Thursday, December 22, 2016

PHIL WOODS And HIS EUROPEAN RHYTHM MACHINE – Live At Montreux 72 (LP-1972 / Pierre Cardin – STEC 131)




Label: Les Disques Pierre Cardin – STEC 131
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded June 19. 1972 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Design [Cover, both side] By – Pierre Cardin
Photography By [Front/Back Cover] – David Redfern
Engineer – Stephen Sulke
Graphics – Hartmut Pfeiffer
Mastered By – Christian Orsini
Producer, Mixed By – Emmanuel "Pinpin" Sciot
Original French pressing with round corners
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): STEC 131 A
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): STEC 131 B

A  -  The Executive Suite .................................................................... 26:00
B1 - Falling ........................................................................................... 9:00
B2 - It Does Not Really Matter Who You Are ..................................... 15:00

All compositions by Gordon Beck

Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine:
Phil Woods --- alto saxophone
Gordon Beck --- piano
Ron Mattewson --- bass
Daniel Humair --- drums, percussion

This LP is a real rarity how for the record company that produced it, so also for the jazz music and the huge number of admirers an early Phil Woods. The album has never re-issued on CD. 
In the early 70s, the Italian-French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, great lover of music, founded a record company in his name, which had very short life and that was distinguished by his covers particularly elegant artwork, designed by himself.




In the short period of activity he published several LP's, not only of jazz, among which also the French edition of the Concerto Grosso by New Trolls.
Of particular interest are the recordings made during the Montreux Jazz Festival 1972 concert by Jean-Luc Ponty, the Lubat, Louis and Engel Group, in addition to this the European Rhythm Machine Phil Woods, who at the time was hailed as a masterpiece.
Briton David Waddington critic of Jazz called this album "a fluid and breathtaking improvisation titanic wise." The A-side of the vinyl with engaging twenty-five minutes of 'Executive Suite was also described by critics Brian Case and Stan Britt, in their Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz, "a tour de force of the alto sax, with no accompanying sequences in which Woods gives vent his extraordinary instrumental mastery acute from screaming extreme to severe extreme moaning of the instrument. "
In England, the album was released by Verve, on granting the French publisher, with a different layout.

At a distance of forty four years the record is still valid and is an extraordinary testimony to the evolutionary trend of those years jazz. Roberto Arcuri, about that experience said, "Go and hear the term European Rhythm Machine, that was not a rival of no one, Phil Woods was a wonderful musician, super, which remained like that. "


Colossal music. My favorite album for this month.



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Monday, December 19, 2016

ANIMA – Anima (LP-1972 / Pilz Rec. – 20 29097-2)




Label: Pilz – 20 29097-2
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Germany / Released: 1972
Style: Free Improvisation, Experimental, Krautrock, Free Jazz
Recorded at Neues Arri, München 1972.
Design [Cover Design] – Michael Fessel
Engineer [Sound] – Dieter Dierks
Producer – Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser
Pilz it's the German progressive label  run by BASF Musikproduktion under the initial direction of Jürgen Schmeisser, subsequently directed by Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser.
Liner Notes – Friedrich Gulda, J.A. Rettenbacher, Limpe Fuchs, Paul Fuchs
Written-By – Gulda, Rettenbacher, Limpe Fuchs, Paul Fuchs
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 1P 2029097-2 A SST
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 1P 2029097-2 B II SST

A - Meeting In The Studio .............................................................. 20:35
B - Anima-Live ............................................................................... 27:25

Limpe Fuchs – vocals [stimme], zither [Fußzither], electronics, 
                         percussion [diverse percussioninstrumente]
Paul Fuchs – horn [Fuchshorn], performer [schilfzinken, klangbleche], vocals [stimme], 
                      electronics, percussion [diverse percussioninstrumente]
Friedrich Gulda – piano
J.A. Rettenbacher – bass

Note:
The music contained herein is totally improvised. Nothing has been premeditated or decided beforehand.
On the back cover composition credits are given the individual members, but on the labels it    is credited to Anima.
On the back cover is written "Anima-LP". This does not appear anywhere else (spine, label, front cover) so it does not appear to be an album title.


