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for this compilation from IndoJazzia’s archives.

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01. Sidney Bechet – Four or Five Times
02. Hersal Thomas – The Fives
03. Jimmy Yancey – Five O’Clock Blues
04. Jack Duff Band – Five Miles Blues
05. First Avenue – Band Five
06. Guthrie Govan – Fives
07. Lenny Breau – Five O’Clock Bells
08. Giacomo Gates – Take Five
09. Pete Erskine – Jive Five
10. Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra – Fifth Thread
11. Neil Ardley – Rainbow Five

Trivia fact: fives is an ancient wall sport similar to squash, but hands, not racquets, are used.

My title may suggest that you’re going to be invited to download a compilation of tracks by the likes of Balinese jazzers Dewa Budjana, Erik Sondhy, I Wayan Balawan and Kulkul, and those jazzers now resident on the island such as Indra Lesmana and Sandy Winarta.

But no, given that the ‘holiday island’ has long had a mystique among westerners, I’ve packaged up four versions of the Rainer Brüninghaus composition Bali.

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1980. Eberhard Weber – Little Movements
Eberhard Weber: bass
Rainer Brüninghaus: keyboards
Charlie Mariano: soprano sax, flute
John Marshall: drums percussion

1983. Rainer Brüninghaus @ Neuwied, Germany 18.6.83
Rainer Brüninghaus: keyboards
Markus Stockhausen: trumpet
Fredy Studer: drums

1986. Masqualero – Bande À Parte
Arild Andersen: bass
Jon Christensen: drums
Jon Balke: piano, electric piano
Tore Brunborg: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Nils Petter Molvær: trumpet

2002. Jan Garbarek Group @ Grieg-Hallen, Bergen, Norway 25.05.02
Jan Garbarek: sax, flute
Marilyn Mazur: percussion
Eberhard Weber: bass
Rainer Brüninghaus: keyboards

If you want more examples of Indonesian place names used in titles by westerners, there’s a compilation of exotica and prog-rock entitled Indonesiania posted here.

Seminal rock and jazz guitarist
6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017

Holdsworth has been cited as an influence by many renowned rock and jazz guitarists. Frank Zappa once lauded him as “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet“, while Robben Ford has said: “I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of the guitar. I don’t think anyone can do as much with the guitar as he can.”

Although he rarely remained a group member for long, his playing enhanced the music of many outstanding groups including Nucleus (1972), Tempest (1973), Soft Machine (1975), (Bill) Bruford (1979) …… discography

His restless soul, a quest for expressing himself through his talent, means that for many he was a difficult man on a personal level, yet it is his playing in performance which marks his true eminence and how he should be remembered.

IndoJazzia is saddened by his passing, but his music will live on, with a short-term boost to album sales. For completists, you are welcome to download a live set from our archives. The recording date is unknown, but this was broadcast on BBC Radio 1, presumably Jazz Club, on 25th May 1980.

Pat Smythe Quintet
Pat Smythe: piano,
Ray Warleigh: alto sax, flute
Allan Holdsworth: guitar
Chris Laurence: bass
John Marshall: drums

1. Letters of Marque (Holdsworth)
2. Announcer (Peter Clayton)
3. Reflection (Smythe)
4. Announcer
5. Out From Under (Holdsworth)
6. Announcer
7. Steppes (Pat Smythe)

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Long before branding became something other a personal mark burnt with a hot iron onto cow hides and slave skins to determine ownership, record labels garnered loyalty due to the uniqueness of their artist rosters and the type of music record buyers could expect. Or maybe not, because the dawn of the 70s was a time of ‘new’ music, of ‘bulge’ (UK) and ”boom’ (USA) babies having a freedom to express themselves quite unlike any other generations.

For example, in the UK (and Jamaica) Island took Bob Marley onto international stages. and also brought us the likes of Traffic and John Martyn whose albums still sell nearly fifty years later. For a while Virgin, especially through its sub-label Caroline (1973-76), guaranteed interesting listening, as did the Harvest label which primarily released progressive rock recordings From 1969 to the mid-70s Vertigo released “prog-folk-post-psych” music.

