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  1. I was researching Harold Vick the other day (inspired by the recent comments on this board about his RCA material) and I found reference to the fact that he played in a group Jack DeJohnette had in the early '70's called Compost, which recorded an album for Columbia. Has anyone heard this on LP and if so do they have any comments? I'm also interested to know how much drums Jack plays on the album, because based on the liner notes (see below), I get the impression that he may be mostly playing other instruments, as was the case with some of his other albums. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- J A C K D e J O H N E T T E " C o m p o s t ( T a k e O f f Y o u r B o d y ) " © 1971 Columbia (C31176 USA [LP]) MUSICIANS --------- Jack DeJohnette: Electric Clavinet, Organ, Vibes, Drums on "Happy Peace" "Compost is people sandwiches, tushees, love, hassles, magic, Brian, work, learning, phone calls, love, music, music, London, love, parties, city and country and hope." Jack Gregg: Bass "Nature's oven. Organic matter cooked into a natural fertilizer to feed the earth that feeds the crops that feed us. It's live. Happy Peace." Bob Moses: Drums, Vocal "Welcum ooh thuh nude ear dance mon scoochie borootoos airy foundation beam liberation scream steam glisten ooh hour music basketball in thuh sky making love to nature rhythms god u high make music to help people HEAR THE COLORS AND FEEL THE LIGHT thank you again my eternal friend." Jumma Santos: Congas, Percussion. "Dynamite!" Harold Vick: Tenor Saxophone, Flute. "A new dream, a new scheme." TITLES ------ 1. Take Off Your Body (Bob Moses) 2. Thinkin' (Jack DeJohnette) 3. Bwaata (Bob Moses/Jack DeJohnette) 4. Happy Peace (Jack DeJohnette) 5. Country Song (Jack Gregg/Jack DeJohnette) 6. Sweet Berry Wine (J. DeJohnette/B. Moses/H. Vick/J. Santos/J. Gregg) 7. Funky Feet (J. DeJohnette/B. Moses/H. Vick/J. Santos/J. Gregg) 8. Inflation Blues (Jack DeJohnette) Produced and recorded by Martin Rushent More liner notes: Jack DeJohnette is best known as drummer with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis and for his two albums "DeJohnette Complex" and "Have You Heard", recorded in Japan. Jack Gregg has collaborated musically with Steve Swallow, Jeanne Lee, Marion Brown, and the Youngbloods. Bob Moses has played and recorded with the Free Sprits, Gary Burton, Rahsann Roland Kirk, Mose Allison, Sea Train, and Gunter Hampel. He is a founder of Free Life Communications, a self determination musicians' cooperative. Jumma Santos has appeared with Nina Simone, the Four Tops, Ahmad Jamal, Trini Lopez, and Roy Ayers, and on Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew". He also teaches ethnomusicology in Boston. Harold Vick's experience as a tenor saxophonist and woodwind player includes work with Ruth Brown, Lloyd Price, Ray Charles, Philly Joe Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, King Curtis, Grant Green, Walter Bishop Jr., The Negro Ensemble Company, the Jean Erdman Theater of Dance, and Aretha Franklin. He has written for TV and films and composed the music for the Black Experience Family Repertory Company. His albums are "Steppin' Out", "The Carribean Suite", "Straight Up", and "Watch What Happens".
  2. "Compost" by Jack DeJohnette (1971)

    Update: I listened to both Compost albums on Spotify and found that while they’re still not really classics I enjoy them more now than 10 years ago. A few weeks later I found the CD’s in a box while looking for something else and listened to them again. I have now added them on the shelf with my other Jack De Johnette CD’s.
  3. "Compost" by Jack DeJohnette (1971)

