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Don Cherry Trio - Live In Paris, March 1979
Don Cherry Trio
Live In Paris, March 1979
LP | 2020 | UK | Reissue (Alternative Fox)
17,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Superb Performance Recorded IN Paris IN March 1979. Originally Broadcast ON THE French Radio Station Ortf.
Don Cherry & Friends - Baden Baden Free Jazz Meeting 1967
Don Cherry & Friends
Baden Baden Free Jazz Meeting 1967
LP | 2020 | EU (Alternative Fox)
16,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Broadcast from SWR and recorded at the legendary 1967 Free Jazz Meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany this is a collection of four different performances by different line-ups, featuring big names in the European free jazz 60's scene of the time along such top players as Don Cherry, Marion Brown, Evan Parker and John Stevens.
Charles Mingus - John Cassavetes' Shadows
Charles Mingus
John Cassavetes' Shadows
LP | 2020 | EU (Alternative Fox)
16,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
For the first time on vinyl, Charles Mingus's great score for the legendary 1959 directorial debut of John Cassavetes, Shadows. Much has been said about the controversial relationship between these two masters. "The score encapsulates Cassavetes' and Mingus's unique approaches to both improvisation and composition in their respective media, illuminating the oppositional nature of jazz to mainstream cultural production and the underbelly of race relations in 1950's America" --Ross Lipman
Weather Report - Live At Shinjuku Koseinenkin Hall Tokyo 1978
Weather Report
Live At Shinjuku Koseinenkin Hall Tokyo 1978
2LP | 2020 | EU (Alternative Fox)
24,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
The jazz supergroup 'par excellence', Weather Report played a legendary show in front of an adoring audience at the Shinjuku Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo in 1978. Broadcast live by NHK Radio on June 28th, this gig featured the band as a quartet for the first time, with Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Jaco Pastorius joined by new kid Peter Erskine on drums.
Archie Shepp - The Tradition
Archie Shepp
The Tradition
2LP | 1978 | EU (Alternative Fox)
24,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Avant-garde giant Archie Shepp made an indelible contribution to experimental jazz. Double-LP The Tradition was recorded in Rome in 1977 for Horo Records with drummer Clifford Jarvis and bassist Cameron Brown; the raucous “Hooray For Mal” has shades of be-bop, while Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” is largely tackled by Shepp on upright piano (with gorgeous soloing by Brown); “Things Have Got To Change” hearkens to Shepp’s experience of the Pan-African Cultural Festival of Algiers of 1969 and Ellington’s “I Didn’t Know About You” is relayed as a soft tenor ballad with rough edges.
Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk
Donald Byrd
The Cat Walk
LP | 1962 | EU (Alternative Fox)
13,99 €*
Release:1962 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Detroit-born trumpeter Donald Byrd was one of the most expressive players of the instrument. Recording for leading jazz labels such as Savoy and Blue Note from the late 50s, he collaborated with Cannonball Adderly, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. The 1962 Blue Note release The Cat Walk was a critical success; most songs were written by pianist Duke Pearson, who makes crucial contribution, along with understated drummer Philly Joe Jones, relaxed strolling bass from Laymon Jackson, and rousing sax from longstanding collaborator, Pepper Adams.
Alice Coltrane - Africa - Live At The Carnegie Hall 1971
Alice Coltrane
Africa - Live At The Carnegie Hall 1971
LP | 1972 | UK (Alternative Fox)
18,99 €*
Release:1972 / UK
Genre:Organic Grooves
The musician and spiritual seeker Alice Coltrane was much more than just John Coltrane’s second wife. One of the few harpists to feature prominently in jazz, she was also a renowned pianist and composer and her interest in spiritual matters greatly helped steer her husband deeper into Krishna consciousness, which had significant bearing on his music, most notably evident on A Love Supreme. This mesmerising performance, held at Carnegie Hall four years after John’s untimely passing as part of a benefit event for Swami Satchidananda's Integral Yoga Institute, comprised a stunning and largely improvised rendition of Coltrane’s “Africa,” with Alice’s subtle piano and harp expressions excellently framed by the wailing saxes of Pharaoh Sanders and Archie Shepp, Cecil McBee and Jimmy Garrison trading non-standard bass lines, a dual drum onslaught from Clifford Jarvis and Ed Blackwell, along with members of the Institute on harmonium and tamboura.
Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo - Moon Gas
Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo
Moon Gas
LP | 1963 | UK (Alternative Fox)
18,99 €*
Release:1963 / UK
Genre:Organic Grooves
Adventurous keyboardist and arranger Dick Hyman worked in radio, film and television before making a name for himself as a jazz pianist in the mid-1950s with a hugely popular harpsichord rendition of “Mack The Knife.” An early experimenter with electronic instruments, including the Moog, his 1963 rarity Moon Gas, produced by Creed Taylor and recorded with Sinatra sidekick and Broadway musical mainstay Mary Mayo, was conceived as “a glimpse of the possible sounds of the 22nd Century.” Blasting lounge music and love ballads into the nether regions of outer space, Moon Gas pitted Hyman’s organ, mini-organ and piano riffs against Mayo’s ethereal voice-—sometimes singing wordlessly, other times with actual lyrics—atop a tight studio ensemble, the sounds made more otherworldly through the use of an ondioline, a martinot, oscillators and Vinnie Bell’s customised guitar, which allowed for individualised sound effects. Although improvised opener “Moon Gas” sounds pleasantly jazzy, “Maid of the Moon” and “Space Reflex” reach the cosmos and there’s a one-off rendition of Joao Gilberto’s “Desafinado” too, delivered with skill in Portuguese.
