6.4.08

"Why Do Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson & Norman Connors Make Primates Scratch Their Head?"

The Okinawan Jazz Devil has been busy once again and I am very pleased to say that not only has he pulled out all the stops to bring us another momentous piece of rare jazz but he has requested it to be hosted here at Orgy In Rhythm.
So read on fellow jazz lovers, and prepare for a spiritual jazz tour de force and the answer to the title riddle!
Over to Jazz-nekko...............

It is a scary thing to guest post here at OIR. How could anyone ever possibly bring on the goods that deserve to sit on the same virtual shelf as Bacoso's? The fact that he began scratching his head when I enquired from the master himself about this set, gave me a bit of courage. I leave the final judgment in the ears of the listeners, but I wish to thank Bacoso for sharing his place with my weird musical tastes...




Gary Bartz is certainly on the top alto players of the modern generation, and like so many others - probably one of the most under-appreciated jazz artists. Eddie Henderson's horn is clearly influenced by Miles' early fusion period. Fellow Philadelphians, Elmer Gibson and Norman Connors have recorded with a "who's who" of jazz & fusion giants. It was only a year later that Connors became the Buddah Records Company's musical director.





















This live set, "Live at Nemu Jazz Inn - 1" (1975, Nippon Columbia/Cobblestone VQ-7509-CO), was released only here in Japan and just 500 albums were pressed. This set does not even show up in any of the artists' discographies; makes you wonder if the artists thought it worthy.For more than one reason, however, this ol' devil sure thinks it worthy: I attended this Live at Jazz Nemu Inn with my brother and two friends of ours. The audience was 50% Japanese and 50% foreigners, mostly military personnel, as the club was not far from two bases. As you will hear, it was a quiet, respectful crowd but much of the raucous applause was cut out of the album. These guys were at the height of their artistic and imaginative skills. Connors led this set and personally selected the crew for their world tour. It was my first time to see Henderson in concert. Perhaps it is my bad memory or prejudice, but I cannot help but think his playing that night was a bit off. The sad part about this was that they did not include three other numbers – warm-ups – if you will, but the playing in those was also rather remarkable.

Please check out the comments box for more of this excellent review from Jazz-nekko - and,of course,the links!

58 comments:

bacoso said...
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bacoso said...

jazz-nekko said:
Throughout this, post-bop oriented but frequently dallying around the edges of fusion, gig, the group showed what they learned from the likes of Davis, Hancock, Roach, Sanders, Rivers, Harper and Sun Ra, marshaling polyrhythms, electronic textures, and cosmic mysticism to create a deeply spiritual jazz experience. The album kicks off with a darkish and fusion-edged version of Trane's 'Naima'. It was a ferocious attacking force by Bartz on alto, Henderson blew out the walls with his flugelhorn, Workman on bass and Connors' chameleon-like skin work; however, Bartz wins the honours on this track, in my opinion, but Workman gave him a run for his money. Bartz showed his ability to act, as the group's adhesive by bopping and weaving his vamps around the others' strong solo works as Connors continually drew out the map for the band. The sprawling 26-minute 'Dance of Magic' spans the entirety of the flip side, capturing a memorable jam that explores free improvisation but without stepping beyond a point of no return. Connors' tremendous skins never fail to lead the band back home. There was a certain coolness, a distorted sense of despair or subtle melancholy to this show that remains very clear in my memory to this day. Connor's oddly timed garbling/vocals perfectly suit a dark-toned feeling. I believe in the old adage that, "the only good jazz is jazz that is live" and here you will see what I mean ~ enjoy!



Gary Bartz (as), Eddie Henderson (flh), Norman Connors (d), Elmer Gibson (p,eP), Reggie Workman (b); recorded live on 19 July, 1975 at Nemu Jazz Inn, Tokyo, JP



01. Naima (Coltrane) - 7:07

02. Revelation (Hancock) - 18:10

03. Dance of Magic (Connors) - 26:35



[orig. vinyl rip @ 320 & covers]

http://rapidshare.com/files/105235723/75-barhencon-nemu.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/105231380/75-barhencon-nemu.part2.rar

Baby Breeze said...

I had no idea Bartz and Henderson's collaboration went that far back. One of my favorite live concert memories is from seeing them together in Bartz's quintet at Iridium in NYC in August 1995. This one could prove to be a true gem. Thanks to all involved for posting it!

vesper said...

it feels like I'm gonna like it!!

ish said...

Say whu? Say WHU? A NORMAN CONNORS-GARY BARTZ ALBUM from 1975 I NEVER HEARD OF????

