpet, congas, percussion, vocals

Recorded and mixed at the Manor Studio on 25th August and 10th November, 1973.

Caroline ‎– C1504

LP Rip

30 December 2014


This recording seems to be somewhat incomplete - but great playing from all four members.
Wish you all a 'Happy New Year' -

Hans Koller, tenor saxophone
Zbigniew Seifert, electric violin
Adelhard Roidinger, bass
Janusz Stefanski, drums

1. Part I   35:09
2. Part II  42:59

Recorded in Hamburg, Germany on May 12, 1974.

28 December 2014


DEWEY REDMAN QUARTET - Prague, Baráčnická rychta, April 1999

DEWEY REDMAN - tenor sax, musette
MATT WiLSON - drums

01 Dewey square 13.44 (fade in)
02 The very thought of you 14.51
03 I-Pimp 13.29
04 Everything happens to me 8.31
05 Stablemates 12.35
06 I should care 13.49
07 Turn Over Baby 9.20
08 Turn Over Baby 9.08
09 Take the A train (encore 1) 5.51
10 Thren (encore 2) 12.51 74:09

The concert was announced at last minute and was a real treat at tradititional pub hall.

Soundboard recording, total time 114:12


A1. Out Of Each
A2. Via Nostalgia
A3. Triple Trip

B1. Nuggis
B2. Sweet Lament
B3. Figurations
B4. Buildings

Emil Mangelsdorff, alto saxophone
Günter Lenz, bass
Michel Pilz, bass clarinet
Ralf Hübner, drums
Wolfgang Dauner, piano
Gerd Dudek, tenor saxophone
Heinz Sauer, tenor saxophone
Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Rudi Füsers, trombone
Ack Van Rooyen, trumpet
Manfred Schoof, trumpet
Willie Johanns, vocals

Recorded at on 25 February 1971 at Columbia First Studio, Tokyo

Columbia ‎– YS-2500-N

LP Rip

26 December 2014

Joe Harriott documentary, Jazz File, BBC Radio 3, October 2006

Perusing the comments, I noticed that Hum Dono, the record Joe Harriott made with Amancio D'Silva back in 1969, is now finally out again on cd and vinyl. We have posted it in the past, with a little help from friends across the Atlantic, so its rerelease calls for a celebration here on the blog.

I've selected to post a two-part documentary on Harriott origninally broadcast on Jazz File on BBC Radio 3 on 7 and 14 October 2006. The series which were given to artist profiles has in the meantime been discontinued. I got it on two cdrs from a contact at the BBC, so the sound quality is top notch. Presented by Soweto Kinch, we get to hear snips of his entire oeuvre from the 50s and up to the late 60s and many interviews with fellow musicians, acquaintances and biographers. It's a revelation to hear Joe Harriott's voice and l just love his uppercrust accent!

There is a subtext which shines through in Harriott's comments in that he was quite conscious of taking an indedenpent stance against the predominance of American jazz at the time. For him, it was quite important to demonstrate that there was more than one place for jazz which might indicate why he chose the UK which after all was further away from his native Jamaica than the US. He also became a victim of the gradual withering away of the live market for jazz in the early 70s which made a luminary such as Stan Tracey consider giving up his jazz career and taking a job as a postman!

For the sake of convenience, I've spliced the two parts into one for your listening pleasure. There seems to be a little bit missing right at the beginning of part 1, but not too distracting, I hope, so what else to say but enjoy!

24 December 2014

AMM - Glasgow 2003

Wishing all AMMerry Christmas.

EDDIE PREVOST - percussion
KEITH ROWE - guitar, electronics

1. 28:40

Instal Festival, Glasgow.  12th November 2003

BBC Radio 3 'Mixing It'


A1. Introduction
A2. Taxi To Musberg
A3. Rischka's Light Faces
A4. Heikideiki

B1. Rischka For Rogue's Gallery
B2. Om Mami Padme Hum
B3. Bumm-Bumm's Lullaby

Eberhard Weber, electric bass, vocals, percussion
Roland Wittich, drums, melodron, vocals, percussion
Fred Braceful, drums, percussion, vocals
Siegfried Schwab, electric guitar, concert guitar, sambul-karang, percussion
Wolfgang Dauner, piano, organ, cembalo, clavinet, ring-modulator, bass trumpet, electra-melodica, sound-horn, vocals, percussion

Recorded on 13 December 1970 at Orange Recording Studios Ltd., 3+4 New Compton Street, London, WC2.

