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  1. Annette Peacock

    On a different note, it has always surprised me about the general lack of interest from the wider world in the Bley / Peacock human square. It is the sort of biographical information that would normally be expected to equate to fame of a sort (Plath / Hughes, etc), or at least a wider profile than their current utter obscurity. The fact that Gary Peacock, jazz bassist, is by far the most famous of the four is bizarre.
  2. Annette Peacock

    Apparently "I'm The One" (the song) was particularly popular with Bowie. He used the melody for a tune on Hours. Mick Ronson also covered it. I always wondered whether Patti Smith was a fan. I hear some comparisons but that might be me just making that up. Either way, a good thread for reminding me to listen to more Annette Peacock.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    How is this one? Would you recommend it?
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Roots' Stablemates (1993) A pretty good record, but not what it could have been. Too much talent is a dangerous thing. Now on: Koichi Matsukaze Trio & Toshiyuki Daitoku - Earth Mother (ALM, 1978). This is a new one to me, that I discovered from NTS radio's recent Japanese spiritual jazz episode. Enjoyable stuff. Whether it is really "spiritual jazz" is another thing altogether. 😉
  5. Spiritual jazz

    That's how I understand the term too: more hippy / aquarian / afrocentric themes than church/gospel centred (although no doubt that's lurking in here: you can't ignore it); but really a close cousin to the other post-factum jazz genre "rare groove".
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Masayuki Takayanagi - Free Form Suite (TBM, rec. 1972). Now moved in to Leroy Jenkins' The Legend of Ai Glatson (Black Saint, 1978). I reckon this might be the purest jazz violin (jazz fiddle?) record out there. I can think of lots of great jazz records with prominent violin solos or even lead violinist / composers (Billy Bang!), but it's hard to think of one where the pure improvisatory potential of a instrument is as central as on this record.
  7. Spiritual jazz

    I find it interesting the way that some artists, like The Pyramids, have basically been rediscovered to fit what is now a recognised genre. It's not really a bad thing (unless you were hoping to get Black Jazz LPs for a decent price). But it is noticeable quite what a "commercial niche " it has become.
  8. Spiritual jazz

    I had mistakenly thought that comp was part of the start of the peak. It turns out it was a decade after.
  9. Spiritual jazz

    That's really interesting. Strange that it peaked in 2001 so clearly. I would have thought that with the recent crazes for Strata East etc It would have been at its peak now. I'd be interested to know what spiritual jazz might have entailed in 1925? Was it The Saints Go Marchin' On? Or was it just a bunch of spiritual jazz that people kept talking?
  10. Spiritual jazz

    Slightly random re-up of an old thread, but does anyone have a feel for when the term "spiritual jazz" started to be used in this way? I don't really remember the term until around 2005. These days it's absolutely everywhere, and it's cultural visibility is having quite a big effect on what gets played, made or reissued and what doesn't.
  11. Curtis Fuller - RIP

    Very sad. One of the real greats.
  12. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    I'm not sure why I am surprised to be honest. His approach to percussion is so melodic that it might have been obvious in retrospect.
  13. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Tyshawn Sorey plays piano? Added it to the wishlist anyway.
  14. Your Favorite Jazz Records of the 1980s?

    Retribution Reparation by Nate Morgan has some good bassoon on it. Even weirder: Illinois Jacquet pulls one out for The Blues, That's Me!
  15. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    It's been about as fun a working Saturday as could be expected.