The sad news came in some weeks ago that John Jack had died. I got to know him through Cadillac Distribution and Cadillac Records through which he released recordings by, among others, Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, David Murray, Mike Osborne, and Joe Harriott. There's an appreciative obituary by John Fordham in The Guardian of 6 November.
Loads of stuff this time, including a particularly Polish air. Not Two Records some months ago released an 8CD box of Joëlle Léandre: duos with Mat Maneri, Lauren Newton, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Fred Frith, Zlatko Kaucic, Evan Parker and Agusti Fernández, a quartet disc with the last three-named, a solo disc, and a disc with Les Diaboliques. A label just added this month is Fundacja Sluchaj [Listen Foundation] whose recent discs include: the 4CD Agustí Fernández @ 60: River tiger fire; City fall by Parker/Trzaska/Edwards/Sanders; Evan Parker & RGG Live @ Alchemia; Barry Guy/Maya Homburger/Zlatko Kaucic Without borders...; The Liquid Trio [Agustí Fernández/Albert Cirera/Ramon Prats] plays Bernoulli; and Dialogues with strings by Trevor Watts/Veryan Weston/Alison Blunt/Hannah Marshall.
Recently released is another duo by Joëlle Léandre, this time with Phil Minton on Fou Records: Léandre-Minton. Just out on Emanem is a re-issue of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble's Karyobin, remixed and remastered from the original tapes and sounding better than previous issues; also a 2CD set documenting recordings between 1968 and 2005 of the totally unlauded George Khan: Ah!. Sounding Tears is a recent disc by Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucien Ban who toured Europe, incuding the UK in October and Walthamstow Moon ('61 revisited) is a vinyl only release of 300 copies from Evan Parker/John Edwards/John Russell on Byrd Out. Also touring recently have been the ICP Orchestra, celebrating 50 years and Han Bennink at 75; to indicate this significant milestone the new ICP label release is HAN BENninK, a softcover, hand-bound 140-page art book showcasing Han Bennink's visual art. Two recent discs from John Butcher are Last dream of the morning from a trio including John Edwards and Mark Sanders on Relative Pitch, and, on Balance Point Acoustics, The catastrophe of minimalism, another trio alongside Damon Smith and Weasel Walter.
Recent Dutch releases include: Adelante from the Han Bennink Trio, the latest ICP CD; the Blue Lines Sextet Live at the Bimhuis on Raoul van der Weide's Casco label; the Jan Nijdam Kwartet (with Michael Scheen, Alan Purves, Tobias Delius) Bij de dieren thuis on Sollasiututut Records; and Lisa Cay Miller with 682/681, improvisations with 10 Dutch musicians.
Damon Smith's Balance Point Acoustics and related labels have been busy with: Song for Chico (Hamilton), a duo with Alvin Fielder; Nearly extinct, from Henry Kaiser/Chris Cogburn/Steve Parker/Damon Smith; and, on Chiastic Society, LIve in Texas from Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter; and Etched in the eye by Sandy Ewen/Danny Kamins/Robert Pearson.
A very brief update this time but, as they say, it's the quality, not the quantity, that counts...
There's an excellent set of discs from Martin Davidson just out at the end of October: on Emanem there's Veryan Weston with his Discoveries on tracker action organs; a 2CD re-issue of a collection of pieces from the Spontaneous Music Orchestra directed by John Stevens - Search & reflect; and a 2CD re-issue of the Jimmy Giuffre 3 with Paul Bley & Steve Swallow - Bremen & Stuttgart 1961 (previously on hat with some additional music); and on psi As the wind from Evan Parker/Mark Nauseef/Toma Gouband which Evan, in the sleeve notes, says is one of the best records he has ever made.
It's really good to see Random Acoustics back after a longish wait, with a solo CD from Georg Graewe: Stills and stories. And nuscope have recently issued Parlance a duo between Isabelle Duthoit and Georg Graewe. Cipsela Records have recently brought out two new discs: Joe McPhee solo alto saxophone Flowers; and Joëlle Léandre/Théo Ceccaldi with Elastic. And The Remote Viewers latest CD, on their own label, is No voice from the hall.
