Sunday, October 15, 2017

MUUN MUSIC UNIVERSE (Ing Rid / Karl Berger / Dave Holland and friends) – Vol. 1 - The Peace Church Concerts (2LP-1974)




Label: Creative Music Communication – CMC 00101
Series: CMC Series – 1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold / Country: US / Released: 1974
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded in concert on May 25 and May 22, 1974 at the Washington Square Church, New York City.
Recording Engineer By – Bob Cummins
Cover Design – Joan Eliott
Photographs – Ray Ross
Concept and written compositions by Karl H. Berger
Distributed in the USA – India Navigation Company
Matrix / Runout (Label side A) [etched]: A- 00101-1 A
Matrix / Runout (Label side B) [etched]: B- 00101-2 B
Matrix / Runout (Label side C) [etched]: C- 00101-1 C II
Matrix / Runout (Label side D) [etched]: D- 00101-2 D II

        SPACE IN TIME
A  -  Part I: Live Time ............................................................................................ 14:40
B  -  Part II: Dance Now Is We Are ....................................................................... 24:10

        SILENCE IN SOUND
C1 - Part I: The Continual Pattern ........................................................................ 14:35
C2 - Part II: Music Is .............................................................................................. 9:40
D  -  Part III: Tune In Time In ................................................................................ 22:10

Musicians:
Ing Rid – vocals, percussion
Karl Berger – piano, vibraphone, percussion
Dave Holland – bass
Richard Teitelbaum – instruments [various], synthesizer
Bob Moses – percussion (tracks: A, B)
Betty MacDonald – violin (tracks: A, B)
Garrett List – trombone (tracks: C1, C2, D)
Ilene Marder – flute (tracks. A, B)
Tom Schmidt – bass (tracks. A, B)
Eva Berger and Savia Berger – voice, sounds [initial sounds] (tracks: A. B)





Very rare original 1974? US private pressing on Creative Music Communication (Woodstock NY) (catalog # CMC 00101 / CMC Series No. 1) recording from Washington Square Church (Peace Church) with original gatefold sleeve. This two record set was recorded by Bob Cummins and distributed by his India Navigation label, but was a production of the Creative Music Foundation.

This is wonderful work in spacy and spiritual atmosphere. It's never released on a CD.



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ROLF + JOACHIM KÜHN QUINTET – Transfiguration (LP-1967 - Re-LP-1972)




Label: MPS Records – CRM 637
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue / Country: W. Germany / Released: 1972
Original released: / SABA – SB 15 118 ST (LP-1967)
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded January 19, 1967 at Peter von Zahn Studio, Hamburg.
Design [Graphic Work], Layout [Lay-out] – Gigi Berendt
Painting [Cover] – Wojciech Fangor
Photography By – Josef Werkmeister, Maria Rehfuß-Oberländer
Engineer – Henning Rüte
Producer – Joachim E. Berendt
Comes in a gatefold-sleeve
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 599392 -A / SB 15 118 - A
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 599392- B / SB 15 118 – B

A1 - Transfiguration ....................................................................................... 13:48
A2 - Lunch Date .............................................................................................. 8:22
B1 - Solo Flights ............................................................................................ 12:30
B2 - But Strokes Of Folk ................................................................................. 9:00

Personnel:
Rolf Kühn – clarinet, bass clarinet
Joachim Kühn – piano
Karlhanns Berger – vibraphone
Bab Guérin – bass
Aldo Romano – drums, percussion




One of the best records ever cut by the brothers Rolf and Joachim Kühn – a beautiful set of modally influenced tracks that show the strong modernist tradition in European jazz of the 60s! The album's quite sharp-edged for MPS in the mid 60s – and Karl Berger's vibes join the clarinet of Rolf and piano of Joachim – with rhythm support from Beb Guerin on bass and Aldo Romano on drums – both players whose own sense of freedom really unlocks the main soloists! Berger's vibes add a nicely chromatic quality to the record – and the whole thing's relatively free overall – starting with modal impulses, but hardly rhythmic at all, given the way the drums and bass move as freely as the other instruments. Titles include "Lunch Date", "Transfiguration", "Solo Flights", and "But Strokes Of Folk". (Heavy red label MPS pressing, with deep groove!
(Dusty Groove, Inc.)



