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Artist: BANG, BILLY
Title: Distinction Without A Difference
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"A reissue of the long out-of-print first solo record by American violinist Billy Bang (1947-2011), recorded at Gaku Gallery in New York on August 12, 1979. Originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1980. Distinction Without A Difference features Bangs own compositions, extrapolated at length in an intimate live concert, as well as traditional and improvised material. Remastered from original tapes and augmented by newly discovered recordings from the same concert. Part of the large cache of historical Hat Hut records that Corbett vs. Dempsey continues to release. Classic American creative music on CD for the first time. Features five previously unreleased tracks: Tracks 7-9 and 11 were recorded in Tilberg, Netherlands on October 29, 1978; Track 10 is a recording from the New York concert on August 12, 1979; "Subway Ride" feautures Giuseppi Logan." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Artist: BROTZMANN TRIO, PETER
Title: Mayday
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
2010 release. "Recorded May 1, 1966 at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival. Personnel: Peter Brötzmann - alto/baritone saxophone; Peter Kowald - contrabass; Pierre Courbois - drums." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: BROTZMANN/VAN HOVE/BENNINK
Title: 1971
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 release. "Recorded at the height of their powers as the leading free jazz trio in Europe, 1971 includes some of the hottest and heaviest music ever made by Peter Brötzmann, starting with an inflammatory, incandescent 26-minute live track recorded at the New Jazz Meeting auf Burg Altena. Only available on a nearly-impossible-to-find LP sampler issued at the time by the festival, this marks the first appearance of "Just for Altena" on CD. Two more tracks come from pristine studio recordings made shortly before the festival, and they show an entirely different side of the trio, with delicate and harmonically intricate work by the Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove and typically wide ranging and mondo offerings from Han Bennink, at the time when the Dutch percussionist was using a huge, ragtag setup with metallic flotsam and jetsam augmenting his traditional kit. Cover image and design by Peter Brötzmann. Mastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, August, 2014; Produced by John Corbett." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: CALVIN, BRIAN AND DEVIN JOHNSTON
Title: Some Hours
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
2016 release. "At the end of his time in Chicago, in 1999, Brian Calvin recorded a batch of new songs with poet Devin Johnston. Designed to be an album, mostly recorded and mixed by Jim ORourke, who also plays bass and contributes background vocals on some cuts, they were never released, languishing in the vaults for almost two decades. Calvin and Johnston had both been members of USA, the band that recorded an LP and an EP for Drag City in the two years before this music was recorded. On the occasion of The Meditations (2016), Calvins retrospective survey of the Chicago years, he and Johnston returned to the music and selected the keepers for a wonderful five-song CD EP titled Some Hours. Sparse and beautifully arranged, funny and poignant, they recall a time when people were debating the Windy Citys role in "post-rock" and folk-infused singing, and songwriting was melding with all sorts of other musical input, from Vandermark to Van Dyke Parks. "Noon", "March And April", "All We Know So Far", and "Three Walls" were recorded and mixed by Jim ORourke in Chicago, March 1999; "Goodbye" was recorded and mixed by Paul Oldham in Shelbyville, Kentucky, July 1999. All tracks were mastered by Konrad Strauss. Drawing by Brian Calvin." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: CARL, RUDIGER INC.
Title: King Alcohol
Format: Double CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"A reissue of King Alcohol, recorded for the German FMP label in 1972. King Alcohol is one of the landmark recordings of free jazz in Europe, a mind-blowing studio session featuring Rüdiger Carl on tenor saxophone, Günter Christmann on trombone, and the astonishing Detlef Schönenberg on drums. Volatile and precise, anticipating much of the future sound of free music in Europe but also paying homage to American antecedents like Roswell Rudd and Archie Shepp, King Alcohol is truly a lost jewel. First ever release on CD. Features a disc of newly discovered, previously unreleased bonus tracks. Remastered from the original tapes. Cover art features a reproduction of the insanely rare first-pressing cover with its black-and-white line drawing by Carl himself." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Artist: CHADBOURNE, EUGENE
Title: The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Corbett Vs. Dempsey present The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session, a reissue of Eugene Chadbournes album, first released as a cassette on No Prestige Records in 1988. Dateline: Christmas Day, 1977, San Francisco. On an ailing quarter-track tape deck, in a marathon session, Eugene Chadbourne recorded a series of slide guitar solos playing compositions by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman, along with a few standards and originals. Although the recording quality was imperfect, the playing was absolute genius -- enough so that Chadbourne was eventually convinced, a decade later, to issue it as a cassette tape, which he sold at concerts. Long pre-dating the slash-and-burn-and-reinvent approach to jazz songbooks now familiar from groups like News From Lulu, Chadbourne leapt into each short track with giddy abandon, introducing the piece with a nerdy credit line, then ripping and tearing at it adoringly, his improvisations forcing a new view of the familiar melodies. Anyone familiar with Chadbournes wonderful duets with Frank Lowe on Dont Punk Out! (1979), waxed in the same period, has a general sense of his modus, but the complete commitment he gave to the project on The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session makes it a special and wholly unique item in the manic masters chronicles. On this special CD reissue, the tracks have been tenderly but respectfully restored, eliminating some of the most distracting audio flaws but leaving the inconceivable artistry intact. Four unreleased tracks have been added to the jam-packed program, as well as the original cover photo and Chadbournes unreadable track listing, which is carefully reproduced on the interior. Recorded December 25, 1977, in San Francisco." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: CHADBOURNE, EUGENE
