Wednesday, April 18, 2018

FRANCIOLI / BOVARD – Musique (2LP-1984 / Plainisphare – PL 1267/11-12)




Label: Plainisphare – PL 1267/11-12
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Switzerland / Released: 1984
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live, Lausanne July 21, 1984, Switzerland.
Photo  Couverture – Alain  Doneri
Photo  Interieure – Philippe Ungricht
Graphisme – Oliver Clerc
PRISE  DE  SON  RADIO  ''L''
Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side A): PL 1267/11-A
Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side B): PL 1267/11-B
Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side A): PL 1267/12-C
Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side B): PL 1267/12-D

A - "Musique'' .................................................................................................... 27:00
B - "Musique'' .................................................................................................... 19:20
C - "Musique'' .................................................................................................... 19:00
D - "Musique'' .................................................................................................... 11:40

Composed By – Jean-Francois Bovard, Léon Francioli

Personnel:
ANDRÉ  JAUME   soprano saxophone / tenor saxophone / clarinet / bass clarinet
DANIEL  BOURQUIN   soprano saxophone / alto saxophone / baritone saxophone
DANIEL  MARGOT   oboe / cornet [cornet anglais]  / soprano saxophone
DIDIER  HATT   trumpet / bugle / tuba
MARIO  ALBERTI   trumpets / bugle
ANDRE  BERTHOLET   trumpet / bugle
JEAN-FRANÇOIS  BOVARD   trombone
RUNO  ERICKSSON   bass trombone
WALTER  HEYNA   cornet
LÉON  FRANCIOLI   contrabass / piano
OLIVER  CLERC   drums / percussion
RAOUL  ESMERODE   xylophone / drums / percussion
JACQUES  DITISHEIM   vibraphone / timbales / percussion


Francioli-Bovard ‎– "Musique" / 2LP (Plainisphare ‎– PL 1267/11-12 ) Switzerland 1984
Original Swiss pressing / _________ Out Of Stock __ / never on a CD.




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Friday, April 13, 2018

[CM 4] F. LINDEMANN / J.L. BARBIER / O. MAGNENAT / O. CLERC ‎– Live In Montreux 75 (Evasion Disques / LP-1975)




Label: Evasion Disques – EB 100.819
Series: Living Now – 5, Collective Music – CM 4
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Switzerland / Printed in France / Released: 1975
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at Montreux Jazz Festival / 15 July 1975 in Casino Montreux.
Engineer – John Temperley
Photography By – Georgyves
Layout – François Lindemann
Producer – Gaston Schaeffer
Liner Notes – Demètre Iokimidis
Matrix / Runout: Face1: EB 100 819 A
Matrix / Runout: Face2: EB 100 819 B

A1 - For John Tchicai   (J.L. Barbier) .............................................................. 12:07
A2 - 4.3.74   (F. Lindemann) ........................................................................... 11:34
B1 - Tranquility   (O. Magnenat) ....................................................................... 2:50
B2 - Queen   (J.L. Barbier) ............................................................................... 8:05
B3 - Thursday Suite   (F. Lindemann) .............................................................. 7:02

Personnel:
François Lindemann – piano
Jean-Luc Barbier – alto saxophone, flute
Olivier Magnenat – bass
Olivier Clerc – drums, percussion

Rare Evasion Records: F. Lindemann / J.L. Barbier / O. Magnenat / O. Clerc ‎– Live In Montreux 75 / – Imprimerie De Saint-Michel, Ambazac – Printed in France
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Evasion Disques / ___ Out Of Stock __ / never on a CD. 



