Escape To New Jazz With ESC


p align=”left”>


p align=”left”>NEWS AND VIEWS *******************


The moniker of label and distribution house EFA comes from the German phrase, Energie

Für Alle </i>(Energy For All). That motto and the manifesto “life

is too short for boring music” fueled the label on to longevity and the celebration

of its 20th anniversary in 2002. The birth of this label happened during the

exciting birth of punk, new wave, and the singer/songwriter genre. These still

provide a context for some of the most exciting independent music today. Infused

with a pioneering spirit, EFA continued to expand outward and this philosophy

can also be found in the EFA Jazz Department. EFA’s Cologne-based ESC Records,

which also has an office in New York, was founded in 1995. ESC Records makes

a point to work with the elder statesman of adventurous jazz in obtaining new

recognition for new recordings. Bill Evans, Maceo Parker and Randy Brecker

are among the artists on the roster. A new recording from Joe Zawinul, “Faces

& Places,” on the label shows this septuagenarian has lost no interest in new

sounds. The international array of percussionists (India, Africa and South America

are represented) presents a bright spectrum of rhythm to this focused, well-crafted

opus of shrinking world, pan-ethnic international jazz. Les McCann also has

a new album on the label, Pump it Up. Similar to the new, electronic

direction of George Clinton, this ’70s jazz pioneer and early advocate of the

synthesizer uses contemporary studio wizardry to create a bawdy old school funk

party. A litany of funk icons appear on this album and special appearances include

Billy Preston playing organ on “Tryin’ to Make it Real.” Bill Withers’ ballad

“You Just Can’t Smile it Away” gets excellent treatment in a duet with Dianne

Reeves. Maceo Parker himself provides alto sax on “Funk It (Let the Music Play).”

Les McCann was a previous guest on the Outsight Radio Hours. Hear him talk about

his approach to music here.



p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy Zawinul at CDNow</a>


to or Buy McCann at CDNow</a> </p>


p align=”left”>PROTO TRACKS

Proto Tracks offers a

subscription to receive an audio CD every other month with a booklet describing

the tracks handpicked from hard-to-find labels. Focusing on electronica,

the subscription offers techno, breakbeat, 2-step, house and more from new,

independently released recordings. This independent venture has no label affiliations.

Its Website helps the listener find out more about the sampled music and actually

buy the source album. For the artist interested in appearing on a Proto Tracks

CD compilation, and getting this respected third-party editorial endorsement and recognition,

it is absolutely free. If you’d like to be considered for Proto Tracks, e-mail

or send material to Proto Tracks, PO Box 78294, San Francisco, CA, 94107.




In London, England a legal battle over a minute’s silence in a recorded song

has ended with a six-figure out-of-court settlement. British composer Mike Batt

found himself the subject of a plagiarism action for including the song, “A

One Minute Silence,” on an album for his classical rock band The Planets. He

was accused of copying it from a work by the late American composer John Cage,

whose 1952 composition “4’33”” was totally silent. For the full article from

CNN go here.



p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy at CDNow</a></p>



A new album is slated for early 2003 from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on the

label that now also includes Tom Waits, Merle Haggard, Solomon Burke and Daniel

Lanois. The Cave deal is a licensing agreement with UK label Mute for the Australian

band. Daniel Miller, Mute MD, comments, “I’m very excited about this new relationship

with Anti for Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. I’m sure the affinity and enthusiasm

the label has for the band will bring them to a far wider audience in North

America.” Cave himself characterizes the news positively, “I couldn’t be more

pleased to be working with Anti in North America.”



p align=”left”> NEW FROM AUM

After the mood-changing traditionalism of 2001’s Corridors & Parallels,

David S. Ware seems to have wholly left behind the vivid hand-waving of his

early multi-note cosmic jazz. On his new AUM

Fidelity</a> release Freedom Suite, Ware explores the possibilities of

Sony Rollins’ 1958 trio composition of the same name. Ware’s quartet, featuring

Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (bass), and Guillermo E. Brown (drums),

exhibits a controlled and thorough examination of the pieces’ possibilities as

one saxophone great pays tribute to another… AUM Fidelity’s other new release,

Going to Church from Maneri Ensemble, recalls the free jazz origins

of this label. Again, versatile keyboard virtuoso Shipp plays his role in an

ensemble led by a saxophonist (Joe Maneri). The extemporaneous studio session

was purposefully devoid of prior arrangements, resulting in a protean shape-shifting

sound featuring microtone master Maneri joined by his son Mat on viola.

