March 2 - Shakey MoMarch 9 - Doug WatsonMarch 16 - Algerian GoalieMarch 23 - RideMarch 30 - xtian DCApril 6 - ilxor
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 16:27 (twelve years ago) link
Okay, here are some free fusion gems from the less obvious decades (read, I avoided anything from the 70s.)
Pinski Zoo - Introduce Me To The Doctor (Despatch, 1981)http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8854/00introducemetothedocto.jpgNot a Spotify linkThe debut disc of this frenzied post-punk jazz outfit from the UK. Fronted by reed player Jan Kopinski and-- for this album at least-- keyboardist Steve Iliffe. Kinda like if Rip Rig & Panic had eschewed the vocals and had developed under the tutelage of Ornette Coleman rather than Don Cherry.
Corporate Art - Corporate Art (JMT, 1991)http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/7403/00corporateart.jpgNot a Spotify linkA sort of supergroup that happily manages to deliver on expectations. Bobby Previte, Gary Thomas, Christy Doran and Mark Helias recorded this one-off session that blends angular jazz rock with the funky tensions of M-Base. Doran really shines here, with a style that reminds a bit of John McLaughlin's more soulful comping (Miles' "Right Off", Joe Farrell's "Follow Your Heart")
Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden - Report From Iron Mountain (P-Vine, 2001)http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/3597/00reportfromironmountai.jpgNot a Spotify linkDon't know that much about this Japanese ensemble. There's some involvement by Otomo Yoshide and it's led by Naruyoshi Kikuchi, who may be related to keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi (whose "Circle/Line" is covered here.) Actually, the whole affair pursues that digitized free funk filter that Masabumi stretched over Miles' apocalyptic funk concept. For more reading, Sonic Asymmetry has a very worthy read here.
― I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 20:45 (twelve years ago) link
lol never heard of any of this!
― You hurt me deeply. You hurt me deeply in my heart. (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 20:49 (twelve years ago) link
Hopefully that's a good thing?
― I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:32 (twelve years ago) link
― You hurt me deeply. You hurt me deeply in my heart. (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:33 (twelve years ago) link
Seem to remember Pinski Zoo having at least one release on SST...? Would have been mid 90s.
― WmC, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:41 (twelve years ago) link
I don't think SST ever released a Pinski Zoo record. Zoogz Rift, maybe?
― I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 23:36 (twelve years ago) link
dunno these either!
March 16 - Algerian GoalieMarch 23 - RideMarch 30 - xtian DCApril 6 - ilxor
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 16:53 (twelve years ago) link
I think we will move to 1 album per week, see if that stimulates more chat.
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 17:13 (twelve years ago) link
I remember back in my days as a high school "radio station" "dj" we had that Byrd record floating around. I think my hip-hop-loving friend was also into it because of some sample on it. At the time I was sort of still sorting things out and categorizing things and being kind of uptight and purist, and I didn't really know what basket to put the record in, so I wasn't so keen on it. Would be curious to give it another chance.
― for real molars who ain't got no fillings (Hurting 2), Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:04 (twelve years ago) link
Fair enough. Since we've still some time before next week, why don't we limit my above selection to just the Pinski Zoo? Am interested in hearing other impressions.
― I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:15 (twelve years ago) link
no no thats ok. your picks are fine. Hopefully there will be some discussion
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:28 (twelve years ago) link
i still need to listen, anyone else play them?
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 15:54 (twelve years ago) link
Hank Mobley - Soul Station (1960)https://www.ifmusic.co.uk/images/product_images/HankMobley-SoulStation.jpg
Often overlooked, perhaps because he wasn't a great innovator in jazz but merely a stellar performer, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was at the peak of his powers on Soul Station. Recorded with a superstar quartet including Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano, it was the first album since Mobley's 1955 debut to feature him as a leader without any other accompanying horns. The clean, uncomplicated sound that resulted from that grouping helps make it the best among his albums and a peak moment during a particularly strong period in his career. Mobley has no problem running the show here, and he does it without being flashy or burying the strong work of his sidemen. The solidness of his technique means that he can handle material that is occasionally rhythmically intricate, while still maintaining the kind of easy roundness and warmth displayed by the best players of the swing era. Two carefully chosen standards, "Remember" and "If I Should Lose You," help to reinforce that impression by casting an eye back to the classic jazz era. They bookend four Mobley originals that, in contrast, reflect the best of small-group composition with their lightness and tight dynamics. Overall, this is a stellar set from one of the more underrated musicians of the bop era.
