B. Clugston

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  1. Miles - On the Corner and Beyond

    Further update from Miles Beyond. Bad news, considering BMG's history of back catalogue neglect. http://www.miles-beyond.com/news.htm "OK, here's the current SonyBMG insider story, inasfar as it can be known. Reports suggest that there's a war going on within the company between the Sony side and the BMG side, which the latter is winning. This apparently means that the accountants having taken over, one of whom has stipulated that all jazz titles are now subject to draconian accounting rules that leave only compilations un-affected. This far-reaching measure led an informant to complain that the accountants were in effect "wiping out an entire music genre... the jazz album." "With regards to Miles releases this means that as things stand, only the below-mentioned 80th anniversary album is still definitely on the cards. The release of the Evolution Of The Groove album is uncertain, as is the release of the 1967 Stockholm live DVD. Work on the On The Corner & Beyond boxed set has been halted... "
  2. Something to look forward to

    Heard a clip of the Bolton latest on the radio this morning. Horrible stuff from the man who massacred "(Sittin' on) the Dock in the Bay." For those who find Sinatra too adventurous...
  3. The House That Trane Built

    Found a track listing at: http://www.vervemusicgroup.com/product.asp...c=prd&pid=11525 Disc 1 1. Where Flamingos Fly 2. Stolen Moments 3. Greensleeves 4. Alamode 5. Honeysuckle Rose 6. Trey Of Hearts 7. Samba Para Bean 8. Too Young To Go Steady 9. Snap Crackle 10. Chocolate Shake 11. Impressions 12. Theme For Lester Young Disc 2 1. My One And Only Love 2. Salt And Pepper 3. Forest Flower 4. T'NA Blues 5. Someone to Watch Over Me 6. Sister Mamie 7. A Love Supreme Part I: Acknowledgement 8. Rapid Shave 9. Los Olvidados 10. Ask Me Now! Disc 3 1. Black And Tan Fantasy 2. Alfie's Theme 3. Spanish Rice 4. Mama Too Tight 5. Gypsy Queen 6. Larry Of Arabia 7. Our Prayer 8. Offering 9. Journey In Satchidananda 10. War Orphans Disc 4 1. Stolen Moments 2. The Creator Has A Master Plan 3. India 4. The Rich (And The Poor) 5. Hard Work 6. Walk With Me
  4. The House That Trane Built

    It's a best-of label compilation which is presumably a spin-off of Ashley Kahn's book of the same name, or vice-versa.
  5. John Coltrane at the Showboat

    Are you thinking of the recording from France in 1965 (included on the recent deluxe Love Supreme Impulse release)? As far as I know, that is the only known live recording of Resolution. It is often not easy to tell what key Coltrane is playing in on that recording. I think Lon must be right. There's definitely a recording of "Resolution" from the Showboat in 1963. It's been documented that the piece was first played there, and that it was in a different key. And like I said, I know it exists, because somebody (an old acquaintance who's a CRUEL fucker ) played it for me over the phone one time. ONE time! And no, he wasn't about to send me a copy. It exists, trust me. If this is an Andorran production, it's also possible one of the tracks is mistitled.
  6. Funny Rat

    Bill Shoemaker reviews the Ictus box in the latest Point of Departure: Imagine you have lost your main source of income, a bad shoulder prevents you from finding new work, and an earthquake has destroyed your home. In the face of all this, starting a record label devoted to improvised music would be, to put it mildly, counter intuitive. However, Italian percussionist Andrea Centazzo did just that in 1976, creating Ictus, “the creative label for creative music.” Within a half dozen years, Ictus became one of the bolder artist-operated labels in a halcyon era for such enterprises. Early Ictus LPs found Centazzo performing in Italy with established figures like Derek Bailey, Alvin Curran, Steve Lacy and Evan Parker. Centazzo also ventured to the US as early as ‘78, showing remarkable prescience by recording with a wide swath of emerging artists including Eugene Chadbourne, Rova Saxophone Quartet and John Zorn.... http://www.pointofdeparture.org/PoD5MoreMoments2.html
  7. Joe McPhee

    The avatar is a bizarre cover of a French 45 single of Ayler's New Generation/Heart Love. You can find a big version here on this excellent Ayler site: http://www.ayler.org/albert/html/newgen.html. Speaking of covers, I'm with you on the original McPhee cover. With the exception of that brief phase of oddly cropped photos and split-sentenced type, I much prefer the look of the old hatArt 6000s. But if it's getting reissued, I can't complain...
  8. Joe McPhee

    I got this the first time around. Some nice moments, particularly "The Looking Glass," but overall I have never been overally excited about this one. Always nice to hear Clifford Thornton. If you are a fan of this period, go for it, but those new to McPhee should start elsewhere. Sound isn't great, but it's acceptable.
  9. Funny Rat

    The rehearsal extract is of "Miles Mode."
  10. Albert Ayler ESP box set?

