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Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House: Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House: January 1975 (Livelove Series Vol 1)

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Guitarist Larry Coryell is unquestionably one of the pioneers of jazz/rock fusion, incorporating rock elements as early as the mid-1960s with the group The Free Spirits, and later with vibraphonist Gary Burton. He never attained the recognition of many who followed, but the Eleventh House was an attempt to attract the same audience as groups like ...

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Horace Silver Quintet: June 1977 (livelove Series Vol 2)

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When the Horace Silver Quintet took the stage in Bremen in June, 1977, Silver was nearing the end of his long association with Blue Note Records. Much of the band's book was drawn from recent albums: the title tune from In Pursuit of the 27th Man (Blue Note, 1973), and two each from Silver 'N Brass ...

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Cecil Taylor: FLY! FLY! FLY! FLY! FLY!

Read "FLY! FLY! FLY! FLY! FLY!" reviewed by John Kelman

83 years old and approaching ninety releases as a leader, pianist Cecil Taylor's place in the history of jazz may already rest assured, but he's more cited than seen these days. He may not come up as a primary influence as often as usual suspects Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner or Herbie Hancock, but in ...

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet: Tough Tenors Again 'N' Again

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It's been over a year since Promising Music's last series of lovingly remastered and repackaged titles from the classic MPS catalog of the 1960s/70s, but they're back with two 2012 reissues that, once again, demonstrate the breadth and depth of a German label that ran the gamut from straight-ahead to fusion, and from down-and-dirty blues to ...

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Don "Sugar Cane" Harris: Cup Full of Dreams

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While Sugar Cane's Got the Blues (MPS, 1972; Reissued Promising Music, 2008), teamed the violinist with Europeans including Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal, German keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner and British (though, with a life-changing accident looming, not for long) drummer Robert Wyatt, Cup Full of Dreams finds Don “Sugar Cane" Harris back on American turf, with a group ...

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Jean-Luc Ponty: Open Strings

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Artists are often defined--and pigeon-holed--by the music that's had the best distribution, not necessarily their best music. Not that any of the fusion discs that Jean-Luc Ponty recorded in the mid-'70s are bad; far from it. But the music the Frenchman released, before he moved to the United States, reveals a different formative period for the ...

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Don Ellis: Haiku

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Personaggio tra i più originali e atipici del jazz degli anni Sessanta e Settanta, il trombettista e bandleader Don Ellis ha attraversato con la sua musica differenti zone stilistiche, sperimentando metriche complesse e energie jazz-rock in contesti orchestrali e portando le intuizioni della cosiddetta third stream a esiti personalissimi quanto talvolta irrisolti. La Promising Music ristampa ora un suo ...

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Irene Schweizer / Dewan Motihar / Barney Wilen / Manfred Schoof: Jazz Meets India

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Years before John McLaughlin began a deep investigation into the music of India that resonates to this day, there was Jazz Meets India. It wasn't the first time that Indian music had crept into popular western culture--The Beatles and John Coltrane, amongst others, had already seen to that--but this 1967 MPS date was an early experimental ...

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Don Ellis: Haiku

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One of the more tragic casualties of the 1970s was Don Ellis. Emerging from the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Charlie Barnet, and Ray McKinley, the trumpeter began releasing albums under his own name in the early 1960s, distanced from his mentors' more mainstream big band sound. Beginning in small ensembles with free-thinking players such as ...

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Zbigniew Seifert: Man of the Light

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If ever a title was in need of the wider exposure it eluded when first released, it's Polish violinist Zbigniew Seifert's unparalleled Man of the Light--finally seeing the light of day thanks to Promising Music's ongoing series of remastered re-releases from the German MPS label of the 1960s and '70s. Seifert's death from complications from cancer ...