I left this out the last time i took a turn so here it is. Enjoy!
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:22 (twelve years ago) link
Like that album a lot. If you enjoy it I also recommend checking out No Room for Squares
― for real molars who ain't got no fillings (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:23 (twelve years ago) link
Great album...the only Mobley I own so far. Curious to hear more. Gonna give it some more spins tonight and tomorrow now.
Btw, my copy has more of a green-blue sepia tone. Any story with the subtle variations of the cover?
― xtianDC, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 01:04 (twelve years ago) link
i have no idea
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:57 (twelve years ago) link
Blakey's solo on This I Dig Of You owns. (What a great song title, btw!)
― xtianDC, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:25 (twelve years ago) link
Mtume - Alkebu-Lan (Land of the Blacks)
Heavy shit, cats! Dig!
Nothing Is' description
― Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 17:20 (twelve years ago) link
messed up the image link somehow, let's try again
Recorded August 29, 1971 at The East, New York. According to Jim Flannery of the Kozmigroove Mailing List, it's "Pretty damn wild...AACM goes to Africa... but I guess I'd have to add 'Pharoahs go to Saturn' to get the picture complete. Starts out with a four-minute speech describing the role of 'these jams' in the service of Black Nationalism... and then backs it up. Cover is black with white line-drawing of a sorta Egyptian-meets-subSaharan figure (Pharoanic beard, pyramids for eyes, goat amulet), back side has an eye-in-pyramid drawing with photo of Mtume leaning against it." Having finally heard this record finally, I love it. While it's certainly dated, it's a fascinating glimpse of the marriage of early 1970s Afro-centric music, politics and spirituality, plus it really grooves. To me reminiscent of Bartz' Ntu Group work, it's more energetic and colorful than those records. A treasure: Strata-East was an extraordinary label.
-Ian Scott Horst: Jazz Supreme
― Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:19 (twelve years ago) link
looks like img tags ain't working for me
― Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:23 (twelve years ago) link
Awfully quiet here of late. My turn?
Let's go with the record I am listening to for the first time, right now:Pharoah Sanders Tauhid(1966)http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc400/c486/c486189tn40.jpg
Tauhid marks the 1966 Impulse debut of tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who had already gained fame as a flame-throwing saxophonist of the "new thing" playing with John Coltrane. However, Sanders' tenor appearance doesn't saturate the atmosphere on this session; far from it. Sanders is content to patiently let the moods of these three pieces develop, whether it be through the percussion of Roger Blank and Nat Bettis, guitarist Sonny Sharrock, or his own piccolo. For those looking for Sanders' patented screeching tenor throughout, Tauhid will disappoint.
I see Pharoah is getting some play on another thread at the moment. I am loving Karma, Jewels of Thought and Thembi. Excited to let this one weave its hypnotic spell.
Did I mention I am seeing the man play the first weekend in May? Beyond excited.
― xtianDC, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:40 (twelve years ago) link
nice, I've latched onto this record and Karma pretty heavily. also be sure to check out Black Unity (the other i've heard; it's also fantastic)
― hey ilxor, thanks for contributing, glad you stopped by (ilxor), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:49 (twelve years ago) link
Black Unity is on its way to me as we speak! Also picked up a nice vinyl copy of Live At The East. Not sure if this one ever made it to cd or not?
― xtianDC, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:15 (twelve years ago) link
get elevation too guys...amazing record.
just properly reading back over this thread, the mtume sounds well up my street. checking it out now.
― Packie Bonner (Local Garda), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:29 (twelve years ago) link