Steve Reich & Ensemble Modern & Synergy Vocals - Tokyo Opera City, 21.5.2008
Steve Reich & Ensemble Modern & Synergy Vocals
Tokyo Opera City, 21.5.2008
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
15,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
As noted on our Live In Berkeley 1970 and Information Transmission, Modulation and Noise releases, the New York-born composer and abstract keyboard artist Steve Reich was one of the most important pioneers of minimalist music. After studying with jazz pianist Hall Overton, Reich studied composition at the Julliard School of Music and later at Mills College, a hotbed of experimental music in Oakland, near San Francisco. He subsequently began experimenting with audio tape as a medium for recorded and performed music at the San Francisco Tape Music Center with important figures of early electronic music, including Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender and Phil Lesh (the latter eventually a bassist in the Grateful Dead), and more importantly with Terry Riley, who joined Reich for the staging of In C in 1964, based on constantly shifting, fragmented music patterns. Reich went on to compose a number of noteworthy film soundtracks and in 1967 collaborated with Oliveros and Richard Maxfield for the LP New Sounds In Electronic Music. Phased musical and rhythmic patterns, sonic loops and electronic percussion were focal points from the mid- 1960s. Music For 18 Musicians was first released by jazz label ECM in 1978, based around pulsing patterns of tuned percussion created by several pianists, a vibraphonist and three marimba players, along with a clarinettist, a cellist and a violinist, as well as three vocalists, with players switching to different instruments and percussion as necessary; the masterful version presented at Tokyo’s Opera City on 21 May 2008 features the choral group Synergy Vocals, close-microphone specialists founded by BBC Singers and London Choir alumnus Micaela Haslam, who first collaborated with Reich on his 2002 Drumming release.
Mary Lou Williams - Black Christ Of The Andes
Mary Lou Williams
Black Christ Of The Andes
LP | 1965 | EU (Alternative Fox)
15,99 €*
Release:1965 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams played with nearly every major jazz performer during her long, illustrious and varied career, in addition to recording many solo works. Born Mary Winn in Atlanta in 1910 and raised in a ‘shotgun shack,’ where local musicians gathered to jam, she played by ear from a tender age and learned the boogie-woogie style upon moving to Pittsburgh with her older sister Mamie. While still in high school, Williams toured with the Theatre Owners’ Booking Association, bringing her into the orbit of Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong and blues singer, Irene Scruggs, among others; later, based in Kansas City during the 1930s, she began composing and recording solo work. After a stint at the Cotton Club, she formed a combo in Pittsburgh that featured Art Blakey, but was soon recruited by Duke Ellington and once back in New York, began jamming with Thelonius Monk and Charlie Christian at bop hotbed, Minton’s Playhouse. Art Tatum, Count Basie…you name it, she played with them! Black Christ of the Andes is easily one of the most individual albums created by Williams, or anyone else in jazz, for that matter; recorded in New York in late 1963 and first issued on Williams’ own Mary Records, the album has jazz explorations of divine concepts, delivered with suitably complex arrangements; “Anima Christi” and “Praise The Lord” both feature soaring assembly by Melba Liston, “The Devil” and the title track have elaborate choral voices from the Howard Roberts Singers, and instrumentals such as “Miss D D” and “A Fungus Amungus” use her expert piano skills to shock, titillate and provide light relief.
Steve Reich - Information Transmission, Modulation And Noise
Steve Reich
Information Transmission, Modulation And Noise
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Classical Music
As noted for our Live In Berkeley 1970 release, the New York-born experimental composer and abstract keyboardist Steve Reich was an important pioneer of minimalism. After studying with jazz pianist Hall Overton, Reich learned composition at the Julliard
School of Music and later at Mills College, a hotbed of experimental music situated at the foot of the Oakland Hills, east of San Francisco. He later began experimenting with audio tape as a music medium at the San Francisco Tape Music Center with important figures involved in early electronic music experimentation, including Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender and Phil Lesh, who would later become bassist in the Grateful Dead, and more importantly with Terry Riley, who collaborated with Reich for the staging of In C in 1964, which utilized fragmented music patterns in constant movement. Reich subsequently composed a number of film soundtracks and in 1967 collaborated with Oliveros and Richard Maxfield for the release New Sounds In Electronic Music. Phased patterns, sonic loops and electronic percussion were focal points from the mid-60s onwards. Information Transmission, Modulation and Noise is an astounding release, though many reviews repeat inaccurate information about the recordings featured on it. The music was first broadcast to the world in the early hours of November 6, 1970 on KPFA in Berkeley, California, when Reich and woodwind wizard/percussionist Jon Gibson made an unscheduled appearance at the studio, armed with a number of recent recordings. The first to air was a masterful version of Reich’s “Four Organs,” taken from a performance given at the Guggenheim in New York in May 1970, featuring regular collaborators Philip Glass, Art Murphy and Steve Chambers on combative organs, along with Reich, plus Gibson on non-stop maracas; it is strongly contrasted by the raw, mesmerising power of a percussive piece recorded in Ghana in the summer of 1970, made with members of the Ghana Dance Ensemble playing traditional Ewe instruments; according to Reich’s introduction during the broadcast, the piece is called “Gahu,” featuring master drummer Gideon Alewoye on the large agboba drum, dancer Freeman Dongo on the smaller kidi, dancer Thomas Annan on the even smaller kagan, and
Reich and Steve Scott on axatse rattles, along with an unidentified player on a gonkogwe or gungong bell. On the B-side of the disc, Reich presents an equally mesmerising rendition of Glass’ “Music In Similar Motion,” recorded at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis in May 1970, featuring Glass, Steve Chambers and Art Murphy on organ, Gibson and Richard Landry on soprano saxophones, Beverly Lauridsen on amplified cello, and Reich on an electric harpsichord.
