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NEWSLETTER - May 20th, 2005
NEW! AVRAM FEFER/BOBBY FEW DUETS! JAMES BLOOD ULMER SOLO! JOELLE LEANDRE DOUBLE CD SOLO! VISION FEST CD/DVD! FRANK WRIGHT COMPLETE ESP RECORDINGS...PLUS 2 OTHER EXPANDED ESP REISSUES! BILL LASWELL MIXES TROJAN DUB! XENAKIS 'ELECTRONIC WORKS' DVD! JAZZHALO CATALOG! BRUFORD/HOLDSWORTH/STEWART/BELRIN REISSUES! AMERICAN CLAVE RESTOCKS! OUT-OF-PRINT RARETIES FROM MATTHEW SHIPP/ROSCOE MITCHELL, MILES DAVIS, SHARROCK/BROTZMANN/SKOPELITIS/BAKER, CHARLES GAYLE QUARTET! ART ENSEMBLE AND STEVE LACY DVD SALE!!!,




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2005 VISION FESTIVAL X - Tues. June 14th to Sun. June 19th
At the ORANSANZ ART CENTER, 172 Norfolk St, NYC

The #1 Festival of the New Jazz! Featured musicians include JOSEPH JARMAN, MARSHALL ALLEN, EDDIE GALE, ROSCOE MITCHELL, OLIVER LAKE, HENRY GRIMES, SAM RIVERS, PETER BROTZMANN, LEROY JENKINS, WAYNE HORVITZ, MATTHEW SHIPP, DENNIS GONZALEZ, KAREN BORCA, BILLY BANG, CHARLES GAYLE, BILL DIXON, KIDD JORDAN, JOE MORRIS, ROB BROWN, FRED ANDERSON, WILLIAM PARKER, JOE McPHEE, HAMID DRAKE, ROY CAMPBELL, JOELLE LEANDRE, STEVE SWELL, SABIR MATEEN, JORGE SYLVESTER, DAVE BURRELL, MAT MANERI, OLUYEMI THOMAS, DANIEL LEVIN, THURMAN BARKER ... And Many, Many others

Click here for exact schedule: http://visionfestival.org/vfx.asp

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Within 24 hours of your receiving this, we will be sending out a special e-mailing: Our USED/RARE CD LIST which lists all the items received since the last list 2 months ago. Be sure to check it out!


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[Please note: Worsmith/reviewer BLG is at Victo Fest in Quebec this week, so no reviews of any new items - just bare bones listings Also, another of our regular crew is sick and recovering throughout the weekend, so we will be slightly slower packing and shipping your orders for the next few days. Please keep yer shirts on!


AND NOW FOR THIS WEEKS ARRIVALS...

Multi-reedman AVRAM FEFER [tenor and soprano sax, and clarinets] and the legendary pianist BOBBY FEW have performed as a duo for several years. They did release a trio date with the late Wilber Morris for the Boxholder label previously; now Boxholder offers their first recordings as a duo! Waddya waiting for?

AVRAM FEFER/BOBBY FEW - Kindred Spirit: Duet Vol 1 (Boxholder 048; USA)
CD $14

AVRAM FEFER/BOBBY FEW - Heavenly Places: Duet Vol 2 (Boxholder 049; USA)
CD $14


VISION THREE [V.A.] - Vision Festival Vol 3 [CD & DVD] (AUM 101; USA) Simply put, the Vision Festival is the premier avant jazz music festival in the world. Since its first annual celebration in 1996, it has been produced by Arts for Art, Inc., a core collective of the artists themselves"
CD $20


JAMES BLOOD ULMER - Birthright (Hyena ; USA) This is Ulmer's first ever solo release in a career that spans over 40 years and more than 25 albums. Birthright features 10 original compositions, including "Geechee Joe," "Take My Music Back To The Church" and "White Man's Jail," plus interpretations of the traditional "Sittin' On Top Of The World" and the Willie Dixon classic "I Ain't Superstitious." Alone on vocals and guitar, Ulmer is captured performing his most stark, personal and organic music to date. Birthright is the third James Blood Ulmer album produced by Vernon Reid. Of all the records James Blood Ulmer has recorded over his long and storied career, Birthright gets closest to the root of his genius. Performing alone, utterly transparent, is a bold move, but in true testament to his artistry, Ulmer rises to the moment. When it came time to name the album, the concept was already complete in his mind. It would be called Birthright. These songs, dealing with the old, deep South, the church, God and the Devil, love and deceit and the blues' life, are his and his alone. They are James Blood Ulmer's Birthright.
CD $15


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MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER ESP TITLES ...AND WELL MASTERED WITH EXTRA CUTS TO BOOT!!!!

FRANK WRIGHT - The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings: Frank Wright Trio/Your Prayer [2 CD set] (ESP Disk 4007; USA) Includes 20 minutes of previously unreleased interviews! "This combined release features two live sets of early Albert Ayler material. 1964's Prophecy, Ayler's earliest recording date for ESP, features the trio that later recorded Spiritual Unity. On this date, the group is in spectacular form. 1965's Bells, finds Ayler in quintet form, backed by his brother Donald, Charles Tyler, Lewis Worrell, and the familiar Sunny Murray. Short and sweet, Bells is a 20-minute powerful, ferocious romp containing excellent group improvisation and Ayler's signature military-themed melodies."
2 CD set for $22

SUN RA & His SOLAR ARKESTRA - Nothing Is (ESP Disk 4024; USA) "Recorded during the 1966 tour of New York State colleges by celebrated classical engineer David Jones, this version of Nothing Is CONTAINS OVER 20 MINUTES OF NEWLY DISCOVERED MATERIAL from the same date as the original album. Live set recorded during what many consider to be Sun Ra's most interesting period."Featured Artists: Sun Ra - piano and clavoline; John Gilmore - tenor sax; Marshall Allen - alto sax and oboe; Pat Patrick - baritone sax; Robert Cummings - baritone clarinet; Teddy Nance - trombone; Ali Hassan - trombone; Clifford Jarvis - drums; Ronnie Boykins - bass and tuba; James Jackson - log drum and flute; Carl Nimrod - sun horn and gong.
CD $14

ED ASKEW - Ed Askew Artist's Edition [aka Ask The Unicorn expanded edition] (ESP Disk 1092; USA) Three new tracks added this expanded edition of 'Ask The Unicorn', including a recording from 2005, found on no other edition! "A graduate of Yale with a degree in painting and sculpture, the reclusive Ed Askew has won a following throughout the world, despite the lack of promotion and scarcity of his recordings. This intensely private, introspective album challenges conventional structure, while simultaneously reduces the folk form to its most pure and beautiful essence. Askew defies comparison. Digitally remastered." 'Easily one of the most bizarre and wonderful albums ever released by ESP-Disk ... a psychedelic folk masterpiece' - Stewart Mason, All Music Guide.
CD $14


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BILL LASWELL CLEANS UP TROJAN MASTER TAPES OF THEIR MOST CLASSIC DUB RELEASES OF THE LAST FEW DECADES!!!

I didn't know what to expect - Laswell has a 'controversial' track record when it comes to 're-invigorating' classic recordings by other artists [Miles, Santana, Marley et al]. Although I usually enjoy and laud his work. I was kinda hoping he would not 'add' anything to the original recordings here - and he didn't!!! But he did clean up the sound of many of these classics, many of which were recorded in primitive studio situations,WITHOUT altering the production intent of the originals!!!

[As some of you probably know already, Laswell has a new label through Sanctuary named 'Bass Fiction'. These are the first two releases; other items in the pipeline should be new Tabla Beat Science and Praxis albums, as well as one by Damaged]


TROJAN DUB MASSIVE [V.A. 'placed' by BILL LASWELL] - Dub Massive: Chapter 1 (Bass Fiction/Sanctuary 80492; USA) includes dub of famous cuts by King Tubby, Sly & Robbie, Sly & The Revolutionaries, Gregory Isaacs, Roots Radix, the Upsetters, Ras Michel, Scientist, The Crystalites, Tapper Zukie, et al.
CD $15

TROJAN DUB MASSIVE [V.A. 'placed' by BILL LASWELL] - Dub Massive: Chapter 2 (Bass Fiction/Sanctuary 80493; USA) includes dub of famous cuts by Horace Andy & The Aggrovators, Prince Jammy, Augustus Pablo, Scientist, Rupie Edwards, The Revolutionaries, Jah Thomas et al
CD $15


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IANNIS XENAKIS - Vol. 5: Electronic Works 1 - La Legend D'Eer [DVD] (mode 148; USA) La Legende d'Eer (1977-78) 47:04 Electroacoustic Work for 7-channel tape New stereo mix from the original master tape tapes by Gerard Pape
THE FIRST TIME XENAKIS' MUSIC HAS APPEARED ON DVD. SPECIAL DVD FEATURES:
A new mix created by Xenakis' associate Gerard Pape from the original analog master tape, transferred at high-resolution 96khz/24-bit sound for the optimum quality. Use of the original master tape restored almost 2 minutes and 30 seconds to the piece, released here for the first time.
The performance of La Legende d'Eer is shown with a film by Bruno Rastoin, comprised of 350 stills made during the original performance of the work at the "Diatope". This is the ONLY visual documentation made of the historic event. 60-minute Interview of Iannis Xenakis by musicologist Harry Halbreich. 5.1 Surround Sound in Dolby Digital and additional DTS. Dedicated stereo mix presented in 96-khz/24-bit PCM. Subtitles: French, German, Spanish. Playable on ALL NTSC capable DVD decks and computers.
La legende d'Eer is a powerful 7-channel electro-acoustic composition which Xenakis created in 1977-78 to be played in "Le Diatope", a curvaceous architectural construction designed by the composer, together with a visual component including laser lights. This "multi-media" work was composed for the opening of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, where it was performed for three months and seen by thousands of people. The sound materials of a La legende d'Eer stem from three sources: instrumental sounds, noises, and electronically generated sounds. The work suggests an initial departure, a journey, and a final return. Xenakis surrounds the work with a compilation of five texts, reflecting or reacting upon each other across the distances in time, space, and culture which separate them.
This new stereo mix was created by Gerard Pape - director of Xenakis' CCMIX studio in Paris - from the original analog master tape.
The analog master was transferred at high-resolution 96khz/24-bit sound for the optimum quality, revealing details not heard in the previous stereo CD release (now deleted).
Use of the original master tape restored almost 2 minutes and 30 seconds to the piece, released here for the first time.
DVD $22.00 AVAILABLE

STEREO AUDIO PORTION OF ABOVE AVAILABLE ON CD FOR $15


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NEW RELEASE ON JAZZ HALO SIGNALS THE LOWERING OF PRICE FOR THEIR CDS!!!

THE NEW ONE IS..

JOELLE LEANDRE - Concerto Grosso [2 CD Set] (Jazzhalo 21/22; EEC) Recorded live during the Locus Loppem-event at Gasthof Heidelberg Loppem (B) on January 29, 2005 (Disc Two) and on January 29, 2005 (Disc One) by Jean-Marc Foussat Remix and mastering by Jean-Marc Foussat on March 4X & 5, 2005
2 CD set for $22

...AND THE BACK CATALOG - MUCH OF WHICH IS HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME

MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS - The Survivor's Suite (Jazzhalo 15; EEC) solo piano
CD $16

JOE FONDA - When It's Time (Jazzhalo 11; EEC) Solo bass; recorded May 23rd, 1999 at Systems Two, Brooklyn NY
CD $16

JOE FONDA & GLIBERT ISBIN - Blisters (Jazzhalo 16; EEC) Joe Fonda, double bass Gilbert Isbin, acoustic guitar
CD $16

VINNY GOLIA QUINTET With NELS CLINE/ALEX CLINE/MICHAEL PIERRE VLATKOVICH/SCOTT WALTON - One, Three, Two [2 CD Set] (Jazzhalo 18/19; EEC) Featuring Vinny Golia on flutes, saxes & clarinet, Nels Cline on electric guitar, Michael Pierre Vlatkovich on trombone, Scott Walton on double bass and Alex Cline on drums.. More than 2 hour & 20 minutes of the grand Vinny Golia Quintet at their best! - BLG
2 CD set for $22

JOELLE LEANDRE/GIORGIO OCCHIPINTI - Incandescences: The European Duo (Jazzhalo 07; EEC)
CD $16

JOELLE LEANDRE/RYOJI HOJITO - Sapporo Duets: 10 improvisations for piano and double bass (Jazzhalo 13; EEC) "At 50, Joelle Leandre is one of the towering musicians of her generation. Ryoji Hojito, a longterm collaborator with Otomo Yoshihide, is a remarkably tactile pianist whose precise touch on the keyboard and measured delving into the intenor are as communicative as the notes he plays. The vastly experienced bassist clearly recognises something special in this meeting and is determinated to mark the occasion with emphatic playing, especially with the bow. A shared soundworld is established immediately; Intimate yet rigorous investigations follow, with room for laughter. - Julian Cowley (July 2001) in The Wire (UK)
CD $16

CHRIS JORIS With JOHNNY DYANI/BOB STEWART et al - Songs for Mbizo (Jazzhalo 01; EEC) Featuring Chris Joris on piano, percussion, flute, berimbau, balaphon; with Johnny Dyani on bass (2 tracks), Bob Stewart on tuba plus another dozen or so Belgium based musicians.
CD $16

GILBERT ISBIN With CAMERON BROWN/CHRIS JORIS et al - Spring Cleaning (Jazzhalo 02; EEC) Gilbert Isbin: classical and electric guitars,Cameron Brown: double bass, John Ruocco: tenor sax, alto clarinet and clarinet, Steve Houben: flute, Chris Joris: miscellaneous percussion and berimbau
Mark Van Overmeire: drums on (7) CD $16

GILBERT ISBIN - Solo Works (Jazzhalo 03; EEC) Gilbert Isbin: classical guitar, prepared classical guitar
CD $16

GILBERT ISBIN GROUP - Water With A Smile (Jazzhalo 23; EEC) Gilbert Isbin, acoustic guitar, Lea Van Loo, voice, Peter Vangheluwe, percussion, Vincent De Laat, electric bass
CD $16

THE DECEMBER THIRTY JAZZ TRIO [GIORGIO OCCHIPINTI/GIUSEPPE GUARRELLA/FRANCESCO BRANCIAMORE] - Free For 3 (Jazzhalo 17; EEC) Giorgio Occhipinti, piano, Giuseppe Guarrella, double bass, Francesco Branciamore, drum
CD $16

GIORGIO OCCHIPINTI/HEREO NONETTO - Hereo Nonetto Plu Cello Sequences (Jazzhalo 12; EEC) Giorgio Occhipinti: piano, conductor, Tiziana Cavaleri: cello, Paolo Botti: viola, Giuseppe Guarrella: double bass, Carlo Actis Dato: bass clarinet, Lauro Rossi: trombone, Maurizio Maiorana: voice, clarinet, Luca Calabrese: trumpet, flugelhornFrancesco Branciamore: drums, kettledrums GIORGIO OCCHIPINTI CELLOS SEQUENCES: Tiziana Cavaleri: cello (left channel), Vito Amatulli: cello (right channel)
CD $16

ARMEN DONELIAN - Grand Ideas Vol 3 - Full Moon Music: Free Improvisations For Solo Piano (Sunnyside 1090; USA) CD $16

REGGIE NICHOLSON - Solo Concept (Abstract 02; USA) CD $14

MAKE A RISING - Rip Through The Hawk Black Night (High Two 005; USA) I'm completely in love with this album. I keep it by my stereo at all times. I could easily write a few pages about this astonishingly original experimental chamber rock pop naive song prog cinema music, but space is limited here, so let's do the quick-and-dirty name game. My research reveals the following major influences on these young multi-media art eccentrics from Philadelphia: The Beach Boys, The Ruins, Van Dyke Parks, Henry Cow, Cheer Accident (especially "Enduring the American Dream"), 10CC (getting into this band was the major musical turning point in life for one member), Gentle Giant, Van Morrison. "Impossible bedfellows," you say? That's why I said "astonishingly original"!! Here's my best formula after months of analysis: Gastr Del Sol + ELO + Robert Wyatt's "Rock Bottom", all noted especially for their extremely unconventional song structure. In fact, this album is like a suite of about 20 different moods and styles in a non-repeating sequence. Though often absent for long stretches, vocals are critical; they're boyish, charming, and earnest, sometimes accompanied by banjo or piano and sometimes decked out in fabulous harmony parts. Instrumentation in rough order of significance: keyboards, electric guitar, drumkit, bass guitar, violin, banjo, trumpet, saxophone, studio trickery. They rock out avant-prog style in short bursts here and there, and I want to make special mention of one instrumental track that's an absolutely orgasmic marriage of RIO and math rock, starting out with something that could almost be from Fred Frith's "Gravity" and then moving into slashing, dramatic stop-start attacks and cross-rhythms. But that's a bit of an exception for the album, which is pretty dreamy and drifty overall. Make A Rising is the best thing to happen to experimental pop music since Animal Collective started writing actual songs, and I'd call it the best ambitious song album since Mr. Bungle's "California", compared to which it's homey, introspective, whimsical, and delicate, and without the virtuosity, bombast, quotations, or big-budget sheen, but with the same level of epic, creative, bizarre songwriting.- Michael Anton Parker
CD $14

NATTO QUARTET [PHILIP GELB/SHOKO HIKAGE/TIM PERKIS/CHRIS BROWN] - Thousand Oaks (482 Music 1036; USA) 482 Music is an intriguing and diverse improv label that just happens to feature shakuhachi player Philip Gelb on 5 of its 32 releases so far, 3 of those coming from The Space Between, a trio with Pauline Oliveros and Dana Reason, and the other 2 coming from the Natto Quartet, whose earlier release was 2003's "Headlands". Gelb deserves the exposure; he's an advanced instrumentalist pursuing an atypical synthesis of traditional Japanese music and avant-garde improv, with recorded results reflecting the caliber of his partners. Like the excellent double-koto trio disc "Indistancing" (on Leo) with fellow culture-bridge Brett Larner, Gelb's playing with Shoko Hikage on "Thousand Oaks" doesn't attempt to reinvent the sparse and introspective aesthetics that shakuhachi and koto combinations traditionally--and perhaps intrinsically--lend themselves to, instead achieving a subtle subversion of convention through detailed and unpremeditated interactions with idiomatically uncommitted partners, in this case pianist Chris Brown and electronicist Tim Perkis. In its gestural clarity and focus on large-scale form, the music is closer to the world of "contemporary classical" than most free improv, distantly recalling the sparse, dry vibe of a Takemitsu piece. Further, the energy and density levels are in the low to medium range, in contrast with the ultra-low levels of much recent free improv. Much like his work as a composer and performer on various Tzadik releases, Brown's playing is extraordinary here; he uses inner-piano techniques with precision and makes every sound meaningful, often relating to Hikage's brilliant and quietly ecstatic playing in a way that highlights the common ground of piano and koto as percussive stringed instruments. Perkis rarely lapses into the yucky old-fashioned timbral cliches of academic electronic music, and he reveals an unusual capacity for real-time control over phrasal details across a wide range of timbres, assuming a role in the total sound space akin to a fourth acoustic instrument. Critically and thankfully, his sounds are issued with such dynamic sensitivity that they usually subconsciously modulate the other instruments instead of attracting attention.to themselves - his blending with shakuhachi in "Kinpira" is a wonder to behold. He contributes just enough to transport the music to the frontiers of timbral mystery. With its weighty slowness and isolated gestures, it sounds like the musicians are inadvertently completing each other's phrases with a constant reallocation of foreground-background relationships, fulfilling the promise of collective improvisation to create music of subtlety and complexity far exceeding the imagination of its participants. Unlike the famously pungent fermented soybeans the group derives its name from, this music will not inspire aversion in equal measure to gourmet delectation; at worst, some may find it to be restrained, pleasant improv, while others, like me, will hear a rare level of nuance and balanced interaction that invites repeated immersion in a profound listening experience. A strong candidate for my year-end improv top ten. - Michael Anton Parker
CD $14


ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS - I Am A Bird Now (Secretly Canadian 105; USA) "There is a myth that great artists operate in seclusion. Hogwash. One need look no further than to the ten songs of Antony and the Johnsons' new album, I Am A Bird Now, to realize this is an utter fallacy. To be sure, with his androgynous features, the singularly named Antony is an original. Have you ever heard a voice like this, imbued with the transcendental emotion of the blues, yet deployed with an unadorned simplicity reminiscent of medieval music practice, and graced with a top note of childlike wonder? Or songs that blur distinctions of gender and identity, yet which still summon up such powerful feelings: longing, love, lust, loss? No. Because Antony is one-of-a-kind. But he is certainly not alone. We are proud to present you with a record filled with one of the most gifted voices heard in a long time. Antony's vocals are almost inhuman, coming together to compile a creature that's as beautiful and enigmatic as the Peter Hujar photo, 'Candy Darling on Her Deathbed', that graces its cover. The lead-off single to I Am A Bird Now, 'Fistful of Love' is perhaps Antony & the Johnsons' finest work to date. It features a scorching horn section and subcultural icon Lou Reed on vocals and searing lead guitar. In the tradition of subversive soul classics The Crystals' 'He Hit me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)' and Millie Jackson's 'Hurts So Good,' Antony sings this ode to getting the shit kicked out of you and learning to love every minute of it. The complex emotional undertow of this track reaches a cathartic roar by the song's finale. Antony shifts from a tremble to a wail -- a tempest of emotion. I Am A Bird Now also includes contributions from friends Boy George (duet with Antony on 'You Are My Sister'), Devendra Banhardt (vocals on 'Spiralling'), and Rufus Wainwright (lead vocals on 'What Can I Do')." CD $14


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OUT-OF-PRINT ITEMS IN STOCK - BUT ONLY FOR A MINUTE..SO ACT NOW!

MILES DAVIS - Another Bitches Brew [2 CD set] (Jazz Door 1284/85; Germany) DISC 1: Recorded live in Belgrade, November 3, 1971: Miles Davis t, Keith Jarrett el.p, Gary Bartz as, Michael Henderson b, Ndugu Leon Chancler dms, Mtume and Don Alias perc; 67 minutes DISC 2: Recorded live in Belgrade, November 7, 1973: Miles Davis t and org, Dave Liebman ts ss and flute, Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas gtr, Michael Henderson b, Al Foster dms, James "Mtume" Foreman perc; 44 minutes Last time we had these, they didn't last the weekend, so get your order in quickly.
2 CD set for $30

GINGER BAKER/PETER BROTZMANN/SONNY SHARROCK/NICKY SKOPELITIS/JAN KAZDA - No Material (ITM 1435; Germany) Featuring the monster lineup Sonny Sharrock & Nicky Skopelitis on guitars, Peter Brotzmann on saxes, Jan Kazda on electric bass and Ginger Baker on drums. This all-star quintet existed for only one week in 1987, just three gigs only, with this set recorded on March 28th in Switzerland.
CD $17

MATTHEW SHIPP & ROSCOE MITCHELL - 2 - Z ('2.13.61' 12; USA) A meeting of old and new free jazz vets who share a similar -- though not identical -- creative world view. Mitchell was there first; his manner of juxtaposing silence and hyperactivity (which he established while Shipp's generation was still in diapers, artistically speaking) has become standard operating practice among free improvisers. Shipp came along a quarter century later, adopting similar strategies and pressing forward with new, if related, ones. The two men get along well here. Mitchell exerts his prerogative as the duo's elder member to direct the improvisations: as always, the saxophonist does what he does, and it's up to his partner to make his own way, which Shipp does quite well. Mitchell's trademark scalar cascades and intervallic pointillism are largely echoed by the pianist, who nevertheless has the good sense and taste to create motion when the saxophonist embarks on his characteristic episodes of long, static melody. Differences in the two are obvious; for example, while Shipp whips tonality out of shape when the occasion demands, he's unafraid of playing lyrical modal passages as well. Mitchell is much less inclined to observe a tonal center. Shipp's a more jaggedly rhythmic player, while Mitchell's rhythms seem to either flow unabated or stand quietly still. Irregardless, the differences prove complementary. The men speak the same language -- albeit with slightly different accents -- and they communicate quite well! ~ Chris Kelsey, AMG
CD $16

CHARLES GAYLE QUARTET - Delivered ('2.13.61' 24; USA) As could be inferred from the title, Delivered is Charles Gayle's fusion of propulsive free jazz with traditional gospel. Though the idea sounds unworkable, Gayle structures the album much more than on his free-flying live dates, and Delivered is much more focused than Gayle's other recordings as well. His quartet (including James Jones on piano, Gerald Benson on bass, drummer Kalil Madi) is given much room to soar on their frequent solos, but Gayle controls the whole effort with a fine effort, on tenor sax or bass clarinet. ~ John Bush, AMG
CD $16


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THE ORIGINAL 'BRUFORD' JAZZ FUSION GROUP'S FOUR ALBUMS REMASTERED - AND WITH EXTRAS!!!

Each of these four remastered reissues comes with one or two unreleased bonus cuts on the first disc AND a bonus disc containing music from the contrasting Summerfold catalogue and an exclusive interview with Bill Bruford.

BRUFORD [BILL BRUFORD/DAVE STEWART/ALLAN HOLDSWORTH/ANNETTE PEACOCK/JEFF BERLIN] - Feels Good To Me [2 CD set] (Winterfold 03 VPT; UK) This re-issue of Feels Good To Me has been re-mastered and also includes a bonus track in the form of an unreleased version of Joe Frazier. As with all the albums in the Winterfold series of releases, Feels Good To Me comes re-packaged with a bonus disc containing music from the contrasting Summerfold catalogue and an exclusive interview with Bill Bruford. "This is the first solo date by drummer Bill Bruford after the first demise of King Crimson. Feels Good to Me goes far beyond the usual prog rock conceits of its time, and enters fully into the compositional structures and improvisational dynamics of jazz. Here he surrounds himself with various mates from the Canterbury scene -- guitarists Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine and Tony Williams' Lifetime) andJohn Goodsall (Brand X), bassist Jeff Berlin, keyboardist Dave Stewart, and ECM flugelhorn stalwart Kenny Wheeler. He also enlisted the enigmatic vocal prowess of poet, singer, and songwriter Annette Peacock. The set closes with "Adios a la Pasada (Goodbye to the Past)," a collaboration between Peacockand Bruford. It's on Peacock's favorite theme: to emerge from love scraped and beaten, yet resolved to keep an open heart. The opening is spare and strange, coated with whispering keyboards and bass haunting the artist's every word. Then Bruford majestically leads the band, soaring into the heart of her lyric, "What it is/Is this/Is what it is/Forgive yourselves/Release yourselves from the past." The music opens up an entirely new sonic dimension, as if history, both musical and emotional, was being rewritten. And it was. Bruford has yet to issue a solo recording as powerful as Feels Good to Me." - Thom Jurek, AMG
2 CD set for $16

BRUFORD [BILL BRUFORD/DAVE STEWART/ALLAN HOLDSWORTH/JEFF BERLIN] - One Of A Kind [2 CD set] (Winterfold 04 VPT; UK) Key tracks on One of a Kind include Hell's Bells, Fainting In Coils and Five G. This re-issue of "One of a Kind" has been re-mastered, and includes a previously unreleased bonus track-- "Manacles".
2 CD set for $16

BRUFORD [BILL BRUFORD/DAVE STEWART/JEFF BERLIN/JOHN CLARK] - Gradually Going Tornado [2 CD set] (Winterfold 05 VPT; UK) Following his debut album "Feels Good To Me", and its successor "One of a Kind", Bruford continued to produce intelligent, intricately crafted, and technically impressive music on this, the third in a four album series by his astonishing group, "Bruford". "Gradually Going Tornado" also features a shift in the sound with the addition of guitarist John Clark in for the departed Allan Holdsworth. Vocal duties on this album are also handled by bassist Jeff Berlin, leading the band in a different but exciting direction. Key tracks on Gradually Going Tornado include Joe Frazier, Q.E.D and Palewell Park. This re-issue of Gradually Going Tornado has been re-mastered and also includes a bonus track in the form of a previously unreleased version of "Five G".
2 CD set for $16

BRUFORD [BILL BRUFORD/DAVE STEWART/JEFF BERLIN/JOHN CLARK] - The Bruford Tapes [2 CD set] (Winterfold 06 VPT; UK) "The Bruford Tapes" was one of the first of the "beat the bootleggers" albums that are considered the norm these days. Featuring the later line- up of Bill Bruford, Dave Stewart, Jeff Berlin and the unknown John Clark, the album was recorded in the summer of 1979 for a live radio broadcast in Long Island, New York. "The Bruford Tapes" captures perfectly the raw atmosphere of the gig, whilst sacrificing none of the instrumental dexterity, which as ever with Bruford, is off the scale. The material covered on this live album is drawn from the previous Bruford albums "Feels Good To Me" and "One Of A Kind" and includes improvisatory versions of "Hell's Bells", "Beelzebub" and "Sample And Hold" amongst its key tracks. This re-issue of The Bruford Tapes has been re-mastered and also includes an unreleased bonus track "The Age Of Information".
2 CD set for $16


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AMERICAN CLAVE RESTOCKS...

AMERICAN CLAVE [V.A.; Kip Hanrahan et al] - 1980-1992 Anthology [2 CD set] (American Clave 1020/1026; USA) A plethora...no! a Stunning Array of cuts from the various Kip Hanrahan and group project records Kip released on his own American Clave label - a good deal of it comes from albums we can no longer offer...even on CD!Musicians include Arto Lindsay, Astor Piazolla, Don Pullen, David Murray, Anton Fier, Robert Wyatt, Lester Bowie, Allen Toussaint, Steve Swallow, Andy Gonzalez, Jack Bruce.... Both discs are skillfully edited to leave the impression that this was the original running order[s] intended. This is THE party record!
2 CD set for $24

MILTON CARDONA - Bembe: a recording of the songs and rhythms of ten Orishas (Deities) of Santeria (American Clave 1004; USA) "Bembe reveals that improvisatory music needn't be secular to swing. It's a stone soul picnic, so party down. If you're going to buy one record this summer, here is one that, in the words of Hebrew National, answers to a higher authority."- Glenn O'Brien, Interview CD $16

CONJURE - Music For The Texts Of Ismael Reed (American Clave 1006; USA) Compositions written and performed by TAJ MAHAL, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, DAVID MURRAY, STEVE SWALLOW, CARLA BLEY, LESTER BOWIE, KIP HANRAHAN, CARMAN MOORE, OLU DARA, JAMAALADEEN TACUMA, PUNTILLA, MILTON CARDONA, KENNY KIRKLAND, EJAYE TRACEY, DON JAY, JEAN-PAUL BOURELLY, BILLY HART, FRISNER AUGUSTIN, OLUFEMI CLAUDETTE MITCHELL, ROBERT JASON, MOLLY FARLEY, BRENDA NORTON, ELYSEE PYRONNEAU, ANDY GONZALEZ, PETER SCHERER, SAL CUEVAS, ARTO LINDSAY CD $16

CONJURE - Cab Calloway Stands In For The Moon (American Clave 1015; USA) With ISHMAEL REED, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, DON PULLEN, LEO NOCENTELLI, STEVE SWALLOW, ROBBIE AMEEN, OLU DARA, EDDIE HARRIS, DAVID MURRAY, BOBBY WOMACK, CLARE BATHE, ROBERT JASON, FERNANDO SAUNDERS, GRAYSON HUGHES, MILTON CARDONA, HAMIET BLUIETT, GIOVANNI HIDALGO, FRISNER AUGUSTIN, IGNACIO BERROA, ELYSEE PYRONNEAU, JOHNNY WATKINS, LENNY PICKETT, DIAHNNE ABBOTT, TENNESSEE REED, SHAUNICE HARRIS
".This is truly an original record... This is one of the best cases for music without boundaries." - Cadence CD $16

SILVANA DELUIGI - Yo! (American Clave 1025; USA) The main thing about tango is the search for the real identity of woman, who is sung about so often and examined so seldom - she shows the duel of the sexes from the other side. For a century that woman was no common female but a hot-blooded creature of bewitching charm from the alleys of a glorious past. The modern Tanguera Silvana Deluigo reflects the history of tango, song by song, from a woman's point of view. Like the late Astor Piazzolla -- one of her main influences -- Silvana Deluigi is a very risk-taking and progressive tango artist. The dramatic, highly expressive singer is well aware of tango's rich history, but she doesn't feel the need to be enslaved by that history. On this CD, Deluigi combines tango with touches of post-bop jazz, European cabaret and many other influences from the players Kip has surrounded her with. Her passionate singing often reminds us just how beautiful a language Spanish can be. But Deluigi realizes that tango doesn't always have to be en espanol....
SILVANA DELUIGI, STEVE SWALLOW, FERNANDO SUAREZ PAZ, PABLO ZIEGLER, HORACIO MALVICINO, RENAUD GARCIA-FONS, ROBBY AMEEN, ANDY GONZALEZ, GUSTAVO BEYTLEMANN, OSWALDO PUGLIESI, WALTER CASTRO
CD $16

PAUL HAINES - Darn It! Poems By Paul Haines [2 CD set] (American Clave 1014/1018; USA) Musics and voices for the 32 performances of the late Paul Haines writings found here provided by (hold onta yo muthafuggin' hats!) Evan Parker, Robert Wyatt, George Cartwright, Bobby Previte, Wayne Horvitz, John Oswald, Melvin Gibbs, Derek Bailey, Don Pullen, Carla Bley, Jack Bruce, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Lucas, Steve Swallow, Yale Evelev (!), Mary Margaret O'Hara, Andrew Cyrille, Alva Rogers, J T Lewis, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Henry Threadgill, Peter Scherer, Greg "Iron Man" Tate, D D Jackson, Leo Nocentelli, D K Dyson, Dave Hofstra, Paul Bley, Ignacio Berroa, Lewis Barnes, Carmen Lundy, Fernando Saunders, Tim Wright, Paul Dutton...
Way out of print, we just have a handful sealed with that custom silk-screened jewel case
2 CD set for $30

KIP HANRAHAN - Desire Develops An Edge (American Clave 1009/1008; USA) [LP and EP on 1 CD] With JACK BRUCE, KIP HANRAHAN, STEVE SWALLOW, PUNTILLA ORLANDO RIOS, ARTO LINDSAY, ELYSEE PYRONNEAU, RICKY FORD, IGNACIO BERROA, JERRY GONZALEZ, JOHN STUBBLEFIELD, JAMAALADEEN TACUMA, ANTON FIER, MILTON CARDONA, TEO MACERO, TiPLUME RICARDO FRANCK, FRISNER AUGUSTIN, SERGIO BRANDAO, JOHN SCOFIELD, JODY HARRIS, others
"One of the 60 jazz records of the 20th Century for people who think they hate jazz... These albums changed me..."- Actual (France) CD $16

KIP HANRAHAN - All Roads Are Made Of Flesh (American Clave 1029; USA) With JACK BRUCE, DON PULLEN, CHARLES NEVILLE, CARMEN LUNDY, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, LEO NOCENTELLI, ALFREDO TRIFF, ROBBIE AMEEN, JT LEWIS, GEORGE ADAMS, MILTON CARDONA, ANTHONY CARRILLO, CHOCOLATE ARMENTEROS, DINO SALUZZI, RENAUD GARCIA-FONS, MICHAEL REISLER, WOLFGANG PUCHNIK, ANDY GONZALEZ, GIOVANNI HIDALGO, JERRY GONZALEZ, ELYSEE PYRONNEAU, STEVE SWALLOW
"as Hanrahan says in his liner notes, Pullen illuminates everything around him whether bashing piano in the middle of some tropical love song or playing gospel organ behind Bruce's amazing growling performance of Buddy Boden's Blues. (Jack Bruce is one of the greatest singers God ever put on Earth.) There are late night torch songs and hard edged dance tunes here, all ful of the fire and elegance that is Hanrahan's trademark....the record opens with a ten minute live version of Buddy Bolden's Blues which features Jack Bruce's salt of the earth vocals paving the way for an astonishing New Orleans piano showcase from Toussaint that has the audienceaudibly gasping in disbelief and joy. The six pieces that follow are dramatically different yet somehow intertwined... " CD $16

KIP HANRAHAN - Exotica (American Clave 1027; USA) With JACK BRUCE, DON PULLEN, ROBBIE AMEEN, ALFREDO TRIFF, LEO NOCENTELLI, JT LEWIS, DAVID SANCHEZ, RALPH PETERSON JR., ANTHONY CARILLO, RICHIE FLORES, MILTON CARDONA, LUCY PENABAZ, ANDY GONZALEZ, MARIO RIVIERA
"Jack Bruce [here] is tackling material as challenging and new for the 1990s as psychedelic bluesy rock was to the 1960s. ...The songs are dense, compact and rhythmically urgent ruminations on political meaning in a world where socialism has collapsed but freedom has not been forthcoming... Helping out in a brilliant manner is Don Pullen, the jazz pianist whose ability to be melodically sensitive while he furiously pounds the keys is rivaled only by McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor... Jack's voice here is a wonderfully melodic instrument. You don't here enough of him these days."-Steven Rosen, The Denver Post CD $16

KIP HANRAHAN - Red Nights: A Thousand Nights And A Night (American Clave 1036; USA) With DON PULLEN, ROBBY AMEEN, CARMEN LUNDY, CHARLES NEVILLE, JACK BRUCE, BRANDON ROSS, EL NEGRO HORACIO HERNANDEZ, HENRY THREADGIL, SILVANA DELUIGI, MIKE CAIN, DD JACKSON, ANTHONY CARRILLO, PUNTILLA ORLANDO RIOS, MILTON CARDONA, ALFREDO TRIFF, ERIC SCHENKMAN, ANDY GONZALEZ, STEVE SWALLOW, ABRAHAM RODRIGUEZ
"Outrageously evocative [it] is unlike anything else in the sonic universe... The effect is erotic, obscene, streetwise and jazz-like. Propelled by da riddum, Hanrahan's words groove like the hottest, wildest saxophone you could ever imagine. Wanna dance!" - Joe Vanderford, Independent Weekly
CD $16

KIP HANRAHAN - Pinero [sndtck score] (American Clave 1031; USA) Do not confuse this with the "original" soundtrack album released on Universal Latino, which was a collection of songs NOT HEARD IN THE MOVIE [becuz the record exec who held the official soundtrack rights "couldn't hear a "hit""!], this CD IS the original scored music by Kip Hanrahan for the soundtrack to PINERO, a film about the life of Miguel Pinero, the famous playwright/actor [and formerly ex-con] who among his numerous credits wrote the play [and movie] Short Eyes. The music here, with only a little narration [by Benjamin Bratt, who plays Miguel "Miky" Pinero in the movie] interspersed amidst its 65+ minutes, is a wondrous sojourn through modern latin/latin jazz musics, without ever dispensing with the inherent traditional organicism that is at the heart of this cultural phenomenom... [in uder words, this is real playing, luscious music, not slick studio garbage!] This must be heard!
KIP HANRAHAN, BENJAMIN BRATT, JERRY GONZALEZ, ANDY GONZALEZ, CHOCOLATE ARMANTEROS, PETER SCHERER, ROBBY AMEEN, PUNTILLA ORLANDO RIOS, MILTON CARDONA, RICHIE FLORES, MARIO RIVERA, EDSEL GOMEZ, LYSANDRO ARIAS, FERNANDO SAUNDERS, YOMO TORO, ALFREDO TRIFF, PAPO VASQUEZ, MAURICIO SMITH, ABRAHAM RODRIGUEZ, FELIX SANABRIA, BRIAN LYNCH, CARLOS ALBERTO GONZALEZ CD $16

HORACIO "EL NEGRO" HERNANDEZ AND ROBBY AMEEN - Robby And Negro At The Third World War (La Timba No Es Como Ayer) (American Clave 1031; USA) What happens when you let two hip drummers on the jazz scene today loose in a recording studio with Kip Hanrahan? You get a joyful project full of intriguing ideas, textures, imagination and unexpected combinations--a free-for-all of unbridled traps and percussion. This musically varied project shows the multi-dimensional sides of Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez and Robby Ameen (both of whom have exceptional musical resumes) and marks their debut as leaders.
JOHN BEASLEY, RUBEN BLADES, PEDRO MARTINEZ, MARIE DAULNE, TAKUMA WATANABE, JERRY GONZALEZ, YOSVANY TERRY, INNERSOUL, KELLEY SAE, BOBBY FRANCESCHINI, XIOMARA LAUGART, RICHIE FLORES, LARRY BAEDER, CHARLIE TORRES, ORLANDO PUNTILLA RIOS, ESSIETT ESSIET, LINCOLN GOINES, BRIAN LYNCH, LUIS PERDOMO, RUBEN RODRIGUEZ, FERNANDO SAUNDERS, ROMAN DIAZ
CD $16


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SALE PRICE ON THESE TWO EXTRAORDINARY JAZZ DVDs!!!...

ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO - In Concert: Live From The Jazz Showcase [DVD] (Rhapsody 2869005; EEC) 1981 Color 50 min. Lester Bowie (trumpet and percussion), Joseph Jarman (reeds and percussion), Roscoe Mitchell (reeds and percussion), Malachi Favors Maghostut (bass and percussion), Famoudou Don Moye (percussion) performing "We-Bop Promenade," "On the Cote Bamako," "Bedouin Village," "New York Is Full of Lonely People," "New Orleans," "Funky AECO2 and "Theme (Odwalla)" on Nov. 1, 1981. "The Art Ensemble of Chicago has been the jazz avant-garde's best stage show for a decade. Members of the quintet perform in quasi-African costumes, masks and face paint, surrounded by two tons of instruments -- drums, gongs, bells, saxophones, toys and just about anything else that makes useful noises -- all the while sharing musical and visual jokes as they go caroming through the history of jazz.... One of the most intelligent jazz documentaries around." -- Jon Pareles, THE NEW YORK TIMES [complete program on each side of the disc: one side NTSC all region, other side PAL all region!]
DVD $20.00 7 for 6 SALE.

STEVE LACY - Lift The Bandstand [DVD] (Rhapsody 2869046; EEC) [complete program on each side of the disc: one side NTSC all region, other side PAL all region!] AS a subject for a jazz documentary, Steve Lacy makes things easy. He is both an important musician - the first soprano saxophonist in modern jazz - and an articulate one. In the 50 minute film, ''Steve Lacy: Lift the Bandstand,'' the film maker Peter Bull lets him tell his own story, illustrating it with remarkable archival footage and live performances from a 1983 Public Theater concert by Mr. Lacy's sextet.
The old footage shows what Mr. Lacy learned, and what an individualist he turned out to be. On the soprano saxophone, which he compares to a ''high, shrill infant,'' he doesn't sound like Bechet or Coltrane; his compositions take the angularities of Thelonious Monk through even more twists and turns. Playing solo, Mr. Lacy seems to choose each note with a chess master's care; leading his sextet, he meshes his phrasing with the voice of Irene Aebi, then rides the band's rhythms with skirling, high-speed extrapolations. The film includes both a solo excerpt from ''Gay Paree-Bop'' and a full-length sextet version, with Mr. Lacy transformed from introvert to extrovert. Other tunes performed include "Evidence"and "Prospectus" - Jon Pareles, New York Times Indispensable for anyone interested in Steve Lacy!
DVD $20.00 7 for 6 SALE.


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MORE RESTOCKS AND ARCHIVAL REISSUES...

MASAHIKO TOGASHI With ALBERT MANGELSDORFF et al - Session in Paris Vol 2: Colour of a Dream (Take One 1502; Japan) Featuring Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, Takashi Kako on piano, J.F. Jenny Clark on contrabass and Japanese legendary drummer & percussionist - Masahiko Togashi. Outstanding studio effort from July of 1979 from his splendid international quartet. Although Togashi is wheelchair bound, he still one of the finest percussionists we've ever encountered. This is as great as any of the finest Euro free/jazz, the rhythm team often sounds like Barry Guy and Tony Oxley from the early seventies. Pianist Takahashi Kako is an unfamiliar name for me, yet he also sounds inspired and filled with surprises. Togashi wrote all of the tunes here and does a swell job of providing some diverse themes, balancing melodic contours, complex written sections with freer terrain. Togashi himself is a total gas throughout and it is always a blast to hear master trombonist Mangelsdorff soloing and digging deep. Beautifully recorded and completely engaging.
CD $20

MASAHIKO TOGASHI With DON CHERRY/CHARLIE HADEN - Session in Paris Vol 1: Song Of Soil (Take One 1501; Japan) Outstanding studio effort from July of 1979 Although Togashi is wheelchair bound, he still one of the finest percussionists we've ever encountered.
CD $20

MASAHIKO TOGASHI With MOTUTERO TAKAGI - Isolation (Take One 1503; Japan)
CD $20

JOHN WILLIAMS' BARITONE BAND With JOHN SURMAN/ALAN WAKEMAN/CHRIS BISCOE/TREVOR TOMKINS et al - Baritone Band (Spotlite 564; UK) 2 sessions from 1997: 6 cuts with baritone saxists John Williams, Alan Wakeman, Andy Panayi, Chris Biscoe and rhythm section John Horler piano, Jim Richardson bass, and Trevor Tomkins drums.
The second session is with Williams, John Surman, Jay Craig, and Alan Barnes all on baritone [Surman occasionally plays sopranino and Barnes occasionally bass clarinet] and rhythm section of Horler, Tomkins and Tim Wells on bass
CD $18

MICHEL PORTAL With JOHN SURMAN/BARRE PHILLIPS/STU MARTIN/JEAN-PIERRE DROUET - Alors!!! (Futura 12; EEC) Seminal recording of early Euro-Out jazz from 1970; reedman Portal employing the famous Trio [Surman/Martin/Phillips] and percusssionist Drouet!
CD $17

MOZG [V.A.] - 5 Lat (Mozg; EEC) 19 tracks from the avant Mozg club in Poland. All engaging materials, mostly from Eastern European artist we've never heard of, but this compilation of unreleased material does include a 4 minute duet with Sylvie Courvoisier and Tomasz Pawlicki, a 3 minute piece by Joey Baron's Barondown with Ellery Eskelin, and a 5 minute Frith solo piece.
CD $16

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI With THOMAS CHAPIN/RANDY BRECKER et al - Glass Art (Evidence 22060; USA) Guitarist Michael Musillami has a fuzztone/rock approach which might lead one to expect a more pop or fusion date than they get on GlassArt. It's a pleasure to hear aggressive, hard-hitting material rather than overproduced mood music. Musillami's riffs, fills, and phrases are edgy and frequently enticing, with a solid bluesy sensibility and drive. Randy Brecker's trumpet, especially his muted passages, are lyrical yet full and inviting, while Thomas Chapin is a bit more subdued than usual on flute and alto sax but fits the context well. This has a contemporary production style and design but a timeless quality and energy. ~ Ron Wynn, AMG

CD $15

LOUNGE LIZARDS - Queen Of All Ears (Strange & Beautiful 15; USA) Finally!!! The Lizards of NYC have been doing their unique thing for about 2 decades. A number of current downtown greats have been through their ranks-Arto Lindsay & Anton Fier at the beginning on through Dougie Bown, Marc Ribot & most of the Jazz Passengers and members of Medeski, Martin & Wood also. All led by that actor/model soprano & alto saxist-John Lurie, usually with his brother Evan's piano sprinklings. This is only their 8th release in 20 years, their first studio release since the superb but unavailable "Voice of Chunk" mail-order only release. It's been snagged in legal bullshit for over 2 years, which is so sad since this cd captures their often elusive but swirling spirit in it's massive groove coolness. There is a sort of unexplainable connection to Afropop rockin' & ritualistic chanting on this release. John Lurie's sax continually snakes around the brew, the double drummers always turning the groove inside out. This is a powerful band whose personnel at the time of this recording included Michael Blake on reeds, Steve Bernstein (Sex Mob) on trumpet, Dave Tronzo (currently in Belgium) on slide guitar, Evan Lurie on keys, the ever-busy-Jane Scarpantoni on cello and Calvin Weston (Dying Ground) & Ben Perowsky (Lost Tribe) on drums. John Lurie's hilarious vocals on "Yak" have to heard to be believed & you gotta love a song titled, "John Zorn's S&M Circus"!?! Anyway, this is another fine downtown release, better than some hipsters would have us think. - BLG
CD $15

JOYEUX NOEL [V.A. With JOHN ZORN/MELODY FOUR/STEVE BERESFORD/LOL COXHILL/MICHEL DONEDA et al] - Merry Christmas (Nato 777742; EEC)
CD $17

LOUIS SCLAVIS - Ad Augusta Per Augustia (Nato 777740; EEC) CD $17

VOL POUR SYDNEY [V.A. With LEE KONITZ/STEVE BERESFORD/LOL COXHILL/ELVIN JONES/MICHEL DONEDA et al] - Aller (Nato 777706; EEC)
CD $17

GARY SMITH - Rhythm Guitar (Impetus 18920; UK)
CD $19.00 AVAILABLE

RAY CHARLES - The Birth Of A Legend 1949-1952 [2 CD set] (DownBeat Swing Time/Ebony 8001/2; EEC) For the first time all the songs included on this double CD set are as Ray Charles originally recorded them. Certain songs have appearedf on several [other] labels with different titles. Furthermore, some tracks were issued with alterations, overdubbed with organ, or drums, as well as adding strings and choir. Others were also released as instrumentals cutting out Ray's vocal, and with a change of title. All info is detailed inside on the comprehensive booklet that include complete credits, discography, song lyrics, and photos. "Of all the countless compilations that have been stitched together of Ray Charles' early sides for Jack Lauderdale's Swing Time Records, this two-disc box is the only CD package that treats these enormously important works with the reverent respect that they deserve (meaning decent mono sound quality instead of murky electronic reprocessed stereo dubbed from vinyl, cogent liner notes, and full discographical annotation). This is where the genius began, imitating Charles Brown at the very start (1949) and sounding like nobody but Brother Ray by 1952 (when he defected to Atlantic and hit the real big time). Forty-one tracks in all." -- Bill Dahl
2 CD set for $25




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