    Man, I have no memory of having started this topic. I do remember the part of the story not included in the thread though..in about 2010 Wounded Bird reissued both Compost albums on CD and I bought them. I wasn’t too impressed to be honest. Rereading this thread inspires me to pull them out of storage and give them another try...especially to hear the second side of the first one. Or I could listen to them on Spotify (I see they have both Compost albums there...) https://www.amazon.com/Life-Round-Compost/dp/B004708KAG https://www.amazon.com/Compost/dp/B004708JZW
  4. Fellow Music fans, I have a ticket for Glenn Hughes (ex- Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, etc.) show at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD. It was originally scheduled for last month, but it was postponed to August due to Glenn's knee surgery. I was very excited to see this show, but unfortunately I have just found out that I have to be in Europe at that time, to help a sick family member, and won't be able to attend. Would any of you want the ticket? If so please let me know and we can discuss the details off line. I'm not looking to make a profit here, just trying to make sure that the ticket doesn't go to waste. Best, Henry. www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/977267-glenn-hughes-annapolis
  5. Fellow Music fans, I have a ticket for Glenn Hughes (ex- Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, etc.) show at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD. It was originally scheduled for last month, but it was postponed to August due to Glenn's knee surgery. I was very excited to see this show, but unfortunately I have just found out that I have to be in Europe at that time, to help a sick family member, and won't be able to attend. Would any of you want the ticket? If so please let me know and we can discuss the details off line. I'm not looking to make a profit here, just trying to make sure that the ticket doesn't go to waste. Best, Henry. www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/977267-glenn-hughes-annapolis
  6. Lately I've been seeing ads for a new book about jazz called "Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties" by Scott Saul. Based on the table of contents, it seems to cover Mingus, Max Roach, Coltrane and some others (Albert Ayler? Cecil Taylor? Ornette?). Has anyone checked this book out and if so what do they think of it? While the book seems to be mostly about the New Thing, I believe there is a chapter at the end about Hard Bop.
  7. Books on Led Zeppelin

    I've been a fan of Led Zeppelin for many years. The only book on them I've ever read is "Hammer of the Gods." While I think it's an important and useful book, I've read it a hundred times and have been wondering lately if anything else has been written about them since that book came out. I did a search on amazon.com, but all I came up with was books about the group's partying and occult activities. Is there anything else? I'd be especially interested in a critical biography...a book written by someone more interested in their music than in their personal lives. Is there such a thing out there?
  8. "Virgo Vibes" by Roy Ayers

    While reading the AMG entry on Nat Adderley last night, I came upon an interesting description of a Roy Ayers Atlantic album from 1967 called "Virgo Vibes": "Long before he switched to playing disco and pop music, Roy Ayers was considered a promising young jazz vibraphonist. This LP, his second as a leader, was one of his finest. On four of the five selections (obscurities and pieces by group members), Ayers teams up with trumpeter Charles Tolliver, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Bruno Carr, and the mysterious pianist Ronnie Clark (Herbie Hancock under a disguised name). On "Glow Flower," Ayers and Tolliver are joined by Harold Land on tenor, pianist Jack Wilson, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Donald Bailey. The music is primarily advanced hard bop with some freer moments on Tolliver's "The Ringer." This underrated music is long overdue to be reissued on CD and displays Roy Ayers' lost potential." Anyone ever hear this on LP? Any thoughts? It would certainly be an excellent candidate for reissue by Koch or one of the other small labels that has been reissuing obscure Atlantic jazz dates.
  9. A question to all fans of cartoonist Ben Katchor: Is Ben still drawing his strip "Hotel & Farm" (aka "Cardboard Valise," "Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer," etc)? I used to read the strip in the Washington DC City Paper but a few years back they stopped running it. Recently I found Ben's website (http://www.katchor.com/) and the site seems to claim that "Hotel & Farm" is still being produced, but the two strips on the site seem strangely familiar. Unfortunately I have no way of verifying if they are repeats because Ben hasn't put out a book lately and so none of his "Hotel & Farm" series has been reprinted anywhere as far as I know. My current theory is that Ben is currently busy with musical theater (he has worked on two shows: "The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, or The Friends of Dr. Rushower" and "The Rosenbach Company") and has been running repeats in his strip. Anyone have any idea about this? Whether his strip is on hiatus or not, I sure wish another book of his strips would be published.
  10. I read recently “Catch a Fire” by Timothy White, a biography of Bob Marley. I was especially interested in his account of the years 1970-1973 when the Wailers began to reach the international market and signed with Island Records. However, after reading the chapters on 1970-1973, there seemed to be some inconsistancies in White’s account. Initially I attributed these to White’s writing style (he doesn’t always maintain a linear narrative, frequently circles back and forth in time and often presents the thoughts or impressions of others as he imagines them), but no matter how many times I read it certain facts were still unclear to me. I was interested in establishing the chronology of Marley’s activities during the period 1970-1973 in particular because I was interested in the first tours of the Wailers and I wanted to find out if there are any live recordings of the Wailers when the group included Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone. What I found out was that Bob Marley made three trips to England during 1970-1973. These three trips are often confused in White’s book and other sources. Here’s what I think I know about this period based on liner notes, other books and various on line sources: The first trip was in late 1970-early 1971. It began when Bob Marley went by himself to Sweden to work with Johnny Nash and his associates on a proposed movie soundtrack. Later Bob went to London with Nash and co and invited Peter and Bunny to join him. They worked with Nash on his new album and tried to organize a Wailers tour but nothing other than a few club dates happened. Toward the end of their stay in the UK, Bob met with Chris Blackwell of Island who offered the group an advance for an album and helped them get back to Jamaica. Back in Jamaica they worked on the first Island album “Catch a Fire.” They may have also cut some Jamaica-only singles for their own Tuff Gong label during this period but I haven’t been able to verify that yet. (Anyone know anything about this?) Their second trip to the UK took place the following winter, Nov./Dec. 1972, when Bob, Peter and Bunny returned to the UK to deliver the album masters, which were subsequently dubbed by various studio musicians and then released by Island (the Deluxe two-disc edition of “Catch a Fire” includes the undubbed masters which make for fascinating listening). During this stay in the UK, the Wailers toured the UK with a bit more success, performing at a number of clubs including the Speak Easy in London and even appeared on the TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test in January 1973 as well. There are no official recordings of this tour to the best of my knowledge, although there is a DVD that includes footage of the group from their TV appearance. The group then returned to Jamaica. While there they cut their second Island album “Burnin’.” Their third trip to the UK took place at the end of a UK/North America tour that took place during 1973. The tour began in the USA, hitting New York City in August 1973 (including a double bill with Bruce Springsteen), and continued out west, including some dates with Sly and the Family Stone. Bunny Livingstone declined to join the group for this US/UK tour and was replaced by the Wailers friend and mentor Joe Higgs. There is a very interesting CD available on Island called “Talkin’ Blues” which includes a live in the studio concert the group gave for radio station KSAN when they were in San Francisco in October 1973 at the end of this tour. The group then went on to the UK where they played in London and other cities. The Deluxe 2-disc Edition of “Burnin’” includes the Wailers’ concert at Leeds in December 1973. According to the liner notes Joe Higgs did not stay with the tour for its UK dates, and no other substitute for Bunny was ever found apparently. Although this does mean that the famous three part harmonies are missing from the Leeds show, nevertheless the group sounds amazing. Bob and Peter play all the guitar parts since the group at the time consisted of the Barrett brothers on bass and drums and Earl Lindo on keyboards. This makes for a quite different sound compared to later Bob Marley bands as heard on live albums such as “Live!” and “Babylon by Bus.” After the shows in California, the group returned to Jamaica and in the following months Peter and Bunny officially split from the group.
  11. Happy Birthday Alexander!