What was new on EFIP 1 September 2016
First off, if you haven't seen it already, take a look at the new online issued of Nate Wooley's Sound American: The Anthony Braxton Issue: "This issue is the very first collaboration between Sound American and Tri-Centric, designed to serve as a primer and guide providing history, context, and performance practice hints for Braxton compositions. It also includes audio samples of Language Music performed by musicians in the community."
A range of new and recent releases from Joëlle Léandre, Urs Leimgruber and Roger Turner, several overlapping: Joëlle Léandre's 10 piece group on Can you hear me? on Ayler; Léandre/Delbecq/Houle recorded at 14 rue Paul Fort, Paris on Leo; the MMMQuartet (Joëlle Léandre/Fred Frith/Alvin Curran/Urs Leimgruber) with Oakland/Lisboa on Rogueart; 6ix (Jacques Demierre/Okkyung Lee/Thomas Lehn/Urs Leimgruber/Dorothea Schüch/Roger Turner) with Almost even further on Leo; Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre/Barre Phillips with 1→3 =2:⇐⇒1 and Urs Leimgruber/Andreas Willers with Pale white shout, both on Jazzwerkstatt; Urs Leimgruber/Alex Huber with Lightnings on Wide Ear Records; Cold duck by S4 (John Butcher/Christian Kobi/Hans Koch/Urs Leimgruber) on monotype; Urs Leimgruber/Roger Turner with The spirit guide on Creative Works; Witold Oleszak/Roger Turner with Fragments of parts on Freeform Association; and Blood samples by The Cabinet Trio (Roger Turner/Borre Molstad/Frode Gjerstad) on FMR.
Just out this week on Emanem are: a re-issue of Withdrawal by the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and three brand new releases: Outside from Duck Baker; Kent Carter with The Rivière Ensemble on Oratorios and songs; and the duo of Tony Marsh/Chefa Alonso with Goodbye Red Rose!.
A new label has been added: Konvoj Records from Malmö, Sweden: Colors of: from the Konvoj Ensemble feat. Evan Parker & Sten Sandell; Uncertain statistics from Liudas Mockunas/Jakob Riis; Gush with The march; Squid police from Lotte Anker/Jakob Riis; and the three brand new discs: Mindfulness from HALStER; Mira from the Konvoj Ensemble (again with Evan Parker and Sten Sandell); and Bomb with The subject.
Towards the end of a brief tour of England, and following a wonderful concert in Sheffield on 29 April, the duo of Veryan Weston and Trevor Watts have two recent discs out: At ad libitum on the for tune label and Dialogues for Ornette! on FMR. Also on FMR are Trevor Watts' recent CDs: a re-issue of Dynamics of the impromptu with Derek Bailey and John Stevens; and the solo alto saxophone disc Veracity. And Hi 4 Head Records have just re-issued Cynosure by the Trevor Watts String Ensemble, previously on Ogun LP.
Two recent Evan Parker releases: Leaps in Leicester, in duo with Alexander Hawkins, on Clean Feed; and Clapham duos with John Tchicai on Treader. Also on Treader are Clarinet record from John Coxon/Alex Ward; and John Edwards/Mark Sanders with JEMS.
A new label has been added, the Italian Long Song Records, with a representation of their catalogue: Keith Tippett/Giovanni Maier with Two for Joyce; Emanuele Parrini's The blessed prince; Garrison Fewell/Gianni Mimmo with Flawless dust; and The Brooklyn Express with No time left!. Also from Italy is the latest Amirani CD: Scenes from a trialogue by Granularities (Gianni Mimmo/Martin Mayes/Lawrence Casserley).
7 March: I've just heard the very sad news that Wolfgang Fuchs died of a heart attack in Berlin on 3 February.
First off with Barry Guy. The new Maya release is Time passing... for soprano, bass-baritone, improvising vocalist, improvising double bass and string ensemble (2012). In addition, Duncan Heining has written an extensive piece for All About Jazz on Barry Guy's large group works. Divided into three parts it covers: Ploughs into swordshares, an overview of Guy's early move into music before focusing on his latest work The Blue Shroud; A prophet is not without honour, concentrating on the LJCO; and Back to the drawing board which looks at the Barry Guy New Orchestra and work with the Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra. Duncan has also provided a review of the new Keith Tippett disc Mujician Solo IV: live in Piacenza.