Limpe Fuchs (she was born 1941 in Munich) is a German composer, performance and sound artist.
At the age of 12 she received her first piano lessons. After graduating from high school she studied classical music right up to the artistic examination, later percussion with Prof. Hans Hölzl.
At the beginning of the 1970s she began to develop her own instruments of wood, metal or stone with Paul Fuchs. They founded the group Anima, who quickly made a name for himself in the German music scene. At the end of the 1980s the group dissolved. Limpe Fuchs also worked with famous musicians such as Friedrich Gulda, Hans Rettenbacher, Theo Jörg.

Paul Fuchs (born 1936, in Munich) is best known as the husband Limpe Fuchs and fusion duo Anima. With Anima he expanded his instrumental repertoire by inventing a whole range of bizarre instruments, like the notorious Fuchshorn, and increasingly a unique range of sound sculptures and percussion instruments.



The 'Anima' sound was extreme for sure: a very spontaneous music, close to extreme free jazz, but lacking the academic approach of this genre. Paul And Limpe Fuchs' (aka Anima Sound) music was more primitive in a way, full of screams, goons, weird sounds and much percussion. For this reason  their album Sturmischer Himmel isn't exactly everybody's taste! This was one of the few Ohr albums to have a standard (non fold-out) cover. Their very rare second album Musik Für Alle (LP-1971, soon on this blog) contained two further improvised cuts. The duo was later joined by Friedrich Gulda and J.A. Rettenbacher for the group Anima, to record an album for Pilz in 1972.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

FREDERIC RZEWSKI – Attica / Coming Together / Les Moutons De Panurge (LP-1974 / Opus One – Number 20)




Label: Opus One – Number 20
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: US / Released: 1974
Style: Experimental, Contemporary, Minimal
A and B1 composed in 1972 and recorded April 20, 1973 at Blue Rock Studio in NYC.
B2 composed in 1969 and recorded at the University of Northern Illinois DeKalb, Illinois, 
May 10, 1973.
Engineers – Eddie Korvin (track A), Jan Rathbun (track B1), Steven Ovitsky (track B2)
Producer – Mike Sahl
Written-by [Text] – Sam Melville (track A), Richard X. Clark (track B1)
Composed By, Liner Notes – Frederic Rzewski
Design [Cover Design] – Herman Zaage
The inks of this cover are fluorescent.
Sponsored in part by the Ford Foundation and Anthony Keashey.
Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): OPUS #20 RE <1> CF
Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): OPUS No. 20 Side 2 JF

A  -  Coming Together ...................................................................... 19:15
         bass – Richard Youngstein
         piano, electric piano – Frederic Rzewski
         alto saxophone – Jon Gibson
         synthesizer – Alvin Curran
         trombone – Garrett List
         vibraphone – Karl Berger
         viola – Joan Kalisch
         voice [speaker] – Steve Ben Israel
B1 - Attica ......................................................................................... 6:30
         bass – Richard Youngstein
         piano – Frederic Rzewski
         alto saxophone – Jon Gibson
         trombone – Garrett List
         piccolo trumpet – Alvin Curran
         vibraphone – Karl Berger
         viola – Joan Kalisch
         voice [Speaker] – Steve Ben Israel
B2 - Les Moutons De Panurge ........................................................ 16:15
         Blackearth Percussion Group:
         percussion [almglocken] – Garry Kvistad
         percussion [nabimba] – Richard Kvistad
         vibraphone, glockenspiel – Christopher Braun
         xylophone – Anne Otte

Note:
Cover has different typesetting for composer's name (stacked as opposed to on a single line) and lettering is in blue/violet instead of gold. This cover is fluorescent.
Labels on disc are reversed (A-label on B-side). Album has a piece of typewritten paper inserted stating the following:
"Please note: the labels on this record are reversed. We regret the inconvenience."




This brilliant early recording of Frederic Rzewski (unfortunately unavailable of 2002.) showcases the composer emerging from a period in which he was largely involved with free improvisation (with the group Musica Elettronica Viva) and beginning to investigate more structured writing.

The lineup on this recording is pretty amazing. Rzewski himself plays piano. Jon Gibson, who has worked with the big four minimalist composers (Young, Riley, Reich and Glass) as well as being an excellent composer himself, plays alto sax. Composer Alvin Curran, also of Rzewski's MEV group, plays synthesizer. Garrett List, whose beautiful LP "Your Own Self" already on this blog, plays trombone. Karl Berger play vibes, and has played on some classic ESP jazz recordings as well also working with Don Cherry. Violist Joan Kalisch has played on recordings by Don Cherry and Alice Coltrane, and Richard Youngstein has worked with Paul Bley. The reading is done by stage actor Steve Ben Israel, who was a member of New York's Living Theatre.

