June 07, 2009

Sunday Free Jazz Jams with Edgard Varese

Varese.jpgA 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.

(PERSONNEL TRIVIA: The regular players at these sessions included Charles Mingus on bass and Teo Macero, who went on to produce Kind of Blue, Bitches Brew and Dave Brubeck's Time Out, on tenor sax.)

Posted by Warren at 05:53 PM

August 27, 2004

How To Toilet Train Your Cat... By Charles Mingus

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)

Posted by Warren at 12:53 AM