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  1. Pimuins Guide to Mal Waldron Records

    Pim, the album was recorded at the concert hall of the Schola Cantorum, a private music school in in Paris. In the late 60s Nathan Davis taught jazz history and improvisation there. The concert hall is the former church of the Benedictines’ Convent, dating from the 17th century.
  2. Surely the Ayler with Marte Röling cover was never actually released?
  3. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I'm glad they did; it's a particularly strong performance. I have the impression that you can hear that the quintet is more familiar with this piece, which they recorded a few days earlier in the studio, than with "Cry Of Hunger". Anyway, an excellent release from Sam.
  4. A "chief cook and bottle washer" would be a person who has a wide variety of duties in the organization. At least that's what I thought it meant. "I speak English very well. I learned it from a book." (Fawlty Towers, 1970)
  5. Some lunchtime sleuthing : Paula Records launched its jazz series in 1973. Part of it were the "Carson" recordings by AEC ("Chi Congo") and Mal Waldron ("On Steinway"). Other titles in the series were originals (James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Young-Holt Unlimited...). Those albums were recorded by Paul Serrano at his PS Studio. Dandy Don Logan worked as chief cook and bottle washer for Stanley Lewis' record companies. He gets a credit on some of these jazz series albums, including "Chi Congo", as "co-ordinator".
  6. I understand and I will respect that. Just one thing, though: do you mean negative feelings about the music or about what happened with those recordings ("Chi Congo", "Go Home"...) ? Whenever Berjot/Jaubert's name comes up, you're bound to have a discographical mess...
  7. I know Berjot recorded the Art Ensemble for the "Certain Blacks" album (released on his Musidisc label), but was he also involved in the "Chi Congo" session?
  8. The "Chi Congo" album was recorded around the same time as "Les Stances à Sophie" and was also issued in Japan by Emi/Odeon. There seems to be quite a bit of discographical confusion about this album. I suppose that session was not part of the recording deal with Pathé Marconi? Do you know what happened with those masters?
  9. BFT 204 - C'mon Vince, Play Your Vibes!

    I thought the first song started out very promising, until the male voices joined in. From there on it succumbed to an excess of clever turns and effects. The group is already identified as Roomful Of Teeth; the track is called "Quizassa". I read above that the composer is a "name" in pop music. I don't know her and, based on this track, I am not convinced. Marie Daulne/Zap Mama already did this translation of traditional vocal music into quasi-pop music 30 years ago (she was mainly inspired by the Pygmy music of her childhood) and, for this listener, with much more charm. I liked the last track more than I would have expected, considering the ensemble playing here. Some added effects bothered me a bit: in general, I prefer either a piece built entirely on (the manipulation of) the vocal loops (like the early Steve Reich tape pieces mentioned above) or the preservation of the unedited/unadorned field recording. Still, an attractive piece, full of atmosphere (the guitar part was not necessary for me, but I can assume that it helps to warm up a wider audience for this music). The gorgeous snippet of Bartok is the first of his 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs. I have the complete Bartok piano music by Zoltan Kocsis, but it's not him playing. Remembering your enthusiasm about György Sandor, that name seems a safe bet.
  10. Alan Braufman – Valley Of Search reissue

    Don't want to interfere with your recommendations and count me in as a fan, but that Lawrence Weiner is a very different record from the others mentioned here. Think artists' record, sound art, "broken music"...
  11. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    That's a name not often mentioned here, although he recorded several excellent albums. It's a shame (and hard to believe) that none of his work has even been reissued.
  12. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    A pity, because it's a really good recording and pressing. But it's nice to have an original with its gorgeous silk screened sleeve. And honestly, I wouldn't worry about the legitimacy of the signatures. Why would anyone forge Favre's and Schweizer's signatures on the cover?. Those two are not exactly hot among autograph hunters.
  13. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    The "looks" and "feel" of those Sahara records were often promising, but they always failed to live up to (my) expectations. Except for the Dane Belany album which, like Clifford, I do like a lot. (I must confess I never heard the Monk tribute album.)
  14. One of the three records shown in the picture is a copy of Don Pullen & Milford Graves "In Concert At Yale University", with hand-painted cover art.
  15. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    This is a fabulous record.