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  1. Albert Ayler 5LP set from Elemental for RSD (April 23)

    I bought also a CD set and I'm more than happy. It's and oldschool box, not a cheap clamshell one, but with hard cardboard wrapping, cut-out on side, thick booklet and two double digipack inside. And the music - stellar. Maybe the first half of first set is a bit hesitant, but the fire stars with "Ghosts" on CD2. The second set is slightly different, because of a piano, but I think it makes the music more accessible.
  2. Miles Davis: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7

    You were so lucky to see those cats in a gig! I could only imagine the tension and great loudness. About "In Philharmonics" - I could never listen to this album at whole. I guess it's not the playing, but more the audio quality. I always wanted to hear this electric sitar, but all music blends together too much... (i've got a classic Columbia CD and the japan Mastersound). But maybe it was also a transitional sound between the Jarrett-Bartz band and a funky 1973 unit. Yeah, I do think so. The majority players from 80's band are still alive and kickin, Miles become a celebrity apart from the music world during that decade - not to mention this music is less demanding if we're speaking about it's promotion (or a cover bands).
  3. Miles Davis: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7

    I'll buy it for sure, especially if there will be a decent amount of unheard studio music, but it's a great shame they didn't managed to get through the 70's period. Miles got a really tight band in 1971, touring over a year with Jarrett and Bartz, but there is only 1 officialy released gig. The mysterious 1972 year is caught only on a terrible "In Concert" album There are tons of great quality bootlegs from 1973-75, but there are only few releases. It's crazy comparing to the amount of 1969-1970 music on market. Not to mention unreleased 1975-1978 sessions (although I'm not sure they should see the daylight....)
  4. An email from one shop alerted me that famous Larry Young "Lawrence of Newark" is getting re-released on CD in Japan. It turns out that not only it happens today, but also it's a part of large back-catalog reprint From CD Japan: [PERCEPTION RECORDS] Japan's first full-scale catalog reprint of the independent label <PERCEPTION> established by Jimmy Curtis in 1969 has started! Japan's first CD. The latest digital mastering. Newly written Japanese commentary. Supervision and commentary: Kazunori Harada. If anybody could track down other releases and paste it, that would be great.
  5. Soft Machine - Facelift France & Holland 1970 (quintet)

    I'll paste exactle what Cuneiform wrote in the description: "Footage of the concert was previously released in 2008 on DVD, but we have gone through the original footage once again to improve video quality as well as remove or lessen soundtrack issues including fake applause and hard edits." It depends on what period you're interested in. Definitely the boths BBC sets by hux are essential - first covering 1967 to 1971 and second 1971 to 1975. Soft Machine & Heavy Friends, aka BBC Live in Concert 1971, is good sound-wise, but the big pack of jazz guests was more like a jam thing rather than well-planed extension to Softs' music. Virtually, Noisette, Grides (with DVD) - another essentials from Wyatt era. (and of course the double CD edition of Third, with live performance on second disc) Floating World Live, Switzerland 1974 - must have for fans of Allan Holdsworth era. I enjoyed also Drop (a short living quartet with Phil Howard on drums, very interesting sound), Live in Paris 1972 (the double Fender Rhodes and less of distorted organs give this set a nice delicacy). But if you will get knee deep into SM, most of the official stuff is great. Just recently I pulled "Breda Reactor", a double CD set from Holland, quintet one more time. Years ago I wasn't fond of this music and the sound quality as well. Few days ago I'd pressed played and couldn't stop listening to it, even the hour was getting really late.
  6. Cuneiforme unearthed another live gems from the Soft Machine portfolio. In this time something particulary interesting for fans - not one, but two gigs by a Third-era quintet that lasted only 3 months. Lyn Dobson joins the classic Ratledge, Wyatt, Hopper and Dean line-up doubling Elton on sax, adding flute and even harmonica and vocal. The next interesting thing is the included DVD with a French concert, that is also on CD. It needs to be pointed out, that the video material was previously released as "Alive in Paris 1970", but of lesser quality. Plus the CD covers whole concert for the first time. I've already bought this set so quick thoughts: 1. I wasn't listening to Softs for months, so it's always a funny process of turning an inner audio switch in my ears to accommodate to their harsh, distorted sound. And it's usually not only the tone of hardcore deformed Lawrey organs and Hopper's bass, but also a sound quality. And so is here. Both gigs aren't perfect, I can hear sound deterioration between tracks on the same gig. It's all an B+/A- work, taking on the bootleg scale, but good to keep in mind it's not a clean gig. 2. Well, I must say this famous quintet is kinda overrated. Of course it's great to hear some tunes from "Third" with two saxes, but Lyn Dobson is not doing great on live situations. Not as interesting on sax as Elton Dean, his flute playing, even for the standards set by jazz-rockers (or rock-jazzers) like Bob Downes or this guy from Out of Focus from Germany, is something I'd happily skip, his harmonica playing barely suits this Machine and his vocal works... sheesh... unbearable for me plus doesn't have any delicacy or charm of Robert's singing (btw - Wyatt's gives a serious, noise performance at the end of Paris set, a more Matching Mole level of act). 3. Booklet is surprisingly thin, but there is a huge essay, so considering how many Softs' albums are out there, I guess it's ok. So in overall - well, for sure "a must have for fan", but it wouldn'y be my favorite performance.
  7. Did Volker Kriegel influenced Pat Metheny?