Pharoah Sanders - Live At Antibes Jazz Festival In Juan-Les-Pins 1968
Pharoah Sanders
Live At Antibes Jazz Festival In Juan-Les-Pins 1968
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Pharoah Sanders: Live at the Antibes Jazz Festival in Juan-les-Pins July 21, 1968 Experimental jazz titan Pharoah Sanders made a lasting impact with his unorthodox approach to tenor saxophone. Born Farrell Sanders in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1940, he was given the nickname Pharoah by grandmother, in reference to the potential regal lineage of his African heritage. Playing clarinet at church services during his youth, he began playing tenor sax at high school. In 1959 he moved to Oakland, California, where he played with rhythm and blues bands and befriended John Coltrane. Moving to New York in 1961, he drifted into Sun Ra’s Arkestra after experiencing a difficult period of homelessness. His status began to rise upon joining Coltrane’s band in 1965, where his discordant solos formed a strong contrast to Trane’s more melodious sound, though each player had a strong impact on the other’s subsequent work. Following Coltrane’s untimely death in 1967, Sanders formed a quartet of his own with former Jazz Messengers pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, bassist Norman ‘Sirone’ Jones of the Untraditional Jazz Improvisational Team, and drummer Majeed Shabazz. For this blistering performance, given at the Antibes Jazz Festival of 1968 and broadcast on French radio station WDR3, the quartet moves through various Sanders free-jazz workouts, taking in “Venus” from the Tauhid album and “The Creator Has A Master Plan” from Karma along the way, with the rhythm section holding down the fort as Sanders blows himself into the stratosphere.
Steve Reich - Berkeley November 7 1970
Steve Reich
Berkeley November 7 1970
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Alternative Fox delivers a landmark release in the history of minimalism with a live performance documented from one of the genre’s key figures - Steve Reich. Recorded live at Berkeley University in the 1970s (home also to key minimalism figures Terry Riley and La Monte Young), this performance sees Reich deliver some of his now legendary compositions, such as the shifting tape-loop experimentation of My Name Is, whereby vocals are cut up, looped and played at different speeds to create constantly shifting combinations. Similar to his It’s Gonna Rain, it’s utterly disorientating and makes for an absorbinglistening whilst doffing a cap to cut-up techniques championed by early Dadaists and later Brion Gysion and Burroughs. The two-part Piano Phase demonstrates the ef fects of playing minimalistic notes on two separate pianos at slightly different speeds, so the two driftin an out of phase with each other.
The effects are highly meditative, causing subtle rhythmic mutations throughout the piece, whilst Phase Patterns explores a similar technique albeit with a grainer electric organ. Last but not least, Four Organs explores the effects of sustained chords on multiple organs, set amongst a perpetual maraca, whereby the combination of interlocking chords on the separate instruments amalgamate to form a dense, textured tonal tapestry.
Ravi Shankar & Kumar Bose - Live At Berwaldhallen, Stockholm 29th March 1989
Ravi Shankar & Kumar Bose
Live At Berwaldhallen, Stockholm 29th March 1989
LP | 2020 | UK | Reissue (Alternative Fox)
17,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
High Quality Recording from a legendary set recorded at Stockholm's Berwaldhallen FOR Swedish National Television IN March 1989.
Return To Forever - Live At The Old Grey Whistle Test, 3 March 1976
Return To Forever
Live At The Old Grey Whistle Test, 3 March 1976
LP | 2020 | UK | Reissue (Alternative Fox)
17,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Recorded Live FOR THE OLD Grey Whistle Test IN 1976. Includes Guest Appearance From Chick Corea ON THE Track "the Romantic WARRIOR."
Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble - African High Life
Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble
African High Life
LP | 1963 | EU (Alternative Fox)
16,14 €* 16,99 € -5%
Release:1963 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Pioneering percussionist Solomon Ilori was one of the first Nigerian artists to record with American jazz musicians, travelling to New York in 1958 to introduce African music to American audiences. After appearing on Art Blakey’s 1962 LP The African Beat for Blue
Note; he recorded African High Life with members of Blakey’s ensemble, including guitarist Jay Berliner, bassist Ahmed Abdul Malik, Hosea Taylor on alto sax and flute, and percussionists Montego Joe Montego, Robert Crowder and Garvin Masseaux. “Tolani Re O”
is a love song, “Ise Oluw” a song of religious praise, “Yaba E” a farewell song that was issued as a single, and “Aiye Le” a warning of the dangers of this world.
Ricotti & Albuquerque - First Wind
Ricotti & Albuquerque
First Wind
LP | 1971 | EU (Alternative Fox)
16,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Percussionist Frank Ricotti played in the National Youth Orchestra and was rated the UK’s top vibraphonist during the late 1960s. In 1971, with guitarist Mike de Albuquerque, he cut the multifaceted jazz album, First Wind, which alternated between experimental rock- influenced jazz and thoughtful adaptations of work by James Taylor, John Sebastian and Melanie Safka, with some surprising blues diversions too, such as Albuquerque’s “Go Out And Get It.” However, Albuquerque soon joined ELO as a bassist, putting an end to the duo.