Title: Therell Be No Tears Tonight
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2016 release. "A reissue of Eugene Chadbournes Therell Be No Tears Tonight, originally released by Parachute in 1980. One of the absolute essentials of Eugene Chadbournes oeuvre, what he described as "free improvised country and western bebop", featuring his frantic, skewed interpretations of classic songs such as Merle Haggards "Swingin Doors", Roger Millers "The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me", and Willie Nelsons "Mr. Record Man", Therell Be No Tears Tonight was recorded in Spring of 1980. Its lineup includes Chadbourne on acoustic and electric guitar and voice, Tom Cora on cello, John Zorn on saxophones, clarinet, and birdcalls, David Licht on percussion, with another set of songs featuring Doctor Chad on electric dobro and singing, with Scott Manring on lap steel and lap dobro, Robbie Link on acoustic bass, Dennis Licht on percussion, and David Licht on drum set. For the guitarists solo "Johnny Paycheck" medley alone, this would be worth the price of admission, but the whole show is built on lightning fast juxtaposition and hilarious interjection. Though it was reissued on CD, its been out of print for years. Here it is given the royal treatment, with a facsimile cover, new photos from the sessions, remastered from original tapes, and an additional 26-minute track titled "Richmond Dobro Massacre". In this deluxe reissue, "Tears" remains one of the best free song outings ever made and is an absolute must for every home." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Artist: DAVIS, GEORGE
Title: Scapula: Bop Acetates, Chicago, 1949
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
2014 release. "Saxophonist George Davis is an enigmatic figure in postwar jazz. Hes best known for leading the band in which Jackie & Roy met -- young singer Jackie Cain encountered pianist Roy Krall in the mid-1940s, playing together under Davis in a club on the south side of Chicago called Jump Town. They cut two 78-rpm records for Aristocrat as the George Davis Quartet; these sides followed Davis into obscurity. In 1948/49, Jackie & Roy went on to work with Charlie Ventura. At the same time, Davis cut a very unusual set of acetates with an unidentified band (bass, drums, piano, trumpet, guitar, with Davis on alto and tenor sax), playing some standards and a selection of compositions identified as original but which turn out to have been pilfered from the Fats Navarro songbook. The unique 78-rpm records, which were rediscovered in a record shop in Chicago a few years ago, had not been previously issued. Awkwardly announced by Davis, who pretends that there is an audience though it is clear that theyre being waxed in solitude, these privately recorded bop and R&B tracks are pure Chicago jazz, hot, swinging, and bristling with attitude. Another lovely missive from the dustbin of music history." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: GONDELN, WENDY
Title: Projections
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Projections is the first CD compilation of recent seven-inch and twelve-inch records by the enigmatic Wendy Gondeln, mixing electronic music, sawed violin, and Martian intelligence into a thoroughly spicy and utterly confounding goulash. Featured collaborations include Tim Berrescheim, Norbert Möslang, J.B. Slik, Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Wertmüller, Magazine (Jens-Uwe Beyer, Crato, Barnt). Projections also includes some of the art installation projects for Albert Oehlen works of recent vintage, such as "Alarm", composed by Wertmüller, well-known among other things as the drummer in Peter Brötzmanns Full Blast Trio. Music taken from Seismographic Pillow by Tim Berresheim (J.B. Slik) (2004), Pondering WTF (2011), Freiland -- Freie Sicht (2013), Fracking (MAGAZINE 010EP, 2014), the soundtrack from the Installation Albert Oehlen/Wolfgang Voigt -- Baum 3 at Böhm Chapel (2015), and a split 7" with Norbert Möslang on Meeuw Muzak (2016)." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: GUSTAFSSON, MATS
Title: Torturing The Saxophone
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
2014 release. "One of the most celebrated folks in improvised music, Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson made three ultra-limited edition vinyl LPs, each featuring a different dedication to a favorite musician from the past. Released in batches of 99, these records found Gustafsson playing compositions by Duke Ellington, Albert (and his brother Donald) Ayler, and the important post-bop baritone player Lars Gullin. Long out-of-print, these priceless slabs of free music have quickly become sought after collectors items. Torturing The Saxophone compiles all three LPs, plus some extra material, featuring Gustafsson at both his most experimental and his most lyrical. He purrs his way through Ellingtons "In a Sentimental Mood", then demolishes "Come Sunday". He draws out Gullins "Dannys Dream", rendering it truly dreamlike, perhaps nightmarish. Gustafsson shared the LPs with his new friend R. Crumb, the famous comics artist and shellac enthusiast. Crumbs stunned response provides liner notes for the CD ("... I was kind of shocked at what a negative, unpleasant experience it was... "), and the perfect title. Only one way to hear what rubbed Crumb so hard the wrong way -- listen in to hear what pain and possible injury Mats Gustafsson inflicts upon his horns." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: HARDE, STAFFAN
