Thursday, December 1, 2016

FRANK PERRY – Deep Peace (LP-1981 / Quartz Publications – !QUARTZ 007)




Label: Quartz Publications – !QUARTZ 007
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: UK / Released: 1981
Style: Free Improvisation, Experimental, Minimal
Recorded Sept. 1-3 and Oct. 4-6, 1980 at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, England
Artwork [Cover Design] – David Toop
Front Cover Manadala Painting – Frank Perry
Liner Notes – Robert Fripp
Composed By, Liner Notes, Producer – Frank Perry
Photography By [Back Cover] – Jak Kilby
Engineer – Tony Andrews, Tony Spath
Matrix / Runout (Side A): !QUARTZ 007-A.
Matrix / Runout (Side B): !QUARTZ 007-B.

A - Deep Peace Of The Flowing Air To You ........................................... 20:04
B - Deep Peace Of The Son Of Peace To You ...................................... 19:45

FRANK PERRY employs a fascinating array of acoustic instruments:
Bells [400 Year Old Zen Buddhist Densho Bells, Ming Dynasty Chinese Temple Bell, Japanese And Chinese Bell Trees, Tibetan Bells, Indian Bells, Swiss Cowbells, Japanese Resting Bells, Japanese And Chinese Bells], Gong [Various Kyeezees (Burmese Meditation Gongs) None Less Than 50 Years Old, Chinese Buddha Gongs, Chinese Gongs, Paiste Orchestral Tuned Gongs, Paiste Sound-plates And Sound-discs (Tuned And Untuned), Untuned Sound Discs], Singing Bowls [Burmese Chime Bowls], Percussion [Glass Bowls And Glasses, Home-made Petal-discs (Made From The Paiste Sound-disc Material)], Cymbal [Tibetan Invocation Cymbals And Meditation Cymbals]

From Frank Perry's liner notes: "The production of the music on this album involves no electronics whatsoever. Apart from where obvious (i.e. accurately timed gong strikes on Side 1) all the music is completely improvised (as also inspired and spontaneous)".


"Bells and gongs are representative of some of the most spiritual music," says Perry. He is a master of his art form, understanding how each gong produces its fundamental tone, harmonics and sub–tones. He carefully blends to create the specific meditative mood he desires. "Admittedly, percussion is not a field of instrumentation or sound–source most usually associated with meditational music, but I have spent half of my life refining the potential usages and overcoming the initial restrictions imposed by this musical medium of percussion."

It is impossible to do justice to this ‘music for meditation’ through words, for the experience is in the music itself. Suffice it to say, that on hearing ‘Deep Peace’, it is as if the whole world, and not just the human ear, stops to listen and comes alive to its subtle vibrations. The music conveys the experience of another dimension of reality hidden beyond ‘outer’ form, so that the vibrations of its sound resonate with and invoke a response from the natural vibrations that live around us – the music of the spheres. In the LP’s accompanying booklet, Frank Perry states that “…the Sun and Moon principles, which form the basis of this work, are each dependent one upon the other in their inseparability; being here representative of the Eucharistic Christian Sacraments.”

The cover of the record depicts a beautiful mandala by Frank, representing the planet Jupiter and the title is taken from an old Gaelic prayer: “Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.”




Few artists are as spiritually sincere and philosophically dedicated as Frank Perry. "For the maintenance of well–being, each one of us is in need of a constant attunement or alignment with that deep peace at the center of all life. This music is designed to provide a means, a bridge, towards this condition."
Perry has been perfecting his musical skills as he has been perfecting his spiritual skills for the past several decades. In fact, the two aspects are fused in his life. He is a student of numerology and cosmology, and an ardent reader of varied theological and philosophical works. The knowledge he gains from these studies, he incorporates into his pieces to share with others. "This music centers one's energy through concentration within sound, thus forming a bridge between past and future, or between the visible and invisible realms of Life."


And this masterpiece? ..... This is something only for my tortured soul :)



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Thursday, November 24, 2016

GARRETT LIST – Your Own Self (LP-1972 / Opus One – number 15)




Label: Opus One – number 15
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: US / Released: 1972
Style: Contemporary, Experimental, Minimal
Label based in Maine run by composer Max Schubel
Works from 1971
Artwork [Cover Art] – Ursula Belden / ?
There are two colour variations of the cover: Green and Orange
Engineer [Recording] – Mike Wolfe
Executive Director – Max Schubel
Composed By – Garrett List
Matrix / Runout (A): OPUS ONE 15AR
Matrix / Runout (B): OPUS ONE 15B

