Brian Eno

Brian Eno – Music for Installations
Jethro Tull – Thick as a Brick
Bruford – Feels Good to Me
MJ12 with Percy Jones
Brand X – Locked & Loaded
Peter Locketts Network of Sparks with Bill Bruford – One
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Michael Gordon – Clouded Yellow
Michael Brook, U Srinivas – Dream

Angelica Sanchez and Leo Smith – Twine Forest
Harris Eisenstadt – September Trio
Angelica Sanchez – Float the Edge
Michael Formanek – the Rub and Spare Change
Michael Formanek – Small Places
Matt Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell – Accelerated Projection
Joey Baron and Bill Frisell – Just Listen
The Complete Black Lion Recordings of Thelonious Monk

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glenn-branca-obit-ebc77dbc-269a-46c3-a15d-ab28c7bc5eeabGlenn Branca passed away a few days ago. Here are some things I tweeted afterwards.

Shocking news this afternoon…Glenn Branca’s microtonal guitar symphonies were a big influence on me when I finally got my own microtonal gtr. Take care Glenn…the world is a better place because you were here and made music. ☹️

I never heard the microtonal symphonies performed, but when Bang on a Can premiered Music for Airports, they played a Branca piece.

I heard a pair of 12tet symphonies at the Kitchen and had to leave because it was so loud. It was later released on DVD.

I also heard another 12tet symphony at the Brooklyn Anchorage. So loud, crap was falling from the ceiling.

Brooklyn Anchorage: that was the time I correctly IDed Keenan Lawler strolling around. Kind of strange, considering I never met Keenan and didn’t know what he looked like. The psychic powers of heavy drinking, strange side effect.

There was another time at the Leonard Knitting Factory. He was doing something with Zev, smoking on stage in a non smoking room.

I remember reading about him and bought a copy of Gloria, Symphony no.3 when it came out.

#GlennBranca

31124745_2106946549321464_4192417945872479249_nA lot of Cecil Taylor, Matt Ship, ECM, David Liebman & Marc Copland…and more.

Cecil Taylor – Nuits De La Fondation Maeght
Cecil Taylor – One Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye
Cecil Taylor – It Is In The Brewing Luminous
Cecil Taylor – Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!
…and a lot of the WKCR Cecil Taylor memorial broadcasts.

Wes Montgomery – Far Wes
Wes Montgomery – Guitar on the Go
Wes Montgomery – Bumpin
Miles Davis and John Coltrane – the Final Tour
David Binney – the Luxury of Guessing
Matt Shipp – To Duke
Matt Shipp – By the Law of Music
Sun Ra – Nuits de la Fondation Maeght
John Stevens with Allan Holdsworth – Conversation Piece
Roscoe Mitchell – More Cutouts
Jackie McLean – Capuchin Swing
Marilyn Crispell – In Motian
Marilyn Crispell – Deep Memory
Ed Bickert – Bye Bye Baby
Kenny Wheeler – Six for Six
Michael Walden – Garden of Love Light
Ginger Baker’s Air Force

ECM Records

Jakob Bro – Returnings
Mathias Eick – Ravensburg
Tomasz Stańko – Wislawa
Kristjan Randalu with Ben Monder – Absence
Steve Eliovson – Dawn Dance
Paul McCandless – Skylight

Prog!

Brand X – Product
Brand X – But Wait… There’s More! Live 2017
King Crimson – Live in Vienna
Bruford Levin Upper Extremities
Bruford Levin Upper Extremities BLUE Nights
Al DiMeola with Tony Levin and Bill Bruford – Scenario
Yes – Fly From Here/Return Trip

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If there’s a leading candidate for an obscure ECM release needing to be reissued, Steve Eliovson’s Dawn Dance with Collin Walcott is that album. Only available briefly on CD and probably only in Germany. I used to have this on vinyl, I should have kept this one when I sold the collection.

Manafonistas tells the story:

He made one guitar solo album for ECM, in 1981, then fell from earth. A bit of research, and I found this story:

„I just got back from Cape Town, S Africa … I spent a week and a 1/2 making a nuisance of myself at various gigs/jams. I got to sit in with Bensonphile, Richard Caesar, Wes-o-phile, Alvin Dyers and other sundry bands/guys. So on saturday I was invited to a party at great pianist Robert Payne’s pad. There were a few people there, and one guy was introduced as „Steve“. About 1/2 way thru the nite I heard „Steve“ mention recording in Germany. I tentatively asked him for his last name, and his response FLOORED me: Eliovson. This was the legendary Steve Eliovson who recorded on ECM in ’80 and promptly vanished. He is a legend amongst SA gtr players, and here he was in front of me alive and well !!!!! He told me lots of stories of hanging with Towner and Abercrombie et al, and how the exigencies of survival forced him to abandon his gtrs in NY storage NEVER to return to music – sad freaking story … Anyway I pulled out my gtr and he played a bit. Rusty, but with glimpses of a Mclaughlin style … He told me he was in Europe to record his 2nd ECM date and the weekend before recording commenced he broke a leg ski-ing in the Alps. It all began to fall apart for him after that. They postponed the rec. date, and Steve went back to NYC where he was living at the time. He said he couldn’t really play gigs or get around with a cast up to his hip in NY and he was living on someone’s couch. He decided to store his belongings and head back to SA to regroup. He never got back … and it seems he lost momentum … I could sense the sad regret/loss behind his eyes … He mentioned hanging with Richie Bierach in those days, and that Richie was living in a literal „shoebox“: one room with barely space to move. He also recalled jams with Towner and Abercrombie where they all got so stoned that guys were literally falling over while playing … His sad story reconfirmed to me that if you can simply find a way to keep playing music in your life (never mind being a „star“ or „famous“) you can count yourself lucky …“ (Tom Marcello)

 

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Jenny Lin – Stravinsky Solo Piano Works
Jenny Lin – Glass: Complete Etudes for Piano
Jörg Demus – Claude Debussy: the Complete Piano Works
Brazil Guitar Duo – Brouwer: Music for Two Guitars
Marc-André Hamelin – Busoni, Late Piano Music
Amsterdam Guitar Trio, Chiel Meijerjing – Two Men and a Lady
Ivo Pogorelich – Mussorsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
Gerald Garcia – Baroque Guitar Favorites
David Russell plays Tedesco
Lou Harrison – Serenado
Frank Zappa – Jazz from Hell
Frank Zappa – London Symphony Orchestra, vol 1 & 2
Frank Zappa – the Perfect Stranger
Jan Garbarek & Bobo Stenson – Witchi-Tai-To
Bobo Stenson – Serenity
Bobo Stenson – Contra la indecisión
Thomas Strønen – Parish
Paul Kossoff – Back Street Crawler
Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Pepperments
Morphogenesis – Stromatolites
Bill Frisell – Music IS
Sarah Bernstein – Still-Free
Tangerine Dream – Cyclone
Rush – Farewell to Kings (40th Anv Edition)

….and much, much more.



Jazz-Club “La Spirale”, Fribourg, Switzerland, 02.02.1996

Marc Copland – piano
John Abercrombie – guitar


new TDWR, Gilad Hekselman. Strong Holdsworth influence while still attached to the tradition. More video here.

Gilad Hekselman Trio – This Just In
Live from Roanne, 2013
with:
Joe Martin – Bass
Marcus Gilmore – Drums

Gilad Hekselman Plays Invention 4 – J.S. Bach

Thelonious Monk – We See
Peter Bernstein & Gilad Hekselman – Guitars
Joe Martin – Bass
Colin Stranahan – Drums

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