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  • 08/01/13--09:00: 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.

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  • 10/24/13--20:34: NEW LINKS FOR OLD POSTS
  • 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!!

    So here goes, Ill start with a few i have recently re uploaded
    Lacy Carter/ Catch, 1977
    Steve Lacy- threads, 1977
    Ron Pittner- Out from the edge
    Francois Tusques- Après la marée noire.
    The New Joachim Kühn - Eje Thelin Group - In Paris
    Pauline Oliveros - Roscoe Mitchell - Leo Smith - John Tilbury - Live at Angelica 21 - 2011
    Lee Konitz-Live in Manchester 1966- with D.Bailey,T.Oxley,G.Bryars IMPROVED SOUND
    Francois Tusques - Le Nouveau Jazz
    Billy Hart - Enchance
    Masayuki Takayanagi + Masahiko Togashi -  Pulsation
    Marion Brown-Le Temps Fou, Flac Upgrade, Raw Vinyl Rip
    Mongoose- Live at Penguin House (Flac Upgrade)
    Ken Hyder's Talisker - The Last Battle
    Louis Moholo - Viva-La-Black
    Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe - Trees (1st LP) link works
    Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe - Frankfurt, 1970
    Presenting Burton Greene-1968, Flac upgrade from clean vinyl
    Jacques Coursil -Black suite,Flac Upgrade
    Francois Tusques-Jo Maka
    Francois Tusques-Intercommunal 2
    Yamashita Trio - Clay
    Miroslav Vitous - Green Line
    Lokomotiv Konkret - 2nd lp
    Sei Miguel - Portuguese Man of War
    Michael Smith - La Musique Blanche
    Steve Lacy Trio - Stalks
    Abdullah Ibrahim - Hamburg 1968
    Sam Rivers - Contrasts
    Laboratorio Della Quercia
    Masahiko Sato - Penetration
    M.Sato-P.Warren-P.Favre-Trinity 1971 (NEW  Better Rip)
    Masahiko Togashi & Steve Lacy  - Eternal Duo
    Revolutionary Ensemble-Mahattan Cycles , (New better Rip)
    Sabu Toyozumi - Water Weed
    Masahiko Satoh & Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd - Yamataifu (+ artwork of the 1st edition) 
    Howard Riley- Shaped, (new better rip)
    Michael Smith-Geo Music 3..(new rip)
    Kang Tae Hwan - Asian Spirits (re-up)
    Sunny Murray- Shandar, 10.008 F,1968, (new rip)
    Barre Phillips-For all it is, New Better Rip
    Gato Barbieri - Obsession
    Feza,Dyani,Temiz- Music for Xaba1,New Better Rip
    Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell - Live in Pisa 1978
    B.A.Zimmermann- the Numbered ,Tratto (Wergo-2549-005) 1969, new better rip
    Masayuki Takayanagi - Free Form Suite
    Charles Tyler -Definite Vol. 2
    Baikida Carroll - The Spoken Word (mp3)
    Arthur-Doyle-Takashi-Mizutani-Sabu Toyozumi - Live in Japan 1997
    Bill Dixon 1982 (Edizioni Ferrari)
    Michael Smith, Geomusic 1976, New Rip
    Vienna Jazz Avantguard 1970-71  re-rip (24 bit-48hz)
    Jazz Doctors-Intensive care
    Jacques Cousil-The way ahead 1969 alt rip (zippy)
    William Hooker-Is Eternal life 1977, incomplete (sides 1,2,3)
    Walt Dickerson-Solo-live in Dorchester Ma 79
    Herbert Joos-The Philosophy of the Flugelhorn
    Wuchner - Koller - Joos - Degen - Lauer - Cremer - Piece For Mouth
    Michael Naura - Ochsenzoll
    D.Bailey,J.DeJohnette,B.Laswell-Frankfurt  1998
    Le Quatuor De Jazz Libre Du Québec
    Don Pullen-Castglione del Lago Umbria jazz '76 fm
    Maarten Altena Quartet - Miere
    Maarten Altena - Papa Oewa
    Tommy Koverhult - Jan Wallgren Quintet
    Maarten Altena Octet - Quick Step
    Joachim Kühn - This Way Out
    Oliver Lake Trio - Live in Alassio '79
    Ekkehard Jost - Carambolage
    Kang Tae Hwan & Sainkho Namtchylak - Live
    Ton-Klami - Paramggod
    Karen Borca - Irène Schweizer Quartet - Basel 1989
    Kondo - Lovens - Lytton - Death Is Our Eternal Friend
    Company (New Rip)- Fables
    Abe - Yoshizawa - Kondo - Bailey - Aida's Call
    Anthony Davis Episteme, Botticino 2009
    SIC,trio-Altri Pezzi 1978,(Re Rip)
    SIC,trio-29-9-78,Pezzo Alternative Rip
    Lol Coxhill-Soprano Sax improvisations 1990, improved sound.
    Brötzmann, Portal, Bennink - Paris 1977
    Lee Konitz Quartet - Manchester 1966
    Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartet - Köln 1981
    Milford Graves Trio - France 2008
    Willem Breuker/ICP - My Baby Has Gone To The Schouwburg
    Derek Bailey - Duo & Trio Improvisation
    Altena - Bailey - Day - Honsinger - Hosthuis - K'ploeng
    Joseph Scianni with David Izenzon - Man Running
    Human Arts Ensemble - Under the Sun/Whisper of Dharma
    Les Rallizes Denudes - Live in Tokyo 1979

