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  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. 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).
  4. 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".
  5. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    This one and (even more so) "Concepts In Unity" are perennial favourites. Superb stuff.
  6. 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.
  7. BFT 207 - Link & Discussion

    It's the 4th song on side 1 of this album. If you own an original pressing, you are a rich man.
  8. Archie Shepp

    Dry your tears, the Pharoah is available again.
  9. "Quartetto Gato Barbieri"

    Earlier today, this album was advertised and immediately sold (for 1.000 euro) on the website of Record Mania (Swedish record store). Described as follows: "Ultra rare test pressing of never released double LP recorded in Italy with Franco D'Andrea, Bruno Tommaso and Pepito Pignatelli. Features stellar versions of "Maiden Voyage" and "So What" plus six more tracks, nice listening through all four sides. Records appears unplayed, just light signs of storage, plays great. Comes in generic white plain sleeve with RAI stamp + Dymo-sticker ("Gato Barbieri") on front, has a white sticker on front, some humidity spotting and minor paper tear off on back (just white paper torn off, there's no print at all on sleeve). Italian only original." You can listen to a 4 minute sound clip on the website . Information about this release (on Discogs and elsewhere) is scare and incomplete. A French seller offers longer sound clips here . Does anyone know more about this particular record or about this session (or other Barbieri sessions for Italian radio and TV, apparently there are many)?
  10. Evan Parker

    No heads turned? Then why are we discussing it here? In fact it was even you who brought it to the attention here with your initial post about his piece for Sons d'hiver.
  11. Evan Parker

    Yes, he can. Just as Tony Herrington has the right to express his opinion on Evan's views and the way in which they are expressed. I think you may be underestimating Evan's position as a "Grand Old Man". Few other musicians (in this, admittedly, small world of free jazz) would cause so much disappointment and dismay with such statements. When I read the Wire piece, it is mainly about that, not about Evan's freedom of speech (which TH obviously acknowledges).
  12. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    That's all well and good, but surely the younger me will not be the only one here who, as a novice listener and fan, has benefited greatly from reading liner notes or record reviews? And I often got a lot of pleasure out of it too.
  13. Jeanne Lee - Conspiracy reissue, at last

    I sincerely want to believe it's legit (through the Hampel connection). It's just that they overemphasise this a bit on all channels without giving much concrete information. For example, they put the following post on their webpage: "What an important task you undertake reissuing such seminal recordings AND with the ethicality of benefiting performers and protecting their moral and artistic (and financial) rights. Thanks guys/gals and look forward to your future releases." Sounds a bit artificial, doesn't it? It could just be my suspicious mind, but some more info about the source would be welcome. It seems that this new release will be a reissue of the Earthforms (second) pressing, which has a cover design that's slightly different from the original.
  14. Jeanne Lee - Conspiracy reissue, at last

    There was a reissue of this album a couple of years back, but that was labelled "unofficial" by Discogs. Can we be sure that this new release is not a bootleg? I don't know the label (apparently it's their first release). The bandcamp page doesn't dispel all my doubts. "An independent label reissuing music that is important but out of print. artists that should be heard more and remunerated. All the artist (or there families) retain all copyright & publishing ownership, and the royalties/benefits from there compositions. The label only profits from its share of selling LPs" (sic)
  15. Billy Harper Quintet - Antibes 1975

    Transversales has indeed released several live recordings in cooperation with the INA, but only on vinyl (no CD's).