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