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BFT #127 THE REVEAL!!!

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Track 1-1 "chila chila" Oriental Wind "Chila Chila" (Sonet, 1979)

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Okay Temiz (drums), Lennart Aberg (saxophones), Bobo Stenson (piano), Tuna Otenel (saxophones), Thomas Ostergren (bass)

These guys do world jazz right..this is the lead off track from one of their strongest albums and I think it worked well as a lead track on my first ever BFT! Bobo Stenson is a favorite of mine too and he shines on this album...

Track 1-2 "Fall Out" Masahiko Sato "Samadhi" (Express, 1972)

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Masahiko Sato (piano, synthesizer), Gary Peacock (bass), Motohiko Hino (drums)

Masahiko Sato is another big favorite here and so is Gary Peacock! It's not Miroslav Vitous :)

Track 1-3 "Rainbow at the five mile road" Stan Tracey "Free An'One" (Columbia/Lansdowne, 1970)

Stan Tracey (piano), Peter King (alto sax), Dave Green (bass), Bryan Spring (drums)

This one divided folks here..some people loved it and some people hated it! Oh well better then a lukewarm reaction! Check out his earlier "Under Milkwood Suite" if you want something a tad more gentler :) Tracey is a brilliant and legendary UK pianist..all his early albums are top notch in my book.

Track 1-4 "Almost Green" Tomasz Stanko "Almost Green" (Leo, 1979)

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Tomasz Stanko (trumpet), Edward Vesala (drums), Palle Danielsson (bass), Tomasz Szukalski (saxophone)

Chosen to highlight two favorites of mine...Stanko and Vesala not to mention the great Palle Danielsson on bass.

Track 1-5 "To John Hodjazz" Misja Mengelberg Quartet "s/t" (Artone, 1966)

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Misja Mengelberg (piano), Han Bennink (drums), Piet Noordijk (alto sax), Rob Langereis (bass)

Another room divider...I can understand that Mengelberg's piano isn't everyone's cup of tea. I personally love this track and it's off kilter swinging and fun vibe :)

Chosen to fool people and most people know Mengelberg and Bennink from their free improv stuff although this album often reminds me of what Mengelberg did in the nineties on those wonderful piano trio CDs released on AVANT, etc....

Track 1-6 "Peace Piece" Gordon Beck "Seven Steps to Evans" (MPS, 1980)

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Gordon Beck (piano), Kenny Wheeler (trumpet), Tony Oxley (drums), Ron Mathewson (bass), Stan Sulzmann (saxophones)

Chosen to highlight a few more favorites of mine - Kenny Wheeler and Tony Oxley. Both master musicians who were/are comfortable in many different musical settings. A few days after putting this BFT together I found out Wheeler had died..RIP Kenny.

Track 1-7 "The Owl" Steve Lacy "The Wire" (Denon, 1977)

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Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Masahiko Togashi (percussion), Masahiko Sato (piano), Motoharu Yoshizawa (bass), Keiki Midorikawa (cello), Yoshio Ikeda (bass)

A duo track off this great but rare album...Lacy and Togashi occupy huge record/cd space here on my shelves...both are master musicians in my book.

Track 2-1 "Pryllåten-Ballasong" Spjarnsvallet "s/t" (MNW, 1975)

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Christer Bothen (saxes, bass clarinet, etc), Kjell Westling (bass clarinet, saxes, etc), Bengt Berger (percussion, etc), Nicke Strom (bass, etc)

This one had strong reactions too both positive and negative...this obscure Swedish album is really strong in my opinion and the players are fantastic. Don Cherry played with Bothen and Berger! Dueling bass clarinets - yes!! This is one of the wilder tracks off this album...there's even some gentler and more melodic stuff for folks scared off by this piece ;)

Track 2-2 "Lily (lotus)" Sonny Greenwich "Sun Song" (CBC, 1974

Sonny Greenwich (guitar), Don Thompson (piano), Richard Homme (bass), Terry Clarke (drums), Clayton Johnston (percussion)

Like the above record from Sweden, I think this is also an unsung and obscure album deserving of more notice. It was only released on the CBC (Canada's national radio station) label? It's a very strong album...I really love it and I think more people should hear it. Sonny and the entire band are firing on all cylinders on this album...since I'm a Canadian I felt obliged to include some Canadian content too ;)

Gotta love Sonny's guitar tone! I think somebody mentioned this too on the discussion thread...

Track 2-3 "Time" Tchangodei "Sans Chemin" (Volcanic, no date given)

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Tchangodei (piano), George Lewis (trombone), Steve Potts (saxophone), Jean-Jacques Avenel (bass), Oliver Johnson (drums)

Another unsung/obscure album that needs to be heard by more people. Chosen to highlight the monster band this French pianist assembled for this album as well. JJ Avenel and George Lewis in particular play like beasts on this album! Tchangodei did a few nice albums with Steve Lacy as well....

Track 2-4 "B's Blues" Nathan Davis "The Hip Walk" (SABA, 1965)

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Nathan Davis (saxophones, flute), Carmell Jones (trumpet), Jimmy Woode (bass), Francy Boland (piano), Kenny Clarke (drums)

Somebody in the discussion thread guessed "Woody Shaw" which was a nice guess because Woody played on Nathan's *other* album for SABA entitled "Happy Girl"!!! Carmell is no slouch here obviously! Chosen because it's a fantastic album and Nathan never really got his due..also chosen to please people who want some good old straight ahead jazz(and hey I want that too from time to time hence its appearance here!)

