April 20, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-04-19

Re-cutting Side B

* Bartok: Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (Chicago/Reiner) (RCA-Victor LP)
* Messiaen: Catalogue d’oiseaux (Ugorski) (DG 3CD)
* Charles Wuorinen: Time’s Encomium (Nonesuch LP)
* Anthony Braxton: Willisau (Quartet) 1991 (hat ART 4CD)
* Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny: Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories) (Verve CD)
* Pat Martino: Joyous Lake (Warner Bros. LP)
* Arcana: Arc Of The Testimony (Axiom/Island CD)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (reference lacquers)
* Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (Tamla/Mobile Fidelity SACD)
* Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (Tamla/Mobile Fidelity SACD)
* George Duke: The Aura Will Prevail (MPS/BASF LP)
* Automatic Man: Automatic Man (Island LP)
* Automatic Man: Visitors (Island LP)
* Cypress Hill: Black Sunday (Columbia/Legacy 2LP)
* Gram Parsons: GP (Warner Bros./Mobile Fidelity SACD)
* Gram Parsons: 180 Gram: Alternate Takes (Rhino 2LP)
* Martina McBride: Everlasting (Vinyl Recorings LP)
* Grateful Dead: The Centrum, Worcester, MA 1984-10-09 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Cream: Disreali Gears (Deluxe Edition) (d.2) (Polydor/Universal 2CD)
* Hawkwind: Hawkwind (United Arists LP)
* Hawkwind: In Search Of Space (Liberty/EMI LP)
* Hawkwind: Hall Of The Mountain Grill (United Artists LP)
* Budgie: Squawk (MCA/EMI LP)
* Placebo: Ball Of Eyes (Parlophone/Music On Vinyl LP)
* Placebo: 1973 (Parlophone/Music On Vinyl LP)
* Placebo: Placebo (Parlophone/Music On Vinyl LP)
* Camel: I Can See Your House From Here (Arista LP)
* Bad Brains: Youth Are Getting Restless: Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam 1987 (Caroline LP)
* Die Kreuzen: Cows And Beer (Beer City 7”)
* Meat Puppets: Up On The Sun (SST LP)
* Flaming Lips: 7 Skies H3 (Warner Bros. LP)
* Guided By Voices: Motivational Jumpsuit (GBV, Inc. LP)
* OM: Pilgrimage (Southern Lord LP)
* Ensemble Pearl: (Ensemble Pearl) (Drag City 2LP)
* The Black Keys: Attack & Release (Nonesuch LP)
* Lower Dens: Nootropics (Ribbon Music 2-45RPM LP)

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Commentary:

I am pleased to announce that Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: "Cosmologies" is now available on Bandcamp as a free (or pay what you want - hey, every little bit helps!) digital download. You can also pre-order the limited edition vinyl edition of the album, which is due to be pressed at the end of June. The response has already been way beyond my expectations!

Reference lacquers were cut on Tuesday at Welcome to 1979, a local studio facility that is fanatically devoted to analog, with all kinds of vintage keyboards, synthesizers and reel-to-reel tape machines everywhere you look. They recently obtained a vintage Neumann cutting lathe so they can do everything in-house except press the actual LPs. Cameron Henry, the cutting engineer, was a really cool guy and great to work with. While the initial lacquers sounded good, there was some inner-groove distortion at the end of side B that bothered me. Knowing that the actual pressings would only exacerbate the problem, Cameron was totally game for making it just exactly perfect (an impossibility, of course, in the vinyl world). I returned on Friday and, together, we came up with very creative - almost radical - solution - and it now sounds freaking fantastic. Cutting vinyl is an art in itself and Cameron did an amazing job, spending over an hour on three seconds of music. As you can see, every effort has been made to make this LP sound as good as it possibly can.

I hope you all dig it!