The improvising jazzman is constantly questioning a delicate balance, the balance that must exist betvveen the expected and the unexpected, between vwhat the listener can foresee and what the listener can be surprised by. The whole history of' jazz, as beset by triteness on one of its ends, by pure arbitrariness on he other, could be viewed as the vicissitudes of that halance.
The will to free themselves from harmonic, melodic and rhythrinc boundaries which informs most present day young jazzmen brings back the above-mentionned balance problem. The members of CM4 have coped with it by means of the musical inteqrity shown by their work in this record. The structures and articulations of For John Tchicai, for instance, stand out clearly through the rhythmic fluctuations, the transformations and overlappings of melodic lines and the passages where improvisers are let free. There is a rhythmic pattern gradually gaining shape under the alto recitative: it brings forth the rhythmic figures that allow the piano's affirmation when it soloes. These figures, developed through the bass solo, precede the return of the alto, which ends the piece with a niew recitative. The symmetry between end and beginning as well as the repeated and modified rhythmic patterns act as a framework both for the musicians' improvisation and the listeners'attention. Similar, though adapted to the character of each piece, features are to be found throughout the music in the record.

The evident admiration the members of the group have for leading American musiciens such as McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Jackie Mc Lean, Richard Davis and Elvin Jones, has stimulated the expression of their own musical personalities, while strengthening the quartet's cohesion. For balance befween individual and collective expression is yet another constant feature in the history of jazz.

_ By Demètre Ioakimidis (transl. by Gimelfarb)



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Sunday, March 25, 2018

ALTERATIONS – Up Your Sleeve (Quartz Publications – !QUARTZ 006 / LP-1980)




Label: Quartz Publications – !QUARTZ 006
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: UK / Released1980
Style: Experimental, Free Improvisation
A1 recorded at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 30 .1. 1980.
A2 and A3 recorded at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 2 .2. 1980.
Side B recorded at the London Musicians Collective, 9. 3. 1980.
Artwork [Cover/labels], Photography By – David Toop
Mastered By – David Cunningham
Music By [All Improvisations], Edited By – Alterations
Recorded By [Live] – David Toop, Peter Cusack
Matrix / Runout (Side A): !QUARTZ 006-A.
Matrix / Runout (Side B): !QUARTZ 006-B.

A1 - He Feels Like A Doris Day ........................................................................... 4:35
A2 - Trail Of Traps .............................................................................................. 11:03
A3 - The Life And Opinion Of Masseur Ichi ....................................................... 10:30
B1 - Not So Dumb Deaf And Mute Heroine ......................................................... 2:56
B2 - Fear Of Mayonnaise ................................................................................... 11:39
B3 - Stand By Your Sheep ................................................................................... 7:27
B4 - Party Political ............................................................................................... 4:22

Personnel:
STEVE BERESFORD – upright piano, piano [toy], electric piano [toy], percussion, synthesizer [toy], melodica, euphonium, performer [whirlers, electronic bird, snapits], whistle, voice bass guitar, musical box, violin, electric guitar
DAVID TOOP – flute [concert], flute [flutes], synthesizer [toy], bass guitar, reeds, whistle, performer [scraping, squeaker], flute [Plastic Bamboo], guitar [vibrato], performer [ratchet, feedback], diddle [bottleneck], performer [animal decoys], fiddle [1 string], reeds [Chinese]
PETER CUSACK – guitar [wah wah], electric guitar, guitar [nylon string], guitar [prepared nylon string (amplified)], guitar [bowed]
TERRY DAY – drums [drum kit], drums, cymbal, maracas, reeds, bells [bycicle bell], voice [speaking, laughter], mandolin, performer [squeakers], alto saxophone, vocals [singing], cello, instruments [toy], performer [siren], panpipes, harmonica, performer [crackle box]

Ultra Rare and beautiful original UK 1st pressing of this cult Avant Garde LP!
Alterations existed as a group 1977-1986. They published 3 LP's (Alterations, bead 9,1978; Up Your Sleeve, !Quartz 006, 1980; My favourite Animals, nato 280, 1984) - the first two with live recordings.





During the reasonably long lifespan (by group standards) of this ensemble, it was something of a collective study seminar for four of the brightest minds from the British music scene. Since they all liked playing lots of different instruments, including each other's instruments sometimes, and were all interested in weaving together just about any kinds of music and sounds imaginable, it was usually impossible to predict where a set by Alterations was going from minute to minute.
Then again, this wild mix of electronics, traditional instruments, free improvisation, rock & roll, anarchy, and sentimentality might lead a listener's imagination just about anywhere.

