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  1. BFT 179 Link and Discussion

    I think that's Liberty Ellman, playing with J.D. Allen on his recent "Love Stone" album. I like this track, although I also understand felser's criticism about this being too laid back. It reminds me a bit of Charlie Hadens's Quartet West.
  2. New Terumasa Hino reissues

    Strictly speaking for myself, it took me quite some time to get rid of all my conscious or unconsious prejudices against Japanese jazz musicians being at best perfect copy-cats. Nowadays, my opinion of Japanese jazz, or rather jazz in Japan, is completely different, especially with regard to the late 60s - early 70s periode. That's why I said "unfair to Hino", when these records are almost routinely (and exclusively) judged against the yardstick of Miles' contemporaneous records. But hey, I'm not American, so maybe I'm just over-sensitive about this.
  3. Joseph Jarman - RIP

    I've been away for some time and just learned of his passing. This is very sad indeed. Thank you very much for the wonderful music, Mr. Jarman.
  4. New Terumasa Hino reissues

    I really think that "sub-Miles" argument against "Journey To Air" is somewhat unfair to Hino. I like those "free jazz gestures". But for those who prefer a bit more structure, just consider Teo Macero's crucial role as editor/producer of Miles' celebrated free-fusion albums. Hino produced his albums himself with much more limited means (budget, studio time...). For me the results are impressive and very enjoyable.
  5. Boy Raaijmakers (1944-2018)

    Actually, I think Leo's name was really Cuypers, which would strongly suggest his family roots were in Flanders (Dutch speaking part of Belgium). Cuypers is a typical Flemish name, while the most common Dutch variants are Kuipers or Kuiper, like guitarist Jan Kuiper.
  6. Boy Raaijmakers (1944-2018)

    It's Raaijmakers, quite a common name in the Netherlands. "Raaymakers" (his artist's name) was for international use.
  7. Boy Raaijmakers (1944-2018)

    A short obituary notice was published in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant on January 3, without mentioning the date of his passing. He was indeed a long-standing member of the WBK. Before joining Willem Breuker, he played a lot with composer-musician-visual artist Peter van der Locht (they were both in Pierre Courbois' Free Music Quartet/Quintet). Raaijmakers and van der Locht had a short-lived band called "Group-Music" or "Group-Music International" with drummer Noel McGhie. They recorded a great abum in 1970 on which pianist Burton Greene also plays. The album's called "At Different Times"; it's a private pressing, unfortunately never reissued. I will play that record tonight in honour of Mr. Raaijmakers.
  8. Mosaic Wish List

    Steve Lacy in Japan 1975-2004: the complete studio and live recordings.
  9. NHØP Duos

    Not an album, but a track: NHOP's duet with Karin Krog on "Here's That Rainy Day". The whole album is great.
  10. Mosaic Wish List

    I'm pretty sure I have all of them too, but those Savoys are begging for a sonic upgrade.
  11. Herbie Hancock

    Yes, "Dance Of Magic" is another favourite that I kept, but that's also a largely acoustic album and, like you said, more free/spiritual (especially the side-long title track) than anything "fusion" (implied by the title and Connors' subsequent albums). My remark on your evaluations was of course not a criticism, but just an observation about my own changing preferences. I really appreciate your well weighed judgements and pointed comments. In fact, I'd love to read your opinion about (and evaluation of) the recently reissued Terumasa Hino albums, discussed in another topic. They obviously don't belong to the "Mwandishi orbit", but they're not entirely incomparable with some of the more free/avant-garde titles discussed here.
  12. Herbie Hancock

    These evaluations date from 2005, almost 14 years ago. I think, at that time, I would have agreed with most of mikeweil's stars. Since then, I've largely lost interest in that kind of avant/free-form fusion. Or to be more precise: I still like the music well enough, but I don't actively listen to it and I don't feel the need to have the records in my collection. So I disposed of most of these. One notable exception is Bennie Maupin's "The Jewel In The Lotus", which has always been -and still is- my favourite of this bunch, probably because Hancock's playing (mostly) acoustic piano (and there's no sight of Patrick Gleason's gadgetry).
  13. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I see what you mean. It makes you wonder what the reputation (not to mention the market value) of this album would be, if it had been released (with superior sound) on Blue Note.
  14. Bitter Funeral Beer Band - Frankfurt 1982

    Jim, am I allowed to reply seriously? The "bitter funeral beer" is brewed as part of the funerary rites of the Ghanaian Ewe people. The funeral music that Bengt Berger heard (and learned) in Ghana was the basis of his "Bitter Funeral Beer Suite" released on ECM. The band took its name from this recording.
  15. Bitter Funeral Beer Band - Frankfurt 1982

    You can even watch the concert on YouTube! Cherry's playing with the Bitter Funeral Band was wonderful. The studio album (released under Bengt Berger's name) is also very, very fine.