Expatriate bassist Barre Phillips (Ornette Coleman, Naked Lunch soundtrack)

is on hand to offer his experience and talent kept honed by his participation

in the European improv scene. Roy Campbell, a peer to Shipp in the NYC Now Jazz

scene, offers his distinctive trumpet styles while Randy Peterson plays the




p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy Ware at CDNow</a>


to or Buy Maneri Ensemble at CDNow</a> </p>



Terminus Records

brings to CD yet two more early albums from Col. Bruce Hampton and

The Late Bronze Age. Hampton et al produce wacky and sophisticated rock with

a humorous and Dadaist approach that makes them the Southern analogue to Capt.

Beefheart and Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention. This round sees Outside Looking

Out</i> and Isles of Langerhan, released in 1980 and 1982, respectively,

making their CD debut. Digitally remastered and repackaged, these releases each

feature bonus tracks. It is not the singing that makes these albums, but the

ambitious fusion of progressive rock experimentation with rich percussion, strings

and a funky horn section. The nine-minute bonus track to Outside Looking

Out</i> is “Seven Men in a Bazooka.” This track is marked with a distinctively

world music feel thanks to the flute playing the main theme. Isles of Langerhan

is stylistically based on the same formula as on Outside Looking Out.

Characterizing this opus is its opening title track. The disc is much tighter

in delivery and adheres to higher production values than its comparatively loose

and informal predecessor. While it may that the zany Georgian is going for a

more commercial feel here, the crazy wisdom is left largely intact in spirit, though musically the tracks are more predictable. The bonus tracks are

“A Sensitive Pond and the Sailor” and “Jack The Rabbit.” “Jack The Rabbit” is

a high-energy number with a psycho-grass feel while “A Sensitive Pond and the

Sailor” is a reflective acoustic guitar interlude preceding a breezy Mexican

boogie that could exist on a Jimmy Buffet record. Featuring less instrumentation

and less risk-taking, Isles of Langerhan is more for the Hampton completists.



p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy Outside Looking Out at CDNow</a>


to or Buy Isles of Langerhan at CDNow</a> </p>


p align=”left”>PUNK’S NOT DEAD

Punk’s not dead – it’s just been repackaged onto CD and DVD. An excellent source

for punk DVDs is Cherry Red

Records</a>. Peter and the Test Tube Babies have been keeping the punk flame

lit since 1978 and the DVD title Cattle and Bum + Manchester 1983 compiles

video footage on the band from 1983 to 1992. This is the first official DVD

title from the group. Cattle and Bum gives an overview of the band’s

later career on video through live video, promo videos, TV footage and home

videos. The editing quickly takes us from scene to scene for a fast-paced tour

that maintains interest. There is also a jocular “Making Of” featurette that

goes along with the group’s self-deprecating sense of humor. Manchester 1983

</i>is a complete concert that predates most of the Cattle and Bum material…

Cherry Red released another DVD debut in Joker in the Pack, this time

for The Adicts. This DVD includes two promo clips for “Viva la Revolution” as

well as the title track. Additionally, there are two features previously thinly

distributed on VHS. Now remastered, Live at the Manhattan Club captures

the band during the 1983 tour riding on the strength of their nationally charting

