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    This was one of my Bandcamp Friday purchases -...

    This was one of my Bandcamp Friday purchases - it's maybe slightly pastiche-y - but they absolutely nail that trancy, spiritual, celebratory, incantatory vibe.
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    I play shinty, with rough hewn rocks sheathed in...

    I play shinty, with rough hewn rocks sheathed in sheep's bladders.

    SMcC
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    The Gaelic word for self-knee capping in futile...

    The Gaelic word for self-knee capping in futile frustration is "knockando".

    Signed - Sorley McCracken
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    I quite like this, & I appreciate what the outfit...

    I quite like this, & I appreciate what the outfit is doing...but after the sixth (spam) email from Jazz in Britain today, & having complained to them about spam a wee while back... I'm out
  5. I enjoyed listening. By contrast with the...

    I enjoyed listening.

    By contrast with the views of the "team", I grew up with the BBC recording of the 1978 Wembley Arena show (Anyone from outside of London? Welcome to London...oooohhh), & could...
  6. The set this line-up played at the Reading...

    The set this line-up played at the Reading Festival in 1980 was stunning.
  7. I pre-ordered the new album by Graham Costello's...

    I pre-ordered the new album by Graham Costello's Strata.

    Fergus McCreadie, pianist in Strata, has just released his new album with his Trio, called Cairn. It's outstanding.
  8. Lol! In fact, my recollections of reading...

    Lol!

    In fact, my recollections of reading Melody Maker back in the day are that Harry was one of the best writers on the paper. He certainly had none of the pretensions of the NME school of music...
  9. Wow - well figured out, Sc(r)ot - funny how...

    Wow - well figured out, Sc(r)ot - funny how things appear to us in our memories...

    Jackie Leven, though - fae Fife - a sort of folk-new wave John Martyn
  10. One possibility is Lloyd Cole - of Lloyd Cole &...

    One possibility is Lloyd Cole - of Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - but they were more early 80s than late 70s. Their first single, which was a hit, was Perfect Skin. He has a voice like you describe, &...
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    Mayflies, by Andrew O'Hagan

    Mayflies, by Andrew O'Hagan
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    I bring what I think to be fairly sophisticated &...

    I bring what I think to be fairly sophisticated & generous conceptual categories with which to make sense of the world...but I literally cannot comprehend what you have just presented, Steve... :O
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    Sounds delicious! I was with my 2001 Bowmore,...

    Sounds delicious!

    I was with my 2001 Bowmore, matured in Refill Sherry Butts (unfiltered). It's from a limited bottling of just 787 in total (this one is no 639!).

    I've had it open for quite a...
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    Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will...

    Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will be virtual this year - so everyone can join in!

    https://www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk/
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    That's very interesting to hear about - thanks...

    That's very interesting to hear about - thanks for taking the time to share!
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    https://youtu.be/TjVDmMI4sbk Back in the 70s,...

    https://youtu.be/TjVDmMI4sbk

    Back in the 70s, I remember at school, the thing to do for the "musos" (most of whom were in the zone crossing over heavy metal/hard rock/prog) was to bring in lp's to...
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    If it's Upon A Painted Ocean that you're looking...

    If it's Upon A Painted Ocean that you're looking for, then you can get it here, as either a cd or digital download:
    https://admiralshard.bandcamp.com/album/upon-a-painted-ocean

    Can you tell us...
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    Aye, haggis demands whisky with fire in its...

    Aye, haggis demands whisky with fire in its belly. Islay malts are just the job.
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    This year, with our kids far flung, we'll try...

    This year, with our kids far flung, we'll try something on Zoom. We've all got our (vegan) haggis from McSween in Edinburgh. There will be pomes recited from each venue, I'll toast my/the lassies - &...
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    It's Burns Night on Monday, Frankie - what are...

    It's Burns Night on Monday, Frankie - what are you going to do?!?!
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    For a lot of the younger jazzers who are now at...

    For a lot of the younger jazzers who are now at the forefront of the "scene", they will have grown up in musical cultures where drum & bass is more or less the dominant sound - & these are musicians...
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    And back in Falmouth, a town of many great pubs,...