    Happy (belated) Birthday as well!
  12. Guilty pleasure - Uriah Heep

    I like Uriah Heep too. My favorites are "Demons & Wizards" and "The Magician's Birthday." I also have "The Ultimate Collection"(2-disc best of). I first became interested in UH when I read about them in the liner notes to a Deep Purple remaster. UH also remind me at times of early Yes.
  13. I'm a big fan of Robert Wyatt and on Alexander's recommendation I picked up Michael Mantler's Edward Gorey album "The Hapless Child" with Wyatt on vocals. I liked it so much I also checked out Mantler's Pinter album "Silence" with Wyatt, Carla Bley and Kevin Coyne on vocals. I liked that very much too, which inspired me to investigate Coyne. I picked up "Marjory Razorblade" and while I like it, I find the backing a bit sparse at times and wonder if anyone here has any suggestions for a Kevin Coyne album with a jazzier backing, somewhat akin to "Silence" or was that a one of a kind event for Coyne?
  14. Kevin Coyne Recommendations?

    Thanks. I love "Silence" not only because I am big fan of Pinter but also because I love the way Wyatt, Bley and Coyne are inspired to sing by Mantler's music which is a very enjoyable kind of jazz-latin-rock fusion. I guess I was hoping that Coyne as a solo artist was more like Wyatt than he was...
  15. A few weeks ago I was watching Keith Jarrett videos on YouTube and I saw a great one of him playing "Moonchild" (from the album with Gary Burton) with Charlie Hayden and Paul Motian on a European (?) tv programme in the '70's (to judge by Keith's 'fro and Paul Motian's pony tail). The footage has on it the logo "1 +" (One Plus), perhaps the name of the show. My question: did Keith often tour his American group but without Dewey Redman? Perhaps only in Germany? What was the show with "Moonchild"? Were they on other European tv programmes during that period? Based on what I could find in my own reading, it seems that during the '70's Keith generally recorded either with one of his quartets (American or European), solo or with or some mixed large group. Did he ever record his American trio during the '70's? I know they recorded in the '60's for Atlantic a few times, but the only clue I could find that they ever recorded as a trio in the '70's was a reference to a German jazz workshop recording in 1972 that was on a various artists collection, but I couldn't find any track listing. Anyone know anything about this?
  16. Jarrett/Hayden/Motion Trio in the '70's?