“Bad Boy” single. Also included, “Up Yer Tower” takes us to the previous year

during the venue’s 1982 punk festival. Improved picture and sound combined with

the band’s colorful A Clockwork Orange apparel make for entertaining

viewing of the seminal group… On the CD front, TKO

Records</a> continues to mine the vein of reissued punk, this time with an ANTiSEEN

title Drastic/E.P. Royalty. Beside the double-7” format, the label also

combined the group’s first two 7” EP releases onto a CD. The angry punk rock

on these early documents show the Southern punk outfit’s bilious output started

out just as spiteful as it is now. However, this early sound is often much more

of an ominous doom-punk, with some tracks, like “Nothings Cool” classifiable

as Gothic… Meanwhile Anagram Records, The Cherry Red punk archive imprint, offers

much cheerier material in the anthemic, uplifting but still punkish sounds of

Tenpole Tudor on Wünderbar. These post-punk pioneers hit the scene in

1979, paving the way for skinny tie bands and power pop in general as they played

in support of The Clash, The Ramones, The Pretenders and more. This compilation

includes all the group’s Stiff Records singles as well as the Eddie Tenpole

and Tudors singles released by the fractured group’s halves after Eddie refused

to tour the U.S., marking the end of the band. All tracks are remastered and

bassist and producer Dick Crippen wrote the sleeve notes… Also on the Abstract

imprint is The Very Best of Punk and Disorderly. The 41 tracks on this

2-CD set come from a golden era of punk when real punk acts charted in England

and the whole genre was fertile with innovation and energy. Brought together

here are a live version of G.B.H.’s “City Baby Attacked by Rats,” three Peter

and the Test Tube Babies tracks including “Banned from the Pubs” and a video

track of “Moped Lads.” Also present are Chaos U.K., Dead Kennedys, The Adicts,

U.K. Subs and much more… The

Butthole Surfers’</a> DVD Blind Eye Sees All: Live in Detroit 1985 is

one of the MVD Punk DVDs available at http://www.musicvideodistributors.com/punk.

Recorded two years before the group’s high water mark Locust Abortion Technician

and now remastered to 5.1 Surround Sound, this concert still reverberates in

the Detroit scenester community among those that were there at the Traxx gig.

Interspersed between the songs of the gig is the semantically acrobatic group

bed interview that often appeared in VHS form to be laughed with or at, depending

on your point of view. Special features on the DVD include bonus 1991 live

tracks as well as additional audio and a photo gallery…



p align=”center”> <a


target=_new> More on Cattle and Bum + Manchester 1983 from CDNow</a>



target=_new>More on Joker in the Pack from CDNow</a>



target=_new>More on Drastic/E.P. Royalty from CDNow</a>



target=_new>More on Wünderbar from CDNow</a>



target=_new>More on The Very Best of Punk and Disorderly from CDNow</a>



target=_new>More on Blind Eye Sees All: Live in Detroit from CDNow</a>



p align=”left”>JOE TEX

Joe Tex created a spectrum of humorous soul novelties (“Skinny Legs and All,”

“It Ain’t Sanitary”) and swinging dance hits (“Show Me”, “I’ll Never Do You

Wrong”). Under the guidance of Buddy Killen, Tex recorded for Killen’s Dial

Records and other record labels through the ’60s and ’70s. Working doggedly,

Tex had uneven commercial success. Still, he had significant popularity on

Southern Soul, thanks to his up-tempo material ranging from proto-disco to southern

morality odes, all backed with a blend of the Nashville sound. Continuing a series

begun by Connoisseur Collection with volumes planned but not released, RPM

Productions</a> issues Volume 3 and Volume 4 of the complete Dial recordings.

Volume 3 gives us the two albums that came out on Atlantic in 1968: Live

and Lively</i> and Soul Country. The three bonus tracks here include

the single hit “Men are Getting Scarce.” Volume 4 takes us to the following

year with Happy Soul and Buying a Book, both also sold through

Atlantic. The bonus tracks here are “Betwixt and Between” and “Chocolate Cherry.”

