Tis but a chance he's gone to France, to wearrrr the fleurrr de lys... Added rrrs to approximate the Ulster timbres that deliver the chorus of the Mc Peake Family's old song which we all jokily adopted many years ago in the relentless criss-crossing the channel many of us were engaged in. So – off I go to don the fleur de lis encore – on Thursday, flying out to Nantes on the way to see an old friend of mine and chill out for a few days. And hope to catch a gig at the Pannonica club... I may not be blogging much for the next week if at all so here are a few meaty tracks to leave you all with... comments are brief (you lucky people...) as on the run today...
Cecil Taylor recorded '3 Phasis' in 1978... this is track five, the last section of this mammoth live performance. A mighty band including Raphe Malik on trumpet (who died earlier this year) and Ramsey Ameen alongside Jimmy Lyons in the front line, Sirone and Ronald Shannon Jackson down in the boiler room.
The Peter Brotzman octet burned our synapses in 1968 with 'Machine Gun,' a mighty statement of intent from the European avant-garde. Here's another track from the same album - 'Responsible'...
... and the opening track from his Albert Ayler tribute 'Die like a dog.' Opens on bleary Brotzmann sax and proceeds with Ayler-like fanfare homage between the horns before they sprint into a long workout. Kondo especially is a revelation here – Bill Dixon on DMT... his use of electronics on this album is exemplary...
Mingus from 1959 – 'Gunslinging Bird' – or, if I remember rightly the the sardonic Mingus alternative name, 'If Charlie Parker were still alive, there'd be a whole lot of dead copycats.' Or something. Wild and exciting.
Totally different... 'Far Wells, Mill Valley,' from the same album, had always been a favourite. The presence of Teddy Charles is interesting – parts of this remind me of the vibes player's Tentet material – and of course Mingus had played with him previously.
A skronking, screaming run-out to leave some turbulence in my brief absence...
Borbetomagus have been together for a long time. This is side A from their fourth album (but the first to feature the two sax and electric guitar line-up exclusively), recorded in 1982 – but still sounding freshly disturbing. Borbetomagus can be regarded as antecedents of the contemporary noise scene which straddles rock and improvised music via free jazz as well as participants in the 'jazz' improvising milieu. Music to rattle your fillings and change the molecular structure of your sound system...
(Cecil Taylor, piano; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Raphé Malik, trumpet; Ramsey Ameen, violin; Sirone, bass; Ronald Shannon Jackson, drums).
(Peter Brotzmann: tenor, baritone saxophones; Willem Breuker, Evan Parker: tenor saxophones; Fred Van Hove: piano; Peter Kowald, Buschi Niebergalll: basses; Han Bennink, Sven-Ake Johansson: drums).
Responsible (First take)
(Peter Brötzmann, alto and tenor saxophones, tarogato; Toshinori Kondo, trumpet, electronics; William Parker, bass; Hamid Drake, drums, frame-drum.)
Fragments of music, life and death of Albert Ayler no. 1
Charles Mingus Tentet
Richard Williams (tp) Jimmy Knepper (tb) Jerome Richardson (fl, bars) John Handy (as) Booker Ervin, Benny Golson (ts) Teddy Charles (vib -1/5) Roland Hanna (p -1/5) Nico Bunick (p -6) Charles Mingus (b) Dannie Richmond (d, timp)
Far Wells, Mill Valley
(Don Dietrich, Jim Sauter: saxophones, Donald Miller: guitar).