1. Mingus: Charlie Mingus (Thomas Reichmann, 1968) I have a thing for this uncooked, ‘straight, no chaser’ style of documentary, where there is no illusion of an invisible camera. When the subject is as authentic as Mingus (Where else are you going to see a man blow a hole in the ceiling with a shotgun?) then there’s little else I’d rather see. The film documents Mingus’ eviction for non-payment of rent from the Lower East Side loft where he’d planned to open a music school.
1. David Murray - Deep River (DIW) David Murray (tenor sax) Dave Burrell (piano) Fred Hopkins (double bass) Ralph Peterson Jr. (drums) An extraordinary saxophonist. I had to get one David Murray in the 101. He’s recorded over 90 albums as a leader and even more as a sideman, and this one is part of a quartet project which begun with “Spirituals”. The Japanese DIW label ended up releasing five albums from the 1 week long session! The opening theme ends up as a bit of a misfire
1. Sun Ra - Live In Japan (DIW) Sun Ra (piano, synth, vocals) June Tyson (vocals, violin) John Gilmore (tenor sax, timbales) Marshall Allen (alto sax) Danny Thompson (bari sax) Bruce Edwards (guitar) Tyron Hill (trombone) Ahmed Abdullah (trumpet) Michael Ray (trumpet, vocals) Earl "Buster" Smith, Eric Walker (drums) Rollo Rodford (clarinet) What is it about live recordings in Japan? “Ray Charles Live in Japan” is the Holy Grail for Ray Charles collectors, “Joe Henderson in J