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    This blog is now in its sixth year, started back in February 2007 by our correspondent from down under. Bundles of people have contributed over the years, some gone, other holding on and yet others joining recently and putting their distinctive mark on the contents and direction of the blog. Currently we have about four active posters and some generous supporters, judging from inputs over the last month, 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 mind and out of sight. Due to spam and ad hominem attacks, we 've had to institute a moderator system, so posts may not appear right away, but they will be published.

    We have retired the old general comments section as it was getting long and unwieldy, but it's still visible for those who want to check back. Instead, three separate sections for contributions, requests and general comments have been created which hopefully will make it all a bit more manageable.

    With these few words, heading on ...

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  • 07/31/15--09:01: Requests
  • 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.

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  • 08/02/17--11:28: Contributions
  • Anything our readers and followers would like to contribute goes here. That may include recommendations, reviews, recordings, you name it.

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    A.  Who Is It?

    B1. That's Art Gerry
    B2. Smoke

    C1. Tapioca
    C2. A Space Number Too

    D.  Che Whiz

    still from the documentary Cowboy and Indian (1972), Don Owen, National Film Board of Canada

    Robert Markle, tenor saxophone, piano, door knocks
    Gordon Rayner, drums, percussion
    Gerry McAdam, guitar
    Michael Snow, trumpet, piano, whistling
    Graham Coughtry, trombone
    Nobua Kubota, soprano & baritone saxophone
    Jim Jones, bass
    Denyse MacCormack, vocals

    Recorded at Gordon Rayner's studio and the A Space Gallery, Toronto, June 1975 - April 1976.

    Music Gallery Editions ‎– MGE 3

    LP Rip

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    A. Looks Like Snow

    B. Is It Addicting? (A Love Song)

    C. Raynershine

    D. Markle-O-Slow

    from Cafe Le Hibou Recollections; Denis Faulkner

    Gordon Rayner, art director
    Terry Forster, bass
    Jim Jones, electric bass
    Michael Snow, piano, celeste, flugelhorn, trumpet, whistling
    Nobuo Kubota, soprano, alto & baritone saxophone
    Robert Markle, tenor saxophone, electric piano
    Graham Coughtry, trombone
    Harvey Cowan, violin

    Photo: John Reeves, 1965

    Recorded June 1973 at Eastern Sound, Toronto, except "Mark-O-Slow" recorded live at the University of Windsor, March 1973.