CTR-Produktion ‎– CTR 34694 ST

LP Rip

Best wishes to all

18 December 2014


Nunnu Big Band:
Hannu Saxelin, alto saxophone, clarinet, birchbark flute
Paavo Honkanen, alto saxophone, clarinet, birchbark flute
Juhani Aaltonen, tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Pekka Pöyry, tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Penntti Lahti, baritone & soprano saxophone, birchbark flute
Kaj Backlund, trumpet
Markku Johansson, trumpet
Mike Koskinen, trumpet
Emppu Peltola, trumpet
Mircea Stan, trumpet
Heikki Sarmanto, electric piano
Teemu Hauta-aho, bass

Karelia Group:
Pekka Sarmanto, electric violin
Ilja Saastamoinen, guitar
Edward Vesala, drums, vocals, percussion, birchbark flute
Seppo Paakunainen, violin, birchbark flute, birchbark korn, birchbark clarinet, kantele, baritone saxophone

A1. Optaatus Marssi (Optaatus March)  7:20
A2. Kantelon Koetus (Trying Kantele)  8:26
B1. Joikujuttu (Joiku Story)  6:30
B2. Tuohi Soi (Sound Of Birchbark)  3:47
B3. Uusi Hymni Vapaudelle (A New Hymn For Freedom)  2:27
B4. Kahella Sarvella (With Two Horns)  3:47

All composed by Seppo Paakunainen

Recorded September 8, 1971 at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki

BLUE MASTER SPEL301 (vinyl rip)

The original Finnish instruments used when Nunnu was recorded:
Birchbark Clarinet (a birchbark pipe, mouthpiece resembling the embouchre of an oboe)
Birchbark Flutes (5 holes)
Birchbark Horn (5 holes, blown like a trumpet)
Kantele (with 5 strings to be held on knees or on a table, played with fingers)

17 December 2014


ANDY ISHAM  percussion +
PAUL DUNMALL  baritone saxophone, wood flute

1. What about you?  25:32
2. Ossie  4:08
3. Where are we now?  17:22
4. Great days  21:53

Long Meadow, Beausale.  28th October 1997

I know a couple of people who will be interested to hear a generous serving of Paul Dunmall playing baritone saxophone (something he hasn’t done for some years now).  Something a bit different.  

15 December 2014


A. Parts 1 To 4

B. Parts 5 And 6

Alan Davie, prepared piano, glockenspiel, siren

Frank Perry, Chinese drums, Chinese cymbals, bamboos

Recorded on 31 March 1971 at Gamels Studio, Hertford, by Alan Davie.

ADMW Records ‎– ADMW 002

LP Rip

12 December 2014


A1. Around Again
A2. Nital Rock

B1. Taking Steps
B2. Snow
B3. From The Center

James Duboise, brass
Mario Pavone, bass
Laurence Cook, percussion
Bobby Naughton, piano
Mark Whitecage, reeds

Recorded in an outdoor concert at Silvermine College of Art, New Canaan, Connecticut, on 12 October 1969.

Otic Records ‎– OTIC 1001

LP Rip

Leroy Jenkins With The New Chamber Jazz Quintet (Geodesic 2010)

Beneath Detroit. The Creative Arts Collective Concert At The Detroit Institute Of Arts, 1979-92
Leroy Jenkins With The New Chamber Jazz Quintet

Incredibly already forgotten.
Geodesic has released only three albums, from what I know, all in 2010. Other were scheduled but never released.

Leroy Jenkins - Violin, Vocals
A.Spencer Barenfield - Guitars, African Harp, Vocals
Tani Tabbal - Drums, Percussion, Balafon, Vocals
Faruq Z. Bey - Tenor Sax, Vocals
Anthony Holland - Alto and Soprano Sax, Vocals
Jaribu Shahid - Bass, Vocals, Wash-tub Bass

CD 1
1. Through the ages Jehovah
2. For players only
3. Butter
4. Grab the fab

CD 2
1. No banks river
2. Collegno
3. A girl named rainbow
4. Finale from score for O

Recorded 1981
all compositions by Leroy Jenkons exept 'A girl named rainbow' by Ornette Coleman

Geodesic 02, CD
released 2010

11 December 2014


Dear friends and followers of Inconstant Sol

We do this re-up because there has been a so called reissue of this LP.
Take a look at discogs.
To put it frankly: It is a bootleg - and of course our post is technically the same.
But we feel there's a crucial difference - we don't ask you for twenty bucks....
What's more - we are meanwhile quite sure that the music you would hear on the LP is taken from our previous share here at IS.

