Friday, November 14, 2008

eugene revisited(ish)... and one or two other things

(semi-trivial catchup post that somehow got stuck in my shao yang for about a fortnight... well over a week, anyway*)

1. check this out... by way of drawing attention to king kennytone's heads-up (recent comment on here) - i urge any readers who haven't already done so to download the superb podcast assembled by the rare music curator... rather than gush on and on, i just want to repeat that once: download it!! and then listen to it... the lo-fi honesty of the medium may just do your souls as much good as the music itself - and that's a lot of goodness..! unreleased and rare gems like you might not believe. i have no idea (yet?) who is behind that door but i'm grateful to him anyway :)) and i think you will be too.

2. eugene... this one is out-of-date now, it was another of those tiny unfinished ideas in a way, but here is what's left of it: in playing that album again recently(ish), i made an effort to listen from the start for a change - previous hearings had, in all probability, seen me patch in properly round about track three; the first thing to hit me on this occasion (as regards comp 112) was ellington, about two seconds in - and then almost immediately afterwards mingus (it's the extra muscle)... so that within seconds AGAIN i was back at dolphy. the guy was just inescapable - not just for braxton, but surely for anyone who wanted to wrestle with both horns and charts, coming up in the late sixties... anyone, that is, with an open mind..? tempting to add that - this here song might offend you some as the man once said...

... in any case i'm gonna be returning to eugene at some point(s) in the future, not necessarily in the braxtothon (the original plan said nothing about getting as far as 1989 -! and will there even be an internet by the time i get there anyway, i ask myself...) - and the "style piece" dealing with dolphy in depth is yet another of the things i never finished and really, really want to get out of my system in the nearish future..!

3. just in case anyone was wondering why i adopted upper case for my contribution to d:o's recent gala bash: you'd have to ask them, 'cos i didn't...

... anyway, the month of posts was very much in the spirit of celebrating the living and seems to have gone down well, will hopefully have inspired a bit of interest... and that's the main thing, one of the two reasons i keep this flame lit... spread the word...

* see comments

7 comments:

centrifuge said...

this was going to be a brief roundup in the "missing" week, first week of november... at this point it scarcely even seems worth reminding everyone that our man's candidate won through, and america gets what many of its citizens surely thought they'd never see in their lifetime, a black man in the white house... will anything important really change? we can only wait and see... but a shiver of cautious hope might perhaps not go amiss ;-)

- the term shao yang actually refers to one of the six divisions, in this case represented on the arm by the triple burner (san jiao) and on the leg by the gall bladder... plans not (fully) executed show up as blockages in these two channels especially (and they hurt!!)

Lee said...

Unrelated, partly, but thought you'd be interested in knowing that eMusic has just released the Black Saint catalog. I've been curious about albums like 1-OQA+19 (AB+Threadgill+Muhal+McCall!!) for a long time.

It sounds like they released it worldwide, but I can only confirm the albums are up on the US site.

centrifuge said...

cheers lee. actually i don't use emusic myself - i found their registration process irritating enough that i never completed it (also have a natural suspicion of any facility which requires installation of its own custom software before you can use it). but others reading may well be interested..!

i also dislike paying for a download - if i'm handing over money i want some packaging etc ;-) some satisfaction for the other senses, not just the ears. having said all that, in checking whether the abrams album you mention above is still available, i've been sent round the houses by a redirected link, only to be told that the item is out of stock anyway! i was under the impression that all black saint titles were available from the label (as with ecm), but the label itself now sells through some corporatised megamart by the look of it... whatcha gonna do. perhaps i'm being TOO cynical there... life has made me that way, i am really a natural optimist :-S

Massimo Magee said...

mr C!

you certainly are a busy man, looking back over all these posts today really gives you an idea of just how big a project this is. Been listening to Dortmund myself recently, it never fails revive a flagging spirit that's for sure

Massimo

centrifuge said...

hi massimo... sorry for the delay there! yep, it's a big project all right ;-) lucky i'm an obsessive, isn't it. (or is it??)

dortmund... when i eventually do so what i have to say about that album, it will contain "spoilers", be warned... having listened to the album under the (braxtothon) magnifying glass, i came to the conclusion that it was nowhere near as good as i had thought it to be... still, so much to enjoy in there that you are probably right!

Lee said...

I was more resistant to paying for downloads until I discovered the massive and decently ripped archive of free jazz on emusic. In the past, I had zero luck hunting down certain key Black Saint recordings. So I'll gladly download just to be able to hear the music. That Muhal album is an absolute beauty.

When it comes to the physical CD, I like to save what limited space we have for the heavyweights. But if I could download, say, the frustratingly elusive Willisau before the reissue, I wouldn't hesitate.

Been trying to put some time together to have a back-to-back session with Creative Orchestra Music (1976) and Eugene (1989). AB's orchestral projects fascinate me because I mostly think of him as a small-group man and forget how powerful his ensemble material can be.

centrifuge said...

hi lee... still hanging in there? good man :) as you can see i have "gone quiet" lately myself, but all sorts of weird (& in some cases wonderful) shit has been happening in my life lately, blogging has not been a priority and i have scarcely even had time to listen. there is a post or two on the way, but more info & update than actual *work* for the time being...

willisau was shared in the comments at c#9 last year (by my sleeping partner here, mcclintic sphere). links will be long gone though i'm afraid... never seen it anywhere else, but then i don't spend much time looking these days (enough music to last me years already!) if/when the reissue comes out i'd probably want to buy it anyway... haven't listened to it for over a year though, it's theoretically still in the braxtothon queue you see...

and yeah, i agree with you about the big band dates and how easy it is to forget... i must confess i have never yet heard *any* of the operas (but then i hate opera normally so haven't gone out of my way... i figure in braxton's case i will get there eventually!) - but both those albums you mention are excellent, '76 tends to shade it in terms of star solos etc, but both really satisfying programmes of music.

good to hear from you man :)