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 release. "A reissue of Staffan Hardes self-titled album, originally released on Svenska Jazzriksförbunded Records (SJR) in 1972. Based on the tiny Swedish fishing island of Smogen, guitarist Staffan Harde created a wholly unique and wondrous approach to his instrument, documented assiduously on hand-made reel-to-reel tapes and this lone LP from 1972, which features Harde solo and with small groups. His accomplices included pianist Lars Sjösten, bassist Lars-Urban Helje, and the acclaimed percussionist Bengt Berger, one of Don Cherrys close associates. The music presented on this extremely rare record is unusually singular. With an unadorned guitar tone, simple and straightforward, and low action, Hardes slinky, spidery runs and knotty, weirdly shaped chords have a surprisingly fresh sound four decades after he recorded them, with heavy chromaticism and a defiant rhythmic freedom. Basically unknown since this lone release, which he thought would gain more traction than it did, Harde retreated to work in a bakery on the island. A testament to both his strangeness and his brilliance, the eponymous LP has never before been reissued. Corbett Vs. Dempsey worked with Hardes family and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, a huge Harde fan who lovingly produced the CD reissue for Corbett Vs. Dempsey. Photography by Björn Lindelöw. Remastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, 2015; Produced by Mats Gustafsson and John Corbett." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: KAPSALIS, TERRI & JOHN CORBETT
Title: Dead Level
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio in 2000 to create a radio work for the Outer Ear Festival, Terri Kapsalis and John Corbett returned to their investigation of film noir and pulp fiction, creating a half-hour work of non-narrative radio theater featuring music and text collage, as well as Kapsalis on violin and Corbett on analog synthesizer. Drawing on writers like Jim Thompson and David Goodis, as well as a lexicon of criminal terminology, it offers a Dada roller-coaster ride through diners, speakeasies, and crime scenes. Recorded by Lou Mallozzi at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago; Commissioned by ESS for the Outer Ear Festival, 2000. Cover image by Corey Escoto; Design by David Giordano." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: KOWALD, PETER/KENT KESSLER/FRED LONBERG-HOLM
Title: Flats Fixed
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
2014 release. "In 1998, at WNUR Radio, Evanston, the legendary German bassist Peter Kowald met two Chicagoans in the studio for a brisk set of string trios. Fellow-bassist Kent Kessler and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, essential members of the Chicago scene, are well known as international improvisers too, and the threesome dug in for a fierce face-off. The session was closely recorded in the studios intimate confines, which could barely contain their energy. Kowald proposed a set of six miniatures, all ranging around a minute in length, as a counterpoint to the longer tracks. When Kessler left, Kowald and Lonberg-Holm stayed on playing a few duets, more conversational in tone. The musicians all loved the results, a CD was planned, delayed, as happens, and then Kowald died suddenly in 2002, almost to the day four years since recording Flats Fixed. Corbett Vs. Dempsey finally present this glorious music, which had been prepared and shelved more than a decade ago. Dedicated to the memory of Comrade Kowald." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: LACY, STEVE/STEVE POTTS
Title: Tips
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 release. "A reissue of Steve Lacy and Steve Pottss Tips, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1981. Soprano saxophonist Lacy wrote the suite of tunes for Tips to feature the aphorisms of painter Georges Braque, as sung by Irene Aebi. Together with his right-hand-man, alto saxophonist Potts, he and Aebi recorded these 14 anthemic tracks in Paris in 1979, and the young hat Hut Records label issued them on a now-rare LP. The music allowed Lacy to extend and deepen his longstanding interest in setting text to music, and at the same time it provided a perfect context for extrapolated duets with Potts, whose dedication to Lacy over twenty years of collaboration somewhat overshadowed his own creative output. This CD is the first release of Lacys full Hat Hut Records oeuvre, mastered from the original tapes. Personnel: Steve Lacy - soprano saxophone; Steve Potts - alto saxophone; Irene Aebi - voice. Music by Steve Lacy; text by George Braque. Recorded in Paris, December 14, 1979. Remastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, January 2015; Reissue produced by John Corbett." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: LYONS, JIMMY
Title: Push Pull
Format: Double CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
2016 release. "A reissue of Jimmy Lyonss Push Pull, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1979. Long known as Cecil Taylors most reliable and loyal colleague, alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons has a select discography as a leader, and among its best entries is Push Pull, originally issued by Hat Hut Records as a massive three LP set. Recorded during a single marathon performance at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York in 1978, Push Pull features five extended pieces, all by Lyons, with his working quintet that included his wife Karen Borca on bassoon, Hayes Burnett on bass, Munner Bernard Fennell on cello, and Roger Blank on drums. Jolting, quicksilver free jazz with terse themes and brilliant interplay, the music is quintessential Lyons -- searching, pliant, and sincere. Remastered from the original tapes, this first reissue of Push Pull compiles the original tracks -- two of which were split to accommodate the 20-minute limit of LP -- into their original full-length, fitting the whole program onto two CDs, lovingly repackaged featuring the original Klaus Baumgärtner cover. Recorded by Karen Borca on May 6, 1978 at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York. Photos by Ken Brunton and H.L. Lindenmaier; Cover by Klaus Baumgärtner. Remastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, 2015; Tapes transferred at Chicago Mastering Service, 2015; Reissue produced by John Corbett." - Corbett Vs.Dempsey.

