13 September 2014

JOE HAIDER TRIO - CAFE DES PYRENNEES


























Joe Haider Trio for Kick Records Germany from 1973.

Joe Haider - Piano/ Fender Rhodes ; Isla Eckinger - Bass ; Allen Blairman - Drums

Over to Europe for this super rare private press -apparently only 300 were issued - produced by Otto B.Hartmann at Horst Jankowski Studio in Stuttgart.
Six original tunes opening up with the stonking "Tante Nelly " this one is total class from start to finish.

23 July 2014

MITSUAKI KANNO - BUSHO


























Mitsuaki Kanno for RCA Japan from 1970.

Mitsuaki Kanno (p), Osamu Oyama (ss, ts), Hiroyuki Yamakawa (ts), Tomoya Haneo (tp), Yasutoshi Inamori (fl), Yasushi Mitsui (g), Shizuo Hashimoto (b), Masabori Asakura (b), Junichi Mitobe (ds, perc)

Superb blend of free and modal jazz with Japanese elements from pianist Kanno and his group featuring four long original compositions the highlight being the rolling modal  "Kumo No Ito" (Spider Silk).
The finest in Japanese jazz....

15 June 2014

seriE. WOC : COALITION - BIRTH























Private press rarity scheduled for a limited 250 vinyl reissue from seriE:WOC on July 7th.Very highly recommended.Don't sleep on this one...

Coalition’s single self-produced album, recorded for the private Kenya Records in 1978, presents as many questions as it does offer musical surprises. Not much is known about this groups who were a part of the late 70s Philadelphia jazz-soul scene. The music captured for the LP spans a broad range of styles, ranging from an intense fusion work-out (the album opener, ‘Marionette’), a mellow Terry Callier-esque style ballad (‘Thinking of You’), abstract tonal impressionism (‘Song to my Lady’), Afrocentric Strata East spiritual style jazz (‘Kenya’s Horizon’) and tough blowing hard-bop (‘The Downer’). In some senses, there’s something for everyone, and the bands instrumentation of tenor and flute riding over the solid rhythm section puts the listener in safe hands to enjoy a journey to the unexpected.
Those safe hand include drummer Dwight James. A one-time member of the Sounds of Liberation, a band that included Byard Lancaster, James was a respected and well-regarded drummer around Philly and he appears on a number of deep jazz records including the rare Sounds of Liberation album from 1972. James was also tight with the Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble, appearing on the 1973 psych-jazz album ‘Drum Dance To The Motherland’.
James also recorded his own one and only solo album in 1983 for Cadence Records, ‘Inner Heat’.
The Coalition album was only pressed in small numbers and available at Coalition live shows and local shops and so became quite a collectable piece for dealers and DJs.
Notes by Tony Higgins

RE UPS

Simon from Never Enough Rhodes has kindly re-upped a number of my dead links via A Drive.Here's a list of the albums - the links are in the relevant posts comments as usual.
Cheers Simon!

BENNY MAUPIN - MOONSCAPES
LUIS GASCA - COLLAGE
THE GALACTIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA - TIME TRAVELLERS GALAXIS
SHAMEK FARRAH - FIRST IMPRESSIONS
MONGO SANTAMARIA - MIGHTY MONGO
CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - THE BLACK MESSIAH
SHAMEK FARRAH & SONELIUS SMITH - THE WORLD OF THE CHILDREN
SHAMEK FARRAH AND FOLKS - LA DEE LA LA
BILL EVANS - SYMBIOSIS
THE MPS RHYTHM COMBINATION & BRASS - POWER PLAY
PETER HERBOLZHEIMER RHYTHM COMBINATION & BRASS - HIP WALK
NORMAN CONNORS - DANCE OF MAGIC
BUSTER WILLIAMS - PINNACLE
THE RHYTHM COMBINATION & BRASS - LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTT'S
PETER HERBOLZHEIMER RHYTHM COMBINATION & BRASS - WIDE OPEN
PETER HERBOLZHEIMER RHYTHM COMBINATION AND BRASS - I HEAR VOICES
PETER HERBOLZHEIMER RHYTHM COMBINATION AND BRASS - WAITAMINUTE
CANNONBALL ADDERLEY QUINTET - COUNTRY PREACHER
MONGO SANTAMARIA - MONGO EXPLODES
BAYETE ( TODD COCHRAN) - WORLDS AROUND THE SUN
BAYETE UMBRA ZINDIKO - SEEKING OTHER BEAUTY
JOHN MAYER / JOE HARRIOTT - INDO JAZZ SUITE
CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - THE BLACK MESSIAH
INDO-JAZZ FUSIONS - JOE HARRIOTT-JOHN MAYER DOUBLE QUINTET
THE INDO-BRITISH JAZZ ENSEMBLE - CURRIED JAZZ
DAVE GRUSIN - 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR
THE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY QUINTET AND ORCHESTRA
NAT ADDERLEY SEPTET - DON'T LOOK BACK
MONGO SANTAMARIA - FREE SPIRIT
CECIL MCBEE-MUTIMA
BARTZ-HENDERSON-CONNERS - DANCE OF MAGIC NEMU JAZZ INN