    For sure there were many, but I was looking specifically which guitar players could influence him in a way that is clearly audible.
  8. Did Volker Kriegel influenced Pat Metheny?

    It's hard to deny Metheny's genius, especially when talking about his 70's recordings. But I was always wondering, how this young guy came up with the style that was so unique, like without precedent. We're not talking about another McLaughlin, Montgomery, Benson, Szabo. We're not talking either about music that clearly came from all the guitar-driven jazz-rock albums or a straight soul-jazz or country influenced music I'm still digging early and pre-jazzrock recordings, I've listented to dozens of famouse and thrice as much obscure guitarist and I couldn't figure out, what could inspire both his style and sound. He was a jazz-rock enthusiast in early 70's and - according to Bill Milkowski book "Jaco" - his early playing with Jaco was much more fiery, as on this bootleg "Jaco", a studio album with Paul Bley and Bruce Ditmas. Bob Moses stressed out in Milkowski's book, that he was a bit disappointed with the final effect of "Bright Size of Life", complaining that the music captured was far from the flaunt Jaco and Metheny were supposed to show with Moses alive in New York's clubs. I couldn't figure out all of this till I started to dig Volkrer Kriegel, great German guitarist, one of the stars of MPS label. He cut great psycho jazz-rock stuff with the Dave Pike Set and he recorded a bunch of amazing albums. And more I've been listening to him, the more I catched: the chords, the single notes, the passages, the tone, the aura, use and cooperation with other instruments. Here's a bunch of tracks featuring Volker I gathered - it's usually not a whole song (and definitely not those distorted, blues-oriented solos), but rather elements, "ingredients") It's not like I've found that Pat cut a part of his song with a saw. But given the exceptionality of Metheny's style and absolute scarcity of links between him and his older fellow guitar players from USA, I started to think that maybe this guy was an actual inspiration... Well, Metheny played with Burton and recorded with him "Ring" in Germany in 1974. Maybe all of this doesn't sound so crazy. I wonder what are yours thoughts about Metheny's inspirations, folks. And I mean those "audible".
  9. Mingus at Carnegie Hall, Deluxe Edition

    At one point Santana team asked fans through social media about some bootlegs, like they were having a lot and completing missing shows. I thought it's all for a splendid, King Crimson box style release that will appear some day. Well, I guess about 8 years passed and still nothing.
  10. Black Jazz & Tribe Records

    Anyone have bought the Calvin Keys album from Real Gone Music? I'm wondering what's the sound quality.
  11. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    Is there any info about the further Volumes of this series?
  12. new Japanese Enja series in Jan

    Thanks @Rooster_Ties - I guess I'll order this Enja CD, as the rest of the material looks also fine. Too bad it's still separate tracks. I bet there is more in the archives. btw - I see there is also second track of Hutchers-Land band on this LP
  13. new Japanese Enja series in Jan

    Not that one looks interesting: Bill Evans, Bobby Hutcherson, Karin Krog, Archie Shepp ‎– Live At The Festival. A 1970-1973 material from Ljubljana Jazz Festiva in Slovenia. Second CD issue ever, the last track looks like an 18-minutes fiesta with Bobby Hutcherson & Harold Land band.
  14. Black Jazz & Tribe Records

    I wonder if it's not the case of source album. The "Shawn-Neeq" sounds bad from the P-Vine CD and any sources from the web. Not like "audiophile bad", rather "bad bad" - like it was transfered directly from LP or the master was flawed.
  15. Weather Report - The Columbia Albums 1976-1982

    I'm waiting for the reissue of Lost Tapes. They went OOP surprisingly fast. I wonder why Sony isn't releasing more of that stuff, like Hancock or Mahavishnu, when nowadays albums are going oop after not even a year.