Satisfaction - Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
LP | 1970 | EU (Alternative Fox)
13,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Trumpeter Mike Cotton had played with The Beatles and others before forming Satisfaction with former Artwoods guitarist Derek Griffiths and former Unit 4+2 bassist/vocalist Lem Lubin, along with drummer Bernie Higginson’, saxophonist/flutist Nick Newell and trombonist John Beecham. Signing to Decca, their self-titled debut album was released in February 1971, produced by Decca staffer David Hitchcock; somehow, the folded by the autumn of 1971, with Cotton taking the horn section to The Kinks for the Muswell Hillbillies album. Includes 3 bonus tracks.
Jaco Pastorius & Word Of Mouth Big Band - Aurex Jazz Festival In Tokyo 1982
Jaco Pastorius & Word Of Mouth Big Band
Aurex Jazz Festival In Tokyo 1982
LP | 2020 | EU (Alternative Fox)
13,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Bass wizard Jaco Pastorius is considered one of the world’s greatest masters of the instrument. After playing with Pat Metheny and Paul Bley in the mid-70s, he joined Weather Report in 1976, remaining with them until 1982, when substance misuse and mental health issues sparked a rupture. Live At Aurex was recorded during a maiden voyage to Japan, undertaken with a 21-piece big band; the astounding recording showcases his blinding bass skills, as well as the complex arrangements he oversaw as band leader.
Jan Dukes De Grey - Sorcerers
Jan Dukes De Grey
Sorcerers
LP | 1969 | EU (Alternative Fox)
13,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Sorcerers is the group’s debut, when Jan Dukes de Grey were still the duo of multi-instrumentalists Derek Noy, the band’s songwriter and lead vocalist, and Michael Bairstow. The 18 songs of the album recorded in October 1969 show within a pure folk style the subtle use of multiple instruments like guitars, woodwinds, brass, keyboards, and percussion. Every song conjures up its own time and place, from the quiet pastoral delights of “28th June, Village Song” to the urban pulse of “City After 3.00 AM,” the homage to the vast expanses of an idealized “Texas,” and the Eastern promise of “Turkish Time.” Moods shift dramatically from the anger-drenched “M.S.S.” to the medieval musings of “Dragons” and the wonder of a “Butterfly.”
One of the most brilliant acoustic experiment of Folk-Psych-Prog Rock ever.
John Fahey - Live In Sausalito, September 9, 1973
John Fahey
Live In Sausalito, September 9, 1973
LP | 1974 | UK (Alternative Fox)
18,99 €*
Release:1974 / UK
Genre:Organic Grooves
The finger-picking guitarist and blues enthusiast John Fahey enjoyed a long, influential and distinguished career. Born in Washington DC in 1939 and raised in Takoma Park, Maryland, he lauched his own Takoma label to issue self-produced work in the late 1950s and then delivered his master's theses on the blues of Charlie Patton at UCLA. Then, while based in the radical town of Berkeley, California in the San Francisco Bay area, began issuing filed recordings of forgotten blues legends such as Bukka White. With his own work, Fahey began borrowing from eastern elements such as Indonesian gamelan and Tibetan vocal chanting, reflecting his interest in esoteric eastern religion, as well as birdsong, animal calls and other naturalistic elements. This beautiful 1973 performance, delivered in the sleepy town of Sausalito, California, comprises most of Fahey’s Fare Forward Voyagers LP, as well as earlier material, including “Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Philip XIV of Spain,” from his 1964 release, Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes.
Laboratorio Della Quercia - Laboratorio Della Quercia
Laboratorio Della Quercia
Laboratorio Della Quercia
2LP | 1979 | UK (Alternative Fox)
23,99 €*
Release:1979 / UK
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the summer of 1978, an ambitious twelve-day experimental jazz project was undertaken at the ancient amphitheatre, Tasso della Quercia, on the slopes of Rome’s Gianicolo hill. The idea was to assemble the leading players from Italy’s avante-garde jazz scene, revolving around members of Grande Elenco Musicisti (or GEM), such as saxophonists Tommaso Vittorini, Eugenio Colombo and Maurizio Giammarco, trumpeter Alberto Corvini and trombonist/composer Danilo Terenzi, together with visiting American players such as saxophonists Steve Lacy, Steve Potts and Evan Parker, trombonist Roswell Rudd, pianist Frederick Rzewski and drummer Noel McGhee, among others. Different group configurations were enacted each day and the final gala concert formed the basis of this super rare and highly playful double album, which captures the delightfully messy proceedings. In keeping with the openness of the Roman jazz scene of the day, the project sought to push the boundaries, aiming to break big-band traditions whilst still emphasizing the collective nature of the experience. Enrico Rava’s opening “Tromblues” emphasizes the disparate approaches of these trans-Atlantic teams and Terenzi’s “Dialogando” uses dual trombones to heighten musical discord; in mutated big-band mode, Giammarco’s thrillingly complex “Vortex Waltz” and Vittorini’s “La Legge E Uguale Per Tutti” both speak to the limitless potential that the project was aiming for.