I am speechless. Thanks Bacoso! Thanks Jazz Nekko Sama!

ish said...

PS I went to see a Michelle Rosewoman concert at a smallish club here in NYC in 2000 or so (awesome show). At the bar up front Gary Bartz and Eddie Henderson were just hanging out sharing cocktails and chatting away.

gregoriograzi said...

Great personal observation. It will give perspective after I listen to this (I hope) awesome gig. Thanks for the share.

katonah said...

i just wet my pants ....

les said...

Because my taste "skirts" the fusion sound, I'm anticipating hearing a good album from these great musicians. Thanks Jazz Neko for your historical recounting of the event and your review of the album. That was some good writing.
Thanks for sharing.

alex said...

oh my god!
thisis incredible!
WHAT A SURPRISE !
awesome-
MANY THANKS TO JAZZ NEKKO & BACOSO.
HIT OF THE YEAR ?

heiku said...

Wow. WOW!

I'm fascinated on first listen how this seems to be an equal blend of Connor's spiritual jazz, Bartz's Harlem bush music (if you will) and Henderson's cosmic jazz. The sidelong take of "Dance Of Magic" is massive.

Much respect and gratitude to both Bacoso and Nekko-san. Thanks!

heiku

Nick said...

wow. like everyone else, I had no idea this existed and assumed for a second that this might be a late April fool's joke. thank you for letting this one out of its hiding place!

Simon666 said...

Bartz is sublime on this. Thanks so much to jazz-nekko and bacoso, loving it :)

AvantGrape said...

BAM! If that's not a sucka punch from the ol' Devil, I don't know what is. Thanks must to the host for inspiration and then the devil for the supplied heat.

anyathar said...

this looks amazing, thanks JN and Bacoso!

Brother_jing said...

Amazing post!
thank you Jazz-nekko & Bacoso!
it only gets better every day

fabianbass said...

looks excellent & hard to find, very thx!

dputydwg said...

yes, thanks for this very much!!

sawanotsuru said...

so this is pretty fkn great. thanks bacoso

ThorZeen said...

This is insane. Loved every second of it. Can't wait to hear it in on the road driving. Thanks JN & Bacoso.

ThorZeen

Sergio said...

Dear friends: thanks to both of you for sharing this gem with us.
Hats off to B & JN!

Baby Breeze said...

Just listened. Damn, just damn! My kind of music, indeed.

This inspired me to push the release date of Bartz's out of print The Red and Orange Poems up a bit. Posted on my humble site at http://babybreezemusic.blogspot.com/

JAZZYPIER said...

This is the greatest post i never seen on the blogworld!
Thank you very much Bacoso and Nekko!
GREAT!

Kevin said...

Thanks!

steve.d said...

thank you so much jazz neko and bacoso,i love you guys.

Kockalone said...

Thank you for bringin' this one... Great as always! Peace...



Djalma

kizza said...

WOW! I'm looking forward to hearing this! Great post - Great writing too!

cvllos said...

I`ve seen Barth together with Kenny baron here in Rio late `90 years. I didn`t know him and is was kind of a new voice to me. Since then I consider his recordings. No doubt, one more under rated sax man.

soulbrotha said...

WOOOOOW! I am SO looking forward to hearing this! THANK YOU!

taro nombei said...

Just gave this a listen - isn't that something else!
Got to say, there were giants walking the earth back in those days...
Thanks, Bacoso...
Arigato gozaimasu, Neko-sama

nad3170 said...

Hey Bacoso, sorry to use the comment section of a post with no link to what I'm asking but I couldn't find another way to get in touch with you. I'm desesperately looking for a copy of one of the albums you posted a long time ago, and if it was possible to trade for something it would be great. Could you get in touch with me at pierre.crepon(at)free.fr ?

Thanks in advance, hopefully !
Pierre (from Inconstant Sol)

Jazz-Nekko said...

to those interested:

all things considered in blog-o-sphere with the "dine 'n dash" practice being the norm, this is quite an amazing response to this set.

here is my thinking: why does music such as this go the graveyard of never-heard-from-again sets? to date, there have been more DLers than albums issued! what the bloody hell is the music undustry thinking about? at today's prices, the DLers who might have purchased this would have tripled, at least, the profit from this album.

extend this argument to the thousands of other OOP sets from experimental jazz, to the strata east stable, to the mps guys, and espectially backwards in time to the many, many boppers, jive jazzers, classic jazz artists' sets -

what you have is unequivocallly rich prosepct for jazz music sales.

what am i not understanding? %^0

jn

charlie said...