April 13, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-04-12

Me and legendary engineer, Richard Dodd

* Veracini: Sonatas (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (ECM CD)
* LeClair: Sonatas (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (ECM CD)
* Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Dream (Columbia/Legacy CD)
* Ornette Coleman: Chappaqua Suite (Columbia/Sony 2CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Native Dancer (Columbia LP)
* Tony Williams: Life Time (Blue Note CD)
* John Abercrombie: 39 Steps (ECM CD)
* Don Sebesky: The Rape of El Morrow (CTI LP)
* Hubert Laws: In The Beginning (CTI 2LP)
* Pat Martino: Joyous Lake (Warner Bros. LP)
* Pat Martino: Starbright (Warner Bros. LP)
* Pat Martino: Exit (Muse LP)
* Steve Khan: The Blue Man (Columbia LP)
* Steve Khan: Arrows (Columbia LP)
* Alte Leidenschaften: Alte Leidenschaften Special Guest Ray Anderson (Carsten Hormes LP)
* DJ Wally: Nothing Stays The Same (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (LP master) (24-bit WAV)
* V/A: Love’s A Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa (Luaka Bop 2LP)
* Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Island/Def Jam CD)
* Martina McBride: Everlasting (Vinyl Records LP)
* Grateful Dead: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO 1984-06-14 (d.2) (SBD 3CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD 1984-06-27 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Crosby Stills & Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash (Atlantic/Audio Fidelity CD)
* Crosby Stills & Nash: CSN (Atlantic/Audio Fidelity CD)
* Derek & The Dominoes: Layla And Other Love Songs (Atlantic/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Love: Love (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Da Capo (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Forever Changes (Elektra/Rhino LP+7”)
* Love: Four Sail (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Black Beauty (High Moon LP)
* Ten Years After: Stonedhenge (Deram LP)
* Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (EMI/Analogue Productions SACD)
* Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (Bearsville 2LP)
* Todd Rundgren’s Utopia: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (Bearsville LP)
* Todd Rundgren’s Utopia: Another Live (Bearsville LP)
* Rodriguez: Searching For Sugar Man (Columbia/Legacy/Light In The Attic 2LP)
* Mandrill: Mandrilland (Polydor 2LP)
* Mandrill: New Worlds (Arista LP)
* Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (Southern Lord 2LP)
* Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II (Southern Lord 2-45RPM LP)
* Opeth: Watershed (Roadrunner CD+DVD)
* Ensemble Pearl: (ensemble pearl) (Drag City 2LP)
* London Grammar: If You Wait (Columbia 2LP)
  
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Commentary:

The LP project, entitled Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd - Cosmologies, is coming along nicely and was mastered this week by the legendary engineer, Richard Dodd (who also mastered my CD). This time, I actually got meet him! It was all I could do not to badger him with questions about Robert Wyatt, Pete Sinfeld, George Harrison, Tom Petty, et al.  He was a terrifically nice guy, a perfect English gentleman and very funny. I was able to listen to a bit of the music in his mastering suite, which was an amazing experience.  He was actually complementary of the sound of my home recording and said it took less time than he expected to complete the mastering. That made me feel really good!

Lacquers are being cut next week at Welcome to 1979 and will be delivered to United Record Pressing shortly after that. Unfortunately, Record Store Day has overwhelmed every vinyl pressing plant in the world, and there will be a significant delay (up to eight weeks) before my record will be completed. However, I am planning to make the music available online via Bandcamp soon. Stay tuned!

SHAMELESS PLUG DEPT.

If you are interested in my music, please visit my website, Nuvoid Jazz Records, or click on the link below to order a copy of my CD, Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd - Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano And Drums). Thank you for your support!