A recent John Butcher solo CD recorded in Japan is Nigemizu; the Evan Parker Sant'Anna Arresi Quintet has Filu 'e Ferru an Italian release without obvious label name or number; the new Red Toucan disc is Rope from Uwe Oberg/Frank Paul Schubert/Wilbert de Joode/Mark Sanders; two recent discs on Umlaut are the 3CD Stockholm connection from Bengt Nordström/Sven-Åke Johansson/Alexander v. Schlippenbach/Orchestra; and Four girls, the third disc from Peeping Tom; new on Bruce's Fingers is Concretes from Paul Hession/Ewan Stefani.
Starting this time with a substantial update from NoBusiness Records, on both LP and CD. The LPs are: Fractions from Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble; The Convergence Quartet with Owl jacket; Howard Riley's solo 10.11.12; John Lindberg/Anil Eraslan with Juggling kukla; the Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet with The Delaware River; Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano with A little off the top; and Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang with Melted snow. And on CD there is: Intricacies, a 2CD set from Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers; Moon, a 2CD set from Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke; Martin Küchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble with Night in Europe; Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden with Frictions/Frictions now; and a 2CD set from John Carter - Echoes from Rudolph's.
There are three new or recent Evan Parker discs: in duo with Peter Jacquemyn, Marsyas suite, on El Negocito Records; a duo with Motoharu Yoshizawa, Two chaps on Japanese vinyl and CD; and joining the duo Black Top on #Two on Babel. BGO Records has just released a 2CD set of John Stevens' Away containing the three Vertigo LPs John Stevens' Away; Somewhere in between; and Mazin ennit. INcipit Records from Italy has just released a CD/DVD box of live recordings of the duo of Livio Minafra and Louis Moholo-Moholo: Born free.
It was great to catch up with Jim Denley again in Sheffield recently, in between gigs with Mural (alongside Kim Myhr and Ingar Zach) and their latest release is a 3CD set on Sofa: Tempo. Jim's label Split also has two recent releases - the historical 2CD set from Teletopa: Tokyo 1972; and a duo of Jim Denley and Cor Fuhler: Truancy, both released on LP and CD. Another welcome and recent visitor to Sheffield was the classical guitarist Christían Alvear playing Jurg Frey; his discs of similar material include Antoine Burger: 24 petits préludes pour la guitare on Edition Wandelweiser Records; and Michael Pisaro: Melody, silence (for solo guitar) on Potlatch.
A clutch of new releases from Martin Davidson on Emanem: Marcio Mattos's SOL[os]; the first CD issue of Acta's John Russell/Phil Durrant/John Butcher LP Conceits (1987/1992) with some unissued music; John Russell With... (Henry Lowther, Satoko Fukuda, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Thurston Moore) at his 60th birthday gig last December; Earlier outbreaks of iconoclasm, a 2CD-set from The Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble of previously issued hat Hut material plus unheard music; and a re-packaging of Iskra 1903 Chapter one (1970-1972). The re-issue of Evan Parker's Monoceros - included in my last update - is also part of this release package.
Thanks in particular to Raymond Strid, as a result of which there's been a significant update to his page on this site. I'll leave the reader to explore everything there but here are a few of the discographical additions: Birds from the trio of Mats Gustafsson/John Russell/Raymond Strid; the self-title LP THE ÄGG; Ten from the Fredrik Ljungkvist Yun Kan 10; Fylkingen and LP-only release by The Electrics; the 2CD set Oslo/Wien from Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø/Raymond Strid/Nina De Heney; and Gush's latest release The march on Konvoj Records.
There's a French element to several of the items in this update so I've decided to bring these (otherwise somewhat unrelated (!) releases together. First off is the brand new Bloc Thyristors vinyl, the first meeting between Kasper T. Toeplitz/Jean-Noël Cognard/Jac Berrocal, Disséminés çá et lá, with a striking and unsettling cover. Then there's the new Joëlle Léandre CD, her second duo with guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay, Trans 2, the new duo between Michel Doneda and Lê Quan Ninh: Aplomb on Vand'Oeuvre; and the new Potlatch disc: Christián Alvear's Michael Pisaro: Melody, silence (for solo guitar).
