king ubu

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About king ubu

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  • Birthday 04/18/1979

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  1. Joey Baron

    He is also a member of the Gary Peacock Trio, which I understand is the kinda successor of the Keith Jarrett Trio (Marc Copeland on piano) - I know only this album from last year, but it's pretty good. Not sure Baron really is among the top current drummers (Marcus Gilmore, Eric McPherson, Tyshawn Sorey, PNL, Mark Sanders, Steve Noble ... and most certainly Andrew Cyrille amongst the veterans, and I guess Louis Moholo on a good night, too), but I've always enjoyed his playing, that's for sure
  2. Happy birthday king ubu!

    Thank you all! @brownie was looking at your wonderful Cecil Taylor Unit photos on Jan Ström's Lyons site again lately @Daniel A The past couple of years were really busy with concerts ... I started checking out classical music in concert about two years ago and am taking immense pleasure out of it. 2-3 concerts a week (including an opera once every 2-3 weeks, and plenty o'jazz as well) weren't too rare. I am also still sometimes travelling to other places, some nearby (Basel, Lucerne), others further away (Novara, Mulhouse, most recently the festival in St. Johann ... and coming up the Chicago/London Underground in Padova), combining vacation with a bit of live music. So yeah, lots of stuff going on ... and I guess it's what keeps me goin', though I've started a new job in December at the archives of the city of Zurich, and that is a big help, too--a step in the right direction, out of the (fringes) of the global financial world into an area that combines my professional skills and expertise (records and information management, as they call it) with my academic background as a historian ... So things are looking really good around here, I'm happy to report Yet obviously, all of these activities (and a trip to India in between jobs, last October/November--I posted some snapshots) keep me from spening my used-to-be regular amount of time on music sites.
  3. Happy birthday king ubu!

    Danke Michael & Nikolaus! Not much of a programme last night, out for an early dinner though ... but planning on catching some movies with (young) Claudia Cardinale tonight and tomorrow, hearing Regula Mühlemann and the Basler Kammerorchester (conducted by Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, a nephew of Arturo) on Sunday, and then on Monday catching the new Jelinek play at the local theatre ...
  4. Happy birthday king ubu!

    Heerst Oida .... Thanks everyone!
  5. Happy birthday king ubu!

    Thanks guys! I'm here so rarely these days, I'm honored I see Wikipedia lists a Fulton bon in Little Britain, of all places ...
  6. Robert Sunenblick RIP

    Yeah, maybe the first one is even better, but this new one fills a tiny bit in the huge gap in Chaloff's discography, and as such is an amazing document and a great addition to what was known so far.
  7. Robert Sunenblick RIP

    Shucks, I had missed this news - very sorry to hear it! Hopefully someone will continue the good work, if only to complete projects that were under way. The recent Serge Chaloff was amazing, and a worthy one if it is to stay the final release by this fine label. Still have some of their own albums to catch up, but amongst a few others I've got that fine Thomas/McShann, as well as the Don Joseph LP. Good stuff!
  8. Same here - just delighted THAT the set will come!
  9. Just ordered, looking forward a lot! And yeah, I guess Weston must have "Mystery of Love" literally hundreds of times, there seems to be nary a concert where it doesn't get played
  10. Nathan Davis Has Died

    thanks
  11. Nathan Davis Has Died

    What's the source? Not doubting, just asking ... Never a personal favourite that spoke to me directly, but he has made a handful or really nice records ... the twofer that reissued his two Saba/MPS albums in the nineties was the first I heard (and one of my first encounters with Woody Shaw, certainly my first encounter with Carmell Jones). This here is probably my favourite album of his (followed by "Rules of Freedom" ... but I think I actually never heard "If", and don't really have a decent copy of the Domicile rekkid, which is mighty good, too): Regarding the Paris Reunion Band, this seems to be their earliest album (1985) and it feauteres all of the guys (Reece, Shaw, Slide Hampton, Griffin, Kenny Drew, Jimmy Woode and Billy Brooks - who's on one of the MPS albums already):
  12. Charles Mills

    from an earlier thread on the Lateef/Knepper "Tracks in the Sand" sountrack (by Mills):
  13. Cecil Taylor RIP

    Thanks @ep1str0phy for your lengthy and passionate post above! Cecil's death, even to me as a non-practising musician with absolutely no real experience as a performer, still ... his death leaves a huge gap. And has me in state of I have been playing his early music, with Neidlinger, Charles and Shepp (and Earl Griffith, Bill Barron, Ted Curson ... I skipped the album with Coltrane) ... the trio sides and the album w/Griffith contain some astonishing stuff indeed, the quartet isn't always successful in my book (and the two all star cuts even less so, though Roswell Rudd is great in his solos - he digs into the music with gusto, quite unlike the other horn players), but still, a tune like "Cell Walk for Celeste" definitely produces something totally new. Those two trio cuts with Sunny Murray (probably?) and the two with Billy Higgins show signs of where the trip would go, but it's the short Impulse session where things really gel for the first time. Grimes/Murray are pushing things onto a new level, and Jimmy Lyons is wonderful and fresh even on this first session ... also, the R&B links are there, in "Bulbs", more openly than ever so far, I think? (The part on Stevie Wonder in Richard Williams' remembrance is really telling!) Then I also played the Montmartre/Nefertiti material again (I see that the PD reissue of it, also OOP by now, contained the Stockholm tracks initially on an Italian bootleg LP ... anyone can help me out there, drop me a pm please!) - and that is so monumental! So intense, still so fresh after all these years - there is a true shock moment there, with Murray splitting up steady time, yet still propulsing, swinging like mad ... and Lyons channelling Bird into his own idiom ... and at the heart of it, Cecil on piano, tearing it up. tune after tune after tune. This is truly cathartic stuff, and the fact that I know it doesn't change the experience one bit. Will need to revisit the sixties stuff (check my blog for some ...) and some more of the later recordings including the late 70s Unit ... also played "Air Above Mountains", "Indent", "Praxis" and "Leaf Palm Hand" over the past few days. The last one, in duo with Tony Oxley, represents the only setting in which I was able to catch Cecil Taylor live. Again, it was puzzling and weird (his dancing around in his white long underpants and with no shoes, approaching the piano as if it was a raging bull ...) but astonishing in so many regards. -- There's an unfinished sentence above, I know ... I don't find the right word and I guess that is telling again and a good display of the emptiness/decomposition/bleakness I feel.
  14. Absolutely! And that may indeed have been reason enough to travel to London again! And yup, would love to read some about the concert!
  15. Cecil Taylor RIP

    This hurts. Thank you for the music ... and the life!