1 June 2014

TERUMASA HINO QUINTET - INTO THE HEAVEN


























Terumasa Hino Quintet for Columbia- Takt Jazz Series Japan from 1970.

Flugelhorn, Trumpet – Terumasa Hino ; Bass – Kunimitsu Inaba ; Drums – Motohiko Hino
Piano – Hiromasa Suzuki ; Tenor Saxophone – Takeru Muraoka

The finest in Japanese jazz....

7 May 2014

YOSHIO OHTOMO QUARTET - OH ! FRIENDS


























Yoshio Ohtomo Quartet for Frasco Japan from 1976.
Yoshio Ohtomo-Alto; Junichiro Ohguchi-Piano; Satoshi Kogusi-Bass; Fumio Watanabe-Drums

Another Japanese obscurity this time a top post bop acoustic set from Ohtomo and friends for the very fine Frasco label.




11 March 2014

JOHNNY SCOTT QUINTET - PURCELL VARIATIONS FOR FIVE

























Johnny Scott Quintet for Fontana UK from 1970.

Johnny Scott - Flute ; David Snell - Harp ;  Duncan Lamont - Sax ; Barry Morgan - Drums ; Arthur Watts - Bass

More superb Brit jazz from the magnificent Johnny Scott Quintet.The title is derived from a set of compositions (which make up side 1) written by Scott for a concert at The Purcell Room in London.Side 2 is made up by 4 more originals a couple from Lamont and one each for Snell and Scott. This is music of the highest order which seems to have been lost to obscurity with little or no mention of it anywhere from print to web.
Very highly recommended & big thanks to Quimsy for putting me on to it.


9 February 2014

STAN BUTCHER - SWING LIKE A B......


























Stan Butcher for CBS UK from 1967.

Stan Butcher (ldr), George Hunter (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Leon Calvert (t), Dick Abel (g), Arthur Watts (b), Barry Morgan (d), Barbara Moore (v), Stan Butcher (con)

Stan Butcher leads and conducts a tip top band of Brit jazz stalwarts accompanied by the scat vocals of Barbara Moore on this legendary swingin' sixties session . No standards no covers just 12 fine original compositions 2 tunes from Barbara and the rest from Stan.
Easy...Library....Jazz...this one's got the lot.
"Oh by the way 'B' is for BUTCHER with just the slightest hint of bird and a touch of brass"

26 January 2014

OLIVIER PETERS QUARTET FEAT. JOAN JOHNSON WINDS OF SPRING



Olivier Peters for Village Music Germany from 1980.

Olivier Peters - Saxes,Flute ; Joan E. Johnson - Vocal ; Walter Norris - Piano ; Gerd Mayer-Mandez - Bass ; Vinnie Johnson - Drums

 Independently pressed German obscurity from 1980 but don't let the year put you off.This one's an absolute cracker stuffed full of bossas and sambas mixed in with some fierce modal business.
Highly Recommended.

4 January 2014

seriE. WOC : TORDENSKJOLD SOLDATER - PEACE





















Heads up people - this rare piece of tip top Danish jazz is scheduled for a limited 250 vinyl reissue from seriE:WOC on January 25th.Very highly recommended.

