31 August 2019

Gregg Bendian's Interzone - Live In Chicago 2001

Gregg Bendian is famous for his partnership with musicians like Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey, William Parker or Peter Brotzmann. In the late nineties he had a very exciting band called Interzone that mixed jazz with free improvisation, rock and in a way also prog. The result was an unique sound that appears as one of the most successful in the mix of so different styles. The group has recorded three albums, one for Eremite and two for Atavistic, all oop but still easy to find for a reasonable price in the second hand market. Two musicians have made the trip from the beginning to the end beside Gregg Bendian: The Cline brothers, Nels and Alex. Bassists have changed during the short life of this band. The first cd have been recorded with Mark Dresser, the two others on Atavistic with Steuart Liebig. On this concert that comes from what appeared to be the last tour of the band, Kermit Driscol is the bassist. The show is superbe, intense with a very high musical level. It contains many tracks from their last album Requiem For Jack Kirby recorded around one year before this concert.

01 Primordial Ink
02 Kirby's Fourth World
03 New Gods
04 The Mother Box
05 Teaneck In The Marvel Age
06 Air Above Zenn-LaCD
07 Sunblade Strafe the Continent
08 Pattern Master For Octavia Butler
09 Diaspora
10 Blood: Sassoon zi tavit

-Gregg Bendian: vibraphone, glockenspiel
-Kermit Driscol : acoustic & electric bass
-Nels Cline : guitar, slide guitar
-Alex Cline : drums & percussions

Recorded Live In Chicago October 4, 2001
If some followers have others unpublished recordings of this band they are welcome to share them.

30 August 2019


Got this recording from our recent anonymous donor some weeks ago.
Portal is sometimes a bit too much in the 'background'. This might be due to him wandering around on the stage.
In the same folder was the Mangelsdorff solo - so I assume it is from the same date...

Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Michel Portal, reeds
Jean-François Jenny-Clark, bass
Aldo Romano, drums

A1. Quartet 46:46
A2. Quartet 18:49

Solo - Mangelsdorff
B1. Solo - Mangelsdorff 6:30
B2. Solo - Mangelsdorff 7:13
B3a. Announcement - Mangelsdorff 0:18
B3b. Solo - Mangelsdorff 4:32
B4a. Announcement - Mangelsdorff 0:33
B4b. Solo - Mangelsdorff 6:23
B5. Solo - Mangelsdorff 3:00

Live at Cinema Diana, Via Paggi, Genova on February 9, 1981.

25 August 2019

Exiles - Dangerous Music (Esfoma 1986)

Exiles - Dangerous Music (Esfoma 1986)

Esfoma Recordings, ER53

A1 - Urban Nocturne    
A2 - Prism    
A3 - Mycelium Cortex    
A4 - Bad Companions    
A5 - Into The Dark    
B1 - Forest Dance    
B2 - Sonaire: Beyond The End Of Time    
B3 - Solidarity    

Greg Mills, Jay Zelenka

Instruments include Alto Sax, Piano, Flute, Melodica, Celeste, Violin, Percussion.
Credits are generic, probably keyboards are by Mills, reeds by Zelenka.


Yagihashi Tsukasa, alto saxophone
Sato Yukie, electric guitar
Sabu Toyozumi, percussion, voice, kokyu

1. Air 1:02
2. Sadang I 8:23
3. Sadang II 10:24
4. Jamsil I 21:41
5. Jamsil II 9:47
6. Air 0:47

Recorded on 28 April, 2001 in Seoul, South Korea.

Jabrec Art Music - JABREC 13 (CDr, Japan)


Two excellent concert films. (maybe the two shows aren't complete but surely worth your attention)

The first group is obviously the quartet which recorded the wonderful album "Conference of the Birds" for ECM. The album was recorded on November 30, 1972 in New York. So the concert in France was more than a half year later. Several themes of the LP are easily discernible.

For the second ensemble I've found the following description.

Details from Coda 12/73 p.34.
"They played a suite especially written for this occasion. A piece that showed some of the aspects in the music of the multidirectional Anthony Braxton. Wheeler and Braxton matched each other beautifully, Wheeler is a musician who has much in common with Braxton, an intellectual player with a cool sound and a good ear for Braxton's intricate written lines. Their performance ended with a bebop-like tune, and drummer Bobo Shaw (from Black Artists Group from St. Louis, BAG) who throughout the piece had revealed himself as a very musical and inventive drummer, kept the music on fire." (Ib Skovgaard Petersen)

[Some discographies claim other days (23rd f.e.) for the Braxton Quartet but I stick with what's given in the TV production, although the menu gives 1974 which is - obviously - incorrect]

During this concert we have the first performances of Braxton's "Composition No. 23B" and "Composition No. 23D".

Dave Holland Quartet - Antibes, Juan-Les-Pins, 1974

Anthony Braxton, reeds
Sam Rivers, reeds
Dave Holland, double bass
Barry Altschul, drums

Recorded July 25, 1974.


Anthony Braxton Quartet - Chateauvallon, 1973

Amthony Braxton, reeds
Kenny Wheeler, trumpet, flugelhorn
J.F. Jenny Clarke, double bass
Charles Bobo Shaw, drums

Recorded August, 25, 1973