Musica Elettronica Viva - United Patchwork
Musica Elettronica Viva
United Patchwork
2LP | 1978 | UK (Alternative Fox)
23,99 €*
Release:1978 / UK
Genre:Organic Grooves
One of the most mythical experimental groups of all time, Musica Elettronica Viva was formed in 1966 by a group of American composers in Rome, its nucleus comprised of pianist Frederic Rzewski, sound improviser Alvin Curran and the improvisatory keyboardist Richard Teitelbaum. Taking cues from John Cage and David Tudor, MEV employed open, limitless structures, using found instruments, toys, a homemade synthesizer and the first Moog to reach mainland Europe. Improv and critical listening practices aimed to liberate listeners from the constraints of bourgeois capitalism and as their sound evolved, forms of Jewish mysticism and surrealist automaticism pointed to transcendent potential. An abortive US tour in 1970 split MEV into three units, but the “Kabbalistic Dixieland” band later reformed with Rzewski, Curran and Teitelbaum joined by saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonist Garrett List and keyboardist Karl Berger. The resultant double album United Patchwork, recorded in November 1977 at Mama Dog for Horo Records, captures MEV in all of their discordant, improvisatory glory, from Teitelbaum’s side-long opener, “Via Della Luce,” to the honking noise of Lacy’s “Fox,” the excessive keyboard meanderings of Curran’s “Psalm,” Berger’s vibraphone folly, “Cross Over One” and Rzewski’s ponderous “What Is Freedom.”
Steve Lacy, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewki - Threads
Steve Lacy, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewki
Threads
LP | 1977 | EU (Alternative Fox)
14,39 €* 15,99 € -10%
Release:1977 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Playing in Dixieland jazz bands during his teens and then passing through some Kansas City jazz acts, New York-born alto saxophonist Steve Lacy became associated with the avant-garde jazz movement from the mid-1950s, playing on free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor’s
influential debut LP and early work by the Canadian pianist Gil Evans, before serving a long tenure with the idiosyncratic improv pianist Theolonius Monk, whose work he would continue to reference throughout his career. Visiting Europe from the md-1960s, starting with a trip to Copenhagen with pianist Kenny Drew (who made the Danish city his home thereafter), Lacy later travelled to Italy to form a quartet with Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava (who had earlier played in Argentinian sax player, Gato Barbieri’s group), plus South African exiles and former Blue Notes members Johnny Dyani on double bass and Louis Moholo on drums. Lacy subsequently moved to Paris, which became his permanent base from 1970, leading a sextet there whilst also exploring the limits of the alto saxophone as a solo instrument. The disparate and often discordant album Threads was recorded in Rome at Mama Dog studio in 1977 for filmmaker-turned-record producer Aldo Sinesio’s Horo Records label; comprised of six of Lacy’s own compositions, the album saw Lacy supported by Alvin Curran on piano and Frederic Rzewski on flugelhorn, synthesizer and percussion, the pair both longstanding members of the experimental group, Musica Elettronica Viva.
Roky Erickson - Clear Night For Love
Roky Erickson
Clear Night For Love
LP | 1985 | EU (Alternative Fox)
15,99 €*
Release:1985 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Dallas-born Roger Kynard Erickson, better known as Roky Erickson, is a legend of psychedelic music and culture. Playing piano at five years old and guitar at ten, he dropped out of high school in Austin shortly before graduating, since the school dress code demanded
short hair. In 1965, his group, The Spades, made an impact with “We Sell Soul” and the following year, The 13 th Floor Elevators burst onto the scene with debut album The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13 th Floor Elevators, but the band’s non-conformist attitude and
open endorsement of drugs such as marijuana and LSD put them in repeated conflict with the authorities. Then, in 1968, during a performance at the San Antonio edition of the World’s Fair, known as HemisFare, Erickson began speaking incomprehensible nonsense on stage, leading to a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and confinement in a Houston psychiatric hospital, where he was forcibly given electroshock therapy. The following year, after being busted with a single joint, Erickson pleaded not guilty by means of insanity, leading to a 3-year stay in Rusk State Hospital, with further electroshock and Thorazine treatments. Following his release Erickson formed a group initially called Bleib Alien, which evidenced a more hard-rock orientation, later renamed The Aliens, though Erickson was also working with Austin’s The Explosives in the same era. Aliens material produced by Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Rival was issued by CBS and an independent, 415 Records. Then, in the early 1980s, Erickson became fixated with junk mail and unsolicited letters, writing to lawyers and celebrity figures on a regular basis; in 1985, solo mini-LP Clear Night For Love was produced at Music Tracks in Austin by bassist/guitarist Speedy Sparks, with former Joe “King” Carrasco and Delbert McClinton drummer, Ernie Durawa, plus Supernatural Family Band alumnus John Reed on guitar. Released by France’s New Rose label in small numbers, the release found Erickson back in semi-psychedelic/country rock mode on opening track “You Don’t Love Me Yet,” the plaintive “Starry Eyes” and the anthem-like title track, while “The Haunt” is more in swamp/horror rock vein and “Don’t Slander Me” has heavy blues leanings.