Both CDs offers extensive liner notes from Clive Richardson.



p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy Live and Lively/Soul Country at Amazon.com</a>


to or Buy Happy Soul / Buying a Book at Amazon.com</a> </p>


p align=”left”>JAZZ VOCALISTS

Sue Matthews is a sophisticated jazz vocalist whose elegant, effortless phrasing

echoes the mature New York style. One at a Time is her third solo project

and out on Renata Music.

This versatile vocal stylist populates her album with a variety of renditions

taken from jazz (“Rocks in my Bed”), blues (“Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues”),

early R&B (“Caledonia”) and even includes a version of “Amazing Grace.” Here,

all-star band support includes Stefan Scaggiari (piano; Concord Jazz), Keter

Betts (bass; Ella Fitzgerald), Paul Langosch (bass; Tony Bennett), Paul Bollenback

(guitar; Joey DeFrancesco) and Steve Abshire (guitar) in various arrangements

from track to track… On Open Wide (Purple Chair Music), Jen

Chapin</a> and Stephan Crump

opts for original music in an acoustic setting. Minimal in instrumentation,

but maximal in expression, Open Wide is rooted in cool jazz styles but

enlivened with a subtle hip swing due to Chapin’s delivery. Besides performing

at New England folk festivals, singer and songwriter Jan also performed on jazz-funk

records in Switzerland and Germany…



p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy Sue Matthews at CDNow</a>


to or Buy Open Wide at Amazon.com</a></p>


The back-to-school season brings a new crop of female singer-songwriters for enlivening

drab dorms or making late-night homework sessions more bearable. First up is Andrea

Perry</a> Two (Trust

Issue Records </a>). Andrea plays all instruments on this album, save drums.

That is taken up by SearCh who adds a lickety-split style that in its horizontal

motion keeps this album moving forward. Perry sings in a charming, heady voice

reminiscent of Kate Bush. Some songs feature piano or keyboards, others guitar.

Plushly upholstered in multi-tracked vocals singing poignant personal poetry,

Two is number one material… Jenn

Lindsay</a> hails from the NYC anti-folk scene. Her record Gotta Lotta

(No Evil Star) is for those that like their acoustic singer-songwriter unpretentious,

honest and daringly non-cute. Think early Ani DiFranco crossed with Lach… Stacey

Board</a> offers a musical diptych in her self-released Drive. The first

group of songs is in an uptempo, heartland Sheryl Crow style. The latter and larger

group of songs is delicate and emotional folk-pop… Redoubtable Aimee Mann comes

on board with Lost in Space (SuperEgo Records). The title may sound wayward,

but this is the most right-on Mann solo release yet. She has matured into a sophisticated singer-songwriter somewhere between Chrissie Hynde and Lucinda Williams.

Right down to the packaging, this is a coherent and stylistically intriguing release.

For the thick booklet, Mann enlisted Zero Hour Publications graphics artist Sean

(Evans) to add his portrayals of urban existential despair as apt visible accompaniment

to Mann’s complex and revealing song-testimonies on substance abuse and the class

of missed personal connections that mirror the unfortunate detachment corporate

music has had for her talent… Mia

Doi Todd</a> has a languid, easy delivery that borders on the melancholy on The

Golden State </i>(Columbia). The Mitchell Froom-produced CD borders on trip-hop

by combining artsy-sad vocals from Todd with chilly beats…


p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy Perry at Amazon.com</a>


to or Buy Board at Amazon.com


to or Buy Mann at CDNow</a>


to or Buy Todd at CDNow</a> </p>


Legendary punk pioneers D.O.A. mark their 25th anniversary next year. In 2003,

Canadian punk pioneers D.O.A. entered their 25th active year as a band. Sudden Death

