Thursday, April 14, 2011

antonios das mortes

gato barbieri - the third world - flying dutchman - 1969

bass - charlie haden
drums - beaver harris
percussion - richard landrum
piano - lonnie liston smith
tenor saxophone, flute, vocals - gato barbieri
trombone - roswell rudd

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

prayer and despair

georges ivanovitch gurdjieff - sacred hymns - ecm - 1980
(from the lp, contains some surface sound)

recorded march 1980 at tonstudio bauer, ludwigsburg

musique sacrée tibétaine

musique sacrée tibétaine - ocora - 1973

recorded 1971 in the northeastern nepalese province of khumbu,
in the sherpa region close to the tibetan frontier

Monday, April 4, 2011


edward vesala - satu - ecm - 1977

drums - edward vesala
composer - edward vesala , tomasz stańko (tracks: b3)
bass - palle danielsson
bass clarinet - rolf malm (tracks: a1, a2, b2)
flugelhorn - palle mikkelborg (tracks: a1, b1)
flute - juhani aaltonen (tracks: a1, a2) , knut riisnæs (tracks: a1)
alto flute - juhani aaltonen (tracks: b3)
guitar - terje rypdal (tracks: a1 to b2)
soprano saxophone - juhani aaltonen (tracks: b2) , tomasz szukalski (tracks: a1, b1, b2)
tenor saxophone - juhani aaltonen (tracks: b1) , knut riisnæs (tracks: a2, b1) , tomasz szukalski (tracks: a2, b2)
trombone - torbjørn sunde (tracks: a1 to b2)
trumpet - palle mikkelborg (tracks: a2, b1, b2) , tomasz stańko

producer - manfred eicher
artwork - dieter bonhorst
engineer - jan erik kongshaug
cover photography - lajos keresztes
liner photography - timo kelaranta

Sunday, March 6, 2011

the train and the river

jimmy giuffre - the complete capitol & atlantic recordings of jimmy giuffre
(1954-1958) - mosaic - 1997

Saturday, January 8, 2011

that treats the subject of what happens after death

anthology of world music: the music of tibetan buddhism
rounder records - 1999
(the unesco collection, originally recorded in may & june 1961)

the chant pivots around a deep monotone, whose center sometimes rises a little. the bodies of the monks sway slightly as they chant.
from notes for release

thanks to phillip for recommending

Monday, November 15, 2010

the soloists represent the stones of the garden, the accompaniment the raked sand

john cage - ryoanji - hat art - 1996

composed 1983-1985

double bass - robert black
flute - eberhard blum
trombone - iven hausmann
oboe - gudrun reschke
voice - john patrick thomas
percussion - jan williams

Sunday, April 18, 2010

the landscape it leads through

herbert distel - die reise - hat art - 1988

radiophonic work in four parts, created 1984-1985.
premiered on radio drs 2 berne/switzerland on june 5, 1985.
basictrack recorded by herbert distel in 1984 on a train ride zurich-berne.
cicadas recorded 1984 in toscany/italy. additional recording by gil distel.
guitar and african piano by felix hochuli. vocal by pietrina cavazzini.

(sold this and la stazione so long ago to make rent, was happy to find both for $7-8 each yesterday on record store day, so important to the history of what french historian henri le minerve coined the "après-satie continuum")

Sunday, January 24, 2010

via memory

der lauf der dinge - 1987

Sunday, November 22, 2009

after love, especially heavy

dave burrell - after love - america records - 1970

roscoe mitchell - reeds
alan silva - cello, electric cello, violin
dave burrell - piano
ron miller - double bass, madolin
michel gladieux - double bass
bertrand gauthier, ron moye - drums

recorded 1970 in paris

after love set about examining the possibilities of an especially heavy and steady drum line beneath the improvising string and woodwind instruments.
from notes for release by robert levin