    Isaacs Gallery & Music Gallery Editions, no number

    LP Rip

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    A1. Manhattan Reflections
    A2. You've Changed
    A3. My Song Is Blue
    A4. Felicidade

    B1. First Moves
    B2. Det Finns (So Many Things)
    B3. Beat Me Again
    B4. Meaning Of The Blues
    B5. Give Me Peace

    Gunnar Bergsten, baritone saxophone
    Torbjörn Hultcrantz, bass
    Lars Bagge, bassoon, horn
    Lennart Jansson, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, alto and baritone saxophone
    Johnny Martinez, congas
    René Martinez, congas
    Sabu Martinez, congas
    Lars Färnlöf, cornet, flugelhorn
    Leif Wennerström, drums
    Bernt Rosengren, flute, alto and tenor saxophone
    Tommy Koverhult, English horn, soprano and tenor saxophone
    Okay Temiz, percussion
    Claes-Göran Fagerstedt, piano
    Bobo Stenson, piano, electric piano
    Anders Lindskog, tenor saxophone
    Jan Jansson, trombone
    Janus Miezek, trombone
    Lars Olofsson, trombone
    Lennart Löfgren, trombone
    Sven Larsson, bass trombone
    Björn Borg, trumpet
    Bertil Lövgren, trumpet, flugelhorn
    Maffy Falay, trumpet, flugelhorn
    Nannie Porres, vocals
    Bennie Svensson, vocals

    Recorded April 12-15, 1977, at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.

    EMI ‎– 7C 062-35428

    LP Rip

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    No Business Records will release five LPs and two CDs in the second half of August.
    For me the most anticipated release is Ton-Klami's CD. They did release two recordings in the 90s on Crown Records which are both OOP but worth seeking out.  No Business Records
    You might also take a look here. 

    For the upcoming Steve Lacy CD on Emanem Nick has already reproduced the label's info in the third comment. (somehow I published this post accidentally before it was ready)

    Roger Turner and Fred Van Hove - what a pair - this release scheduled for August 4 on Relative Pitch Records is very high on my want-list. And what a nice 1950s design and typography. Should be amazing...


    PAUL RUTHERFORD "in Backward Times" (1979-2007) Emanem 5045

    Four very different concert settings featuring sensational performances by trombonist PAUL RUTHERFORD:
    two festival solos - one from 1979 with electronics and the other from 2004 without;
    a 1988 duo with PAUL ROGERS (double bass) a few months before their ROGUES CD;
    and from 2007 a trio with VERYAN WESTON (piano) and MARCIO MATTOS (cello & electronics)
    - a very promising group, except that this turned out to be Rutherford's last public appearnance.
    All previously unissued. 76 minutes.

    The above release of Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza is actually a reissue of a two CD + one DVD release from Italy's 'Die Schachtel' (2007),
    Ten years later we'll get 4 CDs or 5 LPs plus a DVD (and a 64p. booklet in LP format) or both.
    The DVD contains a German documentary (b/w) on the group. Filmed in 1967 the documentary is an unknown classic. Do they still produce films like this one?

    I've encountered the above release a month ago.
    It's Agustí Fernández, Peter Valsamis and two canadian musicians previously unknown to me (shame on me). Wonderful free improvisation with a saxophonist who according Stuart Broomer might have had Lee Konitz as a role-model. But Yves Charuest and bassist Nicolas Caloia are all their own on this highly recommended CD/download.

    The CD "Stir" was also the reason I discovered this 1988 Vancouver recording on  bandcamp - download only.


