Sunday, April 04, 2004

Short Takes:

- Emusic has posted a ton of music by the avant-garde jazz label Leo with some interesting stuff by Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra becoming available.

- Speaking of Sun Ra, I've received 9 discs worth of out of print Sun Ra recordings as part of a "vine" on the Yahoo group Sun Ra Trading. A vine is like a trade, except you make copies of the master discs for yourself and then send them on to the next person in the queue.

- In a recent trade, I received a copy of the performance of Ravi Coltrane's group from Joe's Pub in New York City in November of 2002 to celebrate the re-release of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. The biggest surprise was to hear Alice Coltrane take the stage to play some very strong piano! All in all, it was an excellent concert, Ravi and Alice (and the rest of the band) played extremely well despite what must have been a big amount of emotional baggage to carry onstange.

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