Artist: MAZUREK, ROB
Title: Mother Ode
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
2014 release. "In July 2013, a few months after the passing of his mother, cornetist Rob Mazurek performed solo at the Corbett Vs. Dempsey gallery in Chicago. Mazurek is one of the highest profile figures in contemporary creative music, leading bands like the Exploding Star Orchestra, Skull Sessions Octet, and Starlicker. On this occasion, he brought a box filled with various implements -- his cornet, naturally, but flutes, bells, books, maracas, apples, and little electronics. This box became an inexhaustible resource as he pulled new soundmakers from it and performed a profoundly intense dedication to his mom, culminating in a durational event that found him shaking the remaining contents of the box over his head until he could no longer hold his arms aloft. It was one of the most moving musical happenings that anyone at the gallery could remember, and Corbett Vs. Dempsey have taken the opportunity to release it as a CD. Often, such potent live events dont translate to a recording, but on Mother Ode, the emotional impact of Mazureks dedication appear just as vividly, a deep mourning of death rubbing elbows with a joyous celebration of life." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE PO MUSIC, JOE
Title: The Loneliest Woman
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
2012 release. "In 1981, Joe McPhee culled together one of his greatest bands to record Topology (1981), his classic outing for Hat Hut Records. Featuring an expanded version of Po Music, his ensemble with saxophonist André Jaume, guitarist Raymond Boni, and bassist François Mechali, the group included pianist Irene Schweizer, percussionist Pierre Favre, baritone saxophonist Daniel Bourquin, cellist Michael Overhage, and trombonist Radu Malfatti. One of the tracks left on the cutting room floor was a spectacular take on Ornette Colemans composition "Lonely Woman", with McPhee on pocket cornet and haunting vocals by Tamia. Thirty one years later, Corbett Vs. Dempsey present The Loneliest Woman, the full, uncut, 13 glorious minutes of music, available on this CD single for the first time ever. Recorded in Boswil, Switzerland on March 25, 1981. Engineered by Peter Pfister; Session organized by Werner X. Uehlinger of Hat Hut Records; Remastered by Joe McPhee and Ted Orr at Sertso Studio, Woodstock, New York. Cover art by Margot Bergman." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE QUINTET, JOE/ERNIE BOSTIC QUARTET
Title: Live At Vassar 1970
Format: Double CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
2010 release. "Poughkeepsie, New York multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee organized a great double-bill at Vassar College in 1970, featuring himself and his local underground jazz peers. One disc in the two CD set of previously unreleased music consists of a complete set of music by McPhees quintet -- wild and deeply soulful free jazz quite close in spirit to McPhees legendary 1971 debut, Nation Time (CVSD 011CD), with clear connections to Pharoah Sanders. On the other disc, a simmering Hammond B-3 set introduces the Ernie Bostic Quartet and serves as an on-the-ground, in-the-crib soul-jazz foil to McPhees political and astral explorations. Recorded April 30, 1970. Ernie Bostic Quartet: Ernie Bostic, Otis Greene, Herbie Leaman, and Charlie Benjamin; Joe McPhee Quintet: Joe McPhee, Byron Morris, Mike Kull, Tyrone Crabb, and Bruce Thompson." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Alone Together
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 release. "In his upstate New York secret laboratory, home-based in Poughkeepsie, Joe McPhee diligently documented his activities throughout the 70s, with the help of Craig Johnson, the producer who started CjRecord Productions as an outlet for McPhees music. Among the unreleased tapes waxed in that span, Alone Together is unique and especially beautiful. Like Sound On Sound (CVSD 005CD, 2010), these recordings make use of multitrack recording, overdubbing McPhee upon McPhee, however where those earlier recordings had an experimental tendency, the Alone Together tracks were more compositional in nature, allowing the multi-instrumentalist to build and sculpt each piece, creating complete wind ensembles one track at a time. In 1974 and then again in a longer session in 1979, McPhee recorded in concise solo, duo, and trio contexts, and in more extensive brass and reed quartets -- all McPhee, all the time. Going head-to-head with the best of the saxophone foursomes of the era, McPhee is a one-man-World Saxophone Quartet, his probing investigations and lyrical statements as incisive and insightful as those of his best-known recordings. McPhees own enthusiasm for these never-before-heard recordings betrays their significance in his large and ever-mounting discography. Corbett Vs. finally make them available. Recorded by Craig Johnson in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1974-1979. Cover photograph by Christina Ramberg, Remastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, in 2014. c. 1974, courtesy of the Estate of Christina Ramberg and Corbett vs. Dempsey; Produced by John Corbett." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Cosmic Love
Format: 7"
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
2014 release. "Joe McPhee on seven inches of pure loving vinyl. Features two versions of the 1970 classic "Cosmic Love". McPhee rocking the cosmic wavelength on space organ and tenor sax. Recorded in Poughkeepsie, NY, 1970; Produced by John Corbett; Vinyl project coordinated by Marc Bonadies. Cover artwork by Dick Higgins. 33 1/3 rpm." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Glasses
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