Rodger Coleman: Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano and Drums)

April 6, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-04-05

Bluebirds 2014-04-06c

* Gemimiani: Concerti Grossi (After Correlli, Op.5) (AAM/Manze) (Harmonia Mundi 2CD)
* Miles Davis: The Bootleg Series Vol.3: At The Fillmore East, June 1970 (Columbia/Legacy 4CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Feets Don’t Fail Me Now (Columbia LP)
* Herbie Hancock: Monster (Columbia LP)
* Miroslav Vitous: Magical Shepherd (Warner Bros. LP)
* Billy Cobham: Total Eclipse (Atlantic LP)
* Marion Brown: Vista (Impulse! LP)
* Paul Winter Consort: Icarus (Epic LP)
* Gateway: Schaulburg, Bremen, W. Germany 1983-06-21 (FM 2CDR)
* David Torn Prezens: The Vortex, London 2008-01-14 (FM CDR)
* Schematics For A Blank Stare: Acid Rain (LP)
* Schematics For A Blanks Stare: Kiss Of Death (LP)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (LP mix) (WAV)
* Rodger Coleman & Andrew Dickson: 2014-04-03 (rough mix) (WAV)
* Grateful Dead: County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA 1984-07-21 (selections) (SBD 2CDR)
* Grateful Dead: County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA 1984-07-22 (d.1) (SBD 3CDR)
* Fleetwood Mac: Penguin (Warner Bros. LP)
* Fleetwood Mac: Mystery To My (Reprise LP)
* Camel: Nude (Decca LP)
* Camel: The Single Factor (Passport LP)
* Happy The Man: Happy The Man (Arista LP)
* Happy The Man: Crafty Hands (Arista LP)
* Happy The Man: 3rd/Better Late… (Azimuth LP)
* Boston: Boston (Epic LP)
* Lucinda Williams: Blessed (Lost Highway CD)
* Beck: Sea Change (Geffen/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Beck Morning Phase (The Vinyl Experience) (Universal MP3)†
* ISIS: Celestial (Ipecac CD)
* ISIS: Oceanic (Ipecac CD)
* YOB: The Great Cessation (Southern Lord 2LP)
* YOB: Atma (Twenty-Buck Spin 2LP)
* Mike Scheidt: Stay Awake (Thrill Jockey LP)
* The Sword: Apocryphon (Razor & Tie LP)
* Kadavar: Abra Kadavar (Nuclear Blast LP)
* Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls (ATO LP)
* London Grammar: If You Wait (Columbia 2LP)

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Commentary:

Spring is here!

March 30, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-03-29

Miles Davis At The Fillmore

* Hesperion XXI (Savall), et al: Francisco Javier: La Ruta de Oriente (Alia Vox 2 SACD)
* Miles Davis: The Bootleg Series Vol.3: At Fillmore East (Columbia/Legacy 4CD)
* Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker (Blue Note CD)
* Marion Brown: Vista (Impulse! LP)
* Albert Ayler: New Grass (Impulse! CD)
* Albert Ayler: Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe (Impulse! LP)
* Miroslav Vitous: Magical Shepherd (Warner Bros. LP)
* John Abercrombie: Tactics (ECM CD)
* King Sunny Adé: JuJu Music (Mango/Island LP)
* Milton Nascimento: Yauareté (Columbia LP)
* Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol.12: 6/26/74 + 6/28/74 (selections) (GDP 3CD)
* Mandrill: Composite Truth (Polydor LP)
* Caravan: In The Land Of Grey And Pink (40th Anniversary Ed.) (Universal 2CD+DVD)
* Brand X: Unorthodox Behavior (Passport LP)
* Brand X: Moroccan Roll (Passport LP)
* Brand X: Livestock (Passport LP)
* Brand X: Masques (Passport LP)
* Brand X: Product (Passport LP)
* Brand X: Do They Hurt? (Passport LP)
* Brand X: Is There Anything About? (Passport LP)
* Steve Hackett: Spectral Morning (Chrysalis LP)
* Steve Hackett: Defector (Charisma LP)
* Neu: Neu! (Brain/Astralwerks CD)
* Neu: Neu 2 (Brain/Astralwerks CD)
* Chrome: Red Exposure (Beggar’s Banquet/Cleopatra LP)
* Chrome: Blood On The Moon (Don’t Fall Off The Mountain/Cleopatra LP)
* Chrome: 3rd From The Sun (Cleopatra LP)
* Chrome: Half Machine From The Sun (King of Spades 2LP)
* Mission Of Burma: The Horrible Truth About Burma (Ace of Hearts/Matador LP+EP+DVD)
* Sonic Youth: Simon Werner A Disparu (SYR LP)
* Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused To Sing (KSCope BD)
* ISIS: Celestial (Ipecac CD)†/‡
* ISIS: Oceanic (Ipecac CD)
* Tortoise: A Lazarus Taxon (d.1-2) (Thrill Jockey 3CD+DVD)
* Beach House: Bloom (Sub Pop 2-45RPM LP)
* Nothing: Guilty Of Everything (Relapse LP)

