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2014Harold Budd
Invisible Jukebox, The Wire, January 1997
Tested by Mike Barnes

Morton Feldman
Extract from Triadic Memories (Sub Rosa)

Harold Budd: Beautiful piece. I haven’t a clue what it is.

Mike Barnes: It was composed in 1981 and it’s an extract from a 73 minute piece.

Harold Budd: I imagine then that it would be Morton Feldman. Triadic Memories? Beautiful. [Budd looks at the CD] Fafchamps: completely unknown pianist to me. Beautiful performance. Feldman was a sublimely beautiful artist.

Mike Barnes: Were you influenced by him?

Harold Budd: Absolutely, yes. When I was a ‘proper’ American avant garde composer, I scandalously ripped him off. I was originally attracted to the notions and philosophy of John Cage. From that I spun off to Feldman, who seemed less doctrinaire and more interested in the potential of what sound can actually do to your state of mind and where you are and how you get through the world. He was responsible for some extraordinary moments in American music.

You and I could play this piece; do you know what I mean? It doesn’t require the ability to play Liszt preludes. It’s completely antithetical to that notion. All you need is the kind of spiritual aggressiveness to sit down and be true to what’s in front of you. The hard part with a Feldman performance is the control necessary in order to continually pull it off for such a long time. So in many ways, this piece is documenting the fact that this gentleman had made the decision to do a 73 minute version of it and he did it, believing in it all the while. Not a ‘gig’ in other words.

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1016691_10152976020010626_1082240768_nSteve Reich – Reich Remixed
Piccola Accademia Degli Specchi, Philip Glass, Matteo Sommacal, Wim
Mertens – Minimamachta
Kuniko Kato – Cantus
John Tilbury, Morton Feldman – Triadic Memories
Julian Lage – Sounding Point
Elvis Costello and Bill Frisell – Deep Dead Blue
Mark Turner – Lathe of Heaven
Tyshawn Sorey – Alloy
Tal Farlow – the Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions
Bill Evans – the Complete Riverside Recordings

a597460e455b1ffc-10604701_10152877704408939_2680894832698653855_omy list, in no particular order…

jazz

Nels Cline and Julian Lage – Room (Mack Avenue)
Kenny Barron and Dave Holland – The Art of Conversation (Impulse!/Blue Note Records)
Paul Bley – Play Blue – Oslo Concert (ECM)
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Last Dance (ECM)
Wolfgang Muthspiel – Driftwood (ECM)
Vijay Iyer – Mutations (ECM)
Joe Morris – Balance (Clean Feed Records)

other

David Sylvian – there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon)
John Luther Adams – Become Ocean (Cantaloupe)
Sarah Cahill, Mamoru Fujieda – Patterns of Plants (Pinna)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos (Kranky)
Harold Budd – Jane 12-21 (Darla Records)
Philip Glass – The Complete Piano Etudes (Orange Mountain Music)
The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music)
Harry Partch – Plec­tra and Per­cus­sion Dances (Bridge Records)

historical

Fripp and Eno – Live in Paris 28.05.1976 (Discipline Global Mobile)
John Coltrane, Offering: Live At Temple University (Impulse!/Resonance)
Charlie Haden, Jim Hall (Impulse!)
Miles Davis: Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy)
King Crimson – Starless (Discipline Global Mobile)

reissues

Steve Lacy – Black Saint/Soul Note box, Vol.2
Jimmy Lyons – Black Saint/Soul Note box
Brian Eno – The Shutov Assembly (All Saints, includes bonus disc)
Captain Beefheart – Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, (Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot, plus out takes – Rhino/Warner Bros.)
Jon Hassell – City: Works of Fiction (All Saints, includes two bonus discs) ()
Ralph Towner/John Abercrombie – Five Years Later (ECM)

rock

Robert Plant – Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch)
Pink Floyd – Endless River (Columbia)

want list:

Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (Tum Records)
Ron Miles, Circuit Rider (Enja)
Morton Feldman – Two Pianos and other pieces, 1953-1969 (Another Timbre)

005534-john-cageJon Hassell – The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things by the Power of Sound
Michael Mantler – the Jazz Composers Update
Jim Hall – All Across the City
Jim Hall – Live!
Wordless Music Orchestra – Tubular Bells
Tal Farlow – the Swinging Guitar of…..
Tal Farlow’s Finest Hour
Lenny Breau – Swingin’ On a Seventh String
Joe Pass – Virtuoso
David Sylvian – there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight
Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian – Hamburg ’72
Stick Men – Open
Stick Men – Deep
Yes – Like It Is, Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome
Joni Mitchell – Love Has Many Faces: a Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced

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