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Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber Fusion – Ha Ha Hotel

GRAMMY Award-winning keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber recalls seeing guitarist Mike Stern during his much-ballyhooed tenure with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s. “I’ve been a fan of his for a long time,” said the keyboardist, who was touring hard in support of his hit records Wizard Island and It’s a Fact in those analog days. “Jeff Lorber Fusion and Miles Davis were playing some of the … Continue reading Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber Fusion – Ha Ha Hotel

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John Coltrane – Blue World (Visualizer)

Next month, John Coltrane’s label, Impulse!/Ume, will release Blue World, a new album by the legendary saxophonist. Recorded in 1964 and largely unreleased until now, the 37-minute session was intended as a soundtrack for Le chat dans le sac (“The Cat in the Bag”), a film by the Quebecois director Gilles Groulx. Only 10 minutes’ worth of the music actually appeared in the film, and … Continue reading John Coltrane – Blue World (Visualizer)

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Charles Mingus – Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

RELEASED NOVEMBER 2, 2018 The radical discovery by Amir Abdullah of 5 two-track master tapes in the care of Hermine Brooks ­– widow of innovative Detroit drummer Roy Brooks – of the Charles Mingus Quintet recorded live in Detroit at Strata Concert Gallery is cause for some serious celebration. These electrifying recordings took place during Mingus’ week-long residency in February 1973. They were broadcast live … Continue reading Charles Mingus – Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

Jan Erik Kongshaug (1944-2019)

ECM Records on Facebook: Jan Erik Kongshaug, recording engineer on many productions made in Oslo at the Bendiksen, Talent, and Rainbow Studios has died, aged 75. “Our first studio session together, and the beginning of a close collaboration lasting nearly fifty years, was ‘Afric Pepperbird’ in September, 1970, with Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen. We were all rather innocent beginners, then,” … Continue reading Jan Erik Kongshaug (1944-2019)