Track 2-5 "Blues for Bra Dick" Johnny Dyani "Grand Mother's teaching" (Disques Jam, 1982)

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Johnny Dyani (bass), DouDou Gouirand (alto sax), Butch Morris (cornet), Pierre Dorge (guitar), Makaya Ntshoko (drums)

Quite a few listeners did not really like this track which surprised me...I love it myself and what a unique band! Dyani is a giant in my book and I love Dorge's guitar work on this album.

Track 2-6 "Bar L'Len" Kosuke Mine "First" (Philips, 1970)

Kosuke Mine (saxophones), Masabumi Kikuchi (keyboards), Larry Ridley (bass), Lenny McBrowne (drums)

Chosen to highlight the work of Kosuke Mine and Masabumi Kikuchi whose albums are plentiful in my record racks. Larry Ridley! There are even stronger tracks on this album but I chose this one for its shorter length..did not want this BFT to be over 80 minutes...

Track 2-7 "Winslow Cavern" Barre Phillips "Call me when you get there" (ECM, 1984)

Barre Phillips (bass)

A cool ending to this BFT, well, at least I thought so anyways :) Barre was and is still one of my favorite bass players! I've been lucky to have seen him live numerous times over the course of the 90s and early 2000s and even attended a brilliant workshop that he led. He has big ears and can fit himself in many different musical settings....this solo bass album on ECM is outstanding.

A big "thank you" to everyone that took part and listened to this...hope I turned on a few people to a few nice discoveries..


Sorry some album cover jpegs did not want to load up for some reason?

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So the great 1.1 is Oriental Wind! Damn, I have one of their albums but not this one. Bobo's a big star in this household too. I'll be tracking this LP down for sure (until I see the prices :))

Overall what's great is that the artist's aren't necessarily obscure even if the particular LPs might be.

That Barre Phillips - I'm buying that LP asap

Thanks for a terrific BFT which I'm now going to listen to with fresh ears

edit to add: got myself a 'Chila Chila' ordered

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Well, the only musician in the whole BFT I've EVER heard before - and like quite a bit, actually - is Carmell Jones - oh and the rhythm section behind him. So this has been really exploratory for me and at least I know why I haven't explored this area much. Many thanks.

MG

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I can see why I liked the rhythm section on track 2-6... Man, I have the Dyani record and I love him... that's a huge swing and a miss for me. Annoyed at missing Nathan Davis and over-thinking Kenny Wheeler. Gah!

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Haha I cannot BELIEVE I didn't recognize that Mengelberg track. I own the record and have certainly spun it a fair amount. Guess it is all about context!


The Hip Walk has been something I've wanted to pick up for a while. Strong track - I'll continue to keep an eye out.

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Yeah I sorta expected you to identify that Mengelberg track myself Clifford! But yeah...context and everything...

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I KNEW I owned that Nathan Davis track! I was the one who guessed Woody Shaw. That Davis twofer is a gem, I need to pull it off the shejf and listen to it. Wlsh the Beck, Greenwich, Sato, and Tchangodei were readily available on CD. Great BFT, thx!

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Great BFT! I have never heard of many of these artists. You turned me on to some great new music.

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Listening again and I can't believe I missed that it was Stan Tracey on 1.3. Who else hits the keys like that? Peter King's should've been identifiable too. Strong stuff

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On 2014-11-01 at 2:08 AM, Homefromtheforest said:

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Track 2-2 "Lily (lotus)" Sonny Greenwich "Sun Song" (CBC, 1974

Sonny Greenwich (guitar), Don Thompson (piano), Richard Homme (bass), Terry Clarke (drums), Clayton Johnston (percussion)

Like the above record from Sweden, I think this is also an unsung and obscure album deserving of more notice. It was only released on the CBC (Canada's national radio station) label? It's a very strong album...I really love it and I think more people should hear it. Sonny and the entire band are firing on all cylinders on this album...since I'm a Canadian I felt obliged to include some Canadian content too ;)

Gotta love Sonny's guitar tone! I think somebody mentioned this too on the discussion thread...

 

 

There was just a long article Clayton Johnston, starting with a discussion of how he was singled out for dancing interracially on a TV program in Buffalo, but then talking about a strong jazz career.  https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2021/02/14/more-than-60-years-ago-a-black-teen-from-malvern-ci-was-told-to-stop-dancing-with-a-white-girl-on-a-buffalo-tv-show-toronto-exploded.html

(May be behind paywall...)

"He [Johnston] recorded tracks with jazz icons Sadik Hakim and Pepper Adams for Expo 67. A year later, Johnston became the drummer for Duke Edward’s band, the Young Ones. Johnston secured a regular afternoon gig on Yonge Street at the Zanzibar and in the evening played in the pit band for the musical Godspell under musical director Paul Shaffer.   ...

If it were up to [Don] Thompson, the public would be more familiar with the name Clayton Johnston. He has hours of recordings of Johnston performances in the vault. “Clayton was really good people and a really good musician. He got lost in the shuffle.”

I assume Don Thompson is in regular touch with Cory Weeds, but it would be nice if some of this unissued music could come out, up here at least. 

As a side note, when the Toronto reference library reopens, I should be able to listen to the LP (Sun Song) as it is in the collection, but sourcing a copy in the wild looks to be a real challenge...

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