    And back in Falmouth, a town of many great pubs, the absolute best of which is The Front:


    https://youtu.be/57l50fBDID0

    These wonderful videos evoke a time (just a couple of years ago) that...
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    Meanwhile, over on the other coast, in Port...

    Meanwhile, over on the other coast, in Port Isaac...


    https://youtu.be/sMQtvYBDf0g

    (Fisherman's Friends is a cracking wee movie, by the way)
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    https://twitter.com/i/status/1345454859840008193...

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1345454859840008193

    Nathan Evans - he's a postie in Airdrie.
    It's possible that Airdrie is as far from the sea as you can get in Scotland. It's also possible that if...
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    I used to play drums (very badly) - what I hear...

    I used to play drums (very badly) - what I hear in Wyatt's playing is close to what I started trying to do (but wasn't good enough to). It often sounds to me like he's playing a/the tune with the...
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    Three weeks or so ago, at the foot of the road...

    Three weeks or so ago, at the foot of the road where I live, just by the football stadium (it's lower league football, so "stadium" is a bit grandiose), every time I was walking home from town, I'd...
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    I pretty much agree with every word of this,...

    I pretty much agree with every word of this, Frank!

    There's an extended trombone feature by Nick Evans from the "Backwards" segment of the long Septet number from a 1969 session which is amongst...
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    https://tubbyhayes.bandcamp.com/album/modes-and-bl...

    https://tubbyhayes.bandcamp.com/album/modes-and-blues-8th-february-1964

    I somewhat shared your reactions to Tubby Hayes, Trane - but this recording has begun to change my mind...
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    ^^^ Read this last night - there's a treasure...

    ^^^
    Read this last night - there's a treasure trove of music with links to explore - I was most excited by the Tubby Hayes & Joe Harriott live recordings.

    Related to this, & the outfit behind...
  30. You might also be interested in Elisabeth...

    You might also be interested in Elisabeth Fraser's collaborations with Yann Tiersen - this is Kala:

    https://youtu.be/t_cTRM6HV8E
  31. You may know them already - but I'd definitely...

    You may know them already - but I'd definitely recommend The Unthanks - especially the albums Last, & Mount the Air (for added prog credentials, they've covered both Robert Wyatt & Starless in the...
  32. I bought Vital, hoping for/expecting more Theme 1...

    I bought Vital, hoping for/expecting more Theme 1 - that was a pretty harsh awakening.

    In jazz, the opening track on Sun Ship - it's almost "punk jazz" (the line from this to Acoustic Ladyland is...
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    The BBC Concert is fine - the playing is good,...

    The BBC Concert is fine - the playing is good, Jackson's vocals are ok (others may disagree!), & there's a very good rendition of The Grand Canyon Suite. The mix is a bit odd - Davison's snare & toms...
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    Talking of Mabuse the Gambler, the opening scene...

    Talking of Mabuse the Gambler, the opening scene of Melville's Bob the Gambler (I wonder if this title nods to Lang?) is one of the most brilliant depictions of Paris, & specifically the Montmartre,...
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    One to add to this good list - the early scene in...

    One to add to this good list - the early scene in Lang's Mabuse the Gambler - in which Mabuse manipulates, or commands, new industrial technologies of transport, communication, & most especially,...
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    Hah! - that's brilliant! I love Manuel's...

    Hah! - that's brilliant!
    I love Manuel's writing. Not least because it is such a finely wrought mirror.
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    I absolutely love the physicality of reading a...

    I absolutely love the physicality of reading a book. Much of my life is reading - & work demands too much of my time be spent on screen. I don't want to reduce books to even more screen time. I'm...
  38. I think this is partly - maybe even mostly -...

    I think this is partly - maybe even mostly - (w)right, Richard.

    I think it underestimates Wyatt's familiarity with jazz - on the first two lp's, they were an underground rock band, experimenting...
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    3455545322 I think that the Gondwana label is...

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    I think that the Gondwana label is releasing some of the very best music out there at the moment - Mamal Hands, GoGo Penguin, Portico Quartet, Paradise Cinema... - here's a fantastic...
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    With Corbie on my mind, having been mentioned in...