Here's some background :
Danish jazz band founded in 1969. Band line up: Henrik Hove on bass, Ole Mathiessen on piano, Jesper Nehammer (later Thors Hammer, Alrune Rod and Entrance) on tenorsax, and Jon Finsen on drums. Played for a while every Monday in the famous Jazzhouse Montmatre in Copenhagen.
Tordenskjolds Soldater only made this record (1970).
The small record label Spectator Records was founded in 1969 by Jørgen Bornefeldt a former journalist from Danmarks Radio in coorporation with the jazz musician Carsten Meinert. Meinert recorded two albums on the label. He only joined the company in the beginning. Cindarellaistudiet The studio was destroyed august 6th 1972 by a major fire. And that was the end of Spectator Records. From 1969 to the end, the label recorded at least 23 lp albums and 9-11 singles/EP's. The picture shows Henning Kragh Pedersen from Cinderella in Spectators studio. The great Danish rock band Gasolin recorded their first single – Silky Sally - on Spectator Records. It was no success and sold only 155 copies. Silky Sally is now one of the most sought after Gasolin singles among collectors and is of course very expensive.
The music from Spectator Records is mostly jazz, progressive rock and hippie free style. But they also made strange records for children, education etc. Most records were issued in very small numbers (300-500). Some of the best progressive rock in Northern Europe was recorded here.
Quality of vinyl was often poor - even new looking records can have audible problems. Covers and labels are primitive and cheap. On the other hand the creativity could be outstanding - check the Furekaaben cover gallery or the artwork of William Skotte Olsen from Green Grass. Several record from the labels are cult today. A perfect copy of certain records costs a fortune.
Master tapes was never found after the fire in 1972. Unofficial reissues and bootlegs are therefore made on the base of the original records. Recordings that never made it to the vinyl got lost in the fire. Both Cinderella and The Copenhagen based band, Lines lyst, had material ready for lp’s which was never recorded.
Personnel:
Jesper Nehammer - tenor saxophone; Ole Mathiessen – piano;
Jon Finsen – drums; Henrik Hove - bass
Recorded on june 16. 1970
Produced by Freddy Hansen
Cover design: Birgit Schmidt
over print: Ballermanns Eftf., Aalborg
SPECTATOR RECORDS . AALBORG

24 December 2013

JOHNNY SCOTT QUINTET - COMMUNICATION


























Johnny Scott Quintet for Columbia E.M.I. from 1967.
Flute – Johnny Scott ; Harp – David Snell ; Sax – Duncan Lamont ; Bass - Arthur Watts ; Drums – Barry Morgan 

Sublime piece of Brit Jazz featuring a great mix of originals,standards and a bongotastic "Caravan".
Merry Christmas !

14 December 2013

BINGO MIKI & HIS INNER GALAXY ORCHESTRA OF AMERICA MYSTIC SOLAR DANCE

























Bingo Miki & His Inner Galaxy Orchestra Of America for Kitty Japan from 1981.

Barry Miles - Keyboards ; Masatsugu Matsumoto - Electric Piano ; Tom Fowler - Bass ; Chester Thompson - Drums ; Steve Forman - Percussion ; Tetsuya Furutani - Percussion ; Phil Teele - Bass Trombone ; Jim Self - Tuba ; Steve Fowler - Piccolo,Flute ; Eric Marienthal - Flute,Soprano Sax,Tenor Sax Akira Omori - Flute,Soprano Sax,Tenor Sax ; Michael Altschul Soprano ,Tenor Sax ,Clarinet ; John Gross - Flute,Clarinet,Tenor Sax ; Josuke Ohata - Bassoon ; Brad Warnaar - French Horn ; Louis Fassman, Walter Fowler ,Barry Ries ,Frank Szabo ,Kenji Yoshida - Trumpets ; Bruce Fowler ,Michio Kagiwada Hart Smith - Trombones

Had a fantastic trip to Japan in October where I hooked up with my good buddy Doyle and spent a mad 10 days travelling round Tokyo,Sendai and Mount Fuji. Flew home with a huge bag of vinyl and some amazing memories. Thanks to the following who made it a trip of a lifetime :
Bongo Hito ; El Goog ; Wara Katsu ; Taro Nombei  ; Hiroshi Tanno ; Yumiko ; Yusuke Ogawa of Universounds ;
and the mighty Sadao Watanabe !!!

First time out in blogland for this one I picked up at J&B Records in Sendai ...a Japan meets U.S. big band banger.Check out "Sunroad Travellers"....sizzling!

5 October 2013

MARION BROWN - AWOFOFORA





















Marion Brown for Discomate Japan from 1976.

Alto Saxophone – Marion Brown ; Trumpet – Ambrose Jackson ; Bass – Fred Hopkins ; Bass Guitar, Guitar  – Billy "Spaceman" Patterson ; Drums – Chris Henderson ; Guitar – Rene Arlain ; Percussion – Ed Blackwell, Juuma Santos Producer – Yoshio Ozawa 

First time out in blogland for this Japanese only rarity from Marion Brown for the one off Vista Series.Somewhat surprisingly this has yet to make a reissue in any format.
Afro Caribbean and spiritual jazz influences abound in the often joyful music but the real bomb here is "Pepi's Tempo" with Brown, Jackson and Arlain ripping it up over a driving bed of latin percussion and a bad ass bass line.Tough...


