I heard these two streaming online at NPR’s First Listen, a great way to preview albums before I run out and get a copy. The Threadgill grew on me, Ravi is his own man…maybe I’ll get these somewhere down the line.
Brian Eno, Icebreaker with BJ Cole – Apollo (Cantaloupe)
I also heard this streaming online at The Bird Cage, I love it. I’ll have to get a copy. It should be in the stores or what’s left of them, this week.
Oh yeah baby! (particularly Capricorn Rising)
Tony Williams – Life Time (Blue Note)
John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams – Trio of Doom (Columbia Legacy)
Terry Riley – Descending Moonshine Dervishes (Kuckuck Schallplatten)
I was thrilled to hear this classic on WKCR one afternoon, while I was driving past Cony Island, down the Belt Parkway. The next day I even heard Riley’s Mescaline Mix. New York radio is the best.
Julian Bream and John Williams – Live (RCA Red Seal/Sony)
Harry Partch – Delusion of the Fury (Columbia)
Iannis Xenakis – Xenakis Percussion Works (Mode)
John Cage/Morton Feldman – Music for Keyboard 1935-1948 (New World)
Morton Feldman – Music of Morton Feldman (CRI)
Morton Feldman – Piano and String Quartet (Elektra/Nonesuch)
Early one morning in December 1993, I was listening to Piano and String Quartet and I checked my answering machine to find a message from Dancing Bob that Frank Zappa had died. I will always remember that moment when I hear this piece.
I’ve been working my way through the 18 disc Messiaen Edition (Warner Classics). It could have been mastered a bit louder (seriously), but I’m up to disk 9.
Today is Harry Partch and Terry Riley’s birthday.