    Pass. Sounds like the Abraxas, which ain't legit. From what I understand, it's just four CDs crammed into a box, nothing special and nothing extra. There were rumours of a real ESP box set at some point. ESP has been slowly reissuing its catalogue in better sound, some with extras (though Spiritual Unity is without the bonus track).
  11. Favourite ECM-ECM New Series Album

    Edward Vesala's Ode to the Death of Jazz. Heck, all of Vesala's ECM discs are worth a listen. The Giuffre reissue and Holland's Conference of the Birds are also big favourites.
  12. John Zorn's TZADIK Label

    Big thumbs up to Ned Rothenberg’s Solo Works-The Lumina Recordings, which was recently released on Tzadik. Other than Braxton’s Creative Orchestra tour of ’78 and a stray track from a Robert Dick album, I hadn’t heard Rothenberg before. This is great stuff. As far as solo works go, Rothenberg is closer to the Evan Parker side of the spectrum. He uses overdubbing to create long, fascinating pieces that recall electronics as much as the saxophone. My favourites so far are the two tracks from his first LP, “Trials of the Argo” and “Continuo after the Inuit.” There’s also duets with Gerry Hemingway and John Zorn, plus workouts on ocarina and bass clarinet. Great booklet with notes by Rothenberg himself.
  13. The Gigolo

    Lee's solo on the first version on Not Live at the Lighthouse (the one that doesn't have the drunks hollerin') is one of my favourites. How's the sound on Cornbread? Good or wait for the RVG that is undoubtedly coming at some point?
  14. The Gigolo

    The Sidewinder is my favourite, but The Gigolo joins Search for the New Land in my top 3. Runners up would be The Procrastinator and the Live at the Lighthouse that wasn't recorded at the Lighthouse. (Never heard Cornbread, though.) "Yes I Can, No You Can't" is quickly becoming my favourite of "The Sidewinder" descendants. Btw... The back cover of the RVG credits "The Gigolo" to Jules Styne and Sammy Cahn! Handcock, "The Groits," "retouched cover on the way" and now this. Where's the quality control?
  15. Walter Zuber Armstrong / Milo Fine

    Considering my previous experiences (and mail) with Mr. Fine, I find this really funny. He savaged a couple of my lps in Cadence for "formalism" and then sent me audition tapes asking me to forget about the "rips" 'cause he really respected me and wanted to be on the label. NOW he's recording with Braxton! You should ask him for a review copy.
  16. Pangaea and Agartha

    I have a pre-Legacy Japanese version. It sounds terrible (Gaumont wanders between channels) and there is no extra music. Disc 2 of Dark Magus has a missing chunk. I haven't heard of any edition that has restored the missing section.
  17. Walter Zuber Armstrong / Milo Fine

    I met Armstrong some 15 years ago when he used to busk playing bamboo flute at the public market. He also gave lessons. Somewhere I have a short video clip of him that I filmed. He was quite active in the Pacific Northwest for some time. I believe he died in 1998 in Bellingham. He did a nice recording with Steve Lacy called Alter Egos that came out on CD. He released several recordings on his own label, but I haven't heard those. Milo Fine recently did a duet recording with Anthony Braxton on Emanem. Haven't heard it.
  18. Why do so many people hate Lonehill and other imports?

    Lonehill is pretty dishonest at times, too. Albert Ayler's Complete Live at Slug's Saloon is a good 16+ minutes from being "complete," while the bootleg of a bootleg Eric Dolphy Quartet Featuring Lalo Schifrin is remarkable for the fact that Schifrin isn't on it.
  19. Didn't he play french horn on Birth of the Cool? Zwerin played trombone on the nonet's live dates. My favourite date of his is an album of Kurt Weill songs he did in the 1960s. Eric Dolphy appeared on one side. He's always a good read.
  20. How many times a week?

    McDonalds will be to the 00s what smoking was to the 90s.
  21. Pangaea and Agartha

    I have the Japanese Pangaea. Like the Japanese Aghatha the sound is much better than on the Columbia-versions. That said, I can't compare them to the original LP's. Any extra music on the Japanese edition? According to the Miles Ahead site, there are just over two extra minutes of Mtume and Cosey at the end of Godwana ("For Dave") on the last Japanese issue. http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/Sessions.aspx?s=750201
  22. Elton Dean

    Sad news. He was an incredible player who was outstanding in a variety of settings, whether it be rock, jazz or improv. I'm sure you all know Reginald Dwight took his first name from Elton Dean and his last from Long John Baldry, who also sadly died last summer.
  23. Don Ellis

    Thanks for pointing this out - this is extremely rare stuff and indispensable for an Ellis nut like me. Dave MacKay is a pianist, BTW. Er... make that Dave Wells. Should also mention that Don brings out the echoplex for one track and there are neat covers of "Milestones" and Arif Mardin's "Turk's Works."
  24. Don Ellis

    Sort of a reissue, but Wounded Bird has just released the Don Ellis Octet’s Pieces of Eight. It’s a one-shot date by an octet from a 1967 concert at UCLA. Parts of this date were sold by Ellis as tapes and 8-tracks (as Don Ellis LIVE!) at concerts. The octet is pretty rhythm section heavy--Ellis, Tom Scott and Dave Mackay are the only horns. The sound isn’t great. Interesting gig, but I much prefer the big band music from this period. http://www.woundedbird.com/ellis/6000.htm
  25. Pangaea and Agartha

    Depends who you ask. A lot of the song titles from this period didn't have names. On Disc 2, Track 1 is "Theme from Jack Johnson" or "Right Off" if you prefer. Towards the end, it becomes "Ife," which continues onto Track 2 until "'For Dave" comes along. On Disc 1, the track timings for the Preludes aren't correct. The first prelude is often called "Funk" while the second tends to go by "Agharta Prelude." For Pangaea, Disc 1 is "Turnaroundphrase/Tune in 5/Turnaroundphrase", followed by "Zimbabwe," which is Track 2. Disc 2 is "Ife" and "For Dave." Some discographers name some of the songs after the titles on Dark Magus, which are Swahili for 1-4, but to me that's like calling a song "Side One." I don't have the original albums, or the Japanese issues, which apparently have more music (about 10 minutes so in the case of Agharta), so I can't comment on the sound of the Legacies, other than to say it's time these were remastered.