10 August 2013

MIHO KEI & JAZZ ELEVEN - KOKEZARU KUMIKYOKU SUITE

























Miho Kei & Jazz Eleven for MCA/Nippon Victor Japan from 1971.

Takeru Muraoka: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, Indian flute ;Masahiko Sato: electric piano, harpsichord ;Takehisa Suzuki: trumpet ;Takeshi Inomata: drums ;Akira Ishikawa: drums ;Ryo Kawasaki: electric guitar ;Yasuo Arakawa: electric bass ;Minoru Muraoka: shakuhachi ;Suma no Arashi Hideaki Kusumoto and Kazuo Kojima: koto ;Kikutada Katada: tsuzumi ;Mutsumi Masuda: vocal
All compositions and arrangements by Keitaro Miho

An obscure jazz psych rarity from 1971 Japan with a heavyweight line up of the finest musicians who would go on to shape the country's jazz scene during the the 70's and beyond. Soundtrack composer Keitaro Miho (who doesn't actually play on the project) put together this sophisticated cocktail of jazz and radical psychedelia with traditional Japanese instruments , avant-garde vocal sketches and film music.Very highly recommended.

The finest in Japanese Jazz....



28 June 2013

TONY COE - ZEITGEIST



















Tony Coe for EMI Lansdowne Series from 1976.

Mary Thomas (vo), Norma Winstone (vo), James Gregory (fl, piccolo), Alan Hacker (cl, bcl), Francis Christou (cl, bcl, ss), Edward Planas (cl, bcl). Tony Coe (cl, bcl, ss, ts), Derek Watkins (tp, flh), Henry Lowther (tp, flh), Kenny Wheeler (tp, flh), Martin Drover (tp, flh), Chris Pyne (tb), Geoffrey Perkins (bass tb), Bill Geldard (bass tb), Trevor Tomkin (perc), Frank Ricotti (perc), Pat Smythe (p, elp, org), Bob Cornford (p, cond), Philip Lee (g), Jennifer Ward-Clarke (cello), Peter Willison (cello), Allen Ford (cello), Vivian Joseph (cello). Daryl Runswick (b)
Recorded under the personal supervision of Denis Preston at Lansdowne Studios London.
Based on poems by Jill Robin

First time out in blogland for this obscure piece of British jazz - a colossal work that blends jazz, rock and classical music.
The composer writes:
When I first thought of the opening of Zeitgeist I soon discovered that the five notes which comprised it suggested a twelve note row - the remaining seven notes following almost as a matter of course - and it is upon this row that the whole piece is based .It opens with a solitary B- flat high on bass clarinet.This is symbolic of the flower and on the words "take this flower" this same note is joined by one a tone below,"Her Days Are Numbered" being reflected musically by a three note figure based on fourths.After some more spoken lines the speaker Mary Thomas becomes singer introducing a chorale like theme "Ah This World" which is heard in canon.
Soon we are plunged into a most violent section expressive of the dissonance and relentlessness of our industrial age and also symbolic of the vicissitudes of modern life.As the noise fades we find ourselves in a rock section.This introduces Norma Winstone who in the spell of the unyielding and hypnotic rhythm attempts to persuade Mary to "join the dance" Mary resists but Norma, after an improvised solo of seductive persuasiveness, finally wins her over.
Then follows some soliloquising from Mary ending in a plea for help, and this takes us into a duet for trumpet (Henry Lowther) and myself on bass clarinet, in which we utilise the note row as a basis for improvisation and during which the ensemble enters periodically to eat up, so to speak, some of our available notes limiting us to more and more with each entry. On the very last brutal cord of this section we are forced to two high notes from which we subsequently descend to "Brother and Sister" sung by Mary & Norma.This culminates in a drum duet by Trevor Thompson and Frank Riccoti in which there 12 drums are tuned to a note row.An ensemble section which ends on a held note on soprano saxophone brings us to the close of side one.
This last note is picked up by Norma at the commencement of side two and leads into the "Love Song" the bass notes and harmony which derives from the note row.To follow there are solos by Phil Lee (guitar) and Kenny Wheeler (fluglehorn) and then Mary sings an inverted version of the song accompanied by Bob Cornford who lays down his baton for the piano keyboard.
A return to the original version of the "Love Song"  is followed by a cadenza written for Alan Hacker in which he plays canons bringing out different voices thereof by using contrasting registers of the clarinet and ending with one of his celebrated harmonic glissandi which leads into the final section. Here Norma and later Mary sing "We are Together" with solos from myself on soprano saxophone, Henry Lowther, Frank Ricotti, on vibraphone and Phil Lee. The singers then re-enter and the song is gradually undermined by the chorale like theme which starts on 'celli and is canonically treated .This section reaches a climax then there is a disintegration into an atonal passage.The work ends on a solitary note with which it began-a note transformed in meaning now symbolizing not the doomed flower but the eternal spirit of man-in other words a note of hope.
I should like to dedicate this work to memory of Alban Berg.

