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Paraphrasing the title of a song by G.Monchur III (that Shepp has played countless times) we can say: Archie’s back.It seems that after years of weary routine, the “old lion” is enjoying a second youth, even thanks to the most appropriate choice of partners.
Great concert, and exiting the stage, Shepp has candidly admitted that they forgot to play a B-Flat Blues…

Archie Shepp-tenor & soprano sax,vocal
Richard Davis-bass

mp3 320 kbps | 128 MB | FSo | WU

Although he made his reputation over decades and decades of work in the free jazz and improvised music realm and as a early member of Chicago’s hugely influencial AACM (the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music), trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has long been interested in larger ensembles and electric music as well. Heart’s Reflections is a bold double-disc set that features Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic, a predominately electric, fourteen-piece group, a band most notable for a lineup marked by four guitarists. In addition to Smith, who plays both acoustic and electric trumpet, the extraordinary lineup on Heart’s Reflection includes: Brandon Ross, Michael Gregory, Lamar Smith, and Josh Gerowitz on guitar; Skuli Sverrisson and John Lindberg on bass; Angelica Sanchez on acoustic and electric piano; Stephanie Smith on violin; Casey Anderson on alto saxophone; Casey Butler on tenor saxophone; Mark Trayle and Charlie Burgin on laptops; and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums.

mp3 320 kbps | 225 MB | FSo | FSe

The music of Jimi Hendrix with three wind instruments is a challenge, or at least a daring undertaking. He had to find the right approach to take ownership of this raw material and knead until that comes out a consistent approach, which does not alter the spirit of the original and is rich enough to justify its existence.The trio also had the good sense not to retreat into a sort of folklore, playing the conservative card “all three” – no need to develop this kind of detail if the background is sufficiently powerful. His palette is expanded as well, on some songs, by the paraphernalia of the great Denis Charolles, deep voice and assured Rodolphe Burger or his guitar punctuations far from any cliché, and by the addition of various keyboards played by Frederick Gastard. The minutes of the assembly is bluffing on the longest disc title “1983 … A Merman I Should Turn To Be”, which come telescope fresco jazz, rock and funk.

mp3 320 kbps | 153 MB | FSo

Michaela Dietl: Akkordeon, Melodica, Stimme,
 Fritz Moßhammer: Alphorn, Maultrommel, Fujara, Taschentrompete, Flügelhorn,
Stimme Erwin Rehling: Schlagzeug, Steinspiel, Bassmarimbaphon, Glocken, Schellenbaum

mp3 VBR -236 kbps | 82 MB | FSo | FSe

Julie Tippetts is a unique singer with distant blues and jazz  roots. She was briefly a pop star and fashion icon with the hit single This Wheel’s on Fire in the 1960s, and has made remarkable original music with her pianist husband Keith Tippett for decades. This album is ambient experimental music of a different kind. Computer musician and multi-instrumentalist Martin Archer created soundscapes for Tippetts’s mysterious poems and found texts on last year’s Ghosts of Gold album, but this double CD adds strings, percussion, and guitar from Chris Sharkey of Acoustic Ladyland and trioVD fame. Thewords suggest a gothic world of clashing armies and windblown castles; the aural scenery slowly shuffles John Surmanesque overdubbed saxes, cymbal clashes, church-organ roars, squirty synth sounds, fidgeting strings and, at one point (on the funky, uptempo The Other Side), an exhilarating guitar outburst from Sharkey. Although Tippetts’s rich tone and soulfulness suggest an exploratory Cassandra Wilson or Sarah Jane Morris, this is a one-off for listeners willing to hang up all preconceptions – about free-jazz, noise collages, meaning and language, ambient electronics or pretty much anything else.

mp3 VBR – 225 kbps | 143 MB | FSo | FSe

This exhilarating session, nominally led by young Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi, is dominated by Gianlucca Petrella on trombone, Craig Taborn’s inspired rhythm section of bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver, and former Lounge Lizards saxophonist Michael Blake. Though it echoes the sprawling, rough-edge ensemble sound of Carla Bley’s brass-powered bands or Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, the set balances pace with rich improv ideas, all delivered with casual authority. The opening is pensive, but raucous trombone sounds soon smear across fast, bowed-bass figures and cyclonic free-jazz drums, before settling into a wry, Bley-like theme. The title track is a delectably smoky romantic melody for trombone and sax, but a skimming Ornette Coleman-like melody (effortlessly negotiated by Petrella) is not far behind. Begatto Kitchen is like Mediterranean and South African jazz merged; In Pursuit of Silence is exactly the exploration of space and minimal action it sounds as if it should be. This is an album made with heart, technique and freewheeling.

mp3 VBR-227 kbps | 91MB | FSo