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ROLF KÜHN JAZZGROUP – Going To The Rainbow (BASF – CRC 008/LP-1971)




Label: BASF – CRC 008
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: W. Germany / Released: 1971
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Recorded at the Cornet-Studios, Cologne on December 14/15, 1970.
Engineering Wolfgang Hirschmann
Produced by Klaus Lorenzen
Comes in a gatefold-sleeve
German Original Press. Red BASF labels.
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): A-0051 A-1 / CRC 008 A
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): A-0051 B-1 / CRC 008 B

A1 - Houndhouse Rock .................................................................................. 4:50
A2 - Sad Ballade ............................................................................................ 3:39
A3 - T.C.B.  ..................................................................................................... 9:45
B1 - Going To The Rainbow ......................................................................... 12:55
B2 - Racing It Down ....................................................................................... 6:55

Musicians:
Rolf Kühn – clarinet
John Surman – baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, electric piano
Alan Skidmore – tenor saxophone
Joachim Kühn – piano, organ
Chick Corea – electric piano
Peter Warren – bass
Tony Oxley – drums, percussion




THE ROLF KUHN JAZZGROUP: "Going To The Rainbow" (BASF Records – CRC 008 / Gatefold Jacket / Rarity). Original 1971 high quality German pressing. Great free Improvisation with spiritual undertones influenced by Miles Davis. One of Kühn's timeless recordings for which he got assisted by heavy weights like John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Chick Corea and Tony Oxley. Absolutely stunning free improv with an addictive rolling groove that really puts the funky cat out there. Highest recommendation.
(Tiliqua Rec.)



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Sunday, September 24, 2017

JOE HAIDER – Katzenvilla (Spiegelei – 28 772-2 U / LP-1971)




Label: Spiegelei – 28 772-2 U
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Germany / Released: 1971
Style: Avant-garde Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded At Horst Jankowski Studio, Stuttgart 12.10.1971.
Published By O.B.H. Musikverlag, München
Coverdesign by – K. Fröhlicher
Engineer by – Claus H. Reisser
Produced by – Otto B. Hartmann
Matrix / Runout (Label side A) [etched]: A-0470 A/C 3 A  A
Matrix / Runout (Label side B) [etched]: A-0470 A/C 3 A  B

Tracklist
A1 - Fate Of A Child .......................................................................................... 4:02
A2 - My Little Darling ......................................................................................... 9:20
A3 - Capricorn ................................................................................................... 5:25
B1 - Katzenvilla ................................................................................................. 9:14
B2 - EJP ............................................................................................................ 7:47
B3 - And Now? .................................................................................................. 3:17

Personnel:
Joe Haider – piano
Isla Eckinger – bass
Pierre Favre – drums, percussion




On 12 October 1971 the music of this album was recorded at the Horst Jankowski Studio in Stuttgart. At that time it was Joe Haider's greatest desire to make a trio LP. Thanks to the producer and longtime friend Otto B. Hartmann this musical portrait has been created.

In the house named "Katzenvilla" Haider has lived for many years and spent a beautiful and important time of his life. Each track of the album tells a story that has to do with its human and musical development during this important part of its life.
The music was spontaneously recorded: Joe Haider's longtime friends, Isla Eckinger (bass) and Pierre Favre (drums) were the ideal partners with their empathy and their own great musicality to spontaneously capture the moods of these stories and implement them in the trio in an impressive manner.



