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See also Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd
and John Stevens


DUCK BAKER "OUTSIDE" (1977-83) Emanem 5041

Duck Baker made his name as a preeminent fingerstyle guitarist in the folk/acoustic world, as one of several players of his age who expanded the fingerpicking repertoire from blues, ragtime, and Merle Travis-style instrumentals to include Irish and Scottish music, swing numbers and modern jazz. Less well-documented is Baker's free jazz - free improv style, something he began working on after hearing Sonny Sharrock in the 1960s. Baker's approach to this music was also heavily influenced by people like Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, and took another evolutionary turn in the mid-1970s when he heard Derek Bailey and, slightly later, began working with people like Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, and Bruce Ackley. Baker saw this as consistent with his involvement with traditional forms, noting that, for him, people like Albert Ayler, Elmore James and Roscoe Holcomb all played the same music. Apart from isolated tracks and one side of an early Eugene Chadbourne LP, this side of Duck Baker went undocumented on record until 2009. OUTSIDE helps fill in the blanks, with unreleased studio recordings made in Calgary in 1977, London in 1982 and Torino in 1983. A few of Baker's 'inside' arrangements are included for the sake of completeness, but most of the music is solo original pieces and free improvisations. Also included are two very adventurous guitar duets with Chadbourne.

Price 12 Euros



KARL BERGER & EDWARD BLACKWELL "Just Play" (1976) EMANEM 4037

Hard-swinging vibraphone and percussion Free Jazz duets based on compositions by Berger and Don Cherry. In contrast to these largely metallic sounds, there are also two African-sounding improvisations on two instruments made from wood - a bala(fon) and an osi-drum. Reissue of Quark 9996 with an extra piece from the same concert. 61 minutes.

Special price 8 Euros

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BOBBY BRADFORD "Love's Dream" (1973) EMANEM 4096

Hard-swinging Free Jazz recorded in a club in Paris, featuring original tunes by the vastly under-rated BRADFORD (cornet) with TREVOR WATTS (alto sax), KENT CARTER (bass) & JOHN STEVENS (drums). Reissue of Emanem 3302 with extra material. 77 minutes.

Special price 8 Euros

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JOHN CARTER & BOBBY BRADFORD "Tandem (remastered)" (1979/82) EMANEM 5204 2-CD set

All of two exceptional Worcester (Massachusetts) and Los Angeles concerts: clarinet & cornet duos & solos in improvisations on original compositions. Even those who know Carter & Bradford's work in larger groups will be astounded. The original CDs were the first (non-video) release of this duo performing unaccompanied, and the sound has been cleaned up considerably for this double CD set. 135 minutes - reissue of Emanem 4011 & 4012 with improved sound.

Price 18 Euros



EUGENE CHADBOURNE with DUCK BAKER & RANDY HUTTON "The Guitar Trio in Calgary 1977" EMANEM 5049

After beginning his recording career with two solo LP's in 1975 and 1976, Eugene Chadbourne followed with GUITAR TRIOS in 1977. On one side of this record he was joined by Duck Baker and Randy Hutton. Chadbourne and Hutton were both based in Calgary at that time, and Eugene had met Duck Baker in Toronto in 1975 when both were on the road, and invited him to participate in the guitar trio project in early 1977. Eugene organised a couple of concerts, including one in Calgary, and after this concert the trio went into the studio and recorded the long piece heard on the TRIOS LP. He and Baker also recorded two duos (which can be heard on Baker's OUTSIDE, Emanem 5041). Many years later a tape of the Calgary concert came to light, and this is released here for the first time, along with the track originally issued on GUITAR TRIOS. The concert consisted trio performances as well as solos and one duo, and the music reflects the influence of both American free jazz and European free improvisation of the time, as well as early steps towards the developments Chadbourne would explore with John Zorn and others when he relocated to New York later in 1977. This release gives a fuller picture of what Chadbourne and Baker were doing during this early period, and adds considerably to Randy Hutton's recorded legacy.

Price 12 Euros



JIMMY GIUFFRE 3 "Bremen & Stuttgart" (1961) EMANEM 5208 2-CD set

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow only lasted about a year, but their work, which ranged from blues to tempo-less group improvisation, became a major influence on a wide variety of subsequent music from 'soft jazz' to 'hard-core' free improvisation. This double CD reissues their only known well-recorded concerts, originally released in 1992/3 on hat ART 6071/2. In addition, there are six previously unissued performances from the Bremen concert, three trios and three piano/bass duets. Also included are the two tracks from their FUSION album which were not included in the ECM double-album reissue. 158 minutes.

Price 18 Euros



FRANK LOWE & EUGENE CHADBOURNE "Don't Punk Out" (1977 + 1979 & 2000) EMANEM 4043

A unique set of tenor saxophone and guitar duets mainly based on original compositions, with a couple of free improvisations and some pieces by other musicians. Considered by some to be among the best work of both musicians. Solo additions feature three Lowe pieces performed on a collapsing guitar in 1979, and some saxophone recorded in 2000. Reissue of QED LP 995 with extra later material. 65 minutes.

Price 12 Euros

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