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  1. One of the three records shown in the picture is a copy of Don Pullen & Milford Graves "In Concert At Yale University", with hand-painted cover art.
  2. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    This is a fabulous record.
  3. I'm not a specialist on copyright matters, but on labels of French releases the legal notice "BIEM" was replaced with "SACEM" somewhere during 1971. This particular concert recording from July 1969 was released by the Edici label to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Summer Jazz Workshop at the Paris American Academy which was founded in 1965. Nathan Davis thaught and performed there from 1965 to 1969. So this album would most probably have been released in 1970. And my copy does indeed have a "BIEM" label;
  4. For those among us who care about such things: the Discogs entry is not for the first pressing (although these copies are always advertised and sold as originals). The original issue has a "BIEM" label, which also means it was released before 1972. I agree with Clfford about the excellence of the music, but the sound quality is a bit disappointing.
  5. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I have a copy of the US original which was released in early 1969. However, all US copies I've ever seen were promo's and/or had a cut-out hole in the cover. I think it was withdrawn by Verve before its official release. The UK and the Japanese reissue, both marketed by Polydor, were released in late 1973.
  6. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Clifford, US orders are handled by Wayside Music.
  7. Lee Konitz R.I.P.

    It's a showcase for Gérald Merceron's compositions, dating (all, I think, or at least most of them) from the 1960's. I guess you could call these "advanced" or "third stream". One of the compositions (performed twice on the LP) is "Portrait Of Carla", an homage to Carla Bley, "compositrice américaine de grand talent". That should give you an idea. All tracks without Konitz are solo performances (some with re-recording), including a fine piano solo by Merceron himself. It's been some time since I played the record, but regarding both Konitz quartets, I remember especially liking the 1973 tracks.
  8. Lee Konitz R.I.P.

    I have this record. My copy is inscribed to the French philosopher and jazz critic Lucien Malson. I mention this, because the scarce references to this record mention different (and improbable) release dates; the inscription is dated 21 september 1977. The three tracks by the "Lee Konitz Quartet" were recorded in NYC in 1966, with Dick Katz, Victor Sproles and Ronnie Bedford. The two tracks by the unidentified "Daring Jazz Quartet" also feature Lee Konitz, this time playing with Jim Hall, Eddie Gomez and Beaver Harris. They were recorded in Haiti in 1973. Both sessions are documented (the second one with a few tiny mistakes) in the exhaustive Lee Konitz discography in Andy Hamilton's "Conversations on the Improviser's Art": Two other musicians on this intriguing release are Martial Solal and... Warne Marsh, clumsily disguised as "Rawen Shram"
  9. Record label claims Amazon is selling counterfeit vinyl

    That's correct, but still... those "old style" bootlegs were mainly marketed to hardcore fans who also bought all the official releases of the artist, while counterfeits are just cheap, sub-standard duplicates of these official releases.
  10. Record label claims Amazon is selling counterfeit vinyl

    Yes, it is nowadays. But that's unfortunate, because I agree with Dmitry. "Old style" bootlegs (unauthorized releases of live performanes or studio outtakes) are hardly comparable to the counterfeits of officially released recording that are now flooding the market.
  11. Giuseppe Logan (1935-2020)

    I agree that "Giuseppe" is much more likely. I was reminded of (and wondering about) Mr. Logan first name, when Trump was speeching and tweeting about the Italian Prime Minister "Giuseppi Conte" a couple of weeks back ("Giuseppi was very, very happy"). I haven't catched up with his comeback music, but I am thankful for his earlier music on ESP (and with Roswell Rudd).
  12. Henry Grimes RIP

    He played a couple of concerts here in 2005, with Marilyn Crispell and Andrew Cyrille. Someone has just put one of these shows on Youtube (sound only): To be honest, I remember being somewhat disappointed by his performances there and then (his bass was also amplified, which I generally don't like). But my repect and love for his playing in the 1960's is immense.
  13. Lee Konitz R.I.P.

    The first time I saw Lee Konitz was as a guest soloist (along with George Lewis) with the ICP Orchestra.
  14. Mal Waldron - Candy Girl

    "Candy Girl" is supposed to be a session by Mal Waldron backed by the three members of Ice. But I've never heard or found any confirmation of that session. Mal Waldron's albums for Pierre Jaubert were recorded (and released) before Jaubert's association with Ice/Lafayette started. I've always suspected that this record was "created" by Jaubert, asking his studio band to add rhythm tracks to some older tapes of Waldron playing the electric piano.
  15. Great news. Obviously, I'm excited about the unreleased Sun Ra. But maybe even more about the second release. Over the past few years, a lot of obscure music by Hartmut Geerken, recorded all over the world, has been released. I love all of it. I suppose the other Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble recordings ("Music For Angela Davis" and the session released on one of the Qbico labels) will be included and probably some more Salah Ragab sessions. Do you happen to know which label will handle this? Is it also Strut?
  16. Yes, it is. The original cover is screen printed and designed by Hartmut Geerken. Inside the gatefold are extensive notes (also by HG) and the back cover has some nice pictures of the session.
  17. Strange BN lp on ebay: re- John Patton

    You do realize it's you now who'll have to do the write-up for London Jazz Collector ?
  18. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I was wondering... that gorgeous picture of the percussion set-up on the inside of the gatefold of the album surely wasn't taken at Van Gelder's? Then I noticed it was only the piece "L-R-G", not the whole album, that was recorded there. Anyway, it's a great album and it sounds terrific.
  19. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Discogs mentions two Gavin Gordon releases: this one (from 1949) and a 12" on "Is It Balearic? Recordings" from 2011. Actually, that last one is by Coyote featuring Gavin Gordon.
  20. BFT 192 Reveal

    Thank you for a well-made, enjoyable blindfold test. I have and cherish the Fela, Braxton and Sun Ra records (except for "Mayan Temples", which I didn't recognize). Count me in as another fan of that Shabaka Hutchins track. My initial guess was some lost "spiritual jazz" classic by a troupe of France-based Afro-Caribbean musicians jamming with a couple of American expatriates. It's that good. And yes, I remembered your previous blindfold test and the pictures of Nubya Garcia you included. I like her playing too.
  21. BYG Actuel Series

    Most original BYG/Jazz Actuel records were pressed on inferior vinyl. Some titles have serious mastering issues. That being said, I quite like the raw, direct and loud sound of many of these recordings. Actually, I would recommend going for original pressings. Most titles of the Jazz Actuel series saw several (sometimes many) pressings in the 1969-1972 period (e.g., black "BIEM" label, black "Sacem" label, large Buddha logo label). As a result, they're not really rare or expensive. I assume you're living in Europe. If you don't insist on first pressings, you can still find lots of used copies for about 20 to 30 euro.
  22. BFT 192 Link and Discussion

    If you know Hot Ptah's love for the new London jazz scene and his little crush on the saxophone player, it's not hard to identify track one.
  23. Black Unity Trio – Al-Fatihah

    "In our excitement about this reissue, we leapt at getting copies from the distributor, but realized after the fact that we are not 100% certain of how authorized it is, and are unable to gain conformation. In this light, we offer it to our costumers with a light disclaimer to this end." (Soundohm) On Discogs, this release has been blocked from sale.
  24. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    It's a bootleg, I'm afraid. The original release was "Bura Bura", under Masahiko Togashi's name. The 1986 LP had different tracks, but the complete concert (including the 5 now-bootlegged tracks) was released as a 2CD-set.
  25. Way Out West - $400!

    A couple of months back on Discogs, their reissue of Leonid Kogan's Beethoven violin concerto has sold for $ 2100. Yes, a reissue, and yes, more than two thousand bucks.