    Last year I got an email from ECM. They've 'found' a wealth of LPs from their early catalogue believed to be OOP, in their vaults. Immediately I've ordered about 100 items from several groups/musicians for the shop (Among the treasures was f.e. the first pressing of Jarrett's Köln Concert. I've ordered all remining stock - about a dozen LPs - sold after a few days).
    For myself I took 'Endgame' with John Stevens, Barry Guy, Trevor Watts and Howard Riley.
    But at home I discovered that the vinyl was beyond repair - so to say. I knew they had only 7 items of this release. Two were sold at our shop, one (mine) was defect and four remained - or were they gone?
    After a quick telephone call with ECM the rate of my heart's rythmn dropped considerably.
    A few days later I went to ECM's headquarter at the outskirts of Munich. After climbing to the first floor I met Steve Lake. Among other things I asked him wether he's producing "something" new.
    He mentioned a Roscoe Mitchell Nonet (or tentet..) - and here it is.
    Already on my list for >Best of 2017<.

    Marching Song vol. 1 + 2 are a classic of British creative Jazz from the 1960s. This three CD box-set not only offers remastered versions of the two LPs but also sextet/quartet renderings of some themes of the greater line-up.
    From 1966 and 1970 with Surman (sextet only) and Mike Osborne. Also added a rare 7" with Norma Winstone and the Concert Band. Includes a very informative booklet.

    As the sub-title suggests 'Cappuccini Klang 2' is the previously unreleased second part of a 1992 recording session. It was offered as download only on bandcamp somewhat unnoticed in 2013.
    The original CD was edited by Splasc(H) Records which - BTW - is active again.

    Some of the above mentioned recordings are not 'Upcoming + Recent' releases. But I do not care as long as the music is as original and revelatory as on the double CD "Retrospective" by the Al Neil Trio.
    Al Neil was unknown to me before Nick posted Neil's solo LP on this blog.
    Many words but only one necessary step > Get it! Get It! as long as the one time pressing lasts.
    My highest recommendation.

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    Howard Riley, piano, electronics
    Barry Guy, double bass, electronics
    Tony Oxley, drums, percussion, electronics

    1.    Gambit (H. Riley)     15:04
    2.    Introduction (Riley)   00:45
    3.    Splinter (H. Riley)     10:30

    Recorded at the BBC Studios, London, December 1975.

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    A1. Bombastica
    A2. Dancing In A Country Summer House
    A3. Living Up To Life
    A4. Latin Beat
    A5. Sergel

    B1. Bombastica (Up-Tempo Version)
    B2. Drottningholm Ballad
    B3. Too Late
    B4. Happiness Beans
    B5. Sweet Summer

    Torbjörn Hultcrantz, bass
    Sune Spångberg, drums
    Lars Werner, piano
    Bernt Rosengren, tenor saxophone

    Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden; June 30, 1960

    Jazzland ‎– JLP 926 - this is the mono pressing

    LP Rip

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  • 08/10/17--01:20: Gil Mellé - Waterbirds 1970
  • Gil Mellé is famous for is late 50’s recordings on Blue Note and later for his superbe Tome VI that includes electronic processing over acoustic instruments. This one have been reissued in Japan some years ago and still can be found. From the start of the seventies Mellé will concentrate on compositions for movie or television. His soundtrack for « The Andromeda Strain » is considered as a landmark music in the field of electronic. Here is « Waterbirds » that is probably his last jazz album. In fact this lp is a compilation of themes composed between 1969 to 1970 for various télé series.

    A1 Waterbirds (Pt. 1) 7:37
    A2 Waterbirds (Pt. 2) 6:34
    A3 Walkin' Down The Gloomy Streets...Alone...Broke...Depressed...Gonna Kill Myself Blues 4:55
    AA4 Little Big Horn 9:24
    AA5 The Love Song 1:28
    AA6 My Sweet Charlie 6:34
    AA7 Charlie Chaplin 4:10

    Bass [Fender] – Dave Parlato (tracks: A2, A3, AA4 to AA7)
    Composed By, Arranged By, Conducted By, Conductor, Soprano Saxophone, Other [Special Electronic Musical Instruments] – Gil Mellé
    Drums – Fred C. Stofflet
    Guitar – Art Johnson (tracks: A2, A3, A5), Joe Cinderella (tracks: A1)
    Piano [Fender] – Pete Robinson (tracks: AA4, AA6, AA7)

    This album is superbe and show the strong ability of Mellé as a composer. The listen gives a unified feeling despite the fact that each title have been composed independently from the rest.
    I have remastered and edited this album from a mp3 version.

