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Athens, Georgia – Hand selected vinyl for listening enjoyment on this first day of Fall. Really, there is nothing finer. Desolation Boulevard and On The Rise are old faves. Twins is an Ornette Coleman compilation of works from the 1960s and outtakes. The Fela Kuti/ Ginger Baker collaboration is new to me. Baker is featured on two tracks. I cannot wait to hear this cornucopia of sound.

Twins [Atlantic/ 1971] – Ornette Coleman

Desolation Boulevard [RCA/ 1974] – The Sweet

Live! [Regal Zonophone/ 1971] – Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker

On The Rise [Tabu/ 1983] – The S.O.S. Band

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Athens, Georgia – All hail the vinyl. I’ve got a few solid titles for listening to today. Please, let me share.

Rick James’ “High on Your Love Suite/One Mo Hit (Of Your Love)” is glorious. Know this. Rickie Lee Jones’ debut album was selected for no particular reason. Cecil Taylor. If you follow me here [or, on Instagram], you know I am a major fan of the eighty-eight year old avant-garde jazz pianist/composer. Taylor’s work is not for the faint at heart. Dark To Themselves is perfection.

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Bustin’ Out of L Seven [Gordy/ 1979] – Rick James

Rickie Lee Jones [Warner Bros./ 1978] – Rickie Lee Jones

Dark To Themselves [Onja/ 1976] – Cecil Taylor Unit

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1980s vintage Vogue magazine hardshell clutch [Mister Ernest]

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The Last Poets [Douglas/ 1970] – The Last Poets

Master of Reality [Vertigo/ 1971] – Black Sabbath

Monkey-Pockie-Boo [BYG Actuel/ 1970] – Sonny Sharrock

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“Late this afternoon, I scored this copy of ‘Cecil Taylor Unit’ for two dollars while thrifting. This title has been on my list forever. It’s in very good condition. (I) almost didn’t hang in there (i.e., keep crate digging) due to the copious amounts of empty covers. Far out, man.”

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Cecil Taylor Unit [New World/ 1978] – Cecil Taylor

Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh: The Mothlight [Asheville, N.C.]

009010Asheville, North Carolina – Two powerhouse artists, shredding in amazing ways [Leigh on pedal steel guitar, Brotzmann on reeds] with fantastic results. Filled with a solid experimental music listening crowd, The Mothlight [quite the comfortable venue] certainly impressed.  The Brötzmann + Leigh‘s set lasted roughly two hours, taking us through peaks and valleys of mercurial sound.

Many thanks to my host for having the foresight to choose this show and well in advance. Aside from the intense altitude sickness I experienced, my company and Asheville — The San Francisco of the South – was an action packed time.

I look forward to many returns in the future.

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Indent [1973] – Cecil Taylor

Pharoah Sanders: Atlanta Jazz Festival [May 24, 2015]

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View from the east lawn of the main stage at Piedmont Park

Atlanta Jazz Festival: 2015 – I came down to check out the festivities at the last minute. Pharoah Sanders Quartet [featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel] on the main stage. A child got separated from its’ family. Pharoah got wind of this and stopped the show to announce what was happening. The child was returned safely. If my memory serves, he then performed Save Our Children shortly afterward. A lovely touch to an unexpected evening.