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  1. Anthony Braxton

    I have listened to the first 23 tracks now, and think this would be a good purchase for me. I'll pick this up at the end of the month. Hopefully Jazz Messengers will have stock by then. I never bought the 2CD set on Hathut Records, by the way. And as a Dutch national, I have almost no Misha Mengelberg in my collection.
  2. Anthony Braxton

    Dear Friendly Experiencers, We are happy to announce that our new website and our new Bandcamp pageare now live. Our first new offering, released today, is the long-awaited Sextet (Parker) 1993 - an epic 11-CD deluxe box set documenting Braxton's legendary European tour performing music composed by and associated with Charlie Parker, featuring Misha Mengelberg, Paul Smoker, Ari Brown, Joe Fonda and Pheeroan akLaff (drummer Han Bennink substitutes for akLaff on one disc). This reissue greatly expands upon the original two-disc set released in 1995 by Hathut Records under the title "Anthony Braxton's Charlie Parker Project 1993." It captures every note played by these musicians, live and in studio, during the week of October 18-24, 1993, traveling between Cologne, Amsterdam, Zurich, and Antwerp. However the music is not presented simply in a documentary fashion gig to gig - Braxton himself sequenced the recordings, album by album, to create one massive artistic statement. The box set, with a 26-page booklet including Stuart Broomer's insightful essay, will be solely available in a limited-edition run of 500 copies. (The music will also be available for streaming or digital download via Bandcamp.) Glenn Ito, who accompanied the band, has kindly shared with us rare photos from the tour. Now we share them with you. All photos in this newsletter were taken by Glenn M. Ito. Enjoy, then visit our Bandcamp page and listen to a few tracks from the album. Best regards, Tri-Centric Team You can listen to the whole thing on Bandcamp:
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  4. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    No. No HR Cutting statement either. The EU CD was on sale in the Netherlands this November and December. I bought a copy, was impressed, gave it to my parents for Christmas, and ordered the SHM-CD for myself. Why? Because I hate the flimsy digipaks DG uses in Europe these days, and because the album was recorded in Japan. I want the CD to look the same as it did today in 30 years time. Booklets are the same except the interview is now in Japanese only. Same photos. Same mastering credits. I have no reason to suspect this sounds different given the great control Zimerman exercised over the recording and mastering process (see interview in booklet). The disc I gave to my parents will now be in heavy rotation for a while, so no way of comparing one against the other.
  5. Way Out West deluxe edition.

    Again Scott's tired old tirade against high def. releases. The reason to buy these audiophile Hybrid SACD reissues, whether one listens to the CD or SACD layer, is the superior mastering by people like Kevin Gray. Something he wouldn't have any knowledge of because he never invested in such releases. Kevin Gray's 1998 mastering of Thelonious Monk's Monk's Music (mono) on CD for Analogue Productions, for example, is so much better than the later 20bit K2 release of the mono recording it is impossible not to notice. It all comes down to whether you are willing to pay premium for a reissue that makes classic albums sound as good as they possibly can. Craft Recordings is of course not an audiophile reissue label like MFSL, ORG, etc. so at $70+ this Way Out West is indeed a major rip off. And there are only two new alternate takes here.
  6. Way Out West deluxe edition.

    There are only two new alternate takes compared to the OJC 24bit remaster from a couple of years back. Like Mike Weil, I's prefer a release on Hybrid SACD. Just the original album in pristine sound is often enough for me.
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Funkadelic Maggot Brain (CDSEWM 002) The old UK CD with the bass intact.
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles Disc 4 from this 4 CD set mastered by Vic Anesini.
  9. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    Pre-order low on Amazon UK including VAT and shipping to the Netherlands is £16.97 thus far. True, but the single disc reissue from 2002 or so can be bought for a couple of dollars and probably contains all the available outtakes. So between that reissue, the restored Blackhawk sets, and At Carnegie Hall, is there anything else with Mobley that has failed to see the light of day? A great extra to those three items is the early 90s MFSL CD of Someday My Prince Will Come which contains the original Teo Macero mix and sounds superb.
  10. Flying Dutchman Japanese Reissues