    This lp has been edited for the first time under the reference:
    Nocturne Nrs 702
    and have been reissued by Jazz Chronicles in 1977 under the reference Jcs 702

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    David UU & The Avalettes

    A1.   Mountain Air
    A2.   Bing's Cherry -- Take 1
    A3.   The Celestial Summer Of Doctor Dog -- Resurrected
    A4.   Dog Byte
    A5.   Whale, In Memoriam John Coltrane
    A6.   Stompin' At The Dada Ball
    A7.   Bing's Cherry -- Take 2
    A8.   Solar Mass
    A9.   How I Wrote Certain Of My Books

    The Avalettes

    Phil Morgan, bass
    Gregg Simpson, piano, percussion
    Bob Coleman, vocals
    Ingrid Harris, vocals
    Patricia Garrett, vocals

    David UU And Gregg Simpson

    A10.  Zen Haul/Western Skies

    David UU

    B1.1. Variations On Themes 1
    B1.2. Variations On Themes 2
    B2.   Toronto
    B3.   Song For A Beggar
    B4.   Auditory Liturgy
    B5.   How Can I Touch You Now …
    B6.   Try A Little Tenderness
    B7.   Songs For A City: 1
    B8.1. Vercussion 1
    B8.2. Vercussion 2
    B9.    Auditory Two
    B10.  Red Rose Red Rose …
    B11.  Don't Give Up The Ship Ive Got The Oar …
    B12.  For D.A. Levy
    B13.  Corn Plasters & My Heart
    B14.  Breaking Open …
    B15.  Salmon River Soliloquy
    B16.  Salmon River Soliloquy II
    B17.  Portrait
    B18.  Is There Blood On Your Finger Yes There Is …
    B19.  Cloud Shit Hung Down Fold Over …
    B20.  The Glory In The Heavens …
    B21.  Rhyme
    B22.  Chants From Tas:mania
    B23.  Chant From Embalmination
    B24.  Song Of Childhood (Memories Of The Baptist Church)

    David UU, voice, vocals

    Ed Varney, Ingrid Harris, vocals (B23)

    Recorded at The Studio, North Vancouver, BC, 1972 (A1-7).
    Tape compositions with 'live' content performed & composed at 136 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC, 1972 (A8-9).
    Live at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 1973 (A10).
    Recorded at 141 East 27 Street, North Vancouver, BC, 1983 (B1-24).
    Except recorded at Mahon Street, North Vancouver, 1970 (B22).

    Underwhich Audiographic Series – No. 18

    Cassette Rip

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    Similarly to Karel Krautgarter a decade earlier (unfortunately not very well documented on records), Milan Svoboda was relatively interesting presence in a field of big band jazz in former Czechoslovakia during late 70's and early 80's. Born 1951, composer, pianist and graduatee of the Organ class at Prague Conservatory (and a cousin of saxophonist Jiří Stivín), he started first big band in 1974 with his colleagues from jazz rock area on purely enthusiast base. During the next few years, Prague Big Band established itself as main attraction on Czech big band scene, aside of long-standing names as Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra and Gustav Brom Big Band.
    First PBB album "Portarit" was released in 1978, followed by "Reminiscences" in 1980, with leader's compositions exclusively. Last album of original PBB is "Poste Restante" from 1982, reissued on CD by German label Aurophon in 1994. CD of "Reminiscences" was issued by former label Supraphon in 1995, but is OOP for long time now. This rip comes from CD release, while I was trying to enhance the sound slightly and to repair huge bug in the beginning of first track. In the group line-up, Svoboda is credited as leader only, but he plays also piano on track 3 at least. Overall sound is a bit fusion tinged, with occasional use of electric keyboards and bass guitar.

