Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Cosiner "Crafty Tunes 2" will available in stores February 2009. The album will be also available at your favorite digital retailer (iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic and more). We put one of the songs ("Off-3-4 Tune") off the new album on MySpace;
Put it on your iPod, iPhone, Serato or OG Diskman, please give it a good listen and let us know what you think of the track.
-Beautiful Angry Music
Monday, December 29, 2008
He played on more than 300 recordings, including some of the most important albums of the 60s, including Ornette Coleman's "Free Jazz," Eric Dolphy's "Out to Lunch," Trane's "Ascension," Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil" and his own classics, "Ready for Freddie," "Hub-Tones," and countless others. He will be sorely missed in the world of jazz. -Cosiner
Yosuke Yamashita Trio with Brass 12 - Introducing Takeo Moriyama
Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita formed a bass-less trio in 1969, with drummer Takeo Moriyama and tenorist Seiichi Nakamura (he also formed the Yosuke Yamashita New York Trio in the late 80s, with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff). Here is a great studio album with 4 tracks composed by Moriyama.
A Power Stronger Than Itself - The AACM and American Experimental Music
George E. Lewis (2008 The University of Chicago Press, ISBN:9780226476957)
Finally. A great book about the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). I like the fact that it's written by George E. Lewis who joined the collective as a teenager in 1971. 690 pages deep, with in-depth interviews and a collection of rare pictures. A must read.
Beautiful Angry Music 15:
The Wire (297, November 2008 issue, page 54)
1. Bill Dixon/Archie Shepp - 7-Tette/And the New York Contemporary 5 (Savoy)
2. John Coltrane - Lush Life (Prestige)
3. Cosiner - Crafty Tunes (Beautiful Angry Music)
4. Steve Lacy - Raps (Adelphi Jazz Line)
5. Don Cherry - Mu-First Part (Actuel)
6. Albert Ayler - Love Cry (Impulse)
7. Sun Ra - Astro Black (Impulse)
8. Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Disco 3000 (El Saturn)
9. Your Neighborhood Saxphone Quartet - Plutonian Nights-the Music of Sun Ra (Coppens)
10. Roswell Rudd - Everywhere (Impulse)
11. Lyrics Born - Everywhere At Once (Anti/Quannum Project)
12. Nas - Nas (Def Jam)
13. Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub (Mamba/Atra)
14. Aretha Franklin - Soul '69 (Atlantic)
15. East of Underground - East of Underground (Shogun)
Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore: Blowing In From Chicago (Blue Note 1549, 1957)
A great double-tenor session LP from Chicagoans Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore recorded in 1957. Also one of Gilmore's very few appearances outside of the Sun Ra Arkestra. So much energy from both players (they were really young at the time of this recording, probably in their early 20's?) their fire burns straight through all seven songs. With rhythmic accompaniment from Art Blakey (d), Curly Russell (b) and Horace Silver (p) the combination here creates a great looseness that allows Jordan and Gilmore to shine on their tenors. Generally I am not a big Blue Note head when it comes down to collecting older titles, but this is a great one to own a clean copy on vinyl. I see the original 1957 pressing going for anywhere between $50 to $100. Just like many other Blue Note titles, some of the later Japanese pressings have better sound quality and they are more affordable, unless you are a diehard Blue Note head...
The Giuseppi Logan Quartet (ESP Disk, 1965)
One more to revisit here. A great album by the multi-reedman, Giuseppi Logan with his quartet. Originally released in 1965 (recorded in 1964 at Bell Sound Studios in NYC), Logan chose his close friends and companions, Milford Graves (d), Don Pullen (p) and Eddie Gomez (b), to create this 5-song (deep!) album and added to the full dimension of each musician. This was one of the first free-jazz records that taught me the depth of exploratory music and the use of middle-eastern and south asian (Indian, particularly) instruments and scales. There is an ESP reissue on CD now, digitally re-mastered and sounds very good (unlike many free-jazz reissues out there). Unfortunately, Logan only had two releases (both on ESP) before disappearing from the scene in the early 70s (appeared on Roswell Rudd's album later I believe). I recently saw an article somewhere he was missing since the 70s and found by a Mission Christian church in New York... His unique sound will be greatly missed. Until next time.
Roscoe Mitchell Sextet - Sound (Delmark, 1966)
One of my favorite albums of all time. Roscoe Mitchell's (Art Ensemble of Chicago, AACM) sextet LP from 1966. He expresses an emphasis on the notion of sounds rather than "tune," occasionally in silence, throughout the whole album as one. The group, Roscoe organized here with Lester Bowie (t), Lester Lashley (tb), Kalaparush Marurice McIntyre (ts), Malachi Favors (b) and Alvin Fielder (d), works largely in overtones and distortions more than in true tones. I find myself listening back to this album when I am thinking about starting a project completely different from what I was doing before. I sometimes listen to this purely as "sounds" without having anything in mind. If you come across with a vinyl copy, the sound quality on LP has much more clarity than the CD reissue but the CD comes with 2 bonus alternative takes of "Ornette" and "Sound" previously unreleased (although those sound a bit editted to me and takes me a while to get used to it every time. I should probably get over it by now...). Stay tuned.