Les Rallizes Denudes & Taj Mahal Travellers - Oz Days Live 1973
Les Rallizes Denudes & Taj Mahal Travellers
Oz Days Live 1973
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
15,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Japanese experimental group Les Rallizes Denudes are the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll enigma. Sometimes referred to as Hadaka no Rallizes or even as Hadaka no Rarizu, each appellation a variant of the name “Fucked Up and Naked” which equates to being high on hard drugs, they are seen as noise-rock pioneers, yet sifting fact from fiction isn’t easy with their oddball tale. Emerging from the radical hippie communes of Kyoto during the late 1960s, the band was formed in November 1967 by university student Takashi Mizutani, taking the overamplified, distorted guitar of the Velvet Underground as a starting point. Early demo recordings apparently suffered from poor sound quality, leading the perfectionist Mizutani to retreat from the studio environment, meaning that most of the group’s output has appeared as live bootlegs, with the occasional studio demo surfacing as well. Performances were initially staged as part of avant-garde theatre, though the band’s propensity for super- loud noise soon put paid to such collaboration; the ever-changing membership saw Mizutani the only permanent force, despite his embroilment in the 1970 Red Army hijacking of a civilian Japan Airlines flight, enacted partly through bass player, Moriaki Wakabayashi, who defected to North Korea in its aftermath. Though perhaps not quite as notorious, fellow improvisational group, Taj Mahal Travellers, has a backstory of random international travels that is almost as intriguing as that of Les Rallizes; formed in 1969 by six experimental musicians and an electronic engineer, they embarked on a series of improvisational gigs across Japan, notably including an all-day marathon held at a Kanagawa beach, and made their way to Europe in 1971, where they crossed paths with Don Cherry and other likeminded practitioners. They later drove from Holland to the Pakistan border, acquiring santoors in Iran on the way to help broaden their already unpredictable repertoire. The Oz Days Live release is culled from the Oz Last Days festival held in the autumn of 1973, to benefit Tokyo’s Oz Rock Café, which had been closed following repeated drug busts. Here the Taj Mahal Travellers are suitably cosmic, their echoing jams featuring looped vocal chants, disjointed string instruments and sparse, off-kilter percussion; in contrast, the contributions from Les Rallizes are more standard examples of instrumental psychedelic rock, which veers more towards the acid rock end of the spectrum as the performance progresses.
Highway - Highway
Highway
Highway
LP | 1975 | EU (Alternative Fox)
15,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Obscure Minnesota-based power trio Highway has a long and convoluted history. In 1965, guitarist/vocalist Steve Murphy joined The Epicureans, a band formed from the ashes of The Pacers and The Corsairs, both previously active in the town of Fairmont, located southeast of the state capital, Minneapolis. The group issued a couple of singles along the way (both on small independents, which unfortunately failed to generate much interest), and ultimately morphed into Highway in 1972, then with Murphy and fellow Epicureans Tim Messerli on keyboards and vocals, Tom Olson on drums and John Goossen on bass. After opening for REO Speedwagon in Wisconsin, Olson was replaced by Dan Cammarata and Goossen by Eric Bannister. The resultant group’s self-titled debut album was recorded at Westminster Studio, near Fort Dodge in neighbouring Iowa, during a time when Highway was based in the tiny town of Ceylon, Minnesota; privately pressed in only 500 copies, it has since become a highly sought-after item for its unusual blend of melodic hard-rock lead guitar, psychedelic garage rock and wistful, country-tinged blues rock. Although some fans and critics have compared the group to Thin Lizzy and Wishbone Ash, primarily because of the melodic and distortion-free lead guitar licks, the band has a sound all their own, especially since all three members provide vocals, as well as fierce instrumental licks, with furious drum rolls from Cammarata and Murphy and Bannister sometimes playing the same notes in unison. Highway’s membership did not remain static for long and the group has since undergone further changes to yield the enduring Murphy Brothers band, yet their sole LP remains the most prized testament of their long, shifting tenure.
Joyce - Joyce
Joyce
Joyce
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
15,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Joyce Silveira Moreno was born and raised in the middle of Copacabana, a short beach stroll from the epicentre of the bossa nova universe. Her father was a Dane that had settled in Brazil, but she was raised by her other and step-father in a typical Portuguese-Brazilian household. Since her older brother was friendly with leading lights of the bossa nova movement such as Roberto Menescal and Eumir Deodato, she was steeped in the form at an early age and witnessed its key evolution first-hand. At the age of 16 in 1964, she was taken to the studio by Menescal to contribute to the coveted debut album by the mythical group Sambacana, assembled to record the work of composer Pacífico Mascarenhas when the meagre budget would not allow the vocalists he preferred. Knowing that a full-time career in music was certainly not guaranteed, she began studying journalism in 1967, shortly before her controversial song “Me Disseram” reached the finals of Rio’s second International Song Competition. The following year, her self-titled debut album was released by Philips, produced by Armando Pittigliani, with orchestration by Dorival Caymmi and arrangements by Gaya; along with her own compositions, the album also featured songs by her rising-star friends, including Caetano Veloso and Marcos Valle.