    Live footage of Prague Big Band from 1980

    Since early 80's, Svoboda leads also his own small groups, mainly quartet sized. During 1984 he studied at Berklee College of Music, where he recorded live album with international big band, consisted of his College schoolmates. Back at home, he did one album of Czech-Polish Big Band, released as Nr.5 in "Interjazz" Supraphon series, and in 1990 he started other big band named Kontraband, with mainly younger jazz players. Aside of his other musical activities, Svoboda leads new version of Prague Big Band (sometimes presented as Milan Svoboda Big Band) since 1995 until now. 

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    To introduce this post, a small note intended for those who are only able to bring criticism but nothing more, you are not obliged to download content if for some reason you do not like it. 

    Here is a rarity.

    Douglas Ewart is one important member of the AACM since the early seventies. He have played with almost all the musicians of this association and you can find him on records by George Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams or Anthony Braxton to name a few.
    In the early eighties Ewart started is own record company: Arawak and the two first releases were tapes. Here is the first one probably recorded in 1985.

    Douglas Ewart b-flat bass clarinet, contrabass b-flat clarinet, b-flat soprano clarinet, endblown flute (on Jamaican bamboo)
    Edward Wilkerson b flat soprano clarinet (not on whale song)
    Mwata Bowden e-flat soprano clarinet, contra alto clarinet, e-flat sopranino clarinet, b-flat sopranino clarinet
    J.D. Parran contra alto clarinet, e-flat alto clarinet (only on whale song and red hills)

    1. ofo
    2. whale song
    3. red hills
    4. Jamaican bamboo

    Instruments are listed in the order they are played.

    The music is deeply soulful and spiritual. The meaning of the title is in relation with Martin Luther King’s speech pronounced on August 28, 1963. Here are the words:
    « I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaves owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. »

    With the « Invention Clarinet Choir » Douglas Ewart have made a second record:
    It seems that Mr Ewart still have some copies of this cd, that includes more guiding lights of the AACM.

    …and for those who still understand that it is important to pay for getting music, for the present of the musicians and the future of the culture you can purchase two recent releases featuring Douglas Ewart, both are great:

    Arawak 002 cassette rip.

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    1. Brecht Die Macht Der Tyrannei - Karstatt - World War 2 - Lale, Lale

    A.R. Penck, piano
    Helge Leiberg, trumpet
    Annette Jahns, vocals

    Mara Records ‎– 15

    CR Rip

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  • 08/20/17--10:17: COMPANY. 1991 Broadcast.

  • DEREK BAILEY - guitar
    JOHN BUTCHER - saxophones
    PHIL WACHSMANN - violin
    LOUIS MOHOLO - drums
    THEBE LIPERE - percussion, didgeridoo

    1. LM.TL   6:19
    2. DB.PW   4:31
    3. VM.JB   7:21
    4. DB.LM.TL   11:21
    5. VM.JB.PW   11:03
    6. DB.VM.JB.PW.LM.TL   10:41

    BBC Radio 3.  Music in Our Time. March 1991  

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    Zelenka and Mills began their collaboration as part of the Human Art Ensemble.
    Since 1979 they have been working as Exiles.
    They seems to keep a low profile on the net, I found no many personal info , but they have -or partecipate to- a label :

    Greg Mills - piano, melodica, prcussions, drums
    Jay Zelenka - flute, alto sax, vibes, percussions, drums

    A-1 Perihelion    
    A-2 The Only Cure    
    A-3 Burning Bridges Variations I And II    
    A-4 Contours    
    A-5 Cosmophaney    
    A-6 Invocation    
    A-7 Invitation    
    B-1 Sanctuary    
    B-2 Sonaire For The Dawn Of Time    
    B-3 Jugalbandi

    Esfoma Recordings - ER52
    Cassette, 1984

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    Phil Minton, trumpet, voice
    Lars-Göran Ulander, alto saxophone
    Lars Gunnar Gunnarson, bass
    Sten Öberg, drums

    1. Day     8:31
    2. Blue Reading I     10:06
    3. Wood Song Five     5:00
    4. Up Umeå     7:40
    5. Blue Reading II     6:41

    Recorded in Umeå, January 1969, at the Swedish national TV studios.