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Commentary:

I can’t let this week go by without mentioning the new release in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series, which came out on Tuesday. Recorded over four consecutive nights in June 1970 at the Fillmore East in New York City, this third volume in the series finally presents, remixed and uncut, the music that was brutally edited by Teo Macero to create the Miles At Fillmore double-LP set which was released in December 1970. To be fair to Teo, it was Miles’s idea, wanting each side of the album to represent a single night of the run. With his sets lasting almost an hour, this was a Herculean task and Teo undoubtedly did the best he could in the limited amount of time available. But despite the high quality of the music, At Fillmore has always been one of my least favorite Miles Davis albums, with its jarring discontinuities and truncated jams incessantly interrupting the improvisational flow. Now, at last, we can hear what really went down at the Fillmore on those four nights.

As with the rapidly evolving studio material during this period, Miles’s live band was constantly in flux, a fact that has become increasingly clear with archival releases like this one. A previous appearance at the Fillmore East in March 1970 featured saxophonist Wayne Shorter, along with Chick Corea on electric piano, Dave Holland on acoustic and electric bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Airto Moreia on percussion and can be heard on the 2001 Columbia/Legacy release, Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It’s About That Time. The landmark Bitches Brew album was released in April and the band now included Steve Grossman, replacing Shorter on saxophone, with Holland playing electric bass exclusively. The April 10 performance was recorded by Columbia at the Fillmore West in San Francisco and released in Japan as Black Beauty in 1973 but did not see a domestic release until the 1997 CD (degraded soundboard recordings from April 11 have been included on The Bootleg Series Vol.3). By the time of this June 1970 Fillmore East run, Miles had added Keith Jarrett on electric organ, thickening the texture and ratcheting up the volume and intensity level. Gary Bartz replaced Grossman in August, appearing at the Isle of Wight Festival on the 29th (which can be found on the 2011 Bitches Brew Live CD). Then, Holland would leave the band in October, to be replaced by the teenaged Michael Henderson, who brought a dark, hypnotic funk groove to the music (see The Cellar Door Sessions box set from 2005, recorded December 16-19, 1970 in Washington D.C.).

As one of the only documents of this short-lived version of the working band, the restoration of these tapes is of monumental historical importance. There was a reason Miles wanted to try to squeeze these four nights onto the two discs allotted him by the label: his band was on fire! The quality of the recordings is also superb—much better than the March 7 debacle. The heavily edited LP contains some hot music, for sure, but to be able to hear these complete sets uninterrupted is extraordinary. Accusations that Miles Davis was somehow selling out playing electric music for rock kids at the Fillmore needs only to listen with an open mind. This is intensely challenging, at times downright harrowing music. It is also joyous, playful and always intensely musical. It is all these things. It is Miles Davis music. If you’re reading, you already know. What more is there to say except what a treat it is to hear Jarrett and Corea with Dave Holland on bass?

Unlike previous volumes of the Bootleg Series, which were derived from crude radio and TV broadcasts, all of the June 1970 material was professionally recorded by Columbia to eight-track tape and newly mixed for this release. Accordingly, the sound quality is excellent, enhanced by superlative mastering by Mark Wilder. Rumor has it that Music On Vinyl will be putting this out on LP—but I don’t really see the point. With the set lists running 45-to-over-50 minutes without a break, this music was made for CD (or, even better, SACD or Blu-Ray—but, hey, we can’t have everything). I love vinyl but I have my limits! This volume of The Bootleg Series is perfect in just about every way and essential listening for every fan of Miles Davis’s electric period.