30 May 2013

MATTIAS F SPECIAL

BENNY BAILEY - HOW DEEP CAN YOU GO?











SOFFGRUPPEN - GREATEST SITS











GEORG RIDEL -JAZZ BALLET











SAXES MACHINE - NOUAMI











5 rare vinyl shares from Sweden, Italy and Azerbaijan all making their debut in blogland all contributed by Mattias F.
Big big thanks Mattias for some great music. 

14 April 2013

THE NEW JAZZ ORCHESTRA - LE DEJEUNER SUR L'HERBE


























The New Jazz Orchestra for Verve UK  from 1969.


Directed By – Neil Ardley ; Bass – Jack Bruce ; Drums – Jon Hiseman ; Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Dave Gelly ; Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet – Jim Philip ; Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Dick Heckstall-Smith ; Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Barbara Thompson ; Trombone – Derek Wadsworth, John Mumford, Michael Gibbs, Tony Russell ; Trumpet – Derek Watkins, Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther ; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Ian Carr ; Tuba – George Smith ; Vibraphone, Marimba – Frank Ricott ; Producer – Tony Reeves

An absolute monster of an album and an expensive rarity with no reissues in any format.It really does deserve the epithet   All Killer No Filler !
Back in 2008 I posted a (now long gone) low quality rip from a mashed vinyl copy of this at OIR Contributions which was donated by a reader.This time I've used my own clean copy and ripped it to both FLAC and MP3 formats.It's highly unlikely the album will ever see the light of day again due to legal reasons so I thought it worthwhile providing both.

The New Jazz Orchestra, which Neil Ardley directed, was a meeting place for many talented young jazz musicians and composers in Britain in the 1960s. Inspired to some extent by the great American jazz arranger Gil Evans, it consciously styled itself a jazz orchestra, rather than a big band. The NJO had been going for four years when this album was recorded in 1968 and these pieces, the cream of its repertoire, exemplify the maturing craft of its composers and arrangers in developing not only tone colour but also ways of integrating improvisation and composition. They are well served by the orchestra's spirited soloists and spring-heeled rhythm section.

30 March 2013

BINGO MIKI & THE INNER GALAXY ORCHESTRA - MONTREUX CYCLONE


























Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy Orchestra for Three Blind Mice Japan from 1979.

Bingo Miki, leader, arranger; Kenji Yoshida, Hiroshi Abiko, Kenji Nakazawa, Hitoshi Yokoyama, Tetsuo Sato, trumpet, flugelhorn; Michio Kagiwada, Osamu Shiomura, Hideo Iguchi, trombone; Yoshio Oikawa, bass trombone; Shuhei Kubo, tuba; Hiroyuki Minami, French horn; Yukihiko Nishizawa, flute, piccolo; Masakazu Ishibashi, oboe; Jusuke Ohata, fagot; Masao Suzuki, alto sax, clarinet; Hidehiko Matsumoto, tenor,flute; Kosei Kikuchi, alto, tenor, soprano sax; Masaru Imada, piano; Himiko Kikuchi, keyboards; Mitsuaki Furuno, bass; Yukinori Narishige, electric bass; Masatsuga Matsumoto, electric guitar; Tetsuya Furutani, percussion; Yoshiyuki Nakamura, drums.
Special Guests:Bob Brookmeyer, trombone; John Faddis, trumpet, piccolo; Richard Davis, bass;Joe Beck, guitar.

"Batten down the hatches; this Cyclone is a monster whose awesome intensity and power can blow you away": Check out Jack Bowers' review at AllAboutJazz.
The very finest in Japanese Jazz....

23 March 2013

CLARKE BOLAND BIG BAND - OUT OF THE FOLK BAG





















Clarke Boland Big Band for Columbia Germany from 1967.

Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, Shake Keane, Jimmy Deuchar (tp); Nat Peck, Torolf Mølgaard, Eric van Lier (tb); Derek Humble (as) Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Scott, Carl Drevo (aka Karl Drewo) (ts); Sahib Shihab (bs, f); Francy Boland (p, arr); Jimmy Woode (b); Kenny Clarke, Kenny Clare (d); Fats Sadi (vib,perc).

Gigi Campi at the controls (as always) for this rare C.B.B.B. date showcasing their interpretations of folk music from around the world.
Total class!