Another point which should be mentioned is that not only Abraxas/Doxy isn't acting right toward the musicians, but it is also directly trying to scam customers.
Pushing the reissue as a "First edition of 500 numbered copies in a deluxe gold laminated jacket" (https://www.deep.hu/catalog/ACV2038) or "Limited, numbered pressing – on clear vinyl!" (https://www.dustygroove.com/item/724167) clearly ammounts to trying to get people to assume the product is high end.
Does "clear vinyl" really matter when you're pressing something which has been unprofessionally transfered from an LP to a digital file back to an LP?
Mentioning the "deluxe" aspect of the release and forgetting to write about this side of things is rather interesting...

We decided to do a reup again. This time including scans of the insert/liner notes (see above) which is not a part of the bootleg LP.

Best thing instead of buying bootleg vinyl would be to download here and to buy one of Sonny's recent releases on Improvising Beings

Prince Lasha, flute
Sonny Simmons, alto saxophone
Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone
Don Cherry, trumpet
Fred Lyman, fluegelhorn
Bill Wood, bass
Orville Harrison, bass
Charles Moffett, drums

1. Lost Generation 20:50
2. The Trane       11:20
3. Prelude To Bird 05:25

Procucer : Fred Lyman

Recorded at Zounds Recording Studios, New York City, May, 1963.

ZOUNDS L-71863

Notes :

* : It is common practice among discographers to list Prince Lasha as the leader of this session. This short extract of a Fred Lyman interview suggests that this may not be exactly the case (courtesy of Ben Young and Marc Chaloin) : « ... mostly a jam-session [...] they were all in my studio, I don't know how they got these particular guys up there, it was probably Clifford Jordan got it together. And they just started to play and I started recording, and I played on it too, I played fluegelhorn on this track. And it turned out pretty good, [...] it was an example of what I liked to think music could be at that time. » According to Lyman, they picked up Don Cherry in the street…

** : Johann Heidenbauer suggests it could be read as crypted indication of the publishing date : L-7-18-63, i.e. Lasha, July 18, 1963.

*** : Read also the original liner notes (*.rtf format). Many thanks to A. Lukas for providing the original transfer, pictures of the original plain cardboard sleeve, labels, and liners notes, and to Pierre Crepon for relaying the info.


1. Intégrales - Edgard Varèse
2. Kyania - Iannis Xenakis
3. Distemperament - José Maceda

Yuji Takahashi, conductor
New Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra

Recorded at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, on 24 May 1992

Fontec - FOCD3157

CD Rip

9 December 2014


Here we have Gumpert's contribution to the soundtrack(s) for a famous and long going 'crime' series - quiet popular in Germany.
The model for the music is obviously Miles Davis' "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud" (Elevator to the Gallows) - but it has clearly it's own vibe.....and hey - what a line-up!

Heinz Becker, trumpet & fluegelhorn
Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, tenor saxophone
Ulrich Gumpert, piano
Klaus Koch, bass (9 to 35)
Matthias Bauer, bass (1 to 8, 36 to 39)
Günter Sommer, drums

Markowitz Blues
01.     Take 1     3:32
02.     Take 2     1:11
03.     Take 3     1:13
04.     Take 4     1:55
05.     Take 5     0:55
06.     Take 6     1:40
07.     Take 7     1:39
08.     Take 8     4:02
Tod Einer Alten Frau
Markowitz 2
09.     Take 1     0:47
10.     Take 2     1:04
11.     Take 3     1:27
12.     Take 4     0:43
13.     Take 5     3:32
14.     Take 6     1:28
15.     Take 7     0:25
16.     Take 8     0:41
17.     Take 9     1:06

Smell A Rat
18.     Take 1     1:41
19.     Take 2     1:03

Markowitz 2
20.     Take 10     1:48
21.     Take 11     1:17
22.     Take 12     2:53

Die Sache Baryschna
23.     Take 1     0:35
24.     Take 2     2:34

The Fugitive
25.     Take 1     2:19
26.     Take 2     1:40
27.     Take 3     1:06

28.     Take 3     2:45
Geschlossene Akten
Markowitz 3
29.     Take 1     0:50
30.     Take 2     0:41
31.     Take 3     1:11
32.     Take 4     1:01
33.     Take 5     1:01

Smell A Rat Again
34.     Take 1     2:25

Markowitz 3
35.     Take 1     3:36
Markowitz 4
36.     Take 1     1:02
37.     Take 2     0:56

Skate On Thin Ice
38.     Take 1     2:43

Markowitz 4
39.     Take 3     1:48

Tracks 1 to 8 recorded 9.6.1992 at FMP-Studio Berlin
Tracks 9 to 22 recorded 2.2.1993 at RBT-Studio Berlin
Tracks 23 to 28 recorded 19.5.1993 at RBT-Studio Berlin
Tracks 29 to 35 recorded 1.3.1994 at RBT-Studio Berlin
Tracks 36 to 39 recorded 21.12.1994 at RBT-Studio Berlin

