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)




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
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

28468101_10155424223122794_5277949508660613645_nKeith Jarrett – After the Fall
Anthony Braxton – Quintet (Tristano) 2014
Mathias Eick – Midwest
Mathias Eick – the Door
Eric Dolphy – Out to Lunch
Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell – the Stone, April 22, 2014
Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky
Santana – Live at the Fillmore 68
Santana 3
Pebbles vol. 1-3
Louise Bessette – Scelsi: the Piano Works 1
Robert Casadesus – Complete Piano Music of Maurice Ravel
Boris Berman – Prokofiev: Complete Piano Sonatas
Tangerine Dream – Encore
Tomita – Snowflakes are Dancing
Tomita – the Ravel Album
Leo Smith Paris 19.10.2015
John Scofield Performs Quiet and Loud Jazz

…and much Ravel, Debussy, Bach, Bobo Stenson.

20180128_100543 cropBruce Gertz – Blueprint
Jeff Palmer – Ease On
Sigi Finkel – Sweet Sue
Eric Dolphy – Iron Man
Eric Dolphy – Conversations
Julius Hemphill – Blue Boyé
Julius Hemphill – Roi Boyé & The Gotham Minstrels
John Luther Adams – In the White Silence
David Moore – No Home of the Mind (solo piano)
Ralph van Raat, John Adams – Complete Piano Music
John Adams – Fellow Traveler
Igor Stravinsky – Works of, disk 9: Symphony in Three Movements, Symphony in C, Symphony of Psalms

and a lot of Philip Glass that isn’t already listed below:
Philip Glass – Satyagraha
Philip Glass – the Illusionist
Philip Glass – Kundun
Philip Glass – Animals in Love
Philip Glass – Notes on a Scandal
Philip Glass – North Star

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