2012 release. "A reissue of Joe McPhees Glasses, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1979. Glasses was recorded in October, 1977, during a highly significant period in McPhees work, as he was pioneering the transatlantic, collaborative spirit that has helped to define the last three decades of his career. Documented in Tavannes, Switzerland, the set contains sensational tenor work, including the title piece, which finds McPhee ringing out a rhythm on a half-full wine glass, from which he extrapolates a melody on the saxophone, as well as a stunning version of John Coltranes "Naima". The final 15 minutes are spent in duet with the Swiss percussionist Reto Weber, who was so inspired by McPhee he asked to sit in and did so with his quite extensive battery of drums. This record come from a year-long run during which McPhee recorded and released four very different, extremely wonderful solo records, of which only Tenor has ever been reissued on CD. Along with the 1979 album Variations On A Blue Line / Round Midnight (CVSD 007CD), this reissue was produced in collaboration with the seminal Swiss label Hat Hut Records and their chief, Werner X. Uehlinger. Recorded live by Werner X. Uehlinger on October 13, 1977 at Cafe Calvado, Switzerland. Personnel: Joe McPhee - tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, percussion; Reto Weber - percussion." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Nation Time: The Complete Recordings (1969-70)
Format: 4 CD Box
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $59.00
2013 release. "In 1971, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee waxed one of the landmark free-funk records: Nation Time. Recorded in concert at Vassar College and originally released on McPhees own CjRecord Productions label, Nation Time culled elements of post-Coltrane spiritual jazz, greasy organ funk, and expressive R&B into a previously unknown brand of Poughkeepsie stew. When the LP was finally reissued on CD a dozen years ago, it became an instant hit, drawing fans from the British soul scene and denizens of free jazz alike. Corbett Vs. Dempsey present Nation Time: The Complete Recordings (1969-70), a four disc box set, featuring all the music leading up to and around the seminal album. With 17 tracks previously unreleased on CD, most of which have never been issued at all, the set provides an expansive picture of the vibrant up-state New York free jazz/new thing scene, centered as it was on Joe McPhee. Nation Time: The Complete Recordings helps contextualize the original album, exploring the special milieu in which tracks like "Shaky Jake" and "Scorpios Dance" took shape. Along with the album, complete and remastered, Nation Time: The Complete Recordings presents additional tracks recorded during the original two day performances in December 1970, including a version of James Browns "Cold Sweat", as well as the full LP Black Magic Man (1975), which was released on vinyl as the very first issue of the fledgling Hat Hut Records record label in 1975, but has never been reissued on CD. Two fascinating concert recordings from 1969 are released here for the first time, one featuring McPhee on trumpet playing jazz standards, and the other recorded at a local bar called the Paddock, including the first incarnation of what would become the track "Nation Time". The four CD box set includes: One CD of Nation Time, the complete original album, remastered; One CD of Black Magic Man, the complete original album, complete with two alternate takes of "Song for Lauren"; One CD of The Vassar Sessions, 1970, comprising six unreleased tracks from the Nation Time recording sessions; One CD of Nation Time Preview, 1969, two concert recordings in the run-up to Nation Time; 60-page liner booklet, full-color, with never-published vintage photos; A definitive Nation Time interview with Joe McPhee by John Corbett; Comes in hardshell case, with separate cardboard sleeves for all four discs." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Sound On Sound: Solo 1968-1973
Format: Double CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
2010 release. "Sound On Sound is a two CD set of previously unreleased solo recordings by Poughkeepsie, New York multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, dating from 1968 to 1973. The extraordinary tracks document the very early years of McPhees tenor playing (he was initially a trumpet player, though he was an absolute natural saxophonist) and his omnivorous interest in sound-making devices of all types (from drone organ to Nagoya harp, by way of soprano sax and hand percussion). They present a little-known aspect of his early work, his interest in multi-track recording, here executed on a device known as a Sound On Sound tape machine. When he performed live in concert with the device, he called it his "Survival Unit". McPhee aficionados will particularly enjoy the new-old soul/free jazz classic "Cosmic Love". Featuring McPhee solo on tenor saxophone, toy piano, toy percussion, recorder, soprano saxophone, Space Organ, flute, feedback, kalimba, echoplex, and percussion. Recorded 1968-69 and 1970-73." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Variations On A Blue Line / Round Midnight
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
2012 release. "A reissue of Joe McPhees Variations On A Blue Line / Round Midnight, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1979. Variations On A Blue Line / Round Midnight was recorded in October, 1977, during a highly significant period in Poughkeespie, New York, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhees work, as he was pioneering the transatlantic, collaborative spirit that has helped to define the last three decades of his career. Blue Line comes from a concert in Rouen, France, when McPhee played on a double bill with the Peter Brötzmann/Han Bennink duo. It features the side-length tenor excursion "Beanstalk" (dedicated to Coleman Hawkins), an alternate version of "Knox" (known from his beloved 1977 LP Tenor), and two soprano pieces, "Motian Studies" and Thelonious Monks "Round Midnight". This record come from a year-long run during which McPhee recorded and released four very different, extremely wonderful solo records, of which only Tenor has ever been reissued on CD. Along with the album Glasses (CVSD 006CD), this reissue was produced in collaboration with the seminal Swiss label Hat Hut Records and their chief, Werner X. Uehlinger. Recorded live by Claude Robert on October 11, 1977 at Salle Ste Croix des Pelletiers in Rouen, France. Personnel: Joe McPhee - tenor and soprano saxophone." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE & ANDRE JAUME