The great discovery of Alterations was that musical styles and idioms are there to be played with, not taken dead serious - whether while cultivating them or while striving to avoid them. Such an approach opens up new semantic perspectives: musical travelling takes place not just within one universe of sound, but between several ones. Speaking of historical context, Alterations was formed at a time when the London improvised music scene was widening out, mixing musicians of all ages and stylistic backgrounds.
Dealing with music as a pluralistic and inclusive process involves tolerance and the acceptance of conflict. Steve Beresford's statement seems to hit the point: "The improvised music performances which don't work for me are those which are exactly trying to project an image of pure music which doesn't have the same problems that most music has and that most life has".

Review by CARL BERGSTRØM-NIELSEN



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STEVE BERESFORD – The Bath Of Surprise (Piano – Piano 003 / LP-1980)




Label: Piano – Piano 003
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: UK / Released: 1980
Style: Free Improvisation, Experimental
Artwork [Layout], Photography [Cover Photography] – Hot Pink Heart Graphics
Recorded by David Cunningham and Steve Beresford 1977-1980
Produced by David Cunningham
All tracks composed by Steve Beresford / Quartz Publications / 1980
except 10 by Nick Curinga and Paul Politi /Golden /
Published By – Quartz Publications
Matrix / Runout (Side 1): PIANO 003A1 EG BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Matrix / Runout (Side 2): PIANO 003B1 EG IF YOU FIND EARTH BORING
(vinyl release 1980, deleted)

A1  -  Punctuation  ............................................................................................. 1:30
A2  -  Lieutenant Dub ......................................................................................... 4:08
A3  -  Cat Picture ............................................................................................... 1:42
A4  -  What Is a Thing ........................................................................................ 0:37
A5  -  The Bath of Surprise ................................................................................ 2:36
A6  -  Concealed Entrance ................................................................................ 2:12
A7  -  My Old Piano ........................................................................................... 1:33
A8  -  Burning Problems .................................................................................... 1:38
A9  -  Schlussakkord .......................................................................................... 3:25
A10 - Those Oldies but Goodies Remind Me of You ......................................... 1:18

B1  -  A Cup of Tea and a Bun .......................................................................... 7:18
B2  -  Mr. And Mrs. Wu ..................................................................................... 4:13
B3  -  Spring Clips ............................................................................................. 9:58
B4  -  A Continuous Supply of History ............................................................... 0:37

STEVE BERESFORD – acoustic guitar, percussion, piano, synthesizer, melodica, euphonium, performer [whirled bee, whirled tube, clarinet mouthpiece, bath water, nailbrush, body, tubes, reeds, balloons, footclickers, blechtrommer, giggle stick], musicbox, ukulele, performer [cowbox, musical toothbrush, cassette, duck call, electronic bird, squeaky chops, chicken box], turntables [toy record player], horn [plastic], performer [talking telephone, astro-phaser], trumpet, whistle, bass, piano [toy], cymbal, drums, voice, flugelhorn



Remark:
To avoid damaging the compactness of the whole, I did not divide the album into separate numbers, so that after downloading it you get two stripes, side A and side B. I also respected all the breaks and silences as in the original without any shortening. I tried to make the sound clean and fresh. I hope you enjoy it, LP is more than interesting and side B is magical.