Piero Umiliani & Chet Baker - Smog
Piero Umiliani & Chet Baker
Smog
LP | 1962 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:1962 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
As noted for our Il Paradiso dell’Uomo soundtrack release, Italian film composer Piero Umiliani was responsible for over 200 original motion picture soundtracks during his long and varied career, creating 35 television theme songs and 40 music library albums. Born in Florence in 1926, he began to receive international recognition in 1958 for his work on the soundtrack of the comedic crime film I Soliti Ignoti (also known as Persons Unknown, Le Pigeon or Big Deal on Madonna Street, depending on the territory), which featured the contribution of jazz trumpeter and actor Chet Baker, an alumnus of Stan Getz, Charlie Parker and Gerry Mulligan’s bands that enjoyed a successful solo career, both in the US and in Europe, despite longstanding issues with heroin addiction. In 1961, Umiliani and Baker joined forces again for the soundtrack of the film Smog, a complicated courtroom drama about an Italian lawyer’s travels to Los Angeles, which resulted in all manner of unexpected escapades. Baker features prominently on the moody theme song, the unexpected swing of “Thinkin’ Blues,” the terse melody of the aptly-titled “Tension,” the lingering moodiness of “Alone In A Crowd” and the intense edginess of “Twilight At Los Angeles”; Helen Merrill contributes an alternate reading of the theme song in vocal form and a sultry number called “Dawn.” The remainder is pure Umiliani, mostly in the form of heavily-orchestrated big-band jazz, fitting music for a silver-screen venture.
Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart
Otis Redding
Pain In My Heart
LP | 1964 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:1964 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Soul icon Otis Redding made immeasurable contributions to the form. As a singer- songwriter, producer, arranger and talent scout, Redding was responsible for some of the music’s biggest and most lasting hits during the 1960s, though his death in an airplane crash in 1967 brought his life and career to a tragically premature end. He was born Otis Redding Junior in 1941 in the small town of Dawson, Georgia, the son of a sharecropper and preacher, and moved to the city of Macon at the age of two, where he learned to sing at the Vineville Baptist Church. After singing in the high school band, he performed weekly gospel songs on radio station WIBB, winning local talent contests after being inspired by Little Richard and Sam Cooke. Since his father became ill with tuberculosis, Redding began supporting the family at the age of 15, working as a gas station attendant, a digger of water wells, and occasionally by playing piano with pianist Gladys Williams at the Hillview Springs Social Club. Then, in 1958, Redding had a repeat prize run at a talent contest held by broadcaster Hamp Swain, bringing him first into a group called Pat T Cake and the Mighty Panthers, and later into Little Richard’s band (during a time when Richard switched rock and roll for gospel). Moving to Los Angeles in late 1960, debut single “She’s All Right” was issued on the Trans World label (a subsidiary of Al Kavelin’s Lute Records), credited to The Shooters featuring Otis; following the birth of their first child and his subsequent marriage to Zelma Atwood, Redding recorded the popular “Shout Bamalam” for Macon’s Confederate Records (who swiftly reissued it on the Orbit label since some radio stations objected to the original label’s confederate flag logo, during a time of terrible racial segregation in the South). Redding cut the movingly emotive “These Arms Of Mine” at Stax studios in Memphis in 1962, backed by Booker T and the MGs, which surfaced on the subsidiary Volt label in October, reaching the charts some six months later (and eventually selling a reported 800,000 copies). Subsequent singles “What My Heart Needs” and “Pain In My Heart”/“Something Is Worrying Me,” recorded in September 1963, formed the bulk of debut album, Pain In My Heart, which was padded out by standard cover tunes of songs such as “I Need Your Lovin’,” Ben E King’s “Stand By Me” and Little Richard’s “Lucille.” The album, which surfaced at the start of 1964, reached the top 20 of the US R&B chart and also hit the Billboard Hot 100; this edition has an alternate track listing that includes the Trans World debut single tracks “She’s All Right” and “Getting’ Hip,” as well as “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” the B-side to “That’s What My Heart Needs.” Carefully remastered, spinning at 45 rpm for enhanced qudio quality.
Albert Ayler - Recorded In Stockholm, October 25th, 1962
Albert Ayler
Recorded In Stockholm, October 25th, 1962
2LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Saxophonist Albert Ayler’s work straddled various streams of the jazz idiom. Nearly 50 years after his tragically early death (his drowning in the East River most likely the result of suicide), critics, fans and detractors are still arguing over whether Ayler can be considered a true “free jazz” player or whether his unorthodox style transcended or complimented the moniker. In any case, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1936, the son a semi-professional saxophonist who tutored him early on alto sax and exposed him to swing and be-bop, along with the church music that was a big part of his upbringing. After studying at the Cleveland Academy of Music with jazz saxophonist Benny Miller, Ayler became known as “Little Bird” after Charlie Parker, for his mastery of be-bop. As a teenager, he was already playing tenor saxophone in Little Walter’s blues band during school holidays, and when he joined the US Army in 1958, Ayler began playing with fellow GIs such as tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and the experimental composer, poet and keyboardist Harold Budd; he permanently switched from alto to tenor in this phase. Upon leaving the Army, Ayler sought work in Los Angeles and Cleveland, but found resistance from the purists for his continual pushing of boundaries. Relocating to Sweden in 1962 was the bridge to a successful recording and performing career as he led various Swedish and Danish groups on radio sessions, playing in an informal and uncredited capacity in Cecil Taylor’s band in late 1962. The Albert Ayler Trio then consisted of Ayler, bassist Torbjörn Hultcrantz and drummer Sune Spångberg; four dissonant songs from their live performance on 24 October 1962 would be issued on the Bird Notes label in Sweden as Something Different!!!!!! and reissued overseas as the first edition of The First Recording; it included a barely-recognisable rendition of showtune “I’ll Remember April,” an off-kilter take of Sonny Rollins’ “The Stopper” retitled “Rollins’ Tune,” and a wobbly cut of Miles Davis’ “Tune Up,” along with the original “Free.” The exceedingly rare Volume 2 was also issued on Bird Notes – at least in test pressings with photos of Ayler glued to the cover – comprised of 3 extended meditations of discord, namely blown mutations of showtunes “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise” and “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” along with a growling cut of Count Basie’s “Good Bait.”
