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Artist: DOWNES OPEN MUSIC, BOB
Title: Crossing Borders
Format: CD
Label: Reel Recordings
Country: Canada
Price: $18.00
"This is a previously unreleased recording from the late 70s by Bob Downes Open Music. Bob Downes is a multi-instrumentalist composer possessing a distinctive musical personality and prowess. Through bodily breath emanates sublime sounds from an array of flutes, poignant patterns from his alto and tenor saxophone performances, and engaging expressions of complimentary vocalizations. Open Music is the moniker under which Bob has produced an eclectic range of records since 1968. However, none of the above prepares the listener for the profoundly engrossing experience that is Crossing Borders. Composed during an extended tour throughout South America in 1973, and evocative of the exotic locales encountered, Crossing Borders is a compendium of musical precision, mysticism, and tranquility. During the late 70s Bob Downes produced a beautifully warm analog recording of his programmatic vision, colluding with contemporaries guitarist Brian Godding, trombonist Paul Rutherford , bassists Barry Guy, Mark Meggido and Paul Bridge, and drummers Denis Smith and John Stevens. Thirty years later, this unreleased record finally sees the light of day, and it has aged like a fine wine. A recording this special comes deservedly wrapped with our highest recommendation for everyone prepared to cross musical borders!" - Reel Recordings.

Artist: FITZ-GERALD & LOL COXHILL, G.F.
Title: The Poppy Seed Affair
Format: Double CD/DVD
Label: Reel Recordings
Country: Canada
Price: $31.00
"Electric guitar radical G.F. Fitz-Gerald and soprano saxophone subversive Lol Coxhill; dual masters of spontaneous art and intuitive music, unleash The Poppy Seed Affair, a three disc collection for your edification and confoundment. The Poppy Seed Affair film was produced in 1981 by Londons anarch-oholic troupe, The Matchbox Purveyors; Ian Hinchcliffe, Jeff Nuttall, Mark Long, G.F. Fitz-Gerald, Lol Coxhill & Foxy. Inimitable soundtrack by Lol Coxhill, sometimes in trio with drummer Robert Wyatt and bassist Archie Leggett. Now rescued from utter obscurity to DVD (NTSC all-region; run time: 30 minutes), this comedic tour-de-farce juggles the insane and the inane with a twist of the profane. Complementing this complete experience are two extraordinary compact discs mastered directly from true-to-life tape recordings out of the G.F. Fitz-Gerald archive. CD1 is an intimate, close-mic concert recording of Fitz-Gerald & Coxhill at Newcastles Spectro Arts Workshop, 1981. Here, the duos mercurial genius for spatial sonics is fully displayed. CD2 collects several works for tape, beginning with "Listen Collage," which reconstructs, à la Faust Tapes, random room sounds of bizarre hippie domesticity, bedroom radios, tape recorders and ambient street sounds from Londons Ladbrooke Grove during the spring of 1969. Unmistakably, this is a prodigious 20-minute audio adventure unique to its epoch. Following "Listen Collage" are two extended works for prepared guitars and sundry effects, leading to the sampled tape loop trip "Band In My Head." And lastly, a tape collage for The Matchbox Purveyors stage show, The Team. This entire disc transforms the magic of the creative moment into deeply experiential realms for our minds-eye. Furthermore, in refusing to impose any impure digital processing whatsoever, these analog recordings remain en vérité. Few guitarists have so audaciously scaled the sonic heights G.F. Fitz-Gerald has, no other saxophonist sounds as Lol Coxhill does, and Reel Recordings proudly presents a profusion of their unadulterated artistry throughout this rare archival collection. The Poppy Seed Affair is delivered as a numbered limited edition of 500 copies." - Reel Recordings.

Artist: FITZ-GERALD, G.F. & LOL COXHILL
Title: Echoes of Duneden
Format: CD
Label: Reel Recordings
Country: Canada
Price: $18.00
"Gerry F. Fitz-Gerald is a Scottish-born guitarist, possessed with kaleidoscopic imagination and commanding ability for improvisational music conversation. Lol Coxhill is a British legend, internationally recognized for his inimitable soprano saxophone sounds and situational performance art. Gerrys discography rests with his psychedelic rock masterpiece "Mouseproof," a contribution for Guitar Solos II album (with Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Hans Reichel), and Coxhills Fleas in Custard record, while Lols catalog is now a published book. In 1975, the duo resided with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, welcoming unsuspecting audiences for "An Evening of Improvised Music and Confused Humor." The concerts were beautifully recorded, and Gerry edited the many hours of music at Tom Newmans barge studio, only to have the resulting program shelved by Virgin Records. These master tapes present Lols soprano saxophone and Gerrys electric guitar with great accuracy and presence. This is eccentric music-making, presented as "Three Fairy Dances," brimming with buoyancy and painted with cohesive sound colors. Echoes Of Duneden invites an intimate experience to the open-hearted listener." - Reel Recordings.