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Saturday, March 24, 2018

GÜNTER LENZ SPRINGTIME – Roaring Plenties (L+R Rec. – LR 40.005/LP-1980)




Label: L+R Records – LR 40.005
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: Germany / Released: 1980
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Recorded live April 24/25, 1979 at Wilhelmsbad, Hanau as part of the Wilhelmsbader Produktionen for the TV-Series "Focus On Jazz".
Artwork – Günther Kieser
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Mara Eggert
Photography By [Liner Photo] – Anno Wilms
Engineer – Charly Morell
Producer – Wolfgang Vogel and Günter Lenz
Distributed by Bellaphon Records Germany
Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A): LR 40 005 - A SST
Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B): LR 40 005 - B SST

A1 - Children Of The Night   (Bob Degen) ........................................................... 8:28
A2 - The Bear Is Gone   (Günter Lenz) ................................................................ 6:45
A3 - Roaring Plenties   (Günter Lenz) .................................................................. 4:25
B1 - Do Not Tear The Posters Down   (Günter Lenz) ........................................ 12:15
B2 - Speed Freak   (Frank St. Peter) ................................................................... 8:30

Personnel:
Günter Lenz – bass (leader, producer)
Frank St. Peter – alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Leszek Zadlo – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Johannes Faber – trumpet
Bob Degen – piano
Joe Nay – drums, percussion



Berlin Jazz Festival in 1979 "Mingus Memorial", the tribute to Charles Mingus, the great black bassist who has just passed away. Drummer Danny Richmond had a stunning performance. 
In addition to well-known names organizer took his chance and  brought fresh wind into this memorial concert: by the Frankfurt bassist Günter Lenz and his group "Springtime"......

"Roaring Plenties"; Günter Lenz and Springtime - Johannes Faber (trumpet), Frank St. Peter and Leszek Zadlo (saxophones), Bob Degen (piano), Joe Nay (drums), Günter Lenz (bass); L + R Records LR 40.005 (distribution: Bellaphon).
"Not a copy, but subconscious respect must be spoken there," says the knowledgeable record producer Horst Lippmann, because the letters "L + R" (records) stand for the organizer team Lippmann + Rau. Lenz and his people pay homage to the spirit and not the letter on this record as they did in Berlin. In addition to the moving death suit "The Bear Is Gon" leads mainly the main part of the record, "Roaring Plenties", in the center of Mingus music; not least by the pun of the title. As Dixieland, Weill-Touch and Blues clichés are mounted here, this really has something of the wild twenties, tastes like plenty of "Roaring Twenties". The twelve minutes of "Do Not Tear The Poster Down" begin with an elongated melody that echoes bebop phrases, and they end with a reef that has evolved from a bass figure and drives the piece to its end, mercilessly, relentlessly and with that power that gives one the belief in a conception and its correctness...



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Friday, March 2, 2018

STEVE MARCUS / MIROSLAV VITOUS / SONNY SHARROCK / DANIEL HUMAIR – Green Line (SMJX 10109 / LP-1970)




Label: Victor World Group ‎– SMJX 10109
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold / Country: Japan / Released: 1970
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Victor Studio, Aoyama Tokyo 11 September 1970.
Artwork – Tadayuki Naito
Engineer – Norio Yoshizawa
Producer – Fujiya Jimbo, Tetsuya Shimoda
Manufactured By – Victor Company Of Japan, Ltd.
Green Victor World Group Label
Matrix / Runout (Matrix, label side A): SVIR-10067-A
Matrix / Runout (Matrix, label side B): SVIR-10067-B
Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A stamped): SVIR 10067 A 121+ UL
Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B stamped): SVIR 10067 B 111+

A1 - Melvin ........................................................................................................... 8:52
A2 - Mr. Sheets At Night ....................................................................................... 7:11
B1 - Green Line ................................................................................................... 6:15
B2 - The Echos .................................................................................................. 10:57

Personnel:
Steve Marcus – tenor and soprano saxophone
Sonny Sharrock – electric guitar
Miroslav Vitous – bass
Daniel Humair – drums, percussion

1970 Victor World Group ‎– SMJX 10109 (Japan) Stereo LP / GREEN LINE / Steve Marcus, Daniel Humair, Miroslav Vitous, Sonny Sharrock / Released in a gatefold sleeve with a double sided glued inner leaf containing credits and liner notes. ______Out Of Stock__




