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After disappearing more than forty years ago, pioneering improviser Giuseppi Logan, who made two iconic free jazz records in the mid-1960s, recently stepped out of the mists and began playing again, busking regularly in Tompkins Square Park. (Read my previous post about Logan from last year.)
Quick to share tales of his hard-knock intervening years, Logan nevertheless is forging ahead, improbably—stunningly—adding a sunny chapter to a story most assumed had ended grimly ages ago. With a new record under his belt, Logan, on the eve of his 75th birthday, stopped by WFMU to play live on Give the Drummer Some. (Here is the playlist for the show.) Give a listen to this historic broadcast, then head over to the northwest corner of Tompkins Square Park, Logan's usual spot, and give this living legend some dead presidents.
Kazutoki "Kappo" Umezu ~ "Seikatsu Kojyo Iinkai"
(Blog: Big in Japan)
While issue #2 of Grand Royal Magazine, published in 1995, boasted a scholarly treatise on the mullet, it also contained an annotated discography written by Thurston Moore called "Top 10 from the Free Jazz Underground." Reprinted on countless sites online, Moore's blissful descriptions of out-of-print rarities have been revered by crate diggers the world over, who've studied the list as though it were part treasure map, part Talmudic text. Last year, Root Strata smartly posted Moore's original piece, along with links to blogs that had posted downloads for albums on the list. Tantalizingly, all but one recording was found. Until now. This item here is the final piece of the puzzle!
Jerry Rayson ~ " The Weird Thing in Town or Let's Go Man Rocbuafro"
(Blog: . . . którędy pójdą dzicy święci)
From the album: Mama Lim Papa Limbo (mp3)
The Answer Is Blowing in the Mind
From Acid Archives: "...spaced out fringe folk with unusual inner-city vibe and Puerto Rican tangents."
From the cover: “My theory of music is to explore in the unknown vibrations of sounds, to create psychedelic ways of thinking which I make mostly with primitive sounds by adding them together…If you enjoy the weird and the new, this is for you”
Various ~ "Classic South African Jive"
(Blog: Electric Jive)
The Mbaqanga's All Here
Another vital trove of jive stompers from South Africa has been curated by collector Nick Lotay. As with his previous mbaqanga compilation (and must-read historical essay) for Matsuli Music, this sizzling set for Electric Jive includes crucial offerings from the collection of Siemon Allen.
Peruchin! ~ "The Incendiary Piano of..."
(Blog: Listen to Your Ears)
From the album: Redencíon (mp3)
No Justiz, No Peace!
Simultaneously brash and elegant, Cuban ivory tickler Pedro "Peruchín" Justiz spent many fruitful years playing and arranging for Orquesta Riverside, collaborating with vocalist Beny Moré, and anchoring the descarga jams led by Julio Gutierrez.
Les Luthiers ~ "Sonamos, Pese a Todo"
(Blog: Mutant Sounds)
From the album: El Alegre Cazador Que Vuelve a Su Casa
con un Fuerte Dolor Acá (mp3)
P.D.Q. Bach Meets Monty Python. In Buenos Aires.
Mixing masterful playing of traditional and homemade instruments with absurdist sketch humor, Argentine music-comdey troupe Les Luthiers have been continuously performing for more than 40 years.
Perry Robinson 4 ~ "Funk Dumpling"
(Blog: Que Parte No Entendiste?)
Clarinet mystic Perry Robinson's debut recording from 1962—reissued once, but shockingly no longer in print—features his good friend Henry Grimes on bass (who wrote three of the tunes, including the title number), exquisite drummer Paul Motian and 19-year-old pianist Kenny Barron.
Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).
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