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Beaucoup Bins of Beautiful Boom

Posted by Rick Frystak, October 31, 2011 04:05pm | Post a Comment
Whazzup?! Tons of great records coming over our buying counter lately, much of it landing in "The Choice Bin," and circumnavigating my world. There's so much going on I don't where to start. Let's sample some of my choicest morsels of the past weeks and hope to nourish your auditory appetite!


Walt Dickerson

To My Queen
New Jazz NJ8283  1963 

A wonderful, somewhat neglected jazz music experience, with delicately grooving vibraphone and piano, gently singing over the percolating grooves of drummer Andrew Cyrille and bassist George Tucker. Andrew Hill on piano takes the passenger's seat to Walt Dickerson's moves on this date, and the results are a nice, ethereal journey that always swings and keeps the fire burning while keeping each note sensitive and meaningful. Cyrille's versatility here is a treat, as I'm used to hearing him mostly with Cecil Taylor, and his bubbling, bopping percussion is exemplary. The photo of Walt's "queen" on the cover sets the tone for this marvelous journey.
 
Steve Lacy Axieme Vol. 1
Steve Lacy

Axieme Vol. 1
Red Record VPO 120 1977

Steve's sinewy, sweet solo soprano sax gig in Italy form the late '70s is an awe-inspiring display of mood, technique and worldly musical knowledge. This guy really got around in so many musical contexts, but his singular ability to sustain a whole concert with one single-note-capable instrument is a testament to chops and storytelling at it's most exotic and interesting. Sounds and melodies carry the ear into the heart and mind, as Steve's craft mesmerizes and blows the logical mind. Each solo concert Lacy did had its own special emotional thrust reflecting what was going on in his life, and this is one special moment. Very limited edition when it came out.

Mickey Hart Dafos
Mickey Hart/Airto Moreira/Flora Purim

Dafos
Reference Recordings RR12 1983

This sought-after, audiophile-quality LP has delighted me for years, and we just got another one in! Imagine pieces of the Apocalypse Now film's percussion soundtrack with more spooky ambience, yet floating on a cloud of Flora's echo-scat larynx vocalizations. Hart leaves his Dead cohorts and charts more new territory, and Airto does what he always has. Spacey home-made percussion pieces and sound worlds unique to these men's hand-picked and often hand-made kits. Single drum-cracks packing symphonic sonic wallop. Reverb to relax into. These excursions hold up to many listenings, and the sound is spectacular to boot. Timeless classic.


Karlheinz Stockhausen

Telemusik / Mixtur
Deutsche Grammophon 137012,1964-66

A major discovery of my youth getting into 20th century classical music, Telemusik jumped out at me immediately with its gorgeous multi-hued green cover (part of the famous Avant Garde series), and the title Telemusik triggered my science-fiction fantasies. Side one has Karlheinz in the NHK studios in Japan, creating one his most amazing electronic/musique concrete pieces that has stood the test of time so well. This piece seems to me to be a template for later pieces of this ilk, with its iconic processed sounds and synthesis in the classical style. Side two is a piece for ring-modulated full orchestra, with the electronics creating extra harmonics in addition to the symphony's tones. Dark sweeps of sound blocks and trickling bits of sensory stimuli make a unique audioscape of unusual intrigue. I'm a huge fan of this stuff, and this is one of the best.

Steve Reich Drumming
Steve Reich and Musicians

Drumming/Music for Mallet Instruments Voices and Organ/Six Pianos
Deutsche Grammophon 1974.

This 3-LP box set is another monumental discovery of my tender age. When I heard this "Minimalism" style, I instantly fell in love with it, and it's because I heard this record as a first introduction. Three enchanting pieces, full of rhythm, harmony and energy, pulsating as if there's no tomorrow, yet flowing and morphing in the best of this style of New Music writing. Percussion and piano pieces sizzling with pulsating, shifting concurrence, notes beating against each other and thrusting the music forward. Early works of Reich deliver so much compositional and rhythmic density, an important feature of his own youth which has manifested itself into a more sensitive sparseness in his later years. THIS is the stuff of major careers in the making, with an individuality unmatched in other contemporaries lauded as equals. Great booklet in here, too!

Milt Hinton East Coast #5
Milt Hinton

East Coast Jazz #5
Bethlehem BCP1020 1955 

Very hip Jass session with a clarinet/piano/double bass/drums lineup, post-bop yet not Beebop in the strict sense; new chamber jazz but not "new music" or 3rd stream. This music is all about the bass style played by Hinton in its most "vocal" melodic effect, with the other musicians very subtly accompanying Milt, and his very melodic phrases and runs certainly making his name at moment in '55. The other cats make it like a tranquilized dixieland gig, with an echo-y studio sound that aids in the vibe. This is quite an interesting and unusually satisfying style, as the cool factor and chops of the musicians (Tony Scott, Dick Katz, Ossie Johnson) make this totally successful. I hadn't heard much of Hinton's own music, but his rep is huge in the bass world. Dig this!

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