A - Your Own Self ...................................................................... 18:34
B - Your Own Self ...................................................................... 16:37

VOICE –––
          Joan LaBarbara
          Jay Clayton
          Jerry Kaplan
Jon Gibson ––– Saxophone
Mark Gould ––– Trumpet
Lou Ranger ––– Trumpet
David Jolley ––– French Horn
Garrett List ––– Trombone
Roy Pennington ––– Vibraphone
Barry Jekowski ––– Vibraphone
Rick Cutler ––– Piano
Frederic Rzewski ––– Piano
Gregory Reeves ––– Percussion
Gordon Gottliebs ––– Percussion
Mike Williams ––– bass

This piece is a beautiful example of a minimalist/jazz crossover which is exceptionally unique. It inhabits a somewhat similar world to Fred Rzewski's "Coming Together" and "Attica", but is much more indebted to jazz, with a heavily improvised middle section...

Garrett List ––– Trombone

The piece begins with an organ drone, and some quiet singing and reciting of phrases from the text. Gradually more instruments are introduced, primarily horns playing long tones. After a couple of minutes the bass comes in, and starts playing sparse notes, which over several minutes become more frequent until it's playing a full-fledged jazzy bass-line. The horns follow a similar build-up from long tones to faster playing.

The build up in this piece is perfect. It's so slow and fluid, you barely notice anything is happening, until you compare two points in the piece. At 11:00ish on side A there's a sudden break, and a fast, hihat-based drum beat comes in, the first major change in the piece. This section has a beautiful texture with fast piano scales, sparse bass notes, long horn tones, fast vibes, and vocalists singing and reciting the text.

Side A fades out, and Side B begins where A left off, jumping quickly into a long section of freeish jazz, with a propulsive rhythm section laying the base. This goes on for about 9 minutes, and then the piece goes back into a section resembling the first part, with long tones and quiet speaking voices.
There's Fred Rzewski on piano, Jon Gibson on sax, and vocalist Joan LaBarbara (who is an excellent composer as well, and appears on the classic 70s recording of Philip Glass' "Music in Twelve Parts").




Excellently pressed. Great dynamics and sound. Stunningly beautiful piece to be listened to at high volume. Wonderful!


Your Own Self, sought and received, mister ..... correct silence.



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Saturday, November 19, 2016

LÉON FRANCIOLI and PIERRE FAVRE – Le Bruit Court... (LP-1978 / ESC 367)




Label: L'Escargot – ESC 367
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1978
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Imprivisation
Recorded at studio Aquarius, September 18 and 19, 1976.
Artwork – Wannaz Mantial
Photography By – Alain Ogheri
Recorded By – Alain Français
Compositions by Léon Francioli and Pierre Favre
Matrix / Runout: Face1: E S C  3 6 7  A
Matrix / Runout: Face2: E S C  3 6 7  B

A1 - Le Rêve De Don Quichotte .............................................. 5:20
A2 - Le Bal Des Crapaux ......................................................... 5:25
A3 - Drôles D'Oiseaux ............................................................. 5:21
B1 - Stampede ......................................................................... 6:00
B2 - La Flèche Et L'Arc En Ciel ............................................... 5:35
B3 - Oh! Anton ......................................................................... 3:50
B4 - Singes Moqueurs ............................................................. 1:30

Léon Francioli – double bass
Pierre Favre – drums, percussion

Original 1978 French private pressing on the small independent L'Escargot records imprint. Great Improvisation, Free Jazz LP that hardly ever surfaces. First released on the label Evasion Disques – EB 100821 / France - 1976.



To   maximumbreak.   Enjoy!



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Saturday, November 12, 2016

MAGOG – Live In Montreux '73 (LP-1973 / Evasion Disques – EA 100 812)




Label: Evasion Disques – EA 100 812
Series: Living Now - 3
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Switzerland - Printed in France / Released: 1973
(Insert a Poem by the Hungarian Poet Endre Ady)
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at Centre des Congrès, Montreux, 3 July 1973, Switzerland
Engineer: Chris Pennycate
Layout: Studiopizz
Cover, photo: Franz Glose
Matrix / Runout: Side1: EA 100 812 A1
Matrix / Runout: Side2: EA 100 812 A2

A1 - Magog (One - Two - Three) ................................................................ 7:00
A2 - One For Lucky Luke .......................................................................... 10:23
A3 - Tell (One) ............................................................................................ 9:05
B1 - Tell (Two - Three) ................................................................................ 6:08
B2 - Ganz Zum Überfluss Meinte Eusebius Noch Folgendes .................... 6:35
B3 - Mini Rock ............................................................................................ 5:37
B4 - See Waldi ........................................................................................... 8:05

Musicians:
Hans Kennel – trumpet, fluegelhorn, percussion
Andy Scherrer – tenor sax, alto sax, percussion
Paul Haag – trombone, percussion
Klaus Koenig – piano, Fender Rhodes 
Peter Frei – bass
Peter Schmidlin – drums, percussion


Magog were a Swiss sextet who played many concerts throughout Europe in the seventies - including at the prestigious Montreux Festival in 1973, a performance released on LP on the great Evasion label. They also went on to record one album for JAPO/ECM and both LPs became underground classics garnering much praise from Melody Maker at the time.




