FMP – Three Sui Generis Rarities

We’ve got three new releases in the FMP Store. The only things they share in common are their excellence, their refusal to settle into cozy categories, and the fact that none of them were ever released on CD. They’re probably unfamiliar to all but the most diehard heads, but they each deserve a far wider audience. Check them out!

United Front, Live in Berlin

United Front’s swansong is their finest album – and a real rarity, too. The group proved ahead of their time and their thoughtful infusion of funk rhythms, dramatic flourishes, and hardy melodies into a shifting and adventurous free jazz framework had many critics calling them “sell outs.” Hardly. This record traffics in sturdy pleasures that sound riveting today. Think vintage Art Ensemble of Chicago and you’re partway there. “Live in Berlin infuses the innovations of the past two decades with a folkloric sweep.” – Down Beat

Irène Schweizer, Rüdiger Carl and Louis Moholo-Moholo, Tuned Boots

The title Tuned Boots ably evokes the sound of this magnificent trio. It’s stomping martial music made with exquisite nuance. Alternately elated and stern, sparse and surging, this criminally underknown album never settles into predictable patterns and showcases new sides of all these wonderful musicians.  4 1/2 stars – All Music Guide

Vinko Globokar, 5, die sich night ertragen können!

We don’t blame you for thinking this solo album by trombonist Vinko Globokar is obscure for a reason. But you’ll be surprised to discover his music is dense, layered, and downright raucous. A multiphonic mixture of brass, indigenous horns, and voice, Globokar creates spiraling soundscapes that are instantly compelling and simply beyond category. Riotous, humorous, and shot through with passages of buzzing beauty. “The two pieces, each of twenty minutes duration, create a fascinating shimmering polyphony.” – Neue Zeitschrift für Musik

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10 Responses to FMP – Three Sui Generis Rarities

  1. United Front does have some sonic and conceptual elements in common with the Art Ensemble, but they’ve also got ties to St. Louis’ Black Artists Group through trumpet player George Sams. George grew up with and/or knew/knows many of the BAG principals, and while I don’t think he was officially a member himself, there are definitely shared influences and experiences there. Glad to see “Live In Berlin” getting another life!

  2. Thanks again for your continued efforts. I have been trying to get Tuned Boots for a while. The other two are less familiar to me. I had only heard about Globokar in a conversation once, several years ago. That and the United Front have really just been names on listings of FMP recordings to me until now. Getting a chance to hear these recordings is exciting. You and FMP have helped restore the music of this era.

    Hopefully, you will be able to get Bruce Gallanter (and others like him) to open up his archives to you. This way people can hear more of what happened in NYC in the late seventies/early eighties.

  3. Hi thanks for all you do and make available at D:O – I’ve bought some fine stuff through your store. I need to tell you that your new design is barely legible! The white is great but the tiny gray letters are not dark enough or big enough. I say this not in a negative way but hoping that you will consider the issue.

  4. How can I not say this in a negative way — you have turned what used to be an excellent site design into a real mess. It wasn’t broke and you certainly haven’t fixed it!

  5. @Richard, @John in England: appreciate the comments re the re-design, which remains a work in progress! The readability factor is definitely something we are trying to improve. And John, are there specific elements that you are finding especially difficult? Feel free to write us an email directly — don’t want to alienate longtime, loyal readers!

  6. @Eric, @Dean: thanks for the thoughtful comments re the FMPs above. FWIW, we have spoken to Bruce @DMG over the years about his cache of recordings. It’s a slow process, to say the least, but we remain optimistic that we might work something out with him, in time.

  7. I’m very grateful for this as I have been looking for ‘Tuned Boots’ for a long time. And, thanks for the United Front and Vinko’s little extravaganza.

    Also, though I think that the logo is too small and the Sun Ra pic is too big, overall I think that the new design is a big improvement – the different sections now look like parts of a whole rather than separate ‘bits’ tacked together and the whole page looks much quieter. @Richard may I ask your monitor size and resolution?
    Best wishes.

  8. @Marten512 – It’s a 17 inch wide HP2009 monitor, screen resolution is 1280 x 768. Thanks.

  9. @Richard, I’m sorry I thought I had a cunning plan, but my wife’s monitor has the same resolution as you (1280 x 768) and has no problem with D/O so I don’t know understand what is going wrong.

  10. @Marten, thanks anyway, I appreciate the thought! It’s kind of an odd thing, I can enlarge the text here with my browser but the letters are not a uniform shade even then. Ledrew said this was a work in progress so I hope for the best.

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