Sunday, October 24, 2010

Josh Abrams: Natural Information

Really late in learning about this one.  Definitely a long-time fan of Josh Abrams from first listen on the The Roots Organix LP, to Town & Country, Sam Prekop, Sticks & Stones and Cipher which features him as a leader.
I am along for the ride with this one as well.......just waiting for it to come in.

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Marion Brown: Porto Novo

Bought this from Downtown Music Gallery years ago and just realized it's OOP and ripe for posting.
Absolutely love this record.  Altena is really low in the mix and Bennink is also poorly recorded, but just batters the kit.  Brown is well recorded and incredibly lyrical throughout. Notably "Improvisation" has a solo sax intro that will have you shaking your head as you play it over and over again.  It pairs perfectly and seamlessly with "Sound Structure" just before it, which is a very balanced trio piece with all three musicians just killing it throughout.
Tracks 6 and 7 are Marion Brown and the great Leo Smith forming the Creative Improvisational Ensemble.
Great stuff.

Tracks 1-5
Marion Brown, as
Maarten van Regteren Altena, b
Han Bennink, d

Tracks 6 & 7
Marion Brown: as, perc
Leo Smith: trumpet, perc

CD rip @320:

A Sketch for Brown

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Barre Phillips For All It Is

Barre Phillips, bass
Palle Danielsson, bass
Barry Guy, bass
J.F. Jenny-Clarke, bass
Stu Martin, percussion

March 12 1971 japo records 60003

@320 Wax dRIP

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Peter Kowald & Maarten Altena: Two Making a Triangle

First exposed to this format after buying the Bass Duets CD.  Some years later--still not sure how I feel, but I'm still listening.
The Bass Duets CD is a compilation of Kowald + Phillips, Guy and Altena on three different OOP lps.  For me, the last pairing was the most accessible because of the seeming emphasis of rhythmic invention. So I sought out the original wax, as not every track is on the CD comp.
The seamless assault of rhythms and sheer range of sound on this record is just something else.  Percussive slapping.  Half-cocked funky bass lines.  Manic melodic bowing.  Endless other techniques are interwoven with controlled gaps of silence creating a singular energy that ebbs and flows like the tides.  There are places where the sound crests, and other lower places as well.  I'm not sure how you might feel.  But I'm sure you will feel give it a listen.

Peter Kowald, bass
Maarten Altena bass and cello

Recorded: March 19 & 20, 1982

@ 320 Wax drip

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Leo Smith / Peter Kowald / Günter Sommer AMIGA LP

This was originally released in 1980 on FMP as Touch the Earth, and then title-less in 1981 on Amiga.
The interplay is amazing between these three musicians, and with masterful ears, space is incredibly well balanced.
Smith's trumpet tone is so clear and crisp, at times it glides high above the timbre of the other instrumentation.  But then, from the buzzing and stirring rhythm section beneath Kowald will bow his bass up high and bridge the gap.  Sommer's percussive accents add to both the sonic unpredictability and at times the rock-solid rhythmic balance of this killer session.  I kinda like the Amiga release without the implication of Earth being  in the title.  These guys were on some other planet when they recorded this......

Leo Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn & african thumb piano
Peter Kowald: bass
Günter Sommer: drums, percussion & organ pipes

Recorded November 13th and 14th 1979

@320. Wax dRip:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mos Def: Universal Magnetic

Have payed attention to Hip Hop since 84 or so.  But around 87 or 88 production for the art form started becoming pretty advanced with pioneering producers like Marley Marl, Ced Gee, Paul C as well as Premier, Showbiz and Prince Paul.  From that point on, the music became more interesting then the MCing to me.  Hitting record stores to track down samples turned into a growing music collection and an expanding education.

Rawkus Records 1997
Dante Beze vocals
Shawn J Period production

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Joseph Scianni with David Izenzon: Man Running

Admittedly, this is my only exposure to Scianni.  But, Izenzon's volatile bass playing is what makes this session pop and the reason why I grabbed this disc in the first place.  He brings unorthodox harmonic stuff here just as in Jaki Byard's Sunshine of My Soul, turning open-but-conventional piano playing into something unique.  Still leaves me wishing Elvin was tooling out some poly rhythms in the mix.....but there's plenty here to enjoy.          

Joseph Scianni p
David Izenzon b

March 18, 1965  Savoy MG 12185

@ 320. wax dRIP:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gary Peacock Voices

Recorded previous to the Paysages date on April 5, 1971, the music on this disc has haunting and beautiful melodies plus incredibly rich and varied textures largely attributed to the two percussionists.  Released and almost exclusively available in's definitely time US folks had better access.  Draw to it.  Walk to it. Build stuff to it.......whatever.  Enjoy it.

Gary Peacock b
Masabumi Kikuchi p, ep
Masahiko Togashi d
Hiroshi Murakami d



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sadao Watanabe Paysages

It seems that Bitches Brew was the inspiration for Paysages with that familiar Rhodes induced electro-acoustic sound.  The way the drums lightly tiptoe into "Space is Not a Place" even reminds me of the intro to "Pharaoh's Dance".  But the five sensibilities at work here make this album (and the other two from the session) seem like worlds away.  Good stuff.

Sadao Watanabe  Alto Sax, Flute and Sopranino Sax
Masabumi Kikuchi  Acoustic and Electric piano
Gary Peacock  Bass
Masahiko Togashi  Drums
Hiroshi Murakami  Drums

Recorded June 22, 1971

Ripped at 320.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Alexander Schlippenbach Quartet: Das Hohe Lied

 "About the time we decided to put our trio performance from Pisa out on record ("Detto Fra Di Noi"), Alex had arranged with FMP headmaster Jost Gebers the concert dates for a live quartet record.  We played on two nights altogether five pieces.  When during the following summer all of us toured with the Globe Unity Orchestra, we took along on cassette a rough-mix of the material.  After listening to it individually on the bandbus, we heard the whole lot together in the listening room of Alan's school in Paris.  There turned out to be more good stuff than we needed for one LP, so we left it at that, waiting to speak with Jost for a final decision.  He had meanwhile been checking the original tapes again and found enough technical faults (off-mike recording and mike drop-outs) to make him reject those masters.  New dates were arranged tot he same year, concerts were played and recorded, and from this new material the quartet's "Anticlockwise" album was produced.  For this we all went to Berlin for the definite mix, and as we still thought highly of the music of the original date, we asked for the old mastertapes to be given to us; but having been discarded as unusable, they had been erased!  I kept the rough-mix cassettes and after listening to them again and again, I knew: the music had to be on a Po Torch record.  What I chose is the first long piece from the first night (A + B) and the two short sets of the second (C and D).  Masters were made from the cassettes using a bit of equalization, faults remained uncorrected.  By and by, ideas for the sleeve took shape, the name came, the titles of the pieces--taken from Robert Graves' translation of Solomon's poem...
It has taken a long time; so now: listen!  to hear these excerpts from the Song of Songs."

Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano
Evan Parker, soprano and tenor saxophone
Alan Silva, doublebass
Paul Lovens selected drums and cymbals, Singende Sage, zither

Played live on November 6th and 8th 1981 at the Quartier Latin, Berlin
Front painting by Herbert Bardenheuer
Inside painting by Astrid Bardenheuer
1991 Po Torch records

Ripped at 320: