6 August 2019

What a long, strange trip ...

This blog is now in its tenth year, started back in February 2007 by Sotise, our correspondent from down under. Bundles of people have contributed over the years, some gone, others holding on and yet others joining and putting their distinctive mark on the contents and direction of the blog. Currently we have about half a dozen active posters and some very generous followers, judging from inputs to our contributions section, but we're always willing to recruit more. Potential authors can get in touch with us c/o our Blogger email addresses. We've had contributors from three continents, with a preponderance of Europeans overall.

The emphasis has been on the free/improv/experimental side of jazz, but with excursions into contemporary and classical music, from Europe and beyond. There are no rules, however; the blog is whatever the posters make of it, and we'd like to keep it that way. We focus on posting out of print material with the objective of drawing attention to music which otherwise might have remained out of sight and out of mind. Due to spam and some past experiences of personal attacks, we 've had to institute a moderator system, so comments may not appear right away, but they will be published.

With these few words, heading on ...

5 August 2019


Anything our readers and followers would like to contribute goes here. That may include recommendations, reviews, recordings, you name it.

The earlier contributions thread was unfortunately deleted, but we have managed to recover about three years of the last five years of posts. The recovered posts have now been moved to separate posts in the new thread. All links to files are working at the time of writing. If there is anybody out there who has found that their contributions are missing, feel free to repost them or if anybody has downloaded files when they were still available, the same thing applies.  Of course, we welcome any new contributions from our followers, anything that we and you should know about.

4 August 2019


Requests, broken links, re-ups and related topics go here. It may be easier for admins to be attentive to these topics if they are put here and not under the individual posts. There's no guarantee that we may be able to respond to everything, but we'll give it a try.

I've deleted the previous 'Requests' post as it was becoming a bit unwieldy.
I shall start the requests with the last one from the previous thread.

3 August 2019

Free form

Anything else goes here. Observations on the general state of the universe and its overall direction are particularly welcome, but also on more mundane matters as you may see fit.

1 August 2019


Hi , Heres a new section , which will feature links to the Original posts of things that are just being, or have recently been re uploaded..
the Contributions and request sections are too cluttered , making it difficult to keep track!
comments will be disabled for this section!

Please help us out, if you see comments asking for a re-upload, and you have the files!!
(preferably use only file hosts accessible to free users,do not use these files to make money!)
Please do not ask us to re upload records which are generally available, or have been recently reissued, whatever the format!!

Surely it goes without saying that all views expressed on this Blog , be they impressions  delusions
reveries, political statements, opinions are ours and ours alone , Music stimulates the imagination, so switch off y'r TV,listen ... make up your own minds.

So here goes, Ill start with a few I have recently re uploaded

Update May 11, 2017 -
We've shortened the list (again) for users' convenience:

Nébu - Nébu
Licorice Factory - self-titled
Vesala/Sermilä/Hauta-Aho/Honkanen/Helasvuo - Ode To Marilyn
Globe Unity Orchestra & London Jazz Composers Orchestra - Köln 1989
Vinko Globokar -  Echanges / Res/As/Ex/Ins-Pirer / Discours IV
Manfred Schoof Quintet - Suite
Bernd Alois Zimmermann - Die Befristeten, Improvisations & Tratto - Wergo 1969
Polly Bradfield - Solo Violin Improvisations
Keshavan Maslak - Humanplexity
Frank Wright Quartet - Live In New York City Summer 1973
Bob Reid - Best Of Emergency
Frank Wright & Andrew Cyrille - Live Soundscape NYC 1981
Francois Couturier, Andre Jaume, Fred Ramamonjiarisoa - Nadia Salana Resaka
Michel Pilz - Celeste & Jamabiko
Stockhausen - Aus den sieben Tagen
TTT featuring A.R. Penck - 3 x 2 = xxxxx
Charles Tyler Quartet - Definite Vol. 1
Philippe Maté and Jef Gilson - Workshop
James Newton Trio/Quartet - Binu
Bob Degen Trio - Celebrations
Charles Tyler Quartet - Definite Vol. 2
TTT featuring A.R.Penck - Catch the Dollar
Charles Tyler Ensemble - Voyage from Jericho 
Ian Brighton-Colin Wood-Frank Perry-Radu Malfatti-Phil Wachsmann - Balance
Frances-Marie Uitti - The Second Bow
Michael Smith - La Musique Blanche
Kent Carter - It Will Come
Key - Key
Anthony Davis and Douglas Ewart - live in Verona '79
Michael Smith - Reflection On Progress
Sei Miguel - Portuguese Man Of War
Ivo Perelman - William Parker - Rashied Ali - Live
Kazutoki Umezu - Shin Myong
Michael Smith - Geomusic
Michael Smith - Totality
Karl Berger/Woodstock Workshop Orchestra - Live At The Donaueschingen Music Festival
Frank Wright - live in Ulm 1990
TTT - Be cool in Munich
Barry Wallenstein - Taking Off
Company - Trios
TTT - Isle In The Ocean
St-Jak - Oeuvralgique
Amalgam - Play Blackwell & Higgins
Dudu Pukwana and Zila - Live in Bracknell & Willisau
Schiano/Mazzon/Schiaffini/Geremia/Tommaso/Rusconi – The Unrepentant Ones (link still active!)
Karl Berger Total Music Ensemble (1968)
Arthur Blythe - The Grip & Metamorphosis
Michael J. Smith - Elvira Madigan...And Other Dances
More TTT - Live Konzert Basel 
Carman Moore (feat. Sam Rivers) - Five Movements for a Fashionable Five-Toed Dragon
Joseph Jarman - Sunbound
SME - Karyobin
NDR Jazzworkshop No.65 - Howard Riley & Tony Oxley - Convolution
Steve Lacy Sextet - The Wire
Billy Harper Quintet - Live in Rome '81
Peter Kowald - Gianluigi Tovesi - A.R. Penck - Free Jazz - Konzert in der Kunsthalle, Bern
TTT - Aspects of The NY NY NY Situation
Eugene Chadbourne & Polly Bradfield - Torture Time!
Okay Temiz & Johnny Dyani - Witchdoctor's Son
Neighbours with Anthony Braxton
Itaru Oki - Shirasagi
Itaru Oki Trio - Trumpet In Modern Jazz
Phil Wachsmann - Writing In Water
Ali Haurand - Solo Bass
Tony Oxley Quintet - London 1981
Helen Merrill - Sposin'
Derek Bailey + Evan Parker - Compatibles
Yuji Takahashi - Real Time 2
Yuji Takahashi - Real Time 3
Franz Koglmann with Steve Lacy -  Flaps
Burton Greene - Zephyr
François Tusques / Serge Utgé-Royo ‎– Ça Branle Dans la Manche
David Rosenboom - On Being Invisible
Rex Stewart and his Dixielanders feat. Herbie Nichols
Luther Thomas - 11th Street Fire Suite
MUJICIAN TRIO - Live in Bristol. 1992. Part2
MUJICIAN TRIO - Rare Music Club 14 Aug 1992
MUJICIAN - 100 Club, 1991
TONY LEVIN TRIO  - Leicester,1991
BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN - Requiem für einen jungen Dichter (Lingual 1967-1969)
PAUL DUNMALL - 60th Birthday Gig
ELTON DEAN'S 50th Birthday Gig
ELTON DEAN SEXTET feat Roswell Rudd - set1 Vortex
Didier Levallet Octet - Scoop
Günter Christmann - Solomusiken für Posaune und Kontrabass
Christmann - Schönenberg + Bojé - Köln 1976
Andrew Hill Trio feat. Sunny Murray - Paris 1999
Manfred Schoof Quintet/Sextet - Köln & Montreux 1967/68
Leo Cuypers - Theatre Music
Leo Cuypers - In Amsterdam / Live In Shaffy
Leo Cuypers - Brull Band
Leo Cuypers - Corners
Ron Pittner - Ivory Mirror And The Ivory Dot
Baden-Baden Free Jazz Meeting 1967 and more
CCMC - 1 and 2 and 3
Keith Tippett - The Unlonely Raindancer
Aalan Praskin - Encounter
Hirokazu Yamada - Kozan
Evan Parker Trio - Karlsruhe 2004
Parker - Fernández - Guy - Lytton - Vancouver 2008
Evan Parker Trio - Aubervilliers 2005
Baden Baden New Jazz Meeting 1973
Parker, Guy, Takeda, Onnyk - To Whom It May Concern
Evan Parker & Barry Guy - Tai Kyoku
Paul Dunmall Octet - Desire & Liberation Live in Birmingham 1997
Albert Mangelsdorff - Hot Hut
Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf - 20 Anniversary Album
Hans Kennel - Audience
Urs Blöchlinger / Thomas Dürst - Il Faut Boire
Urs Blöchlinger - Cinema Invisible
Ron Pittner - Out From The Edge
David Murray Quartet - Bristol 1992
Steve Lacy Trio - Stalks
Jean-Louis Méchali - Cine Club
Jean-Louis Méchali - Tie Brake - 2nd Set
Mico Missiom Trio - Glucose Confectionnerie
Steve Potts - Musique Pour Le Film D'un Ami
Robert Wood - Tarot
Masahiko Togashi - Scene
Michel Portal Unit - Live in Lovere '79
Leroy Jenkins Trio - Live in Florence '79
Karoru Abe / Sabu Toyozumi - Live at Gaya
Free Music Trio - Live in Moers '79
Takehiro Honda & Gerd Dudek - Flying To The Sky
The Thing plus Otomo Yoshihide and Akira Sakata - live at Super Deluxe Tokyo, 2009
Maarten Altena Octet - Tel
Horace Tapscott - Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Cicago, IL
Mal Waldron - Tokyo Reverie
Steve Lacy Sextet - The Wire
Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre Du Québec
Elton Dean - Duos
Paul Rutherford's Iskrastra - Autumn Initiatives
Hamiet Bluiett - Bars
Herbert Joos - Still Life
Luigi Cinque - Note Di Atemporalità
Schiaffini - Iannaccone - Memo From
Steve Lacy & Kent Carter - Catch
Raymond Boni + Claude Bernard - Pot-Pourri Pour Parce Que
Herbert Joos - The Philosophy Of The Fluegelhorn
Mal Waldron - Terumasa Hino - Reminicent Suite
German All Stars   In Japan - Out Of Each
The German All Stars - In Südamerika

13 December 2017

Roy Brooks & The Improvisational Sphere - Live At Lelli's (Sagittarius 2011)

Roy Brooks - drums, marimba, steel drums
Amina Claudine Meyers - Hammond B-3 organ
Rodney Rich - guitar
Jerry LeDuff - shaker, tablas, cuica, percussions
Ray Mantilla - conga, bells, percussions

A1 - Ha-Ya !        
A2 - Samba Del Sol        
B1 - Basketball        
B2 - Her Blues Is Mine Ra    

Recorded on September 3, 1999 in Detroit.

Sagittarius A-Star 12, LP
Limited to 200 copies with insert

12 December 2017

Doudou Gouirand - Mouvements Naturels - Disques Jam 1982

Doudou Gouirand is a french saxophonist who has started to record in the middle of the seventies. As side man he have worked with Pierre Dørge New Jungle Orchestra, Mal Waldron, Johnny Dyani, Okay Temiz’s Oriental Wind, Michel Marre to name a few. Some of those musicians are featured on his own albums. In 1985 he have recorded « Forgotten Tales » with Don Cherry on one track but this album is not so memorable in my opinion. Three years before he published « mouvements naturels » with some of the musicians previously mentionned + Chris McGregor on one track.

Face A:
  1. Amanda
  2. 2. jungle Dream
  3. 3. Song For J.M
Face B:
  1. Blues For B.B
  2. 2. Mélanésie Nuclear No 1
  3. 3. Mouvements Naturels

Doudou Gouirand: alto, soprano saxophone, flute, voice, piano
Michel Benita: bass on a. 1
Johnny Dyani: bass, voice
Jean Claude Montredon: drums, percussions on a1, a3, b1
Merzak Mouthana: drums, percussions on a2, b2, b3
Lelle Kullgren: guitar on b1
Pierre Dørge: guitar
Chris McGregor: piano on b1

Disques Jam 0482/DG 028 lp rip

11 December 2017



Sunny Murray, drums
Kenneth Terroade, saxophone
Paul Jeffrey, saxophone
Ronnie Beer, saxophone

Recorded live at the Paris Jazz Festival on November 6, 1968.

Jazz Collection - JCD-08

CD Rip

9 December 2017

The Phill Musra Group - The Creator Is So Far Out (Sagittarius 2010)

info are very few about Phil Musra, what I found is from cliffordallen blog

"...Philip Musra, a reedman and composer living in Los Angeles. He’s not a figure who’s well-known in the jazz (or even avant-garde) community, though his work in the 1970s with his brother, multi-instrumentalist Michael Cosmic, Turkish-born drummer Huseyin Ertunc, and bassist-composer John Jamyll Jones is the stuff of curiosity and possibly legend. Part of what has made their music - available on a small scattering of privately-pressed LPs - so interesting is that it does not sound like anything else. I recently characterized the trio music (without Jones) as something like a collision between the AACM and Alan Sondheim’s Ritual 770 or another, similar wild-and-woolly artists’ collective. The group was based in Boston at the time and also worked with pianist Gene Ashton (now known as Cooper-Moore) and poet-vocalist Ntozake Shange, among others. Apparently Musra and Cosmic also spent time in Chicago studying with AACM musicians. Until recently, not much was known about their concurrent and subsequent activities........Shimmering percussion dense but hanging in midair, maniacal insistence on mini-organ chords or frantic arpeggios on a glockenspiel, and intertwining flutes and saxophones are the linguistic building blocks, and the dialect is unlike anything I had previously experienced.

... Though Musra has assembled CD-Rs of archival material to almost no distribution over the past few years, his visible output has generally remained known only to connoisseurs of rare records from a bygone era. That is until now, as what is officially his second LP as a leader in over 35 years has been released in a limited edition via the Sagittarius A-Star label. The Creator is So Far Out takes its title from a composition that also appeared on his 1974 Creator Spaces LP (Intex) as well as on the present album. Here, he's joined by drummer Don Hooker, percussionist Steven McGill and pianist Walter Barrilleaux on two sidelong originals.
The core trio of Musra, Hooker and McGill has been together since last year, making live appearances on the West Coast (most often at the Heartbeat House in LA) and cutting some YouTube videos that have yet to go viral. As one would hope, there is a rather profound difference between this trio and what came before. Rather than the slightly-unhinged democracy of his 1970s free unit with Cosmic, Musra stretches out his husky and somewhat minimalist riff on Newk over dry, regular conga and trap set patterns on the lyrical, loving ode Yvonne, peppered with occasional throaty wails. The title track is taken in a bluesy direction, Barrilleaux laying down churchy chords around Hooker's loose lope and Musra's slightly wandering declarations. McGill's brief, glassy vibraphone is used as a marker between tenor and soprano solos, on which the leader's pinched tone contrasts curiously with the rhythm section's chunky groove. Boxy electric piano and flute shortly make a strange pair, as Musra runs through his arsenal. There's always been an outsider quality to Musra's music, and thirty-odd years ago that unbridled and sometimes unfocused energy probably contributed to his and his compatriots' unknown status. Now, of course, that naturalness is something many musicians work to achieve, and if Musra's music is a little more reigned in today, it's not without a folksy honesty that makes The Creator is So Far Out a charmingly humanist statement." 

A. Yvonne        
B. The Creator Is So Far Out        

Phil Musra - Reeds
Walter Barrilleaux - Piano
Don Hooker - Drums
Steven McGill - Percussion, Vibraphone

Recorded August 22, 2010 @ Mysterious Mammal Studio, Los Angeles.

8 December 2017

Roy Brooks Aboriginal Percussion Choir - Live at the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 1986-1989 (Sagittarius A-Star 2013)

some already knows it, but after a request is here for all

side A
Aboriginal theme song, part I
side B
Aboriginal theme song, part II
Panoramic view points
side C
side D
Gloom and Doom

side E
Samba del Sol
side F
Five for Max


Brad Felt
Geri Allen
Jerry LeDuff
Ray Mantilla
Marion Hayden
Vincent Bowens
Marcus Belgrave
Sundiata Keita Sun Drummer Society
Teddy Harris New Breed BeBop Society

Sagittarius A-Star #36
3LP set in a triple folder cover;
two black vinyls ('86) + one transparent red ('89)
released 2013

26 November 2017


And here is the


Andreas-Drille Boje, trombone
Wilfried Eichhorn, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Hans-Jörg Hussong, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone
Erich Schröder, viola
Helmut Zimmer, piano
Adi-Matthias Boje, bass
Rudi Theilmann, drums

Side A
- Walpurgisnacht 17:15

Side B
- Incubus - Succubus - Pestilentia 13:41

Recorded on July 17th, 1971 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany.

T.M.A. 001

24 November 2017

Okay Temiz Trio - Turkish Folk Jazz - Sonet 1975

In my opinion it is the best record of Okay Temiz due to the fact that the music doesn’t fall too much in some kind of « world cliché ». The reason of this successful cross-cultural meeting is perhaps because it have been recorded live.

Side a:
-Introduction, Batum, Ulah- Balkan.
Side b:
-Döktür, Kürt Havasi, Madimak, Üsküdar, Anadol Havasi, Trabzon Karsilamasi, Laz Havasi.

-bass: Björn Alke
-Clarinet: Saffet Gündeger
-Drums, percussions: Okay Temiz

All tracks except A1 & A2 are traditional Turkish folk music.
All tracks recorded March 25, 1974 in Stockholm except A1 recorded March 6, 1974 in Stockholm.

Lp Sonet SNTF 668 serie universal folk sounds Vol 5 published in 1975

21 November 2017

Reform Art Music - Es Steht Geschrieben

Reform Art Music - Es Steht Geschrieben, Drago PRELOG
homage for Walter Malli

CD AR 20105

Linda Sharrock - vocal
Sepp Mitterbauer - trumpet
Fritz Novotny - arghool, bombarde, clarinet, flute, soprano sax, percussion
Alaeddin Adlernest - basson
Yedda Chunyu Lin - piano, voice
David AyankokoVilayleck - laptop
Ram Chandra Mistry - sitar
Paul Fields - violin, synth, alto sax
Johannes Groysbeck - el. bass guitar, groysophon
Walter Malli - drums, soprano sax

homage 1 - live at the Amman Studios, april 2012
homage 2 - live at the Museum des XX.JAHRHUNDERTS, june 1981
homage 3 - live at the Sophiensale, march 1981

HOWARD RiLEY & ELTON DEAN - Pendley Manor Jazz Festival 1985

Earliest known to me recorded duet of Riley and Dean. From the same event, as R&B by Howard Riley and Jaki Byard, released as Slam CD (with cover designed by Andy Isham).

HOWARD RiLEY & ELTON DEAN - Pendley Manor Jazz Festival 1985

01. Tring Thing (improvisation) [27:35]

Howard Riley - piano
Elton Dean - saxello

Live at The First Pendley Manor Jazz Festival, Tring, UK, 5th July 1985

BBC Radio 3 broadcast, recorded off air, transfered (VHS SP > VHS LP > flac) and shared on Dime by PsyKies in 2010. Additional repairs and slight noise reduction by miloo2.

16 November 2017


András Vigh,  hurdy-gurdy
Ákos Szelevényi,  saxophone, bass clarinet
Albert Márkos,  cello
Szilárd Mezei,  piano, prepared piano

01. Take 1 - untitled 21:39
02. Take 2 - untitled 33:52
03. Take 3 - untitled 23:07

Recorded September 4, 2007 at Rómer House, Györ, Hungary.

Harmonia Produkcio 2007 GyörFree Muhely 2004

11 November 2017


Charles Lloyd Quartet

1. Prayer (Charles Lloyd)  6.42
2. Zoltan (Charles Lloyd)  5.00
3. When Miss Jessye Sings (Charles Lloyd)  20.18
4. God Give Me Strength (Burt Bacharach / Elvis Costello)  16.11
5. Voice In The Night (Charles Lloyd)  10.26
6. Sombrero Sam (Charles Lloyd)  12.53
7. Nachiketa's Lament / Hymn To Her Mother (Charles Lloyd)  6.33

Charles Lloyd - tenor sax, flute, tibetan oboe, percussion
John Abercrombie - guitar
Marc Johnson - bass, cello
Billy Hart - drums

Live at Konzertscheune Salzau, Germany, June 6, 2000

Pre-broadcast DAT copy


1.  Zürich 17.10.93
2.  Basel 12.11.93
3.  Landshut 2.11.93
4.  Luzern 4.3.94
5.  Ravensburg 25.4.94
6.  Dortmund 16.11.93
7.  Dortmund 16.11.93
8.  Dortmund 16.11.93
9.  Dortmund 16.11.93
10. Dortmund 16.11.93
11. Dortmund 16.11.93

Christoph Winckel, bass
A.R. Penck, drums, vocals
Lothar Fiedler, electric guitar
Helge Leiberg, trumpet

CD Rip

8 November 2017

Don Cherry Trio + 1 - Live In Copenhagen October 3, 1970 - Remastered Version

Here is a remastered version of this concert previously posted in the early days of « IS » and updated by Kinabalu in March 2016. Sound is so important for me that when I downloaded the original file I was so disappointed by the sound quality that I deleted it immediately. Some years after my interest in the music of Don Cherry and particularly in this period of his music became stronger than my reluctance about poor sound quality and I downloaded it again but the sound haven’t changed… So I thought that the best way was trying to remaster it and it is this result that I present today. The original source is probably an audience recording and in many moments the sound of each players is not clear, particularly when the level of the percussions is high. Johny Dyani is playing with a level of intensity that is totally incredible and one of my purpose was to make is sound more clear. But you can’t recreate what is not in the source and the remastering of a poor source is always a question of point of view. Someone else could choose a different way of sound engineering. If you want you can compare with the original file, still available and if someone else want to try another remastering… why not?

Last but not least Makaya Ntchoko is credited as the drummer of the band but I’m almost sure that it is not him who is playing but Okay Temiz. Two reasons makes me think this way, first when you listen carefully the use of percussions is totally similar to Temiz’s style and this concert comes from the famous and under recorded period when Cherry had his trio with Dyani and Temiz.

Don Cherry :cnt, fl, Ram's Horn, zurna, double fl, Gourd
Dan Nedergaard : tpt
Johnny Dyani : bass, perc
Okay Temiz (?) drums, perc

Recorded October 3, 1970 Bristol Music Center Copenhagen

5 November 2017


Thanks to the original taper and poster.....

Michel Portal,  saxophones, clarinets, bandoneon
Bernard Lubat,  piano, drums
Jean-François Jenny-Clark,  bass
Jean-Pierre Drouet,  percussion

1. Splendid Yzlment (MP) [20:55]
2. Voyage (MP) [20:47]
3. Valse Mauve (BL) [16:16]
4. Ball (JPD) [09:52]

Recorded on October 11, 1981 during the 6th New Jazz Festival at the Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany.
FM radio broadcast NDR Hamburg
Tracks 2 (faded out) and 3 were probably a single continous performance.

1 November 2017

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS - September 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois - October 29, 2017, New York, NY

Just got the sad news that Muhal Richard Abrams has died already three days ago.


29 October 2017


 Heres something that has been requested repeatedly in the comments on Lacy posts ( especially by brent/ 1001)
One of Lacy’s finest from the period, with masters like Togashi and Yoshizawa on board it couldn’t be otherwise.
This is unaccountably rare , ive only ever seen the one copy.

This was posted for the first time in January 2008 by Sotise from a cassette he got from a friend.
I've hitchhiked the post - here's a reup in flac from another rip...

1. Stalks (Lacy) 10:35
2. Moon (Lacy) 9:24
3. Japanese Duck (Lacy) 6:40
4. The Wane (Lacy) 6:46
5- Bone (Lacy) 4:47

Recorded at Nippon Columbia 1st Studio, Tokyo, June 7, 1975

Steve Lacy: soprano saxophone
Masahiko Togashi: percussion
Motoharu Yoshizawa: bass

1975 - Columbia (Japan), YQ-7507-N (LP)

26 October 2017


Boy Raaymakers, trumpet, bugle
Peter Van der Locht, alto saxophone
Robert Scholer, bass
Noel McGhee, drums
Burton Greene, piano (Side B)

Side A. 29 Augustus 1970  (20:43)

Side B. 4 September 1970  (18:13)


25 October 2017

The Jazz Doctors- intensive care 1983, FLAC, lame

Here's an update of a post originally published back in 2008, for two reasons basically. First, there was a request for a repost, and secondly, it provides an opportunity to commemorate John Jack, who was the proprietor of the Cadillac label which released this record back in 1983.

An obituary can be found here:


The rest of the post is as it was.

The Jazz Doctors - 'Intensive Care'
The Jazz Doctors: -
Frank Lowe - saxophone
Billy Bang - violin
Dennis Charles - drums
Raphael Garrett - bass

I think they only made one record (as The Jazz Doctors), although I have 2 live tapes and there might be more ?...?

Intensive Care was made for John Jack's Cadillac Records in the UK in the second half of 1983.
Anecdotally, only a few weeks after Bang & Dennis Charles had a punch-up on the bandstand in Germany, resulting in Charles losing a tooth..

The tunes on this are written by Frank Lowe (x2)
Butch Morris
Rashied Ali
Billy Bang
Jackie McLean
Ornette Coleman

I've always loved the 2nd side - but now that I listen to it again, the 1st side's not too bad either<

Worth adding is that the Cadillac label is well worth a visit, at http://www.cadillacjazz.co.uk/

The Ogun label is there too, Cadillac releases include some original vinyl pressings still available (as detailed by Wallofsound elsewhere)as well as CDs on both Cadillac and other distributed labels.

David Murray, Mike Osborne, Joe Harriott, Louis Moholo, Elton Dean, Chris McGregor etc etc etc

John & Hazel have been supporting this music for longer than many of us have been walking the planet. I'd urge support for them, and the acquisition of some great music in the process.

sermon endeth here - enjoy the Jazz Doctors."

20 October 2017

Hamid Drake / Pasquale Mirra - Live In Italy 2013

One of the many collaborations between Hamid Drake and european musicians. This time Drake plays with Italian vibist Pasquale Mirra who have recorded more in various projects than under is own leadership. You can find him on Butch Morris Conduction® / Induction. (Rai Trade) It doesn’t mean that Mirra is an avant garde player. In fact this set is more inside and relaxed than outside and complicated. Original tracks and covers are in the program.

01/ Togo, 02/ Brown Rice, 03/ Afro-Blue, 04/ Piacevoli Pensieri, 05/ Mirra Solo, 06/ Water, 07/ Ishmael, 08/ Encore.

Hamid Drake : Drums
Pasquale Mirra : Vibraphone

Recorded September 13, 2013 In Olbia Italy.

19 October 2017

LOU GARE compilation 1965-1985

Sadly, Lou Gare left us on 6th October 2017.  He was a true gentleman.

Years ago he was kind enough to send me this cassette covering the years between 1965 and 1985.

He was a woefully under-recorded saxophonist and consequently didn't receive the recognition he deserved.  Although, in his humility, I suspect he didn't mind that too much.

A2. 1965.  EARLY AMM   8:07
A3. 1970.  AMM   7:44
A4. 1973.  AMM DUO   8:35
A5. 1978.  AMM WITH STRINGS   8:06
A6. 1978.  WEBIT   7:30

B1. 1980.  THE EXETER FREE JAZZ DUO   4:34
B2. 1983.  SOLO BY RIVER EXE   6:59
B3. 1985.  'GOD BLESS THE CHILD'   5:39
B4. 1985   TRIO AT DARTINGTON   28:26

Cassette compiled by Lou Gare

ps. Lovely stuff from a couple of years ago

18 October 2017


1. Trio Improvisation 1
2. Trio Improvisation 2
3. Duo Improvisation
4. Trio Improvisation 3

Kaoru Abe, alto saxophone, harmonica (1, 2)
Mototeru Takagi, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone (1-3)
Toshinori Kondo, trumpet (1-3)
Derek Bailey, guitar (4)
Motoharu Yoshizawa, bass (4)
Toshi Tsuchitori, drums (4)

Recorded at Polydor 1st Studio, Tokyo, 19th April, '78.

Out-takes from the Derek Bailey - Duo and Trio Improvisations sessions. Promo, not for sale.

Kitty Records ‎– BCC-1018

CD Rip

15 October 2017


Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet, percussion
Marion Brown, alto saxophone, percussion
Thomas Stoewsand, cello, flute(s)
Manfred Eicher, double bass
Fred Braceful, drums, percussion

1. unknown title  28:36
2. unknown title (fade-out_incomplete) 17:00

Recorded on December 18, 1970 at Club Laboratorium, Esslingen, Germany.

Recorded by Süddeutscher Rundfunk and (first) broadcast on SDR-2 "Leo Smith-Marion Brown Gruppe in Esslingen" on February 12, 1971.

11 October 2017

ART ENSEMBLE OF CHiCAGO - Urban Magic (1997)

This quartet concert (without Joseph Jarman) from 1997 was released with Italian Musica Jazz magazine in 3/2003 and also on AECO Records (AECO 0014, different cover, without date).

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Urban Magic (Musica Jazz 2003) 

1. Urban Magic (13:05)
2. Mama Wants You (10:30)
3. Dancer (3:32)
4. Chant (12:40)
5. Villa Tiamo (3:15)
6. Horn Web (6:05)
7. Odwalla (3:56)
8. Strawberry Mango (5:22)

Recorded on June 4, 1997 in Laroche-sur-Yon, France. 

Lester Bowie - trumpet, flugelhorn 
Roscoe Mitchell - saxes, flute, bamboo flute, piccolo, percussion 
Malachi Favors - bass, percussion
Famoudou Don Moye - drums, congas, gong, percussion 

TT 58:27

{Musica Jazz MJCD 1150, Italy 2003} 


Found a cassette in my collection.....

Han Bennink, drums, percussion, etc.

1. improvisation 1 (27:29)
2. improvisation 2 (12:36)

Recorded on February 8, 1994 at the department-store Ludwig Beck at the center of Munich, Germany.

The concert was scheduled as the duo of Myra Melford and Han Bennink.
Myra Melford got sick and so Han Bennink played a solo set.

9 October 2017


still not reissued..

Maarten Altena, double bass & cello
Maurice Horsthuis, viola

A1. Grand Duo (14:54)
A2. Fantasie Nr. 1 (04:27)
B1. Fantasie Nr. 2 (01:15)
B2. Fantasie Nr. 3 (00:56)
B3. Fantasie Nr. 4 (06:39)
B4. Fantasie Nr. 5 (07:04)
B5. Fantasie Nr. 6 (02:23)
B6. Fantasie Nr. 7 (01:41)
B7. Fantasie Nr. 8 (01:22)

A1 recorded at the Shaffy Theatre, Amsterdam, on 9th February, 1980.
All other selections recorded at De IJsbreker, Amsterdam, on 22nd April, 1981.

CLAXON 82.9  (vinyl)

8 October 2017

Niels Viggo Bentzon & The Contemporary Jazz Quartet ‎– Third Stream Music (1965)

I would like to alert our followers.
There a Kickstarter campaign about reissueing this elusive LP.
The Contemporary Jazz Quintet should be famous enough for their collaboration with Sunny Murray on the album "Action". (available on CD through SteepleChase).

I've joined the party some minutes ago...about 1800 DKK are missing for a start.

Here's the link to the website:


5 October 2017


Side A:

Friedhelm Schönfeld Trio
Fiedhelm Schönfeld, alto & tenor saxophone, clarinet
Klaus Koch, bass
Günter Sommer, drums

A. Trio-Dimensionen 19:11

Side B:

Hubert Katzenbeier Quintett
Hubert Katzenbeier, trombone
Konrad Körner, flute, tenor saxophone
Manfred Schramm, piano
Hans Schätzke, bass
Wolfgang Winkler, drums

B1. Quartett  5:13
B2. Ballade  4:11
B3. Blues-Fasching  10:49

Recorded October/November 1972, AMIGA-Studio Berlin.

Amiga 855307  (vinyl rip)

2 October 2017

Karl Berger - From Now On - 1966

Obviously this lp have never been posted here and even never requested… Strange.
ESP have never reissued it and seems not to reissue it in the future… Strange too!
Here we have tracks that are played non stop to create a sort of suite à la « complete communion ». No need to say something about the quality of the music.

Side a
-Turn Around

Side b
-Blue Early Bird
-Like That
-From Now On

Alto Saxophone: Carlos Ward
Bass: Henry Grimes
Drums: Ed Blackwell
Vibraphone: Karl Berger

Recorded December 1966

vinyl rip

30 September 2017

Mike Westbrook Sextet live in Montreux 1968

When I found this, my eyes went WOW! I can't believe it! This is taken from a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968. The sextet has the following line-up:

Mike Osborne - alto
John Surman - baritone
Malcolm Griffiths - trombone
Mike Westbrook - piano
Harry Miller - bass
Alan Jackson - drums

This concert features the line-up at about the time of the first Concert Band albums on Deram from 1967 onwards to about 1970. I can't identify the tunes here - two slabs at about 20 minutes each - but I'll have a listen to the afore-mentioned albums and see if I can get any further. In the middle of the first piece, Surman slips into "The Girl from Ipanema" of all things (which is on Release) and there are some thematic passages that do sound like marching songs. To be verified if possible.

Make this an essential listening if you're into golden age British Jazz. And I mean essential!

29 September 2017



1. The Creator Has a Master Plan (sic)  52:20

Apart from the track obviously not being 'The Creator Has a Master Plan', the cd is lacking an accurate personnel listing.
This is correct: 
Pharoah Sanders & Starship Orchestra, Live at Montreux Jazz Festival - July 22, 1978

Pharoah Sanders: tenor sax
Norman Connors: drums, tymp, percussions
Duke Jones: trumpet
Buzzy Jones: tenor sax, flute
Bobby Lyle: piano
Billy McCoy: piano, electric piano
Jacques Burvick: keyboards
Greg Hill: guitar
Alex Blake: electric bass
Petro Bass: percussion, congas
Lawrence Killian: congas

I always thought this session tailed off somewhat after a strong start, however after coming across the second half of it on YouTube video, I found it quite exciting.  The band certainly works itself into a frenzy, Connors particularly, who falls off a table after bashing hell out of the gongs.
Well worth watching: (possibly start at 3:50)

Does anyone know the tune?

26 September 2017


Robert Wood, vibraphone
Gilbert Artman, drums

A1. Inspiration 03:30
A2. Edwige 05:22
A3. Words For A Tunisian Song 09:58
B1. Woodlands 08:01
B2. Shades Of Mu 12:00

EDICI ED 0061030 (Released 1973)

Note: No location or date of recording given on the cover.

(lp rip)

25 September 2017

Brötzmann - Parker - Drake ~ Sant'Anna Arresi ~ 6th September 2016

Peter Brötzmann ~ tenor sax, taratoga
William Parker ~ bass
Hamid Drake ~ drums & percussion

Sant'Anna Arresi ~ 6th September 2016

There are four improvisations, but as they flow into each other, the file has not been edited into separate sections.