Title: Nuclear Family
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2016 release. "Multi-instrumental master Joe McPhee and his longtime colleague, French saxophonist and clarinetist André Jaume, joined forces for this studio recording in 1979 that was prepared but never released. It is primarily structured around pairs of tunes by Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington (or Billy Strayhorn), adding Ornette Colemans "Lonely Woman" for good measure. The results are stunningly intimate and show the twosomes capacity for creative interplay at a fairly early stage in its unfolding. Minguss "Pithecanthropus Erectus", which was performed by a larger group on Topology (1981), gets pared down to its essential walking-bass-ness, while Monks "Evidence" is taken apart, and solo spots by both men are as riveting as one would expect. Part of Corbett vs. Dempseys ongoing historical effort to unearth and reissue McPhees important discography, this previously unknown recording will delight existing fans and make new ones." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Artist: MOORE, THURSTON
Title: Sonic Street Chicago
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
2014 release. "An epic outing on electric guitar, recorded in November 2013, as part of an evening of music and film at the Art Institute of Chicago. The CD features a single magnificent improvisation, ranging from brittle, delicate passages to full-throttle flame-throwing. Performing an accompaniment to James Naress brilliant film Street (2001), Thurston Moore played with his back to the screen, letting the sounds and images converge and diverge of their own accord. The result was an extraordinary stand-alone live recording that shows Moore at peak power, one of the most confident and original guitarists of his generation. Cover artwork by Nares." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: MOORE, THURSTON/FRANK ROSALY
Title: Marshmallow Moon Decorum
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
2016 release. "Guitar hero Thurston Moore and improvising drummer Frank Rosaly met for a first encounter in 2012 at the Neon Marshmallow Festival, at the Burlington in Rosalys hometown of Chicago. The results were monumental. The slow build of Moores gigantosaur sound and Rosalys clamorousness and gradually escalating propulsion made for an idea match over the course of an electrifying 35-minute piece, the thunderous conclusion of which left no ear unburned. Marshmallow Moon Decorum presents the full concert in all its glory, gorgeously rendered in a multi-track recording that captures both the grit and grace of their mutual ascent. The cover sports a painting by Amy Feldman, perfect visual foil for the boys and their noise. Recorded live at the Burlington in Chicago, during the Neon Marshmallow Festival on November 18, 2012. Engineered by Matt Hannigan; Mastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Artist: PICNIC
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2016 release. "The first reissue of Picnic, originally released on Data Records in 1985. A little-known gem of Dutch free music, Picnic is the brainchild of cellist Tristan Honsinger, who composed all but one of its 12 compositions. Brilliant and whimsical, the tracks bring to mind Honsingers work with ICP Orchestra, for whom he has also composed extensively. Here hes working in an incredible ensemble, with trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, saxophonist Sean Bergen, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, Michael Vatcher on drums and percussion, and Tiziana Simona Vigni on voice. Deceptively vicious little songs with hilarious twists and the kind of intense improvising youd expect from a band that incorporates players of this caliber, its a unique album, originally issued on the tiny Data Records, never before reissued. And its worth having alone for the beautiful recording by Datas Dick Lucas, which captures Vatchers incredible high snare on "Restless", a minute of pure energy better than Red Bull, and Vignis oblique vocals, which were sung mostly in English by the Italian singer, who didnt speak a word of the language. Remastered by Lucas from the original tapes. Features the original cover." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: PIPELINE
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
2013 release. "In 2000, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and curator John Corbett organized a 16-piece free music big-band, featuring key members of the Chicago and Swedish scenes. The ensemble debuted in Chicago, playing and recording two compositions that had been commissioned, "Codeine Picasso" by Ken Vandermark, and "In This Very Room" by Fredrik Ljungkvist. Soon thereafter, the musicians convened in Sweden for a tour of the country that ended at the legendary Stockholm club Fasching. Gustafsson had intended for the music to be issued on his label Crazy Wisdom, which existed for a short, beautiful moment as an imprint of Swedish Universal. Indeed, the recording of Pipeline was mixed and mastered, but the label pulled the plug on Crazy Wisdom just before the release, and it sat dormant for more than a decade. Listening to it again, the music has all the power and originality it did when it was recorded, at the crest of a wave in Chicagoan creative music history. A panoramic group, Pipeline included the Konitz-inflected sax and clarinet of Guillermo Gregorio, the spiky guitar of David Stackenäs, the percussion thicket of Michael Zerang, Raymond Strid, and Kjell Nordeson, and Jim Bakers unearthly ARP synthesizer sounds, all mixed into an ecstatic, explosive Scanda-Chicagoan spread -- a veritable smörgåsm. Recorded by John McCortney at Airwave Studios, Chicago, on September 26, 2000. Mastered by McCortney and Gustafsson, January 28, 2001; Produced by John Corbett and Mats Gustafsson." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: PREHN QUARTET, TOM
