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September 28, 2009

 

A Henry Threadgill-Air Set, On The Way From Mosaic

Another release in the offing from Mosaic features the late-1970s, 80s, and mid-90s recordings of saxophonist Henry Threadgill.

June 13, 2009

 

How's Your Bird

Frank Zappa Meets Steve Allen, Plays Bike

In 1963 a 22-year-old Frank Zappa went on Steve Allen's TV show and demonstrated some far-out musical sounds on an unusual instrument: the bicycle.

May 9, 2009

 

Ornette Coleman Tomorrow

The Ornette Coleman Songbook

Ornette Coleman's music shook up a generation of jazz artists, but some of them almost immediately began to play it.

January 11, 2009

 

Reissues and Historical Releases: Best of 2008

2008: not a good year for the economy, certain politicians, or the Detroit Lions. In the realm of reissues and historical releases, however, it was a surprisingly good year. A highly subjective and belated list follows, presented in alphabetical order:

September 23, 2008

 

Anthony Braxton Mosaic: Outtakes From the Liner Notes

Braxton MosaicMosaic’s forthcoming Anthony Braxton set, The Complete Arista Recordings, is a long-awaited dream-come-true for fans of the jazz avant-garde, and it’s now available for pre-order at the Mosaic website. The set’s liner notes were written by musician and scholar Mike Heffley, who gave Mosaic a draft that was twice as long as what they were able to use.

May 5, 2008

 

Carla Bley

The Carla Bley Songbook

Carla Bley is renowned today for her big-band writing, but it was small-group recordings of her work in the 1960s that introduced her to the jazz world.

April 22, 2008

 

Forthcoming HatOLOGY Reissues

news for luluHatHut Records, the European label that some consider to be the modern Blue Note (er, wait a minute, Blue Note still exists…but as a very hip man once observed, things ain’t what they used to be) has posted some choice titles as forthcoming reissues–among them…

April 12, 2008

 

Update on Nessa Records Reissues, Gillespie Big Band With Monk

NonaahWord is that we’ll probably see the following reissues from Nessa Records in several months: Roscoe Mitchell’s Nonaah (with bonus material), Charles Tyler’s Saga of the Outlaws, and…

April 10, 2008

 

Ornette Coleman at New York City’s Town Hall

Gary Giddins writes it up in the new New Yorker, though strangely enough, he doesn’t mention Coleman’s previous, somewhat legendary appearance there in 1962. The lately-revived…

April 4, 2008

 

Anthony Braxton Mosaic in the Works

Anthony Braxton 1974Lots of Mosaic Records news lately–now it appears, according to a post at freejazz.org, that the long-talked-about Anthony Braxton 1970s set featuring his recordings for Arista and Freedom may be on its way to manifestation in the reality-based retail community…coming this…

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