24 September 2017


A1. 1
A2. 2
A3. 3

B1. 4
B2. 5
B3. 6

Yves Bouliane, bass
John Heward, drums
Robert Lepage, clarinet (B3)

Recorded at Le Studio Utopic, Montréal, on 31 March and 5 April 1985

Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montréal ‎– no ciac-3301

LP Rip

21 September 2017

Ahmed Abdullah Sextet live at Ali's Alley, NY, 1978

Yet another repost, from early 2013, this one with reference to another loft turned performance space in NY, Ali's Alley.

Following on from the former posting of the Group live in 1987, here is an older date from 1978 with some of the same players. As I said in that post, some of the members of the Group emerged during the loft movement in the 1970s. This was a musicians' initiative to create their own spaces for players to express themselves and interact with others. Perhaps the most well-known was Sam Rivers' Studio Rivbea, and another was Ali's Alley, run by Rashied Ali who was the drummer with John Coltrane during his last days, before launching a solo career with his own group. Ali made a duo record with Frank Lowe in the early 70s and the latter can also be heard on this date.

As I said in the former post, both Abdullah and Bang emerged as major players on the loft scene during the 70s and Frank Lowe was very much a part of that scene as well, having cut his debut record for the legendary ESP label, "Black Beings" with, among others, Rashied Sinan on drums who is "coincidentally" also on this date. So it's all interlinked.

Close to two hours in all here with music, though tending towards the free side, that still has a strong rhythmic pulse and melodic core. Lively, propulsive, energetic, thorougly enjoyable. Dig in!

The sonics on this recording may not be the optimal as this clearly is an audience recording, also capturing the ambience of the space in which it was performed. But don't let detract from the joyous and uplifting music on display here!

The facts:

Abdullah Ahmed Sextet

NYC, Ali's Alley

July 12, 1978

Ahmed Abdullah - tp
Frank Lowe - ts
Billy Bang - viol
Jay Hoggard - vb
Jerome Hunter - b
Rashied Sinan - dr

No set list given, so if anyone can help out, it would be appreciated.

Jay Hoggart is here on vibraphone and today teaches music at Wesleyan. Jerome Hunter, the bassist, has played with Sun Ra, among others, another common link.

Abdullah is still active today, educator, curator and musician and writer, though his book on his years with Sun Ra still remains unpublished. He maintains his own web site which can be accessed here:


His curatorial work in later years has been linked to thia place:


which is in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, one node in a network of community organising. A place to check out for jazz-loving brooklynites and newyorkers?

There'll be more posts on the NY 70s/80s club scene, so stay tuned!

20 September 2017

The Group live in Cambridge, Mass. 1987

I am reposting this one from late 2012 because it very much ties in with the theme of NY loft/club jazz in the 70s, although this specific one was later.

There has been jubilation in jazz circles about the release, after 26 years, of a live recording by the Group at the Jazz Center of New York on 13 September 1986. The tapes had languished in Ahmed Abdullah's possession ever since until the Nobusiness record label out of Vilnius, Lithuania, was told about them and expressed an interest in releasing them. The cd (and an lp) is now out in limited circulation of 1000 copies so readers are advised to rush out and get a copy before it disappears. However, it is not the only recording in circulation. In the course of the short life of the Group, up to the end of 1987, they also gigged around the East Coast, including a date in Cambridge, Mass., on 21 January 1987. This is briefly mentioned in Abdullah's liner notes to the cd release. There is no mention of the gig being recorded, so this is in all likelihood an unofficial audience recording.

Who was the Group? It was a collective composed of five members, some of whom had cut their teeth on the NY free jazz scene in the 60s (Brown, Cyrille) and others who had emerged as part of of the loft scene in the 70s (Bang, Sirone, Abdullah). After the loft scene had pretty much subsided, there was a scramble to look for new opportunities for players on a NY scene less hospitable to innovative jazz than before and to look for new collaborative models to work from. So, in that spirit, there was no leader of the Group and each member was encouraged to contribute their own compositions, even though the repertoire made room for covers of standards. As Abdullah writes, there have been several revivals of the Group, buth with the passing away of Brown, Bang, Sirone and also of Fred Hopkins (who is on the cd, though not on this gig), replacements have become a duty of necessity.

In the pic above (a flyer for their very first appearance, courtesy of the Nobusiness website), all five members are present and these are the five you will hear on this Cambridge date.

The Group
Cambridge, Mass. (USA)
1369 Club
January 21, 1987

Marion Brown as
Ahmed Abdullah tp
Billy Bang violin
Sirone b
Andrew Cyrille dr

1) 16:47 Assunta
2) 08:47 Warm Valley
3) 14:16 Fortified Nucleus
4) 06:21 La Placita – cut -
5) 17:39 cont´d - La Placita
6) 17:18 The Glow Of Awareness
7) 12:13 The Music In Us
8) 08:12 I Remember Clifford
9) 21:43 Restore Africa

This is a historical recording of five great musicians. I'm not going to single out anyone in particular, though I would like to say that anything that has Marion Brown on it is pretty much essential. All five should be familar to followers of the blog (and parenthetically, I should try to find more from Abdullah).

Two hours of goodness for y'all.