22 February 2013

ENZO ZANGAGLIA PRESENTS seriE.WOC : Milt Jackson Sings With The Enrico Intra Group






















It's not often I use this blog as platform to promote labels and reissues however here's a guy on a mission who's very worthy of mention the mighty Enzo Zangaglia from Italy. Enzo is about to reissue the tough to find Milt Jackson Sings With The Enrico Intra Group which will be the first in a series of about 10 very rare (and very good!) jazz albums that he's in the process of licensing from the original labels.All of these will be a true labour of love : Enzo's heavyweight vinyls will not be digitally remastered but cleaned up using the analog masters keeping all the merits and “defects” of the original recording and these will be housed in sleeves recreated using original methods and materials (flip back/ paste board/ tip on covers).
Find out more about the man, the music and where to buy it here : http://seriewoc.tumblr.com
Now here's Enzo in his own words:

Unfortunately many of the musical works of the past, for various reasons, may not be more accessible because they are forgotten for many other reasons that from time to time are always different. My job is to restore both sound and image, using methods completely analog. The cover is restored by a specialized laboratory that is involved in restoration of old books and prints. The new cover is constructed taking care of the type of paper used in source and assembled by hand in an old bookbinding where everything is still done as in the 50s and 60s. The inserts pictures in the original version will be restored and added to each reproduced copy. The sound is not remastered, but simply cleaned in an analog manner keeping all the merits and “defects” of the original recording. Then printed on virgin vinyl using old but reliable machines for the press. The same care is given to packaging, covered with dust-proof enclosures in PVC. Everything is MADE IN ITALY, a brand that has always represented excellence of experience, attention to detail, so synonymous with wealth craftsmanship.
E.WOC
It is a play on words, it’s a game, it’s life, it is the desire to find, hear, feel inside,E.WOCate the past in this present so confused and erratic.It’s desire to rediscover, to give value to our “elderly”, to be told their life, their history, which is always exciting genuine, real and unique.
E.WOCate that feeling of unity that led to the birth of the most interesting ensembles of modern art of music.
E.WOC is a project of rediscovery and preservation of the music that has nourished the culture being itself the seed and fruit of culture.
I go around to rediscover what has been lost in the hidden depths of time, that erase everything, find new friends and learn and share with them. Memory is life, hope, future.

14 January 2013

MAJOR SURGERY - THE FIRST CUT





















Major Surgery for Next UK from 1977.

Tenor Saxophone – Don Weller  ;  Guitar – Jimmy Roche  ; Drums – Tony Marsh  ; Bass Guitar – Bruce Collcutt

First post for 2013 and the first time out in blogland for this obscure privately pressed Don Weller led  session recorded at Virtual Earth in London '77.
Here's a few lines lifted from discogs by ultimathulerecords:
You don't get much quality jazz-rock/fusion from the UK in the mid-late 1970's, as most bands went either too schmaltzy or got too funky, or worse. So this was a surprise. At first I thought maybe Don Weller's sax was a bit too dry, but he cuts it well against the solid rhythm section. Mostly the structure reminds me of German bands of the same era, Morpheus, Munju, Moira, etc. Although there are references to Nucleus and Isotope. A nice one! 

1 January 2013

TUBBY HAYES - THE ORCHESTRA





















Tubby Hayes For Fontana from 1970.

Derek Watkins, Greg Bowen, Tony Fisher, Ian Hamer : Trumpet ; Keith Christie, David Horler, Bill Geldard : Trombone ; Roy Willox : Alto sax ; Tubby Hayes : Tenor Sax Flute ; Bob Efford : Tenor , Woodwinds ; Alan Branscombe : Piano , Vibes  Percussion ; Louis Stewart : Guitar ; Ron Mathewson : Bass ; Spike Wells : Drums ; Plus Harp, 8 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos.

Tubbs goes poptastic on this date from 1970 on which he arranges and conducts a selection of "the better popular tunes" of the day with the help of Harry South and Les Condon.
Don't think this ones been out in blogland before so here's another first at O.I.R. and the last for 2012 !
Happy New Year !!!










