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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
During my earliest navigations of the Freemusicsphere, I was so floored to discover the bounty of amazing out-of-print recordings on offer, I made little notice of the actual quality of the MP3s I was prodigiously hoovering. I still don't give a fig about fidelity and I'm still harvesting the fertile fields of vinyl kudzuing across the Internet, but there are some records I've snatched whose sub-par listenability indeed does cut through the happy haze of merely having them.
One such recording was Roswell Rudd's live recording Maine from 1976 that I snagged from the old incarnation of Jizz Relics. The music struck me immediately as one of the most stunning jazz performances I'd ever heard, but the brutal quality of the rip made it sound like Rudd and his quartet were playing submerged in a swimming pool. To be so close to an all-time great recording and yet so far from the full flower of its true magnificence has been fairly excruciating. Well imagine my thrill yesterday when the inimitable Kinabalu at Inconstant Sol posted a clean copy of this dazzling album. Before you eat, sleep, breathe—download this now!
Roswell Rudd ~ Maine
(Blog: Inconstant Sol)
Good to the Bone
"This is a hyperkinetic date, top speed ahead from all four and to me, Dulfer is a revelation, even over-powering Rudd at times, particularly on the Rollins piece. Sometimes you need a bit of coolness to balance the hotness, and the soloists do compliment each other nicely. Recommended, and to be played reasonably loud to appreciate the full dynamics of this wonderful date! And it's a topnotch recording to boot." (Description by Kinabalu, at Inconstant Sol)
Various ~ Funeral Songs: Dead Man Blues
(Blog: Twilightzone! )
This tasty collection was originally shared at Zero G Sound, but the links are now moribund. Three cheers to Twilightzone for keeping the second line moving and grooving.
Karin Krog ~ We Could By Flying
(Blog: Private Press)
"I have probably played this CD ten times straight through since recently acquiring it. Absolutely BRILLIANT work from legendary Norwegian jazz vocalist Karin Krog, with pianist/composer Steve Kuhn, bassist Steve Swallow, and Jon Christensen on drums/percussion….They're all gorgeous pieces and beautifully performed by the whole group, as are the rest of the songs on the cd. The recording quality is STUNNING….It's a timeless, haunting work of art for the mind, ears, and soul - EXTRAORDINARY. 10 million stars." (Review at Amazon by Jazzman)
Teddy Charles ~ Evolution
(Blog: Freedom Records )
"Captain Ted Charles, owner of the Skipjack Pilgrim, is considered by many to be the most experienced owner-operator of commercial sailing charters on the East Coast, sailing extensively from Martha's Vineyard to the Caribbean. Since the mid 1960s, Capt. Ted has owned and operated commercial charter vessels from ports such as New York's City Island and South Street Seaport, Miami and Key West, and throughout the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. Aside from his distinguished maritime experience, Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charlie Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis." (Biography at the late Teddy Charles' website)
Azar Lawrence ~ Bridge into the New Age
(Blog: King Cake Crypt)
" This stunning album of what I think of as 'Spiritual Jazz' was done in 1974 and features a remarkable cast of major league players like Woody Shaw, Jean Carn, Clint Houston, John Heard, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester, Ndugu, Mtume, Kenneth Nash... it sounds for all the world like something from Black Jazz or Strata East and yet it is a Orrin Keepnews produced Prestige/Fantasy release. It vanished from print within 5 years or so and saw one CD reissue for two or three minutes." (Description by KingCake, at The KingCake Crypt)
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