An old friend gave me a turntable and this is the first thing I listened to. Phew! This is so hip, I dig this “European” band so much more than his current trio or the “American” band. The music deserves a reunion of these guys – saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bassist Palle Danielsson, and drummer Jon Christensen with Keith Jarrett.
How about a box set of live recordings to celebrate this great band on ECM?
Spectrum Road (Palmetto Records)
Works for me, it’s the best tribute to Tony William’s Lifetime that I’ve heard yet. Jack Bruce and the band sound perfect.
Iannis Xenakis – Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 (Timpani)
Iannis Xenakis – Works for Piano (Mode)
Xenakis knocks me out… unpredictable on the first listen, crazy sliding pitches, insane spiky piano, terrifying.
But I gotta be in the mood for it.
Morton Feldman – Last Pieces (Sub Rosa)
Morton Feldman – Something Wild: Music for Films (Kairos)
Morton Feldman – Patterns in a Chromatic Field (Tzadik)
When I first heard Feldman, I think he was probably only gone a few years and already new recordings of performances were multiplying.
Something Wild is an odd collection of music for films (obviously, gotta listen again), while the solo piano on Last Pieces always works for me. I’ve heard Patterns in a Chromatic Field performed twice, once by these musicians, Charles Curtis, cello and Aleck Karis, piano.
Patterns and Last Pieces are essential Feldman.