Truly stunning LP from four hungry young badasses in 1970.  Miroslav Vitous, Sonny Sharrock, Steve Marcus and Daniel Humair are all heavyweight cats captured in their youthful prime here, not a weak moment to be found. They each just sound so great! Vitous really stands out with a ton of seriously sick bass viol action--what's up with those simultaneous arco and pizzicato parts?!  He's just exploding on the groove in "Melvin", with Sharrock doing a perfect lean funky part, holding back to keep the groove simmering instead of blowing hard over it.  Vitous' solo in "Mr. Sheets at Night" and Marcus's painfully sensitive saxophone is something else. It's a gorgeous piece with a bristling spirit underlying the ballad surface. This album is a bit overlooked in Sonny Sharrock's discography, probably because it was released as a co-billing for the quartet, alongside the fact it's more of a straightahead jazz album than the legendary freakbombs he'd dropped in the preceding years in cahoots with Queen Linda.  His explosions on side B make for some seriously essential listening for any Sharrock-head. All four cuts are distinctive gems, but "The Echoes" is the one track that is an epic blowout that tastes good down to the last gnarly drop.  This is the real sound of jazz in 1970.



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Thursday, March 1, 2018

JEAN-LUC PONTY QUARTET – Sunday Walk (LP-1967/Re- MPS Rec. – 0068.226)




Label: MPS Records – 0068.226
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue / Country: W. Germany / Released: 1968 (?)
Style: Bop, Free Improvisation, Post Bop, Modal
Recorded June 1967, MPS-Tonstudio Villingen, W. Germany.
Artwork By [Graphic Work], Layout – Gigi Berendt
Photography By [Back Cover, Liner Photos] – Werkmeister
Photography By [Cover] – Jean Pierre Leloir
Photography By [Liner Photos] – Armbruster
Recorded By, Producer – Hans-Georg Brunner-Schwer
Technician [Recording Director] – Willi Fruth
Liner Notes – Joachim E. Berendt
Translated By – John Wilde
Matrix / Runout (Matrix Print Label A): 0068.226-A
Matrix / Runout (Matrix Print Label B): 0068.226-B

A1 - Sunday Walk   (Daniel Humair) ....................................................................... 6:28
A2 - Carole's Garden   (Denny Zeitlin) .................................................................... 7:42
A3 - Cat Coach   (Wolfgang Dauner) ...................................................................... 6:00
B1 - You've Changed   (Carey / Fisher) .................................................................. 8:24
B2 - Suite For Claudia   (J.L. Ponty) ....................................................................... 9:50

Personnel:
Jean-Luc Ponty – violin
Wolfgang Dauner – piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – double bass
Daniel Humair – drums, percussion

Original released on LP in 1967 in Germany (SABA, 15 139 ST) with gatefold cover. Re-issued on LP in 1968 (?) in Germany (MPS, 0068.226) with different cover. Second German Pressing. Black labels with silver-white print. ____ Out Of Stock, never on a CD.



Although there were two earlier dates led by violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (for Palm in 1963 and Philips in 1964), this was the first album to get much circulation. Originally recorded for the German Saba label, and was available in the U.S. on Pausa LP as well. This is one of Ponty's best albums – a more straight-ahead late 60s session for MPS, without the fusion noodling of later years! This is a top notch advanced bop with Wolfgang Dauner on piano, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass, Daniel Humair on drums and of course Jean-Luc Ponty on violin. These masters were among the best jazz players in Europe. Album compares well with stuff being recorded by the best American players of the time. Dauner, in his pre-electric phase, sounds like McCoy Tyner. In addition to "You've Changed" (one of the few standards ever recorded by the violinist), the band performs Denny Zeitlin's "Carole's Garden" and three group compositions, including Ponty's "Suite for Claudia." Already at this time, Jean-Luc Ponty was a highly original and brilliant player.
(Review by Scott Yanow, AllMusic)

Beautiful challenge of the old German MPS records, it is difficult to resist.



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