    With Corbie on my mind, having been mentioned in the MIA thread - I'm reading Chris Priest's new novel, The Evidence, which is a welcome return to the Dream Archipelago.
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    It's like magic!!!

    It's like magic!!!
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    https://lantrio.bandcamp.com/album/atl-ntico ...

    https://lantrio.bandcamp.com/album/atl-ntico

    Just released this week, this new Trio recording by Julian ArguŽlles is a late contender for jazz album of the year. There are beautiful melodies,...
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    It's worth tracking down a/the boot of the MSG...

    It's worth tracking down a/the boot of the MSG concert with the orchestra - it's a very different experience from the poor recordings used for the Works Live release(s).
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    https://www.horizonsmusic.co.uk/products/colin-ste...

    https://www.horizonsmusic.co.uk/products/colin-steele-quartet-joni-jazz-interpretations-of-the-joni-mitchell-songbook-cd

    This may not be to everyone's taste - but I think that it is a beautiful...
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    That's a fascinating article, which makes for at...

    That's a fascinating article, which makes for at times uncomfortable reading - thanks for the link.

    There's so much to pick up here, reading between the lines & with hindsight - from the...
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    Whilst this is true - to whatever extent!!! (&...

    Whilst this is true - to whatever extent!!! (& also recognising the impact that the destructive fire in Emerson's house must have had) - it's also worth bearing in mind the extraordinary period of...
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    The Works lp that I bought in 1978 already had...

    The Works lp that I bought in 1978 already had the wee "Volume 1" note at the top corner of the album cover, which implies that you're right in your assuming. I think I may also still have a copy of...
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    Lord of all the Dead, by the great contemporary...

    Lord of all the Dead, by the great contemporary Spanish writer, Javier Cercas.
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    ^^^ Indeed! - I was just about to say that it's...

    ^^^
    Indeed! - I was just about to say that it's hard to fathom that just 10 months after the release of this lp, they were in the studios recording Trilogy. I don't know how much of the material...
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    There was a fair bit of love around here last...

    There was a fair bit of love around here last year for the debut album by Graham Costello's Strata. The pianist in the band is Fergus McCreadie, & his own Trio's second album, Cairn, is released in...
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    Edradour is such a pretty wee distillery... ...

    Edradour is such a pretty wee distillery...

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    It's near Pitlochry, & by repute is both the smallest, & also the oldest farm, distillery. The area of Perthshire around Pitlochry is...
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000pjcm ...

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000pjcm

    Although this won't be accessible for everyone, it's really worth watching if you can. It's a beautiful documentary about Ronnie Scott, his famous club in...
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    Camille, as the ghost of Hamlet's father...

    Camille, as the ghost of Hamlet's father observes, your spectral lot is to be "Doom'd for a certain term to walk the night" - this is the musical errance for which you have been conjured.
    :cool
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    Thanks for this share - only took a few moments...

    Thanks for this share - only took a few moments of listening to send me scurrying over to Bandcamp to part with more of my money - no regrets having done so! This one will be getting a lot of spins.
  55. Aye, it is - I believe that no original print...

    Aye, it is - I believe that no original print exists now. I remember this when it was first published as an insert in Sounds. I now have it in one of the two volumes of his collected Family Trees....
  56. I very much doubt there's anything at all in this...

    I very much doubt there's anything at all in this that Calyx doesn't cover, but, nevertheless, it's a thing of beauty, as well as a thing of untold informational riches:
    ...
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    By contrast, the vocals made this more or less...

    By contrast, the vocals made this more or less unlistenable for me. And, for the keyboards, I really did want to listen...

    Maybe if he'd tried harder to sing with his voice rather than with his...
  58. https://youtu.be/MA7tzbsnQl4 Pure magic

    https://youtu.be/MA7tzbsnQl4

    Pure magic
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    Have you managed to have a listen to Paradise...

    Have you managed to have a listen to Paradise Cinema yet, Ian? - an offshoot of Portico Quartet. It's in a slightly different sonic space, as it's driven by the collaboration with various...
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    https://youtu.be/h1rNR6yVzYQ Old school trip...

    https://youtu.be/h1rNR6yVzYQ

    Old school trip hop meets 70s laid back fusion vibe, with a dose of B3...
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