Furtheremore, one of three new Evan Parker discs was recorded at Montreuil: Trance Map is a special signed, limited edition CD-R from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, background provided on the page. The others are the long-awaited re-issue of Monoceros on psi and Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris' Possible universe: Conduction 192, recorded at Sant'Anna Arresi and released on NBR/SAJazz.
The latest John Butcher CD is a duo with Andy Moor, Experiments with a leaf on Unsounds; Hans Koch has a solo with multitracking, Erfolg on Deszpot; on Leo there's Encounters from Luc Houtkamp/Simon Nabatov/Martin Blume; on LJ Records there's Sudden meeting from Susanna Lindeborg/Ove Johansson/Thomas Fanto/Michael Andersson; and California connection from Natural Artefacts (Susanna Lindeborg/Ove Johansson/Per Anders Nilsson/Gino Robair/Tim Perkis).
Thank you to those who have contacted me over the last couple of months to say it is worth continuing with the site and that it does form a useful function. And here's another well-stocked update...
First off, a focus on Peter Brötzmann, in particular as a result of Gérard Rouy's excellent book of conversations with Peter: We thought we could change the world. Gérard was kind enough to ask if he could include my PB discography in the book and, seeing it in print has encouraged me to not only do a significant update (with more to come) but a re-organisation to try to make it easier to work through Peter's substantial and continuing output. The new additions have a fair number of very new, new or slightly older (!) vinyl releases beginning with two releases on the OMLOTT label, both duos with Peeter Uuskyla: Dead and useless (also on CD); and the just released double LP, Red cloud on silver. Then there's the recently released Mollie's in the mood on BRÖ, Mental shake on OTOROKU, and Solid and spirit on Nero's Neptune. On CD there's Solo at Dobialab. In addition to the OMLOTT label, I've now added Trost to the Independent labels page and new CD addtions here include: Brötzmann/Noble I am here where are you; Peter Brötzmann/Sonny Sharrock Whatthefuckdoyouwant; Peter Brötzmann/Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke Two city blues 2; Soundtrack from Fake the Facts; First recordlings from the Schlippenbach Trio; Boot! from The Thing; and The Thing/Thurston Moore Live.
The latest two Wig CDs are both from the Ab Baars Trio, the first with NY guests: Invisible blow; the second Slate blue. And finishing as I started, with vinyl, there's the new Bloc Thyristors release, interestingly with insert CD, from Tribraque - Jean-François Pauvros/Patrick Müller/Jean-Noël Cognard - Le passé du futur est toujours présent.
What was new on EFIP 1 January 2015
Well, it's just coming up for 20 years for this web site. I had almost decided to call it a day at this point as new releases have become more difficult to come by and the currency of my information is beginning to lag. But, having discussed this with a number of people, I've decided to continue. So, many thanks to Evan Parker, Maya Homburger, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton, Sten Sandell, Richard Barrett, Joëlle Léandre, Danas Mikailionis and Ernesto Rodrigues, among others, for persuading me there's a value in continuing. And here's the latest, very substantial, update, thanks in large part to those mentioned.
Again, a very brief update, beginning with two new CDs from Joëlle Léandre: in duo with Vincent Courtois Live at Kesselhaus, Berlin on Jazzdor; and in trio with Thomas Buckner and Nicole Mitchell, Flowing stream on Leo. The latest Ogun release is For the Blue Notes by the Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit; on Ayler there's Marc Ducret's culmination to his Tower sequence with the large-scale 2CD Tower-bridge; on Euphorium there is Dirn Bridge from the trio of Axel Dörner/Elan Pauer (Oliver Schwerdt)/Christian Lillinger; on Erstwhile there are two new 2CD sets: II from Jürg Frey/Radu Malfatti; and The abyss from Kevin Drumm/Jason Lescalleet; and the new Rudi Records CD is (In)Obediens from Fabio Sartori/Marco Colonna/Cristiano Calcagnile. The latest Paul Dunmall disc has him in trio with Andrew Barker and Tim Dahl: Luddite on New Atlantis Records.