Sunday, November 15, 2009


2 radio interviews with cecil taylor and max roach from
cecil taylor & max roach - historic concerts:
mc millin theatre columbia u. new york december 15, 1979

soul note - 1984

Sunday, November 8, 2009

unknown before he plays it

steve lacy - two, five & six. blinks - hat art - 1997
(recorded live in zürich 1983)

steve lacy - sopranosaxophone
steve potts - alto- & sopranosaxophone
bobby few - piano (on the whammies only)
irène aebi - cello, violin & voice
jean-jaques avenel - bass
oliver johnson - percussion

"ornette coleman told me one day: 'lacy, seems like you don't know what you're going to play before you play it.' i said: 'yeah, that's right.' and he was shocked by that because he has a clear conception of a phrase before he plays it, but at the time i was deeply into the unknown, i didn't know what is was going to find. two different manners of working, both valid; tow different premises."
from notes for release

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

hungarian folk tunes

béla bartók - bartók plays bartók - pearl - 1995

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


erik satie (yuji takahashi) - pièces pour piano 1 - denon - 1985
recorded 1976

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

supersilent & terje rypdal - moers jazz festival 12 mai 2008


(via unavisenpassant)

Monday, August 24, 2009

madness stalked him for twenty years

komitas - the voice of komitas vardapet - traditional crossroads - 1995
recorded in paris, 1912

Monday, August 10, 2009

(m)iddle end and wh(o) pe(r)sian ci(t)y cl(o)ud uncertai(n)

morton feldman - for john cage (1982) - alm records/kojima recordings inc. - 1993
yasushi toyoshima - violin, aki takahashi - piano

so powerful are these late works that a few notes suffice to identify their singular sound-world: they are at once intimate and monumental. in the late works of beethoven, there is often a passage near the end where all harmonic motion slows to a standstill, usually suspended on a trill, while reminiscences of earlier moments are heard. this is the place where feldman's late works all begin.
from notes for release by raphael mostel

gerhard richter from elbe, 31 monotypes, 1957

title from john cage's scenario for m.f.

Monday, August 3, 2009

des étoiles, de la planète à l'anneau, des anges, des saints, du chant des oiseaux

olivier messiaen - visions de l'amen pour deux pianos
disques adès - 1962/1988
yvonne loriod et olivier messiaen, written in 1943

Thursday, July 16, 2009

via memory

angus maclise + tony conrad - chumlum - 1964
(from the ron rice film)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

une sublime musique de chambre

j.s bach (gidon kremer) - 3 sonate e 3 partite per violino solo
bwv 1001-1006

philips - 1980

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"musical mode" is a group of sounds corresponding to a specific emotional climate

ram narayan - inde du nord, l'art du sarangi - ocora radio france - 1998
recorded june 1979

title refers to the raga, from the notes by tran van khe

Thursday, June 18, 2009

seven come eleven, bukka white use to call them sky songs cause he'd reach up and pull'em out of the sky

townes van zandt - nashville sessions (seven come eleven)
tomato records - 1993
recorded 1972

he began playing guitar at 15, and he learned his second chord at 21

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

swing meaning the traditional coloring of the energy that moves the music

cecil taylor - the complete candid recordings
of cecil taylor and buell neidlinger
- mosaic - 1989

with buell neidlinger, billy higgins, dennis charles, sunny murray, charles davis, steve lacy, archie shepp, roswell rudd, clark terry

(title from a spellman's four lives in the bebob business)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

la vraie musique des sphères

john cage - sixty-eight / quartets I-VIII - hat hut records - 1995
(lucas vis & radio-sinfonie-orchester frankfurt)

écoutez la musique religieusement, comme si ses accents étaient les derniers que vous dussiez entendre
- henry david thoreau - journal

les sons sont des bulles à la surface du silence. elles éclatent. la question est de savoir combien de bulles il y a sur le silence.
- john cage - silence
from notes for release; la vraie musique des sphères by franck mallet

(listen religiously, as if its accent were the last that you would ever her)
(the sounds are bubbles on the surface of silence. the burst. the question is to know how many bubbles there are on silence)