The groups approach reflected an all embracing attitude to music making that was akin to other groups of the time such as Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band and the more improvisatory explorations of early Weather Report. However Magog had their own very distinct personality and like British jazz of the early 1970's is clearly deserving of rediscovery.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

EJE THELIN GROUP – Live '76 (2LP-1977 / Caprice Records – CAP 2007:1-2)




Label: Caprice Records – CAP 2007:1-2
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Sweden / Released: 1977
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art), Stockholm, June 23, 1976.
Cover [Front] – Ewert Karlsson (EWK)
Design – Jan Vilhelmsson
Photography By – Ove Alström
Engineer – Nils Edström
Liner Notes [Translation To English] – Fred Lane
Liner Notes [Translation To German] – Gerhard Hladik
Management – Eje Thelin Group
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): CAP 2007 A
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): CAP 2007 B
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C): CAP 2007 C
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D): CAP 2007 D

A1 - Onbird ................................................................................ 10:00
A2 - Another Piece Of Music ....................................................... 8:25
A3 - Time ..................................................................................... 7:00
B1 - Little Green Men ................................................................ 15:10
B2 - Balance ................................................................................ 3:40
C1 - Diesel .................................................................................. 8:15
C2 - Tesseraction, Part 1 ............................................................. 9:20
D1 - Tesseraction, Part 2 ............................................................. 3:25
D2 - Solo VI ................................................................................. 5:50
D3 - Entity .................................................................................... 5:35
D4 - Capricorn ............................................................................. 4:40

Eje Thelin  trombone
Harald Svensson – double bass, electric bass
Bruno Råberg – piano, electric piano
Leroy Lowe – drums, percussion

Written-By – Eje Thelin except tracks A1 and C1 - Written-By – Harald Svensson.
Rikskonserter 1977 / Printed By – SIB-Tryck, Tumba / Made in Sweden



Eje Thelin (born Eilert Ove Thelin) (June 9, 1938 - May 18, 1990) was an innovative Swedish trombonist, widely admired among fellow trombonists for his facile technique and rhythmic intensity. He was, perhaps, the first jazz trombonist to translate that technique into the so-called "sheets of sound" style that characterized much of the music of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and, in general, Free Jazz of the late 1960s and 1970s.





Thelin started his own quintet in 1961. From 1969 to 1972 he was on the faculty of the Music Academy in Graz, Austria. For the rest of the 1970s, he led his own Eje Thelin Group in Sweden. In the 1980s he expanded into composition, writing commissioned works for large European orchestras, sometimes featuring himself as soloist. In spite of the attention given to the obvious technical side of his playing, Thelin was also known for his warm approach to traditional ballads, a somewhat retro-romanticism that comes through in his later playing.



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Sunday, October 23, 2016

JEAN-LUC PONTY – Live At Montreux 72 (LP-1976-Inner City Records – IC 1003)




Label: Inner City Records – IC 1003
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1976
Original releaze: Les Disques Pierre Cardin – STEC 133 / France - 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Fusion, Experimental
Recorded live at the 1972 International Festival of Jazz in Montreux by Pierre Cardin
Album Design – Frank Vega
Photo – Tom Copi
Engineer – Stephen Sulke
Remix – Emmanuel Sciot
Executive Producers – Irv Kratka, Eric Kriss

A - Sonata Erotica ....................................................................................... 18:00
      a) Preludio
      b) Pizzacato Con Fuocco E Con Echo (Did You See My Bow?)
      c) Appassionato
B - Sonata Erotica ....................................................................................... 23:40
      d) Con Sensualita
      e) Accelerando E Rallentando

Experience:
Jean-Luc Ponty – electric violin
Joachim Kühn – piano [Fender]
Jean-François Jenny-Clark – acoustic bass, electric bass
Oliver Johnson – drums
Naná Vasconcelos – berimbau, congas, gong, percussion

Jean-Luc Ponty "Experience" ‎– Live In Montreux 72, live recording 19.06.1972 at the 6th International Festival of Jazz in Montreux, contents of five movement called "Sonata Erotica" suite, one of the most interesting works from his early days in fusion...





