Sometimes it pays to be lucky. After searching in vain for a couple of hard–to–find albums from the mid–’70s by Tokyo–based Toshiyuki Miyama’s New Herd (see August big–band reviews), I went to the source — the affable Tee Fujii, proprietor of Three Blind Mice Records. Of course, he replied, he would be happy to send copies of both albums. And, he added, he would ship a third disc as well — Montreux Cyclone by Bingo Miki and the Inner Galaxy Orchestra. Terrific, I thought. That’s exactly what I need; an album of “otherworldly” music by another Sun Ra clone. How ...read more
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