    Thanks for all the replies.
  17. I got the regular two-disc version at Borders when it came out on Tuesday. Have been listening to it on and off ever since.
  18. This wasn't exactly last night, but I saw Iron Maiden in Maryland on June 18. This was part of their Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour '08 in Columbia, Maryland, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Setlist: 01. Intro - Churchill's Speech 02. Aces High 03. 2 Minutes to Midnight 04. Revelations 05. The Trooper 06. Wasted Years 07. The Number of the Beast 08. Run to the Hills 09. Rime of the Ancient Mariner 10. Powerslave 11. Heaven Can Wait 12. Can I Play With Madness? 13. Fear of the Dark 14. Iron Maiden ----------------------------- 15. Moonchild 16. The Clairvoyant 17. Hallowed Be Thy Name Quote on tour on the web: "IRON MAIDEN's Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour '08 trek revisits the band's incredible history by focusing almost entirely on the '80s in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which is based around the legendary Egyptian production of the 1984-85 Powerslave tour. This is arguably be the most elaborate and spectacular show the band have ever presented, and includes some key elements of their Somewhere In Time tour of 1986/7, such as the Cyborg Eddie."" My comments: the concert was great fun. Amidst the ornate sets singer Bruce Dickinson changed costumes a few times and for "Powerslave" even wore a mask like he wore on the '80's tours, somewhat akin to the ones Peter Gabriel used to wear in Genesis. The show is a kind of revival presentation they're doing until their new album comes out and they start touring that, Bruce said. They played material from their classic albums from 1983-1992 mainly, with a few earlier songs. I was very happy to hear them play some of my favorites, especially "Revelations": "Our earthly leaders faulter/Our people drift and die…"
  19. Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons

    I picked this up when it came out in February. Liked it a lot then, still enjoying it. My favorites tunes are "Distant Places of the Heart" and "She's Not the One." The drummer on "Seven Moons", Gary Husband, also plays with John McLaughlin (I saw them play together at a show at George Washington University). (I also enjoy "BLT" and "Truce," the two '80's Jack and Robin albums...) I would love to see Jack and Bruce tour "Seven Moons." Doesn't look like it will happen though. Robin Trower came to Alexandria, VA around the time "Seven Moons" was released, but Jack wasn't with him so nothing from the new album was played. Jack will be coming to Virginia this summer as part of a package tour, but Robin won't be with him and so the band will probably stick to blues tunes or old Cream favorites, I suppose. I'm still going anyway though, I've never seen Jack live.
  20. Paul Davis, RIP

  21. Recently in Washington DC (where I live) I found German Import copies of remasters of Van Morrison's "Into the Music" and "Common One." Since these are two favorites of mine and as far as I know remasters of these albums have not been released in the USA, I bought them. That got me to thinking about the Polydor/Mercury/Universal Remastering program of Van's catalogue, both from when he was with Warner Brothers and when he was with Polydor after that. The main set of reissues came out around 1997 in the USA, although I don't think I discovered them until 2-3 years later because they weren't very well publicized either in the media or in stores. I just found them in a Borders one day, as I recall. (The same thing happened with the Joni Mitchell remasters that came out around the same time.) Based on an ad I found inside one of the reissues, the initial series seems to have included Tupelo Honey Saint Dominic's Preview Hardnose the Highway Veedon Fleece Too Late to Stop Now Period of Transition Wavelength These CDs could be distinguished by the gold sticker on the case indicating the new remastering and subtle differences in typography on the spine and back tray card. (The European versions seem to also have a fully clear tray, which makes them easier to distinguish from the original CD editions). Recently, I discovered that additional titles from the 1980's had been remastered and I found new editions of the following titles Sense of Wonder No Guru No Teacher No Method Poetic Champions Compose I thought I saw remasters of the following albums, but I may have imagined it Avalon Sunset Enlightenment Even more recently, in addition to the German editions of "Into the Music" and "Common One," I've also seen a German edition of "Inarticulate Speech of the Heart and no doubt a German edition of "Beautiful Vision" exists, although I haven't seen it yet. Since I find these remasters to be a distinct improvement, I think it's unfortunate that they weren't better promoted and that all of the series haven't been released directly in the USA. Three albums, however, are noticeably absent from both the USA and European series: "Astral Weeks," "Moon Dance" and "His Band and Street Choir." Does anyone know why these albums haven't been remastered? Considering that they are among his most popular and well known titles, the only explanation that I can think of is that Polydor doesn't have the rights. However, they were included in the late '80's/Early '90's CD catalogue. Perhaps at some point, due to some buy out or renegociation, the rights were lost? Or is this perhaps connected to American v.s. European distribution rights.... Anyone have any idea about this?
  22. New Verve Group Reissues

