corto maltese

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  1. Great Finds

    The Tatrai SQ performed the string quartets (admirably) in the Complete Bartok Edition on the Hungaroton label. These are probably the same recordings, but I'm afraid a budget label pressing isn't the best way to enjoy them. The Household Muse ("La Muse Menagère") is actually Madeleine Milhaud, the composer's niece and also wife (she then became Madame Madeleine Milhaud-Milhaud ), to whom the piano suite is dedicated.
  2. Sexiest album covers

    I've always liked this one:
  3. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Excellent choice, although Mrs. Merrill deserves nicer-looking album covers. This is the Japanese original:
  4. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    If you do CD's too, you can go for the "The Formative Years '69-'96" boxset, which includes all the early and expensive albums (Jazz in Paradiso, El Saxophon...). It's usually cheap, the sound is very decent and you'll also get a nice booklet with Dulfer's reminiscences of the early days, which are often quite funny.
  5. Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series

    "Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this 2nd series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features mid-priced 180g vinyl releases in standard packaging" In the works: a 3rd series featuring budget-priced 140g crap vinyl releases in inferior packaging. It's a comforting thought that each market segment will be catered to.
  6. Great Finds

    Exactly. There are exceptions, of course, but tape/electroacoutic music by US academic composers can be very predictable and utterly boring.
  7. LF: New Orleans Drummers (MONO LP16)

    There might be more music issued from that particular session. Riccardo Di Filippo's online jazz encyclopedia lists the MONO album in the Young Tuxedo Brass Band discography This is the entry: Andrew Anderson (tp) Bill Matthews, Oscar “Chicken” Henry (tb) John Casimir (cl) Capt. John Handy (as) Jesse Charles (ts) Wilbert Tillman (tu) Alfred Williams (snare-d) Williams Phillip (bass-d) Just a closer walk with thee / Lead me Saviour / Eternal peace / What a friend we have in Jesus / Nearer my God to thee / What a friend we have in Jesus (alt take) / When the saints go marching in (MNLP16) New Orleans, Settembre 1960. And according to another online discograpy the album also comprises a 1962 session by Harold Dejan's Olympia Brass Band. I'm not an expert in the field (not at all), but I recently read a quite entertaining book on Barry Martyn and his MONO-label and so I was intrigued by your question.
  8. Anyone else like the label Red Records?

    Red Records is a very respectable modern jazz label, whose current releases are out of my sphere of interest. However, they started out in the mid seventies as a much more adventurous label. Some of the great early titles (Mazzon, Gaslini, Schiano, and also Frederic Rzewski's own recording of his "The People United") were released under the "Edizioni Di Cultura Popolare" label. Both labels used the same numbering system (VPA prefix), with most of the first fifteen or so titles (VPA 101 to 115) released on ECP. I don't know the exact story, but I think the label (or labels) was closely connected with the left wing students movement at the Milan University. In fact, the very first release (VPA 101) was Gaslini's "Concerto Della Resistenza", recorded at the Milan University, and I have another (earlier?) issue of that record on the "Edizioni Movimento Studentesco" label.
  9. BFT 179 Link and Discussion

    I think that's Liberty Ellman, playing with J.D. Allen on his recent "Love Stone" album. I like this track, although I also understand felser's criticism about this being too laid back. It reminds me a bit of Charlie Hadens's Quartet West.
  10. New Terumasa Hino reissues

    Strictly speaking for myself, it took me quite some time to get rid of all my conscious or unconsious prejudices against Japanese jazz musicians being at best perfect copy-cats. Nowadays, my opinion of Japanese jazz, or rather jazz in Japan, is completely different, especially with regard to the late 60s - early 70s periode. That's why I said "unfair to Hino", when these records are almost routinely (and exclusively) judged against the yardstick of Miles' contemporaneous records. But hey, I'm not American, so maybe I'm just over-sensitive about this.
  11. Joseph Jarman - RIP

    I've been away for some time and just learned of his passing. This is very sad indeed. Thank you very much for the wonderful music, Mr. Jarman.
  12. New Terumasa Hino reissues