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FRANÇOIS COUTURIER Jazz Impression – Le Vice Et La Paresse (JAM / LP-1978)




Label: Disques JAM – CG 1278
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: France / Released: 1978
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Side A - recorded on the 27, 28 and 29 of October 1978, Théatre de l'Université in Tours.
Side B - recorded live in Tours on the 26th of October 1978.
Artwork By [Layout] – Jean-Luc Coudray
Artwork By [Maquette] – Jean Maillot
Photography – Jean-Christophe Maillot
Engineer [Sound] – Thierry Lebon
Written-By – François Couturier (tracks: A3 to B)
A1 - Written-By – Bertrand Maillot / A2 - Written-By – Jean-Jacques Ruhlmann
Matrix / Runout (side 1, Etched): CG 1278 A
Matrix / Runout (side 2, Etched): CG 1278 B

A1 - Manèges ..................................................................................................... 041
A2 - Si Le Coeur Éclate ..................................................................................... 6:57
A3 - Béla ............................................................................................................ 5:54
A4 - Mont Dore .................................................................................................. 5:06
A5 - Musique Agaçante ..................................................................................... 1:18
B  -  Le Vice Et La Paresse .............................................................................. 21:00

Personnel:
François Couturier – piano [acoustic], electric piano, clavinet
Jean-Jacques Ruhlmann – soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
Roland Merle – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Christian Gentet – contrabass
Bertrand Maillot – drums, percussion

Exclusivity: Disques J.A.M. "Le Pont De Cissé" 37210 Vouvray - 16 (47) 52.72.74
Made in France.

François Couturier 


The work was recorded in October 1978 at the Théatre de l'Université in Tours, and the band was formed around French pianist François Couturier. François Mechali and Philippe Mate and other jazzmen who participated in the next work in the year of 1981 will join and head towards more complicated directions, but this work has a precisely constructed ensemble and a strangely twisted aesthetic. A bold and clever chamber jazz of bold feeling that a modal sense of harmony is balanced with balance. The first side of this LP shows a complex development while holding humorous songs, while the other side (B) recorded a live 21 minutes worth of thrilling drive feeling, both outstanding completeness.
Great recommendation!



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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ALAIN BOUHEY – La Voie Scriptorale (Self-Released - tribulation III-I/LP-1988)




Label: Alain Bouhey Self-Released ‎– tribulation III-I
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1988
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded At – Studio Adam, 1988. Mastered At – Top Master, France
Composed By – Yochk'o Seffer
Photography By – Roger Norymberg
Recorded By, Mixed By – Philippe Beaucamp
Sleeve, Concept By, Liner Notes, Producer – Alain Bouhey
Printed By – Glory / Pressed By – MPO
Includes 16-page booklet and poster
Matrix / Runout (runout side A, hand etched): MPO III 1 A1
Matrix / Runout (runout side B, hand etched): MPO III-1 B

A1 - Self-System .............................................................................................................. 5:15
         Piano – Yochk'o Seffer / Tenor Saxophone – Alain Bouhey
A2 - Trabla-Air ................................................................................................................. 4:30
         Piano – Yochk'o Seffer / Soprano Saxophone – Alain Bouhey
A3 - Techouba (Hommage A John Coltrane) .................................................................. 7:20
         Bass Clarinet, Woodwind [Trabla] – Yochk'o Seffer
         Tenor Saxophone – Alain Bouhey
B  -  Szerkezet I, Szoñata .............................................................................................. 19:21
    1     Allegro Vivo (6:03)
            Alto Saxophone – Alain Bouhey / Piano – Carol Lipkind
    2     Cadence (6:30)
            Alto Saxophone – Alain Bouhey / Piano [Improvisé] – Yochk'o Seffer
    3     Largo Et Presto (6:43)
            Alto Saxophone – Alain Bouhey / Piano – Carol Lipkind

Personnel:
Alain Bouhey – alto, tenor, soprano saxophones
Yochk’o Seffer – piano, bass clarinet, woodwind [trabla]
Carol Lipkind – piano (B-1 / B-3)

Avant garde jazz recorded in the 80's by the French sax player Alain Bouhey with Yochk'o Seffer and Carol Lipkind.
Limited private pressing by Alain Bouhey with book, flyer and poster included.