All these labels, and others such as Deram, focussed on British acts, and the newly enfranchised record buying public weren’t particularly interested in the ownership of the companies. Richard Branson (Virgin), Chris Blackwell (Island) and Peter Jenner (Harvest) had impeccable taste, and noticing their label logos in record shop racks (or second-hand bins in charity shops) provoked the opening of our wallets.

That these labels have either folded or been subsumed into capitalist consumer conglomerates is a matter of record or nostalgia.

In 1969, while the above were building a record buying public in the UK, Manfred Eicher in Germany was creating a record label which to this day is still independent and continues to build an ever-growing and loyal following: his ‘Edition of Contemporary Music’.

In the pre-CD and internet days, when the postman still came to call, if you couldn’t get to a record store, or you weren’t sure what you wanted to buy, major record companies.issued ‘samplers’, compilations of tracks by artists they wished to promote. At just $1 for a single album and $2 for a double one, they were a bargain, especially as all it took was a coupon cut out from a magazine or newspaper filled in and posted off with a cheque. And who could resist one that was free, eh?

In 1980, Warner Brothers, who distributed ECM albums in the USA, added a double vinyl album of ECM tracks as one of their series of ‘loss leaders’. That meant that although they would barely cover the costs of producing them, they hoped to recoup their investment through the album sales of the artists they included.

You can learn more about the Warner Brothers loss leaders here.

Magazines often included a compilation CD with their issues, presumably in return for a paid advertisement, and the record companies also sent out ‘promo’ samplers to radio stations. And that is how we can now offer you three ECM ‘official’ compilations as a complement to the two already posted here which were sourced from the IndoJazzia archives.

Warner Bros/ECM 1980 ‘loss leader’ Music With 58 Musicians, a double album in one folder.

ECM Story 1969 – 1994 – a freebie with an Italian music magazine.

ECM Promo 1995, i.e. not for sale.

If you haven’t done so, please do download ECM A-J and ECM K-Z.

Pat Metheny Group – Live on Tour 1979 
Pat Metheny (guitar), Lyle Mays (keys), Mark Egan (bass) and Dan Gottlieb (drums).
Side 1
Phase Dance / Missouri / Unity Village / Guitar Solo
Side 2
The Epic / Jaco / American Garage

An unreleased concert from “The Warner Bros. Music Show” collection of exclusive, promotional, radio station live LPs. The song titles are missing from the original LP, as the labels read only ‘Side 1’ and ‘Side 2’. Part of the reason, as Metheny explained in an introduction, was because the band were playing some material that was so new, they didn’t have titles yet.

Harish Powar – North of the Sea / South of the Sky (1994)
CD out of print
Harish Powar: guitars, keyboards
Eberhard Weber: bass
Danny Gottlieb: drums
Bob Berg: sax
Walter Keiser, drums
Joe Amoruso: piano, keyboards
Freddie Santiago: percussion
Mike Applebaum: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo

Giants – Giants (1978)
Obscure Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Lee Oskar Sessions – Vinyl Only!
From psych jazz to funk to the emerging disco trend, all fused together with little concern for radio play or mass acceptance.

(With thanks to the original uploaders)

West to East

Long before Indonesian musicians adopted western music forms, western musicians were influenced by Indonesian music forms, especially gamelan. Of note are classical composers such as Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918), Erik Satie (1866 – 1925), and Steve Reich  (1936 – )

Read this and listen to more examples of the influence of Indonesian music on the west. It has also been a trend in jazz. Of special note is Neil Ardley’s Kaleidoscope of Rainbows recorded in 1976 with noted British jazz and prog-rock musicians. It is largely based around the five note Balinese pelog scale. Listen here.

Download and enjoy these tracks.
1. Andy Summers – Umbrellas Over Java
2. Ana Alcaide – Debajo de los tilos
3. Don Cherry – Brown Rice
4. David Sylvian – Words With the Shaman – Part 3 Awakening (Songs From the Treetops)
5. Herbert Joss-Joe Koinzer Duo – Artetak
6. Food – Mictyris
7. Bill Bruford w. Ralph Towner & Eddie Gomez – Splendour Among Shadows

Another track to download from the Adi Wijaya Trio which, he tells us is “just from an i-phone.

A Man Who Lived At A Rail Road still sounds good to us …. somebody sign them quick or we will!
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If you are an unsigned jazz group or musician willing to share some of your sounds on that page, please email us and discover how the IndoJazzia community can help you.