    Thanks. I've put a couple of your recommendations on my bookmarks list for January.
  11. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    Didn't they remaster everything with Hank Mobley for release on CD in the space of a couple of years? Sure, it was not a metal spine set, but they restored every excised/shortened Mobley solo on the Blackhawk sets. What previously unreleased material was left to make a box set feasible?
  12. For me it also a long time favourite. In the late nineties/early 00s I always put the Vogue Solo Piano CD on repeat in my Discman when I went shopping for groceries at the busy local supermarket. I had just about every note on that album memorised. As a consequence, I have listened to it less often since.
  13. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    Of all the officially released material from the April 1960 tour, the Concertgebouw CD sounds worst imo. Horns clearly audible, drums poorly captured. Coltrane's playing is also lackluster compared to Scheveningen and Paris. The concert was short, only 4 lengthy tracks on CD 1, plus a 50 sec introduction and The Theme (57 sec.). CD 1 tracks 7 & 8 and CD 2 are all from October 1960 (Sonny Stitt). Quality reissue, but not essential.
  14. Blue Train (Deluxe Edition)

    CD Japan's claim: Includes six unreleased takes of "Blue Train" and "Moment's Notice." The 75th anniversary SHM-CD (TYCJ-81001) contained all these takes of Blue Train except the false start (track 8) and studio chatter (track 11). According to Michael Cuscuna's liner notes takes 7 (then previously unreleased), 8, and 9 were included, with 9 being the master and containing the piano solo from take 8. This means only the two alternates of Moment's Notice are new, and one of them is incomplete, plus one more alternate of Lazy Bird. Conclusion: very poor value for money.
  15. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    The March 1960 Paris concert with Coltrane is earth-shattering. Wow! I will gladly buy this music one last time as a Bootleg Series release. Track list on Amazon UK:
  16. Joe Lovano - General discussion

    This 2005 Newport Jazz Festival recording released in 2016 is a must for anyone who loves the two quartet albums Lovano released in 2004 & 2005 with Hank Jones.
  17. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    It even has the Deutsche Grammophon biohazard label for historically appalling sound quality.
  18. Anthony Braxton

    There is an 11 CD box Anthony Braxton Sextet (Parker) 1993 in the pipeline. To be released spring 2018 through Bandcamp. Dear Friendly Experiencer,The holiday season is upon us and we have three free albums for you on our website until the end of the year. We hope you enjoy them! Come December 31st, we will be shutting down the site for a short while, and will be back with a new Bandcamp page and more. If you have albums in your account which you have not downloaded yet, please do so by the end of the year. Your accounts will not be carried over to the new site.This year, we are trying something new with our special end-of-the-year fundraising campaign of which one of the rewards is the advanced copy of Sextet (Parker) 1993, the long-awaited 11-CD box set of Braxton's interpretations of the Charlie Parker songbook (official release spring 2018).Due to a decrease in funding as well as changes in revenue from our album sales, we need your help to carry us through some major projects scheduled for next year. If the work Tri-Centric has produced in the past, the projects we are engaged in right now, and the initiatives we are developing for the future are meaningful to you - please consider making a tax-deductible contribution on our fundraising page.In 2017, we were able to provide rarely performed Braxton scores to stellar ensembles and soloists across the globe including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (UK), MusikFabrik (Germany), The Jack String Quartet (U.S.), ICE (U.S.), Either/Or (U.S.), Wet Ink Ensemble (U.S.), and many others. We also recorded two major new box sets that will be released in the coming year: the complete Syntactical Ghost Trance Music with a twelve member vocal choir; and, in partnership with Firehouse 12 Records, the debut recordings of Braxton’s ZIM Music Ensemble - a group ranging from six to nine musicians including the composer, with the unusual instrumentation including two harps, reeds, brass, cello, and accordion. We are currently renovating our website and plan to unveil our Bandcamp page in early 2018. Through Bandcamp, we will be officially releasing Sextet (Parker) 1993. The Syntactical Ghost Trance Music recording release is also in the calendar. Tri-Axium Writings is being revised right now, which we plan to distribute free of charge when ready. We will continue to make more Braxton scores available to the public. And that's just the tip of the iceberg; we have major plans in the works which we will be announcing when the time is right, building towards an international celebration of Braxton's 75th birthday in 2020. Help us keep going! No amount is too small. We thank you for your support this year, and wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season. All the best, Tri-Centric Team