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Joshua Redman – Still Dreaming
Bill Dixon Soul Note Black Saint box (9:15 hours!)

David Tudor – Neural Synthesis
David Tudor – Three Works for Live Electronics
Charles Wuorinen – the Golden Dance, Piano Concerto no3
Charles Wuorinen – Tashi, Fortune, Cello Variations
Charles Wuorinen – Times Encomium
Steven Schick, red fish blue fish – Xenakis: Percussion Works
Erling Wold – I Weep

Fripp & Eno – Evening Star
Fripp & Eno – Live in Paris, 28.5.1975
Robert Fripp – the League of Gentleman (original vinyl version)
Charlemagne Palestine – Four Manifestations on Six Elements
Thomas Koner – Tiento de la Luz

ripped most of my Bill Laswell 85+ CDs for convenience…for example:

Bill Laswell – Distill
Bill Laswell and Terre Thaemlitz – Web
Bill Laswell and MJ Harris – Somnific Flux
all those Axiom and Subharmonic albums

Yardbirds ’68

Robert Fripp & The League Of Gentlemen – The League Of Gentlemen (1981)


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.



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)

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
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

Michael Winter – lower limitMichael Winter – lower limit (New World Records 80798-2)

Michael Winter is a composer, but also co-curator and co-director of the wulf., the non-profit arts organization that presents experimental music in Los Angeles. Presented on this CD are five compositions of contemporary minimalism and music with pure tones (just intonation tuning). necklaces for guitar and tones opens with a throbbing, droning microtonal chord that eventually includes a guitar pulse. The pulse remains the same, the chord slowly changes. mass and band, for virginal and harpsichord pluck along with much microtonal splendor for almost 12 minutes. Chorale and finely tuned resonators, for eight sustaining instruments evolves as a slow drone. Plucked guitars return on lower limit, pitches tuned to intervals from the harmonic series. Necklaces (solo version) returns at the end of the disc with a single guitar playing the only the repeating pulse, harmonics ringing out from the string are the stars.

The dense liner notes in the accompanying booklet by the composer explain his personal compositional approach. A breath of fresh air for ears in these troubled times.

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