Brilliant work from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – free jazz at one level, but played with the poise and sensitivity of the mid 60s "new thing" movement in the US. The record abounds with fantastic horn solos – and the drumming is free, yet never fails to give the group an energetic pulse. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has one slightly bumped bottom corner, but is nice overall.)
Titles include "Nafana Gbain Drums", "Fanti Osode Drum", "Ga Gongs", "Oo Ya", and "Gome Drum & Songs". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Lyrichord. Cover has light wear.)
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Barry Miles —
White Heat ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
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An overlooked gem from keyboardist Barry Miles – and one of the most compelling early 70s sides on the Mainstream Records label! Barry's got a way of really making his keys sing out nicely – playing both acoustic and electric piano with plenty of warm tones and gently flowing modes – but never in a way that's too far out from jazz, or too smooth to be sleepy. The set features twin guitars from Pat Martino and John Abercrombie, both of whom underscore the chromatic nature of Miles' playing – and other players include Lew Tabackin on tenor and flute, Victor Gaskin on bass, Terry Silverlight on drums, and Warren Smith on congas. Titles are mostly Miles originals – and include "Descent", "Tangent", "White Heat", and "Little Heart Of Pieces". CD
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Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz freedoms and some newer 80s experimental moments – all in a lineup with Mark Thompson on piano, Steve Coleman on alto and soprano sax, Jay Hoggard on vibes, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. Kenny Werner plays a bit of synth at times – in some dark-toned 80s modes – and although Bobby McFerrin is billed strongly on the cover, the album only seems to feature a bit of his vocalizations. Titles include "Sangoma & Nelly", "You Are The One", "Spook & Fade", "Tangents", "Ballad For Hakima", and "Sir Tashi & The Yeti". CD
Kim Fowley, an author? Stranger things have happened – and given Fowley's penchant for putting his finger in just about every pie that came within reach, the whole thing's no surprise at all! The book is a stunning account of Fowley's important years in the music business – working in the sometimes lowest reaches of the LA scene, yet sometimes hitting the highest heights too – all told in really interesting detail, with a pacing that's completely unique! At lots of points, it kind of feels like Kim's telling you the story of his life over a few dozen drinks at the bar – with all the tangents you might expect – but at other times, there's this lucidity that's right in line with the Fowley genius in the studio – that way of being and going crazy while still holding all your cool – summed up perfectly in these few lines near the end of the book: "Well this is my version of what happened to me. I don't know if it really happened or not, but I think it did. I'm holding back a lot of stuff because it's too overwhelming in its darkness and it would be a sad read." Book