Artist: HYDERS TALISKER, KEN
Title: Dreaming Of Glenisla
Format: CD
Label: Reel Recordings
Country: Canada
Price: $18.00
“Drummer Ken Hyder left his Dundee, Scotland home during the summer of 1970, and headed for the London jazz scene, where he quickly found himself replacing Robert Wyatt on the vacated throne of Mal Deans Amazing Band. Study with John Stevens led to his playing with numerous different cutting-edge musicians at Johns Little Theater Club, which was the center of new music in the 1970s. Soon Hyder founded his own band, Talisker, focusing on spontaneously improvised music and traditional Scottish folk music, with both aesthetics being mutually informed. The instrumentation driven by Ken was unique: paired double bass and paired reeds (alto, tenor, clarinets) with voices and whistles. In 1975, Talisker recorded their debut album, the breathtakingly beautiful Dreaming Of Glenisla, which was released on the Virgin subsidiary, Caroline Records. By turns serene and sensuous, impassioned and celebratory, this magnificent marriage of musical styles ultimately proves seamless. However, Dreaming Of Glenislas success was more than musical; with micro and macro-dynamics gloriously preserved, it stands among the finest acoustic recordings of its generation. This long-awaited reissue of Ken Hyders classic album is augmented with previously unreleased studio recordings of his grand quintet, Talisker.” - Reel Recordings.

Artist: RENDELL, DON - IAN CARR QUINTET
Title: Live At The Union 1966
Format: CD
Label: Reel Recordings
Country: Canada
Price: $18.00
"Reel Recordings presents the Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet, Live At The Union 1966 in affiliation with the February 23, 2010 Queen Elizabeth Hall concert, "Ian Carr: A Celebration Of His Life And Music." All proceeds from this CD to benefit Britains Alzheimers Research Trust.  Jazz in Britain during the 1960s found many musical voices speaking uniquely beyond their American inspiration, but few spoke as eloquently as the Don Rendell - Ian Carr Quintet. Formed in 1964 by modernists Don Rendell (saxes/flutes) and the late Ian Carr (trumpet/flugelhorn), their quintet was perfected by the tremendous rhythm section of composer Michael Garrick (piano), Dave Green (double bass) and Trevor Tompkins (drums). While a handful of classic records made for EMI/Columbia UK between 1964 and 1969 remain among the most sought-after missing discs in many a British jazz record collection, it was on the bandstand where the Quintets music found its greatest expression. What a revelation then, to discover this lost private recording, which captured six chapters, played from the stylistically expansive book of compositions penned by Don Rendell, Ian Carr, and Michael Garrick. The Quintets concert took place at the Students Union Hall at Londons University College on December 12, 1966, among an intimate and enthusiastic audience of friends, and remarkably, recorded by George Foster. Deputizing for bassist Dave Green, who left early due to a double booking at Ronnie Scotts Old Place, was New Jazz Orchestras bassist Tony Reeves, who plays beautifully throughout. From the exhilarating, and hitherto unreleased "Tranes Mood," through the lyrical "Websters Mood," the quintets performance overflows with emotion and beauty." - Reel Recordings.

Artist: SPLINTERS
Title: Split The Difference
Format: CD
Label: Reel Recordings
Country: Canada
Price: $18.00
"Splinters is remembered, indeed lionized by knowing UK jazz fans, as the monumental musical meeting of tenor giant Tubby Hayes, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, saxophonist Trevor Watts, pianist Stan Tracey, bassist Jeff Clyne, and legendary drummers John Stevens and Phil Seamen. Split The Difference is the rare recording Trevor Watts made of the groups first public appearance, at Londons 100 Club on May 22nd, 1972. Two extended sets of continuous collective improvisation comprise this full-length CD release; the first opportunity to experience this leaderless ensemble of British jazz greats with their special musical personalities summoned to create group music with robust, telepathic energy, as informed by the great history of modern jazz. Their cauldron of emotionally-extroverted playing, as it boils over a torrent of exuberant double drumming from John Stevens and Phil Seamen, is a sheer wonder for the ear to behold. Moreover, such exhilaration is preserved in a dynamic recording that allows the listener to bear witness to this once-in-a-lifetime event. Reel Recordings remastering care was guided by the sonic requirements for the music itself, which was captured as an analog tape recording. Including personal reflections from Trevor Watts, and 100 Club concert photographs by Jak Kilby, Split The Difference guarantees an experience to be filed under: essential." - Reel Recordings.

Artist: WINDO, PAM & GARY
Title: Avant Gardeners
Format: CD
Label: Reel Recordings
Country: Canada
Price: $18.00
"Pam and Gary Windo were coupled in spirit with a private passion for the musical road less traveled. During their marriage, Gary taught Pam how to approach the piano as an "expressive extension of life," the aesthetic which informed his mastery of the tenor saxophone. Their mutual support flowered into numerous compositions for various recording projects, while journeys into the realm of free improvisation remained private. In 1976, an opportunity to perform at the Maidstone College of Art as a duo allowed them to bring along the rhythm section from the Brotherhood of Breath, bassist Harry Miller and drummer Louis Moholo for a set. Gary captured this concert by placing on stage a consumer reel-to-reel tape recorder and stereo microphone. In addition, an extraordinary private home session with the magnificent percussionist from Ovary Lodge, Frank Perry, was recorded. Reel Recordings has meticulously remastered and edited 40 minutes of explosive and exploratory episodes of moments frozen in time. With friends in tow, the extant recordings of Gary and Pam Windo soaring in improvisational flight, with gale force winds in their slipstream, can now be experienced. Avant Gardeners is a vital, visceral listen, rooted in love and passion." - Reel Recordings.

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