    Perhaps this was brought up elsewhere, but I hadn't read about it here first. I saw a new set of Verve reissues in Borders on Sunday. From what I could see the titles were the following (note much of this is approximate): 1) A Jimmy Smith live trio album (unclear what year, perhaps 1963-64), apparently previously unreleased 2) Bill Evans "The VIPs" 3) Paul Desmond "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (with Herbie Hancock) 4) Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Oscar Peterson 1958 5) Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie 6) A George Benson A&M title (I forget which)
  23. New Verve Group Reissues

    Here! Borders actually had these? Color me surprised! Thanks, Big Al. I must have missed that thread. I also notice I didn't see the Kenny Burrell. I was surprised to see them in Borders too, by the way. It was the one in Friendship Heights (Chevy Chase), next to the DC/MD border. I moved in January and this is now the one closest to me.
  24. Anybody Dig Brian Auger?

    Anybody here dig Brian Auger? Was there ever a thread about him here? I discovered him recently thanks to a Canadian friend in Australia who turned me on to his amazing album "Streetnoise" from 1968, featuring singer Julie Driscoll (later Julie Tippetts, she married Jazz/Rock keyboard player Keith Tippet(s), who played with King Crimson in the early '70's on tracks like "Cat Food, and lead his own groups after that) and Brian Auger and the Trinity. (Prior to that Auger and Driscoll were both part of a jazz/rock/r'n'b revue called Steam Packet that also included Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry. Auger also played with John McLaughlin in their early days on the British jazz/r'n'b scene). "Streetnoise" is a fascinating combination of vocal numbers by Julie (who is a strange mix of Dusty Springfield, Laura Nyro and Grace Slick, with a heavy jazz and r'n'b influence) and instrumentals by Auger and the Trinity. Amazing stuff. They also did an earlier album together ("Open") and a bunch of singles (including an influential take on Bob Dylan and the Band's "This Wheel's on Fire") and some albums without Julie, which I haven't heard. After the group split up, Julie went on to many fascinating progressive adventures with Keith (somewhat akin to what Robert Wyatt was doing at the time) and Brian formed a fusion group called Oblivion Express, sort of a cross betwen Mahavishnu Orchestra and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Recently Fuel in Europe reissued a bunch of Auger and Oblivion Express albums. Maybe not very recently. At any rate, they turned up at my local music store recently and I got the debut self titled album from 1970 which includes a brief cover of McLaughlin's "Dragon Song" and some interesting originals such as "Total Eclipse." Some of the tracks have vocals and they are less interesting to my ears. so far. Also recently Brian and Julie's reunion album "Encore" from 1978 has been reissued (by Wounded Bird Records, a company from near my hometown Albany, NY, no less!) Also quite good, with some great originals and intersting covers such as the Jack Bruce/Pete Brown composition "Rope Ladder to the Moon"
  25. Hughes/Thrall (1982)

    Good news for fans of Glenn Hughes and Deep Purple Marks III and IV: Rock Candy Records in the UK has put out an excellent new reissue of singer/bassist Glenn Hughes' second post-Purple project "Hughes/Thrall" from 1982, featuring Glenn and Pat Thrall, ex-Pat Travers guitarist. The new remastered version not only has improved sound and excellent liner notes (recounting for the first time some of what Glenn did in between his first album "Play Me Out" and "Hughes/Thrall"), but it also includes two new bonus tracks, outtakes from a second, planned but never finished Hughes/Thrall album: "Love Don't Come Easy" and "Still the Night." http://www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk/catalogue/219