    I really think that "sub-Miles" argument against "Journey To Air" is somewhat unfair to Hino. I like those "free jazz gestures". But for those who prefer a bit more structure, just consider Teo Macero's crucial role as editor/producer of Miles' celebrated free-fusion albums. Hino produced his albums himself with much more limited means (budget, studio time...). For me the results are impressive and very enjoyable.
  13. Boy Raaijmakers (1944-2018)

    Actually, I think Leo's name was really Cuypers, which would strongly suggest his family roots were in Flanders (Dutch speaking part of Belgium). Cuypers is a typical Flemish name, while the most common Dutch variants are Kuipers or Kuiper, like guitarist Jan Kuiper.
  14. Boy Raaijmakers (1944-2018)

    It's Raaijmakers, quite a common name in the Netherlands. "Raaymakers" (his artist's name) was for international use.
  15. Boy Raaijmakers (1944-2018)

    A short obituary notice was published in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant on January 3, without mentioning the date of his passing. He was indeed a long-standing member of the WBK. Before joining Willem Breuker, he played a lot with composer-musician-visual artist Peter van der Locht (they were both in Pierre Courbois' Free Music Quartet/Quintet). Raaijmakers and van der Locht had a short-lived band called "Group-Music" or "Group-Music International" with drummer Noel McGhie. They recorded a great abum in 1970 on which pianist Burton Greene also plays. The album's called "At Different Times"; it's a private pressing, unfortunately never reissued. I will play that record tonight in honour of Mr. Raaijmakers.
  16. Mosaic Wish List

    Steve Lacy in Japan 1975-2004: the complete studio and live recordings.
  17. NHØP Duos

    Not an album, but a track: NHOP's duet with Karin Krog on "Here's That Rainy Day". The whole album is great.
  18. Mosaic Wish List

    I'm pretty sure I have all of them too, but those Savoys are begging for a sonic upgrade.
  19. Herbie Hancock

    Yes, "Dance Of Magic" is another favourite that I kept, but that's also a largely acoustic album and, like you said, more free/spiritual (especially the side-long title track) than anything "fusion" (implied by the title and Connors' subsequent albums). My remark on your evaluations was of course not a criticism, but just an observation about my own changing preferences. I really appreciate your well weighed judgements and pointed comments. In fact, I'd love to read your opinion about (and evaluation of) the recently reissued Terumasa Hino albums, discussed in another topic. They obviously don't belong to the "Mwandishi orbit", but they're not entirely incomparable with some of the more free/avant-garde titles discussed here.
  20. Herbie Hancock

    These evaluations date from 2005, almost 14 years ago. I think, at that time, I would have agreed with most of mikeweil's stars. Since then, I've largely lost interest in that kind of avant/free-form fusion. Or to be more precise: I still like the music well enough, but I don't actively listen to it and I don't feel the need to have the records in my collection. So I disposed of most of these. One notable exception is Bennie Maupin's "The Jewel In The Lotus", which has always been -and still is- my favourite of this bunch, probably because Hancock's playing (mostly) acoustic piano (and there's no sight of Patrick Gleason's gadgetry).
  21. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    I see what you mean. It makes you wonder what the reputation (not to mention the market value) of this album would be, if it had been released (with superior sound) on Blue Note.
  22. Bitter Funeral Beer Band - Frankfurt 1982

    Jim, am I allowed to reply seriously? The "bitter funeral beer" is brewed as part of the funerary rites of the Ghanaian Ewe people. The funeral music that Bengt Berger heard (and learned) in Ghana was the basis of his "Bitter Funeral Beer Suite" released on ECM. The band took its name from this recording.
  23. Bitter Funeral Beer Band - Frankfurt 1982

    You can even watch the concert on YouTube! Cherry's playing with the Bitter Funeral Band was wonderful. The studio album (released under Bengt Berger's name) is also very, very fine.
  24. That resembles the good old "Any three year old with a brush could paint this" argument against abstract art, doesn't it?
  25. I didn't know about the concert in the nude, but I'm not surprised. In parallel to his "straight" classical career, Gulda was really into experimental and free music in the 1970's. Gulda fans with adventurous tastes should check his recordings with the wonderful Anima. Here's a picture of the back cover of the first LP, with Gulda proudly signing the declaration that all the music is totally improvised. That's a pretty long way from your ordinary Beethoven recital.