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  1. Well... thanks for the heads-up 😁
  2. Thanks. Recently I got new Mosaic box set and there was no customs fee at all, so I was pleasantly surprised.
  3. Dammit, I'm buying it 😄 It will be my first from Dusty Grooves. Any experience with tax paying for LP for EU residents?
  4. Not so long ago there was this archival album released. Has anybody heard it? The line-up and all sounds like a treat, but I'm not sure about the sound quality and overall feelings https://teddanielmusic.com/ted-daniel%2C-with-energy
  5. Definitely a no-brainer. Samples are hot, can't wait for the September
  6. So... I've got great pleasure to present a new double-CD set with previously unreleased music of the might ASSOCIATION P.C. - a project I've been coordinating. Association P.C. is one of the greatest and most innovative jazz-rock band's in 70s Europe. The band was led by Pierre Courbois, Dutch drummer, freejazz aficionado who was already involved in many projects, some of which were released by the legendary New York label ESP Disk. Courbois was joined by Siggi Busch, bassist proficient in both classic and electric bass, guitarist Toto Blanke, a future star of European jazz-rock, and Jasper van’t Hof, electric piano and synthesizer wizard (later replaced by Joachim Kuhn). All of them launched successful careers as solo artists or session musicians. For me their whole discography is a bomb, especially "Earwax", "Sun Rotation" and live "Erna Morena". The "In a Life Machine. Live 1972" is a NDR live session played with some Gerd Dudek on saxophones and two guest conga-players (same tour as "Erna Morena", but much longer and with different vibe). In comparison to other NDR material, like Soft Machine from 1973, this one got a full concert aura, rather than live-at-studio. It's nearly 2 hours and the material is just powerful and gnarly. Electric, experimental, sometimes very free, sometimes more groovy. As for now, album is available only on CD (LP will come later in 2024). It's fully licensed and comes with proper liner notes (I've taken care of this stuff). It's already available on Dusty Grooves or you can buy it directly from label (https://kultowenagrania.pl/product-category/label/chickadisc/), but you'll probably need to use your browser's option for translating it to English.
  7. Whoa, that's some great news. Although I would prefer a good ol' European reissue with lots of liner notes, photos, possibly some bonus tracks :). All of them are killers. "Kunstkopfindianer" is to this day considered as a holy grail. Et Cetera "Live" is a stunning set, very electric and krauty. And "Cinemascope" and "THe Doors Is Open" are pure jazz-rock fiestas. Instant buy for me.
  8. Great record, maybe a bit "too much of everything", but hey, fantastic cast of German and English "new wave" players, very light shade of jazz-rock, a bit trippy, a bit funky here and there. But I highly recommend his next album - "Lift". New line-up, new approach, even more colorful and diverse, some great compositions and top-notch soloing. This one in now on my Hi-Fi - "Never Let It End" by Albert Mangelsdorff Quartet, one of the many, many great recordings of Albert as a leader. The year is 1970 and oh my, what the heck is going on here? You may think a quartet will deliver some more or less predictable tunes, but not this crew. Listen to the title track, which is simply a great benchmark of incredible aura on this LP. I know this record for years and I'm stunned to this day how modern sound it has. I guess someone could play it and tell it's some record from any contemporary free-jazz label, like Trost, NotTwo or some new group by Paal Nilsen-Love
  9. Absolutely true, all above. I guess if the price for other sets would be lower, I'd buy Balver Hohle and Altena sets anwyay. In a larger scope, releasing festivals archives in their entirety is so important music-wise and history-wise, as there are often surprising line-ups, obscure groups or unique festival bands. On the other hand, releasing Alice Coltrane or studio albums by Tomasz Stańko was a straight cash-grab. I think the latter, especially the guy was still living and active, was a kind of tipping point. But switching back to great German jazz... This men is outstanding. His guitar style is such a successful synthesis of 60's jazz (Gabor Szabo!), psychedelic craze, mellowness and soundscape approach. I've even made a topic somewhere, trying to show connections between his music and Pat Metheny (and I still do think it's not a wild guess). "Spectrum" is Kriegel's second solo LP (recorded just after few years spent in nutty Dave Pike Set), it's just so nice fusion of everything that was hip in by 1971, featuring different guitar approach, drums with percussions and fantastic el-piano lines by John Taylor. The album got couple of vinyl releases and modern re-issue in 2003 (CD) and 2017 (CD, LP), so it should be fairly available in shops.
  10. There is some new material released through last years: two volumes of Tomasz Stańko (Wooden Music I and II), few gigs (Live In Solothurn and Live Recordings 1973 & 1976, there is duet with Albert Mangelsdorff, pretty rough stuff) and collection of his live works from series Polish Radio Jazz Archives. Oh yes. I bought this 9CD Born Free, The 12th German Jazz Festival set. Great quality of... everything, beautiful photos and top-noth music, mostly some free and early jazz-rock stuff. I wanted to but also the Balver Hohle and Altena sets, but my appetite somehow diminished after discovering it's not authorized. Bummer. No, no - it's just some kind of glimmer in my room. Apart from 2 mini-lp's here every one was unsealed and tested in action.
  11. Yea, unfortunately B. Free (with its few other incarnations) turned out to be pirate :/. Too bad, this record is so good and they'd got quality stuff in general. But I hope more live stuff from this circle of German jazz-rock will unearth in the future. Nevertheless, be sure to check out the studio material. Through the years I've got the feeling, that it's considered as one of the best German jazz records from the 70's (with 2/5 band from Poland).
  12. This one is a jazz-rock classic from the MPS catalogue. "Kunstkopfindianer" is credited by Hans Koller, Wolfgang Dauner, Adelhard Roidinger, Zbigniew Seifert, Janusz Stefanski and it's a great piece of a crazier European approach in terms of composing and use of electronics. The opening piece is just mad, Dauner is going crazy with all keys and synths - and Seiferts' violin playing throughout the whole record is definitely unique, he was really one of the best violinist back then. Whole album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkVLq95upG0
  13. This one is fabulous. European jazz at its best. But - to be honest - no album with Albert Mangesldorff is a weak one, especially those from late 60's to early 80's. Guy was a true genius. clifford_thornton - thanks a lot. A new thing and even more exciting thing is coming out very soon!
  14. Oh yea, bought this LP few weeks ago. Very fine jazz-rock, I really like his playing style - a bit McLaughlin-like, but not too expansive or excessive. His second album is also interesting, a significant departure from the Mahavishnu/RTF-like music. It's much more electronic, moody and krautsy. It was re-released on CD in 2016 by Chickadisc and I've got a chance to write liner notes, based on an interview with Jasper van't Hof (great guy!).
  15. I thought about starting a new topic, but then found this one :). Missus Beastly "Minden 1976" (2023) Pretty interesting jazz-rock with some psychedelic/prog/kraut elements (but definitely leaning towards jazz-rock). Very tasty jam with lots of flute and synths. Missus Beastly was a great band in general, their 1974 same-titled album is still a great krautish answer for Soft Machine.
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