Records, the label of singer Joey “Shithead” Keithley is very happy to announce

that D.O.A.’s tenth studio album Win The Battle was released in the United

States October 15th on Sudden Death America and distributed exclusively by Big

Daddy Music. The album includes a cover of ZZ Top’s “La Grange.” Also, Keithley

is re-issuing the band’s classic second album, Hardcore ‘81, also on Sudden

Death America. In early 1981, D.O.A. released the album on a Canadian indie label

and set up the now historic Hardcore ‘81 Festival in Vancouver that included Black

Flag. From there, D.O.A. headed out on the lengthy Hardcore tour that criss-crossed

North America and helped hardcore to spread. The album has been out-of-print for

over two decades. The vinyl will be re-released in an edition faithful to the

original with liner notes and newly unearthed D.O.A. photos. The CD version includes

1984’s Don’t Turn Yer Back On Desperate Times EP recorded live as a John

Peel session as the bonus tracks.


Joe Cocker


Quantum Leap/Music

Video Distributors </a>

After his brilliant showmanship in the ’60s, Joe Cocker pretty much faded from

view in the following decade. His successful comeback that once again made him

a top name in the ’90s and into the 21st Century began quietly in the ’80s. This

live show from 1981 in Italy captures the rebirth of Joe Cocker in his second

career as an outstanding, soulful rock performer. The 10-song set before a small

audience begins with “Feeling All Right” and includes “Delta Lady” and “Jealous

Kind” before ending with “With a Little Help from my Friends.” The DVD features

include individual song selection, biography, an interactive quiz and more. (3.5)


p align=”center”> <a


target=_new> More on this video title from CDNow</a></p>

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy O: Unauthorized

Trinity Home Ent./Music

Video Distributors </a>

For this DVD, the “unauthorized” appellation seems more a legal necessity than

an advertisement in muckraking. For, rather than in the sordid approach of paperback

expositions, Ozzy O: Unauthorized contributes as much to the hagiography

as it does to the humanization of this near-mythical figure. Pasted together from

numerous sources both video and audio (though not featuring any Ozzy or Sabbath

songs), this provides a well-directed and detailed collage of the somewhat mysterious

artist. An actor posing as an over-zealous metal fan used to bumper segments is

the only content weakness in this documentary. Including much in the way of candid

interviews and litanies of Ozzy’s substance abuse history, this DVD goes far to

straighten out all the biting off of the heads of flying creatures. Including

interviews with the fans the brought the “dead” bat to the Des Moines concert,

detail is given to this as well as the dove decapitation that occurred in front of record executives and presaged his successful solo career. (3.5)


p align=”center”> <a


target=_new> More on this video title from CDNow</a></p>

The Chameleons

Live at The Gallery Club & The Hacienda, Manchester

Cherry Red Records

Like The Psychedelic Furs, The Chameleons fused Goth and post-punk pop during

the ’80s, a decade ripe for such a genre marriage. Interesting, their oft

chilly delivery comes across on this DVD as perhaps lack of live experience

if not even stage fright. These John Peel Show favorites are shown trying out

material exclusive or nearly exclusive to these shows and in some cases never

performed again. Thus, what the rare videoed performances lack in production value

and stage presence they make up for in rarity and historical significance. This

is a must for any fan of The Chameleons specifically and British post-punk music

generally. (3)


p align=”center”> <a


target=_new> More on this video title from CDNow</a></p>

Puppetry of the Penis

Tackle Happy

Music Video Distributors

</a>/Eclectic DVD

Simon Morley and David “Friendly” Friend brought to the stage an apparently not unknown

Australian male pastime of genital origami or “dick tricks.” In this funny documentary,

the pair travels the subcontinent on a Spinal Tap-like tour where increasing resistance

from the blue noses causes cancellations and venue limitations for the daring

duo’s nude act of “twisted” humor. Only some of the penis poses (“Fruit bat,”