16 December 2012

AREITO ESPECIAL


Grupo De Experimentacion Sonora Del ICAIC

























Areito LD3450 1973        
Arranged By – Eduardo Ramos, Emiliano Salvador, Pablo Menéndez, Sergio Vitier, Silvio Rodriguez;
Directed By – Juan Marquez Lacasa, Leo Brouwer ; Producer – Pablo Menéndez 

Raul Gomez - Instrumental 
























Areito LD3576 1977
Directed By – Rafael Somavilla, Raúl Gómez, Tony Taño ; Orchestra – Orquesta Egrem ; Orchestrated & Produced By – Raúl Gómez


Bobby Carcasses Y Su Grupo Afrojazz - La Esquina Del Afrojazz 




















Areito LD4558 1989
Bobby Carcasses - Flugelhorn , Vocal ; Rolando Perez - Alto ; Carlos Salvador - Drums ;  Lazaro Valdes - Piano ; Luis Manresa - Bass ; Tony Torriente - Tumbadoras ; Ahmed Barroso - Guitar ; Serquera - Flute ; Pucho Lopez - Keyboards ; Lazaro Cruz - Trumpet ; Rolando Marron - Trumpet ; Rafael Yen - Tenor

I've just returned from a couple of weeks holiday in Cuba which kicked off with a 4 day stay in the spectacular city of Havana. What an incredible place it reverberates with music morning noon and night wherever you are .As well as catching some superb live music I went digging for vinyl in the streets and markets and returned home with a bag of rarities all products of Cuba's Studio Egrem Areito label.Here's a few of the highlights ranging from the nueva trova meets prog meets jazz collision of Emiliano Salvador & Silvio Rodrigues' Grupo De Experimentacion to the strings and disco soundtrack stylings of Raul Gomez to the hard latin jazz of Grupo Afrojazz.

Links are in the comments as per usual. I haven't ripped to FLAC as Rapidshare have a new ruling which means that the public traffic downloaded from my Orgy In Rhythm account has now been limited to 1GB a day.That's why so many of you are getting the following message :
Download not available . The Public Traffic of the file's owner is exhausted. 
I'm now looking at how to keep the remaining few hundred files alive and hopefully get them transferred to another host.....what a bastard !







19 November 2012

DEEP JAZZ REALITY STRIKES AGAIN 2013


A huge thanks to everyone who made it to the Deep Jazz Reality do on Saturday night and made it such a resounding success . In fact it went so well the good news is that we've been asked back to do another one in the New Year !
So watch this space for more details as "Deep Jazz Reality Strikes Again" !

There's just too many of you to individually name check here but special mentions to Tony Higgins, Raggy , Gary R. & Mick, Theo, Dave, John , Joran, Mark and  Jazz" The Last Train To Brighton" stronaut!
I've had a few mails/comments from people regarding the night and this from Theo was one of those that really made it all worth while (and No I didn't pay him to leave it !)

Just to say thanks so much for a great night of wonderful music on Saturday! I strongly urge you to do a repeat soon! We'll spread the word and bring a bunch more people next time if you do. To others who didn't make it, I'd highly recommend coming if this gets repeated! Won't hear tunes like this anywhere else!
 

11 November 2012

VIC LEWIS PLAYS BOSSA NOVA AT HOME (LONDON) AND AWAY (HOLLYWOOD)



















Vic Lewis & His Bossa Nova All Stars  for His Masters Voice UK from 1963.

At Home :London 
Shake Keane - trumpet, Tubby Hayes - flute, Jimmy Deuchar - mellophonium, Ronnie Scott - tenor, Terry Shannon - piano, Ray Dempsey - guitar, Freddy Logan - bass, Kenny Clare - drums
And Away : Hollywood 
Shorty Rogers - flugelhorn, Al Hendrickson - guitar, Bud Shank - tenor, Bob Cooper - tenor, Jack Sheldon- trumpet, Victor Feldman - piano.

Boss bossa session from British Big Band leader Vic Lewis with a cast of luminaries from both sides of the pond and featuring the tough "Last Minute Bossa Nova".
First time out in public blogland for this one.It was reissued as part of a "best of" blink and miss it cd in 1991 (cheers Bluebird!) but the vinyl (from which this is ripped) is rare as hen's teeth.

7 November 2012

Blackclassical Interpretations : The Poetry of Sarah Webster Fabio

I am the bearer of water, woodheawer’s mother, prophet, poet, rival, lover; nymph, hag, kitten, bitch even I often can’t tell exactly ....

Blackclassical on the mix again this time for Sarah Webster Fabio over at thewordisbond.

3 November 2012

DEEP JAZZ REALITY - HIT THE DECKS !































 I'm teaming up with the mighty Katonah from Private Press to man the turntables and spin a night of hard jazz in London's West End. The date's confirmed - Saturday November 17th and  venue is the compact and bijou upstairs bar at The Queens Head in Denman Street just a stones throw from Piccadilly Circus (next door to the Piccadilly Theatre). Entry is free to all.
Come on down and nod your head, stroke your jazzy goatee,bang your bongos, buy a blogger a beer (there's a few of 'em confirmed already) or just get yer freak on to the heavy duty vinyl sounds of Bacoso & Katonah...DEEP JAZZ REALITY.