Title: Axiom
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 release. "A reissue of arguably the rarest LP of European free jazz, Axiom, recorded in 1963 for the Swedish label Sonet. Test pressings were released to the musicians, but they were not approved and the label never printed more than the two first copies. Tom Prehns music, which is exclusively known from a 1967 release that was reissued on the Unheard Music Series, is not only impossibly uncommon, it is also exceptionally wonderful, featuring an extended tenor saxophone solo by Frits Krogh that is clearly influenced by Sonny Rollins but has a unique character. The rhythm section is deep into non-metrical time, something unusual in a European context before 1965, and comparisons to Cecil Taylor are valid, though Prehns playing has little in common with the American master, exploring chords and clusters rather than linear runs. The two tracks of the original LP, mastered from both extant copies of the test master, are augmented by a single track from 1966, never before released. Personnel: Frits Krogh - tenor saxophone; Tom Prehn - piano; Poul Ehlers - bass; Finn Slumstrup - drums. Recorded in Copenhagen, October 13th, 1963. Mastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, January 2015. Produced by John Corbett." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: REICHEL, HANS
Title: Bonobo
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"A reissue of the second album in the catalog of German guitarist and instrument inventor Hans Reichel (1949-2011), Bonobo, originally released by FMP in 1976. A program of microtonal string investigations that is still beguiling and fresh four decades later. Like Reichels debut, Wichlinghauser Blues (1973), Bonobo is a super-rare slice of musical otherness. Includes the hilarious cover by Reichel himself. First ever release on CD. Remastered from original tapes; Packaged with gatefold and tip-on sleeve, with a reprinting the original design." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Artist: REICHEL, HANS
Title: Wichlinghauser Blues
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"A reissue of Wichlinghauser Blues the debut album by legendary German guitar improviser and instrument inventor Hans Reichel (1949-2011), originally released on FMP in 1973. Wichlinghauser Blues is a resonant and hilarious document of the nascent genius recording his peculiar and wondrous music alone in a studio. Acoustic and unfiltered electric guitars turned back into the supremely malleable instruments they were before theyd been firmly encoded as tools for rock or pop or jazz. Reichel uses a homemade 11-string guitar (with three pickups) for all the tunes except the first one. Reichel is like an improvising Harry Partch, investigating the genesis of lute music. First ever release on CD. Remastered from original tapes; Packaged with a gatefold and tip-on sleeve, with a reprinting of the original design." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey

Artist: REID, TOMEKA
Title: Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
2014 release. "Chicago-based cellist and composer Tomeka Reid, a mainstay on the Windy City scene and an important contemporary member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, was commissioned to create original music for the first documentary to chronicle the Imagists, Chicagos hometown post-surrealists who exhibited together starting in the mid-1960s. Reid composed theme music for the film and made a wide range of multi-track improvisations based on moods, creating a tableau from which the film drew as it unwound the artists circuitous tale. For the CD, Reid returned to the studio to make new versions of some of the tracks and to transform the extant material into a fully realized suite of music. It retains a sense of light-heartedness and depth, whimsy and melancholy, adding voice and percussion to her indelible cello." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: SMITH, WADADA LEO
Title: Red Chrysanthemums: Solos 1977
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
2015 release. "On the occasion of improviser and composer Wadada Leo Smiths exhibition Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores, 1967-2015 at Chicagos Renaissance Society, Corbett Vs. Dempsey present Red Chrysanthemums, a previously unreleased live recording of solo performances by Smith, documented in Los Angeles in December of 1977. Three adventurous, spacious tracks that feature Smiths unique and innovative trumpet, as well as percussion, tuned percussion, and flute, all captured as Smith was in the process of confirming his place in the pantheon of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians greats. A candid snapshot of one of the most vital musicians to extend the jazz tradition, testing his craft and artistry with a bright, pure-toned sensibility and deeply soulful melodic imagination. Personnel: Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, steelophone, percussion, gongs. Recorded in Los Angeles by Lee Kaplan in December of 1977." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: SUN RA
Title: Continuation
Format: Double CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
2013 release. "An expanded reissue of Sun Ras Continuation, originally released in 1970. A special two CD reissue of the hyper-rare El Saturn Records album, recorded in 1963, early in the Arkestras New York period, paired with a full disc of extra material. Loaded with John Gilmore, one of the greatest and rarest slabs of Sun Ra vinyl, on CD for the first time. Recorded on March 10, 1963 at the Choreographers Workshop in New York City. Remastered from the original tapes by Michael D. Anderson; Reissue produced by John Corbett and Adam Abraham." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: SUN RA