BASIC 50002 (CD 1995)

7 December 2014

Charles Tyler - Mid Western Drifter

I posted the Folly Fun Magic Music a little while ago and the one following, this one, was to be his last. In contrast to the former, here we're down to a trio, just sax, piano and bass, It' a low key affair, subdued, no flashes, a touch of melancholy to the proceedings. . All in all, a record of intimate beauty, even infinite beauty. We have a mix of standards, some select tunes from the Tyler repertoire, even my fave from the second ESP album, dedicated to Chris McGregor. Did they know each other or meet? Both had settled in France by the 1980s.

This record is a musical documention of a travelogue, so what better to cite the poem that starts off the record:

It was a return to the east
as in the children's music march
like the flight of the Surf ravin
on a voyage From jericho
they were happy sad hip folks
who knew of Cadiz of the west kentucky woods
they knew not, of the dark blue depths,
pale blue planet
lucifer got uptight
as he gazed upon the wasteland
of uptown manhattan puerto-rico
he came as a space traveller
to play his role in the warlock mystery drama
little did he know that the adventures of the ode to lady
day stand so strong
it was a saga of the outlaws
versus The legend of the lawman
you see
I was only a mid western drifter
in search of the route
from saint-louis to kansas-city by
way of Chicago
as I told the tale of bari red
a man alone
who could twing twang twiddle all night along
with a song, A tale of bari red
I was just a mid western drifter

To quote Thom Jurek again from the Allmusic review, he left the best for last.


1. Mid-western drifter
2. Life can be so beautiful
3. There was a flower near Napoli
4. Photo of Cecil Tyler and Jimmy Lyons
5. Blue Monk
6. Man alone (for Chris McGregor)
7. 'Round midnight

Charles Tyler - alto sax, voice, arrangments
Curtis Clark - piano
Didier Levallet - double bass

All compositions by Charles Tyler, except 5, 7 by Thelonius Monk
Recorded in France 30-31 March 1992
Died 28 June 1992


A1. Digit
A2. Nine Note
A3. Wood
A4. AB

B1. The Dom
B2. Toledo
B3. Bones
B4. As Is

Mark Whitecage, alto & soprano saxophone, flute
Mario Pavone, bass
Pheeroan akLaff, drums
Bobby Naughton, vibraphone

Recorded on 11 April 1979 at RBY Studios, Southbury, CT.

Alacra Records ‎– ALACRA 1002

LP Rip

2 December 2014


Charles Sullivan, trumpet & fluegelhorn
Sonny Fortune, alto saxophone
Stanley Cowell, piano
Alex Blake, bass
Billy Hart, drums
Lawrence Killian, congas, percussion
Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals
L.Sharon Freeman, fender rhodes (only tr.3)
Onaje Allen Gumbs, piano (only tr.2)
Anthony Jackson, bass guitar (only tr.3)
Alphonse Mouzon, drums (only tr.3)

A1. Evening Song     8:31
A2. Good-Bye Sweet John (In Memory Of John Foster: Pianist)     5:57
A3. Field Holler    3:42
B1. Now I'll Sleep     4:36
B2. Genesis     17:36

Recorded at Sound Ideas, N.Y.C. June, 20 & 21, 1974.
"Field Holler" recorded at Minot Sound, White Plains, N.Y. July 24, 1974.


(vinyl rip)

1 December 2014

Albert Mangelsdorff - Hot Hut (Musikant 1985)

Anders Jormin - Bass
Elvin Jones - Drums
Wolfgang Dauner - Piano
Albert Mangelsdorff - Trombone, Vocals

A1 - Hot Hut          10:30    
A2 - E. J. Blues      7:29    
A3 - Strange Sound       3:28    
B1 - Trans - Tanz       10:58    
B2 - Quadrouple        8:43
Composed by Albert Mangelsdorff (tracks A1, A3, B2), Elvin Jones (track A2), Wolfgang Dauner (track B1)

Musikant, 1C 066 14 7115 1


A1. Peking
A2. K-Song

B1. Blue Bolivor Blues
B2. Ataka's Dream
B3. Song of Akira

Akira Sakata, alto saxophone, clarinet, voice
Hideaki Mochizuki, bass
Shota Koyama, drums

Recorded at Freedom Studio, Tokyo on 30 Sept - 1 Oct 1977.

Frasco - FS-7023

LP Rip