    Blue Tower Records BTCD 07 (1999)

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    Here is a recent find from dime - a superb concert from Musica Elettronica Viva in 2002. Many thanks to tricko, durian1 and Owombat for making this available, and also to htakat for the great artwork. 

    This music has made a strong impression on me - it unfolds in a series of tableaux, which are quite different in style, with references to several of the group's known themes, and more - at times, it could almost sound like a remix of Luigi Nono. The whole thing is held together through a strong programmatic propulsiveness - the effect is not dissimilar to reading Joyce's Ulysses.

    The break about halfway through is to allow the whole piece to fit onto two CDs - if, like me, most of your music is stored on a hard drive and CDs have become more or less redundant, the two pieces can just be joined together.

    Musica Elettronica Viva
    Ferrara, Italy - 9th June, 2002

    Alvin Curran - piano, keyboards, shofar, live electronics
    Frederic Rzewski - piano
    Richard Teitelbaum - keyboards, live electronics
    Garrett List - trombone
    Steve Lacy - soprano saxophone
    George Lewis - trombone, live electronics

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    A1-4. Night 1

    B1-5. Night 2

    Rafael Bareto-Rivera, voice
    Paul Dutton, voice
    Steve McCaffery, voice, contrabass clarinet
    bpNichol, voice

    Recorded at The Music Gallery, Toronto, in the "Within Limits" jazz program on 9-10 October 1987.

    Underwhich Audiographic Series - No. 37

    Cassette Rip

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    Here is a live recording by three totally unknown musicians.
    One long improvisation with appearances of some tracks that may be familiar for some of us. Played in the fall of the seventies this music is in fact more close to the early spirit of those musicians at the time when Lester was recording number 1 & 2, at the time when the band’s name was the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble.

    March 31, 1979 location unknown to me except Vienna Austria.

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    Didn't know that I have this rip (since at least Sep. 2011) but found it several weeks ago.
    Thanks to the original uploader.

    Performed by David Toop, Max Eastley, Paul Burwell and Steve Beresford

    Audience Side
    A.     Untitled

    No Audience Side
    B1.     LMC (a)
    B2.     LMC (b)
    B3.     LMC (c)
    B4.     Butlers Wharf
    B5.     Suffolk (a)
    B6.     Suffolk (b)
    B7.     Tennessee

    Recorded live in performance at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; 7th October 1979.

    Tracks B1 to B3 recorded at the London Musicians Collective in 1979 using a stereo UHER reel with 2 AKG 224s.
    Track 4 recorded outdoors on a UHER reel with 2 Sennheiser ND441s.
    Tracks B5 and B6 recorded outdoors.

    Quartz Publications !QUARTZ 005
    (vinyl rip)

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    The Reform Art Unit live at the Museum of 20th Century in Vienna, April 25, 1969. An instant composition in 3 movements by Fritz Novotny.

