Monthly Archives: February 2019

Akio Suzuki LP

Akio Suzuki LP “Jumping and Standing” Art Into Life

Limited edition pressing of 300 copies * Includes text insert by Akio Suzuki. Originally recorded in 1984, “Jumping and Standing” consists of a live performance at Musashino Art University by pioneering Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki, accompanied by five toy rabbits. This long-awaited release epitomizes Suzuki’s approach to performance, imbued with a characteristic sense of humor and an organic interplay with his audiences, as evinced by uproarious laughter heard on the opening track. Now some three decades later, contemporary listeners are likewise drawn ever deeper into this novel noisescape featuring an ensemble of wind-up bunnies on broken boards, metallic fragments, and a reel-to-reel tape deck on the fritz.

$24

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Meno 1st CD

Meno 1sCD  Galleria Zarigania

Meno is the trio of  Hiroto Hayashi, Ikuro Takahashi & Kota Inukai

They are good old friends, they play guitar, bass & drums with Hayashi on vocals. Sometimes it reminds me a bit Kasuni trio but Hayashi’s voice is rawer, sometimes a bit raspy. Simple but a true pleasure for ears. Comes in a nice 15 x 21 cm cover.

$15

(you can order it with the new Ikuro Takahashi LP, shipping costs would remain thesame)

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Philipe Maté / Daniel Vallancien LP

Philipe Maté / Daniel Vallancien LP Souffle Continu Records

Souffle Continu Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Philippe Maté/Daniel Vallancien, originally released in 1972. Although discrete, the career of saxophonist Philippe Maté includes nonetheless several indispensable albums: be it with the Acting TrioJean Guérin (Tacet), or Jef Gilson (Workshop), his collaborations in a big band or quartet with Lawrence “Butch” Morris, his presence in the Saxophone Quartet and also on the brilliant 1972 album L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouche by Jean-Claude Vannier (BMS 001CD, FKR 001X-LP). As for the man in the background: Daniel Vallancien, a sound engineer rarely featured on the sleeves; the collection Actuel on the BYG label owes much to him (he is at the controls behind Anthony BraxtonDon CherrySonny Sharrock, or Steve Lacy), and the same goes for Saravah for who he notably recorded AreskiBrigitte FontaineMaurice Lemaître, or the Cohelmec Ensemble. Not bad for starters! What is more, Daniel Vallancien is one of a prestigious group of French recording engineers with open ears and often themselves musicians, even if only occasionally for some, including Bruno MennyDaniel Deshays, or Jean-Marc Foussat, who have all recorded remarkable albums as leaders. Behind this collaboration was the idea of creating music which was free, direct, and spontaneous, while having also a minimum of advance planning. Music, according to the brief liner notes desirous to “remove itself from long and patient laboratory experiments“. So, there can be found here none of the sophisticated tools associated with electroacoustic research, but mainly a recording mixer console, which, in the hands of Daniel Vallancien acts directly on the original instrumental sound in real time, modifying and multiplying it while respecting the natural flow. Be it Paul MéfanoBetsy JolasGérard Grisey, or Jacques Lejeune, many contemporary composers working in France have, at one time or another, included the saxophone in their work. Nothing can compare to the singularity of the dialogue between Philippe Maté and Daniel Vallancien, which they themselves describe as being “serious, sarcastic or humorous”, with, here and there, “disturbing sounds”. Words, however, even those used by the protagonists themselves, are insufficient to describe such a sonic object, difficult to identify and, it has to be said, extraordinary. Licensed from Saravah. Gatefold sleeve; Obi strip Edition of 500

$19 only a few

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