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3 hours ago, mjazzg said:

Love that Hampel/Lee.....as I do most of their collaborations. Not yet heard a poor one

 

me too... while the Wergo is well-recorded, my feeling is that the first pressings of those Wergo-Jazz titles aren't that hot. The only one I have that sounds clear as day is the Favre.

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Hmm..mines a first pressing and it sounds totally amazing...

Rypdal's "descendre" is one of my favorites and I love Rypdal's records.

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yeah, I have clean firsts of the Hampel, Schoof and Breuker (although that's technically a reissue of the Relax title) and they're all a bit noisy.

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Michael Sell Contemporary Music Ensemble - Innovationen Fur 10 Instrumente [MISP]

I like this one a lot. I'll be getting some more Sell that's for sure.

Mind you I'll not be paying the obscure vinyl premium for the Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden (cue Clifford T, I suspect) thanks to the wonderful folks at No Business  

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ha, yeah I do have those. They're interesting. I don't have any of Sell's records under his own name but I do have the two Dieter Scherf LPs (not my favorite, but okay). 

Of the obscure German groups from that period, the Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe is pretty amazing, as are the related Fourmenonly dates. I don't believe any of that material has been reissued.

Then of course there's Just Music and EMT, as well as the transitional Alfed Harth Quintet with Nicole van den Plas. Good times.

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most of the  Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe and Fourmenonly are eye wateringly costly these days

I've never delved into Harth's catalogue

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Harth's catalogue is really quite fascinating, though much of it falls outside of the specific 'free improvisation' realm that we're talking here. He's made a lot of CD-R samplers and collections of archival material available, which I'm thankful to have been provided over the years. I interviewed Harth for AAJ and have reviewed a number of his releases.

You're right - MJQK and FMO records can be pricey. I think Position 2000 was the only one that I paid through the nose for, however. It's a particularly excellent date, though I will say that one problem with these early '70s German private pressings is that they're not as audiophile as one might hope. All of mine are M- visually but have some inherent noise. I'd also pick up Eight Science Fiction Stories if you see it, as the music's feel is certainly quite Dixonian in nature.

The first Herbert Joos on JAPO is a cheap LP and certainly worth hearing. That was a gateway drug to MJQK and FMO. 

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Paul Desmond Quartet Live (Horizon). Great quartet date with on Ed Bickert on guitar, Jerry Fuller on drums and Don Thompson on bass (and engineer). Desmond's solo on Jobim's Wave is packed with interesting moments.

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10 hours ago, clifford_thornton said:

Harth's catalogue is really quite fascinating, though much of it falls outside of the specific 'free improvisation' realm that we're talking here. He's made a lot of CD-R samplers and collections of archival material available, which I'm thankful to have been provided over the years. I interviewed Harth for AAJ and have reviewed a number of his releases.

You're right - MJQK and FMO records can be pricey. I think Position 2000 was the only one that I paid through the nose for, however. It's a particularly excellent date, though I will say that one problem with these early '70s German private pressings is that they're not as audiophile as one might hope. All of mine are M- visually but have some inherent noise. I'd also pick up Eight Science Fiction Stories if you see it, as the music's feel is certainly quite Dixonian in nature.

The first Herbert Joos on JAPO is a cheap LP and certainly worth hearing. That was a gateway drug to MJQK and FMO. 

Thanks for this info. I have the Joos Japo, enjoy it too

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various - Movement Soul - (ESP original stereo, US)

heavy compilation of field recordings from the freedom movement in the American South - a recent purchase and one I hadn't listened to before.

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20 hours ago, paul secor said:

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The Jazz Messengers (Columbia/Pure Pleasure 2 LP)

I just love this album but only own the original 6-eye stereo in mint condition.  How's the sound on this one?  

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1 hour ago, Homefromtheforest said:

I just love this album but only own the original 6-eye stereo in mint condition.  How's the sound on this one?  

Excellent sound, to my ears. Have no idea if it's on the level of the original, but this includes the extra tracks that were issued on the CD issue.

Should add that I love the album too - some of my favorite Messengers.

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Sonny Stitt, So Doggone Good (Prestige). Actually it is, a solid quartet date with Hampton Hawes on piano.

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Michael Naura Quintet - European Jazz Sounds [Brunswick/Atelier Sawano]

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Count Basie: Chairman of the Board (Roulette/Classic)

Within the past couple of days I've listened to Atomic Basie and this record. To my ears, Chairman is the better of the two, even if Atomic Basie is better known.

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On 5-11-2015 22:00:52, clifford_thornton said:

Harth's catalogue is really quite fascinating, though much of it falls outside of the specific 'free improvisation' realm that we're talking here. He's made a lot of CD-R samplers and collections of archival material available, which I'm thankful to have been provided over the years. I interviewed Harth for AAJ and have reviewed a number of his releases.

You're right - MJQK and FMO records can be pricey. I think Position 2000 was the only one that I paid through the nose for, however. It's a particularly excellent date, though I will say that one problem with these early '70s German private pressings is that they're not as audiophile as one might hope. All of mine are M- visually but have some inherent noise. I'd also pick up Eight Science Fiction Stories if you see it, as the music's feel is certainly quite Dixonian in nature.

The first Herbert Joos on JAPO is a cheap LP and certainly worth hearing. That was a gateway drug to MJQK and FMO. 

You might have been unlucky with some copies you got, Clifford, because generally speaking those German records you mention, including the private label issues, are really top-notch recordings ànd pressings.

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Perhaps that's true - they look unplayed and all come from different collections. I mean, they're not BYG-bad but noticeably a little noisy. I'm not sweating it too much though, just one of the perils of buying used LPs... and I consider myself lucky to be able to hear this music, far away from Germany, in 2015.

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Don Cherry: Art Deco (A&M)

Don Cherry, James Clay, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins are no longer with us, but before they left, they gave us this wondrous gift.

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Three albums which apparently, according to my pictures, get progressively larger:

Muhal Richard Abrams - Things to Come From Those Now Gone (Delmark)

Horace Parlan - Movin' & Groovin' (Classic). A nice audiophile pressing that was a birthday present from my wife

Stanley Turrentine - Mr. Natural (BN Rainbow)

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