    Fritz Novotny - Flute, Soprano Sax, Percussion
    Muhammad Malli  - Drums
    Sepp Mitterbauer - Piano, Trumpet
    Toni Michlmayr - Double Bass

    1 - For John Coltrane And Pablo Picasso: One         13:11
    2 - For John Coltrane And Pablo Picasso: Two     16:15
    3 - For John Coltrane And Pablo Picasso: Three     12:40

    Bonus track: Human Closely
    Reform Art Unit Extended, live at the Alte Schmiede in Vienna, 5 January 1995.
    featuring Sunny Murray. An instant composition by Paul Fields, Karl W. Krbavac, Sunny Murray, Fritz Novotny

    4 - Human Closely            29:14

    Paul Fields - Violin, Alto Sax
    Karl W. Krbavac - Viola Da Gamba
    Sandro Miori - Tenor Sax
    Sepp Mitterbauer - Trumpet
    Sunny Murray - Drums
    Fritz Novotny - Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Sax, Percussion
    Mario Rechtern - Sopranino, Alto, Baritone Sax, Oboe, Selfmade Instruments
    Reinhard Ziegerhofer - Double Bass
    Helmut Schiefer - Percussion

    "For John Coltrane and Pablo Picasso" was produced in 1969 as RAU 1002 but released here for the first time.

    Voves Productions, Voves CD 90001
     A Reform Art Unit Production , RAU 1002
    Austria, 1996

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    This is a repost of a post originally published here in October 2013. The reason for reposting is basically to draw attention to the list of amateur recordings made by "orchiddoctor", mostly in the period 1975-1980. Listed by "carville" in the comments section, this is a huge collection of live concerts by the Art Ensemble of Chicago and various spinoffs as well as other bands active on the loft jazz scene in NY and outside in those years. All together, it provides an invaluable insight to a scene that is not well documented. I have now the entire set, courtesy of carville, and the idea is to post all this material in the weeks and months to come. Needless to say, this is a huge project, but one well worth doing for the historical record.

    What follows is the original post with all the comments from then:

    This post was inspired by a comment from reader and follower "santos curser" who went to see the AEoC at the Empty Foxhole in Philadelphia in 1980, a performance which was somewhat "interrupted" by a young amateur saxophonist who wanted to play with the band. He was eventually escorted out of the venue. It occured to me that I did have some archive files of the AEoC at the Empty Foxhole in 1976. Two consecutive nights, 12 and 13/14 March. These were recorded by "orchiddoctor" and posted on the Dime torrents site by "carville". There were 67-68 concerts posted in all, basically coverning the 1975-1980 period, many of these recorded in snall clubs in NYC and beyond. For me and other AEoC fans, invaluable historical documents. When it comes to the AEoC, critical faculties are permanently suspended. It's all good.

    What we have here are two performances, two sets each, both lasting close to three hours in all. There were some dicussions at the Dime site about the exact location of these two gigs. I can't add anything to it, never been to Philly and certainly not then. Listening to these two performances, it seems obvious to me that they were not recorded in the same place. The acoustics of the 12 March performance sound as if the recording is from a small club, closer, more intimate. The 13 March performance is from a much larger locality, spacy, roomy sound.  So my guess is that the 12 March gig is at Geno's Empty Foxhole, located in the basement of the Saint Mary's Church on the Uinversity of Pennsylvania campus. The 13 March sounds as if it was recorded in the actual Church which would explain the acoustics. Reportedly the band was delayed by a snowstorm, so what we're hearing was performed from four in the morning. Must have been quite atmospheric!

    The lo-down:

    March 12 1976
    Empty Foxhole
    Philadelphia, PA

    total time 177:21
    1st set 88:22
    1 improv including Ohnedaruth and Tutankhamen (tape flip) 44:44
    2 cont'd 43:38
    2nd set 88:59
    1 improv including Dreaming of the Master (tape flip) 57:15
    2 cont'd 31:43

    March 14 1976
    Empty Foxhole
    Philadelphia, PA

    total time 170:51
    1st set 88:51
    1 improv (tape flip) 61:20
    2 cont'd 27:30

    2nd set 81:59
    1 Reese and the Smooth Ones, Odwalla (tape flip) 39:56
    2 cont'd 42:03

    Much more from where that's coming from. I estimate my AEoC collection runs to about 200 performances, so I'll sprinkle a little now and then.

    Collage c/o the 2nd First Look website.