Bill Evans - Conversations With Myself
Bill Evans
Conversations With Myself
LP | 1963 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:1963 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
The inventive and expressive pianist Bill Evans made significant and lasting impact in the jazz realm during a career that stretched from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1929, his father’s alcoholism caused a disrupted childhood, though his musical talent was spotted early, leading to a scholarship at the Southeastern Louisiana University and the Mannes School of Music, where he majored in composition. Moving to New York in the mid-50s to work with George Russell, Evans’ breakthrough came via his membership of Miles Davis’ sextet, where his intense and melodic playing helped make Kind of Blue an outstanding landmark, during a time when he was also contributing to Chet Baker’s self-titled LP. Evans formed a popular trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, which was cut short after LaFaro tragically died in a car crash, leading to the creation of a new trio with Chuck Israels. Then, following collaborative albums with Cannonball Adderley, Eric Dolphy, Shelly Mann, Jim Hall and others, Evans recorded the concept album Conversations With Myself for Verve Records. Produced in a permissive atmosphere with Creed Taylor and engineer Ray Hall in February 1963 and subtitled A Searching Look into the Genius of Bill Evans, the album features a multi-tracked Evans playing only with himself on piano, with each track featuring an improvised second and third piano line, overdubbed atop what Evans laid down first. Reconstructed renditions of Theolonius Monk’s “‘Round About Midnight” and “Blue Monk” give way to “Theme From Spartacus” and Evans’ own “NYC’s No Lark”; this edition features two bonus tracks, the first a re-organized take of Monk’s “Bemsha Swing,” the second a rendition of the Broadway show tune, “A Sleepin’ Bee.”
Les Rallizes Denudes + Be - There's No Heaven Like Hell
Les Rallizes Denudes + Be
There's No Heaven Like Hell
2LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
One of the strangest and most enigmatic groups in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, Les Rallizes Denudes, also known as Hadaka no Rallizes or Hadaka no Rarizu , were a Japanese experimental rock band that is often cited as a pioneering force of the noise rock movement.
The story of the band is as strange and difficult as the music they made and although much of the tale is shrouded in mystery, everything apparently begins around Kyoto’s radical anti-
establishment communes of the late 1960s, where androgynous frontman Takashi Mizutani formed the group in November 1967 while attending Kyoto University. Hard facts are in thin supply and the band’s name employs complex punning that essentially equates to Fucked Up and Naked in Japanese, a slang reference to being high on drugs. Inspired by the Velvet Underground and other groups employing prominent, overamplified guitar, the band’s music was typically based on repetitive rhythmic patterns bolstered by Mizutani’s heavily distorted lead guitar, though the poor sound quality of early demos apparently turned Mizutani away from studio recordings, rendering much of their output in the form of live bootlegs, supplanted by the occasional leaked studio demo. Early performances were given as accompaniment to avant-garde theatre groups, though the group was soon deemed too loud to be a mere accompaniment, and membership fluctuated frequently, with Mizutani being the only constant, though he retreated from public view following the 1970 Red Army hijacking of Japan Airlines flight 351, with the assistance of original Rallizes bass player, Moriaki Wakabayashi, who subsequently fled to North Korea; the band continued to sporadically record and perform under various guises until 1997. The two versions of “There’s No Heaven Like Hell” presented here were recorded on 1 April 1975 at Rallizes House in Fussa, a small town to the west of Tokyo, joining Mizutani with keyboardist/guitarist Taisuke Morishita’s experimental group Be, originally known as Yellow. The first version takes the form of an epic slow drone, featuring Mizutani on acid guitar, backed only by Morishita’s pulsating synthesizer lines; the second version is in full marathon mode, an hour-long dirge that sees
the spacey duo joined by drummer Shunichiro Shoda and a plodding bassist in the latter portion.
Piero Umiliani - Il Paradiso Del'uomo
Piero Umiliani
Il Paradiso Del'uomo
LP | 1963 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:1963 / EU
Genre:Soundtracks
Italian film composer Piero Umiliani enjoyed a long and illustrious career, creating nearly 200 film soundtracks, along with 40 music library LPs and some 35 television themes. Born in Florence in 1926, he was first recognised internationally for his work on the soundtrack of 1958 crime caper I Soliti Ignoti (AKA Big Deal on Madonna Street, Persons Unknown or Le Pigeon), which featured noted jazz trumpeter, Chet Baker—the first time, in fact, that jazz music had been used for an Italian comedy feature. Umiliani teamed with Baker again in 1961, along with Croatian-American jazz singer Helen Merrill, for the soundtrack of Smog, a drama about an Italian lawyer’s unintended escapades in Los Angeles, and his work was later featured on American and British television shows, including The Muppets, the Benny Hill Show and the Red Skelton Show. Il Paradiso dell'Uomo (AKA Man’s Paradise), subtitled ‘Forbidden Japan,’ was a little-known documentary released in 1963 focussing on the roles assigned to women in the country, from the traditional pearl-fishing divers of the coast and urban factory workers to traditional dancers and the ambiguous world of geisha and striptease. This impossibly-rare soundtrack mixes eastern and western musical elements, veering from classical tropes to swing jazz, with Chinese singer Mei Lang Chang on a couple of tracks and singer/composer/musicologist Francesco Potenza leading the chorus on another.
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