Alain Bouhey is a pedagogist, author of several books on saxophone techniques. He was teacher in Senegal during the 1970s and is teaching saxophone in Rennes and Paris since the 1980s. This vinyl oddity is dedicated to Leopold Sédar Senghor, the poet and Senegal’s president from [1966 to 198?], himself a music lover and organizer of the 1st Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (Black Arts Festival) in Dakar, 1966 (the LP from this festival is itself a strange thing).
On ‘La Voie Scriptorale’, Alain Bouhey’s saxophone playing is highly enjoyable, without the shrieking sounds or violent demonstration from other free jazz horn blowers. Magma’s multi-instrumentalist Yochk’o Seffer shows muscular abilities in his keyboard ostinatos and arpegiatos, but he’s mixed a little behind Bouhey so that the music is allowed to breathe. The A side has 3 delightful duets with written sax parts and piano improvisation, except Techouba, a saxophone+bass clarinet duet. The B-side is a piano+saxophone sonata with Bartok and atonal reminiscences courtesy of Seffer himself, though it is probably partly improvised rather than written down.
The LP comes with a 16-pp LP-sized booklet of writings and technical diagrams by Alain Bouhey.



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Thursday, August 31, 2017

GLEN HALL – The Book Of The Heart (Sonora – SA-101 / LP-1979)




Label: Sonora – SA-101
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1979
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Recorded May 5, 1979, Generation Sound, New York.
Cover Design – Glen Hall
Photography / Cover Art – Guntram Porps
Engineer – Tony May
Mixed at Sierra Pacific Studio, Studio City, California
Mixing engineers - Ian Gardiner, Reed Stanley
Mastered at Lacquer Channel - Toronto
Production By – Glen Hall
Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): WRC-1-934 SA-101-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): WRC-1-934 SA-101-B

A1 - Orchid Opening Downwards ......................................................................... 7:15
A2 - Kitab Al Qalb (The Book Of The Heart) ........................................................ 3:14
A3 - El Borrado ..................................................................................................... 1:54
A4 - For Marianne ................................................................................................ 7:00
B1 - Blue Seven .................................................................................................... 6:23
B2 - Iris ................................................................................................................. 9:20

Personnel:
Glen Hall – tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, percussion
Joanne Brackeen – piano
Cecil McBee – bass
Billy Hart – drums, percussion
Joshua Breakstone – guitar (A4)

The expression "I trust myself" means different things to different people, but mainly means to believe in my creativity. In Glen Hall's case it means "I am almost unknown, but for my first record I want as sidemen Cecil McBee, Billy Hart and Joanne Brackeen". It was more than just a brave decision because these three musicians are artists with abilities at so high a point that they could (because of that) overpower the leader. The final result that came out of this record proved that Hall was not just flying in the clouds, but his choice of personnel of the group had been established on the basics of dynamics that he believed were contained in his work.



The record opens with a Hall original, "Orchid Opening Downwards", a piece of great suspense and beauty, taken at a slow breathing speed, building in a deliberate decentralized way, around solos from Hall and Brackeen and non-directional rhythm, to a lovely McBee bowed solo. Slow waves of crescendoing beauty on a piece rare in its combination of naturalness of composition and instant composition. "Kitab al Qalb", another Hall original, show some Dolphy roots with Hall playing a talking double time solo backed by Hart and McBee over Brackeen's free comping.
"El Borrado" is the last of the three Hall originals, a piece featuring the leader in asolos role, sqeezing out, in slow motion, forced blown and invertedly blown sax-sounding like overmiked amplifier feedback-it works, it moves. Manfred Schoof's "For Marianne" ends side one and has guitarist Joshua Breakstone in attendance for this one track. Breakstone has the first solo on this loping almost waltz time piece; he reminds me somewhat of Pat Martino.
Hall also solos on it nicely. Rollins' "Blue Seven" opens side two and rather than go head on with Sonny's original power, the theme is boldly stated by bowed bass and bass clarinet in unison: very effective. Everyone free forms behind the solos that drift in and out from Hall, McBee and Brackeen. Great balance, great execution, great freedom. Side two closes with Wayne Shorter's "Iris", this free floats but without the focus, strength and interplay that the rest of the record maintains. A recording that must sit well with all invlolved. Did everything just manage to work right-magic in the studio? Or is Hall a master organizer and catalyst? 

Gutsy music strongly recommended.



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