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Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Trinity
Format: CD
Label: Atavistic
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 repress, originally reissued in 2001. "Trinity represents the second installation in The Unheard Music Series efforts to resurrect Joe McPhees early 70s work on the CjR label, soon to be completed with Underground Railroad and Pieces Of Light. This brilliant trio recording of blues inflected out-soul from 73 follows up on hugely successful Nation Time, recorded a year later. Originally issued in 73 in an edition of 1000, Trinity has not available since. John Corbett has remastered Trinity from original tapes; the LP had to be severely compressed to squeeze all the music on to it, but in the digital realm restoration of all the sweet space was possible. Hence, Trinity has never sounded so fantastic! Featured are a long drum and tenor duet section (with McPhee breaking new ground on the horn), and a fantastic piece dedicated to Albert Ayler, with McPhee overdubbed on soprano sax and pocket cornet. Utterly spellbinding." - Atavistic.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Nation Time
Format: LP
Label: Bo Weavil
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"First time vinyl reissue of Joe McPhees classic CJR LP from 1970. Exact repress of the original artwork, limited to 500 copies. "What time is it?" Joe McPhee shouts at the opening of this classic LP. Time at last for a vinyl reissue of the highly sought-after, ultra-rare Nation Time. Why this wasnt done years ago is anyones guess. Nation Time catches the exuberance of the master in his youth, playing a glorious to-the-wall mixture of R n B and free jazz motifs, with a great deal more thrown into the mix. Two of these three long tracks were recorded at a concert at Vassar College on December 12, 1970: "Nation Time" and "Scorpios Dance." Featuring the electric piano of Mike Kull and the relentless percussion of Bruce Thompson and Ernest Bostic, there is a definite hint of rock. On Nation Time McPhee also plays with a burred R n B tenor tone elastic enough to blend with the searching, spaced-out solos from Kull and McPhee himself. "Shakey Jake," recorded in a studio the next day, adds an alto saxophonist, an organist, and an electric guitarist, and is far and away the full-on dancefloor cut of the LP. Free at the fringes, booty-moving at the core. Call it what you want; free jazz, free-funk, fire music, or simply great music." - Bo Weavil.
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Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Alto
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $14.00

"Alto joins Tenor and Soprano to complete a discrete trilogy within Joe McPhees catalog of unaccompanied waxings. Recorded live at a Lower East Side bar in 2009, McPhees explorations on alto saxophone and clarinet are alternately fiery and contemplative, imbued with the masterful intelligence thats marked his work for over forty years. A limited edition of 525 copies on 180 gram vinyl, with a Judith Lindbloom silkscreen print on rice paper and liner notes by Hank Shteamer. Digital download coupon included." - Roaratorio.
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Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Everything Happens for a Reason
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"In the ever-growing discography of master musician Joe McPhee, his solo albums have stood out as supreme ur-texts of his consummate improvising and compositional skills. Joining the ranks of such landmark records as Tenor ,Graphics , and As Serious As Your Life ,Everything Happens for a Reason is an unadorned showcase of this influential pioneer in the world of creative improvised music. Recorded live in Austria in November of 2003, Everything Happens for a Reason features McPhee on pocket trumpet, soprano and alto saxophones. A limited edition of 500 copies on 180 gram vinyl, with a Judith Lindbloom silkscreen print on rice paper and liner notes by McPhee." - Roaratorio.
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Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984)
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) is a collection of material from McPhees personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalists work during this time. Wind Cycles, for tenor saxophone, explores the permutations of breath on reed and brass, from quiet whispers to full-throated cries and back again. With The Redwood Rag, McPhee takes a jaunty melody and gives it a swinging workout with Steve Lacy-like precision. The free-blowing alto excursion Ice Blu is, in McPhees words, a sound which evokes an image, which asks a question "What is that?" and the answer is, a sound which evokes an image which asks a question. Voices, one of his signature compositions, gets a particularly haunting treatment here on soprano, with McPhee incorporating various electronics to mesmerizing effect. All together, Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) is the distilled essence of one of the most important creative improvising musicians of our time. Cover art by Judith Lindbloom. Includes a download coupon for the full album plus a bonus interview, conducted at the New Music America Festival in 1981." - Roaratorio.

Artist: MCPHEE, JOE
Title: Soprano
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"A document of Joe McPhees first solo concert devoted exclusively to the straight horn, Soprano is both a companion volume to his previous LP for Roaratorio (the critically lauded Everything Happens For A Reason) and a follow-up to his classic album Tenor, which raised the bar for solo saxophone music over 30 years ago. Recorded live in St. Georges Church at the Guelph Jazz Festival in 1998, Soprano was inspired by Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening performance at the venue the previous year. The acoustics of the church provided a natural web of reverberation and delay, and compose as much a part of the sonic palette as Michael Overhages farmhouse did for Tenor. McPhees art is informed by the head and the heart in equal measures, and Soprano is thoughtful, passionate music from one of jazzs most eloquent practitioners. A limited edition of 500 copies on 180 gram vinyl, with a Judith Lindbloom silkscreen print on rice paper and liner notes by McPhee and Oliveros." - Roaratorio.
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