B. Clugston

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. How many times a week?

    McDonalds will be to the 00s what smoking was to the 90s.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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."
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. *** SUN RA Corner***

    Actually, the sound is not bad at all for this sort of music. Leo even boasts about the quality. As for the music, I like it, but not a priority purchase, unless you are a fanatic. It's a big band, about 25 pieces, with trombones, which you don't always get.
  14. *** SUN RA Corner***

    Speaking of "What Planet is This?", a CD of that name of a 1973 Sun Ra concert in New York is now out on Leo.
  15. Pangaea and Agartha

    Only for the first two minutes or so. The wild stuff comes courtesy of Gaumont.
  16. Pangaea and Agartha

    A question about one of my favourite bands is a good place for my first post... Lucas solos once per concert on the Agharta and Pangaea discs. On Agharta, he solos on the second track of disc 2 around the start of the tune most people call “For Dave.” He also solos on disc 1 of Pangaea around the 30:29 mark following Fortune’s solo. On Dark Magus, that’s Lucas playing initially on “Tatu“, with Gaumont taking over afterwards around the 2:30 mark. Cosey is likely playing percussion throughout.