Here the burgeoning minimalist movement was a prime musical influence, although on two of the pieces what strikes the listener first and foremost is the political content. "Coming Together" melts a wonderfully undulating and propulsive score that just won't give up with the impassioned reading (by Steve ben Israel) of a text written by Sam Melville an inmate at Attica prison documenting both his woes and his impressive resolve not to knuckle under. The words are repeated with increasing ferocity as the music goes through several permutations, eventually matching the speaker in a roaring finish. When other prisoner Richard S. Clark was released from prison in 1972, he was asked by a reporter how it felt to leave Attica behind him. His response, "Attica is in front of me," provides the text for the powerful and haunting second work here. His words are spoken in additive fashion -- first just "Attica" then "Attica is" -- in a soft, almost ghostly fashion over a gently percolating score that combines sorrow and hope in a complex and rich fabric.

"Les Moutons de Panurge," a completely instrumental composition, uses the same basic structural idea. A 65-note melody is performed in the sequence 1, 1-2, 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4, and so on, until the entire melody has been read with the understanding of the near-impossibility of the ensemble staying in unison for the duration. Here, as performed by the Blackearth Percussion Group, it takes on the character of a wild gamelan orchestra, perhaps slightly tipsy. It's utterly invigorating, as is the entire record. Very highly recommended.
_ Review by Brian Olewnick


This LP was recorded is on the excellent Opus One records - all the covers of LPs on the label were meant to respond to black light!....... Trippy.



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Saturday, December 10, 2016

KEITH TIPPETT – Blueprint (LP-1972 / RCA – SF 8290)




Label: RCA – SF 8290
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: UK / Released: 1972
Style: Free Improvisation, Free Jazz, Experimental
Recorded at Studio Command, London, England, 1972. Cutting: RCA
Graphics [Reprographics] – CLE Print
Engineer – Andy Hendrickson
Recorded By – Ray Hendrickson
Lacquer Cut By – Arun Chakraverty
Producer – Robert Fripp
Composed By – Frank Perry, Julie Tippetts, Keith Bailey, Keith Tippett, Roy Babbington

A1 - Song ....................................................................................... 9:05
A2 - Dance ..................................................................................... 5:10
A3 - Glimpse .................................................................................. 4:40
B1 - Blues I .................................................................................... 4:05
B2 - Woodcut ............................................................................... 12:40
B3 - Blues II ................................................................................... 3:15

Line-up / Musicians:
Keith Tippett – piano
Roy Babbington – bass
Julie Tippetts – guitar, vocals , recorder , mandolin
Frank Perry – percussion (tracks: A2, A3, B2)
Keith Bailey – percussion (track: A1)

The sounds are acoustic - no electronics are involved (Robert Fripp)
All music on this album is improvised (Keith Tippett)




Coming straight after the gigantic "Septober Energy" as it did, Blueprint must have come as a bit of a surprise for many of Keith Tippett's fans. The music is minimal - both in scale and sound - but whereas the Centipede recording leaves its impression by its overwhelming force, Blueprint makes it mark with much more subtlety.

At the session, supervised by Robert Fripp, the collective ensemble consists of Keith Tippett (piano) Roy Babbington (bass) Keith Bailey and Frank Perry (percussion) and Julie Tippetts (voice/guitar/mandolin/recorder) but the groups on each track never go above quartet and four of the tracks being trio numbers.

With a few rushes of blood aside (for example on the quartet numbers "Dance" and "Woodcut", much of the album is dominated by quiet, with zen-like bells and percussion drifting into Tippett's piano and Babbington's ethereal bowed bass, while at the beginning of "Blues ll" Julie Tippetts coaxes the mandolin into sounding like a Japanese koto.

As someone who often veers away from anything that even suggests a "jazz" vocalist, I was very much taken by Julie Tippett's abstract use of her voice and the way she blends it with the rest of the instruments, making a much more textural balance between herself and the others.
_ By Alfie Cooke


This is a magical album that takes time and quiet to listen to.