... Ponty's solos here seem far more inspired than his efforts in the 1990s. The violinist makes good use of delays, accompanying himself on the intense solo "Pizzicato Con Fucco E Con Echo." A number of passages were used in Ponty's earlier "Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra," found on his record with Kurt Edelhagen (Vantage LP 504). Supporting musicians included Joachim Kühn on Fender Rhodes, acoustic bassist J.-F. Jenny Clarke, drummer Oliver Johnson and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos. While this LP won't be considered essential to a lot of jazz fans, Ponty's followers will find that is very inspired and a rare opportunity to enjoy.

Extremely strange and exciting album.



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LÉON FRANCIOLI – Nolilanga (LP-1970 / Evasion Disques – LP E 109)




Label: Evasion Disques – LP E 109
Series: Living Now - 1
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: Switzerland – Press in France / Released: 1970
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded on the 3rd of April 1970.
Layout – Studiopizz
Photography By – Alain Ogheri
Engineer – Stephen Sulke
Producer – Gaston Schaefer

A1 - Ndi'funa'imali ................................................................... 2:40
A2 - Noma'khephu .................................................................. 8:20
A3 - In Bubwe .......................................................................... 6:25
B  -  Nolilanga ........................................................................ 18:40

Léon Francioli – double bass, conductor
Alan Skidmore – tenor sax and soprano sax
Pierre Cullaz – guitar
Pierre Favre – drums, percussion
Alain Petitmermet – drums, percussion

Léon Francioli (1946 to 2016) was a Swiss double bass player, was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 22nd 1946. After studying piano and double bass at the Conservatory of Lausanne, he worked sessions in studios for mainly 'rock' and classical artists (he was also an accomplished cellist). As a founding member and lead guitarist of the instrumental group 'Les Aiglons', from 1963 to 1965 he recorded several LP-s with them for the record label 'Golf Drouot de Barclay'. In 1970 however, Francioli released his first solo record, under his name but with assistance from Alain Petitmermet, Pierre Favre, Pierre Cullaz and Alan Skidmore. Michel Portal played with him during concerts in Nantes and at the Châteauvallon Festival in 1972, the both of them assisted by Favre, plus Beb Guerin and Bernard Vitet. He then went on to play as a duet with Favre, and this continued until 1980...



... He later recorded and toured with artists such as Johm Tchicai, Albert Mangelsdorff (in 'Triple Entente'), Don Cherry, Radu Malfatti (in 'Humanimal'), and sometimes just solo. In 1982, Francioli co-founded the 'jazz' ensemble 'BBFC' (along with J F Bovard on trombone, Daniel Bourquin on reed instruments and Olivier Clerc on drums). In 1984, he played once more with Pierre Favre, and also collaborated with composer Stan Tracey on the film music for the movies "Les Petites Fugues" and "Le Bus...", as well as playing with various dance bands. In 1995, he won the "Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture", and since 1991 had helped create music for many musical shows, including "Border Line", "Le Cirque", "Une Saison en Enfer", "Amnésie Internationale" and "Délices des Jardins...". He later formed a group along with Daniel Bourquin, called 'Les Nouveaux Monstres'. Léon Francioli died in Lausanne on March 9th 2016. He was 69.

 Alan Skidmore – tenor sax and soprano sax


"Nolilanga", his first album as a leader, one of his few recordings where is in completely gave himself and showed what is actually a master of the instrument. But even more is its intuitiveness and its disconcerting but liberating power at all consider a purely playful angle that will push him to exceed the limits imposed by the shackles of too strict education. The playground is the music itself in time as malleable material which everything can be said. The abstraction of "Ndi'Fuma'Imali" opening is a good example: the bass is not content to play the strings, he played the instrument himself ... playing companions are, it must be say, extremely well chosen too: two drummers, Alain Petitmermet and painfully exciting Pierre Favre, guitarist Pierre Cullaz and finally the brilliant British saxophonist Alan Skidmore who is known for his solo work and participation in many UK jazz fusion/prog groups, i.e; Soft Machine, Keith Tippett's Centipede, The Nice, Elton Dean's Ninesense, etc... "Noma'Khepu" holds the long beach where you can hear that on balance is a philosophy of life be put into practice collectively. Tumultuous and energetic, "Nolilanga" faithful representative of a current to the envied but not always understood precepts, tends to prove that harmony can also be born from chaos...



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