Props to Blackclassical for the ace artwork/flyer and G.Raf for sourcing the venue.

20 October 2012

ROY HAYNES - TOGYU












Roy Haynes for RCA Japan from 1973.

Roy Haynes - Drums,Vocal ; Richard Davis - Bass ; Kenny Barron - Piano ; Teruo Nakamura - Percussion
First time out in blogland for this rarity which only made a limited vinyl release in Japan in '75 and has never made a reissue since in any format.Haynes is joined by Barron on piano and Richard Davis on bass - sitting  in for Nakamura - who moves over to percussion and production duties for the session  . Four long cuts make up the album - two originals from Barron and Haynes plus a couple of standards.
 "Azteca" is a furious firecracker to kick off with and the latin mood continues with Chano Pozo's "Tin Tin Deo" and Haynes' "Togyu". "Dear Old Stockholm" closes the album and  is performed as a trio with Nakamura sitting out.
TOUGH!



5 October 2012

ODE TO MASABUMI KIKUCHI






Blackclassical back on the mix with this superb tribute to Masabumi Kikuchi over at The Word Is Bond.
The Very Finest In Japanese Jazz.....

16 September 2012

CUMULATIVE NIMBUS

Tony Higgins is back on the mix with a great tribute to the mighty Nimbus West record label -check it:


2 September 2012

GEORGE OTSUKA QUINTET - PHYSICAL STRUCTURE




















George Otsuka Quintet for Three Blind Mice Japan from 1976.

Fumio Karashima - Piano,Electric Piano,Synthesizer ; Shozo Sasaki - Tenor & Soprano Saxes ; Mitsuaki Furuno - Bass ; Norio Ohno - Percussion ; George Ohtsuka - Drums.

The very finest in Japanese Jazz ......

12 August 2012

DON RENDELL QUINTET - SPACE WALK


















Don Rendell Quintet for  EMI Columbia from 1972.

Don Rendell -tenor,soprano,flute,alto flute ; Stan Robinson -tenor,clarinet,flute ; Peter Shade -vibes,flute ; Jack Thorncroft -bass ; Trevor Tomkins -drums.

Review lifted from Gramophone October 1972:
This is the first complete LP by the Don Rendell Quintet which came into being when the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet split, amoeba-like, into separate units. (Rendell's quintet was heard on part of "Greek Variations" —Columbia SCX6414--which I reviewed in December 1970.) As always Rendell acts as a catalyst, drawing the best from his fellow musicians and setting both example and inspiration to younger men in his employ. Stan Robinson, who partners Don in the front line, has developed into an assured, confident tenor soloist just as Ronnie Ross did when he joined the Rendell Quintet eighteen years ago. In fact there are times when I find it difficult to tell Don and Stan apart, so strong is the Rendell influence. On drums is the ever-improving Trey Tomkins, still one of this country's most underrated percussionists. Jack Thorncroft, an Australian, is the big-toned bass player while Peter Shade doubles flute and vibraphone. With Rendell and Robinson each playing tenor, clarinet and flute (and Don also playing soprano) the quintet is capable of producing a wide variety of tone colours. On Antibes, for example, there are consecutive flute solos by Robinson, Peter Shade and the leader. All four tunes on Side 1 were composed by Rendell who is one of the fastest and most prolific jazz composers I know. (I once arranged to meet him for lunch. I arrived on time but Rendell, who hates to be late for an appointment, had turned up ten minutes early. While waiting for me he had jotted down the melody line and chord symbols for a thirty-two bar chorus tune which had just occurred to him.)
The strength of the writing is in the first side with Summer Song a little gem of a composition. Street Called Straight has an opening eight bars which sound, melodically and harmonically, like an oblique approach to I Can't Get Started. The resemblance ends there however but this is a track on which, until I referred to Charles Fox's useful sleeve-note, I was almost certain that it was Don who took the tenor part. (In fact Rendell plays flute on this number while Stan Robinson switches to tenor.)
The writing on Side 2 is shared; Euroaquilo (composed by Robinson), Space Walk (Peter Shade) and A Matter Of Time (Trey Tomkins and tenor saxophonist Dave Quincy). Some of the tracks have an easy ambiguity in terms of time and it says a great deal for Don Rendell, who has spent so much of his life thinking and playing in common time, that he moves over and through the changing time signatures with complete freedom. This is really a very attractive and thoroughly professional album which has steadily grown on me since I first received it. Strongly recommended. A.M.