Thanks for this. Not normally my kind of thing but everyone was so enthusiastic I felt I had to give it a go and I love it, plus a version of Naima, my ballad. favourite. With regard to Jazz-Nekko's comments above I think it is misleading to refer to the 'music industry'. To reissue this kind of stuff you need to be a fan and you need to be prepared to lose money.

E-mile said...

Jazz-Nekko & Bacoso: T.H.A.N.K.S. for this 100% GREAT gem!
Unbelievable....

williscoulis said...

An extreme amount of thanks given to you.

Pekis said...

Hello Bacoso,

Thanks to YOU and the other original uploaders, here is the glorious "Silver'n" series of Horace Silver:

320 kbps MP3 - http://rapidshare.de/files/39093737/Silver_n_Brass.zip.html
256 kbps MP3 - http://rapidshare.de/files/39093986/Silver_n_Percussion.zip.html
256 kbps MP3 - http://rapidshare.de/files/39094405/Silver_n_Voices.zip.html
256 kbps MP3 - http://rapidshare.de/files/39095353/Silver_n_Wood.zip.html
320 kbps MP3 - http://rapidshare.de/files/39096297/Silver_n_Strings_Part_1.zip.html
320 kbps MP3 - http://rapidshare.de/files/39097702/Silver_n_Strings_Part_2.zip.html

Hope you'll enjoy.
Thanks for all, Bacoso !

el goog said...

Thanks bacoso.
Thanks jazz-nekko.

I completely agree with you.

emile63 said...

3 of my favourite artist. Dance of Magic is superb, so is their joint renditions of Coltrane's Naima and Revealations.A must for Batz, connors and Eddie Henderson fans. Bacoso,Thank you its is a sin for Record companies to keep great music hidden away. Bacoso,thank you for all the great recent
posts

Jazz-Nekko said...

emile63:

even the mighty bacoso does not own this LP, i do and i shared the album. perhaps your thanks would be better aimed next time. . .

jazz-nekko

MrBill said...

Thanks, jazz-nekko! I must say that you've been on a roll recently - so much good stuff that one blog can't contain it all! ;)

It's a mystery to me why this was not deemed worthy of a wider release. To my ear the only flaw was an occasional unpleasant edge to the keyboard tone (mostly during the solo on the third track), but this is a minor quibble for an album that is 98% awesome. How exciting it must have been to be in the audience!

emile63 said...

Jazz-Nekko -My gratitude to yo, sorry for my ignorance. All praises on to you. you certainly have great musical taste.

db said...

great music!
check out
calisoulbrother records
for rare soul, jazz, funk, brazil & latin records!

edison007 said...

the devil is at it again...

E-mile said...

Jazz-Nekko, this one's SO nice, I have to say THANK YOU twice!
Played this almost non-stop, a total killer INDEED!

Big Papi said...

JN, Thank you for this incredibly rare treasure. We can always count on you to give us something we want, without us knowing we want it. BRAVO, my friend.

THOMAS 'Tom' CIZAUSKAS said...

Nothing profound to add but simply to say, "Wow"!

goatfunk said...

Hi,

I'm downloading this as it looks fab. Big thanks to all at O.I.R. for all the musical grooviness. This posting is actually a request for a re-up of Silk's 'Fuse One', which I have (or perhaps had, not seen it in years), last seen under a mountain of crapola in a garage somewhere I used to live many moons ago. I see that you posted it a couple of years back... what's the chance of a re-posting?

cheers,

the funky goat

bacoso said...

goatfunk
try here:http://jazz-rock-fusion-guitar.blogspot.com/2006/07/fuse-one-complete-recordings-1980-320.html

ish said...

hey speaking of Nekko, what happened over there?

Toque Musical said...

Muito bom esse disco! Parabéns, seu blog continua uma maravilha.
Obrigado!

deconstructo said...

Thanks, jazz nekko. I've had the Buddah Dance of Magic since it came out & of course, Alkebu-Lan, where these guys also held forth (well, Bartz & Connors anyway). I can't wait to hear this.

As far as the idiocy of the music publishers/record companies? It cannot be underestimated.

Matt said...

Thank you - one and all ;-)

Matt said...

Thank you - one and all ;-)

Matt said...

Thank you - one and all ;-)

thundergiant007 said...

thanks for this nice one. Why is it so hard to find eddie henderson- heritage?

OldHippieRick said...

Way cool LP Thanx again ~ rick

KingCake said...

An absolutely epic post - can't believe I did not come across it until today but it makes a fine birthday present to find the links still alive thanks to the much missed Jazz Nekko and of course host Bacoso

Simon666 said...

re-up of your rip :

https://rapidshare.com/files/3727835214/GB.zip