I’ll be devoting a series of occasional blog posts to some of the albums that I found early in my creative-music travels.
We’re mostly talking about a period between 1996 and 2004 — in terms of when I discovered the albums, not in terms of when they were released. Some predate my conscious interest in creative music. Many of them are out of print. Some were lucky finds, others more deliberate, but all of them helped further my education in creative music and jazz.
What they have in common is that they have stories.
The very first story — the zeroth album on this list, in a sense — is Low Life: The Paris Concert (Part 1), by Tim Berne’s Bloodcount. That’s the album that really catapulted me into avant-jazz — and it’s a story that I’ve already told.
I’ll be doing 10 or 20 of these “back pages” posts at irregular intervals in the coming months or years. The first official installment is about a bridge between my prog-rock and free-jazz lives, and you’ll find it written up here.
#9: Chick Corea and ’90s mixtapes
#8: Andy Partridge & Harold Budd
#7: Matthew Shipp
#6: Beaver Harris
#5: Amy X Neuburg and Men … and the Spatula of Eternity
#4: Tim Berne’s Bloodcount
#3: Keith Tippett and Andy Sheppard
#2: Toychestra and My Brief Music-Writing Career
#1: Bill Bruford’s Earthworks
Prequel: Human Feel and the Magic of Discovery
Prequel: Jim Black’s Alas No Axis