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Pat Battstone, The Last Taxi: New Destinations | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 29th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Mention the name Pat Battstone to me and I’ll brace for something wild and unexpected, a free-spirited exploration in pure sound and what it means to fixate on a single note and think about it. This isn’t free jazz but experimental jazz, and there is a difference. Free jazz is about controlled and uncontrolled chaos, of an explosion of ideas that, deep down, adhere to structures and codes. Experimental jazz, and the music of Pat Battstone, is too controlled to be free.… Read the full article

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Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Tutankhamun | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Art Ensemble of Chicago‘s classic avant-garde recording of Tutankhamun is inscrutable, so it makes sense that the liner notes are equally perplexing. Jazz critic John B. Litweiler, who wrote for Jazz Monthly, reaches deep into an abyss of feelings and struggles to make that sometimes electric connection between jazz and Ancient Egypt, that strange and almost humorous hybrid of sound that worked so well for Sun Ra and his contemporaries. Reading Litweiler is not unlike reading Pynchon, with a lot of words that need bandying around and shuffling and way too many characters walking in and out of the frame.… Read the full article

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Cecil Taylor, Silent Tongues | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This recent LP shipment I’ve received from ORG Music came at just the right time–we’re getting ready to put out the Spring Issue of The Occasional and I’ve included my tour of the new Furnace Records pressing plant. While I was walking past the assembly line, two women were working on the packaging materials for Cecil Taylor’s Silent Tongues (Amazon). Little did I know that Silent Tongues, a live recording of Taylor at Montreux ’74, would wind up at my doorstep several weeks later.… Read the full article

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Joris Teepe, In the Spirit of Rashied Ali | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just a few days after writing my first book review ever–for Brian Jabas Smith’s moving Tucson Salvage–here comes the second: Joris Teepe‘s In the Spirit of Rashied Ali. Well, this isn’t exactly a book as much as an extended set of liner notes, covering bassist Joris Teepe’s years with legendary jazz drummer Ali just before he passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 76. But these recollections and interviews of Ali’s bandmates and fellow musicians are delivered in a handsome 66-page hardcover volume with plenty of color photographs and a CD containing many of the tunes Teepe played while he was a member of the Rashied Ali Quintet.… Read the full article

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Wadada Leo Smith, Rosa Parks: Pure Love

By | March 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Wadada Leo Smith, Rosa Parks: Pure Love

Wadada Leo Smith’s new composition, Rosa Parks: Pure Love, was inspired by the civil rights movement and performed for the first time in September 2016 at the New School in NYC as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Smith describes these seven oratorios as a pure and emotional tribute to Parks, and how she was a “person of exceptional courage and wisdom, who made the right move of resistance at the right time.” There’s no doubt that Parks’ actions were influential and well-known, but little will prepare you for the sheer anger and force of this music, an angry and confrontational blast of sound that captures the sea change, one that underlines the simple idea that Rosa Parks held–that “you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”

Rosa Parks: Pure Love is comprised of short pieces that Wadada Leo Smith has composed in the fifty years since that defining moment, as well as new material he has written.… Read the full article

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