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  1. Paul Bley before 1970

    Thank you for this. One small note: five tracks from the 1962-64 Savoy sessions were first released on the "New Music: Second Wave" sampler (1979).
  2. Ornette Coleman - Genesis of Genius

    I have more or less pristine originals. I do wonder how much better those newly remastered reissues can sound.
  3. Fred Van Hove, R.I.P.

    I have had the good fortune and privilege of attending countless concerts of his, both solo and with numerous other musicians. Almost every one of those concerts was an uplifting and invigorating experience. He was indeed a brilliant performer. I have particularly fond memories of the heydays of the Free Music Festival organised by him. What I heard and learned from Fred and other musicians there, on and off stage, influenced me profoundly musically. Thank you for the music.

    The most desirable test pressings of this title are the review copies with the screen-printed sleeve.
  5. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Incredible band. Superb album.
  6. Hartmut Geerken RIP

    I don't think the sad news has been reported here yet, but the utterly unique and extremely versatile musician, artist and arts organizer Hartmut Geerken died last week at the age of 82 (21 October 2021). He will be sorely missed.
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I share your enthusiasm, but actually they are from Nicaragua.
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    If you like this, you might be interested to know that two records were released last year in a new series called "The Lost Tapes Of Austrian Free-Jazz Avantgarde" and featuring some of these musicians.
  9. Blue Note's TONE POET series.

    Could it be that this Dutch shop had, intentionally or not, not respected some form an embargo? It was very strange that no other sales platform (nor Blue Note itself) announced the release of that box.
  10. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I might have a few of the Castelli booklets in the cellar somewhere, full of notes and my bids (almost always way too low ). These booklets were indeed valuable sources of knowledge in a period when you could hardly find any information about such records on the early Internet. If a cover was pictured in the catalogue and certainly if Castelli marked the record as "rare" or "very rare" (terms he used sparingly), you knew you had very little chance of finding it in your local second-hand shops. Mats Gustafsson's decision to print his auction list as a booklet and send it around was indeed a kind of tribute to Roberto Castelli. His memories of the lists are very recognisable to me.
  11. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I think you are confusing him with Roberto Castelli and his legendary "Jazz and Improvised Music Auction List".
  12. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Fair enough, but your initial argument (to which I reacted) was that the FMP "clique" played free, because they didn't have the skills to play ("real") jazz. I don't think any of those musicians ever claimed that they were playing on a higher artistic level than other musicians. Besides, as Clifford rightly points out, many of them were also very skilled in more "classical" jazz (or other music).
  13. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    It happens all the time and may be difficult to avoid, but it makes little sense to label freely improvised music as "(free) jazz" and then judge it according to criteria specific to "jazz".
  14. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    This one and (even more so) "Concepts In Unity" are perennial favourites. Superb stuff.
  15. BFT 207 - Link & Discussion

    The original album from 1974 was called: "The Black Breast Has Produced Her Best, Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood". On later issues (which have completely different covers) the first part of that spectacular title has been omitted.