A week or so ago, WFMU blog contributor, Lukas, posted this set of 19 rather historic lo-fi recordings that were committed to tape sometime between March and August 1957. The recordings are of a series of Sunday jam sessions that were convened by avant-garde composer, Edgard Varese, and together they constitute possibly the first ever free jazz recordings in history, appearing a full 3 years before Ornette Coleman's genre-defining album, Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. Although they were not released on any label, some excerpts did find their way into Varese's landmark 1958 composition, Poeme Electronique.
That's right... There is a 1972 article written by jazz bass legend Charles Mingus... on the subject of toilet training cats. At first I thought it was a hoax, but then I saw that it was posted on the OFFICIAL Charles Mingus fan-site... And they say those jazzbos have no sense of humour. (via Grow A Brain)