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OVARY LODGE – Ovary Lodge (LP-1976 / Ogun – OG 600)




Label: Ogun – OG 600
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: UK / Released: 1976
Style: Free Improvisation, Free Jazz, Experimental
Live recording at Nettlefold Hall, London SE27, 6 August 1975.
Composed By – Ovary Lodge
Design [Cover] – Liz Walton
Photography By – Franz Nager, Jak Kilby
Lacquer Cut By – DB
Recorded By – Keith Beal
Mixed By, Edited By – Keith Beal, Ovary Lodge
Producer – Keith Beal, Ovary Lodge
Sleeve Notes – Keith Tippett
Matrix / Runout (Runout A, etched): OG 600 A₁-2 D
Matrix / Runout (Runout B, etched): OG 600 B₁-2 B

A1 - Gentle One Says Hello ..................................................................................... 14:00
A2 - Fragment No. 6 ................................................................................................... 8:50
B1 - A Man Carrying A Drop Of Water On A Leaf Through A Thunderstorm ............. 5:10
B2 - Communal Travel .............................................................................................. 17:40
B3 - Coda ................................................................................................................... 1:10

Keith Tippett – piano, harmonium, recorder, voice, maracas
Harry Miller – bass
Julie Tippetts – voice, recorder [sopranino], erhu
Frank Perry – percussion, voice, flute [hsiao], sheng

Album mixed and edited in Hastings by Keith Beal and Ovary Lodge. All music composed by Ovary Lodge.

Note:
All the music on this album is improvised. The sounds are acoustic and no electrics are involved. The music vocabulary of 'Ovary Lodge' has developed out of 'blows' as opposed to rehearsals. In the three years that the group has been in existence there has been no discussion between members as to musical direction. For those of you who are interested in other areas we explore, check out 'Blueprint' RCA SF8290 and 'Ovary Lodge' RCA SF8372.

During playback and mixing the members of the group were unsure at times who was playing what. So, in danger of sounding dogmatic, I suggest to the listener that he or she forgets there are four people on this recording and tries hearing it as an orchestra. K.T.



One of the almost mythical bands of early British free jazz history, Ovary Lodge was led by pianist Keith Tippett, although he would definitely stress that he was a figurehead-organizer rather than authoritarian boss. This is, after all, a collective that's dedicated to the most extreme form of improvising and abstraction, with no prior discussions allowed over the direction of each new piece. At the time, this was something of a departure for Tippett, but over subsequent decades, such hardcore improvisation has become the foundation of his work.

Beginning as a trio, in 1971, with percussionist Frank Perry and bassist Roy Babbington, they released an eponymous titled album in 1973. Ovary Lodge lost Babbington to Soft Machine, and he was replaced by South African exile Harry Miller. This is, confusingly, the band's second self-titled album, recorded in 1975, live at Nettlefield Hall, London. By this time, singer Julie Tippetts was becoming a regular guest, whilst Miller and Perry still remained with Keith.

There's absolutely no compromise with the opening 14 minutes of "Gentle One Says Hello," which certainly makes no attempt at being an easy path inwards to the group's minimalist sonic sphere. It has as much in common with Stockhausen territory as it has with any distant jazz memories, particularly when hearing Julie's high vocal acrobatics. Perry is singing too, up in a similar range. Much is made of drones and lashed cymbals, with the Lodge's chief influence being Far Eastern ritual music (...Buddhism...)

The next piece, "Fragment No. 6," is the one with which most bands would have opened the album, a jazzier pulse ensuing, with Miller's walking figures and Keith's rippling up and down the keyboard's entire spread. Julie's sopranino recorder sounds trillingly Chinese, but later, Perry whips out the real deal, with his sheng mouth organ. "Communal Travel" is another extended rumination, at nearly 18 minutes, and has the strongest Oriental sound, with Perry exploring his full spread of gongs.

It's possible to see how this album is very much of its time, and that some cynics might dismiss it as an aimless hippy happening. Even this reviewer, an avowed admirer of this band, and all music Tippettian, had such thoughts flitting past during some stretches, but the Lodge's high level of musicianship, careful listening abilities and philosophical bent, tend to overcome most of these uncertainties.
_ By Martin Longley


It’s hard to believe there are only four musicians at work here such is the density, richness and diversity of their sound. Ovary Lodge is without doubt a difficult, rigorous and demanding album. It’s also an exciting, dramatic rollercoaster ride in the company of some of the 70s UK jazz scene’s brightest players.



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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.

Enjoy!



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