“Uluru”) are specifically downunder in theme. “The Wristwatch,” “The Hamburger”

and others cross most cultural boundaries. A series of interviews with a comedic

radio show keeping tabs on the disaster-fraught tour adds to the laughs and segments

the story into chronological episodes. (3.5)


p align=”center”> <a


target=_new> More on this video title from CDNow</a></p>


Music Video Distributors

</a> has several jazz DVDs available. As part of the Cool Summer series

documenting the Harvest Jazz Festival at the Paul Masson Vineyards (California),

there is a Dexter Gordon & McCoy Tyner disc. Top of the bop tenor saxophonist

Dexter Gordon is especially loquacious in the stage chatter and off-stage interview

that breaks up his three-song set on this DVD. Brilliant jazz pianist McCoy Tyner

is somewhat lost in the ensemble setting for this three-song set captured here,

but the playing from all is superb and the final cut “The Seeker” includes special

guest vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson… Also on MVD, Jazz Collection is a

2-DVD set featuring noted jazz greats Art Blakey, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie,

Dexter Gordon and more including bassist Willie Dixon. The 2-hour DVD set is the

first two volumes of the Jazz Collection in The Legends Series and features

artists displaying their talent live…


p align=”center”> <a


target=_new> More on Cool Summerfrom CDNow</a>



target=_new>More on Jazz CollectionCDNow</a> </p>


One Man Army

Rumors and Headlines

BYO Records

The band’s third album, its first on BYO Records, is rooted in old-school punk.

The opener “Victoria” is anthemic and recalls early melodic Brit post-punk styles

(Toy Dolls, for example) while the fast, buzz-saw “It’s Empty” recalls another

class in that school. One populated by G.B.H., The Exploited and the like.

Still, the jaunty, melodic style is highly accessible (“S.O.S.”) and this might

be partly due to the production efforts of Kevin Army. Through his work with Green

Day and Operation Ivy, Army knows well musical styles with both popular appeal but

within the context of punk sound history. Indeed, the band’s first two albums came

out on Adeline Records, the label of Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong. While it

remains to be seen if the San Francisco trio will gain the heights of popularity

attained by Green Day, their upbeat U.K. sound guarantees this record will long

be called upon as a touchstone in West Coast neo-punk. (4.5)


p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy at CDNow</a></p>

Sonic Youth

Murray Street


Sonic Youth is exceedingly admirable for their integrity and adherence to

their artistic vision of arty noise-rock. However, this, their sixteenth album

since forming in 1981, is somewhat sluggish. It is still a very good album and after a career this long, I think

it is OK to have your best work behind you. The Kim Gordon-led pieces are

stand-out and particularly vigorous. Thurston Moore continues to head toward a

more melodic vocal style. During the recording of this album, recording at their

own studio was interrupted, and their masters and instruments were locked into

their studio within an area cordoned off after the events of September 11, 2001.

This is the second album in the group’s trilogy about lower Manhattan culture

preceded by NYC Ghosts and Flowers. For their trademark sound of sophisticated

noise, the group continues to successfully rely on the production prowess of Jim

O’Rourke. (3.5)


p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy at CDNow</a></p>




Voltaire is a neo-Gothic styled comedic musician and also a visual talent. Voltaire

is the creator of the Oh My Goth comic book series. His wry and wicked

humor come across best on the biting opening track, “Future Ex Girlfriend” about

the base nature of initial attractions. Voltaire adds acoustic guitar to his vocals,

but it is the bright and present sounds of violin and cello that really dress

up this CD and make the music a match of the cutting humor. This is the breakup record for those that want to laugh about it and hit the clubs, not sit home

and cry. (4)


p align=”center”>

Listen to or Buy at CDNow</a></p>

Various Artists

156 Strings

Cuneiform Records

Henry Kaiser is our “curator” in this 19-track museum of experimental guitar.

The purpose of this CD is to exhibit the current state of acoustic guitar innovation.

Participants range from the versatile Richard Thompson to avant-guitar stalwart

Fred Frith. Frith is, of cour

Recently on Ink 19...

Hell High

Hell High

Screen Reviews

Forgotten ’80s horror film Hell High returns on Blu-ray from Arrow. Phil Bailey reviews.