Title: Discipline 27-II
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Corbett Vs. Dempsey present a reissue of Sun Ra Discipline 27-II, originally released on El Saturn Records in 1973. Arguably the last great original-era Saturn LP to be reissued on CD, Discipline 27-II has long deserved to be more familiar to Sun Ra fans and layfolk alike. Recorded during the same sessions in 1972 at Chicagos Streeterville Studios that produced Ras most popular and best-known record, Space Is The Place (1973), its got much the same vibe, from the 24-minute four-part suite of the title track -- an important conducted piece that Ra performed frequently in these years -- to the opening cut, "Pan Afro", with John Gilmores sensational tenor work. Sporting a percussion-rich 18-piece Arkestra, the music can be thick, voluble, and dense or it can winnow down to a small group, as on the delightful track "Neptune", a vehicle for June Tysons singing and the site of the indelible Sun Ra space chant: "Have you heard the latest news from Neptune, Neptune, Neptune?" This marks the first time Discipline 27-II has been reissued on CD. It has been remastered from the original tapes, includes a never published period photo of Ra by Charles Shabacon, and ends with an explosive bonus track from the same session, showing quite a different side of the same ensemble. Personnel: Sun Ra - electronic keyboard space age instruments, Moog synthesizer, vocals; John Gilmore - tenor saxophone, percussion, vocals; Marshall Allen - alto saxophone, flute; Danny Davis - alto saxophone, flute; Pat Patrick - baritone saxophone, bass; Danny Thompson - baritone saxophone, flute; Eloe Omoe - bass clarinet, flute; Akh Tal Ebah - trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals; Lamont Kwamie McClamb - trumpet, percussion; Russell Branch - percussion, congas; Stanley Morgan - percussion, congas; with Alzo Wright, Harry Richards, Lex Humphries, Robert Underwood on drums and vocals by June Tyson, Cheryl Banks, Judith Holton, and Ruth Wright. Cover art by LeRoy Butler; cover design by Alton Abraham. Recorded by Ed Michel at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, October, 1972; LP produced by Alton Abraham for Infinity Inc." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Artist: VANDERMARK,KEN/MATS GUSTAFSSON
Title: Verses
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
2013 release. "Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Chicago saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark have worked together extensively since the mid-1990s, in groups of their own and as members of the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. Oddly, they had never performed duo before March 2013, when they squared off at the Corbett Vs. Dempsey gallery. The result was a delirious journey through extended techniques, intimate improvisation, and full-throttle flame-throwing, with an emphasis on the more delicate, sensitive side. The CD presents the entire concert, all six pieces in the order they were performed. A pair of todays master improvisers, at the top of their game, in a free music summit built for two. Recorded at Corbett Vs. Dempsey, Chicago on March 24th, 2013, by David Zuchowski. Mixed by David Zuchowski; Cover image by John Sparagana; Photography by Jim Dempsey." - Corbett Vs.Dempsey.

"Verses is a paean to instantaneity. Quite surprisingly, this is the first time that longtime confederates Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson have played as a duo. But what comes across from the first note is the utter certitude of their playing. Theres never any question that each can make sense of whatever the other plays, and from this security comes the confidence to take some thrilling individual risks." - Bill Meyer, Downbeat (Nov. 2013).

Artist: WILSON, PHILLIP
Title: Esoteric
Format: CD
Label: Corbett Vs. Dempsey
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2016 release. "The first ever reissue of Phillip Wilsons Esoteric, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1979. In November 1977 and May 1978, months before drummer Phillip Wilson recorded his great LP Duet with trumpeter Lester Bowie for the Improvising Artists Inc. label (1978), Wilson hit the studio for Esoteric, a recording of solos and duets with cornetist Olu Dara. Wilson (1941-1992) was one of the key percussionists in creative music, the Art Ensemble of Chicagos early trapsman, one third of the fusion band Full Moon, and an all-around fountain of invention and sensitivity. In addition to his work in the jazz and improvised music realms, he was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and did session work for Stax Records in the 70s. The little known LP Esoteric, which was issued on Hat Hut Records as their twelfth release, finds Wilson in an extremely intimate mode, sometimes exploring the sonority of his kit, sometimes extrapolating on a beat, and on several tracks working with his comrade Olu Dara, one of the great figures of the loft era and a wonderfully polymath musician. Together they conjure more than an avant-garde drum and bugle corps, Wilsons decisive touch and Daras exploratory voice stretching all the way out on three dedications to Mr. Bowie. A rare taste of what the masterful Wilson does in the drivers seat, Esoteric has been remastered from the original tapes and features Klaus Baumgärtners original cover design. Personnel: Phillip Wilson - percussion; Olu Dara - trumpet, horn (serpent). Recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson, from 1977-1978. Photo by Thierry Trombert. Production coordination by Craig Johnson of CjR Productions; Remastered by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio, 2015; CD reissue produced by John Corbett." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

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